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Ancala backs Leep Utilities’ green ambitions – with announcement of £551m Growth Fund

It’s been announced today that Leep Utilities will receive further investment from infrastructure
investment specialist Ancala Partners .

The UK leading last-mile utility network operator was formed as a joint venture between Ancala and
The Peel Group in 2017. Last year, it reported its most successful year yet – enjoying a 10% uplift in
new contract wins, a 26% increase in contracted connections and a 26% increase in turnover
compared to its previous 12-months.

Ancala’s £551m Growth Fund will support the expansion plans of its existing portfolio businesses
which includes Leep Utilities, as well as Portsmouth Water and the leading anaerobic digestion plant
operator Biogen.

All three companies are resolving some of the UK’s most pressing challenges, including accelerating
the energy transition and ensuring the UK has a clean, secure and resilient water supply.

Leep Utilities provides integrated solutions for water, heat, cooling and electricity for commercial
and residential sites across the UK, including MediaCityUK and London’s Battersea Power Station
and Wood Wharf. The new Growth Fund will also assist Leep Utilities to deliver on a significant order
book and roll out new sites across the UK, along with further investing into its decarbonised heat

Ancala first invested in Leep Utilities in 2017. The leading infrastructure investor has since helped
the business to secure new sites, acquire SSE Water and create more than 100 new jobs. It’s also
now contracted over 100,000 multi-utility connections to homes and major businesses and is
growing across electric water and heat projects in the UK.

Ancala has also helped Leep to more than double its revenues over the last five
years to more than £35m. The utilities firm has substantial additional revenue
within its order book to be generated over the coming years.

Louise Manfredi, CEO, Leep Utilities, said: “Ancala’s Growth Fund provides us with added firepower
to pursue our expansion plans and explore more sustainable energy solutions.

“The Ancala team has been a major supporter of Leep’s move into decarbonising heat and continues
to take a highly proactive role in helping us to identify strategic partnerships and opportunities that
help our plans. I’m looking forward to the benefits this will bring to new and existing customers, and
towards improving the availability of green energy across the country.”

Spence Clunie, Managing Partner, Ancala Partners, said: “Water supply and diversity of effective
renewable energy sources are two of the most critical issues facing the UK. Our Growth Fund
represents our continued commitment to supporting the expansion plans of our portfolio businesses
and the solutions they provide, including contributing towards the energy transition.

“We’re thrilled that our diverse base of institutional investors share the same enthusiasm and
conviction to help these businesses to create long-term value and make a marked improvement to
the communities and environments which they serve. We are grateful for their support.”

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Notes to Editors: Leep Utilities was formed as a joint venture between Ancala Partners LLP (‘Ancala’), an independent investment management firm and The Peel Group, one of the UK’s leading private real estate investment and infrastructure companies.  With offices in MediaCityUK and Reading, Leep Utilities owns and operates regulated and non-regulated utility networks, including electricity, cold and hot water, heating and cooling with a portfolio of sites across the country, including Media City, Liverpool Waters and Canary Wharf.

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