DigitalBridge and IFM Buying Data Center Company Switch for $11 Billion

Posted on 05/11/2022

Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) entered into a definitive agreement with DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE: DBRG), under which DigitalBridge Partners II, the value-added digital infrastructure equity strategy of the investment management platform of DigitalBridge, and an affiliate of global infrastructure investor IFM Investors will acquire all outstanding common shares of Switch for $34.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US$ 11 billion, including the assumption of debt.

Rob Roy is the Founder of Switch. Switch is in exascale data center ecosystems, edge data center designs, and telecommunications solutions. Switch was one of the largest remaining publicly-traded data center firms. Switch went public in 2017.

The transaction, which was unanimously approved by a special committee of the Switch Board of Directors, is expected to close in the second half of 2022. The transaction is subject to approval by Switch stockholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, Switch will no longer be traded or listed on any public securities exchange.

In 2021, Colony Capital sold off most of its non-digital assets and rebranded as DigitalBridge.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as financial advisors to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Switch, and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as its legal counsel. RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as lead financial advisor and TD Securities served as co-advisor to DigitalBridge and IFM, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as their legal counsel. Debt financing for the transaction was led by TD Securities along with Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Lead Bookrunners Societe Generale, RBC Capital Markets, and Citizens Bank, N.A.

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