Tuesday, January 5, 2010

WorleyParsons to acquire CNEC Engenharia SA

News | WorleyParsons to acquire CNEC Engenharia SA

WorleyParsons and Brazilian conglomerate Camargo Correa today announced an agreement for WorleyParsons to acquire CNEC Engenharia (CNEC), the stand alone engineering and project management operation of the Camargo Correa E&C division.

Official Announcement to Australian Stock Exchange:   Acquisition of CNEC Engenharia SA

The purchase price will be BRL170.0 million comprising BRL130.0 million in consideration and BRL40.0 million which will be initially retained by the business as a non-core asset. The business' pro-forma EBITDA (earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortization) for the year ending June 2010 is estimated to be BRL24.5 million.

The capability of CNEC, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil complements the existing capabilities of WorleyParsons’ resource and energy businesses and provides a springboard for the next phase of WorleyParsons’ growth across South America.  CNEC has built a regional and international reputation in thermoelectric and hydroelectric plants, subways, ports, airports, highways, wastewater, industrial plants, refining and distributing oil and gas, petrochemical and urban development throughout Brazil and in Latin America and Africa.

Robert Edwardes, Managing Director of WorleyParsons’ United States and Latin America region commented: “The acquisition of CNEC is key to WorleyParsons achieving growth and expanding our hydrocarbons, power, infrastructure, mining and metals capability by incorporating CNEC’s globally recognized multi-discipline capabilities. CNEC will be a significant enhancement to WorleyParsons’ Latin American group.

Also commenting, the President of CNEC, Mr. José Ayres de Campos said: “Joining WorleyParsons is an exciting development for CNEC, which celebrated its 50th year of business just last year.  This merger of complementary talent will enable CNEC to grow geographically while adding to our core technical areas of expertise enabling us to provide our clients with a more comprehensive service both domestically and internationally.”

About CNEC
CNEC is part of the Engineering & Construction (E&C) Division of the Brazilian conglomerate Camargo Correa and became a wholly owned subsidiary in the 1990s.  CNEC services the downstream hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, hydroelectric, infrastructure (transport, water/wastewater) and environmental industries of Brazil. It is an established leader in Brazil hydro-power, with a world class capability.

The company has around 700 employees with established offices in Brazil; located in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Maranhao, Para, Santa Catarina, and Distrito Federal; Argentina and Peru. The head office is in Sao Paulo and the company has a geographic presence in attractive South American markets. 

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