CPPIB and Ontario Teachers’ buy stake in IDEAL

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have completed their purchase of 40 percent of the shares in Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, an operator of infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have completed their purchase of 40 percent of the shares in Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, an operator of infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America. The current majority owners of IDEAL’s outstanding shares will continue to hold a majority shareholding in the company. In November, Reuters estimated the deal’s value at US$2.19 billion, as previously reported by PE Hub.

PRESS RELEASE

Mexico City, Mexico/Toronto, Canada – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”) and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“Ontario Teachers’”) today announced the completion of the tender offer period to purchase 40% of the shares of Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:IDEAL B-1, “IDEAL”). This step concludes the shareholders’ acceptance of the offer of affiliates of Ontario Teachers’ and CPP Investments to purchase the shares of IDEAL.

In accordance with Mexican law, the acquired shares will be transferred to CPP Investments and Ontario Teachers’ on April 17 and the tender offer will formally settle on April 23.
The acquisition, which was first announced in November 2019, follows a tender offer in the Mexican stock exchange on March 18 for shares in IDEAL at MXN$43.96 per share. CPP Investments will own a 23.7% interest in IDEAL alongside a 16.3% stake owned by Ontario Teachers’. The current majority owners of IDEAL’s outstanding shares will continue to hold a majority shareholding in the company.
IDEAL is a sizable and important investment that provides exposure to existing and future infrastructure projects throughout Mexico. IDEAL’s portfolio includes 18 infrastructure concessions in Mexico (13 toll roads, three logistics terminals and two wastewater treatment plants), as well as an electronic toll collection service business and an operations business. IDEAL, Ontario Teachers’ and CPP Investments are already partners in the Arco Norte and Pacifico Sur toll roads.

As part of the arrangement, a subsidiary of IDEAL will form an infrastructure investment trust known locally in Mexico as a FIBRA-E (Fideicomiso de Inversión en Energía e Infraestructura). This FIBRA-E is subject to certain transaction steps and filings that are yet to be finalized. The FIBRA-E will subsequently be funded by IDEAL, CPP Investments and Ontario Teachers’, through certain affiliates. This is expected to occur before the end of April. The FIBRA-E structure was introduced in Mexico in 2015 to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure projects.

As previously announced, the FIBRA-E will be managed by a subsidiary of IDEAL and purchase partial stakes in four of IDEAL’s toll roads: Arco Norte, Chamapa – La Venta, Toluca Bypass and Tijuana – Tecate. Following the completion of this funding, a secondary offering led by CPP Investments and Ontario Teachers’, through certain affiliates, will reduce their ownership to minority positions, while also introducing other investors.

ABOUT IDEAL
IDEAL is an independent publicly traded company listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (IDEALB1.MX). IDEAL engages in the development, promotion, operation and administration of infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America. IDEAL is one of the largest infrastructure companies in Latin America, with 18 infrastructure concessions in different sectors, including toll roads, water and logistics terminals.

ABOUT CPP Investments
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments™) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits in the best interests of 20 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build diversified portfolios of assets, investments in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments are made by CPP Investments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City, San Francisco, São Paulo and Sydney, CPP Investments is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm’s length from governments. At December 31, 2019, the CPP Fund totalled C$420.4 billion. For more information about CPP Investments, please visit www.cppinvestments.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

ABOUT ONTARIO TEACHERS’
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’) is the administrator of Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, with $207.4 billion in net assets (all figures at December 31, 2019). It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, approximately 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an annual total-fund net return of 9.7% since the plan’s founding in 1990. Ontario Teachers’ is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto. Its Asia-Pacific region office is located in Hong Kong and its Europe, Middle East & Africa region office is in London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario’s 329,000 active and retired teachers. For more information, visit otpp.com and follow us on Twitter @OtppInfo.