BROOKFIELD, NEWS--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2016) - Brookfield Business Partners (NYSE:BBU) (TSX:BBU.UN) announced today that together with institutional clients of Brookfield Asset Management it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 70% controlling stake in Odebrecht Ambiental, Brazil's largest private water distribution, collection and treatment company (the "Transaction"). The Transaction includes the core water, wastewater and industrial water treatment businesses of Odebrecht Ambiental.
The Transaction provides for an initial purchase price of US$768 million. It is also anticipated that approximately US$125 million of additional capital will be contributed to the business on or about closing to fund working capital requirements and support the expected growth of the business. Under the terms of the Transaction, a future payment to the seller of up to R$350 million (approximately US$110 million at the current exchange rate) may be added to the purchase price if the business achieves certain performance milestones over the three years following closing.
FI-FGTS, the investment arm of Brazil's Employees' Severance Guarantee Fund, is expected to continue to own a 30% interest in the business and contribute its considerable market knowledge and industry expertise to the operations.
"Our acquisition of Odebrecht Ambiental is an exciting opportunity for us to own a high quality water services platform in an emerging market, including an industry leading municipal water and wastewater business with scale and strong growth potential," said Cyrus Madon, CEO of Brookfield Business Partners. "It is a great addition to our diversified portfolio of high quality businesses with solid long-term fundamentals and reflects Brookfield's expertise in the Brazil market. Given Odebrecht Ambiental's operational footprint and technical capabilities, we believe it is well positioned to provide a growing share of the water and sewage improvements planned in Brazil over the next two decades and generate strong and stable long-term returns for Brookfield Business Partners."
- Compelling market dynamics. Despite being the seventh largest economy in the world, many areas of Brazil are in critical need of improved water management and wastewater collection and treatment coverage.
- Opportunity for growth. Asset portfolio encompasses all stages of a project's lifecycle, with mature operating projects complemented by a range of late to early stage development projects providing for a robust pipeline to support future growth.
- Attractive future cash flow. Cash flow is expected to grow given significant planned investment under existing contracts and future development opportunities.
- Diverse asset base. Existing portfolio comprises 22 municipal systems with coverage of more than 17 million people, as well as 4 industrial water treatment systems with "take-or-pay" contracts.
Odebrecht Ambiental is the largest private water services company in Brazil serving both municipal and large industrial customers. The company's water and wastewater business currently serves over 17 million people with sanitation services across 12 states in Brazil through long-term concession and PPP contracts with consistent cash flows.
Brookfield Business Partners will commit to fund up to 52% of the purchase price on closing, or US$400 million, along with approximately US$65 million for its share of the capital to be contributed to the business on closing, for a total upfront commitment of US$465 million. We will fund the Transaction from existing liquidity including our US$300 million revolving facility with Brookfield Asset Management for purposes of funding acquisitions and investments.
Prior to or following closing, a portion of Brookfield Business Partners' investment may be syndicated to other institutional investors, with an expectation that we will retain an ownership in the business of at least 30%.
Closing of the Transaction remains subject to a number of conditions, including (among others) obtaining the consent of certain of Odebrecht Ambiental's partners and counterparties. The Transaction is also subject to a number of other customary conditions, including regulatory approvals. Closing of the Transaction is targeted for the first quarter of 2017.
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