Cyxtera Technologies (NASDAQ: CYXT), a retail colocation provider, today announced its Q3 2021 earnings and provided updates on its data center portfolio, bookings, churn, utilization (which had notable changes in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia), pricing, and capital expenditures.

Financial Performance in Q3 2021 – Cyxtera Technologies

In Q3 2021, Cyxtera Technologies reported revenue of $177.1m, a 1.0% increase quarter-over-quarter, and transaction adjusted EBITDA of $58.1m, a 6.7% decrease quarter-over-quarter. Therefore, the company’s EBITDA margin was 32.8% in Q3 2021, a 2.7% decline quarter-over-quarter.

Recurring Revenue

Cyxtera’s recurring revenue for Q3 2021 was $169.3m (96% of total), an increase of 1.2% quarter-over-quarter. Recall that the company’s non-recurring revenues comprise installation services related to a customer’s initial data center deployment and professional services.

Full-Year 2021 Outlook

For full-year 2021, Cyxtera projects revenue of $692m to $706m ($699m at the mid-point). Additionally, the company forecasts transaction adjusted EBITDA of $223m to $227m ($225m at the mid-point). Finally, the mid-point of the company’s outlook implies a year-over-year increase of 1.2% and 4.4% in revenue and EBITDA, respectively.

Operational Performance in Q3 2021 – Cyxtera Technologies


Cyxtera operates 61 data centers, comprising 245 megawatts of power capacity. Overall, these data centers comprise 1.8 million sqft, in 28 markets throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, supporting 2.3k+ customers.


Cyxtera’s annualized core bookings were $20.8m in Q3 2021, representing a decrease of 33% quarter-over-quarter.

Annualized Core Bookings by Quarter ($mm)
Cyxtera Technologies Annualized Core Bookings Q3 2021


Cyxtera reports “core churn” of only 0.7% of average core MRR, however, this figure excludes churn related to Lumen Technologies.


As of Q3 2021, Cyxtera Technologies’ overall data center utilization, based on sqft, was 68.5%, which improved 0.5% quarter-over-quarter. During the quarter, notable lease-up occurred in Silicon Valley (8.0k sqft), Seattle (2.5k sqft), Boston (1.3k sqft), and Toronto (1.1k sqft). In contrast, Cyxtera realized incremental vacancy in Northern Virginia (6.9k sqft), Chicago (1.6k sqft), London (0.8k sqft), and Phoenix (0.6k sqft).


During the quarter, Cyxtera produced a monthly recurring revenue (MRR) per cabinet of $1,440, which represents a 1.3% increase quarter-over-quarter.

Capital Expenditures

The company spent $16.0m (cash basis) or $21.4m (accrual basis) on capital expenditures in Q3 2021. Of the accrual basis capital expenditures, $15.0m went to expansion projects, $5.7m was for maintenance, and $0.7m was corporate.

Mary Zhang covers Data Centers for Dgtl Infra, including Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX), Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), CyrusOne, CoreSite Realty, QTS Realty, Switch Inc, Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), Cyxtera (NASDAQ: CYXT), and many more. Within Data Centers, Mary focuses on the sub-sectors of hyperscale, enterprise / colocation, cloud service providers, and edge computing. Mary has over 5 years of experience in research and writing for Data Centers.


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