Global interconnection and data center company, Equinix, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a portfolio of 24 data center sites and their operations from Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) – for $3.6 billion in an all cash transaction.
The transaction includes 29 data center buildings across 24 sites in 15 metro areas, including Atlanta (Atlanta and Norcross), Bogotá, Boston (Billerica), Chicago (Westmont), Culpeper, Dallas (Irving, Richardson-Alma and Richardson-Pkwy), Denver (Englewood), Houston, Los Angeles (Torrance), Miami (Miami and Doral), New York (Carteret, Elmsford and Piscataway), São Paulo, Seattle (Kent), Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Jose), and Washington, D.C. (Ashburn, Manassas and Herndon).
The acquired portfolio includes approximately 900 customers, with a significant number of enterprise customers new to Equinix’s platform, and it adds approximately 2.4 million gross square feet. It will bring Equinix’s total global footprint to 175 data centers in 43 markets and approximately 17 million gross square feet across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets.
The transaction is expected to close by mid-2017, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Interconnection U.S. and Latin America
The addition of these strategic facilities and customers would further strengthen Equinix’s global platform by:
- Increasing interconnection in the U.S. and Latin America.
- Opening three new markets in Bogotá, Culpeper and Houston.
- Accelerating Equinix’s penetration of the enterprise and strategic market sectors, including government and energy.
Equinix’s existing customers will have the opportunity to operate on an expanded global platform to process, store and distribute larger volumes of latency sensitive data and applications at the digital edge – closer to end-users and local markets.
“This unique opportunity complements and extends Equinix’s strategy to expand our global platform,” said Steve Smith, President and CEO of Equinix. “It enables us to enhance cloud and network density to continue to attract enterprises, while expanding our presence in the Americas. The new assets will bring hundreds of new customers to Platform Equinix while establishing a presence in new markets and expanding our footprint in existing key metros. The deal will also provide significant value for shareholders as the proposed transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to our adjusted funds from operations per share upon close.”