Brookfield Infrastructure acquires AT&T Data Center assets for US $1.1B

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (TSX: BIP.UN; NYSE: BIP) has closed previously announced acquisition of AT&T Inc (NYSE: T)’s data center colocation operations and assets for US $1.1 billion. The acquisition, as in most of Brookfield’s acquisitions, was made in partnership with its institutional partners.

The transaction was previously announced in June 2018.

Brookfield has established a wholly owned company, Evoque Data Center Solutions, to own and operate the assets.

Led by incoming CEO Tim Caulfield, Evoque Data Center Solutions will continue to deliver colocation services to customers in 18 Internet Data Centers (IDCs) in the United States and 13 outside the United States. The colocation data center operations serve a diversified customer base of more than 1,000 companies across the technology, financial, industrial, media retail and other sectors worldwide.

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News Release

AT&T Closes Sale of Data Center Colocation Operations and Assets to Brookfield Infrastructure

AT&T Inc.* announced today that it has completed the sale of its data center colocation operations and assets to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners (“Brookfield”). The company previously announced a strategic alliance with Brookfield that included the transfer of these operations and assets.

Brookfield has established a wholly owned company, Evoque Data Center Solutions™ (“Evoque”), to own and operate the assets. Customer contracts, employees supporting the colocation operations, fixed assets, leases and specified owned facilities have been transferred to Brookfield.

Evoque joins AT&T’s global colocation ecosystem program where AT&T will offer Evoque’s colocation services to business customers. The ecosystem program offers business customers access to 350+ data centers around the world.

Under the terms of the deal, AT&T has received $1.1 billion, which will support the company’s goal of reducing its net-debt-to-EBITDA-ratio to the 2.5x range by the end of 2019.

*About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It executes in the market under four operating units. WarnerMedia’s HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. divisions are world leaders in creating premium content, operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios, and own a world-class library of entertainment. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves more than 3 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. Xandr provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its AppNexus platform.

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