SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 07, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), the world’s largest wholesale datacenter provider, announced today that it entered into definitive purchase and sale agreements with unrelated third parties to acquire a three-property data center portfolio located in Massachusetts and Connecticut, also referred to as the New England Portfolio. The portfolio comprises a total of approximately 550,290 square feet and consists of 55 Middlesex Turnpike located in Bedford, Massachusetts; a 100% condominium interest that represents 87.5% of the square footage of 128 First Avenue located in Needham, Massachusetts; and 60-80 Merritt Boulevard located in Trumbull, Connecticut. The facilities have been renovated to modern data center standards in the last four years.
The purchase price will be approximately $375.0 million (subject to adjustment in limited circumstances) and will initially be funded with borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility. The purchase is subject to various closing conditions, including receipt of requisite consents.
“Upon closing, the addition of these high quality, mission critical datacenter facilities will significantly expand our footprint in the important New England market,” commented Scott Peterson, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Digital Realty Trust. “The portfolio is leased to a diverse roster of 36 tenants in various industries primarily under long-term leases.” As of September 30, 2009, the weighted average remaining lease term for the buildings was 7.5 years. In addition to the leasehold tenants, there are 15 licensees of, among other things, ancillary equipment space, meet-me-room access, conduit space and non-specific server space at the buildings in the portfolio.
About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. owns, acquires, redevelops, develops and manages technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing Turn-Key Datacenter(R) and Powered Base Building(R) datacenter solutions for domestic and international tenants across a variety of industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty Trust’s 81 properties, excluding one property held as an investment in an unconsolidated joint venture, contain applications and operations critical to the day-to-day operations of technology industry tenants and corporate enterprise datacenter tenants. Comprising approximately 14.4 million rentable square feet as of January 4, 2010, including 1.9 million square feet of space held for redevelopment, Digital Realty Trust’s portfolio is located in 27 markets throughout North America and Europe. For additional information, please visit Digital Realty Trust’s website at http://www.digitalrealtytrust.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Such forward looking statements include statements related to the closing of the acquisition of the New England Portfolio, the expected cash capitalization rate and net operating income, the total square feet available for lease, the percentage of occupied rentable square feet, future rent steps, the expected federal tax basis and depreciation method and life claimed, the timing of any property tax reassessments and the expected source of funds. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates” or “anticipates” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and discussions which do not relate solely to historical matters. You can also identify forward looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: the impact of the current deterioration in global economic and market conditions; decreases in information technology spending; adverse economic or real estate developments in our markets or the industry sectors that we sell to; our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; downturn of local economic conditions in our geographic markets; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to public companies or to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; increased interest rates and operating costs; our failure to obtain necessary outside financing; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; risks related to joint venture investments; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for redevelopment; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our failure to successfully operate acquired properties; our inability to acquire off-market properties; delays or unexpected costs in development or redevelopment of properties; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see our reports and other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Chief Financial Officer and
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Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
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Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
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