May 3, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) -- (EMA-TSX): Today, Emera announced that it will acquire a 38% interest in Light & Power Holdings Ltd. (
LPH is the parent company of The
"This acquisition is an exciting next step in our Caribbean growth strategy as we begin to build scale in the region," said Chris Huskilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera Inc. "BLPC is consistently ranked as one of the top-performing electric utilities in the Caribbean for efficiency, performance, and rate structure."
The Board of LPH has said that "they welcome the investment of Emera" and that "the combined knowledge and experience of Emera and LPH in the electric utility business will maintain and enhance the technical strength and future prospects of BLPC for the continued benefit of electricity customers in
This 38% investment will make Emera the largest single shareholder of LPH. Approximately 62% of LPH is locally held by 2,700 Barbadian shareholders, including the National Insurance Board of
LPH is Emera's third investment in the Caribbean. This follows a 19% investment in St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (Lucelec), a vertically-integrated monopoly utility on the island of St. Lucia, and a 25% indirect interest in Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), a vertically-integrated electric utility on the Grand Bahama Island in The
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter and is not subject to regulatory approval. This transaction will be financed with existing credit facilities and is expected to be immediately accretive.
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