U.K. investor Actis has bought InterGen‘s Mexican portfolio of businesses in a US$1.256 billion deal. The portfolio includes 2,200 megawatts in operation with six combined-cycle gas turbine projects and a 155 megawatt wind project with partner IEnova, as well as three gas compression stations and one 65-kilometre gas pipeline. InterGen, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based power generation provider, is owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and China Huaneng Group–Guangdong Yudean Group. Last year, the company said its shareholders were exploring a potential sale.
Actis acquires Mexican portfolio from InterGen in largest investment to date and establishes Saavi Energia
LONDON and MEXICO CITY, April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Actis, a leading growth markets investor, is pleased to announce that it has acquired InterGen’s Mexican portfolio of businesses for a consolidated enterprise value of US$1.256 billion. The deal is Actis’ largest acquisition to date. The Mexico-focused platform will be rebranded as Saavi Energia.
InterGen’s Mexico portfolio includes 2,200 megawatts in operation with six combined-cycle gas turbine projects and a 155 megawatt wind project with partner IEnova. InterGen also owns and operates three gas compression stations and one 65-km gas pipeline in Mexico.
This is Actis’ third investment in Mexico, following its establishment of Zuma Energía, a Mexican renewables platform, in September 2014 and its establishment of Atlas Renewable Energy, a pan-regional renewables platform with presence in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, in 2016. More broadly, across Latin America, Actis has committed more than US$3 billion in investments to date.
Commenting on the investment, Michael Harrington, partner in the energy business at Actis, said, “This is a landmark transaction that further cements our commitment to the Mexican power sector. We are delighted to invest behind the successful business that InterGen has created and continue to build it into a leading platform in the region. This is an important building block that underpins Actis’ focused strategy of creating scalable energy businesses in key growth markets.”
Tim Menzie, InterGen Chief Executive Officer, said, “The strategic divestment of our Mexico region allows InterGen to realize value from our portfolio and strengthens our balance sheet. The proceeds will afford us financial flexibility as we execute our long-term strategy to grow our portfolio and deliver value to our shareholders.”
BofA Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital acted as exclusive financial advisors to InterGen and Scotia Capital acted as exclusive financial advisor to Actis in the transaction.
InterGen is a global power generation firm with 11 power plants in operation, representing a total generation capacity of 6,824 megawatts (5,180 net equity MW) and including a wind project. In addition, InterGen operates three gas compression facilities and a 65-km gas pipeline. These facilities are located in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. InterGen is jointly owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and China Huaneng Group/Guangdong Yudean Group. For more information, visit www.InterGen.com.
Actis is a leading investor in growth markets, delivering consistent competitive returns, responsibly. It has a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America and has raised over US$12 billion since inception.
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