Allianz , EDF Invest and DIF to acquire 5% in Autostrade per l’Italia

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The Board of Directors of Atlantia, the listed global operator of motorway and airport infrastructure, has accepted a binding offer by Allianz, EDF Invest and DIF to acquire a 5 percent stake in Autostrade per l’Italia, the largest Italian toll road network. The transaction is subject to signing of final contracts over the next days and fulfilment of the conditions precedent therein.

Autostrade per l’Italia is the largest toll motorway concession asset in Europe representing more than 50 percent of Italy’s toll motorway network and 61 percent of kilometers travelled. Autostrade per l’Italia Group’s network of around 3,000 km stretches across 16 Italian regions comprising 21 toll motorways, covering essential transport links mainly in the Northern part of Italy around the major economic urban areas as well as the two principal north-south routes, the A1 Milan-Naples and the A14 Bologna-Taranto.

The consortium is comprised of long-term infrastructure investors Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of the Allianz Group (74%), EDF Invest (20%) and DIF (6%) and it will also have a call option on a further 2.5% interest in Autostrade per l’Italia.
“By investing in a prime core infrastructure in the European toll road sector we will further diversify our infrastructure portfolio across sectors and regions”, said Christian Fingerle, Chief Investment Officer, at Allianz Capital Partners. “We are very pleased to set up a new partnership amongst Allianz and Atlantia as leading international infrastructure operator and to work with them and other investors on the success of this company.”

EDF Invest’s Managing Director, Guillaume d’Engremont said: “ASPI stands out by the quality of its installations as well as its management. Besides, the network has potential for expansion through projects which are essential for the country. Our stake in ASPI will ideally complement our core infrastructure portfolio. We are very pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Atlantia, following our joint investment in Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur last year.”
Wim Blaasse, Managing Partner of DIF, said: ”DIF is very pleased to establish this long term relationship with Atlantia and to invest in this high quality and diversified operating toll road network, which is a very good complement to DIF’s infrastructure portfolio”.
The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by the end of July.
April 28, 2017

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3i announces sale of ESG generating proceeds of £30 million

3i Group plc (“3i”), and funds managed by 3i, today announce the sale of ESG, a UK based provider of testing, inspection and compliance (“TIC”) services, focused on Infrastructure, Built Environment and Energy & Waste to Socotec, a French headquartered, global leader in Inspection, Measurement, Certification and Training.

Proceeds to 3i total £30m, which represent a 23% uplift on its December 2016 valuation and a 39% uplift on its March 2016 valuation. The transaction is due to complete later this week.

Pete Wilson, Partner 3i, commented:
“During our investment period, ESG has cemented its position as the market leader in the provision of TIC services to its chosen sectors in the UK. I would like to thank Ian Sparks and his management for their significant commitment over the last few years, and I wish them well through the next phase of ESG’s growth with Socotec”.

Ian Sparks, CEO of ESG added:
“3i has been an extremely supportive partner to ESG and their in depth knowledge of the TIC sector has been invaluable in helping support our ambitious growth plans. The business is well positioned for future growth and I am looking forward to continuing to deliver for our clients as part of the Socotec group”.

3i’s advisers on the transaction were DC Advisory (financial adviser), Travers Smith (legal), KPMG (financial, pensions & IT), Deloitte (tax) and OC&C (commercial).


For further information, contact:

3i Group plc
Kathryn van der Kroft
Media enquiries
Tel: +44 20 7975 3021

Silvia Santoro
Investor enquiries
Tel: +44 20 7975 3258

Notes to editors:

About 3i Group

3i is an investment company with two complementary businesses, Private Equity and Infrastructure, specialising in core investment markets in Northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit:

3i’s Private Equity team provides investment solutions for growing companies, backing entrepreneurs and management teams of mid-market companies with an EV typically between €100m – €500m. We back international growth plans, providing access to our network and expertise to accelerate the growth of companies across the consumer, industrials and business and technology services industries.

Regulatory information
This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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ARDIAN Infrastructure acquires Ascendi Assets in significant Portuguese motorway network


Paris, 3rd August, 2016

– Ardian, the independent private investment company, today announces the signing of an agreement to acquire the shares of Ascendi Group in Ascendi PT II, the joint venture in Portuguese motorways.

Ascendi PT II was formed in June 2015 as a partnership between Ardian Infrastructure and Ascendi, and owns and operates five motorways in North Portugal and the Lisbon area.

As part of this new transaction, Ardian Infrastructure will take control of the five jointly held assets, as well as two additional toll roads from Ascendi. Ardian will pay Ascendi a total consideration of €600 million, to which €53 million can be added via a variable price mechanism. Ardian will also acquire the operational and maintenance companies associated with the motorways.

The Ascendi network is the second largest motorway network in Portugal, stretching more than 850km across the seven toll roads, which employ 500 people.

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