06-October-2016 Keppel DC REIT strengthens data centre portfolio with acquisition in Europe

Expands portfolio with data centre on long lease to one of the largest global cloud service providers

Keppel DC REIT Management Pte. Ltd., as Manager of Keppel DC REIT, has acquired the shell and core building of a data centre in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales within the United Kingdom (UK), from Cardiff Data Investments Limited. The purchase consideration is GBP 34.0 million (approximately S$59.7 million1).

Strategically located within the Celtic Gateway Business Park, the facility comprises a two-storey data centre that is connected to a three-storey office block. The facility is approximately four kilometres away from the Cardiff city centre and is well-served by major modes of transportation. Sited on approximately 26,000 sqm (279,864 sq ft) of freehold land, the facility has a total lettable area of approximately 7,380 sqm (approximately 79,439 sq ft) and was completed in 2003.

The data centre is fully-leased to one of the largest global cloud service providers on a 15-year triple-net lease which commenced in June 2016 with annual rental escalations. Under the lease structure, the client manages the facility, as well as bears all operating expenses and capital expenditure of the data centre.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Keppel DC REIT's Distribution Per Unit. Post-acquisition, the portfolio weighted average lease expiry (WALE) will improve from 8.7 years to 9.5 years while the percentage of freehold assets will increase from 39.7% to 43.2%. The addition of another well-established client will also diversify and further strengthen Keppel DC REIT's client base.

Apart from rebalancing the portfolio with an increased proportion of master-leased facilities, the addition of the shell and core asset on a triple-net basis further enhances the portfolio's stability through income and geographical diversification.

Mr Chua Hsien Yang, CEO of the Manager, said, "The strategic addition of this facility presents an attractive opportunity for Keppel DC REIT to participate in Cardiff's growth as one of the emerging digital clusters that hosts an internet exchange point outside of London. The city is undergoing a digital transformation, driven by strong government support and a growing business community.

"This marks Keppel DC REIT's fourth acquisition since its listing in end-2014. In addition to the visible pipeline of assets from the Sponsor, Keppel DC REIT will continue to pursue income-producing assets from third parties, such as the Cardiff data centre, that will complement its portfolio profile and enhance total returns to its investors," he added.

Notwithstanding near-term uncertainties post-Brexit, heightened data residency requirements as well as stricter compliance needs may increase the onshoring of data in both the UK and the EU. According to BroadGroup, demand for data centre services in the UK is expected to remain unabated, rising steadily at a CAGR of 13% from 2016 to 2020 while Cardiff's demand is expected to grow further at a CAGR of 19% from 2016 to 2020.

The acquisition has been completed on the same day as the contract signing and is fully funded by GBP-denominated debt. Keppel DC REIT's aggregate leverage has increased from 29.1% to approximately 32.5% with the acquisition. Assets under management have also increased to approximately S$1.13 billion across 10 data centres with total lettable area of approximately 62,927 sqm (677,348 sq ft), excluding maincubes Data Centre which is under construction by the vendor in Germany and Milan Data Centre which is pending transaction completion.

DBS Bank Ltd. and Standard Chartered Securities (Singapore) Pte. Limited are the Joint Financial Advisers and Issue Managers to the initial public offering of Keppel DC REIT (the "Offering"). DBS Bank Ltd., Standard Chartered Securities (Singapore) Pte. Limited and Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited are the Joint Global Coordinators to the Offering. DBS Bank Ltd., Standard Chartered Securities (Singapore) Pte. Limited, Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited, Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte. are the Joint Bookrunners and Underwriters to the Offering (collectively, the "Joint Bookrunners").

The Joint Bookrunners for the Offering assume no responsibility for the contents of this announcement.

 1 Based on an exchange rate of GBP 1.00 to S$1.7562 as at 30 September 2016.

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About Keppel DC REIT (

Listed on 12 December 2014, Keppel DC REIT is the first pure-play data centre REIT listed in Asia and on the Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST).

Keppel DC REIT's investment strategy is to principally invest, directly or indirectly, in a diversified portfolio of income-producing real estate assets which are used primarily for data centre purposes, as well as real estate related assets, with an initial focus on Asia Pacific and Europe.

As at 6 October 2016, its portfolio comprises 10 high-quality data centres strategically located in key data centre hubs. With an aggregate lettable area of approximately 677,348 sq ft, the portfolio spans eight cities in six countries in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Keppel DC REIT's data centre properties in Asia Pacific include Keppel DC Singapore 1 (formerly known as S25) and Keppel DC Singapore 2 (formerly known as T25) in Singapore; Basis Bay Data Centre in Cyberjaya, Malaysia; Intellicentre 2 and Gore Hill Data Centre in Sydney, Australia; and iseek Data Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In Europe, Keppel DC REIT owns GV7 Data Centre in London, United Kingdom; Cardiff Data Centre in Cardiff, United Kingdom; Keppel DC Dublin 1 (formerly known as Citadel 100 Data Centre) in Dublin, Ireland; and Almere Data Centre in Almere, the Netherlands. The current portfolio excludes the REIT's forward purchase of maincubes Data Centre which is under construction by the vendor in Offenbach am Main, Germany and slated for completion in 2018, as well as the acquisition of the shell and core building of a data centre in Milan which was announced in August 2016 and pending transaction completion.

Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T), the Sponsor of the REIT, has also granted Rights of First Refusal (ROFR) to the REIT for future acquisition opportunities of its data centre assets.

The REIT is managed by Keppel DC REIT Management Pte. Ltd. Keppel Capital Holdings Pte. Ltd. (Keppel Capital) has a 50% interest in the Manager, with the remaining interest held by Keppel T&T. Keppel Capital is a premier asset manager in Asia with assets under management of approximately $26 billion in real estate, infrastructure and data centre properties in key global markets.

The Manager's key objectives are to provide the REIT's Unitholders with regular and stable distributions, as well as achieve long-term growth while maintaining an optimal capital structure.

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