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SAN FRANCISCO-Digital Realty Trust Inc. has priced its eight-million-share offering at $30.50 apiece. The owner and manager of 10.3 million sf of data center and Internet gateway properties expects net proceeds of $232.7 million, more if underwriters exercise overallotment options for an additional 1.2 million shares.

Proceeds from the sale of half of the shares will be used to pay for an equal number of limited partner units delivered by Global Innovation Partners for redemption. The remaining net proceeds will be used to reduce borrowings under the company’s unsecured credit facility, debt the company intends to build back up to fund acquisitions and redevelopments.

“The company is actively pursuing multiple opportunities for potential acquisitions, with due diligence and negotiations at different stages of advancement,” company executives said in a prepared statement when the offering was originally announced.

Merrill Lynch & Co. and Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering. When the offering was originally announced Monday, Sept. 25, Digital Realty’s share price closed out the day at $30.29, off $0.05 from Friday’s close. In afternoon trading today, the company’s share price stands at $30.82, up $0.30 on the day.

One of only a few companies that owns and manages corporate data centers and Internet gateways exclusively, Digital Realty owns 10.3 million sf. The company went public in November 2004 at $12 per share. So far this year, the company has been active.

In July, Digital Realty acquired three properties for $236.9 million. The acquisitions, totaling about 640,000 sf, included two data centers and an Internet gateway facility. The largest Internet gateway asset acquired in the deal was a 347,000-sf Internet gateway facility in Phoenix. The purchase price was $175 million. The larger of the two data center acquisitions is a 263,700-sf, three-building complex in Fort Worth. The seller, Savvis Corp., leased back the facility for 15 years. The purchase price was $50.6 million.

In April, Digital Realty Trust spent $71 million on 700,000 sf in three data centers in Canada, Georgia and Texas. The largest property was a 313,600-sf facility in Atlanta that is leased through 2011 to a major Internet enterprise as a key data center.

In June, Digital Trust began converting an additional 330,000 sf of owned space into turn-key data centers. The space is spread among 10 markets where company officials say there has been increasing demand. The vast majority of the space involved in the project–283,000 sf–is comprised of its 3 Corporate Place facility in Piscataway, NJ.

In an UpClose interview in March 2006, Digital Realty CEO Mike Foust told GlobeSt.com that important factors in the company’s success is its large scale operation and its equally large team of technical experts in the data-center field. “You need a certain scale to accommodate that significant investment in a professional staff, and that creates a barrier for folks coming in,” he says.

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