24 January 2023  |  Toronto

DIF Capital Partners invests in Canadian fiber platform RFNOW

DIF Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has closed an investment in Canadian internet service provider RFNOW Inc. to fund the further growth of its telecommunications network. RFNOW currently provides enterprise fiber, residential fiber, fixed wireless internet and phone services over its 1,500 km fiber optic network and tower portfolio in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada. DIF made the investment through its CIF III fund.

The company will enhance telecommunications services for residents, businesses, and public services. RFNOW’s high-speed fiber network will increase economic and societal opportunities to local communities in historically underserved areas.

This investment follows prior successfully developed fiber investments by DIF Capital Partners in rural Canada.

“This investment will provide immediate and long-term benefits to RFNOW customers and employees,” said Chris Kennedy, CEO of RFNOW. “We are extremely proud of what our team has accomplished to get us here. Now, with this new partnership, we are well-positioned to enhance our existing operations and accelerate investment in new communities and regions.”

Willem Jansonius, partner and Head of CIF at DIF Capital Partners commented: “RFNOW is offering a tremendously important internet service connecting relatively remote areas with its state-of-the-art fiber technology. The management has done a great job in bringing the company to where it is now and we are very much looking forward to growing it further together. The addition to our existing investments offers a gateway to unlock even bigger parts of Canada.”

DIF was advised by Agentis Capital, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and KPMG in connection with this transaction.

About RFNOW Inc.

Founded in 2000, RFNOW Inc. is an independent internet service provider serving communities across Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan. RFNOW specializes in the development, construction, and operation of fiber and wireless infrastructure. Based in Virden, Manitoba, RFNOW provides internet services to residential and commercial customers in more than 170 communities within 72 municipalities. The company provides high-speed internet and voice services to thousands of residential and business clients over a 1,500 kilometer network of owned fiber and tower portfolio. Today, RFNOW employs over 120 staff members and continues to grow and service more areas in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

For more information, please visit www.rfnow.com.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with more than EUR 15 billion of AUM. DIF was founded in 2005 and has built a leading position in managing mid-market investments, primarily in Europe, North America and Australia.

DIF follows two strategies: its traditional DIF funds, of which DIF VII is the latest fund in the series, 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, energy transition and sustainable transportation sector.

With a team of over 200 professionals in 11 offices, DIF Capital Partners offers a unique market approach combining global presence with the benefits of strong local networks and investment capabilities. DIF is 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

10 January 2023  |  New York

DIF Capital Partners acquires US-based data center provider Tonaquint

DIF Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire Tonaquint Data Centers, a leading data center provider in the Mountain West region in the United States, headquartered in St. George, Utah. Tonaquint’s management continues to hold a minority stake. The investment will be done through DIF’s core-plus CIF III fund.

Tonaquint is a colocation and cloud service provider with operations in St. George, Utah and Boise, Idaho. The company offers a comprehensive set of critical infrastructure products and services and is active in a fast-growing segment of the digital industry. The acquisition will enable Tonaquint to continue its growth, enhancing its existing facilities and expanding its service offering.

Tonaquint is mainly focusing on high growth smaller markets, which are not as well serviced by other major data center operators. It serves a well-diversified and growing client base in the technology, healthcare, financial services, and industrial sectors.

DIF data center operating advisor Michael DeVito will be joining the Tonaquint management team to further build out the company in North America.

Willem Jansonius, partner and Head of CIF at DIF Capital Partners, commented: “Given the rapid growth of the private cloud market, Tonaquint’s product offering is right where the opportunities are. Now and in the years to come. Our investment will enable Tonaquint to further build towards a leading North American data center platform. The acquisition fits DIF’s ambition to further grow in the digital infrastructure space in North America and beyond by investing in small to medium-sized businesses. That’s exactly why we already started expanding our capabilities and expertise in the sector a few years ago.”

Matt Hamlin, co-founder and CEO of Tonaquint said: “Working with the DIF team has been such a great experience. A very experienced team and a good strategic fit as they will be able to help our management team grow Tonaquint as we have envisioned in our overall business strategy. Our goals still remain the same: provide our customers with the best infrastructure and match it with the best client experience. That’s who we are.”

Philip Daley, co-founder and COO of Tonaquint added: “Tonaquint’s ability to build and maintain quality data centers and cloud services is now enhanced by DIF’s ability to bring additional capital and expertise in digital infrastructure. We look forward to expanding our footprint and services throughout the United States.”

Bank Street Group LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Tonaquint in connection with this transaction. Agentis Capital served as an exclusive financial advisor to DIF.

 

About Tonaquint

Tonaquint is a leading data center provider which operates two data center facilities in St. George, Utah and Boise, Idaho. Tonaquint was founded in 2008, and entered into the Boise market in 2020 with the acquisition of Fiberpipe Data Centers, Inc. The company provides data center services to over 250 customers across its two facilities. Tonaquint provides a robust product suite including colocation, cloud services (including secure and compliant hosting for infrastructure), disaster recovery, and backup as a service, as well as ancillary network and managed services. Tonaquint has achieved strong success within its existing markets, leveraging a sales strategy focused on developing local relationships to build to a longstanding customer base.

For more information please visit www.tonaquint.com.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with more than EUR 15 billion of AUM. DIF was founded in 2005 and has built a leading position in managing mid-market investments, primarily in Europe, North America and Australia.

DIF follows two strategies: its traditional DIF funds, of which DIF VII is the latest fund in the series, 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, energy transition and sustainable transportation sector.

With a team of over 200 professionals in 11 offices, DIF Capital Partners offers a unique market approach combining global presence with the benefits of strong local networks and investment capabilities. DIF is 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

25 November 2022  |  Frankfurt

DIF invests in large scale fibre rollout in Germany

DIF Capital Partners will acquire a majority stake in ruhrfibre, and fund the buildout of a large scale fibre network in Essen (Germany) targeting around 150,000 households. The project marks a shift in Germany, where the number of urban fibre connections is still low and rollout in larger cities to date has not been attracting substantial private investments. Alongside DIF, the company is formed by project developer metrofibre and the City of Essen.

With DIF, through its DIF CIF III fund, as funding partner, ruhrfibre commits to a large scale fibre rollout throughout Essen. The project is a game changer to the city in the industrial Ruhr-area in terms of its economic advancement and will accelerate Essen’s development into a smart city.

Currently, Germany ranks 34th in terms of fibre penetration with only four OECD countries having a lower rate. This is not just the situation in German rural areas, but also in urban areas like Essen, where currently only 5% of households have a fibre connection.

In Essen, ruhrfibre will develop, construct and operate an urban fibre-to-the-home network that is primarily focusing on connecting private households, as well as public and business customers to high-speed internet. Over the next few years, the company will roll out a network of more than 1,000 km of fibre in the city.

“We firmly believe in the importance of an improved digital infrastructure in the beating heart of the Ruhr-region and helping Essen to become a smart city. For us, it’s an investment that perfectly fits in our CIF fund strategy, which focuses on small to mid-market infrastructure investments, of which the digital infrastructure space is a priority sector,” says Willem Jansonius, partner and head of investments of CIF at DIF Capital Partners.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to antitrust approval.

Earlier this week, DIF announced the expansion of its digital infrastructure team in Europe.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with more than EUR 15 billion of AUM. DIF was founded in 2005 and has built 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, energy transition and sustainable transportation sector.

With a team of over 200 professionals in 11 offices, DIF Capital Partners offers a unique market approach combining global presence with the benefits of strong local networks and investment capabilities. DIF is 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

22 November 2022  |  London

DIF strengthens digital infrastructure team with two senior hires

DIF Capital Partners has expanded the European team to support its growth and ambitions in the digital infrastructure space. Digital assets are one of the key focus areas of DIF’s CIF fund strategy, headed by Willem Jansonius.

On 1 November, Simon Rozas started as Head of European Digital Infrastructure based in London. Simon will be supported by Jan Angenendt, who joined DIF as a Director in Frankfurt in October.

Simon will lead the origination and investments in digital infrastructure across Europe. Previously, he worked at Cube Infrastructure Managers, where he led greenfield fiber projects across Europe for the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund. Simon’s career includes over two decades of experience in investing, lending and investment banking at the EBRD, Citigroup and HSBC. He started his studies in Vilnius University and holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Jan joined DIF from InfraRed Capital Partners, where he covered origination in the DACH region, including digital infrastructure projects. Prior to that, Jan worked as a senior associate for KPMG Corporate Finance, as a policy advisor at HM Treasury and as a UK government economist. He holds Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Warwick and the Free University of Berlin.

Willem Jansonius, partner and Head of CIF at DIF Capital Partners says: “I’m delighted with the appointment of Simon and Jan. This further boosts the strength of our digital infrastructure team in Europe, which is an area where DIF is quickly expanding its footprint and sees ample room for growth. I am looking forward to working closely together with our new team members and am confident that our investors and the companies we invest in will benefit from the team’s enhanced capabilities.”

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with more than EUR 15 billion of AUM. DIF was founded in 2005 and has built 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, energy transition and sustainable transportation sector.

With a team of over 200 professionals in 11 offices, DIF Capital Partners offers a unique market approach combining global presence with the benefits of strong local networks and investment capabilities. DIF is 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: Diederik Heinink, d.heinink@dif.eu