Digital Realty a fusionné avec Interxion : l’annonce

En attendant notre article d’analyse, nous vous invitons à consulter l’annonce faite par Interxion de son acquisition par Digital Realty, pour environ 8,4 milliards de dollars.

Rappelons cependant que cette opération reste soumise à l’approbation des autorités, américaine mais on ne voit pas pourquoi elles s’y opposeraient, et Européennes qui pourraient bien en retoquer une partie, comme elle l’a déjà fait par le passé.

DIGITAL REALTY TO COMBINE WITH INTERXION

Strategic Transaction to Position Combined Company as Leading Global Provider of Data Center Solutions with Enhanced Presence in Major European Metro Areas

29th October 2019

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) and Interxion (NYSE: INXN) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine their businesses to create a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Interxion shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7067 Digital Realty shares per Interxion share. The transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 per ordinary share or approximately $8.4 billion of total enterprise value, including assumed net debt.1 Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by shareholders of Interxion and shareholders of Digital Realty.

Transaction Delivers Key Strategic and Financial Benefits

Globally Expanding Connected Communities of Interest: The combined company will extend Interxion’s successful strategy of creating and enabling valuable communities of interest in Europe by extending it across the combined company’s global footprint. This combination will build upon Digital Realty’s successful track record of hyperscale development and will represent an extension of the connected campus strategy that empowers enterprise customers to leverage the right products – from colocation to hyperscale footprints – to create value by efficiently deploying critical infrastructure and seamlessly connecting to a robust and growing universe of cloud platforms and connectivity service providers. The combined company will be uniquely positioned to meet the growing global demand from cloud platforms, service providers and enterprises seeking colocation, hybrid cloud and hyperscale data center solutions as IT architectures are re-engineered to support the explosive growth of data in modern business models.

Complementary European Footprint and Product Offering: Interxion’s European business (currently consisting of 53 carrier- and cloud-neutral facilities in 11 European countries and 13 metro areas including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Interxion’s Internet Gateway in Marseille) is highly complementary to Digital Realty’s European footprint, given Digital Realty’s established presence in London and Dublin. The combination will create a leading pan-European data center presence, offering consistent, high-quality services with low-latency access to approximately 70% of the GDP in Europe.

Enhances Ability to Serve Multinational Customers on a Global Scale: Interxion’s well-established relationships with leading global cloud, digital media platform operators and multinational enterprise customers are expected to significantly bolster Digital Realty’s existing European platform. Similarly, Digital Realty’s relationships with many of the leading cloud platform operators and global enterprises along with its access to low-cost capital will meaningfully extend the breadth of the combined company’s value proposition to a global customer base. The combined company’s enhanced capabilities to address and solve the public- and hybrid-cloud architectural requirements of its global customer base will allow it to build upon each company’s current relationships with leading global customers while also enabling it to effectively compete in the broader target markets.

Combined Development Capacity Provides Significant Embedded Growth Potential: Interxion has a robust pipeline of data center development projects currently under construction, with over $400 million invested to date and a total expected investment of approximately $1 billion. These projects represent roughly a 40% expansion of Interxion’s standalone critical load capacity, are significantly pre-leased and are expected to be delivered over the next 24 months, representing a solid pipeline of potential future growth for the combined company. In addition, the combined platform will maintain strategic land holdings in key growth metros across Europe, providing the potential for significant long-term development value creation.

Creates Substantial Anticipated Cost Efficiencies and Financial Benefits: The size and scale of the combined company is expected to produce a highly efficient cost structure and industry-leading EBITDA margins. The combination of the two companies is expected to create an opportunity to realize cost savings. Upon closing, the transaction is expected to enhance the combined company’s long-term growth prospects and is expected to improve its cost of and access to capital.

“This strategic and complementary transaction builds upon Digital Realty’s established foundation of serving market demand for colocation, scale and hyperscale requirements in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific and leverages Interxion’s European colocation and interconnection expertise, enhancing the combined company’s capabilities to enable customers to solve for the full spectrum of data center requirements across a global platform,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “The transaction is expected to be accretive to the long-term growth trajectory of the combined organization, and to establish a global platform that we believe will significantly enhance our ability to create long-term value for customers, shareholders and employees of both companies.”

“We are excited to deliver this compelling opportunity for all our stakeholders while bolstering our ability to offer a truly global platform to serve our customers’ needs,” said Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg. “As part of Digital Realty, stakeholders will have the opportunity to continue to reap the benefits of the value that we have created via the communities of interest approach in our carrier- and cloud-neutral European data center portfolio. They will also be able to participate in the value created by extending our approach across Digital Realty’s global footprint, complementary customer base and significant presence in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. We also believe our stakeholders will benefit from Digital Realty’s investment grade balance sheet and lower cost of capital. We look forward to working closely with Bill Stein and the entire Digital Realty team to consummate the transaction and combine the best of our companies to build the world’s preeminent data center provider.”

Leadership, Corporate Governance and Integration

Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein will serve as CEO of the combined company. Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg will serve as the Chief Executive of the combined company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business, which will be branded “Interxion, a Digital Realty company” at the close of the transaction. Mr. Ruberg is expected to transition out of the role as Chief Executive of the EMEA business at some point within approximately one year of completion of the transaction. Mr. Ruberg will lead the combined company’s effort to organize and execute a program to identify and develop high-value communities of interest across the combined company’s platform. He will play a leadership role on certain of the combined company’s key global customer accounts, bringing to bear his longstanding relationships and thought leadership.

Digital Realty Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power will serve as CFO of the combined company. Digital Realty EMEA Managing Director Jeffrey Tapley will work jointly with Mr. Ruberg on the integration of Interxion’s and Digital Realty’s businesses. The board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine board members designated by Digital Realty and one board member designated by Interxion. Laurence A. Chapman, the current Chairman of the Digital Realty Board of Directors, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the combined company.

Digital Realty and Interxion employees will play a pivotal role in the success of the combined company and will be treated accordingly. Digital Realty and Interxion believe the employees of the combined company will have expanded career opportunities based on the expectations of enhanced growth prospects for the combined company. The process of transitioning from two separate organizations to a combined global entity will be fair, consistent, and transparent, recognizing the importance of preserving the rich cultural and country diversity within the combined business.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, a subsidiary of Digital Realty will commence a tender offer to acquire all Interxion’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares in exchange for 0.7067 shares of Digital Realty common stock for each Interxion ordinary share (subject to a minimum tender of at least 80% of Interxion’s outstanding ordinary shares, which minimum may be reduced to 66 2/3% by Digital Realty). Upon completion of the transaction, Interxion shareholders will own approximately 20% of the outstanding common stock of the combined company. Based on Digital Realty’s closing stock price of $132.28 on October 28, 2019, the transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 per ordinary share, or approximately $8.4 billion of total enterprise value, including assumed net debt. Digital Realty expects to refinance the Interxion debt assumed in the transaction with a combination of investment grade corporate bonds and proceeds from other financings.

The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. A special meeting of Digital Realty shareholders will be convened to approve the issuance of Digital Realty common stock in the transaction, in accordance with New York Stock Exchange rules. Following the close of the tender offer, in line with Dutch market practice, Digital Realty and Interxion will effectuate a corporate reorganization of Interxion and its subsidiaries, resulting in Digital Realty owning 100% of Interxion’s business and interests in Interxion’s subsidiaries. If less than 95% of Interxion’s ordinary shares are tendered, Interxion shareholders who do not tender their shares in the tender offer will ultimately receive in the corporate reorganization the same consideration of 0.7067 shares of Digital Realty common stock for each Interxion ordinary share (without interest and subject to applicable withholding taxes). If 95% or more of Interxion’s ordinary shares are tendered, Interxion shareholders who did not tender will ultimately be squeezed out in accordance with a statutory Dutch court procedure in which they will receive cash in an amount determined under Dutch law. An extraordinary general meeting of Interxion’s shareholders will be convened in connection with the tender offer to adopt, among other things, certain resolutions relating to the transaction.

Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg, who controls approximately 1.3% of Interxion’s outstanding ordinary shares, has entered into a tender and support agreement with Digital Realty pursuant to which he has agreed, among other things, to tender his shares in the tender offer and to vote in favor of the resolutions relating to the transaction at the Interxion extraordinary general meeting.

The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both Digital Realty and Interxion. The transaction is expected to close in 2020 and is subject to the approval of Interxion and Digital Realty shareholders and other customary closing conditions.

BofA Securities, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley are acting as financial advisors and Latham & Watkins LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. are acting as legal advisors to Digital Realty. Guggenheim Securities is acting as financial advisor and rendered a fairness opinion to Interxion, and Moelis & Company also rendered a fairness opinion to Interxion. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Amsterdam) are acting as legal advisors to Interxion.

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