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Brookfield Infrastructure Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

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BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Aug. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Infrastructure (NYSE:BIP, TSX:BIP) today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

  For the three months
ended June 30
For the six months
ended June 30
US$ millions (except per unit amounts), unaudited   2019   2018   2019   2018
Net income1 $ 98 $ 125 $ 128 $ 334
– per unit2 $ 0.12 $ 0.21 $ 0.07 $ 0.63
FFO $ 337 $ 294 $ 688 $ 627
– per unit4 $ 0.85 $ 0.75 $ 1.73 $ 1.60

Brookfield Infrastructure reported net income for the quarter of $98 million ($0.12 per unit) compared to net income of $125 million ($0.21 per unit) in the prior year. Net income for the period benefited from higher earnings across the majority of our operations, as well as contributions from capital expenditures and new investments completed in the last 12 months, predominantly in our energy segment. The prior year results are not comparable, as they included the benefit of higher mark-to-market gains on our corporate hedging program.

Our business generated FFO of $337 million for the quarter, or $0.85 of FFO per unit, representing increases of 15% and 13%, respectively, over the same quarter of the prior year. Results for the quarter benefited from both organic growth and contributions from capital recently deployed into new investments. FFO grew organically by 10% relative to the prior year, marking the second consecutive period of growth that exceeded our annual long-term target of 6-9%.

"We are pleased with our performance this quarter. The meaningful increase in our results reflects the impact of the most recent phase of our asset rotation strategy," said Sam Pollock, Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Infrastructure. "We have invested or committed to invest a further $1.3 billion into four high-quality businesses predominantly in North America and India. These businesses have strong going-in cash-on-cash yields that should set the stage for further growth in our results heading into 2020."

Segment Performance

FFO from our utilities segment totaled $143 million for the quarter, compared to $139 million in the prior year. This segment delivered organic growth of 10%, primarily the result of $275 million of projects that were commissioned into rate base in the last year and the benefit of inflation-indexation across our portfolio. These positive factors were partially offset by interest charges associated with a debt financing completed in the prior year at our Brazilian regulated gas transmission business, as well as the impact of foreign exchange.

Our transport segment contributed FFO of $135 million, compared to $133 million during the same period of 2018. Results in the current quarter benefited from volume growth across our ports and toll road businesses, as well as rising tariffs which were 4% higher than those earned in 2018. These positive contributions were partially offset by the impact of the sale of a 33% interest in our Chilean toll road operation that closed in February.

FFO from our energy segment was $96 million, a 78% increase relative to the prior year. The increase was predominantly attributed to the $1.2 billion of capital deployed in the last nine months to acquire a North American residential infrastructure business, a Canadian midstream operation, and a natural gas pipeline in India. Additionally, results benefited from higher natural gas transportation volumes and the commissioning of capital expansion projects at our U.S. gas transmission business.

Our data infrastructure segment generated FFO of $30 million in the second quarter, a 58% increase year-over-year. The increase was primarily the result of contributions from investments we recently made in a global data center portfolio, as well as the benefits of inflationary price increases and new towers added to the network at our French telecommunication business.

The following table presents FFO by segment:

  For the three months
ended June 30
For the six months
ended June 30
US$ millions, unaudited   2019   2018     2019     2018  
FFO by segment                
Utilities $ 143 $ 139   $ 280   $ 308  
Transport   135   133     274     270  
Energy   96   54     203     120  
Data Infrastructure   30   19     58     38  
Corporate   (67)   (51)     (127)     (109)  
FFO $ 337 $ 294   $ 688   $ 627  

Update on Strategic Initiatives

We continue to maintain a robust pipeline of attractive new opportunities and have successfully advanced a number of investment initiatives in recent months:

I. New Zealand Data Distribution Business – Along with a strategic partner, we acquired an integrated telecommunications provider in New Zealand for US$2.3 billion. This is a market-leading business that provides utility-like broadband and wireless services to 2.5 million customers. Brookfield and its institutional partners contributed $700 million of equity for our 50% stake (BIP's share – approximately $200 million).

II. North American Rail Business – We recently announced the $8.4 billion take-private acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. ("G&W"), a high-quality rail business based primarily in the U.S., but also with operations in Canada, the U.K. and Australia. We will be acquiring the business with institutional partners (BIP's share of the equity is approximately $500 million). G&W owns 120 short line railroads and 26,000 kilometers of track, providing critical, last-mile transport services to customers and Class I rail operators. The business is well-diversified across the variety of goods it moves across its networks and the 3,000-plus customers it serves.

While the original transaction included G&W's 51% interest in an Australian business, we have recently agreed to sell this stake to a consortium led by the existing 49% owner. We anticipate the close of the acquisition and sale of the Australian operation to occur concurrently in Q4 2019, once customary regulatory approvals have been received.

III. North American Gas Pipeline – In mid-July, we signed an agreement to acquire a co-controlling interest in two operational natural gas pipelines which carry low-cost U.S. natural gas into the Mexican industrial heartland. We will be investing alongside our institutional investors and BIP will be deploying approximately $150 million of equity. These pipelines were built in 2016 and represent critical infrastructure supplying Mexico's growing Central and West gas demand regions with natural gas from Texas. We anticipate completing this acquisition in Q4 2019.

IV. Indian Telecom Towers – Leveraging an existing relationship with Reliance Industries (the counterparty to our Indian pipeline investment), we recently secured an exclusive agreement to acquire a portfolio of 130,000 communication towers from Reliance Jio. These are recently constructed assets with low maintenance requirements and over 30 years of remaining useful life. Brookfield Infrastructure is expected to invest approximately $400 million upon completion of the transaction. 

V. European Bulk Port Operations – At the end of June, we completed the sale of our European bulk port operations for net, after-tax proceeds of approximately $140 million which approximated the carrying value of the business.

Appointment of New Directors

Brookfield Infrastructure is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Muñiz Quintanilla and Rajeev Vasudeva to the Board of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Limited, effective August 1, 2019.

Daniel Muñiz Quintanilla is a seasoned business executive who has held senior positions with multinational mining and infrastructure companies for over a decade. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Americas Mining Corporation, the holding company of the Mining Division of Grupo Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V.

Rajeev Vasudeva has advised global organizations on appointing, assessing and developing leaders over the last two decades. He most recently served as the CEO of Egon Zehnder for five years, where he led the establishment of its global advisory business and built its practices in India, the Middle East & Africa. He currently serves as Chairman of Centum Learning Ltd and is a Senior Advisor to Egon Zehnder.

In conjunction with these additions, Arthur Jacobson, Jr. and Danesh Varma will be stepping down from the Board of Brookfield Infrastructure. Derek Pannell, Chairman of the Board, stated "I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Muñiz Quintanilla and Rajeev Vasudeva to our Board, and look forward to their advice and guidance. These executives bring experience that will align well with Brookfield Infrastructure's global operations and growth. I would also like to thank Arthur Jacobson, Jr. and Danesh Varma for their contributions since joining the Board. Their commitment to the success of Brookfield Infrastructure has been invaluable."

Distribution

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly distribution in the amount of $0.5025 per unit, payable on September 30, 2019 to unitholders of record as at the close of business on August 30, 2019. Regular quarterly dividends on the Cumulative Class A Preferred Limited Partnership Units, Series 1, Series 3, Series 5, Series 7, Series 9 and Series 11 have also been declared, as well as the dividend for BIP Investment Corporation Senior Preferred Shares, Series 1.

Additional Information

The Board has reviewed and approved this news release, including the summarized unaudited financial information contained herein.

Brookfield Infrastructure's Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information are available at www.brookfield.com/infrastructure.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is a leading global infrastructure company that owns and operates high quality, long-life assets in the utilities, transport, energy and data infrastructure sectors across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. We are focused on assets that generate stable cash flows and require minimal maintenance capital expenditures. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at www.brookfield.com/infrastructure. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information.

Brookfield Infrastructure is the flagship listed infrastructure company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $385 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to www.brookfield.com.

Please note that Brookfield Infrastructure Partner's previous audited annual and unaudited quarterly reports have been filed on SEDAR and Edgar, and can also be found in the shareholders section of its website at www.brookfield.com/infrastructure. Hard copies of the annual and quarterly reports can be obtained free of charge upon request.

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Claire Holland
Vice President, Communications
Tel: (416) 369-8236
Email: claire.holland@brookfield.
 

Investors:
Melissa Low
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 956-5239
Email: melissa.low@brookfield.com


Conference Call and Quarterly Earnings Details

Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Infrastructure's Second Quarter 2019 Results as well as the Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information on Brookfield Infrastructure's website under the Investor Relations section at www.brookfield.com/infrastructure.

The conference call can be accessed via webcast on August 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/67unvk9r or via teleconference at 1-866-688-9459 toll free in North America. For overseas calls please dial +1-409-216-0834, at approximately 8:50 a.m. Eastern Time. A recording of the teleconference can be accessed at 1-855-859-2056 or +1-404-357-3406 (Conference ID: 4475915)

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities regulations. The words "will", "target", "future", "growth", "expect", "believe", "may", derivatives thereof and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate future events, trends or prospects and which do not relate to historical matters, identify the above mentioned and other forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release may include statements regarding expansion of Brookfield Infrastructure's business, the likelihood and timing of successfully completing the transactions referred to in this news release, statements with respect to our assets tending to appreciate in value over time, the future performance of acquired businesses and growth initiatives, the commissioning of our capital backlog, the pursuit of projects in our pipeline, the level of distribution growth over the next several years and our expectations regarding returns to our unitholders as a result of such growth. Although Brookfield Infrastructure believes that these forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on them, or any other forward-looking statements or information in this news release. The future performance and prospects of Brookfield Infrastructure are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results of Brookfield Infrastructure to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by the statements in this news release include general economic conditions in the jurisdictions in which we operate and elsewhere which may impact the markets for our products and services, the ability to achieve growth within Brookfield Infrastructure's businesses and in particular completion on time and on budget of various large capital projects, which themselves depend on access to capital and continuing favourable commodity prices, and our ability to achieve the milestones necessary to deliver the targeted returns to our unitholders, the impact of market conditions on our businesses, the fact that success of Brookfield Infrastructure is dependent on market demand for an infrastructure company, which is unknown, the availability of equity and debt financing for Brookfield Infrastructure, the ability to effectively complete transactions in the competitive infrastructure space (including the ability to complete announced and potential transactions that may be subject to conditions precedent, and the inability to reach final agreement with counterparties to transactions referred to in this press release as being currently pursued, given that there can be no assurance that any such transaction will be agreed to or completed) and to integrate acquisitions into existing operations, the future performance of these acquisitions, changes in technology which have the potential to disrupt the business and industries in which we invest, the market conditions of key commodities, the price, supply or demand for which can have a significant impact upon the financial and operating performance of our business and other risks and factors described in the documents filed by Brookfield Infrastructure with the securitie

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