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More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

January 15, 2019 / James Bourne

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.In terms of the largest deals in 2018, a 25% stake in Global Switch was sold to Asian investors for around $2.8 billion (£2.1bn), while four other deals – acquisitions by Digital Realty, Iron Mountain, GRR and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners – totalled more than $1bn.