Santander, Teachers’ and PSP Investments launch Cubico Sustainable Investments

Assets valued at over US$2 billion, with a focus on renewable energy and water infrastructure.

Cubico Sustainable Investments (“Cubico”), a London-headquartered firm hasb been established to manage and invest in renewable energy and water infrastructure assets globally. Owned equally by Santander and two of Canada’s largest pension funds, Teachers and PSP Investments, the firm has significant capital to invest and is committed to a long-term growth strategy designed to make it one of the largest and best in class renewable energy and water investors in the world.

Following the transfer of 19 wind, solar and water infrastructure assets previously owned by Santander, Cubico has a balanced and diversified portfolio valued at more than US$2 billion. The assets in operation, construction or under development have a total capacity of more than 1.4 GW and are located across seven countries: Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Cubico is led by Santander’s former Asset & Capital Structuring (A&CS) team of 30 professionals who specialise in managing and investing in infrastructure investments globally. A&CS team leader Marcos Sebares becomes chief executive officer of Cubico, which will manage the current portfolio and lead investments in the new global renewable energy and water infrastructure platform.

“Today represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us," Sebares said. "Renewable and water infrastructure developments require decisive long-term investment and commitment. We are uniquely positioned to provide this through our strong ownership structure, experienced team and global footprint. We have already built a strong pipeline of attractive assets to add to the platform and look forward to working with our partners over the coming years to consolidate Cubico’s position as one of the world’s leading renewable energy and water infrastructure investors.”

Bruno Guilmette, senior vice-president, Infrastructure Investments at PSP Investments, added: “We are pleased to have completed this landmark transaction alongside reputable partners such as Banco Santander and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. This new joint venture will allow us to continue to grow and develop our portfolio of private energy assets while contributing to environmentally sustainable energy production.”

Cubico has a flexible investment mandate and through its strong origination capability will focus on identifying assets that will achieve significant scale and value over the lifetime of its ownership. Cubico has the mandate to hold assets for the long term. Alongside capital and financial expertise, a local Cubico specialist will take an important role in the management of each of its assets, ensuring that resources, contacts, ideas and knowledge of best practice are brought to all its investments.

Cubico will be headquartered in London, with regional offices in Milan, Sao Paulo and Mexico DF. The firm’s management team built a strong proven track record at Santander with a reputation as one of the leading global renewables developers, having invested more than US$2 billion in renewable energy and water projects. Cubico will build on the A&CS strategy of developing a global platform of diversified infrastructure assets that generate stable cash flows and superior returns.


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