End of NFE and Apollo funds
New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) (“NFE”) and Apollo (NYSE: APO) today announced that it has entered into the previously announced joint venture (the “JV” or the “Platform”), establishing a platform which now owns and operates 11 liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) infrastructure vessels consisting of floating storage and regasification assets, floating storage vessels and LNG carriers. The platform has been named Energos Infrastructure (“Energos”) and is owned approximately 80% by funds managed by Apollo and 20% by NFE.
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Apollo and NFE also announced Energos’ management team, led by new chief executive Arthur Regan. Regan is a seasoned maritime industry general manager and operating partner of Apollo, having built and led publicly traded and privately held maritime businesses for the past three decades. He began his career as an officer on merchant ships, notably sailing as a captain. Regan will also serve as a director of the Energos board of directors. Additionally, Kevin Kilcullen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Energos. Kilcullen was previously chief financial officer at publicly traded Diamond S Shipping until the close of its recent merger deal.
Energos is a global marine infrastructure platform backed by long-term contracts, benefiting from NFE’s downstream LNG exploration and development activities, as well as the leading maritime and investment experience of NFE. ‘Apollo. The platform provides essential infrastructure for the delivery, storage and regasification of LNG to supply countries around the world, which can reduce their dependence on oil and coal to reduce carbon emissions and enable cost savings. potentially substantial. In addition to serving NFE’s projects globally, the platform also serves a diverse customer base of utilities and energy companies around the world under third-party charters.
The portfolio of 11 vessels includes 6 floating storage and regasification units (“FSRU”), 2 LNG carriers (“LNGC”) and 3 floating storage units (“FSU”). As part of the transaction, NFE agreed to charter ten of the platform’s vessels for a period of up to 20 years, and these charters commenced immediately or will commence upon the expiration of existing third-party charter agreements. ships. The platform will also seek growth opportunities in support of both ENF and third parties to support the energy transition and strengthen energy security globally.
“Reliable energy infrastructure is critical to addressing the global energy crisis and reducing emissions,” said Wes Edens, president and CEO of New Fortress Energy. “We are excited to partner with Apollo to launch a leading LNG maritime infrastructure company that will enhance our efforts to bring cleaner fuel and energy security to customers around the world.”
Brad Fierstein, Apollo Partner, said, “Energy transition and energy reliability are global priorities and are at the heart of Apollo’s sustainable investing platform. We are very pleased to complete the JV transaction with NFE and to have an industry veteran like Art at the helm, leading the company into its next phase.
The total implied business valuation of Energos is approximately $2 billion based on the JV transaction. Apollo Capital Solutions provided debt advisory and investment services for the joint venture and the debt financing was led by Brookfield Infrastructure Debt and also included a syndicate of other credit funds managed by Global Infrastructure Partners, HPS Investment Partners, LLC and Carlyle Global Credit. Investec Inc. and BMO Capital Markets Corp. led the arrangement of revolving credit facilities to support the transaction. NFE was advised by Akin, Gump in the transaction, Apollo was advised by Vinson & Elkins LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and the Credit Group was advised by Milbank LLP. Morgan Stanley and DnB Capital Markets acted as financial advisors to NFE in connection with the transaction.
Energos Infrastructure will establish its headquarters in Stamford, CT.
About New Fortress Energy
New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to help alleviate energy poverty and accelerate the global transition to reliable, affordable and clean energy. The company owns and operates natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, vessels and logistics assets to rapidly deliver turnkey energy solutions to global markets. Collectively, the company’s assets and operations aim to support global energy security, enable economic growth, improve environmental stewardship, and transform industries and local communities around the world.
Apollo is a high growth global alternative asset manager. In our asset management business, we seek to provide our clients with excess return at every stage of the risk-reward spectrum, from investment grade to private equity, with a focus on three investment strategies : yield, hybrid and equities. For more than three decades, our investment expertise on our fully integrated platform has met the financial return needs of our clients and provided businesses with innovative capital solutions for growth. Through Athene, our retirement services business, we specialize in helping clients achieve financial security by offering a range of retirement savings products and acting as a solution provider to institutions. Our patient, creative and knowledgeable approach to investing aligns our clients, the companies we invest in, our employees and the communities we impact, to expand opportunities and achieve positive results. As of June 30, 2022, Apollo had approximately $515 billion in assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.apollo.com.
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