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Spire Capital has a long history of identifying and accessing high quality investment opportunities on behalf of Australian investors. As local investors continue to seek diversification and strong risk-adjusted returns, Spire Capital is committed to expanding reach into other alternative asset classes and high quality investment managers. This includes private equity where the manager, strategy and portfolio company combine a strong investment thesis with value creation at the asset level. In identifying private equity opportunities, Spire Capital focuses on high quality management teams, recession resilience and a visible path to continued earnings growth. The investment approach spans fund investments, portfolio assets and single-asset co-investments alongside leading private equity firms.
The Spire Aero Aggregates Fund AUD (‘Fund’) will provide Australian investors with access to Aero Aggregates of North America, LLC (“Aero”). The Fund will invest alongside and pari passu with Valterra Partners (“Valterra), a specialist lower mid-market private equity firm based in New York. Aero will be accessed via an underlying investment entity (Valterra Aero Holdings LLC) created and controlled by Valterra Partners LLC (‘Valterra’).
Aero is a manufacturer of lightweight foamed glass aggregate (“FGA”), a product that contains the same shear strength as traditional gravel, but is ~10% of the weight. With a 25-year track record in Europe, Aero introduced FGA into the USA market in 2016 and has quickly gained traction in infrastructure construction end -markets (primarily roadbuilding) through its proven ability to dramatically reduce costs and provide other project benefits due to its lightweight properties.
Aero produces FGA in the USA utilizing the leading European kiln technology under an exclusive USA license, and has quickly gained the approval for use by numerous state departments of transportation (“DOTs”), and by the Federal Highway Administration. As such, Aero boasts an enviable track record with the product being utilized across a range of use cases, and in major infrastructure projects such as the I-95, Maine Turnpike, Philadelphia International Airport.
Aero generates costs savings for contractors and governments that have been shown to run into the millions of dollars, with consistent quality of performance. This is due to the lightweight quality of FGA allowing changes in project engineering, lower transportation costs and reduced project timelines that save significant cost to the end client.
FGA is made using the ~90% of “recycled” glass that is deemed uneconomic and destined for landfill. The glass is combined with a foaming agent and placed through a specialized kiln where the chemical reaction produces aggregate-sized particles. FGA thus provides an alternate use for a waste stream currently costing municipalities and waste contractors millions of dollars. In providing an alternate use for a waste stream, Aero secures its key feedstock at minimal cost, allowing for very strong gross margins.
How the Fund Invests
The Fund (via a holdings trust) will acquire shares in Valterra Aero Holdings as an access vehicle for Aero Aggregates of North America LLC. The anticipated term of the Fund is 5-7 years in line with the business plan for Aero, which is to increase EBITDA before exiting the business in 2025.
|Performance as 30 September 2020||Net Returns*|
|Since inception p.a.||-7.17%|
*Performance returns are based on an investment made at the Fund’s first issuance of units on 15th November 2019 at $1.00 per unit and includes Unit Price growth from commencement of Net Asset Value calculated after all fees and expenses following the completion of capital raising in November 2019. Unit Price and performance do not include the value of Foreign Income Tax Offsets (FITOs) which have been distributed in addition to cash. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.
|Date||Unit Price||Net Monthly Return|
|30 September 2020||$0.9283||2.56%|
|Period||Distribution Amount (cents per unit)||EX Price|