Stack Infrastructure, a builder of wholesale data center space, has raised $325 million of debt finance - funds it plans to use to build and expand its data center properties.

The investment, bigger than the $300 million reported before the public announcement, will be used to pay off a previous investment and build more data centers. The company specializes in built-to-order facilities for hyperscale players such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.

Pandemic windfall

Stack's release says the round of financing benefits from the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which "has enhanced the digital economy and is further driving investor interest in data centers, as data demands are increasing to support work-from-home initiatives, collaboration tools, and new technology platforms". The latest round involves issuing securitized notes at a coupon rate" of 1.893 percent. This financial jargon means the investment re-finances Stack, and investors are kept secure from any issues with the company. Stack says this is the lowest ever coupon rate in the industry, by which it means the investment is seen as a specially sound one.

The company has now raised more than $1.4 billion, and has several data centers under construction, including a fully pre-leased 32MW multi-story data center on its campus in San Jose, California, and a 125-acre hyperscale data center campus with 250MW of potential critical capacity in Prince William County, Virginia, which it is developing. In Chicago, it is building a 24MW, multi-story data center next to an existing facility, and it is adding an 80MW expansion to its Portland data center campus. It is building an 80-acre hyperscale campus in Phoenix, Arizona with access to over 150MW of critical capacity, and a 400-acre hyperscale data center campus with 400MW potential critical capacity in Alliance Texas.

Stack is also expanding its Atlanta, Georgia campus, bringing total capacity in that region to 20MW, and recently entered a new market, buying a purpose-built, Tier III data center in New Albany, Ohio. Stack’s New Albany campus also has more land to develop.