VINCI Airports has acquired the majority shareholding in Gatwick Airport
The deal, which is thought to have cost in excess of £2 billion, sees VINCI Airports partner with Global Infrastructure Partners to own the majority shareholding.
VINCI Airports has expanded its network to 46 airports in 12 countries, welcoming more than 228 million passengers (2018 figures)
VINCI Airports, a VINCI Concessions subsidiary, has signed an agreement to acquire from current shareholders an effective 50.01 per cent stake in Gatwick Airport Limited, a freehold property airport. The transaction is expected to complete in the first half of 2019. The other 49.99 per cent will be managed by Global Infrastructure Partners. VINCI Airports is pleased to partner with Global Infrastructure Partners and to benefit from its deep experience and expertise with the airport since 2009.
In the year ended 31 March 2018, Gatwick Airport Group reported total revenue of £764.2 million, with EBITDA of £411.2 million. After the closing, VINCI Airports will be able to fully consolidate Gatwick Airport (LGW). The consideration payable for the 50.01 per cent stake is approximately £2.9 billion, subject to closing adjustments.
The transaction represents a rare opportunity to acquire an airport of such size and quality and fits extremely well with VINCI Concessions’ long-term investment horizon. This acquisition represents a major strategic move by VINCI Airports into a strongly performing airport located in a globally significant aviation market. Gatwick will become the largest single airport in VINCI Airports’ growing worldwide network.
Key strategic highlights include:
- The airports in the London system handled over 170 million passenger journeys in 2017. LGW is strategically located to the south of London as its second largest airport, handles over 46 million passengers per annum and serves 228 destinations in 74 countries. It has strong relationships with some leading airlines including easyJet and British Airways, whilst building new relationships with carriers such as China Eastern
- Most efficient airport in the world: LGW operates the busiest single runway in the world. In 2017, it hit a world record of 950 flights in a day. The airport constantly innovates in all areas of operations (for example passenger self-baggage drop, aircraft queuing systems, parking products) and reaches very high level of operational efficiency (for example high rates of passenger security screening)
- Opportunity for further capacity development: LGW has a draft master plan to accommodate growing demand for air traffic through best use of its existing runway, an innovative potential scheme to further utilise its standby runway.
- Freehold ownership structure: LGW is a freehold airport and such a perpetual property duration regime is extremely valuable for VINCI Airports as a long term strategic investor and operator
- Commercial opportunities: further opportunities exist to grow the commercial offering to passengers.
Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, said: “Creating synergies and sharing best practices being at the core of our values, the whole VINCI Airports network will benefit from Gatwick Airport’s world-class management and operational excellence, which has allowed it to deliver strong and steady growth in a very constrained environment. As Gatwick’s new industrial partner, VINCI Airports will support and encourage growth of traffic, operational efficiency and leverage its international expertise in the development of commercial activities to further improve passenger satisfaction and experience.”