Canada Pensions Team With Spanish Bank on Energy Investment

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Two Canadian pension funds – the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board – have teamed up with Spanish bank Banco Santandar S.A. to manage a $2 billion portfolio of renewable energy assets.

From the Financial Post:

Santandar, which already owned the portfolio, will transfer it to a new company owned equally by the bank, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

The portfolio includes wind, solar and water infrastructure assets that are either operating or in development in seven countries.

The three partners said in a statement Monday they intend to make significant investments in the new company over the next five years.

“This investment fits well with our strategy of deploying capital in sizeable opportunities that offer long term revenues and growth potential along with solid partners,” said Bruno Guilmette, senior vice-president of infrastructure investments at PSP Investments.

Teachers’ investment was led by its infrastructure group, which manages a global portfolio of $11.7-billion of direct infrastructure investments, including water and wastewater, electricity distribution, gas distribution, airports, power generation, high-speed rail and port facilities.

Pending regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan manages $138.9 billion in assets. The Public Sector Pension Investment Board manages $94 billion in assets.