I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager, has agreed to acquire Viridian Group Holdings Limited from Arcapita.
Viridian is an independent, integrated energy company operating across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With over 480 employees, the group comprises two main brands Energia and Power NI and has a c.20% share of domestic electricity sales volume and a c.27% share of business electricity sales volume on an all-Ireland basis.
Viridian’s generation portfolio consists of 747 megawatts of gas-fired combined-cycle generating technology capacity and 225 megawatts of onshore wind assets in operation and construction. In addition, Viridian has 793 megawatts of operating wind-farms under long-term contracts which is expected to increase to c.1,000 megawatts in just over a year as other wind-farms, currently under construction and in-development, become operational.
ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund is to acquire 100 percent of Viridian in an all-cash transaction, which is expected to complete during the second quarter of 2016. I Squared Capital has also undertaken to provide additional significant equity cushion by paying down approximately £145 million in existing junior debt with new equity at closing, strengthening Viridian’s capital position which will support the Group’s future growth potential.
Commenting on the acquisition, Gautam Bhandari, a Partner at I Squared Capital, said:
“Viridian has an attractive mix of diversified businesses with significant overlap with our areas of expertise. We intend to grow Viridian with the leadership team to achieve its full potential. The acquisition of Viridian is consistent with our strategy of investing in robust growth economies, such as Ireland, and within those economies selecting companies with stable cash flows and a potential to grow the business organically and through bolt-on acquisitions.”
Ian Thom, Chief Executive Officer of Viridian stated:
“Over the last decade, Viridian has cemented its position as Ireland's leading independent integrated energy business. We are excited by the opportunity to work with I Squared Capital, which brings a proven track record of successfully operating and helping to expand businesses such as Viridian. In addition, the Group’s increased financial strength will enable us to capitalise on the many growth opportunities in our markets, which will benefit our employees and our customers."