Essal auction to take place December 16

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chilean water utility Essal will auction the 40.5% stake the government holds in the company on December 16.

Some 388mn shares will be sold at local stock exchange BCS, representing the stake held by the government through state development agency Corfo.

The auction book will be open from Thursday (Dec 1) until December 15, according to Essal's corporate presentation on the transaction.

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Financial advisors for the offering will be Banchile Citi Global Markets, IM Trust and Merrill Lynch.

Essal, which serves southern regions X and XIV, is controlled by France's Suez Environnement.

Last December, Chile's government announced it would sell its stake in four water companies to pay for reconstruction following the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central-southern Chile in February of that year.

The government raised some US$984mn in June with the sale of 30% of metropolitan utility Aguas Andinas, while the state's share in Essbio and Esval was sold for US$564mn. The government pledged to keep a 5% stake in each utility as a way to preserve its veto power.

For Essal's full corporate presentation, in Spanish, go to this link; for the commercial prospectus, also in Spanish, this link