19 October 2021  |  Frankfurt

DIF Capital Partners to become majority shareholder in global solar PV platform ib vogt

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), a leading global independent infrastructure investment fund manager, through its fund DIF Infrastructure VI, has reached an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in ib vogt GmbH (“ib vogt”), one of the world’s leading developers in utility-scale PV solar, from its current 100% shareholder (“DVV”).

With a total capacity, built or in construction, of over 2.2 GWp to date combined with a project development pipeline in excess of 40 GWp, ib vogt continues to benefit from strong growth and is a leading global utility scale solar PV development platform. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, ib vogt has established 27 offices across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and Africa as part of its presence in over 40 countries. The group works together with numerous partners globally, augmenting its in-house team of over 540 experts who are active in all areas of the solar value chain.

DIF and DVV have entered into this strategic partnership with the aim of accelerating ib vogt’s growth program and asset build out as well as to fast track the transition of the company towards an independent power producer (“IPP”) model that develops, owns, and operates solar and battery storage projects. As part of the agreement, DIF will acquire a 51% stake in ib vogt (excluding certain projects for regulatory reasons) and the shareholders will undertake a capital injection at closing.

“We are delighted to partner with DVV and the ib vogt team, who have proven to be one of the leading solar development platforms globally. The development, construction and operation of solar energy and battery storage plays a vital role in the decarbonisation of electricity markets across the world and we believe ib vogt is well placed to play a major role in this,” said Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for DIF Infrastructure VI. “We are excited to support the company and the highly experienced management team in the next phase of its growth, realising ib vogt’s impressive pipeline and continuing the transformation from a developer into a global IPP.”

“The partnership with DIF will have an energising effect for the company. We are delighted to be working with the DIF team. Our sector – and the company – are growing rapidly. The partnership represents an important and transformative next step in our evolution. It will help the company to reach new heights, accelerating the conversion of the tremendous pipeline potential that we have built up, and thereby creating a leading and value-adding IPP platform,” said Anton Milner, CEO of ib vogt.

“Our industry is pivotal in the fight against climate change. Together with DIF we have an opportunity to significantly increase the company’s contribution and impact in addressing this key global challenge. We are excited about our partnership and taking the company to the next level,” added Dagmar Vogt, founder and shareholder of ib vogt.

DVV was advised by Marathon Capital, Ikarus Capital as well as Hogan Lovells International LLP and AU VON POCHHAMMER Rechtsanwälte. DIF was advised by Evercore, Schenck Energy and Ashurst.

The transaction is subject to receipt of usual and customary regulatory approvals and consents for transactions of this nature. Closing is expected to take place during Q4 2021.

About ib vogt

ib vogt is firmly committed to supporting the decarbonisation of the global electricity sector. As an integrated developer, ib vogt specialises in the development, design, engineering, financing, EPC, operation, maintenance, and asset management of solar power plants, offering high-quality turnkey solutions to asset owners. The company currently has multiple hundred-MWp projects under construction with a multi-GWp international project pipeline.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • 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 CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy, and transportation sectors.

DIF supports the goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in-line with global efforts as a result of the Paris Agreement to have net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner.

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.

Contact:
Thijs Verburg, IR & BD
Email: t.verburg@dif.eu

1 April 2021  |  Schiphol

DIF Capital Partners sells portfolio of wind and solar projects in France and Germany

DIF Capital Partners, through its DIF Infrastructure Yield I fund (“DIF Yield”), is pleased to announce the sale of a renewable energy portfolio, totalling 180MW, to Kallista Energy, a French independent producer of renewable energy.

The sold portfolio comprises 15 wind and solar parks, of which five operational wind parks and three solar parks (total of 90.2 MW) are located in France and seven operational wind parks in Germany (89.5 MW).

Christopher Mansfield, Head of Renewable Energy, said: “This transaction represents a good result for DIF Yield and we believe that Kallista Energy is well placed to further optimise the residual value of this renewable energy portfolio. DIF Capital Partners will continue to manage the West European PPP/PFI and operational solar PV portfolios that remain in DIF Yield.”

DIF Capital Partners was advised by Augusta & Co (transactional) and Watson Farley & Williams (Legal).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €8.5 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • 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 CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 160 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. For further information please visit www.dif.eu.

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

 

14 December 2020  |  Toronto

DIF Capital Partners sells its 50% stake in US solar project Lone Valley to Munich Re

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure III (“DIF III”) has signed an agreement to sell its 50% stake in Lone Valley to Munich Re, represented by Munich Re’s global asset manager MEAG. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in Q1 2021.

Lone Valley consists of two single-axis tracking utility scale solar photovoltaic projects: Lone Valley I, which is a 10 MWac facility, and Lone Valley II, which is a 20 MWac facility, both located next to each other in San Bernardino County, California, USA.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits at DIF, said: “We are very pleased with the successful exit of DIF’s first renewable energy investment in the USA and are confident that MEAG will be a strong steward of the project going forward.”

Holger Kerzel, Member of MEAG’s Management Board, said: “By further expanding our renewable energy portfolio, we contribute to avoiding climate-damaging emissions near one of the world’s largest conurbations. With the solar energy produced in these plants, around 10,000 households can be supplied with electricity.“

DIF was advised by Fifth Third Securities (financial) and Stoel Rives LLP (legal). MEAG was advised by Ballard Spahr (legal).

 

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €8.5 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 150 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

About MEAG

MEAG manages the assets of Munich Re and ERGO. It has representations in Europe, Asia and North America and offers its extensive know-how to institutional and private customers. MEAG currently manages assets to the value of around €334 billion, around €67 billion of which in its business with institutional investors and private customers.

MEAG invests in alternative assets in North America on behalf of investors from the Group and institutional investors. MEAG’s most recent investments in the US comprise a timberland investment in Oregon, the infrastructure investment Astoria Energy Partners in N.Y.C. and the real estate investment 330 Madison Av. in Manhattan.

 

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

Contact MEAG: Josef Wild, Spokesperson j.wild@meag.com.