Private markets: the price is right – or is it?
One question that sparks debate with our clients is – are private market assets overvalued?
The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.
Infrastructure, such as transport, energy and digital networks plays a critical role in tackling sustainability challenges including climate change. We assess environmental and social risks and opportunities alongside all other material factors and seek out opportunities that support sustainability outcomes – recognising their investment potential as well as their importance for the planet.
Infrastructure is uniquely placed to offer potential for reliable, repeatable long-term returns to investors in line with their objectives. By selectively investing in high-quality European infrastructure that’s already operational, we look to reduce risk and can generate returns on many assets right away.
For us, Europe’s small to mid-sized infrastructure markets are the most compelling. With less competitive coverage than larger peers, they still offer a wealth of quality infrastructure assets providing essential services and – therefore – highly reliable cashflows.
In June 2015, we acquired 100% of Nordic Power AS, a portfolio of 13 newly commissioned hydropower plants from Nordkraft, a Norwegian utility controlled by the Narvik Municipality. Since acquisition, we have added an additional two plants to the portfolio, taking the total projected annual output to 160 GWh.
Attractive return and yield profile
Core, power generation asset
Proven technology, low operating risk and long asset lives
Exclusive option over pipeline of new plants.
Rock Rail Moorgate
Acquired February 2016. 25x6 carriage electric Siemens trains, serving Great Northern franchise Moorgate commuter lines, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.
Rock Rail East Anglia PLC
Aquired October 2016. 20x12 carriage electric Stadler trains, 24x4 and 14x3 carriage bi-mode Stadler trains serving the InterCity, Stansted Express and Regional lines of the East Anglia Franchise, operated by Abellio. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.
Rock Rail South Western
Aquired June 2017. and 30x5 carriage electric Bombardier trains, serving key London commuter services on the South Western franchise, operated by First MTR. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.
Rock Rail West Coast
Aquired December 2019. 10x7 carriage electric Hitachi trains and13x5 carriage bi-mode Hitachi trains serving the West Coast Partnership Franchise, operated by First Trenitalia. Long term profile secured through lease arrangements with strong contractual obligations. No volume risk, no financing risk, inflation linkage and yield from day one.
Subsector: gas distribution
Ownership: 18% / 20%
Aquired May 2019. Owner and operator of a state-of-the-art liquid bulk storage terminal located on the River Thames Estuary offering c.300,000 m3 tank capacity and unique access to pipeline connections, deep-water jetty and road loading facilities. Oikos currently handles jet fuel and diesel, and is critical to supplying jet fuel to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports and diesel to the South East and Midlands of the UK.
Aquired February 2019. Riihimäen Kaukolämpö Oy is the owner and operator of the district heating network in the in the City of Riihimäki and the surrounding areas. Riihimäki is a rapidly expanding “commuter city” located within 100km of Helsinki and Tampere, two of the most economically vibrant regions in Finland. The length of the network is 98.5km across the Riihimäki area and there are currently 739 clients connected to the network.
Aquired May 2019. UNITANK is a market leading independent infrastructure and services provider storing liquid oil products on behalf of strategic storage agencies and Oil & Gas majors. The company owns and operates five terminals in Germany and one terminal in Belgium, all in key strategic locations.
Location: Germany / Belgium
Aquired Juy 2019. Loimua primarily owns and operates 640MW of heat production capacity and 16 district heating networks across Central and Southern Finland. The networks cover c.500km and c.4,600 supply points.
Loimua produces DH and electricity, and sells and distributes district heating and natural gas in Häme, Central Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Heinola.
Aquisition began Q3 2019. 351 MW of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic farms spread between seven operational (Aurora I, II & III, Helios I & II, Eos, Ra) or being developed projects by local developers. Construction of first farms completed in mid-2018 with balance coming online by Q1 2021. Revenue underpinned by 15-year guaranteed tariff under Poland’s newly introduced contract for difference regime.
Acquired in November 2020, Airband is a provider of rural connectivity services in the West of England, historically through Fixed Wireless Networks (“FWA”). Since 2018 the business has pivoted towards providing Fibre to the Premises (“FTTP”), driven by UK Government led initiatives including subsidies, to promote significant investment in fibre infrastructure for rural areas and is targeting 675,000 homes passed by 2025.
Aquired December 2020, Outokummun Energia primarily owns and operates a regulated electricity distribution network, a district heating network and a small retail business in the City of Outokumpu, in Eastern Finland. The networks cover a combined length of 1,030km and approximately 5,280 electricity distribution and 4,260 energy customers. Additionally, Outokummun Energia owns and operates 50MW of heat production.
Head of Core Infrastructure