CMA CGM to sell majority stake in Global Gateway South Terminal

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 04-07-2017        Tweet

• CMA CGM to sell 90% of Global Gateway South Terminal (GGS) to EQT Infrastructure

• Disposal to complete financial deleveraging plan communicated in December 2015 upon announcement of the acquisition of NOL

MARSEILLE: CMA CGM ( the "Group" ) signed an agreement with EQT Infrastructure III ( "EQT Infrastructure" ) and its partner P5 Infrastructure ( "P5" ) on July 1st 2017, pursuant to which EQT Infrastructure will acquire a 90% interest in the Global Gateway South ( "GGS" ) terminal in Los Angeles (USA) for an Enterprise Value of USD 875 million. Following the completion of the transaction, CMA CGM will remain a minority shareholder holding 10% of the GGS terminal, which it acquired last year as part of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).

Farid T Salem, Executive Officer of CMA CGM commented, “We are very pleased to partner with EQT Infrastructure. Together we will develop GGS into a world class terminal company. The terminal will remain an important part of our industry leading logistics network, and will have an opportunity to grow alongside CMA CGM. Throughout the sales process, EQT Infrastructure and P5 expertise have focused on growth in addition to a responsible, hands-on ownership approach, which we consider highly beneficial to our future partnership.”

CMA CGM will receive a cash consideration of $817 million to be paid at closing. Transaction terms also provide for the Group to receive additional deferred, contingent cash consideration of which sequence and quantum will depend on GGS’ future operating and financial performance.

CMA CGM and its subsidiaries entered into a long-term industrial partnership and utilization agreement with EQT Infrastructure and P5, allowing the Group to remain a major user of the terminal with preferential conditions. GGS is a key asset in delivering a high quality of service in the USA to CMA CGM’s customers.

The disposal of GGS enables CMA CGM to complete the financial deleveraging plan communicated in December 2015 upon announcement of the NOL’s acquisition. The transaction is fully in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to focus on its shipping business while securing its operations through shared ownership of key terminals.

Closing of the transaction is subject to anti-trust and regulatory approvals, including clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and is expected to occur by end of 2017.