Contact: Ben Kolada
One year ago, Equinix announced that it was acquiring Switch and Data in its largest-ever transaction. The deal gave Equinix an immediate presence in several new markets, and alleviated capacity constraints in existing ones. However, the acquired properties haven’t lived up to their expectations, and Equinix was forced to trim its revenue guidance as a result. (Equinix will provide more details on its Q3 results on Tuesday.)
With the revision, investors sliced $1.3bn (about 25%) in market value from the combined company. For perspective, that’s nearly twice the amount that Equinix paid for its rival. And it’s not as if the Internet infrastructure industry is anti-acquisition. Digital Realty Trust closed two major deals this year worth a combined $1.1bn. Meanwhile, its shares have climbed 20% since the year began, compared to the Nasdaq’s 8% return.
With its hands full on its consolidation play and the market having punished its stock, Equinix won’t be announcing another acquisition anytime soon. In fact, we wonder if Equinix might not be a seller before it once again returns as a buyer. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the company divest legacy Switch and Data assets that are outside its core footprint.