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STAR Capital Partners acquires key shareholding in UK rolling stock company

5 November 2010

Eversholt Investment Group ("EIG"), a consortium comprising equal stakes from STAR Capital Partners ("STAR"), 3i Infrastructure plc and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners has signed an agreement to acquire Eversholt Rail Group ("Eversholt") from HSBC Asset Finance (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc ("HSBC").

The transaction values Eversholt’s gross assets at approximately £2.1billion and the consortium will fund the acquisition through a combination of equity and debt.

Eversholt Rail Group is one of the three leading rail rolling stock companies in the UK. It owns approximately 29% of the total current British rail fleet with 19 fleets of rolling stock, specifically designed and built for the UK rail network. The fleets are leased to seven train operating companies and its revenues are primarily derived from long-term lease payments.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2010.