Westport periodically identifies “platform” investment opportunities in specific investment verticals or operating companies capable of generating value for investors as a standalone investment. Our current cold storage platform strategy is a representative example.
Cold Storage, Transportation and Logistics
One example of platform investing is in the rapidly evolving frozen food industry — specifically focusing on the sophisticated supply chain infrastructure frozen food producers increasingly require to get their products to market on a just-in-time basis. Westport’s platform investment strategy is designed to provide fully integrated cold storage logistics services to premier multinational frozen food producers across the $233 billion global frozen food market.
The Westport platform investment operating company currently operates four facilities and is evaluating approximately $1.1 billion in new projects — all designed to serve the needs of industry leading frozen food producers who desire high quality, automated, reliable and economical storage/handling solutions. This platform combines development expertise, proprietary automation, innovative management systems and track record of operational excellence to create a clear competitive advantage in expanding an industry standard-setting business model to new markets.
Westport Advantages in Cold Chain Investments
Westport’s strategic investment in cold chain management capitalizes on cutting-edge proprietary warehouse management technology to uniquely enhance the global transition to outsource frozen food logistics. The platform’s proven operating team includes industry-leading customer relationship management professionals who oversee quick-to-market development projects based on a business model that applies across geographies, interest rate environments and economic cycles. Westport further draws on significant financing resources and multiple exit alternatives to drive venture value creation.
The description of Westport’s investment process contained herein is intended to be representative, but the investment process may be changed from time to time by Westport, and Westport may not perform certain steps, or may perform additional steps, in its discretion.