3i Infrastructure plc (“3i Infrastructure”) has signed an agreement to invest approximately c. €70m in Valorem. Headquartered in Bègles, France, Valorem is a leading independent renewable energy development and operating company.
3i Infrastructure will acquire a 28.5% interest in Valorem and provide further capital to the company through a subordinated debt instrument with the remaining equity being retained by the existing management team led by its founder Jean-Yves Grandidier, and minority shareholders.
Valorem is one of the largest wind developers in France, having developed over 480MW of capacity over the last 10 years. Valorem benefits from a critical mass of operating assets and a strong pipeline of further projects at a well-advanced development stage. Its operating assets generate predictable long-term cash flows. The current Valorem portfolio has a stable production track record and is spread over the whole of France.
The French wind sector is attractive as it continues to benefit from significant growth, the French national plan forecasting total capacity of 19 GW in 2020 and 26 GW in 2023.
Wagram was exclusive buy-side advisor to 3i Infrastructure.