This is to announce that our wholly managed and operated investment fund, J-STAR No. 2 Investment Limited Partnership has invested in ESCO Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Shinjuku, Tokyo, company representative: Mr. Yasunori Takagi, “ESCO”)

ESCO is a solution provider of energy saving optimization through introducing products and services. The company has nation-wide sales networks and a track record. Their organizational strengths enable them to efficiently provide consulting services which are necessary for energy optimization proposals, conduct field researches, work on constructions, and provide maintenance services,

As Japan faces structural problems of energy source shortage, we expect to see needs for energy saving solutions. In such environment, the electricity industry is in a transition period of deregulation, and the market is expected to change. J-STAR will support ESCO to grow in the changing market, further enhancing its organizational strengths, establishing a stable management platform, and building a sustainable business model.

In approaching the investment, we enlisted OH-EBASHI LPC & PARTNERS (Tokyo Office), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, and YAMADA Business Consulting Co., Ltd. We financed a part of the acquisition capital from Resona Bank, Limited.

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Announcement of Investment in ESCO Co., Ltd.