CyrusOne: CyrusOne Sells GDS Shares to Raise Approximately $200 Million of Proceeds (Press Release)

Apr 12, 2019 | Posted by Bob Tester

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 12, 2019-- CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced that it has sold approximately 5.7 million American depository shares (“ADSs”) of GDS Holdings Limited (“GDS”) (NASDAQ: GDS) for a total purchase price of approximately $200 million. CyrusOne will continue to hold approximately 2.3 million ADSs, valued at approximately $90 million based on the GDS closing price on April 11, with the remaining shares being subject to a six-month lock up. The commercial agreement between CyrusOne and GDS will remain in place, and Gary Wojtaszek, CyrusOne’s President and Chief Executive Officer, remains a member of the GDS Board of Directors.

“GDS has created substantial value for its shareholders over the last 18 months, in turn allowing us to recycle capital and generate significant cash proceeds from the sale of shares, while maintaining a position that approximates our original investment,” said Wojtaszek. “This transaction replaces a meaningful portion of our equity capital requirements for the year, with the proceeds being deployed to fund attractive, profitable growth opportunities. William and his team have been fantastic partners, and the nearly 20 megawatts of leases we signed last year with Chinese hyperscale companies was a direct result of our relationship with GDS. As two of the fastest-growing data center companies, we look forward to continuing to work together to capitalize on the strong underlying secular demand trends and meet the needs of our customers in the two biggest economies in the world.”

This transaction was not contemplated in CyrusOne’s original 2019 guidance provided February 20, 2019. CyrusOne will provide updated 2019 guidance when the Company reports its first quarter 2019 results after the market closes on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

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