PGGM and DIF Capital Partners reach agreement for intended acquisition of Enexis-subsidiary Fudura
A consortium of DIF Capital Partners, through its DIF Infrastructure VI fund (“DIF”) and PGGM Infrastructure Fund (“PGGM”) has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Fudura B.V., a subsidiary of Enexis Groep. PGGM and DIF will both acquire 50 percent of the shares. PGGM invests pension capital from, among others, Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn for its three million participants, while DIF’s investment fund is supported by dozens of international pension funds and insurance companies.
Fudura is the market leading B2B provider of medium-voltage electricity infrastructure (mainly transformers), metering devices and related data services in the Netherlands. With the intended acquisition, the new investors add a company to their investment portfolios that plays an important role in the Dutch energy transition. Fudura is active in offering services to companies seeking solutions for energy efficiency, security of energy supply and CO2 neutrality and started its business in the Netherlands. Fudura currently has 22,000 business customers, both large companies, public institutions and hospitals, and SMEs. Within all these client segments there is a great urgency for more sustainable energy consumption driven by the energy transition.
Fudura's strategy to broaden its services within the energy transition is fully endorsed by the new intended shareholders. Various solutions will be offered, such as solar panels, batteries, EV chargers and electric heating solutions. With this, Fudura wants to meet the increased demand from business customers to reduce their CO2 footprint, reduce dependence on natural gas and guarantee energy security with new solutions.
René Pruijssers, director of Fudura: ,,As director of Fudura I am very pleased with selecting DIF and PGGM. With these partners Fudura can further develop as the energy transition platform for business customers. Fudura's customers, employees and partners will benefit from the knowledge and ambition of DIF and PGGM to make the Netherlands more sustainable.’’
Erik van de Brake, head Infrastructure at PGGM: ,,Fudura fits perfectly into PGGM's strategy to make long-term investments for our clients, including Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn, which are not only financially attractive, but also have a positive impact on our society. We are faced with the enormous task of making the Netherlands CO2 neutral within a few decades, and companies such as Fudura play a very important role in this. Fudura will become part of our investment portfolio, which, in addition to Fudura, also contains a number of other investments that play a key role in realizing the energy transition and will help to accelerate it.’’
Gijs Voskuyl, head Infrastructure at DIF: ,,We are delighted with the acquisition of a 50% stake in Fudura. Fudura’s pioneering role in the energy transition in the Netherlands fits seamlessly with DIF’s ambitions to accelerate these trends even further and to have a CO2-neutral investment portfolio by 2050 the latest. In addition, we expect that DIF’s expertise in previous energy transition investments will contribute to a fruitful collaboration with both Fudura and co-shareholder PGGM.”
Enexis and the consortium of DIF and PGGM have also made agreements about employment, sustainability and continuity of Fudura. The consortium of DIF and PGGM sees Fudura as a platform for the energy transition and commits itself to Fudura for a long period of time. The employment and working conditions of Fudura's employees are guaranteed and there is support for Fudura's strategy and its role in the energy transition. These agreements are laid down in the agreement and are an integral part of this intended transaction.
Fudura B.V. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Enexis Group and is active in the non-regulated part of the energy market. Fudura focuses on business services to optimize and make the energy supply of more than 22,000 business customers in the Netherlands more sustainable. Fudura provides advice, measures, designs and realizes infrastructures and manages and maintains meters, charging stations, transformers and switchgear. Fudura is the market leader in its segment.
About DIF Capital Partners
DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with more than €9.8 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:
• Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target, equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).
• DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
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.
PGGM is a not-for-profit cooperative pension fund service provider. As a pensions administrator, asset manager and advisor to pension fund boards, it executes its social mandate: to provide for good old-age incomes for 4.4 million participants in the Netherlands. On December 31, 2021 PGGM managed long-term pension capital of EUR 291 billion worldwide. Rooted firmly in the Dutch healthcare sector, PGGM develops innovative provisions for labour market issues in this sector, alone or with strategic partners. Our member organisation PGGM&CO supports 764,000 workers and pensioners with a background in healthcare.
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