Vortex, a renewable energy platform managed by EFG Hermes’ private equity arm, announced it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with a subsidiary of EDP Renováveis S.A. (EDPR), to acquire a 49% stake in an operational 664 MW portfolio of European wind assets.
The transaction is valued at €550 million (US$624 million) and includes a portfolio of 23 wind farms in four European Union jurisdictions, including Spain (348 MW), Portugal (191 MW), Belgium (71 MW) and France (54 MW).
EFG Hermes Head of Private Equity Karim Moussa, said:
“In just 18 months since its first transaction acquiring 49% of EDPR France, Vortex has gained considerable momentum and market recognition in the European renewable energy space. Our track record and knowledge of the market was a decisive edge in a very competitive M&A process that saw Vortex bidding head-to-head with major global investors,”
“As our second remarkable transaction in Europe, it underlines our ability to identify, structure and execute large-scale deals that deliver on our strategy of building a yielding infrastructure platform. This acquisition, which nearly doubles our AUMs to just over USD 1.1 billion, is a testament to our position as the region’s leading renewable energy investment manager,”
“We have successfully raised EUR 550 million to fund the transaction; 40% in the form of equity, 5% of which was a seed investment by EFG Hermes and 95% of which takes the form of sovereign capital from the Gulf Cooperation Council region. The remaining 60% of the acquisition finance is in the form of a 13-year facility provided by five prominent European banks.”
“We will continue to pursue high quality yield-generating assets with attractive return potential for our investors in developed markets and selective emerging markets.”
Mr. João Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renováveis, said:
“I am pleased to announce this transaction, which further expands our strong partnership with Vortex, which has been a great success to date. This is part of the asset rotation plan that the company has been successfully implementing in recent years.”
“This strategy allows EDPR to crystallize the value of its projects’ future cash-flow stream and re-invest in the development of quality and value accretive projects.”
Bakr Abdel-Wahab, Managing Director of Infrastructure Private Equity at EFG Hermes, said:
“The transaction was complex to structure and execute as it covers four jurisdictions with different regulatory and operational regimes. The premium underlying assets, generating in excess of 1.7 TWh per annum, have four years of average age, fifteen years of remaining regulatory life and blue-chip turbine technology. This gives Vortex exposure to a highly regulated European revenue stream. Moreover, its margins and wind capacity factors are above the market average, setting the floor for very attractive and competitive cash yields.”
“In 2015, our first year of investment in EDPR France (334 MW gross capacity), active asset management allowed Vortex to generate a superior cash yield to its investors, mainly due to strong operational improvements, cost-savings and generation enhancement initiatives.”