6 September 2022  |  Schiphol

Willem Jansonius in Mid Market Roundtable | Infrastructure Investor September 2022

The magic of the mid-market.

In the 2022 edition of the Infrastructure Investor Mid Market Roundtable DIF’s Head of CIF Willem Jansonius explains why the mid market is such an interesting part of the infrastructure space, continuing to offer highly attractive investment opportunities for the DIF strategies.

To read the complete article, please open Willem Jansonius in Mid Market Roundtable (September 2022)

5 September 2022  |  Sydney

DIF Capital Partners to acquire Rail First, Australia’s leading rail freight leasing company

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core-plus Infrastructure Fund III (“CIF III”), and Amber Infrastructure Group are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to jointly acquire Rail First (the “Company”), the leading Australian rail freight leasing company, on a 50-50 basis, from Anchorage Capital Partners.

Rail First offers leasing solutions for rolling stock such as locomotives, as well as intermodal and hopper wagons. The Company’s leasing offering is supported by a growing locomotive and wagon maintenance operation. Rail First has a blue-chip customer base, reflecting a meaningful proportion of Australia’s haulage task, with a well-diversified underling product mix. Typical leases are for 3-5 years, aligning with the underlying haulage contracts. The strength of the Company’s resilient business model was demonstrated during COVID-19, when major intermodal volumes remained steady. Rail First has strong barriers to entry and is expected to benefit from several long-term tailwinds, including the Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane once operational. Rail First will drive the transition towards lower emission intensity transport offerings, with a proven ESG track record and several long-term initiatives in place.

Willem Jansonius, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF CIF strategy, said “DIF is delighted to invest in Rail First, as it provides unique access to Australia’s attractive rail leasing market. The Company is well positioned to partner and grow with its customers. We look forward working together with the Company’s experienced management team to offer more environmentally friendly leasing solutions to the Australian rail market.”

Mark Kirkpatrick, CEO of Rail First, added: “We are excited to partner with DIF, given their successful track record of rail and infrastructure investments, globally and in Australia. Their prior experience combined with significant capital commitment to fund our continued growth places Rail First in a strong position to grow alongside our customers.”

The transaction is subject to approval by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board. The transaction is expected to close by end-October 2022.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII is the latest vintage, target core and build-to-core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices 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: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

25 April 2022  |  London

DIF Capital Partners to divest its stakes in three Irish roads

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure III (“DIF III”) has signed an agreement to sell its stakes in three Irish roads to Semperian PPP Investment Partners (“Semperian”).

The Irish roads portfolio consists of shareholdings in three projects that DIF invested into between 2013 and 2016: M3 Motorway, M4 Motorway and M50 Motorway. The M3 and M4 Motorway projects are demand-based toll roads and the M50 Motorway is an availability-based public private partnership. DIF has optimised these projects throughout its ownership and worked closely with the local management teams to successfully steer the roads through the Covid-19 pandemic. Traffic on the M3 and M4 Motorway projects has materially recovered in the last few months as lockdown restrictions have been lifted in Ireland. The sale of these assets means DIF III is almost fully divested as the end of the fund life approaches.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits at DIF: “We are very pleased with the sale of this high quality roads portfolio which delivers a strong exit outcome for our DIF III investors. We are confident that Semperian will be an excellent counterparty to the projects going forward given their extensive experience in managing these type of assets.”

DIF was advised on the transaction by Cantor Fitzgerald (financial), HSF (legal), Arthur Cox (Irish counsel), Jacobs (technical) and KPMG (tax & accounting).

Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in Q3 2022 subject to the receipt of customary approvals and consents.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 10 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 Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF II is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices 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: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

 

5 April 2022  |  Madrid

DIF Capital Partners signs a JV agreement with Boluda Corporación Marítima to invest in Boluda Maritime Terminals

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF CIF II fund, has signed an agreement to acquire an undisclosed stake from Spanish main shipping and port services company, Boluda Corporación Marítima (“Boluda CM”), in its container terminal division, Boluda Maritime Terminals. Boluda CM will remain the majority shareholder in the joint venture (“JV”).

The transaction involves 8 container terminals located in continental Spain and the Canary Islands with a total capacity of over 1.5 million TEUs. All terminals are operated under a concession granted by the port authorities. Focused on gateway cargo, these maritime terminals provide loading, unloading, warehousing, handling of containers, and general cargo services. The JV employs ca. 150 employees. Each terminal has its own financing in place with no new debt being arranged in the context of the transaction.

The terminal portfolio is key to serve essential goods from / to the Canary Islands, a region which represents a population of ca. 2 million inhabitants. The JV agreement includes specific arrangements to further invest in container terminal opportunities.

The terminals will continue to benefit from the support of Boluda Lines, the maritime transport division of Boluda CM, which has developed a successful container cargo service between the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands and other regions in Europe and Africa. The JV has signed a long-term contract with Boluda Lines.

Willem Jansonius, head of DIF CIF Investments, says: “We are pleased to announce the agreement reached with Boluda CM to invest in their container terminal business. The Boluda terminals are essential infrastructure assets delivering cargo services 24/7 to the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands. We are looking forward to continuing to grow the business together with Boluda CM, management and employees and aim to work closely with its customers, the port authorities and other stakeholders”.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to antitrust approval.

DIF was advised by Deloitte (financial), Uria (legal) and Drewry (commercial and technical). Boluda CM was advised by Ocean Capital Partners (financial) and CMS (legal).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 10 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 Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF II is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 180 professionals, based in eleven offices 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: Jorda Zuurendonk, j.zuurendonk@dif.eu.

About Boluda Corporación Marítima

Boluda Corporación Marítima is the holding company of the main shipping and maritime services group in Spain. The company is organized in 2 strategic divisions:

  • Boluda Towage, which mainly provides tugboat services, being an undisputed leader on both a national and international level, with a fleet of over 300 tugs operating in the main ports of Europe, Africa, America and the Indian Ocean. The division also provides coastal, ocean, and offshore towage and maritime salvage services.
  • Boluda Shipping division, which, in addition to holding the container terminal division of the group, provides shipping services (Boluda Lines) through a wide offer of commercial lines linking the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Italy, northern Europe, the west coast of Africa and Cape Verde. The division also offers general cargo, international freight forwarding and other port logistics services.

For more information, please visit www.boluda.com.es

8 March 2022  |  Schiphol

Keynote Interview Wim Blaasse in Annual Review Infrastructure Investor 2022

Infrastructure as an asset class has grown very quickly in the past years and opportunities for growth remain significant.

In the 2022 edition of the Infrastructure Investor Annual Review DIF Managing Partner Wim Blaasse explains why infrastructure as an asset class is so attractive, what’s the DIF approach towards tapping opportunities in the midmarket segment of the global infrastructure market and what’s his outlook for 2022 and beyond.

To read the complete article open Keynote Interview Wim Blaasse – Infrastructure Investor Annual Review (March 2022)

28 October 2021  |  Sydney

DIF Capital Partners consortium reaches financial close on A$11.1 billion Australian North East Link PPP

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that the SPARK consortium comprising DIF Infrastructure VI (“DIF VI”), Capella Capital, John Laing, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, GS Engineering & Construction, WeBuild, China Construction Oceania and Ventia has reached financial close on the landmark North East Link project in Melbourne, Australia.

North East Link will be the largest transport project in Victoria’s history and the largest PPP project in Australia, with a total cost of A$11.1 billion. DIF VI will own a 20% stake in the Primary Package PPP, which has an unprecedented long-term financing structure in place with top tier local and international financiers.

North East Link (click here for video) will be Victoria’s longest twin road tunnel, with three lanes and ca. 6.5 kilometres in length, finally closing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network. Up to 135,000 vehicles will use North East Link every day, reducing congestion in the north-east, and giving back local roads to local communities. North East Link will slash travel times by up to 35 minutes, take 15,000 trucks of local roads each day, and create more than 10,000 local jobs.

The project will be delivered by a design & construction joint venture consisting of WeBuild, CPB Contractors, GS Engineering and China Construction Oceania. Operations and maintenance will be undertaken by Ventia.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for DIF VI added: “DIF is excited to work with the North East Link Project Authority and alongside our leading Spark consortium members to deliver this critical missing link in Melbourne’s road network. The North East Link project will not only create thousands of local community jobs, it will also reduce congestion and remove significant freight transport from the existing suburban roads, and thereby significantly improving the liveability of the surrounding communities.”

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, of which DIF CIF II is the latest vintage, 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

27 May 2021  |  Schiphol

DIF CIF II reaches final close above €1.0 billion target size

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce the final close of DIF Core Infrastructure Fund II (“DIF CIF II”) at €1,012 million, exceeding its €1,000 million target.

DIF CIF II targets equity investments in the small- and mid-sized economic infrastructure market in pre-dominantly telecom, transportation and energy. DIF CIF II focuses on resilient companies and platforms that have a clear buy-and-build strategy – all with an asset-heavy business model. Its investments typically have medium-term contract cover and strong value enhancement potential. The fund targets both greenfield and operational investments, with a key focus on Europe and North America.

DIF CIF II is the successor fund of DIF CIF I, which held its final close in November 2017 at €450 million and invested in 13 companies and platforms in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors. DIF CIF II has seen strong backing from existing (both CIF and Traditional DIF funds) and new investors to the DIF platform, receiving commitments from leading institutional investors from EMEA and North America.

Allard Ruijs, Partner at DIF Capital Partners said: “We are thankful for the strong support received from investors for the DIF CIF II partnership. The CIF strategy is a relatively young strategy for DIF and the success of the fundraising of this second fund, especially during unprecedented and challenging Covid-19 times, shows the strength of the DIF platform and the attractiveness of the DIF CIF II proposition. The fact that many of our existing investors, from both DIF CIF I and the Traditional DIF funds, have backed this strategy proves that our investors value the complementarities of the two strategies. The fund will be leveraging DIF’s large global office network and dedicated local teams to source and manage attractive investment opportunities and build a resilient and diversified portfolio.”

DIF CIF II has made a strong start, having committed to five investments to date thereby deploying ca. 35% of the fund. This includes investments in (i) Valley Fiber, a Canadian telecom infrastructure platform, (ii) IELO, a French B2B wholesale fiber operator and developer, (iii) Touax Rail, a French railcar leasing company, (iv) 4th Utility, a UK fiber developer, and (v) Bartolomeo, an Irish container leasing platform. Furthermore, the fund has a strong pipeline of investments across its target sectors and geographies.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €9.0 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 CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy 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 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.

19 April 2021  |  London

DIF Capital Partners agrees to sell a portfolio of European PPP assets to Equitix

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure III (“DIF III”) and DIF Infrastructure IV (“DIF IV”) have agreed to the sale of their stakes in a portfolio of six European PPP assets to Equitix, a leading UK and European infrastructure fund manager.

The portfolio consists of shareholdings in a number of critical infrastructure projects that DIF invested into as primary transactions: A1/A6 Road, IJmond Sea Lock and N18 Road in the Netherlands; A7 Nord Road and Netz West Rolling Stock in Germany; as well as the KAV Vienna Hospital in Austria. With the exception of IJmond Sea Lock which is currently in the final stages of construction, all of the projects are operational under availability-based contractual structures that are backed by strong public counterparties.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits at DIF, said: “We are very pleased with the sale of this well diversified and optimised portfolio of North-Western European PPP assets which represents an attractive exit for our DIF III and DIF IV investors. We believe Equitix is an excellent counterparty and is perfectly positioned to manage the assets until maturity.”

Hugh Crossley, Chief Investment Officer for Equitix, said: “As we continue to diversify and grow our European portfolio, we are always looking out for attractive opportunities to acquire high-quality assets that meet our responsible investment criteria. The DIF portfolio does just this and will allow us to leverage our continental expertise for the benefit of investors in our European Infrastructure Fund.”

DIF was advised on the transaction by Cantor Fitzgerald and PwC (financial), Allen & Overy (legal), PwC (tax & accounting), as well as Atkins and Arup (technical).

Equitix was advised by CMS (legal), Deloitte (tax and accounting) and Arcadis (technical).

Closing of the transaction is subject to the receipt of customary approvals and consents.

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.

 

15 September 2020  |  Madrid

DIF Capital Partners to acquire stakes in two Portuguese availability PPP roads

DIF Capital Partners, through DIF Infrastructure VI, is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement to acquire a 49% stake in the Norte Litoral and a 48% stake in the Via do Infante availability PPP roads from Cintra, a subsidiary of Ferrovial. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary approvals from Portuguese authorities and lenders.

Through other funds under its management DIF Capital Partners controls the remaining 51% stake in Norte Litoral as well as a 49% stake in Via do Infante, stakes it acquired from Cintra in 2016.

Via do Infante (A22) is a 133 kilometer motorway concession between Lagos and Castro Marim in the South of Portugal. This concession was awarded in 2000, with the contract running until 2030. Norte Litoral (A28 and A27) is a 113 kilometer motorway concession between Porto and Caminha, and from Viana do Castelo to Ponte de Lima, in Northern Portugal. This concession was awarded in 2001, with the contract running until 2031. Both concessions benefit from availability payments which represent ca. 95% of revenue. Cintra will continue to provide the management services for both roads.

Fernando Moreno, partner at DIF Capital Partners, said: “We are very pleased with the addition of these critical and robust road assets to the DIF VI portfolio. Given their structure, the projects have continued to demonstrate strong performance despite the Covid-19 crisis.”

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, with €7.6 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 in projects 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 145 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.

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

17 August 2020  |  Paris

DIF Capital Partners to acquire a stake in TTIA Container Terminal

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I (“CIF I”), and French shipping giant CMA CGM, are pleased to announce that they have signed a sale and purchase agreement with HMM for the acquisition of a 50% less one share stake in the TTIA Container Terminal in Algeciras, which is located on the Spanish side of the Strait of Gibraltar. TTIA is currently 100% owned by HMM, the largest South Korean shipping line.

TTIA is a modern semi-automatic container terminal, strategically located in the bay of Algeciras, at the Strait of Gibraltar directly on the main shipping routes for containerized maritime traffic to Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, North and West Africa as well as North and South America. Such a strategic location has allowed the terminal to maintain strong volumes despite the Covid-19 crisis. TTIA operates under a concession provided by the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority which runs until 2043.

TTIA will benefit from long-term support from both HMM and CMA CGM, who as major shipping companies and port operators, have decided to join forces to support and develop this strategic terminal.

Thomas Vieillescazes, partner of DIF, says: “We are delighted to initiate this partnership with CMA CGM, investing alongside world-leading shipping companies and port operators. TTIA is a modern and well-managed terminal, strategically located at the Strait of Gibraltar, with partners providing long-term volume support, making this an attractive investment for CIF I”.

The completion of the acquisition remains subject to certain conditions precedent, including antitrust and Algeciras Port Authority consents.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, with €7.5 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 CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.
  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.

DIF has a team of over 145 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.

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

10 August 2020  |  Frankfurt

DIF Capital Partners to acquire a stake in European railcar leasing company Touax Rail

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund II (“CIF II”), is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 49% stake from the Touax Group in Touax Rail Limited (“Touax Rail” or the “Company”), a leading European rail freight leasing company, via a capital increase of €81.9 million. The investment by CIF II will enable Touax Rail to accelerate the development of its long-term leasing activities of freight wagons.

Touax Rail is offering tailor-made and environmentally friendly solutions for leasing rail equipment such as intermodal, car carrying, hopper, box and tank wagons. Services offered comprise leasing, sale and maintenance of freight railcars. The Company has a fleet size of c. 6,930 owned platforms and c. 4,080 managed platforms. Touax Rail is fully certified to manage and maintain wagons used on the mainline railway tracks in Europe.

The transaction will strengthen the position of Touax Rail by increasing its capacity to grow and finance the needs of its customers. The capital increase will be primarily used to buy out minority shareholders and to finance the acquisition of new wagons.

Fabrice Walewski, CEO of Touax Group, said: “We are very delighted to have DIF Capital Partners as partner to accompany the development of our long-term leasing activities of freight wagons. With this transaction, Touax Rail will strengthen its position in the market.”

Carl Jobst von Hoersten, partner and head of DIF Germany added: “This transaction is a unique investment providing exclusive access to the attractive railcar market. Touax Rail is a well-established, asset heavy railcar platform with a robust and resilient business model which is well-positioned for growth. We look forward working together with Touax Rail’s highly experienced management team to further grow the platform.”

The transaction is subject to approval by the German antitrust authorities. Parties expect to close the transaction by the end of September.

About Touax Group

Touax Group leases out tangible assets (freight railcars, river barges and containers) on a daily basis throughout the world, for its own account and on behalf of third party investors. With €1.2 billion under management, Touax Group is one of the European leaders in the operational leasing of this type of equipment. For more information: www.touax.com

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, with €7.5 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 CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.
  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.

DIF has a team of over 145 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.

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

1 July 2019  |  Sydney

DIF consortium reaches financial close on Australian Cross River Rail PPP

DIF is pleased to announce that the PULSE consortium, comprising DIF Infrastructure V, Pacific Partnerships, BAM PPP PGGM and Ghella Investments & Partnerships, has reached financial close on the Tunnel, Stations & Development PPP package of the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia.

Cross River Rail is South East Queensland’s largest infrastructure project, with the consortium delivering the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new 10.2km rail line connecting the north and south of Brisbane, including twin 5.9km tunnels under the Brisbane River and central business district. The availability-based PPP package also includes the delivery of four new underground stations and maintenance works that will be provided for 24 years.

Design and construction works will be undertaken by CPB Contractors, BAM International, Ghella and UGL. In addition, UGL will be responsible for maintenance services. Construction is expected to commence later this year.

The State Government is providing a A$5.4 billion capital contribution for the construction of the project.

Marko Kremer, Partner and DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “DIF is excited to work with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to deliver Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure investment. This landmark project is truly city-changing and will enable higher frequency and better connected public transport across the network and unlock critical capacity on Brisbane’s constrained rail network, improving passenger comfort and service reliability.”

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, South 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 120 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.