LISBON (Reuters) - Brisa’s [BAEP.UL] top two shareholders have sold an 81% stake to a consortium of international investors in a deal valuing the Portuguese motorway operator at more than 3 billion euros ($3.26 billion).
The sellers were the Jose de Mello conglomerate and London-based infrastructure fund Arcus, they said in a statement on Tuesday.
The buyers were a consortium comprising Dutch pension fund APG, South Korea’s National Pension Service and Swiss Life unit SLAM.
“This partnership, in the current context of great adversity, is a sign of confidence in Portugal and in the Portuguese economy,” said Vasco Mello, head of the Jose de Mello conglomerate.
“The long-term strategic partnership agreement now signed will allow Brisa to continue its growth and development plans,” Mello said.
Brisa runs a network of 17 motorways and six national highways covering 1,628 kilometres.
Via direct and indirect stakes, Jose de Mello held 57.3% of Brisa’s voting rights, while Arcus had 40%.
Jose de Mello will remain a shareholder, with 17% of its voting rights, it said.
The deal requires regulatory approval which is expected in the third quarter of 2020.
Reporting by Catarina Demony and Sergio Goncalves, Editing by Andrei Khalip