Ancala agrees to acquire a 50% interest in HS Orka

Ancala Partners (‘Ancala’), the independent mid-market infrastructure investment manager, has agreed to acquire a 50% interest in HS Orka, Iceland’s largest private electricity generator, from Jarðvarmi, a consortium of 14 Icelandic pension funds. Ancala has made the investment on behalf of Ancala Infrastructure Fund II, Ancala’s second mid-market focused infrastructure fund.

The transaction follows Jarðvarmi’s exercise of its right of first refusal to acquire a 53.9% interest in HS Orka from Alterra Power Corp, a subsidiary of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. Jarðvarmi has also agreed to acquire a 12.7% interest in HS Orka from Fagfjárfestasjóðurinn ORK. The remaining 33.4% in HS Orka was already owned by Jarðvarmi. Following the transactions Ancala and Jarðvarmi will each own 50% of HS Orka.

The price for the acquisition of Alterra’s 53.9% interest was USD 299.9 million. The price for the acquisition of Fagfjárfestasjóðurinn ORK’s 12.7% interest was not disclosed. Ancala’s acquisition from Jarðvarmi has been agreed on the same terms.

Ancala and Jarðvarmi have further agreed to divest HS Orka’s 30% interest in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s leading tourist attraction, to Blávarmi. The sale transitions HS Orka into a pure play renewable energy platform.

Lee Mellor, Partner, Ancala Partners, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Jarðvarmi for this investment in HS Orka. Ancala and Jarðvarmi share a common investment philosophy focused on supporting management, providing further capital for growth and adopting a long-term outlook. HS Orka represents a compelling growth platform in Iceland’s exciting renewable energy sector. We look forward to working with Jarðvarmi and HS Orka’s management team.”

David Rudolfsson, Chairman of the Board of Jardvarmi, commented: “Ancala’s renewable energy expertise, joint view on HS Orka’s potential combined with our shared long-term investment outlook make us aligned partners. We look forward to working together with Ancala to continue supporting the growth of HS Orka over the long-term.”

HS Orka has been producing renewable energy for 40 years and operates two geothermal powerplants, Svartsengi and Reykjanes, with a combined installed capacity of 174 MW. The company is also currently constructing a 10 MW hydro powerplant at Bláskógabyggð and is at an advanced stage of development for additional geothermal and hydro capacity. The company is led by CEO, Ásgeir Margeirsson.

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About Ancala Partners
Ancala Partners (‘Ancala’) is an independent infrastructure investment manager focused on delivering enhanced returns from core mid-market infrastructure investments. It invests in and manages businesses across infrastructure sectors including utilities, energy, transportation, telecommunications and midstream. Ancala adopts a proactive approach to the origination and asset management of investments to create value for its investors.

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