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    [EN] Cologix Explores a Sale

    Cologix operates 24 data centers, many in second-tier markets. They include Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; Minneapolis; Montreal; New Jersey; Toronto; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

    People familiar with the auction process said that the company could attract bids that would value it at around $1.25 billion.


    Jaewon Kang
    Nov. 30, 2016

    Cologix Inc., a data center operator backed by private investment firms that include Columbia Capital and Greenspring Associates, has retained investment banks to explore a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Barclays Bank PLC and DH Capital LLC are leading the auction for Denver-based Cologix, the people said, adding that the telecommunications services company could attract bids that would value it around $1.25 billion.

    Cologix has more than $70 million projected 2017 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, said the people, and has attracted interest both from strategic and financial buyers.

    The company operates 24 data centers—facilities equipped with servers and networks that enable the delivery of data—across nine markets in North America. They include Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; Minneapolis; Montreal; New Jersey; Toronto; and Vancouver, British Columbia. It also offers a wide range of services such as network connectivity and colocation.

    The company last year acquired Net Access LLC from lower midmarket-focused private-equity firm Seaport Capital.

    Data center operators have been attractive investment targets for both private-equity firms and strategic investors against a backdrop of healthy valuations.

    Earlier this month, CenturyLink Inc. concluded a year-long auction of its data centers by agreeing to sell the facilities to a consortium led by BC Partners for $2.3 billion. For its part, CenturyLink is merging with Level 3 Communications Inc. for $34 billion.

    In July, Avista Capital Partners sold DataBank Ltd. to group led by Digital Bridge Holdings LLC.

    In 2015, Abry Partners and Berkshire Partners sold the Telx Group Inc. to Digital Realty Trust Inc. for $1.89 billion. Digital Realty subsequently purchased a portfolio of eight European data centers from Equinix Inc. for $874 million this year. Equinix sold these facilities to receive regulatory approval for its £2.6 billion purchase of Telecity Group PLC, which closed earlier this year.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/private-...ale-1480513760

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    Cologix Acquired by Private Equity Firm Stonepeak

    Rich Miller
    February 3, 2017

    Colocation provider Cologix has been acquired by private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in a deal highlighting investor interest in interconnection services in regional markets. Stonepeak says it is investing $500 million to accelerate the growth of the Cologix platform, which is focused on second-tier cities and includes a presence in leading markets in Canada.

    Cologix operates 24 data centers across nine markets in the United States and Canada, with facilities in Minneapolis, New Jersey, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Fla. and Columbus, Ohio in the U.S. and Canadian sites in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

    Cologix is notable for its focus on carrier neutral facilities and meet-me rooms in connectivity hubs in regional markets. The company has 1,600 customers, include network providers, cloud computing companies and enterprises, espeically in media and finance.

    “Enterprise-grade data center infrastructure, especially when combined with robust interconnection hubs, will be increasingly important to the digital supply chain in the coming years,” said Trent Vichie, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. “Cologix has built an exceptional platform and team that is well positioned to accelerate growth by using the power of interconnection to support key industry trends, including content moving to the edge, the rise of cloud computing and enterprises outsourcing data centers.”

    Stonepeak: Focus on Energy, Wireless

    Stonepeak said Cologix gives it “a marquee platform to enter the data center and interconnection market in North America.” The deal also reflects the increasingly important relationship between data centers and the energy industry, which has been Stonepeak’s primary focus. The private equity firm was founded in 2011, and has built a portfolio of companies in natural gas, solar energy and microgrids.

    Stonepeak’s portfolio also includes Vertical Bridge, wireless communications firm that owns or leases more than 7,500 wireless and broadcast systems on towers and rooftops. Although this is Stonepeak’s first data center investment, it brings considerable experience to the table in the presence of Bill Fathers, a Senior Operating Partner at Stonepeak, who worked for many years at managed hosting provider Savvis and as a cloud executive at VMware. Fathers will take a board seat at Cologix along with three other Stonepeak investors.

    Grant van Rooyen will remain as CEO and Chairman of the Board, and the Cologix management team will continue to run the business. The existing Cologix investors – including van Rooyen, the van Rooyen Group, Columbia Capital, Greenspring Associates and company management – will continue to hold a “material interest” in the company and participate in future growth equity investments.

    More Resources to Finance Growth

    van Rooyen said that Stonepeak, which manages more than $6.4 billion in capital for its investors, is the right partner for Cologix.

    “We have felt for some time that the opportunity within our markets and our sector broadly has far more potential than we have been able to practically finance,” said van Rooyen. “With this transaction and the incremental investment, we will now have the financial capacity we want and need. Over the past months we have come to greatly appreciate the investment savvy, approach to partnership and tone of Stonepeak. They are the right partner for the existing Cologix management team to be working with for the next phase of our evolution.”

    Cologx investors expressed optimism as well.

    “We loved this opportunity and this market 6-plus years ago, and we continue to be big believers,” said Patrick Hendy, Partner from Columbia Capital.

    http://datacenterfrontier.com/cologi...irm-stonepeak/

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    Se eu tivesse visto o post antes, teria apostado em compra para consolidação por parte da 365Main... Ainda bem que não vi, pois claramente estava errado

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    Antes estar errado tarde do que nunca

    Eu fiquei com má impressão da Cologix quando foi publicado um artigo onde a Atlantic.net meio que se desculpava por estar usando o data center deles em Toronto, algo no sentido de "não tinha outro jeito, mas é temporário".

    Quando surgiu a noticia que estavam procurando comprador, pensei: efeito DuPont Fabros em Toronto. Mas eles possuem duas duzias de data centers (obsoletos?) -- o buraco é mais embaixo.

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    A obsolescência pode ser bypassada com um retrofit, o problema é ter capital pra isso.
    Boa parte destes facilities aí era planejada para 75-150W/sqft, DC de telecom dos anos 90, padrões baixíssimos para a demanda atual.

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