• 2019 May 21 14:27

    DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled

    The family-owned company Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (DSD) says it has entered into an agreement to sell its ferry and expressboat company Norled to a consortium owned jointly by the Nordic infrastructure fund CapMan Infra and the Canadian company CBRE Caledon Capital Management.

    - In recent years, Norled has made significant improvements in many areas. The company has succeeded in combining good and stable operations with success in tender biddings and record-high financial results. At the same time, Norled has undoubtedly consolidated and strengthened its pioneer role in the green shift in maritime industry: First, Norled launched the ferry MF Ampere, “the mother” of all battery ferries, and in 2021 Norled will launch a new icon through the upcoming hydrogen ferry. This environmental technology opens up new, unparalleled opportunities beyond the maritime sector. I am very proud of all the milestones that Norled's employees have created, says Ingvald Løyning, chairman of Norled.

    - The company now stands at a crossroads. Much of the reason behind Norled's wonderful story is that we have had a good and opportunity-oriented owner. Norled currently has an order backlog of NOK 17 Billion, and has decided to build new vessels for NOK 2.4 Billion. Growing and succeeding with so much new technology and investment is at the same time demanding for a family-owned business. Now the company needs to be given the necessary financial resources that is needed for Norled to grow and develop further to the next phase and towards new goals, says chairman of Norled, Ingvald Løyning.

    - I am pleased that CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon, solid and professional owners, will be responsible for the further development of Norled in line with the company's business plan and investment plans. This transaction comes at a time when the Norwegian ferry and express boat industries are undertaking major investments in new, environmentally friendly technologies. Norled’s dedicated employees have for many years proven their capacity to remain at the forefront of the green shift within the sector, and I’m sure that with the new owners, Norled will continue its positive development and will prosper in the years to come, says Yuhong Hermansen, majority owner and chairwoman of Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab.

    - The Norwegian ferry industry is a critical part of the country’s transportation infrastructure. We believe that the green shift in the industry further highlights sea transportation as a sustainable solution, supporting both the connectivity within and between regions for daily commuters and leisure travellers, while creating jobs and economic growth. CBRE Caledon has proven to be a great partner to CapMan in this investment given their experience in the ferry sector, competent team and deep understanding in infrastructure investing. We are impressed with Norled’s management and employees and are looking forward to continuing the successful journey together to further improve operations for the benefit of the company’s customers, employees and communities,” says Ville Poukka, Managing Partner at CapMan Infra.

    - Norled represents an attractive investment opportunity given the availability-based, index-linked nature of cash flows, the company’s market-leading position, and the increasingly green credentials of the Norwegian ferry industry,” says Dr Andreas Köttering, Partner at CBRE Caledon. “Furthermore, we have been very pleased with the collaboration with CapMan. Their local insight and Nordic experience combined with our experience in the ferries sector well positions our consortium to continue developing Norled.

    Through the sale, 100 per cent of DSD’s ownership interest in Norled AS will be transferred to the consortium of Capman Infor and CBRE Caledon. The parties have agreed that transactional details are confidential. EY has been financial advisor to Norled in the transaction together with the law firm Schjødt.

    About CBRE Caledon

    CBRE Caledon Capital Management Inc. is a leading infrastructure and private equity manager and solutions provider. The company creates long-term value for its fund and separate account clients by accessing, acquiring and managing high-quality investment opportunities and building comprehensive infrastructure and private equity portfolios. The dedicated team of 45 professionals represents over US$9.0 billion on behalf of institutional investors globally as of March 31, 2019.

    About CapMan

    CapMan is a leading investment and asset management company that applies active value creation in its portfolio companies as well as real estate and infrastructure investments. We are a pioneer in private assets in the Nordic region and, by developing hundreds of companies and properties, have created added value for over 30 years. Our investment strategies include private equity, real estate and infrastructure. We also have a growing service unit that includes procurement, fund raising and analysis, reporting and asset management. CapMan employs 140 experts in value-added private assets and manages over € 3 billion in total. In addition to Helsinki and Stockholm, we have offices in Copenhagen, London, Luxembourg and Moscow.




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15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
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09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
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2019 September 19

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17:22 Marinet approves T2OT project for high accuracy positioning of seagoing vessels
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15:34 MacGregor secures orders worth more than EUR 20 million for projects in Europe and Asia
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14:09 ABS announces LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers at Gastech 2019
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13:03 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 ABS and AEC сollaborate on newbuild VLEC fleet
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2019 September 18

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