Munich Airport International and The Carlyle Group’s CAG Holdings Form Joint Venture to Improve North American Airports

Carlyle

Partnership Will Reimagine the Airport Customer Experience in Collaboration with Communities and Public Authorities Across the Continent

New York, NY – Munich Airport International (MAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Airport, and CAG Holdings (CAG), The Carlyle Group’s (NASDAQ: CG) global airport investment platform, today announced the formation of Reach Airports LLC – a U.S.-based joint venture to offer training, consulting and management services to the aviation sector in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other OECD countries. Reach Airports builds on the 25+ year experience of Munich Airport’s international business.

Reach Airports combines the strengths of both parties – the airport investment background of CAG with the operational management expertise of MAI. The formation of Reach Airports builds upon an existing partnership between CAG and MAI for airport development opportunities globally, most notably the redevelopment of Terminal One at New York’s JFK International Airport. The combination of a strong financial investor joining forces with Europe’s best airport to transform the customer experience at JFK represents a milestone in the North American aviation sector.

MAI, the international business arm of Munich Airport, Europe’s only 5-star airport, will continue to expand its global business activities through the creation of Reach Airports. “Together with our partner, CAG, we look forward to providing excellent services to a market that demands significant airport improvements,” states Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director of Munich Airport International. “We are excited to bring our proven long-term operational and commercial experience developed at airports around the world to North America.”

CAG, which is a portfolio company of the Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, is led by an experienced U.S.-based management team. With its deep roots in the North American market, CAG acknowledges the importance of working with diverse stakeholders at the local level. “Airports are the economic engines for our regions and cities, and any improvements must reflect the community’s interests while providing new opportunities for growth and career development for local residents,” explains Amit Rikhy, President & CEO of CAG. “We are excited to partner with Munich Airport to reimagine the airport customer experience in close collaboration with local communities and public authorities across the continent.”

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About Munich Airport and Munich Airport International

Incorporated in 1949, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) has been operating Munich Airport on its current site since its opening on May 17, 1992. It is jointly owned by the Free State of Bavaria (51 percent), the Federal Republic of Germany (26 percent) and the city of Munich (23 percent). The FMG corporate group, with its 16 subsidiaries, employs more than 9,000 people. With a total workforce of about 35,000, employed by about 550 companies, Munich Airport is one of Bavaria’s largest employers. Within just a few years of opening, Munich Airport developed into a major air transportation hub and was firmly established as one of Europe’s 10 busiest airports. Munich Airport now offers connections to more than 250 destinations all over the world. In 2017 Bavaria’s gateway to the world has handled approximately 405,000 flights with 44.6 million passengers. Munich Airport is proud to be the first – and remains the only – airport in Europe with a “5-Star Airport” designation by the London-based Skytrax Institute.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Airport’s operating company Flughafen München GmbH, Munich Airport International (MAI) is responsible for all national and international consultancy, management and training services. The 70 experts at MAI provide full airport lifecycle services, including planning/design, project management, operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT), commercial development, process reengineering, profit and revenue optimization, tailor-made training services and comprehensive airport management. In addition to airports, customers also include airlines, ground handlers and airport investors.

About The Carlyle Group and CAG Holdings

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $212 billion of assets under management across 339 investment vehicles as of September 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents. www.carlyle.com

The Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, L.P. (CGI) is Carlyle’s flagship infrastructure investment fund focused on investments globally. CGI is managed by a team of experienced professionals based in Washington, DC and has been the driving force behind recent landmark announced transactions including the Port of Corpus Christi Texas and, together with CAG Holdings, the redevelopment of New York’s JFK Terminal One.

CAG Holdings (CAG) is The Carlyle Group’s dedicated U.S.-based investment arm for airport infrastructure investment opportunities globally and is a portfolio company of the Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. CAG is led by an experienced management team with a track record of more than 70+ airport projects globally combined with a deep, localized understanding of the U.S. airport market.

Contacts:

Munich Airport
Ingo Anspach
ingo.anspach@munich-airport.de
+49 89 975 41180

The Carlyle Group
Christa Zipf
christa.zipf@carlyle.com
+1 212 813 4578

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A three-cluster symbiosis as a driver of exports in Kymenlaakso

Finnvera

19.11.2018

Port operations, the forest industry and the energy sector form a close-knit union in Kymenlaakso. In the coming years, the clusters’ investments will rise to even hundreds of millions of euros. The EUR 100 million LNG terminal being built in Hamina is Wärtsilä’s and its partners’ investment in new energy technology.

The ports of Kotka and Hamina merged their operations seven years ago. This strengthened HaminaKotka’s position as Finland’s largest general port, and now 18 per cent of Finnish exports of goods pass through the port.

Nearly 17 million tonnes of goods leave from or arrive in HaminaKotka this year. The forest industry accounts for approximately 40 per cent of this.

After a long time, investments are also increasing. According to Kimmo Naski, CEO of the Port of HaminaKotka, investments started two years ago.

“At the moment, the ongoing projects include the construction of the largest pulp centre in the Nordic countries in Mussalo, Kotka, and the giant module and LNG projects in Hamina. There is also the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project under way in Mussalo, with HaminaKotka as its central port,” says Naski.

The total value of all the investments approaches EUR 200 million. Markus Laakkonen, Finnvera’s Regional Director of Southern Finland, speaks about the rise of traditional industry in Kymenlaakso.

“Even ten years ago, the atmosphere was completely different, with paper mills being closed down. The forest industry has undergone a major transformation. UPM is currently planning to build a new biorefinery in Kotka. Upon realisation, it would be a billion-class project,” notes Laakkonen.

A close-knit network of enterprises has emerged around the Port of HaminaKotka, consisting of enterprises operating in the forest industry, the chemical industry and the energy sector as well as small-scale industry and subcontracting chains.

Merely in the port area, there are approximately 170 enterprises, and the cluster employs, directly and indirectly, 7,000 people. When the forest industry is included, the impact on employment multiplies.

“Subcontracting enterprises have many investment projects under way. Now it’s time to replace machinery and equipment. In addition, the number of transfers of ownership is increasing,” says Laakkonen.

Getting the LNG infrastructure in order

During the past few years, LNG, or liquefied natural gas, has adopted a more prominent role especially in ship traffic. The main owners of the LNG terminal being built in Hamina are Hamina Energy Ltd and the Estonian enterprise Alexela. The terminal supplier Wärtsilä is a minority investor.

Tuomas Haapakoski, Director, Financial Services at Wärtsilä, says that one of the background factors for the popularity of LNG is the fact that emission limits are becoming stricter. A global sulphur limit will enter into force in ship traffic in 2020.

“LNG is also linked with electricity generation and consequently with Wärtsilä’s gas power plants as LNG is storable energy. The role of gas power plants is changing as the share of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, increases in electricity generation. Renewable energy needs to be complemented with flexible load following power that can be taken into use quickly, using cleanly burning natural gas,” comments Haapakoski.

According to Haapakoski, the terminal includes a 30,000-cubic-metre storage tank where liquefied natural gas is received from a ship. From the terminal, LNG is delivered to clients with lorries and ships or re-gasified and delivered via the natural gas network.

The total terminal investment amounts to approximately EUR 100 million. The Hamina terminal is Wärtsilä’s third LNG terminal project in Finland. The other two are in Tornio and Raahe.

“It’s all about building the basic LNG infrastructure in Finland, a project we want to be involved in. The terminals contribute to Wärtsilä’s strategy of making maritime traffic more environmentally friendly as LNG is low-emission ship fuel. We developed multi-fuel ship engines ages ago, but LNG distribution networks are only just developing,” explains Haapakoski.

The Export Credit Guarantee Act amended – investments in Finland

In financing the terminal investment, Wärtsilä and other owners took advantage of the amendment to the Export Credit Guarantee Act four years ago.

Before the legislative amendment, Finnvera could support Finnish enterprises by granting export credit guarantees and export credits for foreign projects. Now the export credit guarantee can also be granted for domestic projects if the investment promotes exports.

“I believe that this is useful for many enterprises. After all, foreign competitors offer export financing solutions also for projects to be carried out in Finland. It would have been a bad situation indeed if the selection of a domestic supplier had ruled out the opportunity of using export financing for investments in Finland,” notes Haapakoski.

Finnvera’s financial instrument for foreign investments goes by the name of the Buyer Credit Guarantee. It is a security that is granted for a credit received by the buyer and that protects the creditor, usually the bank, from risks related to repayment. Arranging the financing for the buyer helps the Finnish export company to secure the deal.

A similar guarantee arrangement for domestic investments is known as a Finance Guarantee.

“The Hamina terminal is an investment that promotes exports, in particular as LNG becomes more common as ship fuel. HaminaKotka is one of the largest ports in Finland, and it has many export companies as its clients,” says Riitta Leppäniemi, Finnvera’s Finance Manager.

According to Leppäniemi, there have been few financing projects of this kind in the last four years. The best-known of these is the bioproduct mill built in Äänekoski that was a billion-class investment.

FACTS: Kymenlaakso comes fourth
  • Kymenlaakso is the fourth largest export region in Finland after Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi and Pirkanmaa.
  • According to Customs’ statistics from last year, the region had nearly 350 export companies.
  • The forest industry is still essential for the region, and Southeast Finland is the largest forest industry cluster in Europe. In Kymenlaakso, there are many pulp, paper and board mills as well as sawmills.
  • The main logistics artery consists of the E18 motorway, Finland’s largest general port HaminaKotka and the rail network.
  • Last year, ships transported nearly 11 million tonnes of goods from the Port of HaminaKotka. This represented a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent. A total of 3.8 million tonnes of goods arrived in HaminaKotka.
  • Read more about credit risks in export trade here.
  • Read more about our working capital for export products here.
  • Read more about financing for the buyer here.

Caption: This LNG tanker represents modern maritime traffic. The Hamina terminal is Wärtsilä’s third LNG terminal project in Finland. The other two are in Tornio and Raahe. “It’s all about building the basic LNG infrastructure in Finland, a project we want to be involved in” says Wärtsilä’s Director of Financial Services Tuomas Haapakoski.

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KKR to Acquire GeoStabilization International® from CAI Capital Partners

KKR

Marks KKR’s Third U.S. Industrials Middle-Market Deal This Year

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 19, 2018– Global investment firm KKR has entered into an agreement to acquire GeoStabilization International® (“GSI” or the “Company”), a leading provider of geotechnical maintenance services for critical infrastructure across the United States and Canada, from CAI Capital Partners (“CAI”). This transaction marks KKR’s third acquisition of a middle-market business in the industrials sector this year. The transaction, the financial details of which were not disclosed, is being funded through KKR’s Americas XII Fund.

GSI is a leading provider of landslide repair and rockfall mitigation services in the United States and Canada, developing and implementing innovative solutions that remediate geohazards in order to restore the safe operability of impacted infrastructure. The Company has established a strong reputation for its ability to serve as a partner of choice due to its national scale, as well as its integrated design, engineering, and execution capabilities. GSI focuses solely on its core mission of geohazard mitigation, with a passion across all its teammates for developing and installing proprietary solutions that protect people and infrastructure from the dangers of geohazards. Due to GSI’s unique focus, the Company is an innovation leader in its approach of using integrated teams of geologists, geotechnical engineers, and remediation technicians who work hand in hand leveraging proprietary and patented GSI technologies including their Soil Nail Launcher, Biowall System, ScourMicropiles, and SuperNails.

“We are thrilled to work with GSI and its leading management team to build upon the Company’s track record of excellent service in improving the safety of our infrastructure as GSI enters this new chapter,” said Pete Stavros, Member of KKR and Head of KKR’s Industrials investment team. “We have been particularly impressed by GSI’s long track record of strong organic growth, which we attribute to the Company’s innovative technology offerings, focus on customer service and responsiveness, and strong leadership under CEO Colby Barrett and his team. Given the importance of GSI’s many employees to the Company’s success, in partnership with Colby, we plan to implement a broad-based employee ownership and engagement model at GSI, similar to what we have done at our other industrials portfolio companies.”

Colby Barrett, GSI CEO, said, “We are very excited to work with KKR as we enter this new phase of our growth. KKR shares our vision for a strong, employee-focused culture, our relentless focus on safety, and our enthusiasm to invest in innovation to deepen our service capabilities and even better serve our customers across markets. We would also like to thank CAI for the support they have provided, which has helped us to build this current foundation upon which we will continue growing.”

Over the past seven years, KKR’s Industrials team has focused on employee engagement as a key driver in building stronger businesses. The cornerstone of the strategy has been to allow all employees to take part in the benefits of ownership by granting them the opportunity to participate in the equity return directly alongside KKR. KKR also supports employee engagement by investing in training across multiple functional areas, driving improvements in worker safety and by partnering with the workforce to give back in the community.

This transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close by year-end 2018. Fully committed financing has been led by lead arrangers UBS Securities LLC and KKR Capital Markets. KKR was advised in the transaction by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. GSI and CAI were advised by William Blair and Perkins Coie LLP.

About GeoStabilization International®

Founded in 2002, GSI is a leading provider of complex geotechnical maintenance services for critical infrastructure across the U.S. and Canada. The company develops and implements innovative solutions that protect from dangers associated with geohazards that have either caused, or have the potential to cause, catastrophic infrastructure failures and significant economic disruption. For more information, please visit www.geostabilization.com.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

For more information about KKR’s Industrials team and the employee engagement model please visit the KKR Industrials page on LinkedIn, @KKR_Industrials on Twitter and KKR Industrials on YouTube.

About CAI Capital Partners

CAI Capital Partners is a Vancouver-based private equity firm focused on partnering with and growing founder-owned businesses in the Canadian lower middle market. Over three decades, CAI has invested C$1.4 billion into companies across North America. For additional information about CAI, please visit www.caifunds.com.

Source: KKR

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Norsk Jernbanedrift awarded largest contract ever

Hercules Capital

Norsk Jernbanedrift (NJD) has entered into a contract with NCC for the construction of the railway-related infrastructure on the stretch Venjar – Eidsvoll North, part of the Norwegian InterCity project. The contract is approximately NOK 300m, and is the largest in NJD’s history.
Head of NJD’s construction division, Kjell Myhr comments: “The contract is a testament to our abilities. We have focused on selected projects where we can utilize our overall expertise, and this project fits us very well.”

The stretch from Venjar to Eidsvoll North is nine kilometers and comprises about four kilometers of new track parallel to existing track, and five kilometers of new double track. NJD will be responsible for the works related to track, contact lead, electro, signal and power supply.

Acting CEO, Jan Erik Aas comments: “The contract Venjar – Eidsvoll North will give NJD an all-time-high order back log, reason for continued optimism and a good foundation for achieving our ambitious growth targets.”

 

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Terminal One Welcomes Port Authority Decision to Redevelop JFK Terminal One as Part of Advancing Airport’s Ambitious Vision Plan

Carlyle

  • Strong commitment to inclusion and labor participation with unprecedented focus on diversity and MWBE opportunities throughout the project targeting a 30% goal
  • Featuring world-class architecture, security, shopping and convenience
  • Establishing an Airport Academy to train local workers in airport operations and management
  • New terminal will be fueled by a target of 100% renewable energy

New York, NY – The Terminal One Team, comprising Terminal One Group Association (TOGA) and its world-class team of operating and financial partners, today welcomed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s decision to move forward with the redevelopment and expansion of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport’s Terminal One in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Vision Plan for JFK. Terminal One Group Association comprises Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air and Japan Airlines – all of which partnered in 1994 for the original development of Terminal One at JFK. TOGA is joined by a world-class team of operating and financial partners to help deliver one of the largest public-private partnership projects in America. The TOGA team is an innovative coalition of airlines, labor, minority- and women-owned businesses and strong financial partners that includes: The Carlyle Group, together with its dedicated airport platform, CAG Holdings, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico and Munich Airport International.

“The TOGA airlines are committed to providing world-class levels of service to the people of New York State and New York City. The TOGA partner airlines have been serving JFK for more than 60 years,” said Arthur Molins, Managing Director for TOGA. “We have demonstrated our commitment to the New York market for decades, are confident in its growth potential and look forward to our sustained presence here well into the future.”

“Governor Cuomo has thrashed all the myths about minority participation in major infrastructure projects by insisting on a 30 percent standard throughout the project,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, co-founder of JLC Infrastructure. “The old excuses – there are not enough minority contractors, not enough minority financing, not enough minority entrepreneurs – have all been tossed out the window with this project.” JLC Infrastructure is a Port Authority-certified minority owned business and will provide financing for the project.

The new Terminal One will encompass 3 million square feet of terminal space on what is now Terminal One, Terminal 2 and the site of the former Terminal 3 – with 23 new gates (potentially increasing to 27) and additional aircraft parking positions, providing significant additional capacity for millions of passengers.

The Terminal’s architecture will be a unique and iconic gateway, inspired by New York City and all it offers; one such upgrade will be the arrivals corridor, which draws from New York City’s High Line, and will make a grand first impression with clear views of the city’s iconic skyline. The new terminal will bring the current AirTrain inside the facility, improving access and convenience, while offering family-friendly play areas, indoor parks and best-in-class concessions with a strong local Queens flavor.

The facility will offer a seamless, state-of-the-art security experience, cutting down on wait times and providing a more advanced screening process, along with a top-of-the-line baggage claim process to allow passengers to move quickly through the terminal. The new, cutting-edge screening technology will be highly adaptable to combat the ever-evolving threats faced by airports.

The Terminal One Team has also committed to environmental sustainability for its redevelopment of JFK. The redevelopment will reduce energy use in the terminal by 30 percent and switch to 50 percent renewable energy with a target of up to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. The new terminal will also implement 100 percent composting of organic waste and recycling of inorganic waste.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and finish during the second half of 2025, with the new terminal opening in phases to ensure uninterrupted gate capacity and a seamless transition.

“This project will put thousands of union members to work for a long period of time. With union investment in this deal, this is a partnership model that works for workers, management and investors. The Terminal One Team, in line with the objectives outlined by Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority, went the extra mile to make sure this project is a winner for all parties,” said Edward Smith, President and CEO for Ullico Inc.

The Terminal One Team has also made the JFK community an important element of its plan, including a preference for local businesses, jobs for local residents and quarterly job fairs for New Yorkers, paving paths to permanent employment and community development. In addition, the team is establishing an Airport Academy at JFK to help Queens and regional residents learn the skills needed to work in airport operations, whether at JFK, LaGuardia or anywhere in the world.

“We’re supporting TOGA to deliver a world-class travel experience,” said Peter Taylor, Co-Head of Carlyle’s global infrastructure fund. “TOGA has partnered with Labor and Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), including capacity building and training. TOGA’s MWBE goal is throughout the project, from engineering and architecture, to financial and legal as well as construction.”

“JFK is the world’s gateway to New York and the United States’” added Amit Rikhy, CEO of CAG Holdings. “Working with TOGA, our collaborative, local and world-class team and plan will deliver a redeveloped Terminal One that is part of the unified, interconnected and premier airport New Yorkers deserve.”

See our video here: https://www.carlyle.com/media-room/corporate-videos/ready-fly-%E2%80%93-one-jfk

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About TOGA

TOGA is a New York-based limited partnership of four international airlines: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa. TOGA was originally formed in 1994 and entered into a long-term Site Lease with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to finance, construct, maintain and operate a new passenger terminal facility at JFK, now known as Terminal One. The Terminal is home to the four TOGA Airlines plus 19 other international airlines and is on pace to process approximately 7.7 million passengers to over 38 nonstop international destinations in 2018.  With 10 international gates, Terminal One has been operated by TOGA since May 1998 and is one of only two terminals at JFK that can serve the Airbus 380 superjumbo aircraft.

For media inquiries, contact Arthur Molins at arthur.molins@dlh.de or at +1 516 296 9234.

About The Carlyle Group and CAG Holdings

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) is a global alternative asset manager with approximately $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles as of June 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents. www.carlyle.com

CAG Holdings is The Carlyle Group’s dedicated US-based investment platform for airport infrastructure investment opportunities globally. CAG Holdings is led by an experienced management team with a track record of over 70+ airport projects globally combined with a deep, localized understanding of the US airport market.

For media inquiries, contact Chris Ullman at chris.ullman@carlyle.com or at +1-202-729-5450.

About JLC Infrastructure

JLC Infrastructure is an investor and asset management firm focused on the transportation, communications, energy, utilities and social infrastructure sectors in the United States. The firm was formed in 2015 by Loop Capital and Magic Johnson Enterprises and currently manages investments in the redevelopments of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport and Jeppesen Terminal at Denver International Airport (the Great Hall Project).

For media inquiries, contact info@jlcinfra.com.

About Ullico 
For more than 90 years, Ullico, the only labor-owned insurance and investment company, has been a proud partner of the labor movement, keeping union families safe and secure. From insurance products that protect union members, leaders and employers, to investments in building projects that have created thousands of union jobs, our customers continue to trust us with protecting their families, employees and investments. The Ullico Inc. Family of Companies includes The Union Labor Life Insurance Company; Ullico Casualty Group, LLC.; Ullico Investment Company, LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC).; and Ullico Investment Advisors, Inc.

For media inquiries, contact Cori Houlihan at choulihan@ullico.com or at +1 202 354 8044.

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DIF consortium selected as preferred bidder for Belgian Liege tram PPP

DIF

Schiphol, 24 September 2018 – DIF is pleased to announce that the Tram’Ardent consortium has been announced preferred bidder for the availability based public-private partnership contract, involving the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the first tramway line in Liège, Belgium. The consortium consists of DIF Infrastructure V, together with its partners Colas Projects, Colas Belgium, Colas Rail Belgium and Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). The authority partner is the Walloon Transport Operator.

With a total length of 11.7 km, 90% of which is in a reserved lane section, Liège’s first tramway line will serve 21 stations, connecting the Sclessin multimodal station, in the southwest of Liège, to the city of Herstal, in the northeast, via the high-speed train station and Saint Lambert Square.

The consortium is responsible for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the tramway. The consortium will be in charge of the design and build of the electrified rail network, the creation of a maintenance and storage centre, and the development of 240,000 m² of surrounding urban space. CAF will, in particular, supply the rolling stock as part of the consortium. Closing is expected before the end of the year and construction is to be completed by the second half of 2022.

The consortium is advised by Natixis (financial) and DLA piper (legal).

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows;
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu or further information on DIF.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Nash
Partner, Head of PPP/Infrastructure
Email: p.nash@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs
Partner, Head of Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

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Nordic Capital has sold its remaining holding in Saferoad

Nordic Capital

SEPTEMBER 17 2018
Nordic Capital has sold its remaining holding in Saferoad ImageNordic Capital has divested its remaining shares in Saferoad Holding ASA (“Saferoad”), a European leading provider of road safety and infrastructure solutions.

“Nordic Capital acquired Saferoad a decade ago; since then the company has gone through a substantial expansion and is now positioned for further growth,” says Olof Faxander, Operating Partner, advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds.

At the time of the acquisition in 2008, Saferoad had 1,300 employees in 10 countries and the company was mainly focused on Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  Since then Saferoad has made several add-on acquisitions and entered new markets. Today, there are 2,800 employees in more than 20 countries across Europe. During Nordic Capital’s ownership period, Saferoad’s revenue has grown from EUR 285 million (2007) to EUR 610 million (2017).

The company was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in May 2017 and now the journey will continue under different ownership, as Nordic Capital’s remaining holding was sold to FSN Capital V on September 11, 2018, in connection with a voluntary cash offer to acquire all of the shares in Saferoad.

Saferoad’s business comprises of road signs and technical traffic products, road marking, roadway illumination, road railings and bridge parapets, and rock and tunnel securing. The company plays an important role at various stages throughout new road construction projects and the maintenance or upgrades of existing roads.

“To summarise, Saferoad has transformed into a European market leader in the attractive road safety and infrastructure solutions space. With support from Nordic Capital working closely with the management team, the company has followed a strategy of accretive acquisitions in a fragmented space and a focus on operational improvements. Saferoad has gone far and will now continue its journey further,” says Olof Faxander.

 

Media contact:

Nordic Capital

Katarina Janerud, Communications Manager
Advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds
Tel: +46 8 440 50 50
e-mail: katarina.janerud@nordiccapital.com

 About Saferoad:

Saferoad is a leading supplier of road safety and road infrastructure solutions in Europe. The Group offers a broad range of innovative and high-quality products and solutions to those who own, build and maintain roads. Saferoad is organised in two main business areas, Road Safety  and Road Infrastructure and has approximately 2800 employees. The company design, manufacture and deliver products and solutions that improve the road safety and road infrastructure standards and the Group has leading positions in several markets across Europe, combining strong responsiveness to customer needs through an extensive local presence and a cost-effective supply chain. Saferoad Group has its roots in the North Western part of Norway where operations started back in 1947. Today, the Group has expanded its activities to more than 20 countries in Europe. For further information about SafeRoad please visit www.saferoad.com

About Nordic Capital

Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor in the Nordic region with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a proven track record. Core sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services, Industrial Goods & Services and Consumer & Retail, and key regions are the Nordics, Northern Europe, and globally for Healthcare. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested EUR 13 billion in over 100 investments. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund IX with EUR 4.3 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. The Nordic Capital Funds are based in Jersey and are advised by advisory entities, which are based in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit www.nordiccapital.com

 

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KKR Closes $7.4 Billion Global Infrastructure Fund

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NEW YORK & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 6, 2018– KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the final closing of KKR Global Infrastructure Investors III (the “Fund”), a $7.4 billion fund focused on pursuing global infrastructure investment opportunities with an emphasis on investments in OECD countries. KKR will be investing $358 million in capital alongside external investors through KKR’s balance sheet and employee commitments.

“The current scale of global infrastructure investment demand is simply enormous, and is only growing, with the need outstripping capital available,” said Raj Agrawal, KKR Member and Global Head of KKR’s infrastructure business. “This dynamic, coupled with limited public financing sources, has created a significant need for private capital to provide infrastructure solutions. We believe our sector expertise and global platform uniquely position us to help fill this funding gap and we look forward to our continued growth in, and commitment to, the infrastructure asset class.”

KKR has a risk-based, rather than a sector-based, approach to infrastructure investing. Consistent with this approach, the Fund will focus on critical infrastructure investments with low volatility and strong downside protection where KKR believes it can leverage its global value creation resources to tackle complexity in sourcing, structuring, operations, and execution. By doing so, the Fund aims to deliver attractive returns with a low risk profile from a portfolio that is broadly diversified across a number of different infrastructure sub-sectors, geographies and asset types. The Fund has a broad investment mandate across infrastructure sectors, including but not limited to: energy; transportation; water, wastewater and waste; social infrastructure; and communications infrastructure. The Fund will also focus its investment mandate on the OECD countries predominantly in North America and Western Europe.

KKR first established a dedicated infrastructure team and strategy in 2008. Since then, the team has grown to consist of 25 experienced investment professionals and has completed or announced 25 infrastructure transactions across a number of sub-sectors and geographies. With the closing of the Fund, KKR’s infrastructure business manages approximately $13 billion in assets under management. Recent transactions by the Fund include Starlight, which owns a portfolio of approximately 10,200 telecommunication towers across France, and Discovery Midstream, the largest private natural gas gathering and processing business in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin.

The Fund received strong backing from a diverse group of new and existing global investors, including public pensions, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, family offices, high net worth individual investors and other institutional investors.

“Since first launching the Fund, we were thrilled to see the incredible momentum we received from investors – both those who were early and large supporters of our predecessor funds and also those who were first-time investors with us as well as the asset class,” said Alisa Amarosa Wood, KKR Member and Head of KKR’s Private Market Products Group. “The enthusiasm we saw across all geographies and investor types demonstrates the strong support for our infrastructure team, strategy and investment performance to date. Additionally, we have seen infrastructure as an asset class mature and grow in the way investors allocate capital to the space. The support for our Fund also speaks to this evolution of the asset class. We believe this continues to be important as the need for infrastructure capital from an investment perspective only grows.”

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Bridgepoint Growth invests in software services provider Elgin

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Bridgepoint Growth has made a growth capital investment in Elgin, the home of roadworks.org, the local and national planning, management and communications hub for roadworks, road closures and traffic disruptions. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Co-founder Shane O’Neill said: “We began several years ago with a vision to aggregate official traffic information across hundreds of different official sources. We have achieved a substantial market coverage within England, Scotland & Wales serving the traffic management community and developed a suite of software tools which syndicate official and real-time traffic data into the global satnav providers and other media outlets.”

CEO and co-founder James Harris added: “Our ambition is to build on our strengths in providing traffic management solutions in the UK and to play a major role in supporting the growth of autonomous vehicles and Smart Cities worldwide, leveraging our uniquely close relationships to the global satnav providers. Today’s investment by Bridgepoint Growth will allow us to accelerate our growth ambitions and extend and develop our range of services.”

Duncan Calam, a partner of Bridgepoint Growth, said: “This is an opportunity for Bridgepoint Growth to invest in a high quality, SaaS annuity business and to help it internationalise. Elgin is at the heart of the digital transport revolution, producing cost effective real-time software solutions for the world of connected vehicles and genuinely helping highway authorities to reduce congestion and costs”.

Advisers involved in this transaction were: for Bridgepoint Growth – KPMG (FDD and Tax), Taylor Wessing (Legal), Cross Lake (ITDD) and Marsh (Insurance); for Elgin – WTA Partners (M&A) and Gowling WLG (Legal)

This investment is made by Bridgepoint Growth I, a fund which  focuses on companies seeking equity investment between £5 million and £15 million that use digital technologies to achieve transformational growth in their end-markets.

AURELIA (GAVIO GROUP) and ARDIAN signed the framework agreement for the development of a strategic partnership in the infrastructure sector

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Tortona (Al), Paris, August 3, 2018 – Aurelia S.r.l. (“Aurelia”), the financial holding company of the Gavio family, and Ardian, a world-leading private investment house also active in the infrastructure sector (“Ardian”), signed today the framework agreement (the “Framework Agreement”) in order to develop a strategic partnership aimed at strengthening the ASTM/Sias Group in the infrastructure sector.

The Framework Agreement provides for the acquisition by Ardian of a minority stake, equal to 40% of the share capital of Nuova Argo Finanziaria S.p.A., a company that holds a 58.56% stake in ASTM S.p.A., which itself holds a 63.41% stake in SIAS S.p.A.

Following the transaction, Aurelia will maintain the full and exclusive control of Nuova Argo Finanziaria S.p.A. and in turn on both ASTM S.p.A. and SIAS S.p.A.

Ardian’s total investment for the acquisition of a 40% stake of Nuova Argo Finanziaria S.p.A., amounts to EUR 850.1 million, of which EUR 95 million as earn-out in favour of Aurelia upon the occurrence of specific conditions.

The strategic partnership between Aurelia and Ardian aims at strengthening the role and competitiveness of Gavio Group as global player in the infrastructure sector, focused on growth, international expansion and on value creation for all stakeholders, and able to successfully seize major opportunities in Europe, Latin America and the United States.These regions are characterized by important consolidation opportunities in the transport infrastructure, as well as by significant investments and projects in the road and motorway concessions sector.

Ardian Infrastructure, already partner of the Gavio Group with a 49% stake in Autovia Padana, is a leading European investor in the infrastructure and motorway concessions sector with investments in France, Spain, Portugal and, more recently, Italy. In the transport sector, Ardian has invested in airport concessions (Milan, Naples, Turin and London Luton Airport) and car parks (Indigo).

The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the upcoming months and it is subject to the authorizations by the Brazilian and Austrian antitrust authorities.
At closing, Aurelia and Ardian will enter into a shareholders’agreement (attached to the Framework Agreement) regulating, among other things, the governance and transfers of shares of Nuova Argo Finanziaria S.p.A., ASTM S.p.A. and SIAS S.p.A., the content of which will be disclosed to the market pursuant to article 122 of t.u.f.

LIST OF ADVISORS

Aurelia – Legal advisor: Chiomenti
Ardian – Legal advisor: Bonelli Erede

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$71bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.
Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 500 employees working from fourteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo). It manages funds on behalf of around 700 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Funds of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.
Ardian on Twitter @Ardian

ABOUT GAVIO GROUP

The Gavio Group is one of Italy’s top industrial groups and a prominent global operator in the transport infrastructure sector.
Through its subsidiaries Astm and Sias, industrial holding companies whose shares are traded on the Borsa Italiana market, the Group operates in the sectors of the management of motorway concessions, of the EPC Contractor (Engineering, Procurement & Construction), and of the technology applied to mobility.
As at the date hereof, the Group is the world’s fourth operator in the management of motorway concessions with around 4,150 kilometres of network under concession in countries such as Italy (in which the Group is the main operator in the North-West with around 1,423 kilometres of network), Brazil (in which the Group operates through Ecorodovias, a co-controlled company, with a network of around 2,640 kilometres) and the United Kingdom.
In the EPC Contractor sector, the Group operates through Itinera, one of the world’s biggest players in the realization of major infrastructure works. With an order book of more than EUR 4 billion, the Company operates in the United States by holding a controlling stake in Halmar International, one of the top five companies in the metropolitan area of New York in the transport infrastructure sector, in Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

PRESS CONTACTS

GRUPPO GAVIO
Moccagatta Associati
Tel: +39 02. 86.45.16.95/ 02.86.45. 14.19
segreteria@moccagatta.it

ARDIAN
Image Building
Cristina Fossati, Luisella Murtas, Anna Pirtali
Tel: +39 02 89011300
ardian@imagebuilding.it

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