Ironbridge to Sell EnviroWaste to CKI for NZ$501 million

15-Jan-2013

Ironbridge is pleased to announce that funds advised and managed by Ironbridge have entered into a binding sale and purchase agreement, subject to customary conditions including OIO approval, to sell EnviroWaste to CKI, the largest diversified infrastructure company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The transaction value of NZ$501 million in cash and assumed finance lease obligations represents a multiple of 10x EBITDA for the financial year ending 30 June 2012. (1)

Ironbridge funds originally acquired EnviroWaste from Fulton Hogan in April 2007. Ironbridge assembled a strong new management team and also supported the company in growing its business footprint, making 17 bolt-on acquisitions as part of a successful strategy to build a truly national New Zealand waste company. EnviroWaste has delivered strong organic growth during this period, more than doubling its EBITDA.

EnviroWaste has also made a significant contribution to the local economy, with the generation of more than 300 new full-time roles over the past six years.

EnviroWaste’s outperformance since 2007 highlights both Ironbridge’s expertise in resourcing and executing buy and build transactions as well as its experience in the waste management segment of the Outsourced Services sector. Ironbridge funds also own Global Renewables in Australia.

Ironbridge Founding Partner Julian Knights said “EnviroWaste has an outstanding management team lead by Kim Ellis, Gary Saunders and Earl Gasparich, who will continue to lead the business under CKI’s ownership. It has an excellent track record of retaining key customers and winning new business.”

EnviroWaste Chairman Kim Ellis said “We are very grateful to the Ironbridge team of Julian Knights, Kerry McIntosh and Chris Aughton for their valued contribution to the growth and development of our business over the past six years. EnviroWaste is well placed to continue to provide superior service to customers and to expand its operations under the ownership of CKI.”

(1) Transaction enterprise value comprises NZ$490 million in cash consideration payable by CKI and approximately NZ$11 million in EnviroWaste finance lease obligations to be assumed by CKI.

For further information please contact:

Justin Kirkwood
Kirkwoods Corporate Relations
+ 61 411 251 324 

John Draper
Senescall Akers
+64 21 581 234

CKI

Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (“CKI”) is the largest diversified infrastructure company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and is a member of the Cheung Kong Group which also includes, among others, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, and Power Assets Holdings Limited.

CKI is a major investor and owner of infrastructure businesses and assets globally, with an international portfolio that spans Hong Kong, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand including investments in energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, water infrastructure, and other infrastructure-related businesses.

EBITDA

Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation & Amortisation.