TORONTO and LONDON – May 20, 2019 – CBRE Caledon Capital Management and CapMan Infra have entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of leading Norwegian ferry and express boat operator, Norled AS. The firms are each acquiring a 50 percent equity stake in the company from Norway-based shipping company, Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab.
CBRE Caledon is making the investment on behalf of a fund sponsored by the firm as well as its separately managed accounts. This investment represents the first investment completed by CBRE Caledon’s London office, which opened in September 2018.
Norled is one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat transportation companies with a fleet of 59 ferries and 28 express boats that transport more than 17 million passengers and 9 million cars annually, backed by long-term contracts with public transport authorities. Founded in 1855 and wholly owned by DSD, Norled employs over 1,000 people and is a leader in innovative and environmentally friendly transportation, winning several recent contracts to develop hybrid / battery-driven vessels and the first hydrogen electric ferry.
“Norled represents an attractive investment opportunity given the availability-based, index-linked nature of cash flows, the company’s market-leading position, and the increasingly green credentials of the Norwegian ferry industry,” said Dr. Andreas Köttering, Partner, Head of Infrastructure, Europe at CBRE Caledon. “Furthermore, we have been very pleased with the collaboration with CapMan. Their local insight and Nordic experience combined with our experience in the transportation sector positions us well to continue developing Norled.”
“The Norwegian ferry industry is a critical part of the country’s transportation infrastructure. We believe that the green shift in the industry further highlights sea transportation as a sustainable solution, supporting both the connectivity within and between regions for daily commuters and leisure travelers, while creating jobs and economic growth. CBRE Caledon has proven to be a great partner to CapMan in this investment given their experience in the ferry sector, competent team and deep understanding in infrastructure investing. We are impressed with Norled’s management and employees and are looking forward to continuing the successful journey together to further improve operations for the benefit of the company’s customers, employees and communities,” says Ville Poukka, Managing Partner at CapMan Infra.
“I am pleased that CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon, solid and professional owners, will be responsible for the further development of Norled in line with the company’s business plan and investment plans. This transaction comes at a time when the Norwegian ferry and express boat industries are undertaking major investments in new, environmentally friendly technologies. Norled’s dedicated employees have for many years proven their capacity to remain at the forefront of the green shift within the sector, and I’m sure that with the new owners, Norled will continue its positive development and will prosper in the years to come,” says Yuhong Hermansen, majority owner and chairwoman of Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab.
Nordea Bank and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint financial advisers in the transaction. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close by end of June 2019.
About CBRE Caledon
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