5 new investors, for a combined EUR 147m, have joined the BRIDGE platform -a platform with funds that invest in debt related with infraestructures owned by Edmond the Rothschild AM- through BRIDGE II, a Luxembourg-regulated fund launched at the end of March 2016. Less than 2 years after its first closing, the BRIDGE platform has raised close to EUR 1bn through 3 funds, of which EUR 400m in 2016.
Persistently strong institutional demand
The first closing of BRIDGE II at the beginning of December involved new investors based in Italy, Germany and France and should enable an interim closing at the beginning of 2017 as investors are currently at an advanced due diligence stage. BRIDGE II is expected to complete its fundraising in the course of Q2 2017 and for a similar amount as FCT BRIDGE I (BRIDGE I).
"For institutions looking for yield in today’s low interest rates environment and amid ongoing banking disintermediation, high asset quality along with low volatility and stable cash flows over long maturities represent very solid fundamentals".
As with BRIDGE I, this second generation fund, which is managed by the same London-based team of 11 experts, seeks to broaden the platform's range and capture new opportunities among the vast universe of available infrastructure assets.
At the end of 2016, The BRIDGE platform comprises three funds representing an aggregate amount of close to EUR 1bn under management.
Strong momentum in commitments
The commitments from BRIDGE II’s initial investors also mark the beginning of the fund’s investment period. Three investments have already been structured and closed just before the Christmas break.
These first crystallised opportunities see the BRIDGE platform reinforce its position in the social and telecoms infrastructure, the latter via a first investment in a fibre optic PPP (Public Private Partnership) in France. A new opportunity in the renewable energy sector is being structured and should close soon, confirming BRIDGE’s focus on this sector.
In a very active year for the platform, these newly closed opportunities take the number of investments in 2016 to 10. BRIDGE I, 94% invested, is also finalising its investment period -one year ahead of schedule-.
The investment team’s strong relations with sponsors give it access to a wealth of diversified opportunities and enable it to act as lead arranger in major infrastructure projects financings.As the team investsonlyon behalf of its clients, this allows it to select high-quality assets with attractive credit margins and maximise investor protection in line with investment mandates.
Both fund vintages can act in concert through co-investments to access opportunities requiring significant investment capacity.