The private equity group of Brookfield Asset Management has agreed to acquire a 55 percent controlling interest in Ouro Verde Locação e Seviços SA, a Brazilian heavy equipment and light vehicle fleet management company.
Brookfield Business Partners, the group’s listed affiliate, and co-investors agreed to pay about US$170 million (R$660 million) for the stake. Brookfield will commit up to US$70 million of the equity.
Established in 1973, Curitiba, Paraná-based Ouro Verde leases more than 25,000 heavy equipment and light vehicles and provides related maintenance, operations, and other services to Brazilian and global corporate clients.
The deal is expected to wrap up before the end of 2018.
Brookfield Business Partners to Acquire Controlling Stake in Leading Brazilian Fleet Management Company Ouro Verde
BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU) (TSX:BBU.UN) (“Brookfield Business Partners”), together with institutional partners (collectively “Brookfield”), announced today an agreement to acquire a 55% controlling interest in Ouro Verde Locação e Seviços S.A. (“Ouro Verde”), a leading Brazilian heavy equipment and light vehicle fleet management company for approximately $170 million (R$660 million).
Ouro Verde leases more than 25,000 heavy equipment and light vehicles under multi-year contracts and provides related maintenance, operations, and other services to a diversified base of leading Brazilian and global corporate clients.
“Having operated for more than 40 years, Ouro Verde has an experienced management team, nationwide presence, long-term client relationships, and a reputation for excellence in service,” said Alexandre Thiollier, Senior Vice President of Brookfield Business Partners in Brazil. “Given the resilience of the business and favorable growth trends within the fleet management industry in Brazil more broadly, we’re confident Ouro Verde is well positioned to capitalize on attractive growth opportunities. We look forward to partnering with management and contributing our expertise and presence in Brazil to further strengthen and grow the company.”
Strong market position. Ouro Verde has established itself as one of the leading heavy equipment and light vehicles fleet management companies in the Brazil, with a large multi-asset fleet and operations nationwide.
Strong value proposition to a high quality client base. Ouro Verde has a diversified base of corporate clients across the country and long-term relationships with key clients. It provides a highly competitive offering to clients, significantly reducing their cost of fleet ownership while providing valuable services that allow them to focus on their core business.
Stable contracted cash flows. Ouro Verde provides its services under multi-year contracts and has a high contract renewal rate. Ouro Verde has demonstrated consistent performance across economic cycles.
Brookfield Business Partners will commit to fund up to $70 million of the equity on closing using existing liquidity. Prior to or following closing, a portion of Brookfield Business Partners’ investment may be syndicated to other institutional partners.
Closing of the transaction is subject to customary approvals and is expected to occur before the end of the year.
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