Vantage to Buy Canadian Data Center Firm 4Degrees for $200M

Deal gives American provider instant presence in two new markets, Montreal and Quebec City, where it plans to expand to 31MW.

Yevgeniy Sverdlik

December 19, 2018

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Rendering of a 4Degrees Colocation data center
Rendering of a 4Degrees Colocation data center4Degrees Colocation

Vantage Data Centers is going to Canada.

The Santa Clara, California-based wholesale data center provider, owned by investor Digital Bridge Holdings, has agreed to acquire 4Degrees Colocation, a Canadian data center provider with two facilities, one in Montreal, the other in Quebec City.

Vantage had “extensive dialog with our customers” and “identified Montreal and Quebec City as highly attractive markets due to low power costs, tax incentives, and excellent fiber connectivity,” Vantage president and CEO Sureel Choksi said in a statement.

Vantage has agreed to pay US$200 million for the assets to 4Degrees owner Videotron, a telecommunications company that itself is a subsidiary of Quebecor Media. Vantage expects to close the transaction “in the coming weeks.”

The deal is Vantage’s first move outside of the US. The company specializes in building and leasing massive data center campuses. It currently operates data centers in Santa Clara and Quincy, Washington, while building a new campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

The company’s tenants in Santa Clara, where it’s now building a second campus, have included Microsoft, VMware, Symantec, Cloudera, Arista, and MarkLogic.

The 4Degrees deal gives it immediate presence in two new markets with operating data centers and existing customers. Vantage didn’t say how much capacity was available at the two sites, but said it plans to kick off big expansion projects as soon as it closes the transaction to get to 31MW total.

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Boca Raton, Florida-based Digital Bridge, which also owns data center providers DataBank and C7, bought Vantage from Silver Lake Partners in 2017. Reuters reported that the acquisition price was $1 billion.

Earlier this year Vantage raised $1.1 billion through securitization, saying it would use part of it to fund expansion in existing and new markets.

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