Infratil announces NZ$850 million equity raising
Infratil to take full control of One New Zealand and announces equity raise of NZ$850 million to fund the deal and other growth opportunities
The briefing webcast link is here.
Infratil Limited (‘Infratil’) (IFT.NZ, IFZ.AX) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Brookfield Asset Management Ltd (together with its affiliates, ‘Brookfield’), to acquire Brookfield’s 49.95% stake in One New Zealand (‘One NZ’) for NZ$1.8 billion, increasing Infratil’s ownership from 49.95% to 99.90% (the ‘Acquisition’).
Infratil will fund the NZ$1.8 billion acquisition via a NZ$850 million equity raising, cash reserves and debt facilities.
• The Acquisition values One NZ at an enterprise value of NZ$5.9 billion and an implied EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.8x  for Infratil’s increased stake and a normalised EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.3x 
• Increased conviction around data and connectivity tailwinds and strong trading momentum, with further upside expected through its simplification initiatives, supports further investment in One NZ
• Full control provides business plan flexibility and a focus on long term value creation under 100% New Zealand ownership
• One NZ continues to deliver strong, stable cash flows and is well positioned to achieve a target 30% EBITDA margin in the near term
• Strengthens Infratil’s cash generative core, providing stable and growing cashflows to support further Infratil’s development platforms
• FY2024 Proportionate EBITDAF guidance range increased to NZ$800 million – NZ$840 million, reflecting an increased contribution from One NZ
• Underwritten  NZ$750 million Placement (‘Placement’) priced at NZ$9.20 per New Share (‘Placement Price’), representing a 8.9% discount to last close and a 7.9% discount to 5-day VWAP of NZ$9.99
• Retail offer of NZ$100 million (plus the ability to accept oversubscriptions) enabling retail shareholders to participate in the equity raising on a pro rata basis
• Post equity raise and completion of the One NZ transaction, Infratil’s wholly owned group gearing is expected to be 18.7%  with NZ$927.7 million of available liquidity , , providing flexibility to support growth investment across Infratil’s portfolio
• The acquisition is unconditional
• Completion of the One NZ investment is expected shortly after receipt of the Placement proceeds
One NZ is a leading New Zealand digital services and connectivity company with 2.7 million connections and population coverage of more than 98% of New Zealand. One NZ has been transformed since Infratil’s initial acquisition in 2019 and today holds a strong market position in mobile and is delivering growth across multiple segments.
Infratil CEO Jason Boyes said, “Further investment in One NZ is strategically and financially compelling for Infratil and our shareholders. One NZ has had strong momentum following the recent rebrand and other business transformation initiatives that are ongoing, with further upside to be realised. Full control of One NZ provides business plan and capital allocation flexibility and a renewed focus on long term value creation”.
“Beyond One NZ, we continue to see exciting near-term opportunities for investment across our portfolio, in particular across our digital and renewables platforms. Since our full year results announcement on 22 May, CDC Data Centres continues to see strong demand signals for capacity. We will maintain balance sheet capacity and flexibility following the transaction to support our investments in assets such as CDC and Longroad, with a focus on long term growth and value for shareholders.”
“The equity raise is a $750 million underwritten placement, which happens today, and then a $100 million retail offer that runs until 27 June and is not underwritten. This is a similar offer structure Infratil has used before that, given the make-up of our share register, gives almost all shareholders the ability to maintain their proportionate ownership of Infratil if they wish, but also minimises the cost of the offer for those who cannot.”
One NZ CEO Jason Paris said, “Infratil’s increased investment in One New Zealand is a huge vote of confidence in the direction and momentum within our business and means this important New Zealand company will be 100 percent locally owned and managed for the first time. We thank Brookfield for its outstanding contribution as a shareholder, and we welcome Infratil’s increased investment to full ownership, which reflects the significant additional opportunities available within the business.”
Udhay Mathialagan, Brookfield Managing Director and Global CEO of Data Centres, and outgoing chair of One NZ, said, “During our ownership of One NZ, we have overseen the investment of more than a billion dollars to expand and strengthen New Zealand’s digital infrastructure. Personally, it’s been a privilege to lead the board through a period of significant change that involved the rebrand to One NZ, the carve-out of the tower assets and navigating through the pandemic. While we continue to see further long-term value in One NZ, we were attracted to realising a strong return now. We wish Infratil and the One NZ management team the best for what will be a bright future.”
Infratil’s consideration will be funded by:
• A NZ$850 million equity raise, comprising a NZ$750 million underwritten Placement  and a NZ$100 million non-underwritten Retail Offer (‘Retail Offer’) (together, the ‘Equity Raising’); and
• The balance will be funded by cash reserves and debt facilities of NZ$950 million
Post equity raise and completion of the One NZ transaction, Infratil’s wholly owned group gearing is expected to be 18.7% with NZ$927.7 million of available liquidity.
All Infratil directors intend to participate in the equity raising.
Barrenjoey Markets Pty Limited (acting jointly with Forsyth Barr Limited) and UBS New Zealand Limited are Joint Lead Managers.
Further details of the Equity Raising are as follows:
The Placement will be conducted through a bookbuild in which eligible investors in New Zealand, Australia, and certain other jurisdictions will be invited to participate. A trading halt has been granted by NZX and ASX to facilitate the Placement.
The Placement will comprise the issue of 81.5 million new shares, representing approximately 11.2% of existing issued capital, to raise NZ$750 million. The Placement Price of NZ$9.20 per new share represents a discount of 8.9% to the last NZX close price on Tuesday, 6 June 2023.
It is intended that eligible shareholders who bid for an amount up to their 'pro rata' share of new shares under the Placement will be allocated their full bid on a best-efforts basis.
Interests associated with Morrison & Co and related parties have pre committed to subscribe for $43.7 million worth of new shares in the Placement equivalent to their pro rata share.
Infratil intends to conduct a non-underwritten Retail Offer to eligible existing shareholders to raise up to NZ$100 million, with the ability to scale applications or accept over subscriptions at Infratil’s discretion.
Eligible shareholders in New Zealand and Australia will be invited to apply for up to NZ$80,000 and A$45,000 , respectively of new shares under the Retail Offer, free of any brokerage, commission and transaction costs. The maximum application size has been selected with the objective of enabling as many retail shareholders as possible to apply for their pro rata share of the equity raising via the Retail Offer.
New shares to be issued under the Retail Offer will be issued at the lower of the Placement Price or a 2.5% discount to the five-day VWAP of Infratil on the NZX up to, and including, the closing date of the Retail Offer.
New Shares to be issued under the Retail Offer will rank equally with existing Infratil shares on issue and will be quoted on the NZX and ASX from the date of Retail Offer allotment.
If the Retail Offer is oversubscribed, applications may be scaled in Infratil’s discretion, having regard to existing shareholdings at 7:00pm NZST on Tuesday, 6 June 2023. This approach is intended to ensure, as far as is practicable, shareholders who apply for a number of shares that will allow them to maintain their proportionate ownership in Infratil will receive those shares .
All eligible shareholders will be able to participate through either the Placement or the Retail Offer.
Full details of the Retail Offer will be set out in the Retail Offer booklet, which will be released to the NZX and ASX, and sent to eligible shareholders in New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday, 13 June 2023. The closing date for applications by eligible shareholders is Tuesday, 27 June 2023.
Further details of the acquisition of One NZ and the Equity Raising are set out in the Investor Presentation provided to the NZX and ASX today.
There will be a briefing for institutional investors, analysts and media commencing at 10.30am.
The Webcast link is here.
Any investor enquiries should be directed to:
Equity Raising Key dates:
Trading halt and Placement bookbuild Wednesday, 7 June 2023
Announcement of results of Placement and trading halt lifted Thursday, 8 June 2023
ASX settlement Tuesday, 13 June 2023
NZX settlement Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Allotment & commencement of trading of new shares on NZX/ASX Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Retail Offer Date
Record date Tuesday, 6 June 2023
Expected despatch of Retail Offer document and application form Tuesday, 13 June 2023
Retail Offer opens Tuesday, 13 June 2023
Retail Offer closes Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Announcement of results of Retail Offer Friday, 30 June 2023
Allotment of shares on NZX and ASX Tuesday, 4 July 2023
Commencement of trading of shares on NZX Tuesday, 4 July 2023
Commencement of trading of shares on ASX Wednesday, 5 July 2023
About One NZ
One NZ is a leading New Zealand digital services and connectivity company with 2.7 million connections and population coverage of more than 98% of New Zealand
One NZ has an integrated network with a full-service telecommunication offering, a strong market position across mobile, and is delivering growth across multiple segments. One NZ is one of New Zealand’s largest fixed infrastructure owners with over 11,000km of fibre and cable, extensive spectrum holdings and long-term access to over 1,500 mobile towers.
One NZ is a technology leader with proven track record of improving customer experience through innovation and leading the market in launching next generation technologies, including the recently announced partnership with SpaceX to deliver coverage to 100% of New Zealand by 2024.
To learn more about One NZ, please visit www.one.nz
Infratil is a New Zealand headquartered global infrastructure investor with a significant portfolio of investments in digital infrastructure, renewables, healthcare and airports. Infratil was founded and publicly listed by Morrison & Co in 1994 as a platform offering investors access to long-term infrastructure investment. Infratil is listed on both the New Zealand and Australian Stock Exchanges (IFT.NZ, IFZ.AX) with a current market capitalisation of NZ$7.4 billion .
To learn more about Infratil, please visit www.infratil.com
About Morrison & Co
Morrison & Co has managed Infratil since its inception in 1994. Morrison & Co is a global infrastructure investment management specialist, founded in 1988. Morrison & Co manages multiple client mandates, with total funds under management of approximately NZ$30 billion at 31 March 2023. Morrison & Co is a pioneer in innovative infrastructure investing, supporting businesses that help enhance the lives of local communities. Morrison & Co integrates deep industry specialisation with financial and transactional expertise, with investment decisions supported by research and high-conviction beliefs in long-term trends that bridge business cycles.
To learn more about Morrison & Co, please visit www.hrlmorrison.com
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1. Enterprise value assumes net debt of $2.3 billion, including $918 million lease liabilities
2. Reflects implied Enterprise Value of $5.9 billion and midpoint of FY2024PF EBITDA range of $580-$620 million
3. Reflects implied Enterprise Value of $5.9 billion and midpoint of FY2024PF EBITDA range of $580-$620 million adjusted for $35 million of one-off project and rebranding costs, and capitalisation of SaaS development expenditure
4. The Placement is fully underwritten, other than in respect of pre-committed pro rata participation in the Placement by interests associated with Morrison & Co and related parties amounting to $43.7 million worth of new shares in the aggregate
5. Gearing calculated as total net debt / total capital based on the Infratil share price of NZ$10.10 as at 6 June 2023 and assuming NZ$850 million equity raise
6. Includes impact of equity raise (net of transaction fees) and payment of incentive fee and any other adjustments on 31 March 2023 balance sheet, but excluding commitments
7. Available liquidity includes undrawn debt facilities and cash on hand
8. The Placement is fully underwritten, other than in respect of pre-committed pro rata participation in the Placement by interests associated with Morrison & Co and related parties amounting to $43.7 million worth of new shares in the aggregate
9. If an eligible shareholder in Australia applies for an Australian dollar amount of shares, and the exchange rate varies such that the Australian dollar amount applied for exceeds the NZ$50,000 regulatory limit (on the basis of the NZ$:A$ exchange rate published by the New Zealand Reserve Bank on its website at 3.00pm New Zealand time on the closing date of the Retail Offer), shares having a total issue price equal to NZ$50,000 (converted in accordance with the Retail Offer booklet), which may be less than A$45,000, will be issued to the shareholder and they will be refunded the excess cash amount.
10. Infratil’s ability to scale in this manner is subject to the overall size of the Retail Offer and regulatory restrictions on the number of shares that can be offered to eligible Australian shareholders. Refer to the Retail Offer booklet, when published, for further details regarding Infratil’s intended approach to scaling.
11. As at 6 June 2023