Brookfield Business Partners to Acquire Westinghouse Electric Company
Thursday, January 4, 2018
BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Jan. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU) (TSX:BBU.UN) ("Brookfield Business Partners"), together with institutional partners (collectively "Brookfield"), announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Westinghouse Electric Company (“Westinghouse” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of infrastructure services to the power generation industry, which is currently owned by Toshiba Corp.
The transaction provides for a purchase price of approximately $4.6 billion, expected to be funded with approximately $1 billion of equity, approximately $3 billion of long-term debt financing and the balance by the assumption of certain pension, environmental and other operating obligations.
“Westinghouse is a high-quality business that has established itself as a leader in its field, with a long-term customer base and a reputation for innovation,” said Cyrus Madon , CEO of Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to bringing our significant expertise and reputation as a long-term owner and operator of critical infrastructure in the U.S. and globally, as well as our deep facilities management capabilities, to enhance the Company’s position as a leading global infrastructure services provider to the power generation industry.”
Westinghouse is among the world’s leading suppliers of infrastructure services to nuclear power generating facilities. The Company provides sophisticated engineering, maintenance, facilities management and repair services to its global customer base.
Strong market position. Westinghouse is a leader in its field, as the largest service provider to the world’s nuclear power facilities. The Company operates within a complex regulatory and licensing environment requiring depth of expertise and capability.
Global, diversified customer base. Westinghouse has a well-established installed base of long-term customers globally.
Attractive revenue and cash flow profile. The majority of the Company’s profitability is delivered through regularly scheduled services which are provided under long-term contracts. Westinghouse’s core business has generated stable margins and consistent free cash flow.
Strong reputation driven by focus on innovation. An iconic American company, Westinghouse offers a full suite of specialized parts and components, many of which are licensed or patented, as well as industry-leading engineering and other services that enhance the safety, efficiency and reliability of its customers’ facilities.
Brookfield Business Partners will commit to fund approximately 50% of the equity on closing using existing liquidity. Prior to or following closing, a portion of Brookfield Business Partners' investment may be syndicated to other institutional investors.
Closing of the transaction remains subject to Bankruptcy Court approval and customary closing conditions including, among others, regulatory approvals. Closing is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2018.
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