08/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/24/2021 05:41
VTB Bank has acquired 44.8% in Rostelecom Data Centers and cloud divisions
Moscow, Russia - December 24, 2020 - Rostelecom group (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), the largest integrated digital service provider in Russia, today announces that it has signed the deal to attract VTB Bank as the strategic partner ('The Transaction') to jointly develop Rostelecom Data Centers ('RTK-DC'), a subsidiary that combines data centres and cloud assets. VTB Bank invests RUB 35 billion in RTK-DC for a 44.8% stake with a transaction multiple of 7.8x EV/OIBDA 2020. The deal is expected to be closed until the end of 2020. It also provides for the possibility of a Rostelecom Data Centers IPO within the coming three years.
''We are very excited to initiate our strategic partnership with VTB Bank for the development of our cloud division. This is a significant milestone that will accelerate growth and facilitate the realisation of our data centers and cloud potential. Over the next couple of years, we expect this part of the business to deliver double-digit growth which will continue to power the delivery and expansion of Rostelecom's digital proposition.
We are seeing growing interest in Russian tech companies from capital markets, and together with VTB, we will plan for RTK-DC to go public in the medium term. This will provide the opportunity for institutional and retail investors to support our plans to drive future growth of this promising division. We expect the IPO of our cloud segment to yield higher valuation multiples that usually apply to data centers and cloud companies, which will ultimately lead to better market valuation of Rostelecom itself.'
The strategic partnership with VTB Bank will support Rostelecom's investment in the growth of data centers and cloud business. The transaction funds will be deployed for debt repayments and to drive the RTK-DC investment programme which includes the development of its regionally distributed data center network and the development of new cloud solutions.
The transition of state and corporate clients of various size onto subscription models of IT and cloud services consumption is the key driver of growth. Additional growth is also expected to come from the expansion of digital economy projects which captures demand for storing and processing digital data coming from mobility, AI, analytics, IoT and edge computing.
Further information is available at https://www.company.rt.ru/en/ir/news_calendar/.
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In early 2021 Rostelecom intends to host a conference call for investors and analysts where it will discuss the Transaction details and share the outlook of the core data centers and cloud business streams within the Rostelecom Group.
Further details of the conference call will be announced closer to the date.
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Rostelecom Data Centers (RTK-DC) manages Rostelecom's data centers and cloud services, including DataLine acquired in 2019. Today, RTK-DC is an undisputed leader in the data centers market with a 25% share, and 26% in cloud / IaaS market. The combined capacity of its data canter network is powered by 12,200 racks. The 2020 revenues are expected to exceed RUB 26 billion with an OIBDA margin of 40%.
RTK-DC key business priority is the development and provision of wide-ranging turnkey solutions for the business and the State: including the development, roll-out and maintenance of information systems and software/hardware infrastructures through the geographically distributed data centers network and smart access to the cloud ecosystem.
 By #of racks as of 1 December 2020, according to IKS Consulting data
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 Including revenues from companies of Rostelecom group