Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. acquires additional 13.5% of Waterfields Co. Ltd. from Bacardi & Co.
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. announced that it has completed the purchase of a 13.5% interest in Waterfields Co. Ltd. from Bacardi & Co. for US$1.4 million.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, B.W.I., July 31, 2003 -- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. announced that it has completed the purchase of a 13.5% interest in Waterfields Co. Ltd. from Bacardi & Co. for US$1.4 million.
This brings the company's total ownership in Waterfields to approximately 26.2%. The Company has received acceptance notices, representing an additional approximately 64.7% of Waterfields' outstanding shares, through a tender offer conducted outside the United States and is proceeding to close these purchases for approximately US$6.7 million.
Consolidated acquired 12.7% of Waterfields when it purchased DesalCo Limited in February 2003, along with an Engineering Services Agreement and the right to appoint one member to the Waterfields Board of Directors. The Company has now acquired an additional 13.5% equity interest in Waterfields from Bacardi, along with a Management Services Agreement and the right to appoint the remaining four members to the Waterfields Board of Directors.
Waterfields operates a reverse osmosis seawater conversion plant in Nassau, Bahamas that has a production capacity of 2.6 million U.S. gallons of water per day (Usgpd). All of the water produced in the plant is sold to the Water & Sewerage Corporation of the Bahamas Government, which distributes the water to residential and business customers on the island of New Providence.
"We are pleased to complete this transaction and move closer towards near full ownership of the Nassau facilities," stated Jeffrey Parker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. "We are now in a position to operate the plant, manage the company and appoint all members to the Board of Directors, and we are hopeful that the tender offer can be completed before the end of the current quarter. This will represent the final step in a series of previously announced transactions that will more than triple our water production capacity and almost double annualized revenues from last year's levels. We also expect the combined acquisitions to be immediately accretive to earnings per share."
Upon completion of the Waterfields tender offer, Consolidated will have acquired, in a series of transactions during 2003, five companies in the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands with a combined production capacity approximating 8.0 million Usgpd. This will increase the Company's total production capacity by approximately 276% to approximately 10.9 million Usgpd.
Consolidated is engaged in the development and operation of seawater conversion plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or nonexistent. The Company currently operates water production and/or distribution facilities in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Belize and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The common stock of Consolidated is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "CWCO". Additional information on the company is available on its website at http://www.consolidated-water.com .