TRANSACTION ADDS HIGH QUALITY RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSETS TO INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
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MONTREAL and TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Fiera Infrastructure Inc. ("Fiera Infrastructure"), a leading infrastructure management firm and an affiliate of Fiera Capital Corporation ("Fiera Capital" or the "Firm") (TSX: FSZ), announced today that Fiera Infra LP, an infrastructure fund under its management, has acquired Suncor Energy's 50% interest in the Cedar Point II Limited Partnership, owner of the 100 megawatts (MW) Cedar Point II wind facility (the "Project").
The Project, located in Lambton County, Ontario, consists of 46 wind turbines located on privately owned lands under long-term leases, is co-owned with affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada LP ("NextEra") and has been operating since October 2015. Furthermore, the Project benefits from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), formerly Ontario Power Authority, pursuant to which 100% of the output is sold to the ISEO in exchange for a fixed electricity rate.
"This transaction is an exciting opportunity that enhances the quality and return profile of our portfolio for the benefit of our investors and represents an opportunity to establish an important relationship with NextEra Energy Canada," said Fiera Infrastructure President, Alina Osorio. "Our aim is to secure high-quality core assets which provide investors with access to income-generating infrastructure assets. Through this acquisition, we will confirm Fiera Infrastructure's position as a leading infrastructure investment firm that has the full capabilities to execute on highly attractive and sought-after opportunities."
"As a leader in the alternative investment industry, Fiera Capital, through its affiliate, Fiera Infrastructure, is always looking to offer its clients the best investment opportunities and the Firm continues to see the infrastructure asset class as a market segment which offers superior growth potential and diversification to clients' portfolios," said Fiera Capital Global Chief Financial Officer and Head of Private Alternative Investments, John Valentini. "With this transaction, Fiera Infrastructure gains yet another high quality asset and continues on its path to strengthen Fiera Capital's overall private alternative investment offering."
National Bank Financial Markets acted as financial advisor and debt advisor and arranger to Fiera Infrastructure.
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About Fiera Infrastructure
Fiera Infrastructure is a leading investor across all subsectors of the infrastructure asset class. Led by a team of highly experienced and specialized professionals, the firm leverages strong global relationships and rigorous approach to investment and asset management, in combination with Fiera Capital's excellence in portfolio management and personalized investment solutions. Our uniquely diversified funds recognize the exclusive characteristics of the alternative asset class, while optimizing governance and alignment with investors. Currently, Fiera Infrastructure has more than C$500 million in invested and committed capital.
About Fiera Capital Corporation
Fiera Capital is a leading North American independent asset management firm with more than CAD$112 billion in assets under management as at September 30, 2016. The Firm provides institutional, retail and private wealth clients with access to full-service integrated money management solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes. Clients and their portfolios derive benefit from Fiera Capital's depth of expertise, diversified offerings and outstanding service. Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange. www.fieracapital.com
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