BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet"), the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, announced today that Singapore investment company, Temasek, has through its investment vehicle, entered into a definitive share purchase agreement with 21Vianet and certain shareholders of the Company.
Pursuant to this agreement, Temasek will make a US$100 million investment in 21Vianet. Approximately 87% of the investment will be newly issued Class A ordinary shares and the remainder will be Class A ordinary shares to be sold by existing shareholders. The purchase price is US$15.00 per ADS, or US$2.50 per ordinary share. Immediately after the closing of the transaction, Temasek will hold approximately 10% equity ownership in 21Vianet. Temasek will have the right to nominate one director to 21Vianet's board of directors after the closing. The transaction is expected to close in October 2013, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
"We welcome Temasek's investment in our Company and believe that its deep expertise in Asia's telecom industry will significantly benefit 21Vianet going forward," said Mr. Josh Chen, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of 21Vianet. "With this investment from one of the most reputable investment companies in Asia, 21Vianet can better leverage Temasek's extensive telecom industry connections, know-how and investments, allowing us to connect with their existing portfolio of companies and further expand our business opportunities going forward. We are confident that by securing a large institutional shareholder, we further strengthen our growth trajectory and ability to generate shareholder value over the long term."
Temasek is a Singapore based investment company established in 1974. Supported by 10 affiliates and offices in Asia and Latin America, Temasek owns a S$215 billion portfolio as of March 31, 2013, mainly in Singapore and Asia. Temasek's investment themes focus on transforming economies; growing middle income populations; deepening comparative advantages; and emerging champions. Its portfolio covers a broad spectrum of industries that include financial services; telecommunications, media and technology; transportation and industrials; life sciences, consumer and real estate; and energy and resources.
21Vianet is the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services, cloud infrastructure services, and content delivery network services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet's proprietary smart routing technology enables customers' data to be delivered across the internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in more than 40 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2,000 customers that span many industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.
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