Baar-Zug, Switzerland; 22 January 2020
Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, has, on behalf of its clients, agreed to acquire an 80% equity stake in VSB Group ("VSB" or "the Company"), a leading European developer, owner and operator in the renewable energy sector. VSB's founder will retain the remaining equity stake alongside Partners Group.
Founded in 1996, VSB operates throughout the renewable energy value chain, from the development of projects, to asset management and the technical and commercial management of operational sites, as well as having a broad offering in energy solutions. VSB has successfully developed and built over 1.1GW of onshore wind and solar PV generating assets to-date and manages over 1.4GW of wind assets. VSB has successfully expanded from its headquarters in Dresden, Germany, to become a European renewable platform active in eight countries with over 300 employees, 19 offices and ten service hubs. The transaction value includes a significant allocation to fund future growth, allowing for the option to retain ownership of assets and develop an Independent Power Producer.
Andreas Dorner, Founder and Managing Director, VSB Group, says: "VSB has enjoyed great success to-date as an independent, multinational company. However, given the vast opportunity for renewable energy, we wanted a like-minded partner to accelerate our next phase of growth. In Partners Group, we have found a global partner with significant operational resources and a wealth of international experience in hands-on renewable energy investment. We are looking forward to building on our shared values as we grow VSB together."
David Daum, Member of Management, Private Infrastructure Europe, Partners Group, states: "We are very excited to partner with VSB to support its continued growth at a time when climate change sits high on political and social agendas. The Company's proven development track record, strong and engaged management team, and sizable project pipeline make it an excellent fit for Partners Group's platform expansion strategy. VSB is very well-positioned to capitalize on increased demand for environmentally-friendly sources of energy throughout Europe; we believe it has potential to become the preeminent European renewable energy platform. We will work closely with the management team to realize this ambition by leveraging our experience of institutionalizing businesses to accelerate the conversion and development of VSB's renewable energy pipeline."