ROTTERDAM, 3 APRIL 2018 – Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, which is managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), and West Street Infrastructure Partners III (WSIP), which is managed by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (the “Consortium”), have jointly entered into an agreement to acquire HES International B.V. (“HES” or the “Company”) from Riverstone Holdings LLC and The Carlyle Group.
HES is one of the largest diversified port terminals businesses in Europe with 18 dry and liquid bulk terminals handling a diversified range of cargoes. Completion of the transaction is subject to works council consultations, execution of definitive transaction documentation, and legal and antitrust approvals.
HES is a leading terminals business with strategic locations in Europe’s largest ports. HES benefits from a highly attractive catchment area, including key industrial areas in North West Europe, and from deep long-term relationships with blue-chip customers
The Consortium consists of experienced, long-term infrastructure investors with strong track records of stewardship of critical businesses
The Consortium intends to maintain HES‘ excellent track record in the open dry bulk segment and tocontinue to grow the business’ agribulk and liquid bulk terminals in Europe
MIRA and WSIP are strongly supportive of HES‘ management team and their plan for the business
The Consortium recognises the key role played by HES’ employees and is committed to an open and collaborative relationship with HES’ Works Council(s)
Jan Vogel, Chief Executive Officer of HES International, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step for HES. Over the last few years, we have implemented a focused strategy that makes optimal use of our prime real estate in Europe’s key ports and allows us to adjust flexibly to future changes and
opportunities that energy transition will bring to our sector. We have also built a strong pipeline of additional growth projects for both our liquid bulk and dry bulk businesses to support our strong position in each of our core businesses. We are confident that the support from MIRA and WSIP will allow HES to continue to
operate as a trusted and reliable partner for its customers and deliver its ambitious growth projects.”
Leigh Harrison, European Head of MIRA, said: “As long term investors we are excited about the growth opportunities HES offers in dry and liquid bulks as well as its strong management team, market position in North West Europe and its focused strategy. Together with our partner WSIP, we are looking forward to supporting management in expanding the business through new growth projects.”
Philippe Camu, Co-Head and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Infrastructure Investment Group within the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, said: “We are pleased to invest in HES alongside MIRA and are keen to support the Company in its next stage of development. The HES team has built an impressive
business underpinned by strong customer relationships and strategic locations in Europe’s key ports. We look forward to drawing on our experience in the sector for the benefit of HES and its stakeholders.”
– ENDS –