Ontario Teachers’ takes control of Australian data centre provider

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has closed its acquisition of an additional 29 percent stake in Metronode, an Australian data centre provider, from CIMIC Group Ltd. No financial terms were disclosed. Ontario Teachers’ acquired a 70 percent interest in Metronode as part of its June 2013 investment in its parent company, Nextgen Group Pty Ltd. In August, CIMIC agreed to sell its interest in Nextgen to the Canadian pension fund. CIMIC said it expects to receive net proceeds of about US$190 million to US$210 million from the exit.

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Ontario Teachers’ assumes full ownership of Metronode, leading Australian data centre provider

December 05, 2016

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’), has completed the acquisition of an additional 29% stake in Australia’s Metronode from CIMIC Group Limited , giving the plan full ownership of the market leading data centre provider.

Metronode has operational facilities throughout Australia and expertise in next-generation data centre design and construction. Ontario Teachers’ previously held a 70% stake in Metronode as part of its 2013 acquisition of a majority interest in its parent company, Nextgen Group Holdings.

“Metronode is a highly desirable asset and we are extremely pleased to take on this increased ownership within a sector that is poised for steady, continued growth,” said Jane Rowe, Ontario Teachers’ Senior Vice-President, Private Capital. “We look forward to supporting Metronode’s management on their continued growth within the business.”

About Ontario Teachers’

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, with $171.4 billion in net assets at December 31, 2015. It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an annualized rate of return of 10.3% since the plan’s founding in 1990. Ontario Teachers’ is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto. Its Asia-Pacific region office is located in Hong Kong and its Europe, Middle East & Africa region office is in London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario’s 316,000 active members and retired teachers. For more information, visit otpp.com and follow us on Twitter @OtppInfo.

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