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Asterion to acquire data centre platform from Telefónica

Asterion Industrial Partners, an independent investment management firm focusing on infrastructure investments in Europe, is to acquire a portfolio of data centres from Telefónica. 

The portfolio consists of 29MW of power through 11 state-of-the-art & highly connected data centres, in Spain, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina. The data centres mostly have a Tier III or IV certification, representing the highest quality in the reliability benchmark for a data centre’s server hosting ability. The carve-out, which values the transaction at EUR550 million, represents a highly attractive investment in an independent telecoms’ infrastructure platform with a global reach.  After recent investments in Proxiserve and the creation of the pan-European Asterion Renewables Platform, the transaction is the third investment for the Asterion Industrial Infra Fund I, offering very solid downside protection through the long-term contract with the anchor tenant, as well as providing several levers for value creation.
 
Data centres provide mission-critical infrastructure supporting the change in paradigm towards cloud and intelligent computing, which is driving strong growth, uncorrelated with the cycle, particularly across the platform’s geographies where penetration is still at infancy levels. Telefónica’s unique data centre portfolio platform, combines a high-quality and geographically diverse asset base with a distinct, long-term contract with the leading telecommunications and cloud operator in these markets.
 
Asterion Industrial with its pan-European presence and experience in both investment and industrial settings, is broadly focused on the Telecoms, Energy & Utilities and Mobility sectors predominantly in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. The industrial approach to value creation is an important attribute to managing the complexity around the core infrastructure framework of the assets.
 
Jesus Olmos, CEO & Founding Partner at Asterion Industrial Partners, says: “We are very pleased to have completed this investment to become Telefónica’s long-term provider in a business that is key to their core activities. It is a unique opportunity to access a high-quality top-tier data centre platform which fits well with our target investment profile of the European infrastructure mid-market. We see several ways to further create value post the carve out and intend to apply our industrial approach to continue to position the business within a strongly growing market for data centre capacity.”

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