The ASG Group will sell its datacentre in the Perth suburb of Bentley following its board's determination that the facility is a "non-core asset."
The Bentley Datacentre will be bought by telecommunications infrastructure company, Vocus Communications, for $11.7 million. The transaction will be funded from existing cash resources, with $10.7m to be paid at completion, and the remaining $1m deferred 12 months.
Vocus chief executive officer (CEO), James Spenceley, told ARN that as part of the deal, the infrastructure provider will inherit "most hosted client and managed service client contracts directly," but did not comment on the number of customers it is onboarding.
Vocus expects the datacentre to generate annualised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of about $2m, and to be earnings per share (EPC) accretive in the first year.
ASG will remain a tenant of the facility as a provider of ongoing hosting services to managed services clients, with Vocus to become a preferred supplier to ASG for telco services across the Group.
According to a statement from the ASG board to the ASX, "While important to the workings of the Group, it was recognised that the datacentre would be better in the hands of a partner for whom datacentres were core to their business."
ASG has reported that as a result of the sale it forecasts a net debt target of less than $10m to be achieved for fiscal 2015.
The Bentley datacentre is located about 4km from Vocus' existing datacentre in Perth CBD.
Spenceley said, "The acquisition continues our investment in Perth and provides Vocus with additional resources to serve the fast-growing Western Australian market."
The purchase resembles an expansion play which will provideVocus with additional rack space and scalability in Perth as its first facility in the city nears capacity.
He claims it will also make Vocus a one-stop shop for telecommunications partners (including Internet services providers) as well as resellers.
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