Majority interest in UK water utility acquired by Capstone
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has acquired a 70% interest in Bristol Water, a regulated water utility in the United Kingdom...
TORONTO, ON, Canada, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has acquired a 70% interest in Bristol Water, a regulated water utility in the United Kingdom. Capstone acquired the interest from SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT through its subsidiary, AGBAR (Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona), for approximately CAD$215 million. The purchase price was funded through a combination of existing credit facilities, cash on hand and a new CAD$150-million senior debt facility. (All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.)
"Bristol Water is an established, core infrastructure business with regulated and predictable inflation-linked cash flow and a strong growth profile in a stable OECD country, making it an ideal complement to our existing portfolio," said Michael Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. "This is a platform investment that builds on our international footprint, diversifies our portfolio by infrastructure category, and is expected to contribute to the long-term sustainability of our dividends to shareholders. We are equally delighted to partner with AGBAR, which brings more than 140 years of experience in the water sector globally and shares our commitment to quality service, outstanding performance and efficient, environmentally responsible operations."
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, through its subsidiary AGBAR, will continue to hold a 30% interest in Bristol Water. AGBAR, which is headquartered in Spain with operations in nine countries, is approximately 75% owned by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, which is a world leader in water and waste management services. AGBAR will continue to provide strategic counsel on trends and operational innovations within the global water services industry under an operational and management agreement.
Josep Bagué, Chief Financial Officer and General Secretary of AGBAR, stated, "We are delighted to have secured, in Capstone, a long-term partner for Bristol Water. Bristol Water has a track record of excellent operational performance and is poised for rapid expansion in the years ahead. The Capstone team brings significant infrastructure investment and management expertise, including in the water utility sector, and a strong commitment to building lasting stakeholder relationships. Capstone is an ideal fit for Bristol Water and we look forward to a long and successful partnership."