Anglian Water (‘AWG’) is the supplier of water and water recycling services to over six million domestic and business customers in the east of England and Hartlepool.
3i Infrastructure acquired its stake in AWG in 2007. Since then, AWG has invested over £4 billion to replace ageing infrastructure, improve resilience and address the imbalance between supply and demand in one of the UK’s driest regions. Through its innovative Love Every Drop strategy, AWG has reduced service interruptions, pollution incidents and leakage to record low levels.
In December 2017, 3i Infrastructure sold its stake in AWG to a consortium of Dalmore Capital and GLIL Infrastructure (the infrastructure investment joint venture between five local Government pension funds), generating gross proceeds of approx. £395 million.
Key factsResponsible BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2017£4 billion invested in the business over 4 years3.3x money multiple
- Invested over £4 billion to replace ageing infrastructure, improve resilience and address supply and demand imbalance in one of the UK’s driest regions
- AWG’s commitment to responsible development was recognised when it was named Responsible Business of the Year 2017 by Business in the Community
- for the financial year to March 2016, AWG ranked second among the Water and Sewerage Companies in Ofwat’s Customer Service Survey
- AWG was ranked second in Glassdoor's list of the top 20 best places to work in the UK in December 2017
Elenia is the owner and operator of the second largest electricity distribution business in Finland and a complementary district heating business. The company’s electricity distribution network is c 69,000 km in length and serves c 420,000 residential, industrial and business customers, with a market share of approximately 12%. Elenia Heat owns and operates 16 local district heating networks across Finland with a total network length of almost 500 km serving c 85,000 end-users.
3i Infrastructure acquired its interest in Elenia in January 2012 as part of a consortium with GS Infrastructure Partners and Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company.
In December 2017, 3i Infrastructure sold its stake in Elenia to a consortium comprising Allianz, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Valtion Eläkerahasto, the State Pension Fund of Finland, generating gross proceeds of approximately £725 million.
- Rebranded the business and strengthened the management team
- Invested over €600m to improve reliability of electricity supply for customers
- Increased underground cabling rate from 23% at the beginning of 2012 to 40% in 2017
- Reduced customer outages by over 10 hours per year
- Refinanced the business increasing flexibility to fund future capex requirements
- Invested in leading digital network management and ‘smart’ customer usage and outage monitoring
“I would like to thank 3i, GS Infrastructure Partners and Ilmarinen for their support over the last six years. Their investment, guidance, expertise and commitment have enabled us to grow and improve both operationally, for the benefit of our customers, and financially.” Tapani Liuhala, Chief Executive, Elenia
Transport & logistics
Eversholt Rail Group (‘Eversholt’) is one of the three leading rolling stock leasing companies in the UK. 3i Infrastructure acquired its 33% interest in Eversholt in December 2010 as part of a consortium with Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and STAR Capital Partners, who each also held 33% stakes. The consortium acquired 100% of Eversholt’s share capital from HSBC, where the business had been run as a leasing sub-division of the bank and was formerly known as HSBC Rail.
Over a period of four years, 3i Infrastructure and our consortium partners worked closely with the management team to establish Eversholt as a successful independent company, supporting the business in its re-franchising programme and in assessing a range of capital investment opportunities in its existing fleet and new build trains. The shareholders helped to optimise the company’s capital structure, through the issuance of long-term bonds, institutional private placements and bank finance.
In January 2015, 3i Infrastructure sold its stake in Eversholt to CK Investments S.A R.L., generating net proceeds of £365 million.
- Worked closely with the management team to establish Eversholt as a successful independent company
- Supported the business in its re-franchising programme
- Assessed a range of capital investment opportunities, both to add further trains to the overall fleet and to invest in upgrading existing assets to provide a better passenger experience and improved reliability, at good value for money for customers
- Optimised the company’s capital structure through the issuance of three long-dated public bonds and a private placement
- Established asset management business to manage trains from other rolling stock providers, including Thameslink
- Strengthened the company’s governance through several appointments to the board, including a new chairman, a highly experienced non-executive director, a CFO and COO
“Eversholt Rail has performed strongly, both operationally and financially, under the consortium’s ownership providing, managing and maintaining key UK rail assets.” Mary Kenny, Chief Executive, Eversholt Rail
OystercatcherNetherlands, Belgium, Malta
Transport & logistics
Oystercatcher is the holding company through which the Company held 45% interests in four subsidiaries of Oiltanking, located in Belgium, Malta and the Netherlands.
These businesses provide over three million cubic metres of oil, petroleum and other oil-related storage facilities and associated services to a broad range of clients, including private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies and traders.
Oiltanking is one of the world’s leading independent storage partners for oils, chemicals and gases, operating 41 terminals in 18 countries with a total storage capacity of 16 million cubic metres.
On 2 May 2017, Oiltanking Ghent acquired 100% of Belgotank NV, a company which owns 82,000 cubic metres of tank capacity located on the Oiltanking Ghent site. These provide a mix of small tanks which are complementary to the business’s existing tank portfolio. On 25 September 2017, Oystercatcher made a follow-on equity investment of €2.4 million into Oiltanking Ghent to part fund that acquisition.
Oystercatcher, in line with the broader oil storage sector, has benefitted from a contango market structure for oil-derived products during the year and overall performed ahead of our expectations. Storage rates have improved and many existing customers have been keen to renew storage contracts early. At the same time, customer activity levels have reduced due to lower end-user demand, caused by the Covid-related lockdown measures around the world, and this has negatively impacted throughput and ancillary services revenues.
UK Projects PortfolioUK
The UK Projects portfolio comprised stakes in Ayrshire College, Elgin (a vehicle holding 16 project investments in health and education), Mersey Gateway Bridge, Octagon Hospital, the West of Duddon Sands offshore transmission owner project, as well as an LP interest in the Dalmore Capital Fund. The investments were made between 1997 and 2015.
A new college campus in Kilmarnock.
Mersey Gateway Bridge
A new 2 km tolled bridge over the Mersey river and 7 km of approach roads.
A new 1,237 bed acute hospital in Norwich.
West of Duddon Sands (WoDS) offshore transmission owner project
WoDS comprises two submarine cables (under the east Irish sea) together with on- and offshore substations for exporting electricity from the 389 MW West of Duddon Sands offshore windfarm to the onshore grid.
Following the completion of the construction phase, 3i Infrastructure plc conducted a strategic review of the UK Projects portfolio in 2019. As a result, 3i Infrastructure plc agreed in December 2019 to sell the assets to various buyers including funds managed by Dalmore, Semperian and Innisfree for proceeds of c. £194m.
Key facts£194m proceeds270,000 homes supplied with clean renewable energy by WoDS OFTO810 miles of cables used in Mersey Gateway Bridge1,237 hospital beds provided
- During our investment, we oversaw the successful construction of multiple projects across the UK
- Through our involvement in these projects, we helped to deliver a step change in the UK’s social and civil infrastructure as part of the wider UK PPP initiative
- We financed and managed the projects through their construction phase and into operation and the delivery of these projects was the catalyst for numerous social (e.g. enhanced teaching and healthcare facilities), economic (e.g. reduced journey times, job creation, supply chain) and environmental (e.g. clean renewable energy, land decontamination, improved wildlife habitats) benefits to the local communities
WIG is the UK's second largest independent tower company and, during our ownership, the largest to focus solely on telecom towers. It operates over 2,000 towers and other wireless infrastructure assets, representing 7% of the UK market.
WIG builds and operates communications towers in rural and suburban areas, together with neutral host networks to enable mobile coverage in buildings and on city streets. WIG is an independent operator and invests in high capacity infrastructure that is made available to all networks.
3i Infrastructure invested £75 million to acquire a minority interest in WIG in April 2016 to support the growth of the business. In January 2018, 3i Infrastructure invested a further £187 million to increase its equity ownership to 93%.
In December 2019, 3i Infrastructure completed the sale of its 93% stake in WIG to Brookfield Infrastructure, generating proceeds of £387 million, a 27% gross IRR and a 1.7x gross money multiple.
Key facts2,000 Over 2,000 towers27% Gross IRR1.7x Money multiple
- Supported the building of new towers
- Supported the company's acquisition of a portfolio of towers in Ireland, taking WIG's portfolio to almost 2,100 assets across the UK, Netherlands and Ireland
- Expanded indoor networks in some of the UK's highest footfall buildings such as MediaCity, the Trafford Centre, Lords Cricket Ground and Anfield Football Stadium
- Supported the acquisition of Arqiva's Indoor Networks business which added 42 networks across the UK
- In September 2017, WIG launched the UK's first 5G-ready, fibre-connected, outdoor small cell network in Aberdeen, working in partnership with Telefonica
- Advised WIG on its debt refinancing which provided long-term institutional capital and a revolving capital expenditure facility
Cross London Trains ('XLT')UK
Transport & logistics
Cross London Trains ('XLT') is a company established to procure and lease the rolling stock for use on the Thameslink passenger rail franchise.
3i Infrastructure invested £61.8 million in XLT in June 2013, alongside Innisfree PFI Secondary Fund 2 LP and Siemens Project Ventures. XLT was set up to finance and purchase 115 Desiro City Class 700 trains from Siemens plc and lease them to the Operator of the Thameslink rail franchise, currently Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
The Class 700 trains are amongst the most modern and most efficient trains in the UK. Their new generation software enabled design gives the ability to intelligently monitor maintenance, improving reliability. Automatic train operation technology will allow them to run 24 trains per hour, in both directions, through the London core.
In March 2019, 3i Infrastructure sold its 33.3% stake in XLT to a consortium of Dalmore and Equitix funds generating proceeds of c. £333 million.
- The fleet was delivered on time and on budget in June 2018 and is now fully operational
- The Class 700 train won “Train of the Year” at the National Rail Awards 2018
- The fleet now represents a key element of London’s commuter rail infrastructure
“We had a very open and constructive relationship. 3i helped when XLT moved from the contractual into the operational phase because they had a prior relationship with Eversholt Rail Group, who provide asset management services to XLT.” Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman, Cross London Trains (XLT)