TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Corporation (TSX:MPT)(TSX:MPT.DB.A) – ("MPIC" or the "Corporation") today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of a 33.3% ownership interest in a district heating business centrally located in Sweden from Fortum Corporation. The purchase price was approximately $109 million, including transaction costs, and was funded using cash on hand. The remaining 66.7% ownership interest in the district heating business was acquired by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II ("MEIF II"), a private unlisted infrastructure fund managed by a subsidiary of Macquarie Group Limited.
"This district heating portfolio is an established core infrastructure business with proven cash flow," said Michael Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of MPIC. "This investment provides an attractive return within our targeted range, diversifies our portfolio internationally and by infrastructure category, and contributes to the long-term sustainability of our dividends to shareholders."
The district heating business, which has been re-branded as Varmevarden AB ("Varmevarden"), consists of 11 regional facilities that include both heat production and distribution. Varmevarden has 84 employees, including a seasoned management team with extensive experience in the Swedish district heating market.
About Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Corporation
Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Corporation's mission is to build and responsibly manage a high quality portfolio of infrastructure businesses in Canada and internationally in order to deliver a superior total return to shareholders through a combination of stable dividends and capital appreciation. MPIC's portfolio currently includes investments in gas cogeneration, wind, hydro and biomass power generating facilities, representing approximately 350 MW of installed capacity, and a 33.3% interest in a district heating business in Sweden. MPIC is also currently developing a 20 MW solar power facility in Ontario. MPIC is managed by an affiliate of Macquarie Group Limited. Please visit www.macquarie.com/mpic for additional information.
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Although the Corporation believes that it has a reasonable basis for the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements, actual results may differ from those suggested by the forward-looking statements for various reasons, including risks related to: power infrastructure (operational performance; power purchase agreements; fuel costs and supply; contract performance; development risk; technology risk; default under credit agreements; land tenure and related rights; regulatory regime and permits; and force majeure) and the Corporation (variability and payment of dividends, which are not guaranteed; geographic concentration and non-diversification; dependence on the manager of the Corporation and potential conflicts of interest; insurance; environmental, health and safety regime; availability of financing; shareholder dilution; the volatile market price for common shares of the Corporation; changes in legislation and administrative policy; and International Financial Reporting Standards). There are also a number of risks related to the Corporation's investment in the DH Business, including: general business risks inherent in the district heating business; geographic concentration; minority interest; government regulation; termination of supply and customer contracts; enforcement of indemnities against the vendors of the district heating business; environmental health and safety liabilities; liability and insurance; and reliance on key personnel. There is also a risk that the district heating business may not achieve expected results.
For a more comprehensive description of these and other possible risks, please see the Corporation's Annual Information Form dated March 24, 2011 for the year ended December 31, 2010 as updated in subsequently filed Quarterly Financial Reports and other filings made by the Corporation with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. These filings are available on SEDAR. The assumptions, risks and uncertainties described above are not exhaustive and other events and risk factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and events discussed in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect current expectations of the Corporation as at the date of this news release and speak only as at the date of this news release. Except as may be required by applicable law, the Corporation does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.