€450m earmarked for ambitious investment program in the roll-out of
fibre optics infrastructure in rural and suburban parts of Germany.
LONDON & RIJSSEN, Netherlands & BORKEN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Reggeborgh ("RB"), a leading
Dutch investment firm, today announced a partnership for the strong
expansion of Deutsche Glasfaser ("DG"). DG plans, constructs, and
operates fibre-optic networks in Germany and provides German households
and companies with fast broadband connections. KKR will acquire a
majority stake in DG, which is currently fully owned by Reggeborgh. In a
joint effort, the two partners will provide DG with the long-term
capital to embark on an ambitious growth program whereby approximately
€450m is to be invested in the further roll-out of the German fibre
optics infrastructure over the next few years.
Deutsche Glasfaser focuses on the rural and suburban parts of Germany
and is active across the entire value chain, from passive to active
infrastructure up to acting as an internet service provider. As a
fibre-to-the-home ("FTTH") business, DG has already connected about
100,000 German households and companies to its fibre-optic network,
which is the fastest broadband access technology in the world.
Data traffic and internet usage are constantly increasing, favoring high
bandwidth provisions such as fibre technology. At the same time,
broadband penetration in Germany is still significantly below the
European average. With its planned investments, DG will help to connect
more people with its high-speed fibre-optic network and thereby also
support the German government in its ambition to achieve 100 percent
broadband coverage with at least 50 megabit per second by 2018.
Johannes Huth, Member and Head of KKR Europe, Africa and Middle East,
said: "We are excited to partner with Reggeborgh in building a top
infrastructure company. With our capital resources and experience, we
will bring Deutsche Glasfaser to its next stage of development and
thereby also contribute to the ambitious Digital Agenda of the German
Jesús Olmos, Member and Head of European Infrastructure at KKR, said:
"Deutsche Glasfaser is a blueprint for the type of investments our
infrastructure fund is targeting in Europe: building a partnership with
a best-in-class company, and investing significant amounts of capital to
grow a business with strong infrastructure characteristics. We are very
excited about this new addition to our European portfolio as it opens up
opportunities in a new and promising sector - telecom infra - alongside
our existing investments in renewables, water, district heating, parking
and rolling stock."
Henry M. Holterman, CEO of Reggeborgh, said: "We have ambitious plans to
bring the fastest broadband access technology in the world to the German
citizens. With its deep capital base and its longstanding country and
sector experience, KKR is the right partner to accelerate the
realization of our ambitions."
KKR has a more than 20-year track record of investing in technology and
telecommunications. In Germany, KKR built-up Versatel, the leading
German fibre-based fixed line telecom provider which owns the second
largest fibre infrastructure in Germany after Deutsche Telekom.
Since 1999, KKR deployed more than $4.7 billion of equity in 15 German
companies, working both with trusted German partners such as Siemens,
Bosch, Daimler, Linde and Bertelsmann, as well as with innovative
entrepreneurs of leading companies such as WILD Flavors and Arago.
Currently, 28 of KKR's global portfolio companies have operations in
Germany and employ more than 20,000 people in the country.
The investment is funded by KKR's Infrastructure Fund II.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including
relevant antitrust clearance.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages investments across
multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure,
real estate, credit and hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive
investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment
approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value
creation at the asset level. KKR invests its own capital alongside its
partners' capital and brings opportunities to others through its capital
markets business. References to KKR's investments may include the
activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR
& Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com.
Reggeborgh is a Dutch private investment company and long-established
family business. Reggeborgh formed in 1990 and quickly gained a
reputation as experts in the construction and infrastructure markets.
Since then, Reggeborgh developed into an independent investor focusing
on strategic, long-term market opportunities. Reggeborgh has a strong,
diverse portfolio with a proven track record.
About Deutsche Glasfaser
Deutsche Glasfaser's goal is to become the market leader in the FTTH
market in Germany. Deutsche Glasfaser's strategy and vision is based on
the offering of services across the entire FTTH value chain ranging from
marketing its services directly to end-users via its own ISPs, providing
white label services to other service providers and providing dark fibre
services to interested carriers / ISPs. Founded in 2012, Deutsche
Glasfaser has its origin in the Reggeborgh Group, a Dutch investment
firm which until recently also owned Reggefiber, one of the most
important network supplier companies in the Netherlands. For further
information, please visit www.deutsche-glasfaser.de.
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