In February 2018, Aveng (the "Group") announced the results of its strategic review ("Strategic Review"). The outcome of the Strategic Review was a new and focused strategy to be an international infrastructure and resources group operating in selected fast-growing markets capitalising on its considerable knowledge and experience. As part of this Strategic Review, the Group announced that it intends to dispose of certain non-core assets and properties. The Aveng Infraset business ("Infraset"), consisting of the South African division and the Infraset business of the foreign subsidiaries of Aveng Africa (Pty) Ltd. ("Aveng Africa"), was identified as one of those non-core assets.
Aveng has entered into a binding term sheet for the sale of Infraset to the Colossal Africa Consortium ("Colossal SPV"), on the conditions set out in this announcement ("Proposed Transaction").
About Infraset Infraset has a rich history, with over 85 years of experience in the manufacturing of infrastructure products , including Grinaker Precast opening the Brakpan factory to produce railway sleepers in 1969. Today, Infraset manufactures a diverse range of precast concrete products to world-class quality standards including the following product categories: Civil Engineering, Landscaping, Poles and Masts, Railway Products, and Roof Tiles. Infraset is a competitive player in all categories and a leader in the rail sleeper industry and continues to innovate and look for new opportunities.
Overview of Colossal SPV Colossal SPV is a newly formed 100% black owned investment special purpose vehicle made up of Isongo Investments (Pty) Ltd. and Colossal Africa Infrastructure (Pty) Ltd. Colossal Africa Infrastructure is a company with interests in the materials supply sector, whereas Isongo is a rail company providing specialised services and products for railway industries.
Particulars of the Proposed Transaction Aveng will sell all the businesses of Infraset in South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe as a going concern.
The Proposed Transaction will be structured on a cash and debt-free basis for a net transaction consideration of R180 million to be settled in cash on effective date and a further cash top up of R20 million payable within two years (if certain conditions are met), both of which are fully funded. The proceeds will be used to strengthen the financial position of the Group and to reduce overall debt. The Proposed Transaction is expected to close no later than 30 April 2019 after all conditions have been met.
Consents and conditions precedent The Proposed Transaction is subject to the following conditions precedent: - The conclusion of the final and binding agreements; - The cession and assignment of the existing leases to Colossal SPV;- The conclusion of all necessary agreements in relation to licenses used for purposes of the Infraset; and- The parties obtaining all statutory and regulatory approvals in all jurisdictions, including Competition Commission approval. The transaction agreements will include representations and warranties normal for a transaction of this nature.
Net asset value and loss attributable to Infraset as at 30 June 2018 Infraset was reclassified and reported as Held for Sale in the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2018. As part of this reclassification, the basis of valuation was changed to fair value less cost to sell. The net asset value of the business unit before impairment amounted to R 491million for the year ended 30 June 2018.
Infraset reported a loss after taxation before impairment of R 52 million for the year ended 30 June 2018. Following the reclassification to Held for Sale and the resultant fair value adjustment, Infraset reported an impairment of R365 million for the year ended 30 June 2018.
The historical financial information for Infraset was prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Categorisation The Proposed Transaction is categorised as a Category 2 transaction in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements and accordingly no shareholder approval is required.