Data centres perform a critical function in the digital economy. They provide an indirect way of accessing the high growth potential of companies such as Amazon.com, Microsoft and Google whose business models are reliant on data centres for their long-term growth and success.
Location is key for the customer and provides a barrier to entry. Security, reliable power supply and functionality are also mission critical. For example, the payments company Visa experienced a network failure in June 2018, resulting in millions of transactions being declined, the issue being attributed to a glitch at one of its data centres.
Equinix has a global reach with more than 200 data centres spread across 24 countries and benefits from a business model with high recurring revenues. The company is classified as a real estate investment trust (REIT) and as such can be susceptible to short-term negative sentiment when interest-rate sensitives are out of favour, but our investment case is based on the structural growth in the industry which is reflected in the strong growth in profits and dividends that the company has delivered over time.
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