BROOKFIELD, NEWS--(Marketwired - Apr 4, 2017) -
All amounts in U.S. dollars
Brookfield Infrastructure (BIP)(TSX:BIP.UN) today advised that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 90% ownership interest in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste S.A. ("NTS") from Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras") through a Brookfield-led consortium, for total consideration of approximately $5.2 billion. The purchase price is payable in two tranches - an upfront payment of $4.2 billion due on closing and the balance payable on the fifth anniversary of the closing.
"Closing this transaction was one of our top priorities for 2017," said Sam Pollock, Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Infrastructure. "We are deploying approximately $1.3 billion at closing to significantly expand our utilities business in a sector and geography that we know well, where we will earn strong risk-adjusted returns."
Over the past six months, Brookfield Infrastructure has undertaken various capital raising initiatives to solidify a funding plan for its pipeline of strategic initiatives. Consequently, this investment in NTS will be funded from existing corporate liquidity which totalled approximately $3 billion at March 31, 2017.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is a leading global infrastructure company that owns and operates high quality, long-life assets in the utilities, transport, energy and communications infrastructure sectors across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. We are focused on assets that generate stable cash flows and require minimal maintenance capital expenditures. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at www.brookfield.com/infrastructure.
Brookfield Infrastructure is the flagship listed infrastructure company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $250 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to www.brookfield.com.
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