GIP and KKR-led Consortium Enters Into Strategic Co-control Partnership With Vodafone to Invest in Vantage Towers AG

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Two of the world’s leading infrastructure investors and Vodafone team up to jointly transform Vantage Towers into a leading player in the European telecoms tower sector

  • The Consortium, as partner to Vodafone, will co-control Vodafone’s c. 81.7% stake in Vantage Towers and launch a public takeover offer to the minority shareholders of the company for the remaining c. 18.3%
  • GIP and KKR together with Vodafone intend to provide the deep infrastructure expertise needed to accelerate Vantage Towers’ strategic and operational development
  • The strategic partners intend to support an ongoing multibillion euro investment program over the next five years in order to improve Vantage Towers’ existing infrastructure and expand and upgrade its network
  • The Consortium will support the development of Europe’s digital infrastructure by driving network expansion and enabling the deployment of next-generation technologies
  • The public takeover will be launched at an offer price of EUR 32.0 per Vantage Towers share, representing a 19% premium to the 3-month volume-weighted average share price

LONDON & FRANKFURT–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, a consortium of funds led by Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) and KKR (together “the Consortium”) entered into a strategic co-control partnership with Vodafone GmbH (“Vodafone”) for Vodafone’s c. 81.7% stake in Vantage Towers AG (“Vantage Towers” or “the company”), a leading telecoms tower company in Europe. Vodafone will transfer its stake in Vantage Towers to a holding company (“Oak BidCo”), which will be indirectly co-controlled by Vodafone and the Consortium. The Consortium will obtain a shareholding of up to 50%. Oak BidCo will launch a voluntary public takeover offer for all outstanding free float shares of Vantage Towers AG comprising c. 18.3% of the share capital.

GIP and KKR will be investing through their core infrastructure strategies. Tower Bridge Infrastructure Partners1 will be part of the Consortium as a co-investor, with additional funding for the transaction provided by the Public Investment Fund (“PIF”).

Together, GIP, KKR and Vodafone will provide deep infrastructure expertise to help advance the company’s strategic plans. The Consortium and Vodafone share a joint ambition to accelerate the company’s growth trajectory through additional investments by Vantage Towers in its network and expansion into fast-growing adjacent markets. The Consortium and Vodafone aim to expand Vantage Towers’ business to create a leading pan-European telecoms tower business.

Already a leader in its core markets today, Vantage Towers has a large footprint of approximately 83,000 sites in ten countries, long-term agreements with high-quality tenants and a deep and dense network in the markets in which it operates. The company benefits from consistent organic growth, stable margin development and strong cash generation driven by significant revenue visibility and enhanced commercialization of its tower footprint. In 2021, Vantage Towers signed a landmark agreement with 1&1 Mobilfunk GmbH to support the company in the rapid roll-out of its 5G network, covering potentially up to 5,000 existing sites throughout Germany for the next 20 years.

“We’re delighted to join forces with Vodafone and KKR to invest in Vantage Towers, a high-quality European tower portfolio with strong upside potential. We are looking forward to capturing the exciting value-creating opportunities in the European telecoms infrastructure sector by advancing Vantage Towers’ strategy and supporting its capacity to build new sites. As strategic partners with Vodafone and KKR, we will bring our deep infrastructure expertise and resources to help the company deliver the best data connectivity for individuals and businesses and contribute to enabling Europe’s digital future in the interest of all stakeholders,” said Will Brilliant, Partner and Head of Digital Infrastructure at GIP.

“Together with our strategic partners Vodafone and GIP, we believe Vantage Towers’ high-quality footprint and network across the region ideally position it to meet the ever-growing demand for mobile connectivity in Europe. We have a shared goal of creating a pan-European telecoms champion by continuing to grow and develop the business, leveraging the Consortium’s significant telecoms infrastructure investment experience and global resources. At KKR we are long-term conviction investors in Europe’s digital infrastructure and at Vantage Towers we intend to pursue value-creating investments to capitalise on the growth in this sector and to help drive consolidation in a fragmented market,” said Vincent Policard, Partner and Co-Head of European Infrastructure at KKR.

“This is a landmark moment for both Vodafone and Vantage Towers. This transaction successfully delivers on Vodafone’s stated aims of retaining co-control over a strategically important asset, deconsolidating Vantage Towers from our balance sheet to ensure we can optimise its capital structure and generate substantial upfront cash proceeds for the Group to support our priority of deleveraging. We are excited to partner with GIP and KKR, both world-class investors who bring significant expertise in digital infrastructure and share our long-term vision for Vantage Towers as we collectively take the business to the next stage of its growth,” said Nick Read, Vodafone Group Chief Executive.

Investing in the modernization of Europe’s mobile infrastructure
Together, the strategic partners plan to support Vantage Towers’ multibillion investment program over the next 5 years in order to improve existing infrastructure and to expand as well as upgrade the network. Through their strategic co-control partnership, the Consortium and Vodafone intend to support Vantage Towers to:

  • Accelerate the company’s ambitious program to build new sites for existing clients (“Build-to-suit”, “BTS”) that helps them to meet their coverage obligations and densification requirements.
  • Enhance Vantage Towers’ commercial capabilities and drive the utilization of existing assets by capturing additional co-location opportunities from new and existing third-party customers.
  • Expand the company’s activities beyond its core business into fast-growing adjacent markets such as 5G private networks, data centers, edge computing, small cells and the internet-of-things (“IoT”), and deploying fiber to the tower ecosystem.
  • Further drive consolidation in the European tower sector.

This European growth strategy is expected to allow Vantage Towers to further diversify its tenant base, increase the size and depth of its tower portfolio, while also creating further cost efficiencies and improving its profitability.

With further investments into Vantage Towers’ network, the Consortium and Vodafone are supporting Europe’s digitalization efforts and ensuring that mobile telecommunications infrastructure can keep up with the rapidly rising demand for data traffic and connectivity. Emerging trends such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, virtual/augmented reality, smart farming and IoT depend on the data services and infrastructure that enable them. Vantage Towers has the DNA of a carrier-neutral infrastructure provider, which will play a key role in empowering a sustainably connected Europe. The Consortium is aware of its responsibility to provide access to communications services for the community. It also recognizes the importance of sustainably stewarding these critical assets and is committed to ensuring that Vantage Towers remains a highly attractive employer in the industry.

GIP and KKR have a long track record of collaboration in the infrastructure sector
Both GIP and KKR are leading global infrastructure investors. Together, they form a Consortium with unique experience and expertise in global infrastructure investing, particularly in the digital and communications sector. Both companies share a longstanding institutional relationship and have a proven track record of acting together within one consortium. The Consortium is a strong financial partner for Vantage Towers with access to ample liquidity and long-term value creation objectives to support the business and the necessary investments at this pivotal moment for the industry.

Voluntary takeover offer
As part of their strategic co-control partnership, the Consortium and Vodafone will launch a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of Vantage Towers through Oak BidCo. Vantage Towers’ shareholders will be offered EUR 32.0 per share in cash. Vantage Towers’ shareholders will benefit from a 19% premium to the 3-month volume-weighted average share price.

The voluntary takeover offer will be subject to various customary offer conditions, including the receipt of regulatory antitrust and FDI approvals, with closing expected in the first half of 2023.

As part of the transaction, Oak BidCo and Vantage Towers have entered into a Business Combination Agreement in which Vantage Towers undertook to support the takeover offer. Subject to their review of the offer document, the management board and supervisory board of Vantage Towers welcome and support the offer and intend to recommend that Vantage Towers’ shareholders accept the offer. The current management board members of Vantage Towers will continue to lead the company.

Further, the Consortium and Vodafone intend to implement a domination profit and loss transfer agreement (“DPLTA”) if the final shareholding of Oak BidCo in Vantage Towers is below 95%, or a squeeze-out of non-Oak-BidCo minority shareholders if the aggregate shareholding of Oak BidCo in the company is 95% or higher. Post-closing, Vodafone and the Consortium will consider removing Vantage Towers’ public listing from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Offer document and further information
The voluntary public takeover offer will be made pursuant to an offer document to be approved by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). This offer document will be published following receipt of permission from BaFin, at which point the initial acceptance period of the takeover offer will commence. The offer document (in German and a non-binding English translation) and other information pertaining to the public takeover offer will be published on the following website: https://angebot.wpueg.de/oak/.

GIP and KKR are advised by Morgan Stanley as exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins as legal advisor.

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About Vantage Towers
Vantage Towers is a leading tower company in Europe with around 83,000 sites in ten countries, connecting people, businesses and devices in cities and rural areas.

The company was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Düsseldorf. Vantage Towers has been listed on the Deutsche Börse’s Prime Standard in Frankfurt since 18 March 2021. The shares are included in the MDAX, TecDAX, STOXX Europe 600 and FTSE Global Midcap Indices.

Vantage Towers’ portfolio includes towers, masts, rooftop sites, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. By building, operating and leasing this infrastructure to MNOs or other network providers such as IoT companies or utilities, Vantage Towers is making a significant contribution to a better-connected Europe.

While already 100% of the electricity that Vantage Towers uses to operate its infrastructure is obtained from renewable energy sources, green energy is increasingly being generated directly on site with the help of solar panels, micro wind turbines and in future also hydrogen solutions. This fits well into the overall strategy of the company to drive a sustainable digitalisation in Europe and to support partners through technological innovation in decarbonisation and achieving their climate goals.

For more information, please visit our website at www.vantagetowers.com, follow us on Twitter at @VantageTowers or connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/vantagetowers.

About Vodafone
Unique in its scale as the largest pan-European and African technology communications company, Vodafone transforms the way we live and work through its innovation, technology, connectivity, platforms, products and services.

Vodafone operates mobile and fixed networks in 22 countries, and partners with mobile networks in 47 more. As of 30 June 2022, we had over 300 million mobile customers, more than 28 million fixed broadband customers and 22 million TV customers. Vodafone is a world leader in the Internet of Things (“IoT”), connecting around 160 million devices and platforms.

We have revolutionised fintech in Africa through M-Pesa, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022. It is the region’s largest fintech platform, providing access to financial services for more than 50 million people in a secure, affordable and convenient way.

Our purpose is to connect for a better future by using technology to improve lives, digitalise critical sectors and enable inclusive and sustainable digital societies.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact to reach net zero emissions across our full value chain by 2040, while helping our customers reduce their own carbon emissions by 350 million tonnes by 2030. We are driving action to reduce device waste and achieve our target to reuse, resell or recycle 100% of our network waste.

We believe in the power of connectivity and digital services to improve society and economies, partnering with governments to digitalise healthcare, education and agriculture and create cleaner, safer cities. Our products and services support the digitalisation of businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Our inclusion for all strategy seeks to ensure no-one is left behind through access to connectivity, digital skills and creating relevant products and services such as access to education, healthcare and finance. We are also committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the customers and societies we serve.

For more information, please visit http://www.vodafone.com, follow us on Twitter at @VodafoneGroup or connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/vodafone.

About Global Infrastructure Partners
GIP is a leading independent infrastructure fund manager that makes equity and debt investments in infrastructure assets and businesses. GIP targets investments in the energy, transport, digital infrastructure, and water/waste sectors in both OECD and select emerging market countries. Headquartered in New York, GIP operates out of 10 offices: New York, London, Stamford (Connecticut), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore and Hong Kong. GIP manages c. US $84 billion for its investors. GIP’s portfolio companies have combined annual revenues of c. US $68 billion and employ over 100,000 people. For more information, visit www.global-infra.com.

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.

KKR established its Global Infrastructure business in 2008 and has since grown to one of the largest infrastructure investors globally with a team of more than 75 dedicated investment professionals. The firm currently oversees approximately US$50 billion in infrastructure assets globally as of 30 September, 2022, and has made over 65 infrastructure investments across a range of sub-sectors and geographies. KKR’s infrastructure platform is devised specifically for long term, capital intensive structural investments.

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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Ratos company Speed Group to acquire Scandi Terminal

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Speed Group (Speed) has signed an agreement with Profura Gruppen regarding the acquisition of Scandi Terminal AB. With this acquisition, Speed is expanding its logistics offering to include niche solutions for bulk products.

Speed is one of Sweden’s largest providers of 3PL and 4PL services. With the acquisition of Scandi Terminal AB, Speed’s customer offering will be further expanded through the addition of warehousing, transport and repackaging of bulk products.

 

“The acquisition of Scandi Terminal AB is entirely in line with Ratos’ acquisition strategy, in which both larger and smaller add-on acquisitions in existing companies play an important role. With the acquisition of Scandi Terminal AB, Speed is taking another step in expanding its customer offering. It will create positive synergies for the customers, and bodes well for continued profitability,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Board of Speed Group and President, Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos.

 

“We have a stated acquisition strategy that focuses on profitable companies that can provide Speed’s customers with new service segments. As an operator in a niche with a great deal of potential, Scandi Terminal AB fits into this strategy well. With our experience and expertise in logistics, we are convinced that we have excellent opportunities to positively develop both the company and our customer relationships in the area,” says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.

 

Scandi Terminal, which operates out of Stenungssund, has been part of Profura Gruppen since 2006 and is an important provider of logistics and materials handling to customers in the process industry. The company’s sales in 2021/22 amounted to just over SEK 40m.

 

About Speed Group

Speed Group offers sustainable, flexible and innovative solutions to complex logistics and staffing challenges. Sustainability permeates the entire business, and the aim is to be carbon neutral by 2025. Speed has its head office in Borås, Sweden, and logistics centres in Borås, Gothenburg and Stockholm covering a combined total of more than 200,000 square metres. The company has sales of just over SEK 1 billion and approximately 1,600 employees.

For further information, please contact
Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group, +46 73 367 75 45
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 15 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 26 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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CapMan Special Situations invests in Niemi Services, the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland

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CapMan Special Situations invests in Niemi Services, the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland

The CapMan Special Situations Fund invests in Niemi Services and will support the company’s’ growth as the leading provider of moving and logistics services in Finland.

In connection to the investment made by the CapMan Special Situations Fund, two of the company’s current owners, Ilpo and Kai Niemi, sell their shares in the company. Esa and Juha Niemi continue as main owners of the company and will together with CapMan form the new Board of Directors of the company. Timo Seppä, appointed on September 1st, will continue as the CEO.

Niemi Services is the leading moving and logistics services provider in Finland. Its business is founded on consistently exceeding client expectations. Niemi Services is a forerunner in sustainability; its fleet runs on 100% fossil free fuel, and it invests in services for the circular economy both for enterprise customers as well as for consumers.

“Niemi is the prominent brand in the Finnish moving and logistics services market. As the market leader, the company holds ample opportunities to further expand its business. Strengthening of the company’s governance and management together with the investment capacity through our fund will enable accelerating growth and business development going forward”, says Tuomas Rinne, Partner, CapMan Special Situations.

“This investment and the support of the CapMan Special Situations team makes Niemi Services even stronger. Our journey over the past more than 40 years has demanded continuous renewal while holding on to what is essential us: personalised customer service. The arrangement with CapMan unlocks excellent opportunities to further develop the company’s capabilities and ensure continued success of Niemi Services”, say Esa and Juha Niemi.

CapMan’s investment is subject to the approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

For more information, please contact:

Tuomas Rinne, Partner, CapMan Special Situations, +358 40 311 6025

Juha Niemi, Board Member, Niemi Services, +358 400 402 307

Esa Niemi, Board Member, Niemi Services, +358 400 452 400

Niemi Services

Niemi Services Ltd is a moving and logistics services company founded in 1981. In 2021 we executed over 120,000 assignments nation-wide, and our revenue was approximately 40 million euros. We employ over 1,200 service professionals. We have been ranked number one in our industry for the 18th time in a row (Taloustutkimus, TEP 2021), and 97,8% of our customers recommends us (Niemi Services 2021). We invest in sustainability. Our entire fleet already operates on non-fossil fuels: biogas, renewable diesel or electricity. Our goal is net-zero emission fleet and carbon neutrality in 2030.

www.niemi.fi/en

CapMan Special Situations

CapMan Special Situations pursues event-driven investment situations by providing flexible capital solutions and strong operational capability to deliver step-change performance improvements.

CapMan Special Situations is part of CapMan Group, a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation and over 4.8 billion in assets under management. Our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We are dedicated to set science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover minority and majority investments in portfolio companies and real estate, and infrastructure assets. We also provide wealth management solutions. Our service business includes procurement and analysis, reporting and back office services. Altogether, CapMan employs approximately 180 professionals in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Luxembourg. We are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001. www.capman.com

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Xeneta Raises $80 Million led by Apax Digital

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Investment to Fuel Expansion of Xeneta’s Breakthrough Container Shipping & Air Cargo Market Analytics Platform

Xeneta, the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform, today announced an $80 million investment at a $265 million valuation led by funds advised by Apax Digital, the growth equity arm of Apax, a leading global private equity advisory firm, with participation from NY-based Lugard Road Capital. With this investment, Xeneta will accelerate investments in platform development and continue scaling its global commercial teams. This will support expansion into new markets as companies seek to develop resilient supply chains to counter global trade volatility.

A global pandemic, geo-political uncertainty, and climate-related events have led to an unpredictable market where supply and demand continue to shift, leaving supply chain, logistics, and transportation professionals scrambling for visibility. As organizations undergo efforts to navigate instabilities in the market, access to readily available and actionable freight rate data has emerged as a strategic priority. In this new context, ocean shipping and air cargo transportation costs have been elevated to company board-level discussions. Additionally, in an increasingly data-driven world, procurement, finance, and other corporate functions cannot operate effectively without data that is fit for purpose.

Xeneta stands in stark contrast to other shipping rate and index solutions by providing organizations with the world’s largest, neutral and most accurate data source of real-time, on-demand ocean container and air freight rate market intelligence, whether for long-term contracts or spot trades. The Xeneta platform delivers the one-two punch that modern companies look for in digitizing their overall freight procurement or selling operations by providing access to an unrivaled amount of rate data (with 10 million rates added a month), as well as incorporating advanced analytics and visualization. The all-in-one platform delivers further value by providing data and insights on capacity, reliability, blank sailings, detention and demurrage, dynamic load factor, emissions data, and more.

Xeneta’s novel crowdsourced approach levels the playing field for ocean and air freight buyers and sellers offering benchmarking, tendering, budgeting, planning, and reporting capabilities. Amidst global supply chain and logistics challenges, Xeneta’s intelligence ensures that companies’ cargoes get to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, all at the right price.

“While global trade tries to get back on its feet after a couple of years of uncertainty, it’s clear that the overall logistics industry requires a re-think of how freight is bought and sold. This new funding will help us accelerate development of our platform and add even more datasets to enrich our expert industry analyses to further drive transparency in the market,” said Xeneta CEO and Co-founder Patrik Berglund. “We are proud to have a renowned global fund like Apax Digital and its expert operational team to work alongside us as we enter our next stage of growth.”

Mark Beith, Partner at Apax Digital, who joins the company’s Board of Directors, said: “Buyers and sellers of freight have been flying blind in a complex and opaque market. Xeneta’s world-leading dataset and cutting-edge platform provide unique access to granular real-time information and insight, enabling data-driven freight sales and purchases. This delivers compelling value for their blue-chip customer base – not just in sales or procurement, but also in budgeting and reporting, and increasingly in ESG monitoring. We’re thrilled to partner with Patrik and the Xeneta team and help deliver their vision.”

Xeneta’s customer portfolio includes amongst others: Electrolux, Unilever, Nestle, Zebra Technologies, Thyssenkrupp, Volvo, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and John Deere.

About Xeneta

Xeneta is the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform transforming the shipping and logistics industry. Xeneta’s powerful reporting and analytics platform provides liner-shipping and air cargo stakeholders the data they need to understand current and historical market behavior, reporting live on market average and low/high movements for both short- and long-term contracts. Xeneta’s data comprises more than 300 million contracted container and air freight rates and covers more than 160,000 global trade routes. Xeneta is a privately held company with headquarters in Oslo, Norway, with regional offices in New Jersey, USA, Hamburg, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark. To learn more, please visit www.xeneta.com.

About Apax and Apax Digital

The Apax Digital Funds specialize in growth equity and growth buyout investments in high-growth enterprise software, consumer internet, and technology-enabled services companies worldwide. The Apax Digital team leverages Apax’s deep tech investing expertise, global platform, and specialized operating experts, to enable technology companies and their management teams to accelerate the achievement of their full potential. For further information, please visit www.apaxdigital.com.

Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”) is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech, Services, Healthcare, and Internet/Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

DIF Capital Partners to acquire Rail First, Australia’s leading rail freight leasing company

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core-plus Infrastructure Fund III (“CIF III”), and Amber Infrastructure Group are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to jointly acquire Rail First (the “Company”), the leading Australian rail freight leasing company, on a 50-50 basis, from Anchorage Capital Partners.

Rail First offers leasing solutions for rolling stock such as locomotives, as well as intermodal and hopper wagons. The Company’s leasing offering is supported by a growing locomotive and wagon maintenance operation. Rail First has a blue-chip customer base, reflecting a meaningful proportion of Australia’s haulage task, with a well-diversified underling product mix. Typical leases are for 3-5 years, aligning with the underlying haulage contracts. The strength of the Company’s resilient business model was demonstrated during COVID-19, when major intermodal volumes remained steady. Rail First has strong barriers to entry and is expected to benefit from several long-term tailwinds, including the Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane once operational. Rail First will drive the transition towards lower emission intensity transport offerings, with a proven ESG track record and several long-term initiatives in place.

Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, said “DIF is delighted to invest in Rail First, as it provides unique access to Australia’s attractive rail leasing market. The Company is well positioned to partner and grow with its customers. We look forward working together with the Company’s experienced management team to offer more environmentally friendly leasing solutions to the Australian rail market.”

Mark Kirkpatrick, CEO of Rail First, added: “We are excited to partner with DIF, given their successful track record of rail and infrastructure investments, globally and in Australia. Their prior experience combined with significant capital commitment to fund our continued growth places Rail First in a strong position to grow alongside our customers.”

The transaction is subject to approval by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board. The transaction is expected to close by end-October 2022.

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 Launches Highways Infrastructure Trust in India

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Launch marks KKR’s third infrastructure investment trust in India

Strengthens KKR’s ability to pursue opportunities in transportation, renewables, and power

MUMBAI, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Global investment firm KKR today announced the launch of Highways Infrastructure Trust (“HIT”), a roads infrastructure investment trust (“InvIT”). HIT is KKR’s third InvIT in India, in addition to Virescent Renewable Energy Trust, India’s first renewable energy InvIT, and India Grid Trust, a leading transmissions InvIT, and marks KKR’s latest development as it scales its infrastructure investment activity in the country. Together, these platforms operate and manage 33 assets valued at over $3.8 billion across 22 states or union territories across India.

HIT’s initial portfolio comprises of six roads assets with a total length of more than 450 kilometers across six states in India. The assets, which include a diversified mix of toll and annuity roads, are located in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. In addition, HIT is considering a pipeline of acquisition targets, including through its sponsor. The platform possesses significant growth potential and seeks to invest in high-quality assets, including through bolt-on acquisitions.

HIT has been assigned a ‘Provisional AAA/Stable’ rating for its loan facilities from CRISIL, S&P’s India affiliate. The rating reflects the assets’ favorable location and geographical diversity, as well as strong track record of revenue.

HIT’s launch takes place on the back of growing demand to expand India’s road network, the second-largest globally, as passenger traffic and commercial vehicle traffic continue to increase. Today, India’s road network is responsible for 90% of total passenger traffic and the movement of almost 65% of all goods across the country.1

Hardik Shah, Partner at KKR, said, “HIT’s launch is a significant milestone for KKR’s India infrastructure strategy as we deepen our presence in the market. Highways and roads play a critical role in driving India’s economic prosperity and connecting its citizens, and we look forward to enabling further infrastructure creation and expansion as transportation demands continue to grow. With our dedicated platforms across transmissions, roads, and renewables in place, KKR is well-positioned to collaborate with sellers in the private markets and the government through the National Monetisation Pipeline on attractive investment opportunities.”

In Asia Pacific, KKR takes a flexible approach to infrastructure investment and combines local knowledge and capabilities with the Firm’s global industry and operational expertise. Globally, KKR’s infrastructure portfolio spans a broad range of sectors including transportation, renewable energy, power and utilities, water and wastewater, and telecommunications, among others, and manages more than $40 billion in assets.

In India, KKR sees transportation, renewable energy, and electricity transmissions as core to its infrastructure strategy. The launch of HIT additionally strengthens KKR’s longstanding commitment to India. Since setting up its Mumbai office in 2009, KKR has made more than 20 investments in India with more than a dozen active portfolio companies today.

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.

1 India Brand Equity Foundation (August 2022): Roads Industry Report

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CapMan Infra exits its stake in Norled to CBRE Investment Management

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CapMan Infra exits its stake in Norled to CBRE Investment Management

CapMan Infra and CBRE Investment Management (CBRE IM), which each acquired a 50 per cent stake in leading Norwegian ferry and express boat operator Norled AS in 2019, have now entered into an agreement for CBRE IM to acquire the entire stake managed by CapMan. The exit is the first from the CapMan Nordic Infrastructure I fund. CBRE IM is making the investment on behalf of a fund it sponsors as well as some of its separately managed accounts.

Norled is one of Norway’s four leading marine transportation companies with a fleet of 41 ferries and 30 express boats operating on availability-based contracts. A leader in innovative and environmentally friendly transportation solutions, Norled has invested significantly in new types of vessels and eco-friendly technology, including hybrid and battery-driven vessels and the first hydrogen-electric ferry. Since 2019, Norled has invested c. NOK 2.5bn into renewing its fleet, decreasing CO2 emissions by 30% from 2019 to 2021. Furthermore, the number of low and zero emission vessels in the company’s fleet has grown from 2 to 18*.

Water transportation is an essential part of Norwegian infrastructure, and the Norwegian government has set and is supporting ambitious targets for transport companies to transform the sector from diesel to renewable electric and hydrogen solutions. Norled intends for most of its fleet to be carbon emission-free within the next decade.

”Since acquiring the company, we have established Norled as a successful stand-alone business by strengthening the management team, organisation and tendering capabilities, while investing significantly into decarbonisation of the fleet. The resilience of the business was further demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to have won a significant new tender backlog, which forms the basis for Norled’s future success and continued investments into the green shift. The company is now well placed to deliver long-term value under CBRE IM’s ownership. It has been an honour to work with Norled’s dedicated employees and management team,” said Ville Poukka, Managing Partner at CapMan Infra.

“We believe Norled continues to be an attractive European transportation infrastructure investment opportunity due to the long-term availability-based contracts, which have contributed to the resilience of these assets, coupled with the support of the Norwegian government’s accelerated shift to green technologies,” commented Dr. Andreas Köttering, Head of Europe Private Infrastructure, CBRE Investment Management. “We have appreciated partnering with CapMan to grow Norled and now look forward to further advancing this pioneering ferry company.”

Norled’s current management team, led by CEO Heidi Wolden, will continue to run the day-to-day operations.

“We are pleased that CBRE IM strengthens and continues the ownership of the company. CBRE IM has proved to be a long-term owner committed to further investments in zero- and low emissions solutions within our industry. Together we will work to ensure that most of our fleet is carbon emission-free within the next decade,” says Heidi Wolden, CEO of Norled.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close later this year.

For more information, please contact:

Ville Poukka, Managing Partner, CapMan Infra, +358 50 572 9120, ville.poukka@capman.com

About CapMan

CapMan is a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation. As one of the private equity pioneers in the Nordics we have built value in unlisted businesses, real estate, and infrastructure for over three decades. With over to 4.8 billion in assets under management, our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We are dedicated to set science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover minority and majority investments in portfolio companies and real estate, and infrastructure assets. We also provide wealth management solutions. Our service business includes procurement and analysis, reporting and back office services. Altogether, CapMan employs approximately 180 professionals in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Luxembourg. We are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001. Read more at www.capman.com.

About CBRE Investment Management

CBRE Investment Management is a leading global real assets investment management firm with $146.9 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022, operating in more than 30 offices and 20 countries around the world. Through its investor-operator culture, the firm seeks to deliver sustainable investment solutions across real assets categories, geographies, risk profiles and execution formats so that its clients, people and communities thrive.

CBRE Investment Management is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenue). CBRE has more than 105,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE Investment Management harnesses CBRE’s data and market insights, investment sourcing and other resources for the benefit of its clients. For more information, please visit www.cbreim.com.

*) Includes Electrical, Hydrogen and Hybrid vessels. Bio-fuel not included. The vessel number and investment estimates are per 2Q2022.

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EQT Private Equity and Mubadala to acquire Envirotainer, the leading global provider of mission-critical biopharma transport services

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  • As part of their broader strategic partnership, EQT Private Equity and Mubadala Investment Company to make a majority investment in Envirotainer, a global provider of mission-critical cold chain transportation solutions for pharmaceuticals
  • Envirotainer enables access to life-saving pharmaceuticals and vaccines via reliable and efficient cold chain solutions, and is the global leader in active temperature control for air transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals
  • EQT Private Equity and Mubadala will support Envirotainer in its next phase of growth, by accelerating expansion in core markets and APAC in particular, scaling the newly launched CryoSure offering, investing in new technologies and continuing to roll-out third generation Releye platform

EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT X fund (“EQT Private Equity”), and Mubadala Investment Company (“Mubadala”), have agreed to acquire Envirotainer (the “Company”), the global leader of mission-critical, proprietary temperature-controlled supply chain solutions for the transportation of biopharmaceuticals, from Cinven and Novo Holdings. The enterprise value amounts to around EUR 2.8 billion.

Envirotainer was founded in 1985 in Stockholm, Sweden, where its headquarters, R&D and production are based. Envirotainer designs, manufactures and leases active temperature-controlled containers, used primarily for air freighting biopharma products. With a fleet of circa 6,700 containers globally and approximately 375 employees in 20 countries, the Company is the global leader in active temperature control for air transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Envirotainer has more than 600 customers worldwide, including many global blue-chip pharma and biotech companies.

Millions of people across the globe depend on the safe delivery of biopharmaceuticals that require temperature control to maintain their integrity and quality. Today, lack of access to medicines is a cause for distress that disproportionately impacts underserved communities, whose situation is likely to be exacerbated by chronic diseases resulting from changing diets and lifestyles, as well as from air and water pollution. Envirotainer expands access to vital pharmaceuticals and vaccines through its patient-safe, reliable and efficient cold chain solutions, which also offer one of the lowest carbon footprint solutions in the industry.

EQT Private Equity and Mubadala will seek to support Envirotainer in its next phase of growth by accelerating expansion in APAC and continuing growth in its other core markets, and will leverage EQT’s local-with-locals approach and Mubadala’s global network to do so. Building on the sector-related expertise of EQT’s network and Mubadala, EQT Private Equity and Mubadala will help scale the newly launched CryoSure offering and continue the successful roll-out of third-generation Releye platform, while investing behind new technology innovations, digitalization and sustainability in its operations.

Ali Farahani, Partner within EQT Private Equity’s Advisory Team, said, “The temperature-controlled distribution of pharma products offers very attractive and thematic exposure to the fast-growing biopharma end-market. Envirotainer is an integral part of the global pharmaceutical infrastructure and the clear global market leader with significant scale advantages, superior operations and industry-leading performance and customer satisfaction. The company has a clear purpose of enabling access to life-saving pharmaceuticals and offers reusable solutions with significantly less CO2 emissions compared to traditional air-freight solutions. We continue to see significant growth potential ahead and are excited to partner with the management team to unlock the full potential together with our partners at Mubadala.”

Camilla Macapili Languille, Head of Life Sciences for Mubadala, said, “Envirotainer plays a mission-critical role in the healthcare ecosystem by ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of drugs from pharma companies to hospitals, clinics, and ultimately, patients. Their extensive international footprint ideally positions Envirotainer to meet the pharma industry’s growing need for global temperature-controlled distribution and as the undisputed market leader, they are continuing to pioneer developments in the sector with forward-thinking R&D innovation. We have strong conviction in the company’s growth trajectory and will work closely with management and our partners at EQT to ensure its long-term success.”

Peter Gisel-Ekdahl, CEO, “We are pleased with the confidence that EQT and Mubadala have shown us by investing in the company and look forward to closely collaborating to further develop the business. This long-term partnership will strengthen Envirotainer and help us deliver on our purpose of enabling access to life-saving pharmaceuticals. At the same time, this investment, from such esteemed investors, confirms the strength of Envirotainer’s business model and the company’s very exciting future.”

EQT and Mubadala were advised by Jefferies International (M&A), McKinsey & Company (commercial), White & Case (legal), and KPMG (financial, tax, operations).

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals and is expected to close in Q3 2022. With the acquisition of Envirotainer, EQT X (target fund size of EUR 20.0 billion and hard cap of EUR 21.5 billion) will be 0-5 percent invested based on its target fund size. EQT X will be activated and start charging management fees upon the closing of its first transaction, currently expected to be the closing of the acquisition of Envirotainer. EQT IX is currently 80-85 percent invested, following recent portfolio company add-on acquisitions, and continues to be in its commitment period but management fees will, following activation of EQT X, be based on net invested capital.

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EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security, and may not be used or relied upon in connection with any offer or solicitation. Any offer or solicitation in respect of EQT X will be made only through a confidential private placement memorandum and related documents which will be furnished to qualified investors on a confidential basis in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The information contained herein is not for publication or distribution to persons in the United States of America. Any securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold without registration thereunder or pursuant to an available exemption therefrom. Any offering of securities to be made in the United States would have to be made by means of an offering document that would be obtainable from the issuer or its agents and would contain detailed information about the issuer of the securities and its management, as well as financial information. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration.

About EQT
EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with EUR 77 billion in assets under management across 36 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas with total sales of approximately EUR 29 billion and more than 280,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
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About Mubadala Investment Company
Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Mubadala’s $284 billion portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. It leverages its deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates.

More info: www.mubadala.com

About Envirotainer
Envirotainer is the undisputed global market leader in secure cold-chain solutions for intercontinental transport of pharmaceuticals. The company develops, manufactures, and offers leasing of innovative

 container solutions and dewars for cryogenic shipping, including validation, support, and service, for pharma products that require a controlled environment. Thanks to a truly global presence with the world’s largest active container fleet, the most extensive network, and more than 35 years of industry expertise, Envirotainer is able to meet the customers’ need for innovative and reliable solutions – available from any location to any destination. The company operates through an open, global network of airlines, forwarders and couriers and the headquarters is located outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

For more information, please visit  www.envirotainer.com

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Cinven and Novo Holdings to sell Envirotainer

Novo Holdings

International private equity firm, Cinven, and co-investor, Novo Holdings, have agreed to the sale of Envirotainer (‘the Company’), a leading global provider of mission-critical, temperature-controlled air cargo services for the pharmaceutical industry, to EQT and Mubadala, for an Enterprise Value of approximately €2.8 billion. As part of the transaction, Envirotainer’s current shareholders will have the opportunity to reinvest in the business as minority shareholders.

Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Envirotainer designs, manufactures and leases active temperature-controlled containers, used primarily for air freighting biopharma products. With a fleet of c. 6,700 containers globally, the Company has more than 600 customers worldwide, including many blue-chip global pharma and biotech companies. Envirotainer has approximately 375 employees and an extensive global network of more than 60 service stations.

The Company developed and marketed the first container with an active temperature control system in 1995, enabling it to meet the complex needs of transporting biopharmaceuticals at stable temperatures. Today, Envirotainer supports the transportation of approximately 2 million doses of medicines per day for all major pharmaceutical manufacturers, ensuring medicine is safely delivered to destinations around the globe.

Cinven’s Nordic team identified Envirotainer as an attractive investment opportunity in 2012 and tracked the business closely for six years, working with Cinven’s Business Services, Healthcare and Industrials Sector teams to develop a compelling investment thesis for the Company. The Sixth Cinven Fund together with co-investor Novo Holdings, ultimately acquired Envirotainer in September 2018.

Since acquisition, Cinven and Novo Holdings have worked in close partnership with the Company to drive its strong performance, including through:

  • Significant investment in R&D and innovation to support new product launches, including the next generation Releye platform, which has further enhanced Envirotainer’s market-leading sustainability credentials, and CryoSure, a shipment solution for the cryogenic (-70°C) segment;
  • International expansion, with Envirotainer continuing to expand its geographical reach and entering new markets; notably, Envirotainer has significantly grown its business in China, India and South Korea, key emerging pharmaceuticals markets, through investment into three new service stations, the local sales force and expansion of existing infrastructure;
  • Enhancing Envirotainer’s digital capabilities, introducing live shipment monitoring for customers as well as leveraging data analytics to facilitate predictive maintenance of the large container fleet; and
  • Investments in the organisation, including strengthening the senior management team and Envirotainer’s operational capabilities, as well as supporting the relocation to a new HQ. This has ensured continuous best-in-class delivery of Envirotainer’s mission-critical services, minimising product waste for customers and successfully navigating through the disruption to global supply chains arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the investment, Pontus Pettersson, Partner at Cinven, said:

“Envirotainer is a great business in a highly attractive market. We are very proud of the success that the Company has achieved during Cinven’s ownership period – it is a great example of Cinven’s strategy to back leading Swedish and European businesses to expand internationally and to invest in new products, digitalisation, and operational excellence to drive growth.

“Envirotainer is in a strong position to continue to take advantage of the market opportunity and we are confident the company will continue to do very well in the future.”

Peter Gisel-Ekdahl, CEO of Envirotainer, added:

“The support of Cinven and Novo Holdings has enabled us to continue to develop best-in-class solutions to support our clients and the healthcare industry, including the recently launched Releye platform and our new CryoSure solution which has enabled us to enter into a new and attractive part of the temperature-controlled transportation market. As a result, Envirotainer has continued to maintain a market-leading position and to serve all top pharmaceutical companies. We are very excited for the company’s next chapter.”

Christian Salling, Senior Partner at Novo Holdings, also commented:

“Envirotainer has been on an impressive journey in recent years and management has done an outstanding job of creating a leading provider of mission-critical services to the pharmaceutical industry. We are very proud to be part of that journey and Envirotainer is a good example of our engaged ownership model, that we exercise together with leading investment partners.”

Completion of the transaction is expected in the second half of 2022 and is subject to customary antitrust approvals.

Advisors on the transaction include: JP Morgan (M&A); Vinge (legal); Clifford Chance (legal)

 

Media contacts

Cinven
Clare Bradshaw Tel. +44 (0)7881 918 967 

Email. Clare.Bradshaw@cinven.com

 

FTI Consulting LLP (Advisers to Cinven)
Edward Bridges Tel. +44 (0)7768 216 607 

Email. Edward.Bridges@fticonsulting.com

 

Ben Fletcher Tel. +44 (0)7508 580 490 

Email. Ben.Fletcher@fticonsulting.com

 

Envirotainer
Sofia Wiwen-Nilsson Tel. +46 (0)730 715019 

 

Email. Sofia.Wiwen-Nilsson@envirotainer.com

 
Novo Holdings
Christian Mostrup Tel. +45 3067 4805
  Email. CIMS@novo.dk

 

 About Cinven

Cinven is a leading international private equity firm focused on building world-class global companies. Its funds invest in six key sectors: Business Services, Consumer, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT). Cinven has offices in London, New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Guernsey and Luxembourg.

Cinven has invested over €2 billion of equity in Nordic companies and currently owns fast growing Group.One in Sweden. Historical investments in the Nordic region include Phadia, Ahlsell, Coor Service Management and Visma.

Cinven takes a responsible approach towards its portfolio companies, their employees, suppliers, local communities, the environment and society.

Cinven Capital Management (V) General Partner Limited, Cinven Capital Management (VI) General Partner Limited, Cinven Capital Management (VII) General Partner Limited and Cinven Capital Management (SFF) General Partner Limited are each authorised and regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, and Cinven Limited, the adviser to the Cinven Funds, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

In this press release ‘Cinven’ means, depending on the context, any of or collectively, Cinven Holdings Guernsey Limited, Cinven Partnership LLP, and their respective Associates (as defined in the Companies Act 2006) and/or funds managed or advised by any of the foregoing.

For additional information on Cinven please visit www.cinven.com and www.linkedin.com/company/cinven/.

 

About Novo Holdings

Novo Holdings A/S is a private limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It is the holding company of the Novo Group, comprising Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S, and is responsible for managing the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s assets.Novo Holdings is recognized as a leading international life science investor, with a focus on creating long-term value. As a life science investor, Novo Holdings provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies and takes significant ownership positions in growth and well-established companies. Novo Holdings also manages a broad portfolio of diversified financial assets. Further information: www.novoholdings.dk

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Cinven and Novo Holdings to sell Envirotainer

Cinven

International private equity firm, Cinven, and co-investor, Novo Holdings, have agreed to the sale of Envirotainer (‘the Company’), a leading global provider of mission-critical, temperature-controlled air cargo services for the pharmaceutical industry, to EQT and Mubadala, for an Enterprise Value of approximately €2.8 billion. As part of the transaction, Envirotainer’s current shareholders will have the opportunity to reinvest in the business as minority shareholders.

Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Envirotainer designs, manufactures and leases active temperature-controlled containers, used primarily for air freighting biopharma products. With a fleet of c. 6,700 containers globally, the Company has more than 600 customers worldwide, including many blue-chip global pharma and biotech companies. Envirotainer has approximately 375 employees and an extensive global network of more than 60 service stations.

The Company developed and marketed the first container with an active temperature control system in 1995, enabling it to meet the complex needs of transporting biopharmaceuticals at stable temperatures. Today, Envirotainer supports the transportation of approximately 2 million doses of medicines per day for all major pharmaceutical manufacturers, ensuring medicine is safely delivered to destinations around the globe.

Cinven’s Nordic team identified Envirotainer as an attractive investment opportunity in 2012 and tracked the business closely for six years, working with Cinven’s Business Services, Healthcare and Industrials Sector teams to develop a compelling investment thesis for the Company. The Sixth Cinven Fund together with co-investor Novo Holdings, ultimately acquired Envirotainer in September 2018.

Since acquisition, Cinven and Novo Holdings have worked in close partnership with the Company to drive its strong performance, including through:

  • Significant investment in R&D and innovation to support new product launches, including the next generation Releye platform, which has further enhanced Envirotainer’s market-leading sustainability credentials, and CryoSure, a shipment solution for the cryogenic (-70°C) segment;
  • International expansion, with Envirotainer continuing to expand its geographical reach and entering new markets; notably, Envirotainer has significantly grown its business in China, India and South Korea, key emerging pharmaceuticals markets, through investment into three new service stations, the local sales force and expansion of existing infrastructure;
  • Enhancing Envirotainer’s digital capabilities, introducing live shipment monitoring for customers as well as leveraging data analytics to facilitate predictive maintenance of the large container fleet; and
  • Investments in the organisation, including strengthening the senior management team and Envirotainer’s operational capabilities, as well as supporting the relocation to a new HQ. This has ensured continuous best-in-class delivery of Envirotainer’s mission-critical services, minimising product waste for customers and successfully navigating through the disruption to global supply chains arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the investment, Pontus Pettersson, Partner at Cinven, said:

“Envirotainer is a great business in a highly attractive market. We are very proud of the success that the Company has achieved during Cinven’s ownership period – it is a great example of Cinven’s strategy to back leading Swedish and European businesses to expand internationally and to invest in new products, digitalisation, and operational excellence to drive growth.

“Envirotainer is in a strong position to continue to take advantage of the market opportunity and we are confident the company will continue to do very well in the future.”

Peter Gisel-Ekdahl, CEO of Envirotainer, added:

“The support of Cinven and Novo Holdings has enabled us to continue to develop best-in-class solutions to support our clients and the healthcare industry, including the recently launched Releye platform and our new CryoSure solution which has enabled us to enter into a new and attractive part of the temperature-controlled transportation market. As a result, Envirotainer has continued to maintain a market-leading position and to serve all top pharmaceutical companies. We are very excited for the company’s next chapter.”

Christian Salling, Senior Partner at Novo Holdings, also commented:

“Envirotainer has been on an impressive journey in recent years and management has done an outstanding job of creating a leading provider of mission-critical services to the pharmaceutical industry. We are very proud to be part of that journey and Envirotainer is a good example of our engaged ownership model, that we exercise together with leading investment partners.”

Completion of the transaction is expected in the second half of 2022 and is subject to customary antitrust approvals.

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