ASUR Announces Updates on LMM Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: ASR; BMV:ASUR), (ASUR) the first privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, today announced several recent developments regarding its investment in Aerostar Airport Holdings ("Aerostar"). Aerostar is a joint venture between ASUR (through its Cancun Airport subsidiary) and Highstar Capital IV, which has entered into a 40-year lease (the "Lease") for the Luis Munoz Marin ("LMM") Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As previously disclosed, the closing of the Lease remains subject to a number of conditions precedent, including the award of a Part 139 operating certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (the "PRPA") submitted an application to the FAA for approval of the Lease under the FAA's Airport Privatization Pilot Program. Following publication of the notice in the Federal Register that the application has been received, the FAA will open the application to public comment for a period of 60 days (which may be extended and which includes a public meeting), after which time the FAA will make its determination as to whether approve the application. Aerostar has also begun discussions with the FAA regarding its application for a Part 139 operating certificate.
Furthermore, Aerostar has continued to develop its debt and equity financing structure. As previously disclosed, ASUR and Highstar Capital IV have each committed to make capital contributions to Aerostar in an amount equal to 50% of the upfront leasehold fee due under the Lease (which leasehold fee is $615 million, subject to certain adjustments), plus any costs related to the closing of the Lease, less, in each case, 50% of any debt incurred by Aerostar to pay these amounts. Aerostar has received financing commitments from a syndicate of international and Puerto Rican banks for a term loan of up to $350 million of the upfront leasehold fee, a term loan of $50 million for capital expenditures and a $10 million revolving credit facility. Each of the loans would be secured by a pledge of substantially all of Aerostar's assets, as well as a pledge of ASUR's and Highstar Capital IV's interests in Aerostar. In addition to such financing, ASUR has committed to lend Aerostar up to $100 million to fund the payment of the upfront leasehold fee due under the Lease, which is subject to adjustment based on the amount of third party financing available to Aerostar. The commitment for this loan provides that it would be subordinated to senior indebtedness, bear interest at LIBOR plus 2.00% and be required to be repaid by Aerostar from cash available for distribution in priority to equity distributions to ASUR and Highstar Capital IV. In exchange for ASUR's loan commitment, Highstar Capital IV has granted ASUR certain benefits, including an agreement that if Highstar Capital IV sells any of its interest in Aerostar and ASUR's Cancun airport subsidiary continues to hold at least 25% of Aerostar's membership units, ASUR will be entitled to 20% of Highstar Capital IV's realized investment return on such sale in excess of 14% per annum. ASUR continues to evaluate the accounting treatment of its debt and equity investments in Aerostar.
Aerostar also named the transition team for its operations at LMM airport. The CEO of Aerostar will be Agustin Arellano, who currently serves as Director of Infrastructure and Regulation at ASUR. Prior to his service at ASUR, Mr. Arellano served as director of the Mexican Air Traffic Control Service. Mr. Arellano will be supported by Brent Tasugi, a Highstar principal, who will serve as interim CFO, Andy Vasey, who will serve as Chief Development Officer, Carlos Trueba Coll, who will serve as COO and Manuel Gutierrez, who will serve as Chief Commercial Officer. The transition team has already begun meeting with airlines, concessionaires and other stakeholders at LMM Airport to help facilitate a smooth transition to the closing of the Lease.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (ASUR) is a Mexican airport operator with concessions to operate, maintain and develop the airports of Cancun, Merida, Cozumel, Villahermosa, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Huatulco, Tapachula and Minatitlan in the southeast of Mexico. The Company is listed both on the NYSE in the U.S., where it trades under the symbol ASR, and on the Mexican Bolsa, where it trades under the symbol ASUR. One ADS represents ten (10) series B shares.
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