28 February 2019  |  Schiphol

DIF and Aberdeen Standard Investments to acquire UNITANK

SL Capital Infrastructure II (“ASI”) and DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I (“DIF”) are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to acquire 100% of UNITANK from the family owners, with ASI and DIF each acquiring a 50% stake.

UNITANK is a market leading independent and neutral infrastructure and services provider storing liquid oil products, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. The company owns and operates five terminals in Germany and one terminal in Belgium, all in key strategic locations. The terminals handle diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil and have a total storage capacity of c. 1.1 million cubic meters. Servicing both strategic stockholding agencies with product storage as well as commercial clients with product throughput provides UNITANK with a stable and resilient business model.

The acquisition provides DIF and ASI with a strong and differentiated platform in the German liquid bulk storage and throughput market. Its flexible business model, high-quality and state-of-the-art asset base, and operational excellence positions the company well for the future. The consortium will continue to back the company’s long-term and successful strategy for the business.

The transaction is conditional on European Commission merger clearance.

Jan Westedt – Owner

“Our family has run UNITANK over two generations with a strategy emphasising close and trusted partnerships with our clients and employees, which were key elements of our success story. We are glad that DIF and ASI together with the management team will continue to pursue a long-term investment strategy centred around our philosophy and corporate culture.”

Dominic Helmsley – Head of Economic Infrastructure at Aberdeen Standard Investments

“We consider UNITANK to be a highly successful provider of storage capacity for strategic stockholding agencies and a key strategic partner for oil majors. We value the company’s historic growth and see significant future upside. Together with our partner DIF we look forward to working closely with UNITANK management in supporting the business and exploring further business opportunities.”

Willem Jansonius – Partner and Head of Core Infrastructure at DIF

“We firmly believe in the strategy as set by the current shareholder and management team. We are impressed with the commercial re-positioning of the business and its importance in providing essential services in its clients’ supply chains. We appreciate the well-invested asset base and the resulting high standards of operational excellence, which are essential to UNITANK’s current and future positioning.”

    

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 115 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact: Allard Ruijs, Partner; a.ruijs@dif.eu.

 

About ASI

Aberdeen Standard Investments has over €4 billion of assets under management across direct economic and concession infrastructure. The Economic infrastructure funds’ primary objective is to achieve long term, consistent returns by investing in brownfield core/core+ infrastructure assets in Europe. The fund’s aim is to construct a balanced portfolio of high quality European infrastructure opportunities focussing on small to mid-market opportunities across the utilities, transport and energy sectors.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to creating long-term value for our clients, and is a brand of the investment businesses of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments. With over 1,000 investment professionals we manage €630 billion (30/06/18) of assets worldwide. We have clients in 80 countries supported by 46 relationship offices. This ensures we are close to our clients and the markets in which they invest. We are high-conviction; long-term investors who believe teamwork and collaboration are the key to delivering repeatable, superior investment performance. We are resolute in our commitment to active asset management.

Standard Life Aberdeen plc is headquartered in Scotland. It has around 1.2 million shareholders and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Standard Life Aberdeen group was formed by the merger of Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on 14 August 2017.

15 February 2019  |  Sydney

DIF, CIMIC Group and CAF consortium reaches financial close on Regional Rail PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the Momentum Trains consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, CIMIC Group companies Pacific Partnerships, UGL and CPB Contractors, and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), has reached financial close on the Regional Rail design, build, finance and maintain project in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The availability based contract with Transport for NSW includes delivery of a new regional rail fleet, along with a purpose built maintenance facility in Dubbo, New South Wales. The fleet will enter service progressively from 2023 and will deliver a new standard in reliability, safety and comfort for regional and interstate travellers.

Rolling stock manufacturer CAF, will be responsible for building 117 new rail cars which are based on its successful Civity platform. CAF, together with CPB Contractors, will develop the maintenance facility and UGL will be responsible for maintaining the fleet and maintenance facility for the initial 15-year concession.

Wim Blaasse, Managing Partner of DIF, says: “DIF is excited to invest in this significant rolling stock project which will deliver a high quality rail experience for interstate and regional travellers and commuters. This project is the result of our strong relationship with CIMIC Group and CAF.”

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia, adds: “DIF is delighted to be working in partnership with Transport for NSW on this major rolling stock project and contributing to the economic development of regional NSW. This new rolling stock fleet will deliver improved comfort and reliability, and make long distance travel on the east coast of Australia safer, faster and more convenient.”

The Momentum Trains consortium was advised by MUFG (financial) and Herbert Smith Freehills (legal).

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 115 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

5 February 2019  |  Madrid

DIF acquires Spanish hospital

DIF is pleased to announce that it has closed the acquisition of a 100% interest in the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Spain located in the Vallecas district, southeast of Madrid. DIF Infrastructure V acquired the interest from Pralesa Concesiones and three other minority shareholders.

The project consists of the construction, maintenance and operation of the non-medical services of the Infanta Leonor Hospital which operates under an availability based payment scheme granted by the Community of Madrid. The hospital started operations in 2007 and the concession will run until 2035.

Infanta Leonor Hospital is one of the primary hospitals in the Madrid region, with a surface area of ca. 85,000 sqm and over 200 beds, providing services to a population of over 300,000 patients.

Fernando Moreno, DIF Partner and Head of Spain, added: “DIF is very pleased to have closed this acquisition. We are looking forward to working together with all stakeholders involved in the hospital to provide excellent services to the community of Vallecas. We believe this high quality project fits our existing Spanish portfolio very well and will deliver a stable yield to our investors”.

In this acquisition, DIF was advised by PwC (Financial), Jacobs (Technical), Garrigues (Tax) and Herbert Smith Freehills (Legal).

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 115 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

31 January 2019  |  Schiphol

DIF consortium reaches financial close on Liège Tram PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the Tram’Ardent consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V (80%), French civil construction firm Colas (10%) and Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF, 10%), has reached financial close on the Liège Tram PPP in Belgium.

This availability-based public-private partnership contract with Opérateur du Transport de Wallonie, the regional public transport company, involves the design, building, financing and maintenance of a tram line in the centre of Liège between Sclessin, Coronmeuse and Bressoux Station. It includes circa 12 km of rail track (of which over 3 km catenary-less), 21 stations, 20 trams, a maintenance depot, 2 park-and-ride facilities and improvements to the surrounding urban area. Construction will start immediately, with completion expected in the second half of 2022. Thereafter the consortium will maintain the project for circa 27 years, until 2050.

Total funding for the project amounts to €429 million, including long-term debt secured from the European Investment Bank (EIB), Belfius, BBVA, Natixis, AG Insurance and Talanx. The EIB will fund half of the term loan, totalling €193 million, backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

Managing Partner of DIF, Wim Blaasse, added: “DIF is exited to invest in this landmark project, which will benefit the community of Liège by increasing mobility whilst decreasing carbon emissions. It is the result of our strong relationship with both Colas and CAF, with each of whom we are successfully pursuing other opportunities around the globe.”

Advisers to the consortium are Natixis (financial), DLA Piper (legal), Loyens & Loeff (tax & accounting) and BDO (model audit). Advisors to the lenders are Loyens & Loeff (legal), Clifford Chance (EIB legal), Infrata (technical) and Aon (insurance).

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 110 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

29 January 2019  |  Sydney

DIF acquires Warradarge Wind Farm in Australia

DIF is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm, the third and largest asset to be acquired by the renewable energy investment vehicle ‘Bright Energy Investments’ which is a joint venture between DIF Infrastructure V, CBUS and Synergy.

The Warradarge Wind Farm is a greenfield project located near Eneabba in Western Australia and is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location and abundant wind resource. The total output will have a circa 50% capacity factor, the equivalent to the average annual electricity needs of 135,000 Western Australian homes.

Vestas has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract as well as the operations and maintenance contract with a yield-based availability guarantee. Construction is expected to commence in early 2019, creating up to 200 local jobs and first power is expected to be generated in 2020. Its 51 turbines will be among the largest in Western Australia with a tip height of 152 metres, sporting some of the longest blades onshore at 66 metres. Synergy, an electricity generator and retailer that is owned by the Western Australian Government, will purchase all electricity and renewable certificates from the project, assisting Synergy and Western Australia to meet its 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target obligations.

This investment fits neatly within DIF’s mandate to acquire infrastructure and renewable energy assets that will deliver long-term stable cash flows for the fund and add to DIF’s existing portfolio of Australian renewable energy assets.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is delighted that it played a leading role in this significant project for Western Australia and excited to make a large contribution to the growing Australian renewable energy market, which supports the nation’s commitment to a greener economy, as well as creating job opportunities in Western Australia.””

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 110 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact:
Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

 

19 December 2018  |  Schiphol

DIF appoints two new Partners

DIF is pleased to announce the appointment of Marko Kremer and Andrew Freeman to Partner. Their promotion from Managing Director is in response to their personal contributions to the success and growth of the firm.

Speaking on behalf of the existing Partners, Managing Partner Wim Blaasse said, “”We are very pleased to welcome Marko and Andrew into the Partnership. Marko and Andrew have contributed strongly to the success of DIF and I am confident that they will continue to play leading roles in the further build out of the DIF platform.”

About Marko
Marko Kremer is Head of Australia. He leads the Sydney office and is responsible for the origination, execution and optimisation of transactions in Australia and New Zeeland. He joined DIF in 2008 as a member of the Origination Team in DIF’s Schiphol office in the Netherlands. In 2015 he moved to Australia to establish the Sydney office, which he has successfully built out to seven team members and completed the acquisition of nine assets in the region.

Prior to joining DIF, he was in the Leveraged Finance Team at ABN AMRO, responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged finance opportunities. Marko holds a master’s degree in Management Engineering from the University of Twente and is a CFA and CAIA charter holder.

About Andrew
Andrew Freeman is Head of Exits and Head of the UK office. He is responsible for leading, preparing and executing the exit of projects and Funds managed by DIF. This includes the landmark sale of the remaining 48 projects in DIF Infrastructure II, with a combined value of ca. €650 million, to APG in 2017. In addition, he is responsible for the management of the UK office. He joined DIF in 2011 as a member of the Origination Team, focused on the origination, execution and optimisation of transactions in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining DIF, he was in the Infrastructure Team at PwC, responsible for advising on primary and secondary PPP transactions, with a focus on fund setups and exits, listings and valuations. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Portsmouth and is registered as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

About DIF
DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 110 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu or further information on DIF.

For further information please contact:

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

17 October 2018  |  Sydney

DIF invests in Australian waste-to-energy facility

DIF is pleased to announce that a consortium comprising DIF, Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Australia has achieved financial close on a greenfield waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, near Perth, Australia. DIF has acquired a 60% shareholding in the project through two of its funds: DIF Infrastructure IV and DIF Infrastructure V.

Once operational the facility will divert up to 400,000 metrics tons of household, commercial, and industrial waste from landfills each year, representing a quarter of Perth’s post-recycling rubbish. The facility will benefit from long term municipal waste supply agreements with Rivers Regional Council and the City of Kwinana, two regional councils located in the Perth region.

At the facility the waste will undergo thermal treatment, whereby the recovered energy is converted into steam to produce electricity. Metallic materials will be recovered and recycled, while other by-products of the process will be reused as construction materials. At full capacity, the facility will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 200,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 43,000 cars off the road.

Acciona, a global leader in waste-to-energy facilities, will design and construct the facility. The facility will use Keppel-Seghers moving grate technology, a proven technology which is used in over 100 waste-to-energy facilities across the globe. During the construction phase, more than 800 jobs will be created including apprenticeships and a range of sub-contracting and supply opportunities for local businesses. Construction will commence this month, while start of operations is planned for the end of 2021.

Once operational Veolia, which operates over 60 waste-to-energy plants across the globe, will operate and maintain the facility under a 25-year agreement. During the operational phase approximately 60 full-time positions will be created.

Managing Director of DIF Australia, Marko Kremer, added: “DIF is excited to invest in this landmark waste-to-energy facility in Australia and looks forward to continuing its contribution to the sector going forward. European countries have long embraced the conversion of waste into energy, which has proven to deliver multiple benefits in terms of managing waste and contributing to a sustainable and secure energy supply.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu or further information on DIF.

For further information on the project please contact:

Allard Ruijs
Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

24 September 2018  |  Schiphol

DIF consortium selected as preferred bidder for Belgian Liege tram PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the Tram’Ardent consortium has been announced preferred bidder for the availability based public-private partnership contract, involving the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the first tramway line in Liège, Belgium. The consortium consists of DIF Infrastructure V, together with its partners Colas Projects, Colas Belgium, Colas Rail Belgium and Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). The authority partner is the Walloon Transport Operator.

With a total length of 11.7 km, 90% of which is in a reserved lane section, Liège’s first tramway line will serve 21 stations, connecting the Sclessin multimodal station, in the southwest of Liège, to the city of Herstal, in the northeast, via the high-speed train station and Saint Lambert Square.

The consortium is responsible for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the tramway. The consortium will be in charge of the design and build of the electrified rail network, the creation of a maintenance and storage centre, and the development of 240,000 m² of surrounding urban space. CAF will, in particular, supply the rolling stock as part of the consortium. Closing is expected before the end of the year and construction is to be completed by the second half of 2022.

The consortium is advised by Natixis (financial) and DLA piper (legal).

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu for further information on DIF.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Nash
Partner, Head of PPP/Infrastructure
Email: p.nash@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs
Partner, Head of Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

3 September 2018  |  Toronto

DIF Infrastructure III sells a 53 MW portfolio of Canadian solar plants

DIF Infrastructure III is pleased to announce that it has signed and closed the sale of a 100% stake in a portfolio of four Canadian solar plants (the “Portfolio”) to Ullico Inc.’s infrastructure investment business.

The Portfolio comprises four Canadian solar plants:
•  CSI Glenarm LP;
•  Goldlight LP;
•  Illumination LP; and
•  Stone Mills Solar Park LP.

The Portfolio plants achieved commercial operations between 2012 and 2015. Glenarm, Goldlight and Illumination were acquired at the start of construction, while Stone Mills was acquired two years after the start of operation.

Paul Huebener, Partner and Head of Americas says: “We are pleased with the completion of the sale of the Portfolio that was successfully optimized by acquiring individual projects, bringing them through construction, completing two refinancings in 2015 and 2017, recontracting and the exit via a competitive portfolio sales process.”

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits says: “This is our first exit in North America. DIF will continue its successful strategy of proactively selling assets from its more mature funds thereby taking advantage of strong demand for high quality infrastructure projects.”

DIF was advised by Raymond James (Finance) and Osler (Legal).

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu for further information on DIF.

For more information about DIF Americas, please contact:

Paul Huebener
Partner, Head of Americas
Email: p.huebener@difamericas.com

For more information by press and investors, please contact:

Allard Ruijs
Partner, Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

For more information about further exits, please contact:

Andrew Freeman
Managing Director, Head of Exits
Email: a.freeman@dif.eu

2 August 2018  |  London

DIF Infrastructure III sells Islip and Springhill solar plants

DIF Infrastructure III is pleased to announce that it has signed and closed the sale of a 100% stake in the Islip and Springhill solar plants to Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited.

Islip and Springhill are two 5MW solar plants located in UK. Both plants have been operational since 2011 and were acquired by DIF in 2013. The projects were refinanced in June 2017.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits, said: “This is an attractive exit for DIF III and continues DIF’s successful strategy of proactively targeting to sell assets from its more mature funds taking advantage of strong demand for high quality core infrastructure projects.

DIF were advised by Elgar Middleton (Finance) and Pinsent Masons (Legal).

Greencoat was advised by PWC (Tax), Eversheds Sutherland (Legal) and Evergy (Technical).

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu for further information.

For more information please contact:

Andrew Freeman
Managing Director, Head of Exits
Email: a.freeman@dif.eu

Barend Bloemarts
Director, Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: b.bloemarts@dif.eu

20 July 2018  |  Madrid

DIF Infrastructure V acquires 100% of Hospital de Vallecas S.A.

DIF Infrastructure V is pleased to announce the acquisition from Pralesa Concesiones and other minority shareholders of a 100% stake in Hospital de Vallecas.

The Hospital de Vallecas project consists of the construction, maintenance and operation of the non-medical services of the Infanta Leonor Hospital under an availability based DBFM scheme granted by the Community of Madrid. The hospital started operations in 2007, with the concession having a remaining life of ca. 17 years, ending in 2035.

Infanta Leonor Hospital is one of the primary hospitals in the Madrid region, with a surface area of ca. 85,000 sqm and over 200 beds, providing services to a population of over 300,000 patients.

DIF was advised by Herbert Smith Freehills (Legal), PwC (Financial), Jacobs (Technical) and Garrigues (Tax).

Fernando Moreno, Partner and Head of Spain, said: “DIF is pleased to invest in Hospital de Vallecas, a well-managed high-quality asset, and to expand its footprint in the hospital sector in Spain after acquiring a majority stake in Hospital de Majadahonda in 2015”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu for further information.

For more information please contact:

Barend Bloemarts
Director, Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: b.bloemarts@dif.eu

Fernando Moreno
Partner, Head of Spain
Email: f.moreno@dif.eu

17 July 2018  |  Toronto

DIF Infrastructure V acquires 100% of American Roads

DIF Infrastructure V is pleased to announce the acquisition from Syncora Holdings Ltd. of a 100% stake in American Roads LLC.

American Roads is an infrastructure holding company that owns and operates, through its subsidiaries, four toll bridges in Alabama and a concession-lease of the U.S. side of an international tunnel crossing connecting Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.

DIF was advised by Allen & Overy (Legal), Agentis Capital (Financial), Buro Happold (Traffic), BTY (Technical) and Marsh (Insurance). Financing for the investment was provided by ING and National Australia Bank (NAB).

Paul Huebener, Partner and Head of Americas, said: ”DIF is pleased to invest in this high-quality portfolio of tolled crossings led by a strong management team.”

About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has over 100 professionals in eight offices, located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please see www.dif.eu for further information.

For more information please contact:

Allard Ruijs
Partner, Head of Investor Relations and Business Development
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu

Paul Huebener
Partner, Head of Americas
Email: p.huebener@difamericas.com