KfW IPEX-Bank finances new European operating lease platform for freight cars
Press Release from 2019-08-29 / KfW IPEX-Bank
KfW IPEX-Bank is financing the acquisition of approx. 2,500 mostly new freight cars through a newly formed joint-venture between a fund managed by SIG-i Capital AG, which is contributing 55% of the investment, and one of Europe’s leading railcar leasing and rail logistics companies VTG AG, which holds 45% of the shares. The transaction and the joint-venture were structured by Patrimonium Asset Management AG. The financed intermodal and tank cars are more efficient than their predecessors due to greater flexibility and higher payload, among other things. VTG acts as fleet manager and operates the wagons as integral components of its own railcar fleet.
The total financing amounts to EUR 211 million with a term of 10 years. KfW IPEX-Bank heads the banking consortium as sole bookrunner, mandated lead arranger, facility agent and hedging bank.
“This is another high-profile transaction in the mobility and transport sector and we are pleased to support our business partners on their innovative growth path with this complex financing,” said Andreas Ufer, member of KfW IPEX-Bank's Management Board.
With this joint-venture, VTG is paving the way for forward-looking growth in the industry as a guarantor of pan-European rail freight mobility. The platform encourages freight traffic to switch to rail and, thus, also directly contributes to a more efficient and climate-friendly movement of goods. This project helps KfW IPEX-Bank to consolidate its role as a leading infrastructure financier in Europe.