Four consortiums have been established involving most, if not all, of the nine participants through to the second round of a sale offering a 49 percent stake in distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO, a subsidiary of power utility PPC, indicating that at least four binding offers can be expected, when these are submitted within August, sources monitoring the procedure have informed.
All nine qualifiers have been assessing DEDDIE/HEDNO’s technical and financial data, the sources said.
At its most recent session, PPC’s board approved a plan for the transfer of the group’s electricity distribution assets to DEDDIE/HEDNO.
Also, PPC has commissioned professional services company Grant Thorton for the asset evaluation process, expected in August.
The privatization’s nine second-round qualifiers are:
ARDIAN Infrastructure Funds
BCI – British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
BLACKROCK – BlackRock Alternatives Management, L.L.C
CVC Capital Partners – Advisers Company, S.a.r.l
F2i – Fondi Italiani per le Infrastructure SGR S.p.A
First Sentier Investors EDIF III GP S.a.r.l
KKR – Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.
MACQUARIE Group Limited
OHA – Oak Hill Advisors LLP