Vinci completes $5.5bn acquisition of ACS’s energy business

Acquisition covers most of the contracting business of the ACS Industrial Services division

Vinci, a global player in concessions, construction and energy businesses, has announced the completion of its acquisition of ACS’s energy business.

In a statement, Vinci said that the acquisition covers most of the contracting business of the ACS Industrial Services division; nine greenfield concession projects under development or construction (mainly electrical transmission networks in Latin America); and its renewable energy project development platform.

The acquisition is a major milestone in VINCI’s strategy of creating a global leader in engineering, works and services focused on the energy sector, and of developing renewable energy concession projects, the statement added.

Through this strategy, the Group intends to broaden its concession portfolio and extend its average maturity, while contributing to the environmental transition, it continued.

The agreement around the acquisition was initially announced on April 1, 2021.

“This acquisition offers strong growth levers,” the statement said. “Cobra IS’ business and geographical footprint complement those of VINCI, through its acknowledged expertise in delivering turnkey EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects in the energy sector and with its strong local positions in the Iberian Peninsula and in Latin America

“VINCI’s business model will benefit from Cobra IS’ expertise in developing renewable energy concessions. VINCI therefore intends to become a significant player in this sector, having identified new opportunities for the short and medium term representing eventually a total capacity of around 15 GW, mainly in solar PV and onshore wind, as well as additional GW from potential offshore wind projects. VINCI’s financial strength will be a further advantage in accelerating the new unit’s growth as a long-term operator of renewable energy assets,” it added.

The final purchase price of USD$5.56 billion, financed entirely through VINCI’s available cash, equates to the enterprise value of $4.77 billion initially agreed by the parties, plus $795.1 million relating to cash held by the new unit and various adjustments.

ACS will receive an earn-out payment of $45.43 million for each GW of ready-to-build2 renewable energy capacity developed by Cobra IS over a period of 8.5 years, up to 15 GW, resulting in a maximum additional payment of $681.5 million.

Xavier Huillard, VINCI’s Chairman and CEO, commented: “The integration of ACS’s energy business, including its renewable energy project development platform, is excellent news for VINCI. With this strategic deal, we intend not only to build a global leader in engineering, works and services focused on the energy sector – in which VINCI already has extensive operations – but also, thanks to the long track record expertise that Cobra IS has developed, to accelerate our development in renewable energies, which will help us make a greater contribution to the environmental transition.

“We are enthusiastic to welcome Cobra IS’ people, led by their highly experienced management team, to the VINCI group.”

VINCI and ACS have also finalised a joint venture agreement, providing for the creation of a new entity that will have the right to buy, at market price, renewable energy assets developed, financed, built and connected to the grid by Cobra IS, the statement added.

VINCI will own 51% of this entity, which will be fully consolidated in VINCI’s financial statements, it concluded.


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