The company IFT (Investissement dans la Fibre des Territoires S.A.S.) was established specifically to be the lead for this billion-euro project. French telecom service provider Iliad S.A. (49 percent) and infrastructure fund InfraVia Capital (51 percent) are the owners of IFT. IFT intends to use the multibillion investment to drive forward expansion of the fibre-optic network in areas which up to now have only had weak to average cover with fast Internet. The new project will equip a significant number of households in France with fibre-optic Internet. Apart from the Talanx Group, international banks and institutional investments are participating in the debt financing.
The project is purely debt financing for the Talanx Group. It acquires bonds with a term of seven years for 200 million euros. “The conditions are right,” commented Peter Brodehser, Head of Infrastructure Investments at Talanx. “The risk-return ratio is attractive and we have reliable partners on board.” Fast Internet is the foundation for digitalisation and Brodehser regards this as a growing sector, which could experience additional demand stimulus as a result of the coronavirus. “In Germany, we have also been watching out for projects like this. But unfortunately, the framework conditions have so far not been right in any of the projects we have looked at,” said Peter Brodehser.
As a result of the commitment in France, Talanx is entering a new class of investments for the first time with its infrastructure investments: fibre optics have not been part of the portfolio structure up to now.
The fibre-optic investment is the second infrastructure project that the Talanx Group has successfully completed this year. At the beginning of February, the Group took a stake amounting to 321 million euros in Germany’s biggest offshore wind farm. Two wind power facilities located in the North Sea were combined in a single project under one project bond: “Hohe See” (497 MW) and “Albatros” (112 MW). The wind parks are already in operation and they are both connected to the electricity grid. A total of some 710,000 households can be supplied with electricity.
The investment in France demonstrates that Talanx is consistently pursuing its strategy by continuing to enhance and diversify the proportion of infrastructure investments in the investment portfolio.
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