Achieves Key 2023 Objective with Successful Deconsolidation of DataBank
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 14, 2023--
DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE: DBRG) (“DigitalBridge” or the “Company”) today announced it has completed the previously announced recapitalization of its portfolio company DataBank, a leading nationwide edge data center platform. DigitalBridge received $219 million in additional commitments in the final closing, bringing total recapitalization commitments to $2.2 billion. The completion of the recapitalization will result in a deconsolidation of DataBank from DigitalBridge’s consolidated financial statements.
Marc Ganzi, CEO of DigitalBridge, said, “The successful recapitalization and deconsolidation of DataBank – one of our key 2023 priorities – will further simplify our business profile and result in administrative savings. We are also pleased that DigitalBridge shareholders, alongside new investors Swiss Life Asset Management, EDF Invest, and IMCO, will maintain significant exposure to the next phase of growth and value creation at DataBank, driven by strong AI-led demand for more data center power and capacity.”
In connection with the completion of the recapitalization, DigitalBridge will receive gross cash proceeds of $50 million, bringing its total gross cash proceeds to $479 million inclusive of prior closings, and its ownership in DataBank will be reduced to 9.87%. The pricing of the recapitalization, which has remained constant throughout the recap process, implies a pre-transaction net equity value of $905 million for DigitalBridge’s ownership, reflecting a 2.0x multiple of invested capital (MOIC) since DigitalBridge’s initial balance sheet investment in December 2019. DigitalBridge plans to continue to hold its 9.87% stake in DataBank, with a remaining fair market value of $434 million.
DataBank is the largest edge infrastructure operator in the U.S., enabling the world’s largest enterprises, technology and content providers to consistently deploy and manage their mission-critical applications and data across a nationwide platform. DataBank’s portfolio consists of more than 65 data centers, 20 interconnection hubs in more than 27 markets, on-ramps to an ecosystem of cloud providers, and a modular edge data center platform.
DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG) is a leading global alternative asset manager dedicated to investing in digital infrastructure. With a heritage of over 25 years investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells and edge infrastructure, the DigitalBridge team manages over $70 billion of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its limited partners and shareholders. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Luxembourg and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.digitalbridge.com.
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