Natixis arranges $175m private placement and loan for Cajamarca Transmission Line

French corporate and investment bank Natixis said that it has arranged a $175m 29-yr hybrid private placement and fixed rate loan to refinance the Cajamarca Transmission Line in Peru.

Natixis acted as the Sole Placement Agent, Sole Rating Advisor and Bookrunner of the Notes, and Administrative Agent of the Loan.

Cajamarca Transmission Line is a 370km, already-operational, transmission line in northern Peru connecting Carhuaquero-Cajamarca Norte-Cáclic-Moyobamba, owned by BOW Power, the Madrid-based subsidiary of ACS Group and Global Infrastructure Partners.

The Notes were rated BBB- and the Loan and the Notes are pari passu. Natixis privately placed the Notes in an amount of USD 100 million to three US Insurance Companies.

The remainder of the financing was sourced by Natixis through a fixed-floating rate loan. This marks Natixis’ sixth infrastructure debt transaction in Latin America over the past two years, including three in Peru, two in Chile and one in Mexico.

Natixis managing director, Latin America infrastructure finance head Aitor Alava said: “The Cajamarca re-financing furthers Natixis’ track record of delivering innovative, high-quality investment banking solutions to the Latin American market.

“The dual placement strategy of Private Placement and Fixed Rate Loan involving institutional investors through Natixis’ co-financing partnership has allowed us to tackle two different pockets of liquidity at very attractive terms.”

Latin America is a key region in Natixis’ internationalization strategy, supporting clients in their global growth. Natixis established its presence in Peru in 2006 with a focus on infrastructure projects.

Since 2013, Natixis has participated in the arrangement of eight infrastructure transactions in Peru with a total financing above USD 2 billion.

In the last three years, Natixis has structured and arranged more than 25 transactions in Latin America, having received the Latin American Mandated Lead Arranger of the Year award for 2017 from Power Finance and Risk.

Natixis managing director, Portugal & Spain senior country manager, Latin America Platform & Canada head Jean Philippe Adam said: “Natixis is committed to supporting clients’ international expansion goals and Latin America is a key part of that strategy. The Cajamarca hybrid re-financing allowed for a diverse set of key clients to participate in the transaction, which activated multiple parts of our platform, including Infrastructure Finance, our Latin America Platform, Debt Capital Markets and Loan Syndication.”