28 February 2024  |  London

DIF Capital Partners sells US toll road Northwest Parkway

DIF Capital Partners (DIF) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell its 33.3% stake in Northwest Parkway to VINCI Highways, subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, part of the VINCI group, global concession operator and construction company headquartered in France and listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. DIF is selling its stake in the toll road alongside its co-shareholders HICL Infrastructure PLC and funds managed by Northleaf Capital Partners in a joint sale for 100% of the equity interest in the project.

The Northwest Parkway toll road project (NWP) is a ca. 14km US toll road located in Denver, Colorado. Originally constructed in 2003, NWP comprises the northwest quadrant of the Denver Metropolitan area beltway. Among other purposes, the road serves as a vital connection between Northwest Denver and the Denver International Airport. The road was acquired by DIF in 2017, via its DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV) fund and co-investors, alongside consortium members.

Andrew Freeman, Partner and Head of Exits at DIF Capital Partners, said: “This successful exit represents a material transaction for DIF IV, after actively managing it through covid times back to normality, generating strong yield and now realising attractive returns for our investors.”

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals, and is expected to take place in Q2 2024.

DIF was advised on the transaction by Evercore (financial), Kirkland & Ellis (legal), C&M (traffic & revenue), KPMG (accounting & tax) and Arup (technical).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is an infrastructure fund manager with over EUR 17 billion of assets under management. DIF was founded in 2005 and has a leading position in managing mid-market investments, primarily in Europe, North America and Australia.

DIF follows two strategies: its traditional DIF funds invest in lower-risk mid-sized infrastructure projects and companies in the energy transition (incl. renewables) and utilities sector, as well as PPPs and concessions. The firm’s CIF funds invest in small to mid-sized companies that will thrive in the new economy. These companies are typically active in the digital infrastructure, energy transition and sustainable transportation sector.

With a team of over 240 professionals in 11 offices, DIF offers a unique market approach combining global presence with the benefits of strong local networks and investment capabilities. DIF is located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto.

For more information, please visit www.dif.eu or follow us on LinkedIn.

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