GMR - Megawide achieves financial closure for Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Bangalore, 22nd December, 2014: GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) a joint venture between GMR Infrastructure Ltd (40% shareholding) and Megawide Construction Corporation (60% shareholding) has signed financing documents of its Mactan Cebu International Airport located in Cebu, Philippines. The financing will fund 70% of its total project cost of Php 33 billion (approximately US$ 750 mn)

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation acted as Lead Arranger to the transaction. The loan is being financed by a consortium of six banks.

Total equity contribution of GMR to GMCAC will be approximately US$ 90 mn, out of which GMR has already invested US$ 48 mn and do not envisage any further investment in the near future.

GMCAC shall be responsible for construction, development, renovation, expansion and operation of the Mactan Cebu International Airport for a period of 25 years as provided in the Concession Agreement.

This marks a key milestone for GMCAC in its journey to transform MCIA into a world class airport. MCIA is the first airport in Philippines to be privatized under the administration’s ambitious PPP programme aimed at modernizing key infrastructure assets.

In the international competitive bidding process GMR-Megawide Consortium had emerged as the highest bidder after offering a bid premium of 14.4 billion Philippine Pesos (approximately US$ 305 mn). The formal award of the project in April was followed by a six-month transition period to complete project formalities leading to the transfer of operations to GMCAC on November 1, 2014.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. G.M. Rao, Chairman, GMR Infrastructure Ltd said: “The financial closure of the project signifies the confidence of the banks in the abilities of GMR and our partner Megawide. GMR Group has proven credentials in airport operations and modernization and we are confident that we will undertake this prestigious project in a timely manner and deliver an airport that Cebuanos and Filipinos will be proud of.”

The Cebu airport project is an excellent addition to GMR Group’s portfolio with cash inflows from day one and is expected to make profits from the first year itself. With existing connections to tourist spots in the Central and Southern Philippines and with direct flights from Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo, it has huge untapped growth potential. The underdeveloped commercial business and a decisive, stable regulatory regime provide an opportunity to convert the traffic potential into bottom-line growth.

As part of the overall master plan, GMCAC will build a brand new terminal building within three years to cater to the growing traffic. At the same time, the immediate priority will be to upgrade the existing terminal and enhance operating systems and processes to improve service quality and efficiency. Alongside, GMCAC will lay adequate emphasis on corporate social responsibility and work towards socio-economic development in the surrounding region.

GMR-Megawide Consortium plans to develop the Mactan-Cebu International Airport into a regional hub in the Philippines, creating passenger and cargo traffic growth, jobs for local community, giving a boost to the tourism traffic and creating multiplier economic benefits for the region.

Airports operated by GMR have been consistently rated amongst the best run airports in the world as per Airport Service Quality surveys conducted by Airports Council International. GMR has demonstrated its capability and expertise by transforming the Delhi airport. When GMR took over the airport in 2006 it was ranked 101st amongst 150 airports around the world. Today the Delhi airport is the 5th best airport overall amongst 285 airports in the world. Similarly the Hyderabad airport has been rated the 2nd best airport in the world in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.

GMR had bid for the Mactan-Cebu airport project with Megawide Construction Corporation, one of Philippine’s leading construction firm.

About GMR Infrastructure Limited:

GMR Infrastructure Ltd is a Bangalore headquartered infrastructure group with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure sectors. It has successfully employed the public-private partnership model to build a portfolio of high quality assets. The Company has 15 power generation assets of which 8 are operational and 7 are under various stages of development. In the Highways sector the Group is operating 9 assets (including 2 in which the Group holds minority interest) across the country. In the Airports sector, the Company operates India’s busiest airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, where it has built a brand new integrated terminal T3. It has also developed and commissioned the greenfield international airport at Hyderabad as a gateway to south and central India. The Group has been recently awarded the Mactan-Cebu International Airport project in the Philippines for renovation, operation and maintenance with a concession period of 25 years. GMR Group is also committed to social development initiatives and executes these through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation which carries out work in 24 locations.

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