Port of Melbourne sold for A$9.7b

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-19
Published : 19 Sep 2016, 10:08:42

Port of Melbourne sold to Consortium in a 50-year lease for A$9.7b

The sale of Australia's biggest general cargo terminal, Port of Melbourne, was awarded to a group led by QIC Private Capital for about A$9.7 billion ($7.29 billion), the Victorian state government said on Monday.

"We believe this investment brings significant diversification benefits for our clients as a landlord port with a well defined regulatory regime in a globally scarce infrastructure subsector," QIC Global Infrastructure Head Ross Israel said in a statement released by the Victorian government.

QIC is part of the Lonsdale Consortium, which won the 50-year lease of the port. The group also includes the investment arm of the Queensland state government, Australia's sovereign Future Fund, New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners, Canada's Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

The consortium was advised by Gresham Partners and Credit Suisse with Herbert Smith Freehills as legal adviser. The transaction is due to close on Oct. 31.

The other bidder was IFM Investors Pty Ltd, Australia's biggest pension fund investor, with Macquarie Group's Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Dutch pension fund manager APG Asset Management NV; according to Reuters.

- TM
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