3i Infrastructure plc (LON:3IN) is a long-term investor in infrastructure businesses and assets. This statement relates to the period from 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2018.
· On 29 October 2018, Wireless Infrastructure Group announced two acquisitions, growing its presence in the UK and Irish markets. In the UK it acquired Arqiva’s Indoor Networks business and in Ireland, it acquired Highpoint Communications Limited. Both acquisitions were financed by WIG with no further equity contribution from the Company.
· The Company became an Approved Investment Trust Company for accounting periods commencing on or after 15 October 2018. The Company signed a new management agreement with 3i Investments plc to act as the Company’s Investment Manager.
· The portfolio overall continues to perform in line with expectations and is delivering a good level of income. Total portfolio income and non-income cash was £25.9 million in the period.
· The Company is on track to deliver its target dividend of 8.65p per share for FY2019. The full year dividend is expected to be covered with a significant surplus.
Richard Laing, Chairman of 3i Infrastructure, said: “The Company continues to perform well and is on track to meet or exceed its objectives for the current financial year”.
Phil White, Managing Partner and Head of Infrastructure, 3i Investments plc, Investment Manager to the Company, added: “The additional investments made by WIG are excellent examples of how we are delivering growth through the platform businesses in the portfolio.”
The portfolio overall continues to perform in line with expectations and is delivering a good level of income. Total portfolio income and non-income cash reached £25.9 million in the period, comprising income of £25.8 million and non-income cash of £0.1 million. This compares with £24.2 million of income and £84.4 million of non-income cash received in the quarter to 30 September 2018.
At 31 December 2018, the Company had £142 million of cash balances and the undrawn balance of its Revolving Credit Facility was £283 million. This cash is expected to be used to fund the Company’s outstanding commitment to acquire Tampnet, the leading independent offshore telecoms network operator in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur before the end of the financial year.
Proforma net debt is £89 million after funding the interim dividend of £35 million and the Tampnet commitment of c. £196 million.