NTT Ltd and Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) today announced that they have entered into a strategic real estate partnership, whereby Macquarie will invest in and gain co-ownership of NTT’s wholesale data centers across Europe and North America. Per Nikkei, the deal reportedly involves Macquarie acquiring the majority of the shares in the operating companies that own NTT’s data centers in Europe and North America for ~$816m (100bn Japanese yen). As such, NTT will maintain minority stakes ranging from 25% to 49% in these various operating companies.
Through NTT Global Data Centers, the company is the third largest carrier-neutral data center operator globally with over 1,300 megawatts of data center capacity. Additionally, NTT has a significant development pipeline which will deliver a 25% increase to its capacity (i.e., 325+ megawatts), across more than 20 countries and regions globally.
NTT Global Data Centers – Europe, North America
Collectively, NTT Global Data Centers’ portfolio across both Europe and North America comprises 620+ megawatts of critical IT load across 4.4 million sqft (411k sqm).
NTT Global Data Centers operates in 9 markets in Europe through a portfolio of 20 facilities. Overall, NTT’s Europe portfolio offers 320+ megawatts of critical IT load across 2.15 million sqft (200k sqm). However, given that Macquarie is investing in NTT’s wholesale data centers, smaller facilities (e.g., Hamburg 1) may be excluded from the partnership.
As shown above and detailed below, NTT’s data centers in Europe reside in the markets of Vienna, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, Zurich, and London.
|Data Center||Country||IT Load (MW)||sqft|
|Berlin 2 – Building A||Germany||12.0||51.7k|
|Frankfurt 4 – Building A||Germany||12.0||51.7k|
|Hemel Hempstead 1||UK||2.0||43.1k|
|Hemel Hempstead 2||UK||5.8||24.5k|
|Hemel Hempstead 3||UK||20.0||96.4k|
|Hemel Hempstead 4||UK||24.0||103.3k|
NTT Global Data Centers operates 7 campuses, comprising 13 facilities in the United States. Together, this North America portfolio offers 300+ megawatts of critical IT load across 2.3 million sqft (211k sqm).
As shown above and detailed below, NTT’s data centers in North America reside in the markets of Sacramento, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Hillsboro, Dallas, Ashburn, and Phoenix.
|Data Center||Market||State||IT Load (MW)||sqft|
Rationale – Macquarie Asset Management, NTT
Macquarie Asset Management
Macquarie Asset Management views the partnership with NTT as an opportunity to invest real estate capital alongside NTT to support its expansion in Europe and North America. To this end, NTT plans to build and operate more data centers under its strategic partnership with Macquarie.
For example, NTT’s presence in Ashburn, Virginia spans five data centers, with four more planned, over two campus locations. At full build-out, the Ashburn campus will offer 224 megawatts of critical IT load and 970k sqft of data floor space.
Additionally, in the UK, NTT’s London 1 data center has the ability to scale-up significantly, given its on-site substation which delivers 80 MVA of power. Importantly, Macquarie has shown its appetite to invest in the UK through its recent talks with the UK Government regarding a potential £10bn ($13.5bn USD) investment in UK infrastructure – much of which would be in the digital sub-sector.
For NTT, Macquarie’s capital enables the company to accelerate its data center development projects in Europe and North America. By jointly funding future data center builds with Macquarie, NTT can reduce its direct capital commitment towards growing its portfolio. This is important, given that NTT Global Data Centers’ funding ultimately comes from its parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (TYO: 9432), a Japanese telecommunications company whose public shareholders are focused on the broader company’s total capital expenditure spend.
Similarly, NTT has pursued this joint investment strategy through partnerships with Tokyo Century, a financial services company in Japan, to develop new hyperscale data centers in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, India.