DIF partners with Deutsche Bahn on public transport concession in Germany

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DIF Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has signed a sale and lease back agreement regarding the acquisition of 29 new-build and electrical multiple-unit trains with DB Regio AG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG. The investment will be made through DIF Infrastructure VI fund. MEAG acted as exclusive arranger for the senior debt financing.

DB Regio will sell 29 multiple-unit trains (Coradia Stream HC series), manufactured by Alstom Transport Deutschland, to DIF and lease them via an initial 15-year term to operate the “Kinzigtal” concession. This will connect the German cities Frankfurt am Main, Hanau, Fulda, Bebra as well as Wächtersbach.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF VI strategy : “DIF is pleased to partner with Deutsche Bahn and our project lender MEAG on this project. Our investment is a component of a wider plan to extend and modernise the public transport services around Frankfurt. The aim is to make it more attractive, by contributing to the customer satisfaction as well as to increase sustainability of – especially – commuter transport from the suburbs to the city center.”

Benjamin Hemming, Head of Infrastructure Debt at MEAG, adds: “We are very pleased to make an important contribution to the modernisation of public transport in Germany with our exclusive debt arrangement for the Kinzigtal network. The new trains which will operate on the line will not only make commuting by train more convenient, but will also contribute to reducing emissions. With this innovative private placement we enable our institutional clients to participate in a long-term and sustainable financing at attractive terms.”

DIF was advised by Herbert Smith Freehills (legal), railistics (technical and commercial), Mazars (model audit and tax), ReedSmith and Loyens & Loeff (tax), Euro transaction Solutions (insurance) and Northrail (transaction structuring as well as long term asset management provider).

(Picture: © Alstom Advanced Design & Styling)

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:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII 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 200 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 DIF: Diederik Heinink, d.heinink@dif.eu

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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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+65 6922 5813
WeiJun.Ong@kkr.com

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The Ratos company NVBS acquires TKBM Entreprenad AB

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NVBS, which is a fast-growing player in maintenance, upgrades and construction of critical railway infrastructure, has acquired the civil engineering company TKBM Entreprenad AB. TKBM has its operations in and around Stockholm and the acquisition marks a further advance for NVBS’s growth journey.

TKBM is a strong company in cable and trunking installations and is expected to have sales of some SEK 65m with an EBITA of SEK 5m in 2022.

NVBS, which is active in Sweden, Norway and Finland, has in the last few years undergone a number of changes focused on growth and development and has a clear acquisition agenda.

“Ratos acquired NVBS because we see that upgrades of critical infrastructure is an attractive and growing niche with considerable potential. NVBS’s acquisition of TKBM is proof that NVBS has excellent prerequisites in place for continued organic and acquisition-driven expansion, something we already witnessed in conjunction with the acquisition earlier this year,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Board of NVBS and President Business Area Construction & Services of Ratos.

“I am delighted that this acquisition will provide our customers with a strong partner with experience and a sharp groundworks offering in and around Stockholm,” says David Skalin, President and CEO of NVBS.

For further information and media please contact:
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21

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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Ratos acquires NVBS and Ratatek – creates Nordic challenger in railway infrastructure

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Regulatory Information 2022-03-30

Ratos has signed an agreement to acquire 74% of the Swedish company NVBS Rail Group Holding AB (NVBS), which in turn has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the Finnish company Ratatek. NVBS will become a Nordic platform company for Ratos in the attractive and growing railway infrastructure market, with a presence in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Together, the companies had pro forma revenues of SEK 978m in 2021, with adjusted EBITA of SEK 113m. The cash-free, debt-free purchase price for 100% of both companies amounts to SEK 1,066m. NVBS will belong to Ratos business area Construction & Services.

“Maintenance and upgrades of critical infrastructure is an attractive and growing niche in which Ratos established a position in road maintenance in 2021. With the acquisition of NVBS, we are now broadening our offering into the expanding railway market – a market where NVBS and Ratatek have excellent prospects for continued organic and acquisition-driven expansion,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, President Business Area Construction & Services at Ratos.

NVBS is a fast-growing player in maintenance, improvement and construction of critical railway infrastructure in Sweden and Norway. The company specialises in rail-related services, including groundwork, track, electrical, signal and telecom. Through a strong focus on efficient operations and meeting the customer’s expectations, NVBS reported an organic compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% between 2019 and 2021. The company had pro forma revenues of SEK 719m in 2021, with adjusted EBITA of SEK 85m.

Ratatek specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of overhead contact lines and electrical systems on tram and railways, with operations in Finland and Sweden. The company already has a successful partnership with NVBS in the Swedish market. Ratatek’s key personnel will be part of the owner group in NVBS in conjunction with the transaction. Ratatek had sales of EUR 25.5m in 2021, with adjusted EBITA of EUR 2.7m.

“With the acquisition of NVBS, Ratos has secured a majority shareholding in one of the Nordic region’s fastest-growing players within railway infrastructure. We are impressed with NVBS’s culture, entrepreneurial spirit and decentralised governance model, which has enabled the company’s rapid growth. The fact that the founders and key personnel of NVBS have chosen to retain a holding of 26% is very positive, and we look forward to building a strong Nordic market challenger together,” continues Christian Johansson Gebauer.

“Since 2012 when NVBS was founded it has established a strong position as a fast-growing contractor specialising in railway environments with a focus on profitable growth in the Swedish market. With Ratos as our new principal owner, we can now take the next step in our growth journey, and we see significant opportunities to expand our business model to new geographic areas,” says David Skalin, President and CEO of NVBS.

“The acquisition of NVBS and Ratatek is an excellent match for the business area and will also contribute to, and themselves be able to leverage, soft synergies with other companies,” says Jonas Wiström, President and CEO of Ratos.

Acquisition financing and valuation and impact on Ratos
NVBS and Ratatek had pro forma sales of SEK 978m in 2021, with adjusted EBITA of SEK 113m. The cash-free, debt-free purchase price (enterprise value) for 100% of the shares in both companies amounts to SEK 1,066m, corresponding to an EV/EBITA multiple of 9.4x for the full-year 2021. The acquisition was financed with Ratos’s own funds and bank financing. The founders have chosen to remain as owners of NVBS in conjunction with Ratos’s acquisition, with a holding amounting close to a quarter of the shares in the company. After a certain period of time and at the earliest in full after seven years, both the founders and Ratos have a customary right to demand that Ratos acquire the shares at market value.

For the Ratos Group, the acquisition corresponds to a pro forma increase in sales of just over 4% and an increase of nearly 7% in EBITA for full-year 2021. The Ratos Group’s leverage in December 2021 amounted to 0.2x EBITDA and increase pro forma to 0.6x EBITDA.

Terms of the transaction
The acquisition, which is conditional on customary competition clearance, is expected to be completed in May 2022.

For further information:
Jonas Wiström, President and CEO, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00
Christian Johansson Gebauer, President BA Construction & Services, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21
David Skalin, President and CEO, NVBS, +46 763 166 136

This is information that Ratos AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 08:00 a.m. CEST on 30 March 2022.

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 13 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 35 billion in sales. Our business concept is to develop companies headquartered in the Nordics that are or can become market leaders. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas for Ratos. Everything we do is based on Ratos’s core values: Simplicity, Speed in Execution and It’s All About People.

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Lake State Railway, a leading regional freight railroad, has received a strategic investment from Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Lake State Railway is positioned for significant continued growth with Antin as its strategic partner

Lake State Railway Company (“LSRC”) and Antin Infrastructure Partners (“Antin”, Ticker: ANTIN – ISIN: FR0014005AL0) announced today that LSRC, a Michigan-based regional freight railroad with an impressive track record and runway for continued growth, has received a strategic investment from Antin, one of the world’s leading infrastructure investment firms.

LSRC, formed in 1992, is an approximately 375-mile rail freight network spanning the eastern corridor of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The company provides freight transportation, railcar storage, and transloading services. LSRC is a critical component of the North American transportation infrastructure supply chain. Through interconnections with multiple Class I rail partners, LSRC provides bidirectional rail access between Michigan and the broader U.S. and Canadian markets to a diverse set of over 60 customers across a range of durable end markets. In 2021, the company moved over 60,000 carloads. LSRC is a vital contributor to the State of Michigan, one of the fastest growing state economies in the U.S. and one of the largest manufacturing centers in North America. In addition, LSRC’s rail service provides an environmentally friendly shipping option for customers, as freight rail is significantly more fuel efficient than over-the-road alternatives.

The company’s current management team, which has been in place for nearly a decade and will continue to lead the business, has overseen substantial capital investments into the LSRC rail network and, as a result, strong growth in both customer additions and increased traffic. Through the strength of its 135 employees and the leadership of its management team, LSRC was selected as 2018 Short Line of the Year and 2021 Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age.

John Rickoff, President and CEO, LSRC, commented: “We welcome Antin as a long-term strategic partner to support our continued growth plans and vision for the future of LSRC. We look forward to working with Antin to grow our customer base and expand our rail network.

Kevin Genieser, Senior Partner, Antin, stated: “We are excited to partner with LSRC’s management team for the company’s next chapter of growth. Our investment in LSRC is another major milestone for Antin’s franchise in North America, representing our fourth U.S. investment.

Hamza Fassi-Fehri, Partner, Antin, added: “LSRC builds upon Antin’s global track record of investing in the transportation sector. LSRC’s commitment to customer service and safety, and its consistent network investment has positioned the business to take advantage of attractive market fundamentals and environmental attributes. We look forward to working with LSRC’s management team to further accelerate its growth.

LSRC was advised by Northborne Partners (financial advisor) and Honigman LLP (legal counsel).

Antin was advised by BMO Capital Markets (financial advisor) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (legal counsel).

About Lake State Railway

Lake State Railway Company is a Michigan-based progressive regional railroad that has been providing “Excellence in Transportation” since 1992. LSRC’s approximately 375 operating miles of track run from Plymouth through its headquarters in Saginaw, up to Bay City, Gaylord and Alpena. Lines also run to Midland and Paines.

About Antin Infrastructure Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on infrastructure. With over €22bn in Assets under Management across its Flagship, Mid Cap and NextGen investment strategies, Antin targets investments in the energy and environment, telecom, transport and social infrastructure sectors. Based in Paris, London, New York, Singapore and Luxembourg, Antin employs over 165 professionals dedicated to growing, improving and transforming infrastructure businesses while delivering long-term value to investors and portfolio companies. Majority owned by its partners, Antin is listed on compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (Ticker: ANTIN – ISIN: FR0014005AL0).

 

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InfraRed Capital Partners portfolio company HS1 unveils plans to become carbon neutral by 2030

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High Speed 1 (“HS1 Limited”), the UK’s high-speed railway link to the Channel Tunnel, majority-owned by funds advised and managed by InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (“InfraRed”), including HICL Infrastructure PLC (“HICL”), has announced a new sustainability strategy with a view to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. As part of this sustainability strategy, the concessionaire for the infrastructure, HS1 Limited is aiming to become the first UK railway to run solely on renewable energy, with trains powered by wind and solar energy. It has now secured the necessary Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates from its energy supplier, npower, enabling it to report zero-carbon emissions for the electricity used to power trains and stations.

HS1 Limited is also working with its operators, Eurostar and Southeastern High Speed (LSER), to reduce the carbon footprint of every passenger by 25% and to cut energy per train journey by 10% by 2030. HS1 Limited will report progress on its sustainability strategy in its annual report, focusing on the well-defined targets in the priority areas of climate change, energy use, resource use & waste impacts, social impacts, biodiversity and transparency.

Harry Seekings, InfraRed’s Head of Infrastructure, commented: “We commend HS1 Limited on the release of its new sustainability strategy, which clearly articulates the key targets that the company has put in place to achieve its ambitious objective of being the most sustainable option for transport from the UK into Europe. We are looking forward to working with HS1 Limited to support the attainment of these targets, particularly in relation to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, as this closely aligns with InfraRed’s own sustainability objectives, one of which is to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 13 (Climate Action).”

Dyan Crowther, HS1 Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “HS1 is the Green Gateway to Europe. Through our sustainability strategy we are helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying safe, fast and reliable travel at home and abroad. As the UK’s only high-speed railway, we already deliver phenomenal environmental benefits to the UK and beyond, offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to cars and planes.”

Alongside the carbon emissions already avoided through train travel, HS1’s international high-speed services currently avoid around 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year compared to air travel, which is the equivalent of 60,000 short-haul flights. Its domestic services remove 6,000 lorries and cars from the roads every year.

For the full version of the HS1 sustainability strategy please follow this link: https://highspeed1.co.uk/about-us/sustainability.

 

About High Speed 1

HS1 Limited has the 30-year concession to own, operate and maintain High Speed 1 (HS1), the UK’s only high-speed railway, as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.

HS1 is the 109km rail line between St Pancras International in London and the Channel Tunnel and connects the international high-speed routes between London and Paris, London and Brussels and London and Amsterdam, as well as the domestic route from London to Kent.

In July 2017, HS1 Limited was acquired by a consortium comprising of funds advised and managed by InfraRed Capital Partners Limited and Equitix Investment Management Limited.

 

About InfraRed Capital Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners is an international investment manager focused on infrastructure and real estate. It operates worldwide from offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Sydney, Seoul and Mexico City. With more than 190 professionals, it manages US$12bn of equity capital in multiple private and listed funds, primarily for institutional investors across the globe. InfraRed Capital Partners is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.

InfraRed implements best-in-class practices to underpin asset management and investment decisions, promotes ethical behaviour and has established community engagement initiatives to support good causes in the wider community.

InfraRed has been a signatory of the Principles of Responsible Investment since 2011 and has been awarded triple A+ score in 2019 PRI assessment. InfraRed’s sustainability programme is aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) framework. InfraRed proactively works with its portfolio companies to make a positive contribution to the SDGs they have chosen to support.

Effective from 1 January 2019, InfraRed is a certified CarbonNeutral® company in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.*

*The CarbonNeutral Protocol was created and is managed by Natural Capital Partners. First developed and published in 2002, The Protocol is revised and updated annually to reflect developments in climate science, international policy, standards and business practice. The Protocol is updated annually with input from an Advisory Council of external experts to ensure it reflects the latest industry and scientific best practice. Further information can be found on the following webpage: www.carbonneutral.com/protocol.

 

About HICL Infrastructure PLC

HICL Infrastructure PLC (“HICL” or the “Company”, and together with its subsidiaries the “Group”) is a long-term investor in infrastructure assets which are predominantly operational and yielding steady returns. It was the first infrastructure investment company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Further details can be found on the HICL website www.hicl.com

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EQT Infrastructure to sell Hector Rail Group

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  • EQT Infrastructure to sell Hector Rail Group, the largest private rail freight operator in Scandinavia with significant operations in Germany, to Ancala
  • During EQT’s tenure, Hector Rail has grown revenue organically into new segments, geographies and customers, with an 80 percent growth of both revenues and the fleet
  • Hector Rail has increased its capacity offering reliable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions

The EQT Infrastructure II fund (“EQT Infrastructure” or “EQT”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Hector Rail Group (“Hector Rail” or “the Company”) to Ancala’s European Infrastructure Fund II. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Hector Rail is the largest private rail freight operator in Scandinavia with significant operations in Germany.

With a fleet of over 100 locomotives and 400 employees, including approximately 250 train drivers, Hector Rail transports essential goods for a wide range of customers. Hector Rail also operates a growing domestic platform in Germany, the largest rail freight market in Europe, from which it focuses on attractive niche segments, such as energy and intermodal flows.

Since acquired by EQT Infrastructure in November 2014, Hector Rail’s focus has been on driving sustainable growth, expanding into new segments and geographies, and diversifying the customer base while providing environmentally friendly transport solutions. Hector Rail has also executed on an ambitious sustainability agenda by providing essential transportation services to industries in an environmentally sustainable way.

Masoud Homayoun, Partner and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure, adds: “Hector Rail has continued to grow and gain market share while fostering a strong, safety-oriented culture, sustainable operations and high-quality services to all customers. Management and the entire Hector Rail team have done a fantastic job. With the ever-increasing demand for environmentally friendly transport solutions, Hector Rail is well-positioned for continuous growth under Ancala’s ownership”

Claes Scheibe, Managing Director of Hector Rail AB, added: “With the support from EQT, Hector Rail has grown by adding a range of new freight services across the Scandinavian and German rail network, and supported the growth of the European economy through the transportation of essential goods and materials. We continue to see strong demand for our services and look forward to entering the next phase of growth together with our new owners.”

Stig Kyster-Hansen, Managing Director of Hector Rail GmbH, further commented: “Under EQT’s ownership, we have in a short period of time been able to build a strong and scalable platform in Germany. We see great potential for further growth in this market and look forward to continuing our journey together with Ancala”

Deutsche Bank AG acted as financial advisor and Advokatfirman Vinge KB as legal advisors to EQT Infrastructure.

Contact
Masoud Homayoun, Partner and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure, +46 73 402 1081
EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than EUR 27 billion and approximately 159,000 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 Hector Rail
Hector Rail Group is an independent rail freight operator, providing traction and related services across Scandinavia and Germany. We offer environmentally friendly transportation solutions on rail, to industrial companies, forwarders, and other rail operators. The Group consists of Hector Rail AB, Sweden’s largest private rail freight company, and Hector Rail GmbH, a German operator servicing both international traffic to Scandinavia and the domestic German market

More info: www.hectorrail.com

About Ancala Partners
Ancala Partners LLP is an independent infrastructure investment manager focused on delivering enhanced returns from mid-market infrastructure investments across Europe. Ancala adopts a proactive approach to the origination and asset management of investments to create value for its investors.

More info: www.ancala.com

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Regional Rail continues its growth with acquisition of Carolina Coastal Railway

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3i-backed Regional Rail, a leading owner and operator of short-line freight railroads and rail-related businesses in the U.S., has agreed to acquire Carolina Coastal Railway, Inc. (“Carolina Coastal”) which operates 180 miles of freight railroad in North Carolina and South Carolina, subject to authorisation from the Surface Transportation Board.

Carolina Coastal provides freight transportation and car-storage services to over 45 blue-chip customers, operating across a variety of end markets (including aggregates, food & agriculture, chemicals and metals), primarily in eastern North Carolina.

Al Sauer, CEO, Regional Rail, commented:

“Carolina Coastal is a great fit with Regional Rail as it benefits from an attractive mix of industrial customers and further diversifies our existing freight-rail platform from an end-market and geographic perspective. We look forward to welcoming all of the Carolina Coastal employees to Regional Rail and working with them to continue the company’s successful growth.”

Doug Golden, President, Carolina Coastal, commented:

“I had been looking for the right partner to continue our legacy in North Carolina and am pleased that Carolina Coastal is becoming part of the Regional Rail family. I have known Al for many years. He and his team have been great to work with on this transaction, and I believe they will be good partners in supporting our employees, customers, and all future developments.

”Rob Collins, Managing Partner, 3i North American Infrastructure, commented:

“We’re delighted to announce a second acquisition for Regional Rail as the company continues to consolidate its position in the U.S. short-line railroad industry. Following this acquisition, Regional Rail will operate 25 line segments across five states, with almost 550 miles of track.”

3i invested in Regional Rail in July 2019 and subsequently expanded the platform in January 2020 with the acquisition of Pinsly Railroad Company’s Florida operations. Today, the company provides freight transportation, railcar storage and transloading services in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida across six railroads with over 360 miles of track connecting into a diversified Class 1 railroad network. In 2018, the combined company moved over 29,000 carloads while serving over 140 customers across an extensive set of end-user markets including heating, fuel blending, food & beverage, agriculture, chemicals and metals. In addition to freight-rail transportation, the company also provides railroad-crossing signal design, construction, inspection and maintenance services to a diverse base of over 100 short-line and industrial customers across 20 states.

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About 3i Group

3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market Private Equity and Infrastructure. Its core investment markets are northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit: www.3i.com

About Regional Rail, LLC

Regional Rail, LLC is a transportation-holding company headquartered in Kennett Square, PA. It is the parent company of East Penn Railroad LLC; Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC ; Tyburn Railroad, LLC; Florida Central Railroad LLC; Florida Midland Railroad Company, Inc.; Florida Northern Railroad Company, Inc. and Diamondback Signal, LLC. For further information, please visit: www.regional-rail.com

About Carolina Coastal Railway

Carolina Coastal Railway operates a 142-mile line from Raleigh to Plymouth, NC, a 17-mile line between Belhaven and Pinetown, NC, a 20-mile line between Nashville and Rocky Mount, NC, and a 7-mile line between Blacksburg and Kings Creek, SC, which is currently out of service. Carolina Coastal also serves the Port of Morehead City, NC. CLNA serves agricultural facilities and industries throughout Eastern North Carolina, and connects at various locations with Norfolk Southern Railway and CSXT. The railroad has numerous sites available for industrial development and transloading.

Regulatory information

This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Corporation, a US wholly owned subsidiary of 3i Group.

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Regional Rail continues its growth with acquisition of Carolina Coastal Railway

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3i-backed Regional Rail, a leading owner and operator of short-line freight railroads and rail-related businesses in the U.S., has agreed to acquire Carolina Coastal Railway, Inc. (“Carolina Coastal”) which operates 180 miles of freight railroad in North Carolina and South Carolina, subject to authorisation from the Surface Transportation Board.

Carolina Coastal provides freight transportation and car-storage services to over 45 blue-chip customers, operating across a variety of end markets (including aggregates, food & agriculture, chemicals and metals), primarily in eastern North Carolina.

Al Sauer, CEO, Regional Rail, commented:

“Carolina Coastal is a great fit with Regional Rail as it benefits from an attractive mix of industrial customers and further diversifies our existing freight-rail platform from an end-market and geographic perspective. We look forward to welcoming all of the Carolina Coastal employees to Regional Rail and working with them to continue the company’s successful growth.”

Doug Golden, President, Carolina Coastal, commented:

“I had been looking for the right partner to continue our legacy in North Carolina and am pleased that Carolina Coastal is becoming part of the Regional Rail family. I have known Al for many years. He and his team have been great to work with on this transaction, and I believe they will be good partners in supporting our employees, customers, and all future developments.

”Rob Collins, Managing Partner, 3i North American Infrastructure, commented:

“We’re delighted to announce a second acquisition for Regional Rail as the company continues to consolidate its position in the U.S. short-line railroad industry. Following this acquisition, Regional Rail will operate 25 line segments across five states, with almost 550 miles of track.”

3i invested in Regional Rail in July 2019 and subsequently expanded the platform in January 2020 with the acquisition of Pinsly Railroad Company’s Florida operations. Today, the company provides freight transportation, railcar storage and transloading services in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida across six railroads with over 360 miles of track connecting into a diversified Class 1 railroad network. In 2018, the combined company moved over 29,000 carloads while serving over 140 customers across an extensive set of end-user markets including heating, fuel blending, food & beverage, agriculture, chemicals and metals. In addition to freight-rail transportation, the company also provides railroad-crossing signal design, construction, inspection and maintenance services to a diverse base of over 100 short-line and industrial customers across 20 states.

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