Johnson Controls International PLC said Friday it has agreed to acquire Silent–Aire, a Canadian private hyperscale data center cooling company, for up to $870 million. Under the terms of the deal, Johnson Controls will pay $630 million upfront and make additional payments based on the reaching of certain milestones. “Silent-Aire specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of mission critical custom air handlers and modular data centers for hyperscale cloud and colocation providers,” Johnson Controls said in a statement. The move comes as the pandemic has moved more applications to the cloud and resulted in strong demand for computing power and the expansion of data center infrastructure. “Over the last several years, this trend has overwhelmingly favored the development of hyperscale cloud and colocation facilities,” said the statement. Johnson Controls is expecting the deal to close in the third quarter of fiscal 2022, and to boost adjusted EPS by 7 cents to 9 cents that year. Silent-Aire is based in Edmonton, Alberta and has about 3,000 employees globally. Johnson Controls shares were up 2% premarket and have gained 30% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 9%.
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