Acquisition to enhance DigitalBridge’s capabilities in the complementary mid-market segment
The transaction will be immediately accretive to earnings and will increase guidance for 2022
BOCA RATON, Fla., April 28, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE:DBRG) today announced that an affiliate, DigitalBridge Investments, LLC (collectively “DigitalBridge”), has agreed to acquire the global business of management of the infrastructure equity investments of AMP Capital, part of its subsidiary Collimate Capital, (the “Company”) in a transaction valued at $328 million*, including upfront payments for the management platform, fund sponsor investments and retained performance fees, as well as potential contingent payments based on certain future performance thresholds. AMP Capital’s global infrastructure equity platform comprises four investment funds with $5.5 billion* in remunerative assets under management, including the 3.4 billion and the $1.4 billion Global Infrastructure Fund I (“GIF I”).
The strategic and financial benefits of the transaction include:
Enhances Full Stack Digital Infrastructure Capabilities: the business strategically fits alongside DigitalBridge’s flagship value-added digital infrastructure franchise, positioning the company to capitalize on smaller, high-return investment opportunities in the middle market.
High caliber plug-and-play investment team: The experienced investment team will operate as a separate new business unit within the DigitalBridge investment management platform, strengthening DigitalBridge’s industry-leading team of digital infrastructure professionals with a common goal of generate attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns.
Accretive transactions increase forecasts: At close, the DigitalBridge IM platform’s projected 2022 operating cost revenue (“FRE”) is expected to increase mid-term by approximately 20% compared to the previous forecast. At closing, the business is expected to be immediately accretive to DigitalBridge’s after-tax income per Class A common share.
“This transaction represents a unique opportunity to extend our leadership in digital investment management,” said Marc Ganzi, CEO of DigitalBridge. “In addition to accelerating and scaling the growth of our platform, we are building a team of high-calibre investment professionals who share our commitment to delivering strong long-term returns to investors and who have significant experience in investing in the value-added middle market infrastructure segment directly adjacent to our flagship equity business The venture will offer immediate financial benefits and growth potential as we aim to enhance our ability to achieve and exceed our short and medium term business objectives.
A supplemental investor presentation describing the key agreement and financial terms of the transaction is available in the Shareholders section of DigitalBridge’s website and will be provided as an attachment to a current Form 8-K report to the Securities and United States Exchange Commission. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
About Digital Bridge
DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG) is a global leader in digital infrastructure. With a legacy of more than 25 years of investing in and operating businesses across the digital ecosystem, including cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells and edge infrastructure, the he DigitalBridge team manages a $45 billion portfolio of digital infrastructure assets on behalf of its limited partners and shareholders. Based in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.digitalbridge.com
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