TIME dotCom Berhad, one of the leading telecommunications provider in Malaysia is selling a major stake in its AIMS Data Centre to US-based investment firm, DigitalBridge.
“The strategic partnership entails the immediate divestment by Time of 49% of the ordinary shares and 100% of the irredeemable convertible preference shares in AIMS Data Centre Holding Sdn Bhd, as well as 21% of the ordinary shares in AIMS Data Centre (Thailand) Limited. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q2 2023, subject to certain conditions precedent (including Time shareholder approval) being satisfied.”
Full announcement from TIME dotCom below:
TIME dotCom Berhad (“Time” or “the Group”) today announced it has partnered with affiliates of DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (NYSE: DBRG) (“DigitalBridge”), one of the world’s leading owners and operators of digital infrastructure assets, to accelerate the expansion of its AIMS Group (“AIMS”) data centre business across Asia.
AIMS is Malaysia’s leading highly connected, ecosystem-centric data centre and widely regarded as the home of Malaysian Internet. In its 22-year history as a data centre operator, AIMS is proud to include the largest companies in the world amongst its customers. AIMS’ data centres currently include its flagship facility in downtown Kuala Lumpur, a state-of-the-art purpose-built site in Cyberjaya and a new data centre in downtown Bangkok.
The partnership between Time and DigitalBridge is premised on bringing together a unique combination of two entities with distinctly different backgrounds – a focused telecoms and data centre operator with assets across ASEAN, and a digital infrastructure investor that has enabled the growth of some of the most successful data centre and digital infrastructure companies around the world.
Both parties envisage a rapid and tactical expansion of data centre facilities across primary and secondary cities in ASEAN and beyond with a focus on providing best-in-class services to multinationals, large enterprises, content providers, internet infrastructure providers and financial institutions. The plans will centre on AIMS as the primary platform for expansion, whilst making Malaysia a core hub and gateway for greater connectivity in the region.
Following a strategic review of its data centre business in late-2021, the Group found that there were significant opportunities in underserved markets across Asia.
Aggressively pursuing these opportunities would require significant investments as well as a deep understanding of global trends in the space. Time felt that this ambition would be best realised with a strategic partner that has a global lens, culminating in today’s announcement.
“We believe that DigitalBridge is the right partner as they are committed to building on AIMS’ heritage and capitalise on its strengths. We see this as a true partnership that will allow us to tap on their global experience in other markets,” said Afzal Abdul Rahim, Commander-in-Chief of Time.
“AIMS operates some of the most strategic data centre assets in the ASEAN region,” said Justin Chang, Managing Director and Head of Asia for DigitalBridge. “We are excited to have such a strong foundation to build a broader regional business focused on providing high quality interconnection and ecosystem facilities to our global customers. Time has an impressive track record of building connectivity linked businesses across the ASEAN region and is the ideal partner for this endeavour.”
Value Creation and Transaction Structure
As part of the strategic partnership, the overall AIMS business is being valued at an enterprise value of RM3.2 billion. This compares to its current book value of RM240 million and represents a significant gain since Time first acquired AIMS in 2012 for RM119 million.
The strategic partnership entails the immediate divestment by Time of 49% of the ordinary shares and 100% of the irredeemable convertible preference shares in AIMS Data Centre Holding Sdn Bhd, as well as 21% of the ordinary shares in AIMS Data Centre (Thailand) Limited. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q2 2023, subject to certain conditions precedent (including Time shareholder approval) being satisfied.
“This strategic partnership allows us to crystallise substantial value from the investment we have made in AIMS over the years. Proceeds from the transaction of approximately RM2.0 billion will partly be used to pay a special dividend of up to RM1.0 billion to our shareholders, and the balance will be reinvested into the Group to further grow shareholder value,” concluded Afzal.
For more information, please refer to Time’s announcement on Bursa Malaysia.