KWAP acquires stake in Vortex Solar for £67.5m

: Vortex, one of Europe’s foremost renewable energy investment platforms, has sold a 45% equity stake in Vortex Solar Investments to ’s second-largest pension fund, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP), for £67.5 million (RM370 million).

Vortex, which is managed by EFG Hermes, will continue to maintain a 5% long-term stake in Vortex Solar, having acquired 365 megawatts of solar photovoltaic-producing assets in the United Kingdom from TerraForm Power in 2017.

This comes in line with Vortex Solar’s strategy of eyeing key investors from around the globe to diversify its partner base.

“This transaction demonstrates our ability to utilise the group’s liquid balance sheet effectively under our merchant strategy to support our core business in delivering on its investment targets, creating assets under management growth and delivering immediate as well as long-term returns for our shareholders,” said EFG Hermes Group CEO Karim Awad, in a statement today.

By completing the sale to KWAP, the company has successfully completed the cycle of the underwriting for Vortex Solar in less than 12 months, he said.

Meanwhile, KWAP’s CEO, Datuk Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad, said the partnership with Vortex demonstrated KWAP’s commitment towards sustainability in its investments.

“This marks our first direct investment in the renewable energy sector, which strategically positions KWAP as the financial co-investor of choice for the expansion of this industry,” he said.

“Also, as an investor, we intend to increase our exposure in real assets, and renewable energy is one of most active sectors in the infrastructure asset class for deal flow, globally. We see this as an opportunity that will provide attractive investment income to the fund while supporting our environmental, social and governance efforts,” he said.

After the completion of the transaction, expected within the coming weeks, the shareholding of Vortex Solar will stand at 50% Tenaga Nasional Bhd, 45% KWAP and 5% Vortex. – Bernama

Source: The Sun Daily

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