I Squared Capital has been named the Asia Pacific Transport Investor of the Year for its investment in Cube Highways and Infrastructure Pte. Ltd. (Cube Highways) by Private Equity International (PEI) Infrastructure Investor Magazine, the leading industry news service covering global infrastructure markets.
Cube Highways is a partnership between I Squared Capital and International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member the World Bank Group) to build a portfolio of toll roads and related infrastructure assets in India. The company acquired its first asset, Jaipur Mahua Tollway, in May 2015. Following the acquisitions of the Madhucon Agra-Jaipur Expressways and the Western UP Tollway, Cube Highways will operate nearly 1,000 lane kilometers of toll road.
“We congratulate I Squared Capital for winning this prestigious award. IFC values our partnership with Cube Highways as building transport and logistics infrastructure is key to sustaining India’s growth and bringing economic opportunities to communities across urban and rural India.” said Mengistu Alemayehu, IFC Director for South Asia.
Gautam Bhandari, Director of Cube Highways and Partner of I Squared Capital said, “We are honored to be recognized by our peers as the Asia Pacific Transport Investor of the Year. We continue to build an attractive transportation portfolio through our disciplined M&A strategy.”
Dr. Harikishan Reddy, CEO of Cube Highways Advisors said, “Our assets are managed by an experienced technical team with in-house capabilities for operations and maintenance activities using the latest technology. For example, our newly constructed, remote monitoring and control center tracks tolling operations across our portfolio from a central location, allowing greater efficiency and real-time analysis.”
Cube Highways is one of the few toll road operators in India with a dedicated Environment and Social Initiatives department with extensive experience in implementing community development and sustainability programs and focusing on enhancing road safety levels and social inclusion. Cube Highways promotes various community development initiatives such as youth empowerment through computer literacy programs and use of renewable energy by adding rooftop solar power generation at its assets.
About Cube Highways: Cube Highways and Infrastructure Pte. Ltd. (Cube Highways) is a Singapore based company investing in road and highway projects, along with select other infrastructure sectors in India. Cube Highways is an independent, professionally-managed platform that leverages the extensive transportation experience of its management and execution teams. Cube Highways was formed by two leading global financial institutions, I Squared Capital and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). For more information, visit www.cubehighways.com
About I Squared Capital: I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, and transport in North America, Europe, and select high growth economies. The Firm has offices in New York, Houston, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore.
About IFC: IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, IFC uses its capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY15, IFC’s long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org