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BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A. Acquisition - UK social infrastructure investments

07/07/2021 7:00am

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BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A.

07 July 2021

7 July 2021

BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A.

("BBGI" or the "Company")

Agreement to acquire three social infrastructure investments in the UK

BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A. (LSE ticker: BBGI), the global infrastructure investment company, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire interests in three social infrastructure investments in the UK consisting of a 33.33% interest in the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, a 100% interest in Ayrshire and Arran Hospital, and a 100% interest in North West Fire & Rescue. Each asset is classified as availability-based under the investment policy of the Company and aligns with BBGI's ESG principles.

Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

Encompasses the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of 12 km of the existing roadway (upgraded) and 47 km of new dual carriageway including two significant river crossings. The final section of the road opened in 2019 and the concession runs until 2047. The project was developed in compliance with strict EU environmental legislation and has reduced congestion in Aberdeen by approximately 46% and HGV traffic on local routes by approximately 55%. Availability payments are received from the Scottish Ministers. The completion of this acquisition is subject to final funder clearance, which is expected imminently.

Ayrshire and Arran Hospital

Consists of the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a 206-bed acute mental health facility and community hospital in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland. The hospital became operational in 2016 and the concession runs until 2041. The facility has significantly increased the availability of and access to mental health services and treatment in the region. The facility was awarded a BREEAM* rating of Very Good and is equipped with low or zero carbon heating and power technology. Availability payments are received from the Ayrshire and Arran Health Board and is backed by the Scottish Government. The completion of this acquisition occurred on 6 July 2021.

North West Fire & Rescue

Consists of the design, construction, financing, maintenance and rehabilitation of 16 new community fire stations in the North West of England located at various sites in Merseyside (7), Lancashire (4) and Cumbria (5). The facilities became fully operational in 2013 and the concession runs until 2038. The facilities play an integral role in delivering fire safety and protection to more than 500,000 people in the local communities. The facilities were awarded a BREEAM* rating of Very Good and sustainability measures have been integrated into the buildings. Availability payments are received from the Cumbria County Council, Lancashire Combined Fire Authority and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority. The completion of this acquisition occurred on 6 July 2021.

The purchase price for the three investments is confidential at this time. The consideration for the interests is being funded from drawing upon the Company's new GBP230 million corporate revolving credit facility, announced on 1 June 2021 and existing cash resources.

Following completion, BBGI will own a globally diversified portfolio of 54 infrastructure investments in the tran sport, healthcare, education, blue light (i.e. fire and police stations) and other services sectors which are geographically located in Australia, Canada, Continental Europe, the UK and the US. The Company seeks to limit and reduce investment risk where possible, with the current portfolio benefitting from 100% availability-based assets of which 99% are operational. The Company also maintains a diversified supply chain in regard to facilities management and operational and maintenance contractors.

Commenting, Co-CEOs Duncan Ball and Frank Schramm said:

"We are delighted to invest in these high-quality, availability-based social infrastructure assets in the UK with strong ESG credentials. Our strategy is to remain disciplined and selective in our approach to acquisition opportunities by only investing in availability-based assets that also align with our ESG principles, and not in higher risk infrastructure asset classes."

* Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 
 BBGI Management Team            +352 263 479-1 
 Duncan Ball 
                                ----------------------------- 
 Frank Schramm 
                                ----------------------------- 
 
 Maitland/AMO (Communications 
  adviser)                       +44(0) 7747 113 930 
                                ----------------------------- 
 James Benjamin                  BBGI-maitland@maitland.co.uk 
                                ----------------------------- 
 

NOTES

BBGI Global Infrastructure (BBGI) is a responsible infrastructure investment company and a constituent of the FTSE 250 that invests in and actively manages for the long-term a globally diversified, low-risk portfolio of essential social infrastructure investments.

BBGI is committed to delivering stable and predictable cash flows with progressive long-term dividend growth and attractive, sustainable, returns for shareholders. BBGI has a proactive approach to preserving and enhancing the value of its investments, and to delivering well maintained social infrastructure for communities and end users, whilst serving society by supporting local communities.

All of BBGI's investments are availability-based and supported by secure public sector-backed contracted revenues, with inflation-protection characteristics, that is paid so long as the assets are available for use.

BBGI's investment portfolio is over 99% operational with all its investments located across highly rated investment grade countries with stable, well developed operating environments.

BBGI's in-house management team is incentivised by shareholder returns and consistently maintains low comparative ongoing charges to shareholders.

Further information about BBGI is available on its website at www.bb-gi.com*.

The Company's LEI: 529900CV0RWCOP5YHK95

Any reference to the Company or BBGI refers also to its subsidiaries (where applicable).

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