Agreement reached to sell Veolia's regulated water business in the UK
- First significant step of the €5 billion asset divestment program before end 2013
- Net debt reduction of € 1.450bn
Today, Veolia Environnement's wholly owned subsidiary, Veolia Water UK PLC, has agreed to sell the UK regulated water activities of Veolia Environnement to Rift Acquisitions Limited(a) for a total transaction value of £1,236 million(b).
Following completion of this transaction, Veolia Environnement's net debt will be reduced by around £1,165million(c) (€1,450(d) million) as a consequence of the sale. Veolia Environnement will retain, in addition to its non regulated water business, an interest in the UK regulated water business through Veolia Water UK's retained 10% equity interest in the divested business for a period of at least 5 years.
"This first significant divestment shows that we are moving in the right direction regarding the implementation of our strategic plan and that the transformation of Veolia is progressing at a good pace."
The sale is not subject to any precedent condition and is expected to be finalised today. This divestiture is the first significant step of the €5 billion asset divestment program before end 2013, announced by Veolia Environnement during its Investor Day, on December 6, 2011.
The divested assets' adjusted operating cash flow and adjusted operating income for 2011 were respectively £105,5 million and £74,9 million(e).
(a) Rift Acquisitions Limited is an acquisition entity formed by Infracapital Partners, the infrastructure investment fund managed by M&G (the European investment arm of Prudential plc) and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.
(b) On a regulated asset base of £948m at March 31, 2012.
(c) Before transaction fees.
(d) GBP:EUR of 1:1.246.
(e) €122 million and €86 million (at 2011 average exchange rate).
Veolia Environnement is a corporation listed on the NYSE and Euronext Paris. This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties in particular include risks related to customary provisions of divesture transactions and those described in the documents Veolia Environnement has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Veolia Environnement does not undertake, nor does it have, any obligation to provide updates or to revise any forward-looking statements. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of documents filed by Veolia Environnement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from Veolia Environnement.