Fairfax India Receives All Regulatory Approvals to Complete Sale of Minority Position of Anchorage Infrastructure
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TORONTO, Sept. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fairfax India Holdings Corporation (“Fairfax India” or the “Company”) (TSX: FIH.U) announces that it has received all regulatory approvals required to complete the previously announced transaction to sell approximately 11.5% (on a fully-diluted basis) of its interest in Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited (“Anchorage”) for gross proceeds of approximately INR 9.5 billion (approximately $129 million at current exchange rates). The Company intends to close the transaction as soon as practicable.
Anchorage is a subsidiary of Fairfax India and will be its flagship company for investing in companies, businesses and opportunities in the airport and infrastructure sectors of India. Anchorage is also Fairfax India’s platform for bidding on airport privatization projects in India. Currently, Fairfax India, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, FIH Mauritius Investments Ltd, owns a 54.0% equity interest in Bangalore International Airport (“BIAL”). As previously disclosed by Fairfax India, as part of the transaction, Fairfax India will restructure approximately 43.6% of its equity interest in BIAL such that it shall be held through Anchorage, implying an equity valuation for 100% of BIAL of approximately INR 189.7 billion (approximately $2.6 billion at current exchange rates), which is the same valuation implied in Fairfax India’s June 30, 2021 consolidated financial statements. Upon closing of the transaction, Fairfax India’s effective ownership interest in BIAL will decrease to approximately 49.0% on a fully-diluted basis, while its actual ownership will remain unchanged.
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Fairfax India is an investment holding company whose objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation, while preserving capital, by investing in public and private equity securities and debt instruments in India and Indian businesses or other businesses with customers, suppliers or business primarily conducted in, or dependent on, India.
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