Star Explodes Into Action –

Star Capital has completed the first transaction for its newly closed Star 1 fund. The firm set up a new company, Inexus, to act as a holding company for newly acquired companies TotalFinaElf Connect (connect), and TotalFinaElf Pipelines (TPL), from TotalFinaElf Midstream U.K. Ltd.

The two newly acquired branch companies install, maintain, and own pipelines that connect U.K. domestic households to gas supplies. Star and the management have acquired the companies with Star putting up the majority of an undisclosed amount of equity. Royal Bank of Scotland has provided the debt financing in a total package worth GBP100 million.

Philip Gibb, part of the management of TotalFinaElf, and now the new CEO for Inexus, said, “The merger of the two acquired businesses together with the financial support of Star Capital will enable us to implement our strategic plans to develop the business beyond the gas market.”

Stephen Wright, managing director at TotalFinaElf Midstream, added, “This innovative deal launches our strategy to invest in high quality assets, which provide an attractive stable yield as well as the opportunity for capital growth.

We will continue to target capital-intensive businesses which have strong market positions, excellent management and which will benefit from additional investment.”

STAR 1 fund had its first closing at EURO272 million in February of this year, and is looking to complete its second close by the end of the year at around EURO500 million.