Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reaches EUR 4 billion in commitments for its new global greenfield renewables energy fund Copenhagen Infrastructure IV (CI IV) only five months after the start of fund marketing. The fund achieved significant commitment amounts from existing investors in CIP funds as well as commitments from several new prominent institutional investors from across the Nordics, Continental Europe, the UK, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.
With EUR 4 billion in commitments, CI IV has become the largest dedicated greenfield renewables fund in the world and exceeds the predecessor flagship fund CI III of EUR 3.5 billion.
“We are very pleased with our investors’ continued confidence in CIP’s approach to energy infrastructure investments and look forward to continuing to create value for our investors, project partners, and communities through the fund’s investments. With expected capital commitments of EUR 5.5 – 7 billion, CI IV is set to become the largest dedicated renewables fund globally and is expected to invest EUR 10-14 billion in greenfield renewable energy infrastructure projects across North America, Western Europe, developed Asia and Australia. CIP’s total portfolio of investments is estimated, with the establishment of CI IV, to save the equivalent of approximately 10-11 million tonnes of CO2 each year and sustainably power approximately 5-6 million households across the globe”, says Steen Lønberg Jørgensen, Partner at CIP.
The investment strategy of CI IV is a continuation of the successful predecessor funds CI I, CI II and CI III, and is tailored to institutional investors with a long-term investment horizon. CI IV will focus on greenfield investments within core energy infrastructure. It has a global reach and will diversify investments across technologies such as contracted offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, transmission, storage, and waste-to-energy in low risk OECD countries in Western Europe, North America, developed Asia and Australia.
CI IV is off to a strong start having already secured ownership and exclusive rights to several attractive renewable energy project opportunities, and with a potential investment volume exceeding the target fund size. The fund took final investment decision on its first investment in July, a few months after first close, and is on track to reach final investment decision on an additional three investments during the next six months, thereby reaching investments of approximately EUR 2 billion.
“As a renewables market leader and pioneer, we are very happy to observe continued strong appetite for renewables. The investments of the CIP flagship funds have long-term contracted cash flows and robust investment structures, including low energy price risk exposure and cautious use of financial leverage, and have proven resilient and non-cyclical. The investment outlook for CI IV is very promising and we expect the fund to become fully committed within approximately three years and with investments in attractive projects with similar characteristics to our existing investments”, says Jakob Baruël Poulsen, Managing Partner at CIP.
The renewable energy markets have proven resilient and functioned well over the last six months, despite Covid 19 and market turmoil. Investors have shown strong confidence in the market and CIP, with commitments of EUR 4 billion raised in just five months for CI IV, which remains on track to reach the EUR 5.5 billion CI IV target fund size within the coming months.
Following first close of CI IV, CIP has seven funds under management with total commitments of around EUR 12 billion.
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About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) is a fund management company focused on energy infrastructure including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, and other energy assets like reserve capacity and storage. CIP has approximately 110 employees and offices in Copenhagen, Taipei, New York, Tokyo, Utrecht, and London.
CIP manages six funds and has more than EUR 8 bn under management. CI I, CI A I and CI A II have PensionDanmark as founding- and sole investor. CI II has 19 Danish and international institutional investors and CI III has 42 institutional investors from the Nordics, Continental Europe, the UK, Israel, Asia, Australia, and multi-lateral organizations e.g. EIB. CI NMF I has 15 investors from the Nordics and Continental Europe.
CIP was founded in 2012 by senior executives from the energy industry in cooperation with Pension Denmark.