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April 9, 2019

Vopak Sells 3 Terminals First State Investments

Image: Royal Vopak

Image: Royal Vopak

Dutch oil and chemicals storage company Royal Vopak has agreed to sell three terminals - Algeciras, Amsterdam and Hamburg - to First State Investments for 723 million euros ($812 million).

"This divestment follows the strategic review of these terminals as announced on 17 August 2018. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the second half year of 2019. The combined operational capacity of the three terminals is 2,288,000 cbm," said a press release from the company.

The total agreed transaction value of EUR 723 million includes a contingent consideration of EUR 15 million, which is subject to certain revenue conditions. The transaction is expected to generate a net pre-tax cash inflow for Vopak of approximately EUR 670 million at completion in 2019. The total expected exceptional gain before taxation will be around EUR 200 million, to be recorded in the second half of 2019.

The transaction is accretive to the return on capital employed for Vopak and has an implied multiple of more than 10x EBITDA. At the completion of this transaction, the use of the proceeds will be considered in line with the strategy and financial framework as presented at the Vopak Capital Markets Day 27 November 2018.

Eelco Hoekstra, CEO Vopak said:  "This  announcement is a next step in the delivery of our strategy and the alignment of our portfolio based on long term market developments. In Europe, our main focus is to further strengthen our position in the major industrial clusters Rotterdam and Antwerp."

Eelco added: "Globally, we currently have more than 2 million cbm under construction and new projects will be announced to grow our portfolio with a focus on industrial, chemical, and gas terminals and to maintain our strategic position in hub locations."  
 
Marcus Ayre, Partner First State Investments said: "We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Vopak on the acquisition of the terminals in Algeciras, Amsterdam and Hamburg. This diversified portfolio of world-class oil product storage terminals provides an excellent fit with First State's long term infrastructure investment philosophy."