DIF Capital Partners acquires a majority stake in French EV charging operator Bump

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DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Core-plus Infrastructure Fund III has closed the acquisition of a 55% stake in Bump SAS (“Bump” or the “Company”), a Paris-headquartered Charge Point Operator (“CPO”) that designs, installs, operates and owns Electric Vehicle (“EV”) charging infrastructure.

The Company has a unique positioning by securing mid to long term contracts primarily with EV fleet operators, both in fleet depots and in third party car parks mostly in Paris and Lyon. Founding shareholders include the management team, as well as Otoqi, a mobility services platform, and Firalp, a building contractor specialized in electrical & digital networks. All founding shareholders will remain invested in the Company.

Since inception Bump managed to develop a fast growing existing EV charging infrastructure base, with an expected portfolio of over 1,700 charge points installed or signed by the end of 2022. DIF’s investment will support the Company in significantly growing the portfolio of charge points with the ambition to be one of France’s market leaders in the fast growing B2B segment.

France is a key target market for DIF and is served locally by its 13-person strong team in Paris. The investment in Bump is DIF’s second investment in the sector after the acquisition of a majority stake in Plugit Oy, a leading Finnish EV charging infrastructure company, last year.

Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, says: “DIF believes that the electrification of transportation will play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions. We are impressed by the management team of Bump and what the Company has realised to date. We are excited to invest alongside the existing shareholders to speed up the rollout of charging infrastructure across France, which is expected to become the second largest EV charging market in Europe”.

François Oudot, CEO of Bump, adds: “We are excited about this opportunity to accelerate our growth and tap the booming French EV market. Partnering with DIF will enable us to secure long term financial resources and benefit from their experience in supporting large capex roll out programs”.

Bump was advised by Celsius Avocats (legal), Finergreen (M&A) and E-Cube (commercial). DIF was advised by Gide (legal and tax), H3P (M&A), Boston Consulting Group (commercial), DNV (technical), Marsh (insurance) and PwC (finance and model audit).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

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KKR Invests in Hero Future Energies in $450 Million Transaction

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NEW DELHI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Hero Future Energies (“HFE” or the “Company”), the renewable energy arm of the Hero Group, today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR and the Hero Group will invest $450 million in the Company. This investment will position HFE for continued growth and support its efforts to expand its renewable energy capacity and capabilities across technologies such as solar, wind, battery storage, and green hydrogen, and into new markets over time. Through its range of solutions, HFE will also look to support companies in their efforts to decarbonize and transition towards sustainable energy sources to achieve their net zero emission goals.

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Founded in 2012, Hero Future Energies is a leading independent power producer (“IPP”) in India with a diversified portfolio of 1.6 GW of operating solar and wind projects.

Beyond supporting HFE’s growth, this round of investment led by KKR will help accelerate India’s energy transition. It advances the country’s significant effort to expand renewable energy capacity, reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, as energy demand continues to grow alongside economic development. Private sector participation, including from global investors, is expected to be a key enabler for India to meet these targets, in lockstep with supportive government policies.1

Hardik Shah, Partner at KKR, said, “Hero Future Energies is a pioneer in India’s renewables sector, and has a strong track record of delivering innovative clean energy solutions to support India’s renewable energy ambitions. HFE’s clean energy solutions play an important role in helping companies decarbonize as energy demands continue to grow. We look forward to working closely with HFE’s management team and existing investors, including the Hero Group and IFC, to help HFE achieve its next phase of growth and contribute to the energy transition efforts in India and globally.”

Rahul Munjal, Chairman & Managing Director of Hero Future Energies, said, “I am happy to welcome KKR as a strategic partner in our company to achieve our goal of expanding renewable energy capacity across multiple geographies by 2025. With this investment, Hero Future Energies will work to accelerate India’s energy transition and contribute to the Indian government’s target of generating half the country’s power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.”

Srivatsan Iyer, Global CEO of Hero Future Energies, added, “KKR’s investment will drive Hero Future Energies’ growth in the rapidly growing renewable energy markets domestically and globally, as well as in new technologies such as battery storage, solar-wind hybrid projects, round-the-clock power, and green hydrogen, among others. This partnership is also a validation of our core strengths and capabilities in design and engineering, development, and project execution, while achieving excellence in health, safety and environment standards.”

Isabel Chatterton, Asia Pacific Regional Head of Infrastructure at IFC, said, “IFC is pleased to welcome KKR as a strategic partner on our longstanding investment in Hero Future Energies. This investment will enhance the company’s growth plans both in India and globally, meeting surging energy demands and mitigating against climate impacts with reliable and affordable clean energy solutions. Hero Future Energies has been successful in building a leading renewables platform that will help accelerate the transition to a sustainable, green economy.”

KKR makes its investment from its Asia Pacific Infrastructure Fund. The investment in Hero Future Energies builds on KKR’s extensive experience in India and the renewables sector. Since 2011, KKR has deployed over $15 billion in equity globally to invest in renewable assets, such as solar and wind, which have an operational power generation capacity of 23 GW, as of December 31, 2021. In Asia Pacific, KKR sees renewables as core to its infrastructure strategy and seeks to capture the significant opportunities across the region. In 2020, KKR set up Virescent Infrastructure, a renewable energy platform to own and operate renewable assets in India. In 2022, KKR launched Aster Renewable Energy, a renewables platform to develop, build and operate solar, wind, and energy storage projects in Taiwan and Vietnam, with a view to expand to other markets across the region.

About Hero Future Energies

Established in 2012, Hero Future Energies is present across multiple states in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore, Ukraine and the UK. The company is an independent power producer (IPP) with about 1.6 GW of operating assets across utility and commercial & industrial sectors. The company plans to invest progressively in grid connected solar and wind, rooftop sectors, energy storage and green hydrogen over the next few years in India and internationally.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About IFC

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

1 Moody’s, June 2022: Policy support and low-cost capital key to India meeting renewable energy targets

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KKR Leads Investment in Arevia Power

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Financing accelerates development of new solar and wind projects in the United States

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced that KKR has led a significant structured investment in Arevia Power (“Arevia” or the “Company”), a U.S. renewable energy developer, with strategic participation by GCM Grosvenor, a leading global alternative asset management solutions provider. The investment will support the Company’s accelerated growth and development of new solar and wind projects throughout the United States.

Founded in 2015, Arevia is a dedicated solar and wind project developer that originates, permits, and manages renewable energy projects through their lifecycle. Currently, Arevia is advancing a multi-gigawatt (“GW”) portfolio of early-stage projects across the country. Arevia’s projects are responsibly sited and aim to meet local and regional energy demand with a focus on mitigating environmental impacts and minimizing impacts to surrounding communities. Arevia’s founders, industry veterans Mark Boyadjian and Ricardo Graf, have a demonstrated track record of success, having fully developed over 2 GW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic infrastructure.

In tandem with the investment, Arevia has executed a Responsible Contractor Policy (“RCP”) for its entire clean energy portfolio throughout the United States. The RCP actively promotes a highly skilled workforce with a strong commitment to health and safety on the job, fair wages, and benefits, and future workforce development.

“Now is a critical time for the energy transition, and we are elated by this milestone that gives us the flexible capital needed and the right partners to expand our solar and wind project pipeline throughout the country in a thoughtful way.” said Mr. Boyadjian, Managing Partner at Arevia. “KKR is an outstanding new strategic partner with deep renewables and infrastructure experience, and GCM Grosvenor is an equally accomplished infrastructure investor who has also been particularly successful in investing in partnership with organized labor groups. Together, this platform investment and new relationship with two world-class investment firms will super-charge our development of clean energy solutions while delivering good-paying jobs and leading the way on responsible development.”

“We’re thrilled to build on our strategy of investing behind premier developers like Arevia as the need and demand for renewable energy rapidly accelerates,” said Samuel Mencoff, a Director on KKR’s asset-based finance team. “Arevia’s experience successfully executing critical development projects and deep network position it at the forefront of the industry amid strong economic and public policy tailwinds. We look forward to supporting the company in its efforts to shift toward cleaner sources of energy supply.”

“With our investment, we are helping Arevia pursue its mission to drive change by building large-scale renewable infrastructure projects,” said Akhil Unni, Managing Director at GCM Grosvenor. “Not only are we putting capital to work in a way that helps support environmental sustainability and meet applicable renewable portfolio standards, but we are also proud of Arevia’s commitment to an organized skilled workforce.”

Since 2011, KKR and its subsidiaries have deployed over $15 billion in equity to invest in renewable assets, such as solar and wind, which have an operational power generation capacity of over 23 GW, as of December 31, 2021. KKR is making its investment in Arevia from its managed insurance accounts. The investment from GCM Grosvenor will come from its infrastructure practice.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Munish Dayal, Arevia’s outside general counsel, served as legal advisors to Arevia Power. Amis, Patel & Brewer LLP served as legal advisor to KKR and Allen & Overy served as legal advisor to GCM Grosvenor.

About Arevia Power

Founded in 2015, Arevia Power is an independent U.S. utility-scale solar and wind developer. Arevia’s founders have originated over 12GW of greenfield renewable assets primarily on federal and state lands throughout the U.S. Arevia Power was responsible for originating, NEPA permitting, power-contracting, and leading the development of the Gemini Solar + Storage Project between February 2017 and May 2021. Arevia’s core competency is early and often stakeholder collaboration to create mutually beneficial solutions, engendering community trust. Arevia maintains unique value through an explicit focus on transmission and land.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About GCM Grosvenor

GCM Grosvenor (Nasdaq: GCMG) is a global alternative asset management solutions provider with approximately $71 billion in assets under management across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and absolute return investment strategies. The firm has specialized in alternatives for more than 50 years and is dedicated to delivering value for clients by leveraging its cross-asset class and flexible investment platform. GCM Grosvenor’s experienced team of over 510 professionals serves a global client base of institutional and high net worth investors. The firm is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. For more information, visit: gcmgrosvenor.com.

Media Contacts
For Arevia:
Matthew Driscoll
Communications Director, R&R Partners
Matthew.Driscoll@RRPartners.com
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For KKR:
Miles Radcliffe-Trenner
212-750-8300
media@kkr.com

For GCM Grosvenor:
Tom Johnson and Will Braun
Abernathy MacGregor
tbj@abmac.com / whb@abmac.com
212-371-5999

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Ardian, Groupe Casino, Tikehau Capital and Bpifrance to sign an agreement for Ardian to acquire a majority stake in GreenYellow

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Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Groupe Casino, Bpifrance and Tikehau Capital to acquire a majority stake in GreenYellow, a French pioneer in decentralized energy, serving the energy transition of its customers in France and abroad.  The transaction values the company at €1.4 billion. Casino Group, Bpifrance and Tikehau Capital have reinvested alongside Ardian.

GreenYellow was founded within the Casino Group in 2007, with the aim of accelerating the low-carbon trajectory of large companies around the world. Since its inception, the company has been led by Otmane Hajji (President) and Philippe Houins (Chief Officer in charge of Operations).

GreenYellow offers a complete range of services to help companies make the transition to greener and more efficient energy solutions. The company provides access to low-cost green energy and helps companies optimize their energy consumption.

In 2018, Tikehau Capital and Bpifrance invested € 150 million in GreenYellow to support its development. Today as a market leader, GreenYellow has experienced strong growth and now operates in more than 15 countries on four continents.

Ardian has deep experience in the renewable energy sector, with more than 7.5 GW installed worldwide, as well as in new technologies such as battery storage and green hydrogen. It will use its expertise to provide GreenYellow and its management team with the necessary resources to support its ambitious development plan.

As part of the transaction, the Casino Group, incubator and reference shareholder of GreenYellow since 2007, will retain a minority stake and will remain a leading business partner for the company. Similarly, BPI and Tikehau, who became shareholders in 2018 when they identified GreenYellow’s growth potential, will reinvest part of their proceeds in the company. Ardian’s and the historical shareholders’ plan also includes the participation of the management team and all employees in the capital.

“The quality of GreenYellow’s managers and teams, and the company’s positioning at the heart of the energy transition issues have convinced us. We are certain that the decentralized energy production and energy efficiency solutions proposed by GreenYellow will play a key role in achieving the decarbonization and energy sobriety objectives of companies and communities. We are looking forward to supporting GreenYellow, the French leader in the sector, in its development prospects in France and internationally alongside its historical shareholders, namely the Casino Group, Tikehau Capital and Bpifrance, with whom we share the same ambitions.” Mathias Burghardt, Member of the Ardian Executive Committee and Head of Ardian Infrastructure

“GreenYellow was one of our first investments of our private equity strategy dedicated to the energy transition launched in 2018, and which has invested €900 million in 10 leading European SMEs and ETIs in the sector since then. Thanks to the investments made, in 4 years GreenYellow has strengthened its leadership position in its core markets. With its robust platform, we are confident that GreenYellow will continue its growth path. We share the strategic vision of its management team and look forward to reinvesting to support them in their next phase of development.” Emmanuel Laillier, Head of Private Equity at Tikehau Capital

“Bpifrance, is thrilled to continue to support the company in this new phase of development with Ardian. Since our investment in 2018, the company has grown strongly and has succeeded in consolidating its position as the French leader in the decentralized energy production and energy efficiency market, thanks to its cross-functional expertise and its capacity for innovation. Supporting GreenYellow, a leading player in renewable energies, is fully in line with our Climate Bank strategy.” Charles-Henri Boyer, Head of Participations at BPIFrance

The proposed transaction is subject to a consultation process with the relevant employee representative bodies. It is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals for merger control and foreign investments.

ABOUT GREENYELLOW

In 15 years, GreenYellow has become a major player in the energy transition in France and abroad and a true ally of companies and communities in this field. As an expert in decentralized solar photovoltaic production, energy efficiency projects and energy services, GreenYellow offers its customers a unique and global platform to make their energy transition a beneficial and committed reality. Operating in 16 countries on 4 continents, GreenYellow is constantly enriching its offer, through innovation, to meet the needs of private and public actors and accompany them in reducing their ecological footprint.

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world leading private investment house, managing or advising $141bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,300 clients globally. Our broad expertise, spanning Private Equity, Real Assets and Credit, enables us to offer a wide range of investment opportunities and respond flexibly to our clients’ differing needs. Through Ardian Customized Solutions we create bespoke portfolios that allow institutional clients to specify the precise mix of assets they require and to gain access to funds managed by leading third-party sponsors. We also provide a specialist service for private clients through Ardian Private Wealth Solutions. Ardian is majority-owned by its employees and places great emphasis on developing its people and fostering a collaborative culture based on collective intelligence. Our 900+ employees, spread across 15 offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia, are strongly committed to the principles of Responsible Investment and are determined to make finance a force for good in society. Our goal is to deliver excellent investment performance combined with high ethical standards and social responsibility.

At Ardian we invest all of ourselves in building companies that last.

ABOUT GROUPE CASINO

The Casino Group is a key player in the French retail market and a leader in the global food retail market, with nearly 11,000 stores worldwide (France and Latin America).
The Group has built up a portfolio of solid, dynamic and complementary brands thanks to a workforce of more than 200,000 people driven by their passion for retail and customer service, and generated net sales of €31.9 billion in 2020. In all the countries where it operates, the Casino Group is focusing its development on the formats with the highest potential and on its ability to adapt in order to meet the needs of its customers, today and tomorrow.

ABOUT TIKEHAU CAPITAL

Tikehau Capital is a global alternative asset management group with €35.5 billion of assets under management (as of March 31, 2022). Tikehau Capital has developed a broad range of expertise in four asset classes (private debt, real assets, private equity, capital markets strategies) as well as strategies focused on multi-asset solutions and special situations. Led by its co-founders, Tikehau Capital has a differentiating business model, a strong balance sheet, privileged access to global transaction opportunities, and a solid track record in supporting high quality companies and executives. Deeply rooted in the real economy, Tikehau Capital provides innovative and tailored alternative financing solutions to the companies it invests in, and strives to create long-term value for its investors while generating a positive impact on society. Backed by substantial equity capital (€3 billion as of December 31, 2021), the Group invests its capital alongside its investor-clients in each of its strategies. Controlled by its management, alongside leading institutional partners, Tikehau Capital is guided by a strong entrepreneurial spirit and DNA, shared by its 723 employees (as of March 31, 2022) spread across its 13 offices in Europe, Asia and North America. Tikehau Capital is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, Compartment A (ISIN code: FR0013230612; Ticker: TKO.FP)

ABOUT BPIFRANCE

Bpifrance’s equity investments are made by Bpifrance Investissement. Bpifrance finances companies – at every stage of their development – with credit, guarantees and equity. Bpifrance supports them in their innovation and international projects. Bpifrance also ensures their export activity through a wide range of products. Consulting, university, networking and acceleration programs for startups, SMEs and ETIs are also part of the offer proposed to entrepreneurs.
Thanks to Bpifrance and its 50 regional offices, entrepreneurs benefit from a close, single and efficient contact to help them face their challenges.
Follow us on Twitter : @Bpifrance – @BpifrancePresse

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Ardian Clean Energy Evergreen Fund acquires a 100 MW photovoltaic pipeline under development in Italy

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Ardian Clean Energy Evergreen Fund (ACEEF) has acquired a 100 MW solar portfolio under development in Sardinia from Atlas and Heron Advisory

Ardian’s aims to promote the development of ESG-led projects with an industrial approach in an increasingly strategic sector

Paris/Milan
July 22, 2022

Ardian, a world leading private investment house, today announces it has completed the acquisition of a PV pipeline through Ardian Clean Energy Evergreen Fund (ACEEF), its new open-ended fund launched in April. The portfolio, sold by Atlas and Heron Advisory, comprises of three photovoltaic projects located in Sardinia. They are currently under development and have a potential total capacity of circa 100 MW.

ACEEF has already acquired control of the SPVs and full investment will be completed upon obtaining all the necessary authorizations. The three photovoltaic projects aim to qualify as agro-voltaic by combining existing agricultural and sheep farming activities with clean photovoltaic energy production.

These assets join the Fund’s existing portfolio, which now includes 13 companies owning wind and photovoltaic assets with more than 1GW renewable capacity in Europe and the Americas.

This transaction also allows ACEEF to consolidate its presence in Italy. Following this acquisition, the fund has a diversified portfolio of wind and photovoltaic assets in Italy, totaling 283MW of capacity. This includes the Energia & Servizi portfolio, which was been acquired in 2022 and consists of 84MW wind farms in operation and 52MW wind projects fully authorized to be built in the coming years.

The Fund will continue to focus on established renewable assets such as photovoltaic, wind and hydro, as well as emerging technologies such as biogas, biomass, storage, and energy efficiency.

“This investment perfectly suits the strategy of the Ardian Clean Energy Evergreen Fund, which benefits from Ardian’s deep industrial expertise, including from its operations engineers and investment professionals, as well as the firm’s bespoke OPTA technology. The transaction demonstrates once again Ardian’s industrial approach in the energy sector, as we support the real economy with long-term capital and a clear goal to accelerate the energy transition. With ACEEF, Ardian’s mission is to take further responsibility for advancing and developing sustainable projects to fight climate change and to contribute to energy independence.” Mathias Burghardt, Head of Ardian Infrastructure and Member of Ardian’s Executive Committee

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world leading private investment house, managing or advising $130bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,300 clients globally. Our broad expertise, spanning Private Equity, Real Assets and Credit, enables us to offer a wide range of investment opportunities and respond flexibly to our clients’ differing needs. Through Ardian Customized Solutions we create bespoke portfolios that allow institutional clients to specify the precise mix of assets they require and to gain access to funds managed by leading third-party sponsors. We also provide a specialist service for private clients through Ardian Private Wealth Solutions. Ardian is majority-owned by its employees and places great emphasis on developing its people and fostering a collaborative culture based on collective intelligence. Our 900+ employees, spread across 15 offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia, are strongly committed to the principles of Responsible Investment and are determined to make finance a force for good in society. Our goal is to deliver excellent investment performance combined with high ethical standards and social responsibility.
At Ardian we invest all of ourselves in building companies that last.

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Ratos company Aibel wins major offshore wind contract at Hornsea

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Aibel has been awarded a contract by the world leader in offshore wind, Ørsted, for two platforms for the Hornsea 3 project in the UK sector of the North Sea. Each platform represents a major (value over NOK 2.5 billion) contract for Aibel.

The contract is an EPCI contract where Aibel’s responsibility is for engineering, procurement, construction, and installation in the delivery of two HVDC converter platforms. Hornsea 3 is Ørsted’s third project in the Hornsea Zone, where Hornsea 1 is operational and Hornsea 2 currently is nearing operation.

The two platforms, Hornsea 3 Link 1 and 2, will follow Aibel and Hitachi Energy’s proven concept that has made both companies leading suppliers of HVDC converter platforms for the European offshore wind industry. The two platforms will have a combined capacity of up to 2.852 GW to serve the offshore wind turbines in the Hornsea 3 project. This makes the project the single largest offshore wind project in the world. It is expected to produce enough energy to meet the average daily needs of over 3 million UK homes.

“The development of Aibel’s offering towards renewable energy has been successful and now constitutes the majority of the company’s order book. The new contract shows the company’s strength and ability. As owners we are impressed, Aibel really has the future ahead of it,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, member of the board of Aibel and President Business Area Construction & Services at Ratos.

“We are proud and honored to enter a new collaboration with Ørsted – a relationship that has matured over the last 36 months. With the contract, we are consolidating our position as a leading supplier of HVDC solutions in the European offshore wind segment. And we accelerate our transformation towards renewables and low carbon solutions. Our order backlog now holds approx. 60% related to offshore wind and electrification of energy infrastructure,” says Aibel’s President and CEO, Mads Andersen.

The platform topside for the Hornsea 3 Link 1 is scheduled to arrive in Haugesund in Q1 of 2025. Forecast sailaway to the Hornsea field is in 2026.

Read more about the project and Ørsted here:
www.orsted.co.uk

For further information, please contact
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21
Mads Andersen, President and CEO, Aibel, +47 982 96 501

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 14 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 25 billion in net sales. Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.

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Apollo Funds Announce $175 Million Strategic Investment in Summit Ridge Energy, a Leading Owner-Operator of Community Solar

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Investment builds on Apollo and Summit Ridge’s shared commitment to support the clean energy transition

NEW YORK and ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apollo (NYSE: APO) and Summit Ridge Energy, LLC (“Summit Ridge”) announced today that funds managed by Apollo affiliates (the “Apollo Funds”) have agreed to make a $175 million strategic investment in Summit Ridge, a leading owner-operator of community solar assets.

Since launching in 2017, Summit Ridge has formed two joint ventures totaling over $1 billion in permanent project capital and has grown its portfolio of solar projects in operation or under construction to more than 300 MW. By the end of 2023, Summit Ridge expects to have more than 500 MW of solar and 100 MWh of battery storage projects online providing energy savings to approximately 175,000 residential and commercial customers. With the investment from the Apollo Funds, Summit Ridge will look to further expand its geographic footprint and continue to scale its platform.

Community solar is a rapidly growing segment of the renewables market that allows individuals, businesses, nonprofits and other groups to participate in the clean energy economy by subscribing to local solar farms at discounted rates to traditional utilities. Community solar projects have increased access to clean energy savings in urban and low-to-moderate income markets. Since 2018, the installed capacity of community solar has skyrocketed, a trend that is expected to continue as consumers become more environmentally conscious, solar economics improve and commitments to the energy transition increase across the country.

Wilson Handler, Apollo Partner, said, “Summit Ridge is an ideal partner for Apollo in the community solar segment as a first mover with a flexible, fully-integrated business model and a proven management team. With this investment, we see tremendous opportunity to access a high-growth segment of the renewables market while also producing positive environmental and social outcomes for local stakeholders. We look forward to working with Steve and the rest of the Summit Ridge team to execute on its current pipeline while exploring additional opportunities to create value.”

Summit Ridge Energy CEO Steve Raeder said, “Summit Ridge is on a strong trajectory and we are excited to welcome Apollo as a new partner. Apollo’s long track record of sustainable investing, coupled with its operational expertise and significant resources, are an excellent match for Summit Ridge’s fast paced growth and leading position in the clean energy economy.”

Corinne Still, Apollo Partner, said, “We are pleased to work with Summit Ridge to expand access for underserved communities to participate in the clean energy transition. Community solar offers compelling benefits for individuals, households and businesses alike. In supporting Summit Ridge’s continued growth, we expect to have a significant positive impact on communities by facilitating increased uptake of renewable energy sources, creating local jobs and developing sustainable infrastructure.”

As a result of the investment by the Apollo Funds, Apollo Partners Corinne Still and Wilson Handler will join the Summit Ridge Energy Board of Directors. Summit Ridge Energy CEO, Steve Raeder, will continue to serve as the board’s chairman.

The transaction underscores Apollo’s commitment to driving a more sustainable future and long track record of investing in or lending to companies supporting the clean energy transition. Earlier this year, Apollo launched its Sustainable Investing Platform, which targets to deploy $50 billion in clean energy and climate capital over the next five years and sees the opportunity to deploy more than $100 billion by 2030. Over the last five years, Apollo deployed over $19 billion1 into energy transition and sustainability-related investments, supporting companies and projects across clean energy and infrastructure, including offshore and onshore wind, solar, storage, renewable fuels, electric vehicles as well as a wide range of technologies to facilitate decarbonization.

Vinson & Elkins served as legal counsel to the Apollo Funds in the transaction. Citibank N.A. served as lead financial advisor and Saul Ewing served as legal counsel to Summit Ridge.

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1 As of December 2021. Reflects (a) for equity investments: (i) total enterprise value at time of signed commitment for initial equity commitments; (ii) additional capital contributions from Apollo funds and co-invest vehicles for follow-on equity investments; and (iii) contractual commitments of Apollo funds and co-invest vehicles at the time of initial commitment for preferred equity investments; (b) for debt investments: (i) purchase price on the settlement date for private non-traded debt; (ii) increases in maximum exposure on a period-over-period basis for publicly-traded debt; (iii) total capital organized on the settlement date for syndicated debt; and (iv) contractual commitments of Apollo funds and co-invest vehicles as of the closing date for real estate debt; (c) for SPACs, the total sponsor equity and capital organized as of the respective announcement dates; (d) for platform acquisitions, the purchase price on the signed commitment date; and (e) for platform originations, the gross origination value on the origination date.


About Apollo

Apollo is a global, high-growth alternative asset manager. In our asset management business, we seek to provide our clients excess return at every point along the risk-reward spectrum from investment grade to private equity with a focus on three business strategies: yield, hybrid, and equity. For more than three decades, our investing expertise across our fully integrated platform has served the financial return needs of our clients and provided businesses with innovative capital solutions for growth. Through Athene, our retirement services business, we specialize in helping clients achieve financial security by providing a suite of retirement savings products and acting as a solutions provider to institutions. Our patient, creative, and knowledgeable approach to investing aligns our clients, businesses we invest in, our employees, and the communities we impact, to expand opportunity and achieve positive outcomes. As of March 31, 2022, Apollo had approximately $513 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.apollo.com.

About Summit Ridge Energy
Launched in 2017, Summit Ridge Energy is the nation’s leading owner-operator of community solar assets. Through dedicated funding platforms, the team develops, acquires and finances projects within the rapidly growing solar energy and battery storage sectors. By the end of 2023, Summit Ridge expects to have more than 500 MW of solar and 100 MWh of battery storage projects online providing energy savings to approximately 175,000 residential and commercial customers. Learn more at srenergy.com.

Apollo Contact Information
For Investors:
Noah Gunn, Global Head of Investor Relations
(212) 822-0540
IR@apollo.com

For Media:
Joanna Rose
Global Head of Corporate Communications
(212) 822-0491
Communications@apollo.com

Summit Ridge Energy Contact Information
For Business Development:
business@srenergy.com

For Media:
Isaac Steinmetz
Antenna Group for Summit Ridge Energy
(646) 883-3655
press@srenergy.com

 


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DIF Capital Partners supports further growth of Greener, a leading Dutch mobile battery solution provider

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that through DIF CIF III (the “Fund”) it has signed an agreement to partner with Greener Power Solutions B.V. (“Greener”), a leading mobile battery solution provider, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Fund will acquire a majority stake and provide capital that will enable Greener to rapidly grow its battery fleet in order to expand its service offering and achieve its ambitious growth plans in the Netherlands and abroad.

Greener is a market leader in mobile battery solutions in the Netherlands with a portfolio of 60 containerized mobile batteries. Through its mobile batteries the company provides contracted mobile green power solutions to customers who have insufficient or no grid connection capacity available. Greener supplies off- and on-grid power solutions to among others construction sites, customers awaiting grid upgrades, large scale events and temporary EV charging locations.

Demand for mobile battery solutions is growing rapidly due to tightening emission regulations, pushing construction companies to use more environmentally friendly power solutions, and growing grid constraints leading to an increased demand for temporary power. Greener is strongly positioned due to its sizeable fleet of high-quality mobile batteries, experience in installing and operating batteries and in-house developed software platform, which offers customers convenience and cost savings tailored to their specific applications.

Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, says: “DIF believes that the ongoing push to decarbonize the economy and reduce nitrogen emissions will continue to increase pressure on companies to utilize clean energy solutions, as evidenced by the ongoing nitrogen crisis in the Netherlands. Moreover, Greener is expected to benefit from the constraints to enlarge grid capacity in the Netherlands. Greener’s mobile power solutions offers a material reduction in emissions and thereby supports the energy transition. We are excited to on-board on this journey together with management to realize Greener’s ambitious growth and decarbonization plans”.

Dieter Castelein, CEO of Greener: “The investment of DIF Capital Partners enables us to achieve new goals and pursue great opportunities to further improve and expand our power solutions. We believe that temporary power supply will play a great role in the energy transition and we aim to make a significant contributions to the acceleration of this transition.”

Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in July 2022.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 11 billion in assets under management across ten closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).
  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

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NFE and Apollo Funds Agree to Form a New Joint Venture for LNG Maritime Infrastructure; Transaction Valued at Approximately $2 billion

Global LNG Marine Infrastructure Platform Provides Reliable, Cleaner and More Affordable Energy to Support Transition

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) (“NFE”) and Apollo (NYSE: APO) today announced that they have entered into a definitive Equity Purchase and Contribution Agreement (the “Purchase and Contribution Agreement”) to sell 11 LNG infrastructure vessels owned by NFE to a newly formed joint venture (the “JV” or the “Platform”) between funds managed by Apollo and NFE in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. The JV will be owned approximately 80% by Apollo funds and 20% by NFE.

This transaction will create a global marine infrastructure platform underpinned by long-term contracts, benefitting from NFE’s LNG downstream operations and development activities, as well as Apollo’s leading investment and maritime experience. The Platform provides critical infrastructure for the delivery, storage, and regasification of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to power countries around the world, which can reduce their reliance on oil and coal to lower carbon emissions while enabling potentially substantial cost savings. In addition to serving NFE’s projects globally, the Platform also serves a diversified customer base of utilities and energy companies worldwide under third-party charters.

The 11-vessel portfolio consists of 6 Floating Storage and Regasification Units (“FSRUs”), 2 LNG Carriers (“LNGCs”), and 3 Floating Storage Units (“FSUs”). The total implied enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $2 billion, and NFE will receive approximately $1.1 billion in proceeds after accounting for NFE’s share of the JV and paydown of existing debt.

As part of the transaction, NFE has agreed to charter 10 of the 11 of the vessels from the Platform for a period of up to 20 years commencing either upon close of the transaction or upon expiration of the vessels’ existing third-party charter agreements. The Platform will also seek growth opportunities in support of both NFE and third parties to support the energy transition and bolster energy security globally.

“Together with Apollo, we are creating a leading LNG marine infrastructure platform to help accelerate the energy transition while freeing up capital to continue to invest into our Fast LNG and downstream LNG projects worldwide,” said Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy. “We are pleased to be partnering with Apollo in creating a maritime infrastructure company that will help support NFE’s growing LNG infrastructure needs going forward.”

Apollo Partner Brad Fierstein said, “Energy transition and energy reliability are global priorities and core to Apollo’s sustainable investing platform. We’re pleased to further these initiatives through this long-term investment alongside our JV partners at New Fortress Energy. This is a high-quality portfolio that increases energy security around the world, accelerates decarbonization efforts, and facilitates LNG use which is cleaner and more affordable than diesel. We look forward to investing behind the platform’s growth to drive a more sustainable future.”

Subject to satisfying customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals and third-party consents, closing of the transaction is expected to occur in Q3 of 2022. Transaction proceeds are expected to be utilized to fund NFE’s FLNG projects, as well as for ongoing downstream infrastructure and general corporate purposes.

About New Fortress Energy

New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to help address energy poverty and accelerate the world’s transition to reliable, affordable, and clean energy. The company owns and operates natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, ships and logistics assets to rapidly deliver turnkey energy solutions to global markets. Collectively, the company’s assets and operations seek to support global energy security, enable economic growth, enhance environmental stewardship, and transform local industries and communities around the world.

About Apollo

Apollo is a high-growth, global alternative asset manager. In our asset management business, we seek to provide our clients excess return at every point along the risk-reward spectrum from investment grade to private equity with a focus on three investing strategies: yield, hybrid, and equity. For more than three decades, our investing expertise across our fully integrated platform has served the financial return needs of our clients and provided businesses with innovative capital solutions for growth. Through Athene, our retirement services business, we specialize in helping clients achieve financial security by providing a suite of retirement savings products and acting as a solutions provider to institutions. Our patient, creative, and knowledgeable approach to investing aligns our clients, businesses we invest in, our employees, and the communities we impact, to expand opportunity and achieve positive outcomes. As of March 31, 2022, Apollo had approximately $513 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.apollo.com.

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This communication contains forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this communication other than historical information are forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks and relate to future events, our future financial performance or our projected business results. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “expects,” “may,” “will,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Forward looking statements include: the successful completion of the sale and purchase of the vessels and creation of the JV; total implied enterprise value; projected proceeds and the ability of NFE to redeploy the proceeds from the transaction; cashflow expectations for the vessels; the chartering of certain vessels to NFE; the strategy and ability of the JV business platform to support its goals in providing reliable, cleaner and more affordable energy to support transition, reduce reliance by countries on oil and coal, reducing carbon emissions and attaining cost savings; benefits to be derived from experience from the partners of the JV; anticipated growth strategy; the ability of NFE’s investment into its FLNG Units; the success of the partnership between NFE and Apollo; satisfaction of the closing conditions in the Purchase and Contribution Agreement in accordance with the terms thereof and within the required dates; and the expected structure and date of closing of the transaction. It is uncertain whether any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what impact they will have on the results of operations and financial condition of the parties to the Purchase and Contribution Agreement or the stock prices of such parties.

These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates based upon current information and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the risk that the proposed transactions may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; common risks related to the sale and purchase of businesses or assets, including among others the risk of valuation and successful implementation, and the risk that we may not be able to realize the benefits of any such transactions; the ability of the JV to implement its business platform and to realize anticipated efficiencies and benefits; common risks related to joint ventures, including the timing and amount of commitments or obligations to fund operating and/or capital expenditures, nonperformance by joint venture, limited or no control over the management, business or operations of the joint venture, and subordination of claims of creditors in the event of a liquidation or reorganization; possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the transaction may not be satisfied or waived (or any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on such approvals); the receipt, on a timely basis or otherwise, of the required approvals and consents for the transaction; breach or failure by the parties to comply with the covenants and obligations under the Purchase and Contribution Agreement; nonpayment or nonperformance by any of NFE’s or the JV’s customers or suppliers; including among others nonpayment or nonperformance by any of parties to the charters; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transactions on our operations, including the ability of NFE to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and others with whom NFE does business; the ability of the parties to implement their respective plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to NFE’s and the JV’s businesses after the completion of the proposed transactions; adverse regional, national, or international economic conditions, adverse capital market conditions and adverse political developments; volatility in the price or demand of LNG products; business disruption following the transaction; and the impact of public health crises, such as pandemics (including coronavirus (COVID-19)) and epidemics and any related company or government policies and actions to protect the health and safety of individuals or government policies or actions to maintain the functioning of national or global economies and markets. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of NFE’s forward-looking statements. Other known or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results.

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Contacts

For New Fortress Energy:
Investors:
Brett Magill
ir@newfortressenergy.com

Media:
Jake Suski
(516) 268-7403
press@newfortressenergy.com

For Apollo:
Noah Gunn
Global Head of Investor Relations
212-822-0540
IR@apollo.com

Joanna Rose
Global Head of Corporate Communications
212-822-0491
Communications@apollo.com

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NPM Capital sells Groendus to consortium of APG and OMERS Infrastructure

NPM Capital

Investment company NPM Capital has decided to sell Groendus, the sustainable energy business, to a consortium of APG and OMERS Infrastructure. Groendus was formed in March 2021 as a consolidation of six companies active in solar power, (smart) metering and energy services. Groendus serves its clients with an integrated proposition that facilitates the shift toward 100% sustainable energy, and thereby accelerates the transition to a sustainable energy system. The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Starting in 2019, several companies active in sustainable energy were acquired by NPM with the goal of developing a combined green energy proposition. This group of companies was integrated in 2021 and continued under the name Groendus. Groendus now employs 130 people at its headquarters in Utrecht and has grown into a leading player in sustainable energy, counting more than 4,000 businesses, municipalities, and institutions among its clients. Put together, these clients represent more than 170 MWp of installed capacity for solar power generation, more than 42,000 connections to the Mijn.Groendus platform for insight in energy use and savings potential, and more than 12,000 smart meters for larger electricity users. In addition, over 250 business locations now have direct access to sustainably produced energy through the Groendus Energy Marketplace – without the involvement of traditional energy suppliers. The current management team of Groendus, led by CEO René Raaijmakers, remains in place.

René Raaijmakers, Groendus CEO, said: “We are very grateful to NPM Capital and to our Supervisory Board for their support and confidence over the past years. Their invaluable contribution has helped Groendus become what it is today. Through our sustainable energy sources, the insights we provide through our smart energy platform and through our unique Energy Marketplace, we can make a significant contribution to the sustainable energy transition alongside our clients. We have grown into a solid business with a clear mission and vision, and we are well-equipped to leverage our platform to realise further growth. We are very happy that NPM Capital has facilitated the acquisition of Groendus by APG & OMERS Infrastructure. This heralds a new era for Groendus. The investment power and long-term vision of these pension funds will enable us to intensify and accelerate our efforts to further expand our services to our clients.”

Jeroen de Haas, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groendus and advisor to NPM on the investment theme Sustainable Future, said: “The current energy system is going through a massive overhaul. That transformation is not only about green energy production through wind and solar sources, but it also covers power storage and smart connectivity to monitor and manage the market’s power consumption. For clients, this new sustainable energy grid is associated with additional complexity, and the market is in dire need of a partner who can help clients seize opportunities and make the transition to 100% sustainable energy. I am proud that we were able to build up that partner for sustainable energy over the past three years, together with the Groendus management and NPM. It is encouraging to see that with this transaction, APG and OMERS are demonstrating their confidence in Groendus’ significant further growth potential.”

Leonard van Loon, Investment Director of NPM Capital, said: “We are parting sooner than expected, but we are proud of what Groendus has achieved since we started with a number of acquisitions in large-scale solar projects three years ago. It has been a pleasure to work with Jeroen de Haas and the Groendus management. We built a broad market proposition together, resulting in a leading innovative company in the sustainable energy industry. For NPM, this investment was an extension of our strategic investment theme Sustainable Future. Through our investments within this theme, we aim to make an active and relevant impact on sustainability. We thank René Raaijmakers (CEO) and Daan Bouwman (CFO) for their incredible commitment to making this effort a successful one. With the consortium of APG and OMERS Infrastructure, Groendus will have a solid and ambitious new shareholder and a healthy foundation for further growth. We wish the new owners and all the people at Groendus every success.”

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