Aecon achieves commercial and financial close on the Bermuda Airport Redevelopment Project

TORONTO, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today that it has achieved commercial and financial close on the L.F. Wade International Airport Redevelopment Project in Bermuda (Bermuda Airport Project).   

The Bermuda Airport Project is being implemented under a framework agreement between the Government of Bermuda and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada.  Commercially, the project is being delivered under a Public-Private Partnership (P3) business model.  Aecon, as the private sector partner, is responsible for the project's development, financing and long-term operation and maintenance. 

Under the agreement, CCC will deliver a world-class new airport terminal and associated infrastructure under a fixed price, date guaranteed design and construction contract.  CCC will fully subcontract the work to Aecon, a construction contract valued at US$274 million.  Construction of the new terminal will begin shortly and is scheduled to be completed in 40 months.  The new works are being constructed on the airport property well removed from the existing terminal, allowing for uninterrupted operations of the existing terminal.

In addition to its construction mandate, Aecon's Concessions segment led the development and financing of the project.  On financial close, Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited (Skyport), a special purpose company formed and initially wholly-owned by Aecon Concessions, will take over the airport's operations, maintenance and commercial functions, and manage and coordinate the overall delivery of the redevelopment project over a 30-year concession term.

Financing for the project has been arranged by Aecon, and includes a US$285 million fixed coupon US private placement, amortized over a 25-year term, and approximately US$70 million of shareholder equity to be contributed in the latter part of construction.  Advisors to Aecon on the project include UBS Investment Bank as financial advisor, McCarthy Tétrault as legal advisor and Mott MacDonald as the project's technical and traffic advisor.   

The construction activities of the Bermuda Airport Project will be recorded in Aecon's Infrastructure segment, while the financing, operations, maintenance and concession activities will be recorded in Aecon's Concessions segment.

"Through Aecon's select participation in international projects such as the Bermuda Airport Redevelopment Project, we continue our long history of developing and building airports globally and add to our successful roster of experience as concessionaire," said John M. Beck, President and CEO, Aecon Group Inc. "The combination of the Government-to-Government and P3 procurement models is a unique offering brought to the table by CCC and Aecon to facilitate the delivery of a tailor made solution for Bermuda."

"We are very pleased to see the project move forward and are confident it will bring substantial value to both Bermuda and Aecon. Working with the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Government of Bermuda, Aecon will meet the set objectives – delivering a world-class airport, as well as providing significant economic benefits to Bermuda," said Steve Nackan, President, Aecon Concessions.  "As Bermuda's largest infrastructure project, swift financial close on this innovative arrangement demonstrates the quality of the project, as well as Aecon's depth of experience and track record in delivering projects around the globe. Aecon's role as developer, investor, design-builder and operator highlights Aecon's turnkey service offering and integrated business model – developed to meet the needs of our valued clients." 

"This government-to-government project embodies the value, trust and collaboration of the long-standing bilateral relationship between Canada and Bermuda," said Martin Zablocki, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation. "Knowing the positive economic impact a modernized airport can have on Bermuda, CCC is excited to play a key role in the delivery of a world-class, customized solution to meet the needs of Bermudians – for both today, and generations to come."

"Bermuda is benefitting from a series of strategic initiatives to spur growth and prosperity," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance the Hon. E.T. Richards JP MP. "This transaction is one of them, but a very significant one that brings jobs for Bermudians and the knowledge that they are participating in one of the largest, and most important, infrastructure projects of our generation. This development helps our community to continue along a path of economic growth and prosperity. The benefits of this significant infrastructure project will be appreciated by Bermudians and visitors for many years to come. We look forward to a long, and mutually beneficial, relationship with our first-class partners."

The Bermuda Airport Project will deliver a larger, state-of-the-art, accessible terminal that can resist hurricane-force winds. It will improve passenger flow, introduce new and renovated facilities, and provide additional retail offerings to better meet the needs of airport users, today and in the future. Key features of the project in addition to the new terminal include providing six new covered boarding bridges, new apron space for parking and refuelling or loading/unloading aircraft; modifications to taxiways to improve aircraft traffic flow; as well as energy and water efficiency features.

Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) is a Canadian leader and partner-of-choice in construction and infrastructure development.  Aecon provides integrated turnkey services to private and public sector clients in the Infrastructure, Energy and Mining sectors and provides project management, financing and development services through its Concessions segment. Aecon is also pleased to be consistently recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada. For more information, please visit www.aecon.com and follow us on Twitter at @AeconGroup.

The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking statements. These "forward-looking" statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and operating plans but are subject to risks and uncertainties.  In addition to events beyond Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause actual or future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or inferred herein including, but not limited to: the timing of projects, unanticipated costs and expenses, general market and industry conditions and operational and reputational risks, including Large Project Risk and Contractual Factors. Readers are referred to the specific risk factors relating to and affecting Aecon's business and operations as filed by Aecon pursuant to applicable securities laws.  Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the operations, business, performance, prospects, strategies and outlook for Aecon.  Forward-looking statements, may in some cases be identified by words such as "will," "plans," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "should" or the negative of these terms, or similar expressions.  Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Aecon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Aecon Group Inc.

For further information: Aecon Media Relations, Nicole Court, (416) 297-2600 x3824, ncourt@aecon.com; Aecon Investor Relations, Adam Borgatti, (416) 297-2610, aborgatti@aecon.com

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