GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) announced a proposed investment by Tata Group, GIC and SSG Capital Management in its Airports Business.
GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) announced a proposed investment by Tata Group “Tata”, an affiliate of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund “GIC” and SSG Capital Management “SSG” (“Investors”) in its Airports Business.
GIL has signed a binding term sheet with the Investors pursuant to which the Investors have agreed to invest Rs. 8,000 Crores in GMR Airports Limited (“GAL”). The investment amount of Rs. 8,000 Crores will consist of:
· Rs. 1,000 Crores equity infusion in GAL; and
· Rs. 7,000 Crores towards purchase of GAL’s equity shares from GIL and its Subsidiaries.
The proposed investment is subject to definitive documentation, customary regulatory approvals, lender consents and other approvals.
Following the investment, GIL proposes to demerge its Energy, Highways, Urban Infrastructure & Transportation businesses, leading to separation of its Airport Business, subject to customary consents, regulatory & corporate approvals.
This is a significant development for GIL with multiple strategic benefits:
· Significant deleveraging at GIL
· Investment by marquee investors for creating a world class portfolio of Airport assets
· Paves the way for restructuring of the business by way of demerger
As part of the terms of the proposed investment, GIL will retain management control over the Airports Business with the Investors having customary rights and board representation at GAL and its key subsidiaries.
The Investors have pegged 100% Equity Valuation for GAL at:
Post Money Valuation of Rs. 18,000 Crores
Earn-outs of up to Rs. 4,475 Crores linked to achievement of certain agreed milestones and performance metrics over next ~5 years
Thereby, total valuation assuming all Earn-outs are successfully consummated, will be Rs 22,475 Crores on Post Money Basis.
As part of this transaction, GIL also intends to provide exit to existing private equity investors who hold 5.8% Equity Stake in GAL. At Closing, GIL and its subsidiaries will hold c.54% stake in GAL, Employee Welfare Trust will hold 2%, Tata will hold c.20% stake, GIC will hold c.15% stake and SSG will hold c.10% stake.
Commenting on the occasion, Grandhi Kiran Kumar, Managing Director & CEO, GIL, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Tata, GIC & SSG as long-term investors in GAL. The proposed investment endorses the strength of the unparalleled Airport platform created by GMR Group and will reduce our debt substantially, strengthening our balance sheet. This proposed investment by marquee investors like Tata, GIC and SSG reaffirms the significant and long-term investment opportunity in the fast growing Airport Infrastructure space with a large pool of capital that can be tapped to grow GMR Airport infrastructure business.”
“This is one more step in the series of steps that GMR Group has taken from time to time for raising long-term capital and demonstrates GMR Group’s ability to withstand all adversities, continue growing its businesses, and deliver on its commitment of unlocking value for all stakeholders.”