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HNA Infrastructure to Acquire Majority Stake in Rio de Janeiro Aeroportos, the controlling shareholder of Rio de Janeiro's Largest International Airport

2017-07-16 10:00
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Marks HNA Infrastructure's First Strategic Project in Latin America

Investment Reflects HNA Infrastructure's Commitment to Fostering Connections between China and Latin America, in Keeping with "the Belt and Road" Initiative

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HNA Infrastructure, a subsidiary of HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics, and financial services, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 60% stake in Rio de Janeiro Aeroportos S.A. ("RJA"), which is the controlling shareholder of the Aeroporto Internacional Antônio Carlos Jobim – Galeão ("GIG Airport") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Odebrecht SA. HNA Infrastructure will acquire the equity stake for approximately 60.1 million reais and will also pay an additional 1.01 billion reais into GIG Airport in concession fees, for a total deal value of approximately 1.07 billion reais. 

HNA Infrastructure has agreed to sell 9% of its stake in RJA for 9 million reais to Changi Airports International (CAI). Upon close, HNA Infrastructure and CAI will hold a 51% stake and a 49% stake in RJA, respectively.

GIG Airport is the largest international airport in Rio de Janeiro and provides significant access to the Brazilian and Latin American region, with strong potential for future development and growth. This transaction, which marks HNA Infrastructure's first strategic project in Latin America, is expected to significantly enhance HNA Infrastructure's footprint and resources overseas and in Latin America, specifically.   

Guanghui MA, CIO of HNA Infrastructure said, "GIG Airport provides unparalleled opportunities for HNA Infrastructure to expand our reach into Latin America and provide added resources to fuel this key airport's growth and development. We are pleased to partner with CAI, which is well-known for its extensive experience in global airport management and for its leadership in service and safety standards, and look forward to bolstering Rio de Janeiro's infrastructure."

Guanghui MA continued, "This investment is a reflection of HNA Group and HNA Infrastructure's steadfast commitment to furthering 'the Belt and Road' Initiative in order to meaningfully strengthen the cooperation between China and Latin American countries, particularly on development and infrastructure projects. We are pleased to be fostering deeper connections between the regions."

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in China and Brazil and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

About HNA Group

HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in southern China into a global company with approximately $145 billion of assets, over $90 billion in annual revenues, and an international workforce of 410,000 employees, primarily across America, Europe and Asia. HNA's tourism business is a fast-growing, vertically-integrated global player with market-leading positions in aviation, hotels and travel services. HNA operates and invests in nearly 3,200 hotels with over 380,000 rooms across major markets, and has 1,250 aircraft carrying nearly 100 million passengers to 270 cities worldwide. HNA's Logistics business is a leader in logistics and supply chain management with capabilities in shipping and equipment manufacturing, maritime transportation, third-party payment platforms and project finance. In financial services, HNA is China's largest non-bank leasing company, and a leading provider of a diverse set of businesses in equipment leasing, insurance, asset management, investment banking and credit services.

Source: HNA Infrastructure

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