Ontario Teachers’ to sell Metronode to Equinix for AUS $1.035B

pcJ News Briefs – Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) has agreed to sell Metronode to Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) for AUS $1.035 billion or US $792 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to some closing conditions including regulatory approval.

Equinix is a global interconnection and data center company that operates in 48 markets across five continents.

Metronode is a leading data center provider operating facilities throughout Australia, housing mission-critical internet and communications infrastructure for some of Australia’s largest corporations, government agencies, telecommunications and IT service providers.

Ontario Teachers’ initially bought 70% of Metronode in 2013 through the acquisition of its parent company, Nextgen Group Holdings, and acquired full ownership in 2016. During this time, Ontario Teachers’ invested AUS $300M in expansion and construction of new facilities to serve growing demand from government, wholesale and enterprise customers, increasing Metronode’s fitted capacity four fold to 21mega-watts (MW).

J.P. Morgan served as the financial advisor of Equinix, and Allen & Overy acted as the external legal advisor of Equinix in connection with this transaction. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was advised by UBS and RBC Capital Markets.

photo credit: Metronode

Ontario Teachers’ Agrees to Sell Metronode to Equinix Inc.

December 17, 2017

TORONTO – Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) has entered an agreement to sell leading Australian data center provider Metronode to Equinix Inc. in an A$1.035 billion all-cash transaction. Equinix is a global interconnection and data center company that operates in 48 markets across five continents. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to some closing conditions including regulatory approval.

Ontario Teachers’ initially acquired 70% of Metronode in 2013 through the acquisition of its parent company, Nextgen Group Holdings, thereafter increasing to full ownership in 2016. During this time, Ontario Teachers’ directed A$300M of investment in expansion and construction of new facilities to serve growing demand from government, wholesale and enterprise customers, increasing Metronode’s fitted capacity four fold to 21mega-watts (MW).

“This investment directly fits our strategy of working with companies with strong management teams and growth prospects to add value for all stakeholders,” said Jane Rowe, Senior Managing Director, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers’. “We remain very interested in investing in Australia, and are pleased with this positive outcome for all involved including our members, Metronode, its new owner and their customers as they move forward in their next phase of growth.”

About Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan:

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, with CAD$180.5 billion in net assets at June 30, 2017. It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, approximately 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an annualized gross rate of return of 10.1% since the Plan’s founding in 1990. Ontario Teachers’ is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto. Its Asia-Pacific region office is located in Hong Kong and its Europe, Middle East & Africa region office is in London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario’s 318,000 active and retired teachers. For more information, visit otpp.com and follow us on Twitter @OtppInfo.

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