InfraVia today announces it has agreed to sell to Valorem SA its 49% stake in
Force Hydraulique Antillaise SAS (“FHA”), the leading developer and operator
of hydro power plants in the French Caribbean islands.
FHA provides essential renewable electricity generation services in the French
Caribbean islands, a territory heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
With this transaction, Valorem acquires 51% of FHA from InfraVia and its founder
Raphael Gros (who keeps a 49% stake in the company).
InfraVia had invested in FHA in 2010 when the company operated a portfolio
of 1MW. Today, FHA owns 10.4MW of small scale operational plants, 6.4MW of
ready-to-build assets and has a further pipeline of c.100MW.
For this transaction, InfraVia has been advised by Astris (M&A) and Weil, Gotshal
& Manges (legal).
InfraVia is an independent investment manager dedicated to the infrastructure
sectors. Founded in 2008, InfraVia manages several infrastructure funds, all
positioned as long-term investors across the European infrastructure mid-market.
InfraVia manages EUR 4 billion of assets with 32 people, deployed through 30 portfolio companies across 11 countries in Europe.
Valorem was founded in 1994 and is based in Bègles. Valorem is an independent
renewable energy company which develops renewable energy projects for its own
account and on behalf of third parties. Its services include technical assistance and
development, engineering, construction and operation and maintenance. The company
predominantly develops onshore wind farms, as well as solar and hydro power plants in
France and internationally.