NEW YORK — Nov 8, 2011
Morgan Stanley Infrastructure (MSI), the dedicated infrastructure investing platform of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), announced today that Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP), a USD 4 billion global infrastructure fund, has sold its 50 percent interest in SAESA Group (SAESA), a Chilean electricity distribution, transmission and generation company, to Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) of Canada on behalf of its clients, for an undisclosed amount.
SAESA Group is the second-largest electricity distributor in Chile and is the main provider in the southern regions of the country. The company serves 713,000 customers, operates over 53,500 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines, and owns and operates in excess of 190 megawatts of wind, hydro, diesel and gas electric-generating capacity. SAESA is comprised of four distribution companies, a sub-transmission business serving the grid associated with three of the distribution companies, a regulated generation business and an energy wholesaler.
MSIP acquired SAESA in July 2008 with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’). Under the agreement, MSIP and Teachers’ each owned 50 percent of the company. Following the sale, Teachers’ will retain its 50 percent interest in SAESA.
“Our investment thesis for SAESA has been proven out, as we worked with the management team to implement operational changes and make additional investments that should allow SAESA to continue its strong growth,” said Sadek Wahba, Global Head of MSI and Chief Investment Officer of MSIP. “Ontario Teachers’ has been a great partner, and with AIMCo’s acquisition of our 50 percent interest, we believe SAESA is well positioned for future growth and continued success.”
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