EQUITY FOLLOW-ON: Enersis $6 bn equity raise

Jan 17, 2014

The Chilean power company overcame disagreement with pension funds and a skeptical market to raise funds for expansion and streamline a complicated group structure

When Italy's largest power company, Enel, and its Spanish subsidiary Endesa, looked for global growth opportunities, Latin America's demographics made the region a frontrunner. Their plan to achieve this growth involved raising capital through a local Latin American subsidiary. The move offered a double benefit: bringing in expansion cash and a chance to streamline a tangled corporate structure that was a result of years of acquisitions.

Endesa, with assets scattered across five Latin American countries, chose Chilean power company Enersis as the unit through which to consolidate its regional operations.

"Endesa considered it best to have a single vehicle, and that Enersis offered the best option for growth, with an attractive, diversified asset base across the region," says Eduardo Escaffi, chief financial officer of Enersis.

Under the consolidation and capital-raising plan, Endesa would buy around half of Enersis's rights issue by putting forward its assets. The other half...

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