(Sempra, 14.Oct.2019) — Sempra Energy entered into an agreement to sell its equity interests in its Chilean businesses, including its 100% stake in Chilquinta Energía S.A. (Chilquinta Energía), to State Grid International Development Limited (SGID).
Sempra Energy’s interests will be sold for $2.23 billion in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital and net indebtedness and other adjustments. The sale also will include Sempra Energy’s 100% interest in Tecnored S.A., which provides electric construction and infrastructure services to Chilquinta Energía and third parties, and its 50% interest in Eletrans S.A., which owns, constructs, operates and maintains power transmission facilities.
“This agreement is really important. It moves our company one step closer to completing the sale of our South American businesses and concentrating our investment strategy right here in North America,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. “All of our companies in Chile, including Chilquinta Energía and Tecnored S.A., are excellent businesses with a strong focus on safety, reliability and customer service. We are so appreciative of the hard work and dedication of our Chilean team over the past 20 years.”
Chilquinta Energía signed an agreement to purchase the remaining 50% interest in Eletrans S.A. from Sociedad Austral de Electricidad S.A. Closing of this transaction, which will enable Sempra Energy to transfer 100% ownership of Eletrans S.A. to SGID, is contingent on the closing of the sale of Sempra Energy’s Chilean businesses and will not change the economics of the transaction for Sempra Energy.
The sale to SGID is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Chilean anti-trust authority, certain Chinese regulatory approvals and approval by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.
Today’s announcement follows Sempra Energy’s agreement to sell its equity interests in its Peruvian business, including its 83.6% stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A., to China Yangtze Power International (Hongkong) Co., Limited. That sale, which was announced in September, is also expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Peruvian anti-trust authority and the Bermuda Monetary Authority.
In combination, these transactions would conclude Sempra Energy’s planned sale of its South American businesses for combined proceeds of approximately $5.82 billion in cash, subject to adjustments and satisfaction of their closing conditions.
“Proceeds from both of these transactions will be used to advance our business strategy by strengthening our company’s balance sheet and supporting the growing capital needs of our utilities in California and Texas,” said Martin.
BofA Merrill Lynch and Lazard are serving as financial advisors to Sempra Energy on the sales, and White & Case is serving as legal advisor.
Chilquinta Energía is the third-largest distributor of electricity in Chile. Chilquinta Energía provides electricity to approximately 2 million consumers in the regions of Valparaíso and Maule in central Chile, and is also active in the development and operation of electric transmission lines.
SGID, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), is incorporated in Hong Kong as a limited liability company. It leverages SGCC’s operational strengths and financial support to actively pursue investment opportunities worldwide and improve the operating efficiency of its portfolio of companies.
SGID currently has investments in the Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Italy and Greece. SGCC, headquartered in Beijing, China, is the world’s largest power utility corporation, and has extensive experience in constructing and operating electricity transmission and distribution networks. The company’s power grid network covers 26 provinces in China, accounting for more than 88% of China’s territory, and serves a population of over 1.1 billion.
Sempra Energy’s mission is to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $60 billion in total assets reported in 2018, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 20,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to approximately 40 million consumers worldwide.
The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index.