Digital Realty Buys London Sites for $1.1 Billion

This Sentrum data center in Watford is one of three London-area data center facilities being acquired by Digital Realty Trust.

Digital Realty Trust is buying big in London. The data center developer said today that it will pay about $1.1 billion (715 million pounds) to acquire three large data centers in the London market from UK provider Sentrum. The deal provides Digital Realty with another 761,000 square feet of data center space in one of the world’s key data center capitals.

The Sentrum properties provide both current income and some upside for leasing unfilled data center space, a combination Digital likes. The portfolio – which includes properties in  Woking, Watford and Croydon – is 80 percent leased to 21 tenants, including leading multinational financial institutions and global network providers. “In addition to the stable in-place income, there is “a significant value-add opportunity to lease the balance of the portfolio’s available space, ” said Scott Peterson, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Digital Realty.

To help fund the Sentrum purchase, Digital Realty will sell 8.25 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company said. It will also use several of its credit facilities and available cash to finance the deal, which has an “earn out” component based upon future leasing of the vacant space.

“We believe the addition of these high quality, mission critical facilities to our operating portfolio will enable us to serve a wide variety of customers seeking institutional quality data center space in London, a highly strategic global data center market,” said Michael F. Foust, CEO of Digital Realty.

The Sentrum deal caps an extraordinarily busy month in which Digital Realty has acquired a data center campus in suburban Chicago, a fully-leased property in Austin, and a key Dallas data center hub at 400 South Akard, in addition to the Sentrum deal.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Just a friendly note to let you know that billion is spelled incorrectly in your header.