DIF to acquire 80% of six Strukton PPP stakes

The Dutch infrastructure fund manager is to acquire 80 percent of a portfolio of public-private partnership interests from Dutch infrastructure services provider Strukton. A unit of Strukton will remain responsible for the day-to-day management of the assets.

Struktron Groep (Strukton) has agreed to sell an 80 percent stake in six public-private partnership (PPP)interests to DIF, the Schipol, Netherlands-based fund manager. The transaction still requires approval from various parties but is expected to complete by the end of this year. 

The agreement covers the following projects: Kromhout Barracks in Utrecht; Offices for the Education Executive Agency and Regional Tax Office in Groningen; Montaigne Lyceum in the Hague; Offices for the Ministry of Finance in the Hague; the Harnaschpolder/Houtrust wastewater purification system in Den Hoorn and Scheveningen; and the Maasvlakte-Vaanplein section of the A15 motorway. 

According to a statement from DIF, the projects represent a total value of €2.3 billion with contracts running from 20 to 28 years following the completion of construction. Strukton’s commitment to the projects is €29.5 million including future commitments to make payments on subordinated loans. 

Operating company Strukton Integrale Projecten will remain responsible for the day-to-day management of the interests. 

“This sale to DIF is strategically important for Strukton because it lets us release capital that will allow us to continue to play a leading role in future PPP projects as a provider of equity ,” said Raymond Steenvoorden of the Strukton Group Board. 

Yesterday, we reported that DIF had reached financial close on the €200 million Noord Zuid Kempen availability-based road project in Belgium, with banking finance provided by KBC, ING and SMBC.