Agreement reached with Highstar for the sale of Veolia's Solid Waste business in the US for $1.9 billion
- Net debt reduction of €1.489 billion(a)
- Once this transaction is closed, 60% of the €5 billion asset divestment program will have been achieved
Today, Veolia Environnement's wholly owned subsidiary, Veolia Environmental Services North America, has agreed to sell the US solid waste activities of Veolia Environnement to Star Atlantic Waste Holdings LP, a portfolio company of Highstar Capital, a US-based infrastructure fund manager, for a total transaction value of $1.909 billion.
Following the completion of this transaction, Veolia Environnement's net debt will be reduced by around $1.820 billion (€1.489(a) billion). In the US waste business, Veolia Environnement will continue to grow its activities in hazardous waste and industrial services.
"This divestment is the second significant step in the execution of the strategic plan laid out last December. The transformation of Veolia is progressing as planned."
The sale is subject to approval by the US antitrust authorities and is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. This divestiture is the second significant step of the €5 billion asset divestment program to be completed before end 2013, as announced by Veolia Environnement during its Investor Day, on December 6, 2011. In the first seven months of 2012, Veolia Environnement will have signed 60% of the value anticipated for the planned divestiture program. Veolia's US Solid Waste businesses had revenue, operating cash flow and operating income for 2011 of $818 million, $212 million and $110 million(b) respectively.
(a) EUR/USD of 0.818 on July 17, 2012 - Will be updated with the closing date exchange rate.
(b) €588 million, €153 million and €79 million (at 2011 average exchange rates).
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