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Cory Riverside Energy to be acquired by investor consortium

A consortium comprising Dalmore Capital, Fiera Infrastructure, Semperian PPP Investment Partners and Swiss Life Asset Managers has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Cory Riverside Energy, one of the UK’s leading resource management, recycling, and energy recovery companies, from Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates (SVPGlobal), EQT Credit, Commerzbank, and other shareholders.

Cory Riverside Energy uses barges on the Thames to transport municipal solid waste (MSW) from collection points to its Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Belvedere, South East London (photo courtesy Cory).

Majority owner SVPGlobal first invested in Cory in 2014 and led the company’s financial restructuring in 2015, with the support of EQT Credit and other shareholders. Through the recruitment of a new board and high-performing management team, Cory has been transformed into the leading UK energy-from-waste company with exciting growth prospects.

When SVPGlobal first invested in Cory, we saw the opportunity strategically to reposition and operationally transform a company with a strong heritage and substantial untapped potential. It has been a pleasure working with management to grow Cory and secure the company’s position as a core part of London’s infrastructure. We wish everyone at Cory all the best for the future, said Victor Khosla, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of SVPGlobal.

As part of the transformation, Cory sold its non-core businesses in waste collection and landfill and gas to refocus on its core energy recovery facility. The shareholders actively supported Cory, enabling reinvestment in operations and growth. The capital investment in 2018 is set to be double that of 2015/16 with new developments and operational measures which have led to the company increasing its capacity by over 10 percent.

Cory now has a significant platform for growth which includes the development of Riverside Energy Park announced last November, a second energy recovery facility addressing the waste treatment capacity gap in southeast England.

Today, the Consortium is purchasing a company which is core to London’s infrastructure and well-positioned for future growth. The business processes around 750 000 tonnes of the capital’s non-recyclable waste and generates 528GWh of renewable energy.

Cory Riverside Energy represents a unique opportunity to invest in a critical part of London’s waste infrastructure and we are very pleased with the outcome of the transaction. As a long-term infrastructure investor Dalmore Capital and the Consortium see the value of the business and look forward to continuing to invest in the business and growth of Cory Riverside Energy operations, commented Alistair Ray, CEO of Dalmore Capital and on behalf of the Consortium.

J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse advised on the sale of Cory, while Linklaters served as legal advisor. Macquarie and Rothschild acted as financial advisors to the Consortium, and Ashurst served as legal advisor.

Over recent years Cory has been successfully re-focused, winning and extending customer contracts which position us well for the future. Today’s announcement is another important milestone in the long history of Cory and we look forward to working closely with our new shareholders to build out the exciting growth opportunities that lie ahead serving London through our proposed Riverside Energy Park and data centre developments, said Nicholas Pollard, CEO of Cory Riverside Energy.

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