DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), a leading global independent infrastructure investment manager, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire a 71% stake in Plugit Finland Oy (“Plugit”), a leading EV charging infrastructure company in Finland, through DIF CIF II (the “Fund”).
Founded in 2012, Plugit has become one of the largest EV charging infrastructure companies operating in the Finnish market. It has an installed base of ca. 4k charge points, has provided services to ca. 300 business customers to date and employs ca. 60 people. Plugit delivers and operates charging infrastructure projects for businesses and public sector organisations. It provides complete turnkey solutions, including design, hardware provision, operations, maintenance and end-to-end software. Plugit also offers a fully-funded Charging-as-a-Service (“CaaS”) product, where it funds the upfront capex and owns the EV charging infrastructure that it installs, in return for fixed availability-based lease payments from customers.
Supported by DIF, Plugit will expand its CaaS product and plans to build-out the amount of infrastructure that it funds and owns. The CaaS product addresses a key obstacle for Plugit customers as it removes the hurdle of them having to fund high capex amounts upfront and enables customers to transfer technology and operational responsibilities to an experienced player in the sector.
The management team will continue to remain invested in the company.
Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, says: “DIF believes that the electrification of transportation will play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions. We are excited to invest in such a well-established EV charging company, in order to speed up the rollout of charging infrastructure across Finland and abroad. We look forward to working with a highly experienced management team to accelerate Plugit into the next phase of its growth.”
Tommi Saarela, CEO of Plugit, adds: “We are excited about this unique opportunity to accelerate, our already fast and profitable growth, even further in the area of e-mobility. Partnering with DIF will enable us to meet our strategic objective of ten folding our business by 2025. DIF will provide us, not only the growth equity, but substantial financial resources enlarging and scaling up our CaaS services in Finland and other markets.”
Plugit was advised by Krogerus (legal) and PwC (M&A). DIF was advised by Avance (legal), Improved (M&A), Boston Consulting Group (commercial), Deloitte (financial) and DNV (technical).
Closing of the transaction is expected to take place before 2021YE.
About DIF Capital Partners
DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:
- DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
- Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 170 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.
Allard Ruijs, IR & BD