In a development that signals a huge positive momentum for the data centre sector, Singapore-based Princeton Digital Group (PDG) has closed an equity investment from Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) as a lead investor for $350 million.
Both existing shareholders in PDG, Warburg Pincus and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’), also invested in this round, with the total exceeding half a billion dollars, the company said in a statement. Established in 2017, PDG is a leading Pan-Asia data centre operator with an unrivalled footprint across key Asian digital economies.
PDG has a portfolio of 20 data centres with over 600MW of secured capacity and spanning five countries. The company serves hyperscalers, internet and cloud companies, and financial institutions with scalable and reliable internet infrastructure and world-class data centre services to meet their increasing demand across Asia. Mubadala Investment Company — a sovereign investor — manages a diverse portfolio of assets and investments in the United Arab Emirates and abroad, to generate sustainable financial returns for its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi.
“We are thrilled to be the lead investor in PDG’s fundraise and partner with the company on its growth journey. PDG is a leading data centre infrastructure platform operating in an attractive market with strong tailwinds and catering to rising demand from the hyperscale segment and more broadly Asia’s digital economies. We look forward to working with PDG’s management team to capitalize on the growth opportunities and create not only sustainable, long term value creation, but also support Asia’s digital infrastructure development as a vital enabler to economic progress.” Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate and Infrastructure Investments at Mubadala
Pan Asia Push
The funds will enable PDG to consolidate its position as the leading Pan-Asia data centre operator, by deepening its presence in Japan, India, Singapore, China, and Indonesia and accelerating its expansion plans into other markets. Asia is one of the fastest growing data centre regions in the world, driven by strong market fundamentals such as a large base of internet users, the growth of digitalization, high levels of data usage and an increasing tech-savvy young population.
“We are excited to have a leading sovereign fund Mubadala as another blue-chip investor in PDG. Mubadala’s track record of long-term investments combined with extensive know-how in the digital infrastructure space makes it a great partner as we continue to scale our business. We are also heartened by the continued trust and confidence placed by both Warburg Pincus and Ontario Teachers’ in PDG.” Rangu Salgame, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of PDG.
“Since making our initial investment we have been very impressed with the management team’s ability to successfully execute a highly differentiated strategy and focus on value creation. We are pleased to make a second investment in PDG to help accelerate their growth and look forward to partnering with Mubadala and Warburg Pincus on this journey,” said Ben Chan, Senior Managing Director for Asia-Pacific at Ontario Teachers’.
Ellen Ng, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus said that since backing the founders in PDG’s formative days, it has been impressed by PDG’s leadership and execution of a strong thesis and is excited to continue to be part of PDG’s journey and believe that the company is best poised to take advantage of a truly transformative market opportunity.