ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (STT GDC), a Singapore-based data center colocation services provider, has raised S$1.75 billion ($1.3 billion) from KKR-led consortium with Singtel, a Singapore-based communications technology group.

STT GDC said in a statement that the firm, KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Singtel have signed definitive agreements under which a KKR-led consortium and Singtel (the consortium) will invest in STT GDC.

This transaction marks the largest digital infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia to date in 2024.

The transaction comprises an initial S$1.75 billion ($1.3 billion) investment by the consortium via redeemable preference shares (RPS), with detachable warrants.

Upon exercise of the warrants in full, the consortium will invest an additional S$1.24 billion ($920 million).

The consortium was selected following an independent competitive process by STT and STT GDC, which considered, among other things, the consortium’s collective expertise and track record, financial strength, and proposed business strategy.

The proceeds of the investment will be used to further advance STT GDC’s position in the markets it operates in, and to support its continuing international expansion and growth plans through organic and inorganic strategies.

Following the transaction, ST Telemedia continues to be the majority shareholder of STT GDC.

“Since our inception 10 years ago, STT GDC has developed into a leading data center provider with a significant footprint in Asia, United Kingdom and Europe, supporting the growth of the world’s largest cloud and enterprise customers,

“With the industry experiencing unprecedented cloud and artificial intelligence (AI)-led growth, this strategic partnership with KKR and Singtel will be a significant catalyst for STT GDC’s next chapter of growth as a leader in the digital infrastructure industry,” said Bruno Lopez, President & Group CEO of STT GDC.

Meanwhile, Stephen Miller, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of ST Telemedia, said that since founding STT GDC, they have steadfastly supported its evolution and growth.

“Today’s announcement marks another important milestone for STT GDC with the introduction of two new marquee investors to enhance its global growth strategies,

“As a strategic investor and shareholder, STT looks forward to working closely with our new partners to propel STT GDC in its exciting next phase of global growth,” he added.

Headquartered in Singapore, STT GDC is one of the world’s fastest-growing data center providers with more than 95 data centers across 11 geographies and points of presence in over 20 major business markets.

It provides critical services including high-quality colocation, connectivity, and round-the-clock support services.

Today, its data center portfolio has a total combined capacity of more than 1.7 gigawatt (GW) of information technology (IT) load.

“Data centers serve as an important backbone of the digital infrastructure that enables an increasingly digital economy and many critical industries globally,” said David Luboff, Co-Head of KKR Asia Pacific and Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure, KKR.

“Our investment in STT GDC is a rare opportunity to support the growth of a leading data center platform with a terrific track record of growth and significant potential, whilst deepening our existing collaboration with Singtel,

“Together, we look forward to leveraging our global network and expertise investing in digital infrastructure to power STT GDC’s continued success and international expansion, and to help it to achieve its next phase of transformation,” he added.

Arthur Lang, Group Chief Financial Officer of Singtel, said they see digital infrastructure, particularly data centers, as a growth asset and compelling investment with the remarkable rise of the sector driven by rapid digitalization and AI adoption around the world.

“Given our joint expertise in digital infrastructure, we are pleased to participate in this fundraising with KKR, deepening our relationship since its investment in our regional data center arm Nxera last September,

“This is a solid opportunity for Singtel to gain exposure to an established platform with a footprint in high-quality data center markets and aligns with our Singtel28 strategy to further scale our digital infrastructure business in collaboration with like-minded partners,” he added.

It is noted that KKR is making this investment from its Asia Pacific Infrastructure Investors II Fund.

This follows KKR’s announcement at the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Prosperity to mobilize infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region, and marks KKR’s latest digital infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia and globally.

Past investments in Southeast Asian digital infrastructure have included: Nxera, a Singapore-headquartered data center platform serving Asia Pacific; Pinnacle Towers, a digital infrastructure platform in Asia with a strong focus on the Philippines; and OMS Group, a leading neutral subsea telecommunications cable services provider.

Singtel is a leading provider of connectivity, digital services and digital infrastructure, with data centers a critical part of the business.

In September 2023, KKR acquired a 20 percent stake in Nxera, Singtel’s regional data center business.

The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent including regulatory approvals.

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