Iguá Saneamento S.A. (“Iguá”) has won the auction for the concession of Block 2 in the privatization of water and sewage services from CEDAE, Rio de Janeiro’s water and sewage company, for a fixed grant fee of R$7.286 billion (C$1.7 billion). The new concession will be funded with additional capital invested into Iguá from among its current shareholders, as well as debt financing.
Iguá is a water and sewage service holding company currently operating 18 concessions and contracts across five Brazilian states, and providing sanitation services for more than six million people. This new transaction will expand its operations to the Greater Rio de Janeiro area and add one million people to its client base.
“Iguá prepared itself for this moment. We have been investing resources and energy to improve our processes, transform and innovate within the sanitation chain and delight our customers. We are ready to be leaders in the sector, promoting a better quality of life for the people we serve. Winning this auction amplifies Iguá’s ESG strategy, leveraging the company’s approach to value creation and reinforcing our vision of being a leader in this theme in Latin America, as well as setting an international benchmark in sustainability. Winning the contract for one of the CEDAE blocks is also an important milestone for Iguá’s expansion plans, and it further reinforces the company’s long-term strategy,” said Carlos Brandão, Chief Executive Officer of Iguá.
The new concession will have a length of 35 years. CEDAE, as a state-owned company, will remain responsible for supplying clean and treated water to the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro. Iguá will be responsible for water distribution, collection, treatment and sewage services in its designated concession area.
Existing Iguá shareholder Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”) will make a capital investment of up to R$1.7 billion (C$385 million) into Iguá, including the acquisition of both equity and convertible debentures, to fund the new concession. CPP Investments will continue to hold a 46.7% aggregate equity stake in Iguá, as announced in March, 2021.
“This additional investment to support Iguá’s expansion into Rio de Janeiro will help address the high demand for improved water and sanitation services in Brazil over time, making this a good fit for long-term investors such as CPP Investments,” said Scott Lawrence, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure, CPP Investments. “Iguá can continue to build on its strong track record in the sector in the coming years, and we look forward to working with our partners to support that development.”
Alberta Investment Management Corporation (“AIMCo”) will continue to own a 38.6% aggregate stake in Iguá and will invest up to R$500 million (C$115 million) in Iguá to fund the new concession.
“We are excited for Iguá in its successful tender on Block 2 and for the opportunity to invest further in the business alongside like-minded partners to increase the service levels in water distribution and sanitation in the State of Rio de Janeiro. This long-term investment is an excellent addition to our infrastructure portfolio that is well-aligned to meeting our clients’ investment objectives,” said Ben Hawkins, AIMCo’s Senior Vice President of Infrastructure & Renewable Resources.
“Iguá’s winning bid at CEDAE’s auction shows our competitiveness, strength and commitment to grow and expand investments in water and sanitation services in Brazil,” said Paulo Mattos, co-founder and CEO of IG4 Capital Group (“IG4 Capital”). IG4 Capital has a proprietary 3.8% stake in Iguá and is the asset management company that manages the FIP Iguá and FIP Mayim, jointly Iguá’s controlling shareholders, in partnership with CPP Investments and AIMCo.
BNDES Participações S.A. (“BNDESPar”) also owns a direct stake of 10.9% of Iguá. Iguá continues to be the third-largest private water and sewage treatment service provider in Brazil. The company is focused on acquiring concessions and forming public-private partnerships to build scale in the Brazilian water and sewage sector. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.