U.S.-based private equity firm Sverica International has sold its portfolio company Pivot Data Centres Inc to Rogers Communications Inc (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B; NYSE: RCI) for $155 million. The Calgary-based Pivot, which was previously known as Care Factor Computer Services Inc, is a provider of colocation data centre solutions, and was acquired in a control-stake deal by Sverica in November 2009. The company also received growth financing from RBC Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund in 2011 and 2012.
Sverica International Announces the Sale of Pivot to Rogers Communications for C$155 million
Sverica International, a private equity investment firm, announced today the sale of its portfolio company Pivot Data Centres Inc. (“Pivot”) to Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B; NYSE: RCI) (“Rogers”) for C$155 million. Based in Calgary, Alberta with an additional facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Pivot is a leading data centre solutions provider in Western Canada, specializing in colocation as well as data centre design, maintenance, and relocation.
Sverica acquired a controlling interest in Pivot (formerly Care Factor Computer Services Inc.) in November 2009. Over the course of its investment, Sverica enhanced strategic focus on Pivot’s colocation services, identified Edmonton as an attractive growth market, added depth to management, and facilitated capital investment for significant capacity expansion to support rapid growth.
“Sverica identified the growth opportunities available in colocation and the Western Canadian market specifically, and the vision we shared with management for Care Factor in 2009 is embodied in Pivot’s accomplishments since and its momentum today,” said Frank Young, Managing Director at Sverica. “Pivot has emerged as a leader in Alberta due to its steadfast focus on delivering flexible and reliable colocation services to its clients, and this commitment to client service and support from a strong partner like Rogers will position Pivot for continued growth. This transaction represents a great outcome for Sverica’s investors and Pivot’s management and employees.”
“It has been a privilege working with Sverica, and the Board as the CEO of Pivot, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished,” said Pivot’s CEO Michael Koury. “This transaction is a huge milestone and it represents a tremendous endorsement for all the hard work and effort from Pivot employees over many years in building a great company. Looking forward, we are very excited to be joining Rogers’ Business Solutions as part of the BLACKIRON Data brand. Pivot’s footprint in Alberta helps to complement Rogers’ data centre coverage nationwide, making this an excellent fit.”
BMO Capital Markets and Signal Hill served as financial advisors to Sverica and Pivot.
Pivot Data Centres provides tailored and flexible co-location data centre solutions that deliver peace of mind through an unwavering commitment to service and quality. It’s their focus today, and it has been their commitment – day in, day out – for nearly a quarter century. With a client base consisting of government, large enterprises, and an extensive roster of medium and small business, Pivot is a leading privately-held co-location provider in Western Canada and offers carrier-neutral facilities, vendor-agnostic infrastructure platforms, high-density solutions, and SSAE 16 and PCI compliancy. Pivot Data Centres operates three co-location data centres in Alberta: two in Calgary and one in Edmonton. www.pivotdci.com
About Sverica International
Sverica International is a leading private equity firm with over $425 million of assets under management across all funds. The firm acquires, invests in and actively builds companies that are, or could become, leaders in their industries. Since 1993 Sverica has maintained a “high touch” operating philosophy of taking an active role in portfolio companies. Sverica devotes significant internal resources to help its management teams develop and execute growth strategies. For more information, visit www.sverica.com.
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