Cyxtera Agrees to Merge With Publicly Listed Starboard Value Acquisition Corporation
Combined company will be third-largest publicly held global provider of retail colocation and interconnection services, with 61 data centers in 29 markets around the world, serving more than 2,300 leading enterprises, service providers, and government agencies
Existing owners, including BC Partners and Medina Capital, rolling 100% of current equity stakes into the combined company
Manuel Medina and Nelson Fonseca, who previously built and successfully ran Terremark Worldwide until its sale to Verizon, to continue in current roles as Chair and CEO, respectively
Combined company board to include representatives of Starboard Value Acquisition Corp. (SVAC) and continuing BC Partners directors, representing shareholders and providing deep expertise across technology, corporate governance, operational execution
SVAC Chair Jeff Smith and Industry Advisor Greg Waters to join combined company’s board as Independent Director and Lead Independent Director, respectively
By merging with SVAC, Cyxtera to gain access to new capital sources to fuel growth, accelerate product and technology innovation, enhance its ability to quickly meet customer needs, and further support strategic go-to-market efforts
Proceeds of approximately $654 million to include commitments for $250 million private placement of common stock of SVAC (PIPE) from institutional investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, and clients of Starboard Value LP
Cyxtera Technologies, Inc., a global leader in mission-critical retail colocation and interconnection services, and Starboard Value Acquisition Corp. (SVAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, announced the signing of a definitive business combination agreement.
Formed through the 2017 carve-out of CenturyLink’s (now Lumen) data center and colocation business, Cyxtera has grown to become the largest privately held data center provider of retail colocation services globally. Today, the Company’s footprint of 61 data centers in 29 markets around the world serves more than 2,300 leading enterprises, service providers and government agencies, including Capgemini, Cognizant, Cloudflare, Fujitsu, HPE, Nvidia, and Zenlayer. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will be the third largest publicly held global provider of retail colocation and interconnection services. Cyxtera generated estimated revenues of $690 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $213 million in 2020, its first full year of stable operations following the completion of the carve-out, with a plan to drive significant revenue and EBITDA growth in the future.
Cyxtera provides an innovative suite of deeply connected and intelligently automated infrastructure and interconnection solutions to enterprise customers and leading service providers around the world – enabling them to scale faster, meet rising consumer expectations, and gain a competitive edge. As an industry leader with a presence in each of the world’s top 10 most important data center markets, Cyxtera delivers world-class performance, security, and reliability to its customer base, while also providing flexible solutions that meet their evolving IT infrastructure needs in hybrid IT environments. The Company’s API-driven, carrier-neutral platform is ideally suited to deliver a future-ready, extensible, scalable, and interconnected data center experience.
SVAC is sponsored by an affiliate of Starboard Value LP (Starboard). Starboard has an 18-year history of public market investing, with demonstrated expertise in driving value creation through improved governance, execution, capital allocation, and strategic re-positioning. Starboard has significant experience in the technology sector, including in the digital infrastructure industry. Starboard’s partners have directly served on the boards of more than 30 public portfolio companies, overseeing numerous business transformations and partnering with management teams to drive substantial value creation. In addition to its expertise in public company governance and driving long-term value creation, Starboard’s ability to leverage its broad networks, relationships, and perspectives on behalf of the Company makes SVAC an ideal partner for Cyxtera as the Company embarks upon the next phase of its journey.
“In 2017 we identified a huge opportunity – a premium portfolio of high-quality data center assets with the potential to become a leading global provider in the highly attractive retail colocation market,” said Manuel D. Medina, Executive Chair of Cyxtera and Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital. “Nearly four years later, not only has our experienced team successfully deployed new core systems, a new salesforce and a new brand, we have implemented our strategy to provide deeply connected and intelligently automated infrastructure solutions to businesses around the world. Now, as a new Cyxtera enters its growth chapter, we’re thrilled to partner with Jeff Smith and the SVAC team. In addition to helping accelerate our growth along multiple vectors, Starboard’s deep expertise across corporate governance, operational excellence, and capital allocation will immediately benefit us as a public company, as we drive long-term value creation.”
“At Cyxtera we’ve built a data center platform that’s ideally positioned to deliver the type of differentiated solutions that enterprises, service providers, and government customers require to meet their ever-changing infrastructure needs,” said Nelson Fonseca, CEO of Cyxtera. “By merging with SVAC, we are able to accelerate our plans to drive high-margin growth by increasing utilization of our existing assets, developing innovative product offerings, and expanding our global footprint. Our management team’s experience in successfully building and operating a publicly traded data center company with a significant presence in international markets ensures that the additional capital will be efficiently allocated to effectively build on our world-class platform, accelerate growth, and create long-term shareholder value.”
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Jeff Smith, Chair of SVAC and CEO of Starboard, said, “Cyxtera is at an exciting inflection point, poised for significantly improved growth and profitability in an industry with powerful secular tailwinds. Cyxtera’s world-class team, led by Manny and Nelson, has built a high-performance, trusted, and reliable global platform, without losing their customer focus or passion for innovation. Cyxtera is exactly the kind of opportunity we were targeting when we created SVAC. We look forward to partnering with the Cyxtera and BC Partners teams to grow the Company and create value for our shareholders, employees, customers, and partners.”
“As part of the original investment group that helped launch Cyxtera, we’ve been firm believers in the power of Cyxtera’s model and the Company’s growth potential since its founding,” said Fahim Ahmed, Partner at BC Partners. “Cyxtera offers a powerful combination of a global platform in top-tier markets, a blue-chip customer base, innovative service offerings, and dynamic partner ecosystems. This merger with SVAC enhances the leadership team’s ability to deliver innovative solutions to clients and expands the scale of Cyxtera’s opportunity.”
The Company’s leadership, including Executive Chair Manuel D. Medina, CEO Nelson Fonseca, COO Randy Rowland, and CFO Carlos Sagasta, will continue to lead Cyxtera, with Mr. Medina and Mr. Fonseca also serving on the board of the combined company as Chair and Director, respectively. SVAC Chair Jeff Smith and Industry Advisor Greg Waters will join the combined company’s board as Independent and Lead Independent Directors, respectively, upon completion of the merger. BC Partners’ Partner, Chairman, and Chairman of the Executive Committee Raymond Svider and Partner Fahim Ahmed will also serve on the combined company’s board.