Cogeco Peer 1 has announced the completion of its acquisition by Digital Colony, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure. The company, which will operate as a standalone business, was previously part of Cogeco Communications Inc. The transaction was originally announced on February 27, 2019.
Cogeco Peer 1 will remain headquartered in Toronto and will continue to prioritize employee engagement and customer and partner success through two business units. The new Fiber business unit will focus on scaling the company’s fiber assets, which currently encompass more than 3,300 route kilometers of owned, dense metro fiber in Canada’s two largest urban markets. It will become the country’s first neutral-host provider of small cell and 5G infrastructure and enterprise and wholesale fiber connectivity. The other business unit will concentrate on growing the company’s data center portfolio which is located across North America and Europe offering hybrid-solutions and managed services to a global, blue-chip customer base.
“As the world continues to become more reliant on wireless technologies and mobile devices, increased access to digital infrastructure assets and cloud storage is imperative,” said Susan Bowen, CEO of Cogeco Peer 1. “We look forward to meeting the fiber and data center needs of a range of customers, from mobile network operators to leading enterprise organizations, as a standalone business.”
“Cogeco Peer 1 has a strong management team in place to lead the company as it enters the next phase of its growth and evolution,” said Steven Sonnenstein, a managing director at Digital Colony. “We are excited to support the leadership team as it scales the business, providing superior service to customers around the world as a neutral- host provider of digital infrastructure.”
RBC Capital Markets acted as sole financial advisor to Digital Colony, Miller Thomson LLP served as the firm’s legal counsel, and TD Bank led the debt financing. BMO Capital Markets acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Cogeco Communications, and Stikeman Elliott LLP provided legal counsel.