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Instant Analysis: Equinix Buys Verizon Data Centers for $3.6 Billion

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Verizon doesn't particularly want to be in the data center business, while Equinix is eager to expand. So this is an appropriate and opportunistic transaction for both parties.

Does it matter?

In its press release, the REIT quoted CEO Steve Smith as saying -- accurately, in my view -- that "the new assets will bring hundreds of new customers to Platform Equinix while establishing a presence in new markets and expanding our footprint in existing key metros."

It's a good time to be in the data center business, as enterprises rely more and more on the services such facilities provide. Equinix has been doing well lately, with revenue and the bottom line in its most recently reported quarter both beating analyst estimates (although adjusted funds from operations -- the most important profitability metric for REITs -- slipped a little). With the Verizon buy, it's making hay while the sun shines, to quote a corny phrase, and investors should be pleased with the portfolio-expanding move.

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