The proceeds from this transaction are primarily being used to refinance existing financings in place for three data centres on the company’s flagship Northern Virginia campus and five data centres in the province of Quebec, Canada, as well as to fund general corporate needs.
The notes include (i) $1,026M five- and seven-year Class A Term Notes (Series 2023-1 A-2a and Series 2023-2 A-2), (ii) C$380M Canadian dollar Class A tranche (Series 2023-1 A-2b, ~$286M USD equivalent) and (iii) $43M Class B Notes (Series 2023-1 B). The Class A Notes & Class B notes are rated A- and BBB- respectively by Standard & Poor’s.
Deutsche Bank Securities acted as Sole Structuring Advisor. In addition to Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, Truist Securities and Wells Fargo Securities acted as Joint Active Bookrunning Managers on the transaction. Additionally, this transaction achieved a Green Bond designation via a Second-Party Opinion (SPO) from Morningstar Sustainalytics in September 2023. For additional details, please see the company’s Green Bond Framework.
“This transaction is Vantage’s ninth securitisation financing since 2018. It’s also our fourth green financing bringing our total green loan financings to more than $2 billion,” said Sharif Metwalli, Vantage’s chief financial officer. “This financing provides an even stronger financial position for our North American platform and enables us to continue scaling the business to meet customer demand in an environmentally friendly way. We appreciate the ongoing support and partnership from our lead investor, DigitalBridge, and their confidence in us to grow the business to not only meet our customers’ IT requirements but also to align with our customers’ sustainability goals.”
“Vantage is delivering on its growth strategy, and despite inflation and the challenging capital markets, investors continue to be confident in Vantage’s ability to execute as evidenced by this securitisation,” said Jon Mauck, senior managing director at DigitalBridge. “We look forward to further building on this momentum to drive value for our stakeholders, not only in North America, but around the world. Vantage is uniquely positioned for long-term growth with a leading digital infrastructure platform designed for the world’s preeminent hyperscalers and cloud providers.”