CPPIB and Brookfield compete to acquire Australian company
Australian logistics and transport firm attracts Canadian attention.
BY Jennifer Paterson | January 28, 2016
The company announced Thursday that it had received a proposal from Qube Holdings Ltd., Global Infrastructure Partners, CPPIB and CIC Capital Corporation to acquire 100% of the issued capital of the company.
According to a news release from Asciano, the offer comprises A$6.97 cash and one Qube share per Asciano share, which has an implied value of A$9.17 per Asciano share based on Qube’s volume weighted average price for the 30 trading days to Jan. 25, 2016 of A$2.20, and A$9.08 per Asciano share based on Qube’s closing price of A$2.11 on Jan. 25, 2016.
“The proposed transaction represents superior value to the conditional scheme of arrangement and conditional takeover offer by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, currently valued at A$8.77 per Asciano share,” the company said in a statement.
While the Asciano board is considering the new proposal, it said it continues to unanimously recommend the Brookfield proposal, which was announced on Nov. 9, 2015.