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Cyrus One buys two data centers for $490M


Data center REIT CyrusOne Inc.  bought  two enterprise-class data centers  located in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and Somerset, New Jersey, from Sentinel Data Centers, for a total of $490 million, excluding transaction-related expenses. This represents a multiple of approximately 14.4 times pro forma run-rate annualized EBITDA of approximately $34 million.


“We are very excited about this transaction, which establishes a presence for us in the Southeast, adds a high quality portfolio of large enterprise customers, and features an attractive long-term lease profile,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne. “We respect the work of the Sentinel founders. Their focus on great facilities and personalized customer service matches ours. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive and provides significant opportunities to grow the combined business and create value for our shareholders.”


“We are thrilled to be able to announce this transaction,” said Todd Aaron, Sentinel’s co-founder and co-CEO. “We have a fantastic set of customers and investors, and we believe this to be a win-win for both of them.”


“We have known the CyrusOne team for almost ten years and have a great deal of respect for their organization,” said Josh Rabina, Sentinel’s co-founder and co-CEO. “They have earned an excellent reputation in the industry for customer service and quality, so we know our customers are in good hands.”


CyrusOne intends to finance the acquisition with proceeds from its forward equity sale completed last August 2016 and its recently expanded credit facility. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30 to 45 days, subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions.


When completed the transaction will add two high-quality data centers serving the Southeast and Northeast, complementing CyrusOne’s existing data center platform. In 2016, the Facilities generated revenue of nearly $50 million. As of December 31, 2016, the two properties consisted of more than 160,000 colocation square feet and approximately 21 megawatts of power capacity, with nearly 85% of the power capacity leased.


This transaction enhances CyrusOne’s geographic diversification, establishing a presence in the Southeast, a previously stated strategic goal for the Company.


In addition, the Raleigh-Durham market will represent the lowest power cost in CyrusOne’s portfolio and one of the lowest in the United States.


The Somerset, New Jersey, data center further expands the Company’s Northeast footprint, providing additional options for the combined customer base to deploy disaster recovery facilities across New Jersey using the Company’s National IX product to link them together.


The weighted average remaining lease term of the Sentinel portfolio is more than 8 years, with only 3% of rent due for renewal through 2019. The purchased facilities consist of nearly 30 customers, more than two-thirds of which will be new to CyrusOne, including five new Fortune 1000 companies. Approximately 70% of the portfolio rent is generated from investment grade customers.


Over 80% of rent from the purchased facilities is generated from customers in the Healthcare and Financial Services verticals. With respect to the Healthcare vertical, taking into account these new customers, the transaction is expected to more than double the contribution from this industry group to the combined CyrusOne portfolio.


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