SSE agreed to sale 33.3% stake in SGN for GBP1.225 billion

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SSE has announced the agreement to sell its entire 33.3% stake in Scotia Gas Networks Ltd (SGN) to a consortium comprising existing SGN shareholder Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners. The sale is worth GBP1.225 billion (US$1.7 billion) in cash. 

SGN is a gas distribution network in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. SSE initially acquired a 50% equity share in SGN in 2005, before selling a 16.7% stake to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 2016, which the consortium has also agreed to acquire within the current financial year. SGN’s direct shareholders will comprise Ontario Teachers’ (37.5%), Brookfield (37.5%), and OMERS Infrastructure (25% unchanged).

Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisers and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP as legal advisers to SSE. Nomura acted as financial adviser and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acted as legal advisers to ADIA. Evercore acted as financial adviser to Ontario Teachers’ and Linklaters acted as legal advisers to the Consortium. 

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