Bharat Road Network Limited (BRNL), one of India’s leading road developers, along with its partners, has signed an agreement with Cube Highways, a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, for the complete transfer of ownership in an operating toll road project in Uttar Pradesh. BRNL currently holds 39 per cent stake in this project.
The share purchase agreement provides for the sale of entire stake in Ghaziabad Aligarh Expressway Private Limited, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) engaged in the development, operation and maintenance of a 126-kilometre toll road project from Ghaziabad to Aligarh on National Highway 34 (NH34). The project has been granted a 24-year concession in 2011 for strengthening and widening the two-lane highway. Toll collection on this road started in June 2015.
Speaking on the development, Bajrang Kumar Choudhary, Managing Director, BRNL said: “We continue to explore opportunities for value creation through our portfolio realignment. We remain focused towards optimizing value through such strategic exits and are equally committed to raise resources to capitalise on the current and upcoming primary and secondary market opportunities in the highway sector.”
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.
About Bharat Road Network Limited (BRNL)
Bharat Road Network Limited (BRNL) is a road BOT company in India, focused on development, implementation, operation and maintenance of roads and highways projects. BRNL is involved in the development, operation and maintenance of national and state highways in several states in India with projects in states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. BRNL has a project portfolio worth Rs 7,000 crore consisting of six operational BOT projects, covering 2,095 lane kilometres across six states in India.
About Cube Highways
Cube Highways and Infrastructure (Cube Highways) is a Singapore-based company investing in road and highway projects, along with other select infrastructure sectors in India.