Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Morrison & Co-led group gives up on Stansted: report

Morrison & Co-led group gives up on Stansted Airport race over funding risks, report

Jan. 10 (BusinessDesk) - An investment consortium led by Wellington-based investment bank Morrison & Co has pulled out of the race to buy Stansted Airport in the UK after failing to get bank funding for the deal, according to a British media report.

The group's bankers balked at the funding risks, which required bidders having to stump up with 50 percent of the deal in equity and the remainder in expensive investment grade debt, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing unnamed sources. The airport is Britain's third biggest, and derives about 70 percent of its revenue from budget carrier Ryanair.

Bidders have until Jan. 16 to make an offer, with 1 billion pounds the estimated price tag. Stansted is valued at 1.3 billion pounds based on regulatory calculations.

The consortium included NZX-listed infrastructure investor Infratil, the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the newly joined Retail Employees Superannuation Trust from Australia, the paper said.

Their exit leaves Manchester Airports Group and Macquarie in the running to buy the airport.

Madrid-based transportation infrastructure investor Ferrovial bought BAA in 2006 for some 10.3 billion pounds, and has been forced to three of its nine airports by the UK's Competition Commission in 2009.

It has already sold Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, and is selling Stansted after giving up its battle when UK Court of Appeal turned down its application in July this year. That leaves it with Heathrow, Southampton airport in southern England and Glasgow and Aberdeen airports in Scotland.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half Full: Dairy Payouts Steady, Cash Will Be Tight

Industry body DairyNZ is advising farmers to focus on strong cashflow management as they look ahead to the 2015-16 season following Fonterra's half-year results announcement today. More>>

ALSO:

First Union: Cotton On Plans To Use “Tea Break” Law

“The Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that ‘post the passing of this law, will you all of a sudden find thousands of workers who are denied having a tea break? The answer is absolutely not’... Cotton On is proposing to remove tea and meal breaks for workers in its safety sensitive distribution centre. How long before other major chains try and follow suit?” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ-Korea FTA Signed Amid Spying, Lost Sovereignty Claims

A long-awaited free trade agreement between New Zealand and South Korea has been signed in Seoul by Prime Minister John Key and the Korean president, Park Geun-hye. More>>

ALSO:

PM Visit: NZ And Viet Nam Agree Ambitious Trade Target

New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020, Prime Minister John Key has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Economy Grows 0.8% In Fourth Quarter

The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: RBNZ’s Wheeler Keeps OCR On Hold, No Rate Hikes Ahead

The Reserve Bank has removed the prospect of future interest rate hikes from its forecast horizon as a strong kiwi dollar and cheap oil hold down inflation, and the central bank ponders whether to lower its assessment of where “neutral” interest rates should be. The kiwi dollar gained. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news