Equatorial Increases Cash Reserves With Sale Of Transmission Subsidiary

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) Brazil's Equatorial Energia (EQTL3) bolstered its cash reserves by selling its stake in Equatorial Transmissora 7 SPE.

This sale, part of its strategy to invest R$ 6.9 billion ($1.27 billion) in Sabesp (SBSP3), aims to enhance financial flexibility.

Equatorial Transmissão announced the transaction on Tuesday, involving Infraestrutura Energia, a Canadian fund manager CDPQ's portfolio company.

The sale includes net debt of R$ 350 million ($64 million), bringing the subsidiary's enterprise value to R$ 1.19 billion ($218 million).

This deal keeps Equatorial in the transmission sector but reduces leverage and aligns its capital structure with growth.

The transaction's equity value reaches up to R$ 840.8 million ($154 million), adjusted by the CDI until closure.

Equatorial will receive around R$ 710 million ($130 million) at closing, with the remainder paid in CDI-adjusted installments.

Additionally, the agreement includes an earn-out based on specific contract conditions.

This sale comes as Equatorial faces significant debt, which stood at R$ 34 billion ($6.24 billion) by the end of Q2, equating to 3.8 times its EBITDA over the past year.

The infusion of funds from this transaction will aid in managing this debt and support new investments.

It underscores Equatorial's strategy to maintain financial health while pursuing growth.
Equatorial Increases Cash Reserves with Sale of Transmission Subsidiary
This transaction illustrates a broader trend among companies in emerging markets like Brazil.

They often juggle substantial debts while seeking growth through strategic sales and investments.

Equatorial's move reflects a pragmatic approach to leveraging existing assets to fund new opportunities and maintain investor confidence.

The sale aligns with global trends of companies optimizing portfolios to adapt to fluctuating market conditions and interest rates.

Equatorial's sale of its transmission subsidiary not only strengthens its financial position but also highlights its strategic foresight in managing debt and pursuing growth.

This transaction showcases its ability to attract international investors, reinforcing its status as a significant player in Brazil's energy sector.


The Rio Times

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