Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and ENGIE have made a US$8.6b winning bid in a competitive process conducted by Petrobras to acquire a 90% stake in Brazil’s Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG). ENGIE will have a stake of 58.5% in the asset (of which 29.25% through ENGIE Brasil Energia) and CDPQ will have a stake of 31.5%, while Petrobras will maintain a 10% stake in TAG’s capital. This is CDPQ’s first infrastructure investment in Brazil.
(Press Release) ENGIE, a world energy leader, announces that together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, it has made the winning bid in a competitive process conducted by Petrobras for the acquisition of a 90% shareholding stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás S.A. (TAG) with a final and binding offer amounting to US$8.6 billion.
ENGIE will have a stake of 58.5% in the asset (of which 29.25% through ENGIE Brasil Energia) and CDPQ will have a stake of 31.5%, while Petrobras will maintain a 10% stake in TAG’s capital. In addition to its ownership, ENGIE will be responsible for the operation and maintenance after the third year.
The transaction is conditional to the approval of the Extraordinary General Meeting of Petrobras and the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) (the Brazilian anti-trust authority) and the European Union anti-trust authority.
TAG represents ENGIE’s debut in the natural gas segment in Brazil and is aligned with the Group’s global strategy to rebalance the geographic and regulatory exposures of its networks activities by strategically positioning itself on the steadily growing Brazilian gas market, while generating additional revenues. It will contribute to its ambition of leveraging sophisticated large-scale energy infrastructures such as the TAG pipeline, to accompany the cost-efficient diversification and decarbonization of the energy mix in its core countries.
The investment is also in line with ENGIE’s goal of generating revenues from assets in infrastructures – such as gas pipelines – and where agreements are long term. The business will allow ENGIE to diversify its activities in Brazil while enhancing its position in Latin America. ENGIE will bring its international experience of operating gas pipelines in competitive markets to the Brazilian domestic market. ENGIE currently operates more than 32,000 km of gas pipelines in Europe, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Turkey.
“TAG’s acquisition is an historic event for ENGIE in Brazil, where we have been operating for 23 years and where the company is always positioning itself as a long-term investor based on its belief in the country’s potential. The transaction will be instrumental in the Group’s rapid growth in Brazil from new sources of revenue, ensuring the sustainability of our presence in the domestic market, as well as illustrating our commitment to the Brazilian energy transition,” Maurício Bähr, CEO of ENGIE Brasil observed.
According to Bähr, one of ENGIE’s strategic objectives is “to grow in renewable energies and in infrastructures such as transmission lines and the gas chain, as well as bring the company ever closer to the final client.” Based on this guidance, he says, the company continues to examine the development and acquisition of gas distributors and transmission companies.
CDPQ’s first infrastructure investment in Brazil
This new acquisition reflects CDPQ’s investment approach, which focuses on quality assets and strong partners.
“We are very pleased to work alongside ENGIE, a world leader in its industry. We welcome the company’s knowledge of the energy sector and their long track record in Brazil,” said Emmanuel Jaclot, Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure at CDPQ. “Our first infrastructure investment in Brazil represents an important step in the geographic diversification of our portfolio, a key component to long-term performance.”