From innovations in logistics, hydro generation and energy technology – a quick peek at recent deals that are charting the course for the future.
1: Leading the Pack
When and Where: November 2018; Canada and United States
The Deal: US$500 million investment in Berlin Packaging, alongside our equity partner Oak Hill, as part of a definitive recapitalization agreement to facilitate the next phase of the company’s growth.
The Players: Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of plastic, glass and metal containers and closures. It is also the lone company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for more than 14 years.
The Upshot: The investment will allow the company to pursue multiple strategic initiatives, including acquisitions in North America and Europe, additions to its sales and service teams, and more investment in its ecommerce capabilities
The Strategy: Berlin Packaging is a market leader with a resilient business model built to deliver economic value and brand differentiation for its customers. We continue to invest in industry-leading companies that pursue multiple strategic initiatives to maximize long-term value creation.
2: Logistical Logic
When and Where: November 2018; U.K.
The Deal: New partnership deal with GLP and QuadReal Property Group to establish GLP Continental Europe Development Partners I (GLP CDP I). With the partnership, we will contribute €450 million of equity to GLP CDP I.
The Players: GLP is the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions, with approximately US$60 billion in assets under management across its real estate and private equity segments.
The Upshot: The partnership – through GLP’s Europe platform, Gazeley – will focus on developing modern logistics facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium.
The Strategy: With rising e-commerce sales and consumer demand for ever-shorter delivery times in Europe, GLP CDP I is a key part of our development-led growth strategy in the logistics sector globally, and will significantly enhance our existing holdings in Continental Europe.
3: Road to Prosperity
Where and When: October 2018; Mexico
The Deal: Acquisition of a 29% stake in Pacifico Sur, a 309-kilometre toll road in Mexico, further enhancing the partnership formed to acquire Arco Norte, a Mexican toll road, in 2016.
The Players: Partners include Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, S.A.B. de C.V. (IDEAL), an independent publicly traded company listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange; and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers), Canada’s largest single-profession pension.
The Upshot: Pacifico Sur connects Mexico’s central valley with the country’s northwest region, acting as a critical link between the cities of Guadalajara and Tepic for both commercial transport vehicles and tourism-driven light traffic.
The Strategy: Investing in large-scale infrastructure projects that provide vital services to growing populations is core to our Real Assets strategy. Pacifico Sur toll road offers a resilient income stream underpinned by a highly diversified traffic base and a strategic location within Mexico.
4: High Water Mark
When and Where: October 2018; Brazil
The Deal: Acquisition of 80.2% of common shares and 13.7% of class B preferred shares in Companhia Energética de São Paulo (CESP), a Brazilian hydro generation company, through a joint venture with Votorantim Energia.
The Players: Votorantim Energia is a company that invests in and operates generation assets in Brazil – one of the top 5 largest power trading players in the country – and operates hydroelectric plants belonging to Votorantim S.A.’s invested companies with a total installed capacity of 2.2 GW.
CESP is one of the largest hydropower generators in Brazil, and owns and operates the Porto Primavera Hydroelectric Power Plant (1,540 MW) through a concession agreement. This company is publicly traded on the Brazil Stock Exchange.
The Upshot: The investment will grant CESP a new concession for the Porto Primavera Hydroelectric Power Plant for 30 years in exchange for a payment of R$1.4 billion
The Strategy: Our investment aligns with the growth objectives in renewable energy in Brazil, adding to our current portfolio of 564MW of installed capacity.
5: Electrifying Future
When and Where: November 2018; United States
The Deal: Broadening our Energy & Resources portfolio through a new Innovation, Technology and Services investment strategy, which includes US$240 million in ChargePoint.
The Players: ChargePoint is the leading electric vehicle charging network in the world, with charging solutions to support drivers at home, work, around town and on the road.
The Upshot: The strategic investment will enable ChargePoint to continue to innovate in the electric passenger vehicle space, while accelerating its expansion into electric buses, trucks, fleets and beyond.
The Strategy: With the growing secular movement toward electric vehicles, our new Innovation, Technology and Services strategy focuses on earlier-stage companies that are creating and improving existing processes and technologies in the energy sector to meet shifting needs and demands.