PSEG Global Announces Sale of SAESA Group to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
PSEG Global today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell the SAESA Group of Companies (SAESA Group) in southern Chile to a consortium formed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The SAESA Group consists of major electric distribution and transmission businesses with 639,000 customers in Chile and total of more than 135 MWs of wind, hydro, diesel and gas electric generation capacity.
The transaction has a base equity sale value of approximately $870 million. There will be a price adjustment based on the timing of the closing which is expected to occur in the third quarter of this year. In addition to the equity, the buyers will assume in excess of $400 million of consolidated debt of the SAESA Group. Cash proceeds to PSEG from the transaction are expected to total approximately $600 million after both Chilean and US taxes. The sale is expected to generate an after-tax gain for PSEG of approximately $170 to $180 million during 2008, which will be reported in Discontinued Operations. A tax charge of $82 million was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2007, when the financial results of the SAESA Group were reclassified to Discontinued Operations.
This announcement follows PSEG Global’s 2007 sales of its interests in the electric distribution businesses, Chilquinta Energia and Luz del Sur in Chile and Peru, and its ownership interest in the Peruvian hydroelectric generation company, Electroandes. “PSEG has been seeking to decrease international exposure by being open to selling international assets when we can obtain strong valuations,” said Tom O’Flynn, CFO of PSEG and president, PSEG Energy Holdings. “These companies have been well run and are well situated. It is no surprise that there was substantial interest in acquiring these assets”.
PSEG Global’s remaining international assets consist of small investments in electric generation plants in Italy, India and Venezuela.
Credit Suisse acted as exclusive financial advisor to PSEG in connection with the transaction.
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