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- General Electric has taken on Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to advise it on the sale of GE Water & Process Technologies, the multi-billion dollar division it forged out of a series of high-profile acquisitions between 1999 and 2006. GE Water is one of the most attractive water assets to come onto the market in years...
- With annual EBITDA in the $250-300 million range, the deal could end up carrying a price tag of $...
- One of the possible buyers is private equity house Advent International, which raised a $13 billion fund in March of this year...
- A little over four years ago, Culligan was on the verge of bankruptcy. It was over-levered, lacked a coherent strategy, and its junk-rated debt was trading at mere cents on the dollar. The subsequent takeover by Centerbridge Partners and the appointment of Scott Clawson as CEO heralded the return of the company to its former glory...
- The Japanese owners of Australian private water operator Trility have put the company up for sale, tapping Morgan Stanley to lead the process. Since the Mitsubishi-led consortium bought the company from United Utilities for A$225 million (US$200 million) in 2010, the business has struggled...
- An increasing number of foreign investors in the regulated UK water market are looking looking to exit the sector as political and regulatory concerns threaten to jeopardise valuations. As Macquarie struggles to offload its 26% stake in Thames Water, Suez confirmed earlier this month that it will sell down its remaining 30% stake in...
- Financial close was reached earlier this month on the $927 million Vista Ridge pipeline project, which will supply water to the City of San Antonio in Texas. Although a change of majority equity partner had threatened to knock things offkilter, SMBC rallied a group of nine lenders behind an $...
- Vietnam’s privatisation process is cruising ahead, with the water utility in the tourist city of Hue due to launch...
- Of the water properties which have changed hands over the past month, the water concessions business of troubled Brazilian company Odebrecht is one of the most intriguing. After Grupo Galvão failed repeatedly to offload its OAS concessions business earlier this year, one of the keys was always going to be to ensure that Odebrecht Ambiental was free from any hint of the Lava Jato corruption scandal...
- Veolia has won a €160 million 15-year lease contract to serve 700,000 water and wastewater customers in Armenia. The deal extends the company’s reach beyond the capital Yerevan...
- The company is under pressure to grow its revenue base, and saw its stock plummet earlier this month after revising full-year revenue guidance to stable, versus a prior expectation that it would end 2016 with higher revenues than in 2015...
- The refusal of private water operators in the Czech Republic to renegotiate the terms of existing concessions in order to facilitate the flow of EU funding to municipalities has left a bitter taste in the mouths of some mayors, who view the de facto flow of profits out of the country as...
- Yunnan Water, a project developer owned by a Chinese provincial government, appears to have fought tooth and nail to secure Hyflux and Mitsui’s joint Chinese water asset portfolio, against aggressive competitors owned by richer provinces. Hyflux was rewarded with $136.5 million for its...
- Spanish contractor Tedagua is also looking to recycle the capital it has tied up in its portfolio of BOT projects, CEO Miguel Ángel Fernández tells GWI this month. From humble beginnings (revenues were a mere €2 million back in 2005, versus...
- Former Veolia Water CEO Jean-Michel Herrewyn has launched a new business venture, fWE, with the objective of developing water projects on behalf of infrastructure funds. It plans to develop industrial water projects in emerging economies with the support of the International Finance Corporation...
- The Saline Water Conversion Corporation – the Saudi state-owned body that is also the world’s largest desalination company – has seen a month of feverish activity. First up was the surprise appointment of...
- Oman is also preparing for the appointment of a new desal top man, with the arrival of a fresh CEO for the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company expected...
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What's making the news in global water projects this monthProject tracker
Actionable Asian desal in India, HK and Singapore; SWCC super-sizes desal agenda; Vietnam’s big plans; Florida embraces reuse; Atlantic City gambles with its future; California’s marginal water cost comes down; Chile’s latest pipe dream; all the latest project news from around...
GWI Water Index
A change in full-year outlook from Veolia and Kemira sent the European part of our index to its lowest point since Jan 2015. Can a strong UK results season reverse the losses?
Water on the markets this month:
|Global Water||154.54||-3.56%||10 Jun|
|Asian Water||104.62||-6.53%||10 Jun|
|EMEA Water||90.98||-3.01%||10 Jun|
|Americas Water||245.89||-2.12%||10 Jun|
It is likely that more than 200 companies will apply for the sale prospectus for GE Water. Which one will get lucky?
IoT changes everything
Christopher Gasson explains why innovation has gone from niche to mainstream, both within the industry and in Global Water Intelligence.
Chart of the monthUtility vs. discretionary spending
This month’s chart comes from some work the Global Water Leaders Group has been doing on access to water and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Last month the Global Water Leaders’ Group launched a new initiative to highlight the achievements of the top performing utilities in the world. It has ambitions to change the way the water industry works.
Singapore PUB’s chief executive Peter Ng has another goal in mind: being the best for Singapore. It means pursuing impossible performance targets, pushing the boundaries of technology, and still worrying about how to win the trust of customers.
Chief Technology Officer
Irish beef manufacturer ABP Food Group is turning its own waste into an asset by delving more into the circular economy. GWI discovers how it derives value from its nutrient-rich wastewater and what’s next for the food giant. Read more
Smart Water Watch
Satellite image analysis companies such as Utilis and Satelytics are offering utilities a new perspective on their networks. Can this small step offer utilities new insights or is it a giant leap too far? Read more
Wabag’s experience as an EPC contractor as well as a solid track record of in-house technology development has put it at the vanguard of innovation. CTO Kim Soerensen shares how Wabag is responding to the key trends of water recycling and more advanced treatment. Read more
AmericasGE set to exit water as capital allocation priorities change
As a stand-alone business unit within the overall GE group structure, the water division was always an easy target for divestiture. What exactly is on the block?Culligan looks for accelerated international growth under new ownership
With a core market that remains under-penetrated, and a new financial backer with deep pockets, the company is growing faster than it has in decades. CEO Scott Clawson tells GWI why the Culligan Man is still at the heart of the company’s growth strategy after 80 years.Brookfield’s deal with Odebrecht Ambiental heralds a new era for Brazilian private water
A Canadian asset manager has agreed to buy a majority stake in Brazil’s biggest private water operator. It is the surest sign yet that the country is opening up to foreign capital to fund its water infrastructure deficit.Chilean pipeline set to cost as much as five desal plants
A proposal to build an overland water pipeline to irrigate 1 million hectares of land in northern Chile has been criticised for its $20 billion price tag. Is it grounded in reality?PFC contamination rises up the agenda for embattled US municipal water sector
As water utilities in the US weather the lead crisis fallout, many communities are also facing the thorny issue of groundwater supplies contaminated with toxic perfluorinated chemicals. Technology providers are sizing up the opportunities for tailor-made solutions.Vista Ridge financial close establishes a new precedent for US private water finance
The successful financial close of the ambitious Vista Ridge water pipeline project this month follows a tumultuous period which resulted in a substitution of the main equity partner. The project’s unique risk profile could pave the way for replicable structures in future.Trump and circumstance
Campaign promises painted a mixed picture for infrastructure spending, says Debra Coy. What will the next four years bring?
Asia pacificYunnan Water’s $350m deal presages regional expansion
Yunnan Water has agreed to put up $350 million to secure Hyflux and Mitsui’s joint water assets in China. With prospects for organic growth in its home market looking slim, it is betting on Southeast Asia for further expansion.Origin Water outlines overseas ambitions
Beijing Origin Water is looking at the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia for new projects, assets and technologies.Tigris Water steps up ‘twining’ strategy with second investment in three months
The Macquarie-backed investment platform has committed $25 million to help a second company in its network become a regional project developer. As more companies chase a limited pool of projects, at what point do conflicts start to emerge?Suez takes controlling stake in Sino French to drive cross-sector campaign in China
The restructuring of China’s most successful foreign water enterprise is looking to capitalise on the growing trend in China to approach environmental issues in a holistic way, with PPP contracts integrating water, solid waste and environmental remediation on the rise.Off script in Vietnam
The discourse on PPPs in Vietnam is warped, suggests Sebastian Lennox. PPPs are available for those willing to take the risks.Suez tracks down new growth in Australia
The French company was the most successful foreign player Down Under in the boom years. In leaner times, the opportunities are in the synergies between water and waste, new technology offerings, and broader partnerships with utilities, CEO Mark Venhoek explains.Alliances find favour in France
Australia’s alliance procurement model is an idea worth spreading.Cheap questions, cheap answers
All questions surrounding Asia’s water woes come back to the same answer, muses Willy Yeo, but that answer is not a solution.
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EuropeTedagua considers capital rotation as portfolio matures
The Spanish company is looking to recycle the equity it holds in existing water projects as part of a broader policy to double revenues within five years.Private water operators balance expectations as Czech concessions near renewal
Water contracts serving more than two million people are up for renewal in the Czech Republic between now and 2020. How will municipalities’ past relations with the private sector affect their decision to continue outsourcing?Romanian city to tackle NRW under performance contract
Progressive utility SC Raja is looking to stem system losses using a private contractor.Veolia wins big in Armenia
Under a new contract, the company will extend its reach far beyond the capital.Foreigners bail out of UK water as political and regulatory concerns threaten valuations
The impending exit of a number of high-profile foreign investors from the UK regulated water market coincides with one of the greatest periods of uncertainty the sector has faced since privatisation. Who will be next to sell?To have and to hold
Flood prevention makes more sense than cleaning up your mess does, says David Lloyd Owen.
Middle East and AfricaAll change for SWCC as Saudi kicks off desalination reform
The world’s biggest market for desalination is undergoing a structural revolution as a result of the drop in energy prices. As the picture clears, what is the role of the international private water sector likely to be?Procurement picks up with new CEO arriving at Omani desalination offtaker
The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company has provided one of the most stable project flows in the region. With a new top man on the way, even more projects are set to hit the market.FEWA takes on desal specialist ILF to carry out 20-year water supply masterplan
A new study will outline options for desalination as the utility looks to take water supply into its own hands.The Kingdom’s new face of desal
Tom Scotney outlines four challenges facing newly appointed Saudi desalination boss Ali al-Hazmi.Middle East water in brief
Groups led by HSBC, KPMG and PwC have submitted bids to advise on the procurement of the 272,760m³/d & 1,200MW Ad Dur 2 power and water plant in Bahrain.