Starwood Capital Group unveils strategic investment in Echelon Data Centres 

The transaction will see Starwood Capital commit approximately $850 million through Starwood Opportunity Fund XII and Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., becoming a 50% shareholder in Echelon and providing material capital for its continued growth. The investment values the Company at approximately €2.5bn Enterprise Value. The Company’s capitalisation is further primed for growth through a new €900m debt facility provided by Morgan Stanley and United Overseas Bank (“UOB”).

Lorcain Egan, Co-Head, Europe, Starwood Capital Group, commented: “Starwood Capital is delighted to announce this investment in Echelon. It is a testament to the business the Echelon team has built since 2016 to establish a leading European data centre platform. Echelon has been delivering critical infrastructure to support the growth of some of the world’s most dynamic technology companies and we look forward to continuing to partner with them in that mission. For Starwood Capital, this significant and strategic investment continues our long-term focus and capital deployment into a core sector for our European business.”  

David Smith, Managing Director and Head of Data Centres, Europe at Starwood Capital, added: “We are incredibly excited to continue our long-standing relationship with the Echelon team and to support the accelerated growth of its business. This investment builds on our expertise and track record in the sector, including our recent launch of Starwood Digital Ventures, a platform dedicated to our growing global data centre investment strategy.”

“Data centres have been a core thematic for us in the United States and Europe over the last five years and we are delighted to grow our portfolio in a key sector with strong tailwinds. This transaction materially enhances our data centre footprint and capabilities in Europe. We are confident that with the Echelon team and Starwood Digital Ventures we will continue to find further opportunities to deploy capital into transactions with attractive risk adjusted returns for our investors, both in Europe and the United States, where we have an additional 600MW of projects in our pipeline, bringing our total global platform to ~1.5GW,” said Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital.

Niall Molloy, CEO & and Founder of Echelon Data Centres, said: “We are very pleased to enter into this transaction with our long-standing partner, Starwood Capital. Starwood Capital’s scale, access to capital and track record position Echelon incredibly well to service our customers’ growth requirements on a global basis. We look forward to the continued growth of the business and expansion into new European markets and beyond.”

Trevor Whelan, CIO of Echelon Data Centres, said: “Today’s announcement is a huge milestone for the Echelon team on the journey to establishing a global data centre platform centred around large-scale campuses, and vertical integration with power generation. It is also a milestone day for Starwood Digital Ventures, and we are excited to be one of the foundation blocks as they rapidly grow their Digital Infrastructure business.”

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