Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), together with Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield Infrastructure’s institutional partners (Consortium), announced an agreement pursuant to which affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC will acquire G&W in a transaction valued at approximately US$ 8.4 billion including debt. The Transaction will result in G&W becoming a privately held company. Under the new ownership, G&W will continue to focus on world-class safety and outstanding service, while pursuing the company’s strategic goals.
G&W owns a portfolio of 120 short line railroads, predominantly in North America, with operations in Europe and Australia. Through its subsidiaries worldwide, the business provides essential transportation infrastructure services over more than 26,000 kilometers of track, providing access to its well-diversified customer base.
Pursuant to the agreement, each issued and outstanding share of G&W will be converted into the right to receive US$ 112 per share in cash. The Transaction price of US$ 112 per share of G&W common stock represents a 39.5% premium to the unaffected per share price of US$ 80.28 on March 8, 2019, the day prior to initial media speculation of a potential transaction.
The Transaction is expected to close by year-end or early 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by G&W stockholders holding 66 2/3% of the outstanding common stock, required regulatory approvals that include approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, and certain competition and antitrust approvals.
Due to the pending sale, G&W will cease reporting monthly carloads and will not hold a conference call for its second quarter 2019 financial results. G&W expects to file its second quarter 2019 10-Q by close of business on August 9, 2019.
Brookfield Infrastructure’s investment will be approximately US$ 500 million of equity. The remainder of the business will be owned by Brookfield Infrastructure’s institutional partners and GIC. Brookfield Infrastructure’s investment will be funded from existing liquidity which totaled approximately US$ 1.9 billion at June 30, 2019.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. were serving as financial advisor to the Consortium in the transaction. White & Case LLP is serving as lead legal advisor to the Consortium, along with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Gilbert + Tobin and Steptoe & Johnson LLP who are also serving as legal advisors to the Consortium. Torys LLP is serving as legal advisor to Brookfield Infrastructure and Sidley Austin LLP is serving as legal advisor to GIC. Financing for the Consortium will be led by a syndicate of banks including Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and RBC Capital Markets.
BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley & Co LLC served as financial advisors to G&W. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, as well as Addleshaw Goodard LLP, Allens, Clark Hill PLC, Macfarlanes LLP and Stikeman Elliott LLP served as legal advisors to G&W. In addition, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as counsel to G&W’s board of directors.