This operation allows the group to accelerate its deleveraging.
One train can hide another. A year after selling Ermewa, its freight car and tank car leasing subsidiary, to the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec (CDPQ), the SNCF is about to sell Akiem to it. This other leasing activity, of locomotives this time, is held equally with DWS, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank. The amount of the sale of Akiem would vary between 2.5 and 3 billion euros.
The CDPQ is a major institutional investor. It manages the Quebec pension plan and several other public and parapublic retirement and insurance plans in La Belle Province. The SNCF knows him well. He not only bought Ermewa together with DWS for more than 3 billion euros. But the CDPQ also holds 30% of the capital of Keolis alongside the rail operator, which owns 70%. It also holds 19.31% of the Eurostar group (Eurostar and Thalys). It is finally the first shareholder of Alstom since the latter acquired Bombardier.