AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Other Signed Acquisitions
UST Acquisition—On September 14, 2017, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire over 500 sites in the United States. The transaction closed on October 2, 2017 (see note 15).
Tigo Colombia—On July 17, 2017, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 1,200 sites in Colombia from Colombia Movil S.A., for a total consideration of approximately 448.3 billion Colombian Pesos ($147.9 million at the date of signing). The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.
Airtel Tanzania—On March 17, 2016, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Bharti Airtel Limited, through its subsidiary company Airtel Tanzania Limited (“Airtel Tanzania”), pursuant to which the Company could, subject to a number of conditions, acquire certain of Airtel Tanzania’s communications sites in Tanzania. In light of recent legislation in Tanzania, the Company did not extend the agreement beyond the expiration date therein. Accordingly, on March 17, 2017, the agreement expired pursuant to its terms and is no longer in effect.
14. BUSINESS SEGMENTS
The Company’s primary business is leasing space on multitenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. This business is referred to as the Company’s property operations, which as of September 30, 2017, consisted of the following:
U.S.: property operations in the United States;
Asia: property operations in India;
Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”): property operations in France, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda; and
Latin America: property operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru.
The Company has applied the aggregation criteria to operations within the EMEA and Latin America property operating segments on a basis that is consistent with management’s review of information and performance evaluations of these regions.
The Company’s services segment offers tower-related services in the United States, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting and structural analysis, which primarily support its site leasing business, including the addition of new tenants and equipment on its sites. The services segment is a strategic business unit that offers different services from, and requires different resources, skill sets and marketing strategies than, the property operating segments.
The accounting policies applied in compiling segment information below are similar to those described in note 1 to the Company’s consolidated financial statements included in the 2016 Form 10-K. Among other factors, in evaluating financial performance in each business segment, management uses segment gross margin and segment operating profit. The Company defines segment gross margin as segment revenue less segment operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense recorded in costs of operations; Depreciation, amortization and accretion; Selling, general, administrative and development expense; and Other operating expenses. The Company defines segment operating profit as segment gross margin less Selling, general, administrative and development expense attributable to the segment, excluding stock-based compensation expense and corporate expenses. For reporting purposes, the Latin America property segment gross margin and segment operating profit also include Interest income, TV Azteca, net. These measures of segment gross margin and segment operating profit are also before Interest income, Interest expense, Gain (loss) on retirement of long-term obligations, Other income (expense), Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests and Income tax benefit (provision). The categories of expenses indicated above, such as depreciation, have been excluded from segment operating performance as they are not considered in the review of information or the evaluation of results by management. There are no significant revenues resulting from transactions between the Company’s