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New data centre investor Digital 9 Infrastructure to IPO at $550m

Company’s first bet could be in subsea operator AquaComms at an estimated £160 million (~$220 million) investment.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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February 01, 2021 | 11:52 AM GMT

Investment company Digital 9 Infrastructure (LON: DGI9) has officially launched today and has at the same time announced its IPO in the London Stock Exchange.

With an IPO evaluated at £400 million (nearly US$550 million), the trust said its first investment in the digital infrastructure space will be in subsea cable operator AquaComms, which owns and operates 20,000km (12,400 miles) of trans-Atlantic subsea fibre systems. The investment could amount to as much as £160 million of the fund (~$220 million).

In a press statement, Digital 9 Infrastructure’s management entity Triple Point Investment Management, which manages more than £1.8 billion ($2.47 billion) in assets, explained that Digital 9 will invest in a range of digital infrastructure assets that deliver a reliable, functioning internet and will comprise future proofed, non-legacy, scalable platforms and technologies.

“Digital 9’s investment objective is to generate a total return for investors comprising sustainable and growing income and capital growth through investing in a diversified portfolio of resilient Digital Infrastructure Projects,” it reads on the business’ website.

The company expects to publish a prospectus in March and complete the IPO shortly afterwards.

James Cranmer, managing partner of Triple Point, said: “Digital 9 Infrastructure (DGI9) is an opportunity to invest in the true backbone of the internet.

“From day one, DGI9 will deliver returns underpinned by 20-year plus contracted revenue from some of the largest companies in the world, including Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft.”

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