5 October, 2021 – London, United Kingdom – Infratil Limited, a listed global infrastructure business, has agreed to invest up to £120-130 million in Kao Data, the leading UK developer and operator of advanced data centres.
Since commencing operations in 2018, Kao Data has created world-class digital infrastructure systems that deliver high performance colocation services for enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI organisations.
As part of its continued expansion, Kao Data has recently signed an agreement to acquire two UK prime location data centres with a long-term anchor lease from a large financial services business. This purchase will enable Kao Data to deliver multi-site services for its clients and expand potential capacity to c. 55MW, while delivering long-term trusted operations for clients’ mission-critical infrastructure.
Infratil’s initial investment will fund this growth, after which Infratil will hold 40% of Kao Data, alongside current shareholders, Legal & General Group, one of Europe’s largest asset managers and Goldacre, founder of Kao Data and part of Noé group.
Infratil CEO Jason Boyes said, “With global demand for connectivity continuing to rise, this is an excellent opportunity to expand our digital infrastructure portfolio and build on our successful data centre platform investment in Australia and New Zealand. We were an early mover into this sector, acquiring CDC Data Centres in 2016, which has delivered exceptional performance.”
Kao Data provides a compelling strategic growth opportunity for Infratil. It is a rare opportunity to be able to invest in one of the fastest growing data centre markets in the world, alongside blue chip partners. We will bring our sector experience alongside our partners’ capability and relationships to continue to scale up this business, with the aim of delivering a sizeable multi-site platform.”
Lee Myall, CEO, Kao Data said, “I welcome today’s announcement of Infratil Limited’s investment in Kao Data, and on behalf of our management team, we look forward to working with them on the next stages of this exciting journey. This investment presents a strategic opportunity to accelerate our mission of supporting the computing requirements of advanced industries, and to do so sustainably.”
Vincent Gerritsen, Head of UK and Europe for Morrison & Co, the manager of Infratil Ltd said, “We look forward to working with the Kao Data management team and existing shareholders to continue the build out of best-in-class, high-performance, sustainable data centre solutions and scale up the platform through attractive growth opportunities in the pipeline.”
Matteo Colombo, Strategic Capital Investment Director at Legal & General Capital said, “Kao Data is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading compute providers to the life sciences and financial services sectors, amongst others, delivering critical infrastructure to enable a productive and inclusive society. We’re thrilled to welcome Infratil with its international experience and significant sector acumen.”
David Bloom, Founding Partner at Goldacre, Noé Group, said, “This is another landmark moment for Kao Data, both for the continued growth of the firm and for the development of the wider data centre industry. We saw immense potential in Kao Data back in 2014 and are proud to see the team continue to go from strength to strength, transitioning into a widely respected market leader. Given the ever-growing importance of the data industry, we look forward to working with Infratil and our existing partners to create further opportunities to accelerate the emergence of state-of-the-art infrastructure and enter new markets around the globe.”
Morrison & Co, which manages Infratil Ltd, has deep investment and operating experience in digital infrastructure, managing investments in businesses such as Vodafone New Zealand, Fore Freedom, and CDC Data Centres. It is actively growing its European investment portfolio with current equity investments in water, energy distribution, renewable energy, transport and digital infrastructure.
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About Morrison & Co: Founded in 1988, Morrison & Co is a global infrastructure investment management specialist, which manages multiple client mandates with total funds under management of approximately £11 billion at 1 September 2021. Morrison & Co invests on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and other public and private pools of capital. Investment mandates include separately managed accounts, co-mingled funds, and asset-specific management relationships.
About Infratil: Launched in 1994, Infratil Limited is a New Zealand based listed infrastructure investment company (NZX: IFT, ASX: IFT). It invests in renewables, digital and social infrastructure businesses, with operations in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Asia and the US. Infratil’s businesses provide essential services for the communities where they operate. Infratil is a modern infrastructure investor targeting returns to shareholders of 11-15% p.a. over the long-term and has group assets in excess of NZ$7billion.
About Legal & General Capital: Legal & General Capital (LGC) is Legal & General Group’s alternative asset platform, creating assets for Legal & General Retirement and third-party clients in order to achieve improved risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. LGC has built its market leading capabilities in a range of alternative assets, delivering depth of resource, track record and intellectual property. Investing in the real economy and creating alternative assets that deliver a tangible societal impact, its purpose is to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit. LGC’s investments have been vertically integrated and include: residential property; specialist commercial real estate; clean energy; alternative credit; and venture capital. As LGC’s capability to create alternative assets continues to grow, it will not only continue to grow its balance sheet alternative assets but also create alternative assets for third party investors. Many of these investors have the same aims, namely to create assets to back pensions with an improved yield or to create assets with strong growth prospects but with low correlation to equities. L&G has invested around £30bn in levelling-up regional economies, including through major regeneration schemes in Cardiff, Newcastle and Salford. Legal & General recently made a commitment to enable all new homes across its portfolio to operate at net zero carbon emissions by 2030, including Legal & General Modular Homes, CALA Group, Legal & General Affordable Homes, Build to Rent and Later Living. www.legalandgeneralcapital.com
About Legal & General Group: Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With over £1.3 trillion in total assets under management, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income.
About Goldacre: Goldacre (formerly Goldacre Ventures) is the venture capital arm of the Noé Group, a £2.5bn family office-led investment house. Goldacre backs early stage, tech-led innovative businesses focused on the smart built environment. We look for exceptional entrepreneurs with big ideas, clear vision and the conviction to drive them forward. Our capital is patient and our management proactive, allowing our teams the latitude to create long-term value. For further information, please visit: http://goldacre.com/
About the Noé Group: The Noé Group is an innovative family office providing investment management and advisory services in real estate and PropTech. Founded in 2017 by Zvi Noé, Raphael Noé, David Bloom and Leo Noé, one of the property industry’s most prominent executives, the Noé Group is built on more than 40 years of successful family office investment. The Noé Group operates throughout the UK, Europe and Israel with over £2.5bn in assets under management through its principal businesses, Capreon and Goldacre. For further information, please visit: http://noegroup.co.uk/