MONTREAL, Aug. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the transaction announced by Ferrovial earlier today, the Caisse announced that its stake in BAA will decrease from 21.18% to 15.55%. The Caisse chose to exercise its tag-along right in order to sell 5.63% of its interest to Qatar Holding LLC for an amount of CDN$393.6 million (£253 million).
"The Caisse is taking this opportunity to rebalance and better diversify its infrastructure portfolio while remaining a partner of BAA, a company that owns very high-quality assets including Heathrow Airport, a global air transportation hub," said Normand Provost, Caisse Executive Vice-President, Private Equity.
Earlier today, Qatar Holding signed an agreement to acquire a 20% stake in BAA for an amount of CDN$1.4 billion (£900 million).
The transaction is conditional upon obtaining approval from the European competition authorities and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2011, it held $159.0 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, the Caisse invests in major financial markets, private equity and real estate. For more information: www.lacaisse.com
SOURCE: CAISSE DE DEPOT ET PLACEMENT DU QUEBEC
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