Asterion Industrial Partners to Acquire Data Center Platform from Telefónica
MADRID, SPAIN — Asterion Industrial Partners, an independent investment management firm focusing on infrastructure investments in Europe, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of data centers from Telefónica. The portfolio consists of 29 MW of power across 11 state-of-the-art & highly connected data centers, in Spain, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina. The data centers mostly have a Tier III or IV certification, representing the highest quality in the reliability benchmark for a data center’s server hosting ability.
The carve-out, which values the transaction at €550 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 centers 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 center 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.
“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 center platform which fits well with our target investment profile of the European infrastructure mid-market,” remarked Jesus Olmos, CEO & Founding Partner at Asterion Industrial Partners. “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 center capacity.”
About Asterion Industrial Partners: Asterion Industrial Partners is an independent investment management firm focusing on infrastructure investments in the European mid-market. Headquartered in Madrid and with presence in London and Paris, Asterion combines transactional and operational experience with an industrial approach and active asset management within an independent and nimble platform. Asterion aims to promote operational transparency, responsible investment practices, best-in-class governance and a strong culture both for itself and in the companies in which it invests.