BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), a leading carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that the Company has completed divesting two business units within its Managed Network Services (MNS) business.
Prior to completion of this transaction, the Company's MNS business included content delivery network (CDN) services, hosting area network services, route optimization and last-mile broadband businesses.
For its CDN, hosting area network services and route optimization businesses, 21Vianet transferred 66.67% of the equity interest in each of its six (6) wholly-owned companies engaged in the CDN, hosting area network services and route optimization businesses (collectively, the "WiFire Entities"), for a nominal consideration of RMB 1 for each of the WiFire Entities, to Beijing TUS Yuanchuang Technology Development Co., Ltd. ("TUS"), a company wholly owned by Tus-Holdings Co., Ltd. ("Tus-Holdings"). Tus-Holdings currently holds more than 50% of the Company's voting power through its affiliated investment vehicle and is a controlling shareholder of the Company. Following completion of the transfer, TUS holds 66.67% and 21Vianet holds 33.33% equity interest in each of the WiFire Entities.
For its last-mile broadband business, 21Vianet transferred 2 shares in Sichuan Aipu Network Co., Ltd. ("Aipu") to Jian Li, Co-CEO and a director of Aipu, for a nominal consideration of RMB 1. Immediately prior to the transfer, 21Vianet held 50% equity interest plus 1 share in Aipu. Following completion of the transfer, 21Vianet holds 50% equity interest minus 1 share in Aipu. 21Vianet is also in the process of identifying potential investors to acquire the remaining 50% equity interest minus 1 share in Aipu.
In recent years, all of the Company's MNS businesses have faced increasing competition, and as a result, are currently loss-making. Duff and Phelps, LLC, an independent financial advisor to the Company's Audit Committee, delivered a fairness opinion to the Company's Audit Committee to confirm that the nominal consideration to be received by the Company is fair from a financial perspective.
"We are pleased to announce the agreements today to sell parts of our Managed Network Services businesses," said Steve Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "With the completion of this divestiture, 21Vianet will be able to focus more on expanding our core IDC business and capturing the growing demand in this market."
"Following the completion of this transaction, we expect to incur a material one-time noncash impairment in the third quarter of 2017, which will include assets such as goodwill, intangibles, and long-term investments," said Terry Wang, Chief Financial Officer of the Company. "However, going forward, we expect that our core IDC business will continue its strong growth and our cash flows and EBITDA will see improvements."
This transaction has received approval from both of the Company's Audit Committee and board of directors.
Duff and Phelps, LLC is acting as independent financial advisor to the Company's Audit Committee. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel to the Company's Audit Committee.
21Vianet Group, Inc. is a leading carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, cloud services, and business VPN 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. 21Vianet operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 4,000 hosting enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.
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