CPPIB, Votorantim take over Brazilian power firm for $458 mln: Reuters

A consortium of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Brazil’s Votorantim Energia won a privatization auction on Friday to buy a controlling stake in power company Cesp from the government of Sao Paulo state.

The consortium, called Sao Paulo Energia, will pay 14.6 reais per Cesp share, a 2.09 percent premium over the minimum sale price at the auction. Considering Sao Paulo’s government stake of 40.6 percent, the consortium will pay a total of 1.7 billion reais (US$458.25 million).

Shares of Cesp, or Companhia Energética de Sao Paulo SA, rose more than 12 percent after the auction to 17.07 reais each.

The consortium was the only bidder at the auction, which ends a privatization process that started last year and faced postponements due to legal disputes.

CPPIB and Votorantim Energia already have a joint venture in Brazil that plans invest in renewable power sources.

(Reporting José Roberto Gomes; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Susan Thomas)

(This story has been edited by Kirk Falconer, editor of PE Hub Canada)