DP World has completed the acquisition of an additional 66.67 per cent stake in Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuarios (Embraport) in Brazil from Odebrecht Transport. This transaction increases DP World’s shareholding to 100 per cent and the terminal will be rebranded to DP World Santos.
DP World Santos is the largest Brazilian private multi-modal port terminal and operates in the Port of Santos, which is the busiest container port in Latin America handling 3.4million TEU ((twentyfoot equivalent units) ) in 2016 and has strategic access to sea, road and rail, and 90 per cent of the cargo is destined for Brazil’s most populous city, Sao Paulo.
DP World Santos has an annual capacity of 1.2 million TEU and the first phase of the project has created 653 meters of wharf, 207,000 square meters of terminal area.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “We are delighted to fully consolidate our stake in DP World Santos and to underline our commitment to the Port of Santos and the future of trade in Brazil. DP World has become a major player in the South American infrastructure sector with a network of container terminals in Peru, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Ecuador and Suriname and we remain committed to our role as a global trade enabler and targeting a broader strategy to grow complementary sectors in the global supply chain.”
The purchase consideration is below per cent of DP World’s net asset value as of 1H20171 and on a pro-forma basis DP World’s net leverage would be 2.8x Net Debt to EBITDA with this transaction compared to the reported 2.6×2 , informed DP World in a press release.
The company was founded in 2005 by merging Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International (which had been founded in 1999). It purchased P&O Group of the United Kingdom in 2006 for £3.9 billion ($7 billion), which was at the time the world’s fourth largest ports operator. Shares representing 20% of the company were floated on the NASDAQ Dubai stock exchange in 2007.