Platinum Equity today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Urbaser, one of the world’s largest providers of environmental services, from China Tianying Inc. for an enterprise value of approximately $4.2 billion (€3.5 billion). The sale is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2021, subject to China Tianying shareholder and customary regulatory approvals.
Urbaser is a leading global environmental management company oriented towards sustainability and innovation, serving more than 70 million people in 25 countries through a network of more than 50,000 employees. Currently, it is responsible for cleaning more than 8 million kilometers of streets in different cities around the world and maintaining 25 million square meters of green areas. It operates 133 waste treatment facilities with a total of 20 million tons treated; produces 1,500 GWh of electrical energy from waste and in the last year has avoided the emission of almost 2 million tons of CO2 equivalent.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Madrid, Spain, Urbaser’s core business comprises three segments – Urban Services (waste collection, street cleaning and water management), Municipal Waste Treatment, and Industrial Waste Treatment – concentrated primarily in Spain, Chile, Argentina, France, and the Nordic region. The company generated approximately $2.8 billion (€2.3 billion) in revenue for fiscal year 2020.
“Urbaser is a complex company that is both vital service provider and important caretaker of the environment,” said Tom Gores, founder and CEO of Platinum Equity. “It is a leader in a sector that requires both operational excellence and ESG best practices. It is tailor-made for Platinum’s hands-on approach, and we’re excited about the opportunity.”
In addition to its core services, Urbaser has made substantial investments in R&D with a focus on circular economy solutions like bioplastics, bioproducts, compost, waste oil from vessels recovery, and advancements in innovative waste collection practices. The company’s commitment to innovation is a competitive advantage and fundamental to providing solutions for the sustainable development of urban services, integrated water management, and treatment of municipal and industrial waste. (More information is available in the company’s 2020 Sustainability Report.)
“The team at China Tianying have been excellent stewards of the business and we greatly appreciate their trust as a transaction partner and their confidence in our ability to build on their success and deliver a transaction that creates value for all stakeholders,” said Platinum Equity Partner Louis Samson, who oversees the firm’s European operations. “Urbaser will be a strong addition to our growing portfolio of operating companies headquartered in Europe. We have a lot of momentum in Spain and in Europe generally, which is a result of the resources we have put on the ground there and our deliberate strategy to continue investing in the region. We have had a great deal of success in Europe and acquiring Urbaser represents another exciting step forward.”
Other current European Platinum Equity investments include: wine producer Fantini Group Vini (Ortona, Italy); private label sweet biscuits manufacturer Biscuit International (Paris); global marine contractor De Wave Group (Genoa, Italy); seafood provider Iberconsa (Vigo, Spain); and European vacation rentals group Awaze (London).
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that delivers a strong return for our shareholders while ensuring Urbaser remains in good hands moving forward,” said China Tianying Chief Financial Officer Fengwei Guo. “We are confident Platinum Equity has the resources and expertise to pursue an exciting new phase of growth, expansion and investment.”
Upon closing, José María López Piñol will continue to lead Urbaser as Chief Executive Officer.
“Platinum’s global operating capabilities, financial resources and commitment to supporting our business make it the ideal partner,” said Mr. López Piñol. “We will be able to accelerate our geographic expansion, maintain a healthy balance sheet and continue investing in sustainability.”
“Urbaser is a highly scalable platform with an attractive value proposition across the entire spectrum of waste management services,” said Platinum Equity Managing Director Igor Chacartegui. “The environmental services sector is in a period of growth and consolidation, and we will leverage the company’s scale and technical capabilities to accelerate its expansion both organically and through targeted M&A investments in key geographies.”
Citi and Santander are serving as investment advisors to Platinum Equity on the acquisition of Urbaser. Latham and Watkins is serving as the firm’s legal counsel.
Trust Payments partners with Kriptomat to facilitate 'everyday' cryptocurrency exchange
Trust Payments, the global unified payments group, has partnered with Kriptomat to power the payments engine behind Kriptomat’s cryptocurrency exchange.
Operating from Estonia since 2018, Kriptomat describes itself as “the most user-friendly government-regulated European cryptocurrency exchange.” Targeting cryptocurrency beginners, Kriptomat empowers everyday people to purchase, store, send, and receive cryptocurrencies without mastering the technical jargon and arcane details required at conventional crypto exchanges. Kriptomat’s mission is to give everyone online tools to manage and grow their digital assets and to make these tools available wherever users are. Kriptomat services and tools are currently available to users in more than 20 languages.
Kriptomat offers a full suite of portfolio management tools for beginning and experienced investors. Kriptomat allows customers to purchase, convert, track, store, and manage crypto funds via a web-based dashboard that provides comprehensive data on cryptocurrency prices, technical details, and market trends. All data can be accessed from Kriptomat’s free applications for iOS and Android mobile devices as well.
Trust Payments is a key payments player in the crypto space, offering crypto merchants the opportunity to minimise risk and break new ground. The exclusive agreement with Trust Payments ensures that Kriptomat’s customers will have access to Trust Payments’ best-of-breed payment platform for debit and credit cards, fraud screening, and multi-currency processing – plus a recurring-payments engine that will power the launch of a new subscription model for Kriptomat. The subscription model will allow consumers to set up recurring purchases of their chosen cryptocurrencies. Users can set up automated weekly and monthly purchases to automate savings, save time, sidestep the risks of day trading, and build their investment portfolios painlessly.
“We are excited to support Kriptomat with their expansion plans,” said Craig Brightly, Trust Payments head of sales. “Our dedicated cryptocurrency team understands the unique challenges crypto businesses face when searching for a payments partner. We believe it is critical to support crypto exchanges with simple terms, expertise in navigating new markets, fast settlement, and an easy application process.”
“The partnership with Trust Payments allows us to offer secure, reliable transactions to our customers,” said Dejan Davidovic, COO of Kriptomat. “Trust Payments is able to cater to all of our requirements, which will help us launch new products and features such as recurring buy. We are looking forward to expanding our partnership and offering even more features that will empower users to manage their portfolios more conveniently and profitably.”
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e-Money Announces Integration with the Algorand Blockchain to Accelerate the Circulation of European Stablecoins
e-Money today announced it is integrating with Algorand to support a range of fully backed European stablecoins across the Algorand ecosystem, including eEUR, eCHF, eNOK, eSEK, and eDKK. Stablecoins–digital currencies designed to maintain stable value by being linked to a fiat currency or other exchange-traded commodity–have grown substantially in popularity, driven by demand for price-stable assets in the fast growing crypto capital markets.
This integration will enable faster time-to-market for applications built on Algorand looking to offer native currency options to users throughout Europe and drive adoption of Algorand-based applications among European users given currency familiarity. In addition to being available for purchase directly from e-Money, these Algorand-compliant European stablecoin offerings will be listed on several decentralized exchanges in the coming days, further increasing the supply in circulation.
With e-Money, European stablecoins are fully collateralized, backed with actual bank deposits and government bonds held at commercial banks. Uniquely, e-Money’s currency-backed stablecoins each utilize a dynamic peg that tracks the underlying interest rate, meaning that stablecoin holders benefit from accrued interest on their assets even when just sitting in a user’s wallet. In addition, e-Money’s services operate in full compliance with AML/CTF legislation, and the platform is transparent, undergoing a quarterly audit by Ernst & Young.
“We’re excited to be bringing e-Money stablecoins to Algorand protocol. We already see a number of exciting projects being built on Algorand and expect this development to continue at an increased pace. By joining the Algorand ecosystem, e-Money will establish itself as a go-to partner for Algorand projects interacting with real-world economies, thereby expanding our user base and strengthening our position as a leading issuer of trustworthy European stablecoins.” — Martin Dyring-Andersen, e-Money Founder & CEO.
“Interest in stablecoins is booming, and it’s great to add e-Money’s offerings to those fiat-backed assets already circulating on Algorand, like QCAD, backed by Canadian fiat and BRZ, backed by the Brazilian Real,” said David Markley, Director of Business Solutions at Algorand. “Integrating with e-Money will expand overall access to the Algorand ecosystem and help accelerate European market growth for many of the innovative and useful protocols on the network, from DeFi solutions to NFT marketplaces and beyond.”
Managed application solutions provider Contegix Acquires Ascend Integrated
Contegix, a leading provider of managed application solutions and DevOps consulting services today announced the acquisition of Ascend Integrated. Ascend Integrated, an Atlassian Gold Partner, delivers advanced system solutions for Agile, DevOps, and system implementation and is primarily focused on the federal government market. This acquisition will augment Contegix’s expertise in Agile, SAFe, DevOps, ITSM, and solidify Contegix as the leading provider of Atlassian solutions to the public sector.
An Atlassian Verified Government Partner and Platinum Partner, Contegix helps public sector organizations more quickly advance their technology initiatives. Through a combination of business process consulting, technical engineering services and FedRAMP compliant managed cloud services, Contegix optimizes its customers’ Atlassian toolsets and supports implementations 24×7. With the acquisition of Ascend Integrated, Contegix increases its capacity to better serve these customers and offer new services such as custom application development, as well as professional services for GitLab, Smartsheets, and Monday.com.
“The acquisition of Ascend Integrated positions Contegix as the leader in DevOps solutions to the Federal market,” said Brad Hokamp, CEO of Contegix. “We selected Ascend Integrated because of the team’s depth of technical expertise and proven success in implementing complex systems at scale.”
Ascend Integrated has delivered solutions to large government entities including the United States Air Force, the United States Space Force, The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Commerce. Additionally, Ascend has a proven track record of implementing DevOps solutions and services for multiple commercial organizations, healthcare organizations, and financial institutions.
“Our mission of providing quality Agile IT and secure DevOps solutions aligns perfectly with the Contegix vision of accelerating innovation,” said Michael Brown, Founder and CEO of Ascend Integrated. “Now more than ever, customers will be able to take advantage of a wide range of services, resources, and expertise to directly support their Agile and DevOps goals following this merger. Additionally, Contegix’s FedRAMP compliant cloud provides customers with a secure, compliant environment.”
Contegix helps developers and operations teams securely accelerate application delivery. Our technology solutions optimize and support a select ecosystem of tools, enabling teams to collaborate more efficiently in secure and compliant environments. We specialize in the Atlassian toolset, security platforms, Web Content Management systems, AWS, and GitLab, and enthusiastically support our customers 24×7 with a U.S.-based team of application experts. To learn more, visit www.Contegix.com.
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