The Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF), one of the largest schemes in the UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), has acquired a 12.5% equity stake in Madrileña Red de Gas (MRG), a gas distribution company in Spain’s Madrid region.
MRG is owned by a consortium formed by EDF Invest, Gingko Tree Investment and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.
According to a source, Mike Jensen, CIO at LCPF, said:
“Specifically, we see MRG as a particularly well-run company with good growth potential and a great regulatory relationship. In addition, we will be in partnership with leading investors.”
The cost of the acquisition has not been revealed.
LCPF was advised by Santander Corporate & Investment Banking as exclusive financial adviser and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira (Madrid) as legal adviser.
The transaction represents LCPF’s fourth acquisition of overseas infrastructure assets, following its purchase of a stake in EDF Énergies Nouvelles’ Portuguese wind farms last year, and ownership of two renewable energy businesses – landfill gas in the US, and cane waste power plants in Australia.
Total Infrastructure makes up 9.6% of the LCPF’s total portfolio, worth £5.8bn at 31 December 2015. The pension fund’s infrastructure target range is 10-15%.