Mexico's ICA acquires 51% of Peruvian construction services for the mining industry

Mexican construction company ICA said on Wednesday it would buy a 51% stake in in San Martín Contratistas Generales S.A., Peru's leading company dedicated principally to construction in the mining sector.

Here is the press release:

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., the largest engineering, procurement, construction and infrastructure operations company in Mexico, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire a 51% shareholding in San Martín Contratistas Generales S.A. ("San Martín"), Peru's leading company dedicated principally to construction in the mining sector.

San Martín, founded in 1960, is Peru's largest construction services company for open pit and site preparation works for the mining industry. During the last three years San Martín's revenues increased at an average annual rate of 35%, reaching approximately US$ 240 million in 2011. San Martín's backlog as of December 31, 2011 totaled US$ 440 million, which includes contracts that will be executed during the next five years.

The purchase price was based on an earn out formula that takes into account various factors, including San Martín's EBITDA during 2011 to 2014, and is payable over a five year period. The accumulated purchase price could range from the initial payment of US$ 18 million, payable upon closing, to a maximum of US$ 123 million, with a likely range between US$ 80 million and US$ 100 million based on current reasonable projections of the company's performance.

This strategic transaction reflects ICA's international expansion initiative and interest in forming partnerships with domestic groups of proven experience and recognized prestige in select Latin American countries. Peru has grown at an average rate of 6.4% over the past 10 years, with sound macroeconomic management and a proven legal framework for foreign investment and infrastructure development.

Julían Siucho, the Chairman of San Martín, noted: "By joining forces with ICA, we will be able to take San Martín to the next level of growth and profitability. The scope of ICA's operations and financial strength will make it possible for us to undertake larger and more complex projects than at present. In addition, the partnership will enable us to take our mining construction expertise to other countries in the region."

Alonso Quintana, ICA's Chief Operating Officer, added: "ICA believes that the acquisition of a majority holding in San Martín creates value for ICA and ICA's shareholders. San Martín is a proven leader with a superior management team and shared corporate values. The company's expertise opens up a new range of business opportunities for ICA in civil construction. We have operated in Peru since 1996, and our agreement with San Martín is an important step forward in ICA's international expansion initiative. We look forward to a long and productive partnership with San Martín."

BBVA acted as a sole financial advisor to ICA. The closing of the transaction is expected prior to the end of June 2012 and is subject to certain approvals. ICA expects to consolidate 100% of San Martín effective as of the date of closing, in accordance with IFRS.

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. is Mexico's largest construction and infrastructure operations company. Founded in 1947, ICA's principal lines of business are civil and industrial construction and engineering; infrastructure operations, including airports, toll roads, and water systems; and homebuilding.