Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure has won board approval from the Asciano board to acquire the ports and rail group with an improved offer valuing the Australian company at $A12 billion.
The sweetened offer for the logistics company will see Asciano shareholders get $9.152 per share, made up of $6.94 in cash and the rest in shares, up from the $9.05 previously offered.
The deal, recommended by the Asciano board, represents a premium of 39% of the 30-trading day volume weighted average prices of Asciano shares.
“This transaction enables us to acquire premier transport infrastructure assets in a geography we know well and establish two leading global platforms, with solid long-term prospects,” said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure.
Asciano assets include rail freight provider Pacific National and Patrick, a bulk ports and stevedoring business.
The combination of Brookfield Infrastructure and Asciano will create a leading global rail, port and logistics business.