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Brookfield Infrastructure Announces Year-End 2011 Results

Distribution increased by 7%

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Brookfield Infrastructure Announces Year-End 2011 Results07:30 EST Thursday, February 09, 2012HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2012) - Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP)(TSX:BIP.UN) - Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Infrastructure's 2011 fourth quarter results as well as the Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information on the web site under the Investor Relations section at 2011 fourth quarter results conference call can be accessed via webcast on February 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET at or via teleconference at 1-800-319-4610 toll free in North America. For overseas calls please dial 1-412-858-4600, at approximately 8:50 a.m. ET. The teleconference taped rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-800-319-6413 (password: 9245#) until midnight on March 9, 2012.Brookfield Infrastructure today announced its results for the year ended December 31, 2011. Three months ended Dec 31Year ended Dec 31US$ millions (except per unit amounts)2011201020112010FFO1$95$46$392$197- per unit2$0.54$0.39$2.41$1.79Net income$54$407$187$458- per unit2$0.30$3.41$1.15$4.17Brookfield Infrastructure posted strong results for the year ended December 31, 2011, with funds from operations ("FFO")1 totalling $392 million ($2.41 per unit) compared to FFO of $197 million ($1.79 per unit) in 2010. The 35% increase in FFO per unit was largely attributable to accretion from the merger with Prime Infrastructure during the fourth quarter of 2010. Results also reflect a significant increase in FFO from Brookfield Infrastructure's utilities and timber segments, partially offset by below average performance in its transport and energy segment. "Brookfield Infrastructure units provided a total return to unitholders of 39%3 in 2011. The strong performance in the unit price reflects the growth in our distributions and the significant investor interest in companies such as Brookfield Infrastructure with secure cash flows and growth generated from self-sustaining business models," said Sam Pollock, Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Infrastructure Group. "Our performance in 2011 also demonstrates our diversification, which has enabled our business to produce stable cash flow throughout very challenging economic conditions."Pollock added, "We expect to increase our funds from operations in the future through both organic growth and acquisitions, while maintaining a conservative, investment grade balance sheet."Segment PerformanceBrookfield Infrastructure's utilities segment generated FFO of $275 million in 2011, versus $144 million in 2010. In addition to the favourable impact of the Prime merger, growth in this segment was driven by its UK regulated distribution business. The transport and energy segment generated FFO of $167 million, compared to $91 million in 2010. This segment's performance was negatively impacted by adverse operating conditions in both its North American gas transmission business and Australian railroad.Brookfield Infrastructure's timber operations reported FFO of $33 million in 2011, compared to $11 million last year. Realized prices increased by 14% versus last year, reflecting strong demand from Asian markets. In response to this price environment, Brookfield Infrastructure increased its harvest by 28% over last year. For the year, the timber segment's EBITDA margin was 39%.The following table presents net income and FFO by segment: Three months ended Dec 31Year ended Dec 31US$ millions, unaudited2011201020112010Net income (loss) by segmentUtilities$56$7$163$45Transport and energy(4)294775Timber46179124Corporate and other(44)354(114)314Net income$54$407$187$458FFO by segmentUtilities$71$42$275$144Transport and energy441916791Timber523311Corporate and other(25)(17)(83)(49)FFO$95$46$392$197Increased DistributionsThe Board of Directors has declared a quarterly distribution in the amount of US$0.375 per unit, payable on March 30, 2012 to unitholders of record as at the close of business on February 29, 2012. This distribution represents a 7% increase, and it is consistent with Brookfield Infrastructure's policy of targeting a sustainable distribution in the range of 60-70% of FFO. For 2011, Brookfield Infrastructure's distribution implied a payout ratio4 of 55% of FFO. Distributions are eligible for reinvestment under the Partnership's Distribution Reinvestment Plan. Information on this Plan and on declared distributions can be found on Brookfield Infrastructure's website under Investor Relations/Distributions.Renewal of Normal Course Issuer BidThe Toronto Stock Exchange accepted a notice filed by Brookfield Infrastructure of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid. Brookfield Infrastructure believes that in the event that limited partnership units ("Units") trade in a price range that does not fully reflect their value, the acquisition of Units may represent an attractive use of available funds.Under the normal course issuer bid, the Board of Directors of the general partner of Brookfield Infrastructure authorized Brookfield Infrastructure to repurchase up to $40 million of Units. Under the rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Brookfield Infrastructure may purchase an aggregate of up to 13,003,085 Units, representing 10% of the public float of the Units on January 31, 2012. At the close of business on January 31, 2012, there were issued and outstanding 132,352,111 Units and a public float of 130,030,851 Units. Under the normal course issuer bid, Brookfield Infrastructure may purchase up to 24,339 Units on the Toronto Stock Exchange during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of the Units on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the six months ended January 31, 2012. Repurchases are authorized to commence on February 13, 2012 and will terminate on February 12, 2013, or earlier should Brookfield Infrastructure complete its repurchases prior to such date. All purchases will be made through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange or the New York Stock Exchange, and all Units acquired under the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled. Brookfield Infrastructure did not acquire any Units in the past 12 months under its previous normal course issuer bid, which expired on December 9, 2011. Repurchases will be subject to compliance with applicable United States federal securities laws, including Rule 10b-18 under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as well as applicable Canadian securities laws.Additional InformationThe Letter to Unitholders and the Supplemental Information for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2011 contain further information on Brookfield Infrastructure's strategy, operations and financial results. Unitholders are encouraged to read these documents, which are available at Infrastructureoperates high quality, long-life assets that generate stable cash flows, require relatively minimal maintenance capital expenditures and, by virtue of barriers to entry and other characteristics, tend to appreciate in value over time. Its current business consists of the ownership and operation of premier utilities, transport and energy, and timber assets in North and South America, Australasia, and Europe. It also seeks acquisition opportunities in other infrastructure sectors with similar attributes. The payout policy targets 3% to 7% annual growth in distributions. Units trade on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbols BIP and BIP.UN, respectively. For more information, please visit Brookfield Infrastructure's website at This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities regulations. The words, "will", "could", "estimate", "tend to", "continue", "believe", "expect", "target" and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate future events, trends or prospects and which do not relate to historical matters identify the above mentioned and other forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding expansion of Brookfield Infrastructure's business and funds from operations through growth opportunities within its operations and the level of distribution growth over the next several years. Although Brookfield Infrastructure believes that these forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on them, or any other forward looking statements or information in this news release. The future performance and prospects of Brookfield Infrastructure are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results of the Partnership and Brookfield Infrastructure to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by the statements in this news release include general economic conditions in the jurisdictions in which we operate and elsewhere which may impact the markets for our products, the ability to achieve growth within Brookfield Infrastructure's businesses and in particular completion on time and on budget of various large capital projects at some of the mining customers of our railroad business, which themselves depend on access to capital and continuing favourable commodity prices, the competitive business environment for our timber operations, the fact that success of Brookfield Infrastructure is dependent on market demand for an infrastructure company, which is unknown, the availability of equity and debt financing for Brookfield Infrastructure, the ability to effectively complete new acquisitions in the competitive infrastructure space and to integrate acquisitions into existing operations, and other risks and factors described in the documents filed by Brookfield Infrastructure with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States including under "Risk Factors" in Brookfield Infrastructure's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other risks and factors that are described therein. Except as required by law, Brookfield Infrastructure undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.References to Brookfield Infrastructure are to the Partnership together with its subsidiary and operating entities. References to the Partnership are to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.1FFO is equal to net income plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, deferred taxes and certain other items. A reconciliation of net income to FFO is available in the Partnership's Supplemental Information for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 at number of units outstanding on a fully diluted weighted average basis for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 was approximately 177.3 million and 162.5 million, respectively (2010 -119.4 million and 109.9 million).3Based on trading prices on the New York Stock Exchange.4Payout ratio is defined as distributions to unitholders divided by FFO.Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Statements of Funds from OperationsFor the three-month period ended Dec. 31For the 12-monthperiod ended Dec. 31(US$ millions, except per unit information, unaudited)2011201020112010Operating platforms - revenues less direct costsUtilities$106$66$418$227Transport and energy8246323169Timber1176036Corporate and other(18)(12)(61)(42)Total operating platforms - revenues less direct costs181107740390Financing costs(90)(62)(358)(198)Other income41105Total funds from operations (FFO)9546392197Depreciation and amortization(49)(40)(203)(132)Fair value gains and adjustments157432191434Deferred income taxes and other items(149)(31)(193)(41)Net income attributable to partnership$54$407$187$458Funds from operations (FFO) per unit$0.54$0.39$2.41$1.79Net income per unit$0.30$3.41$1.15$4.17Notes:Funds from operations in this statement is on a segmented basis and represents the operations of Brookfield Infrastructure net of charges associated with related liabilities and non-controlling interests. Readers are encouraged to refer to Brookfield Infrastructure's Supplemental Information which is available at Statements of Funds from Operations above are prepared on a basis that is consistent with the Partnership's Supplemental Information and differs from net income (loss) as presented in Brookfield Infrastructure's Consolidated and Combined Statements of Operations on page 8 of this release, which is prepared in accordance with IFRS. Management uses funds from operations (FFO) as a key measure to evaluate performance and to determine the underlying value of its businesses. Readers are encouraged to consider both measures in assessing Brookfield Infrastructure's results.Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Statements of Partnership CapitalAs of December 31(US$ millions, except per unit information, unaudited)20112010AssetsOperating PlatformsUtilities$1,324$1,227Transport and energy2,2141,604Timber648602Cash and cash equivalents7911Other assets5558$4,320$3,502LiabilitiesCorporate borrowings$-$18Non-recourse borrowings114113114131CapitalizationPartnership capital4,2063,371$4,320$3,502Net book value per unit$22.72$21.42Notes:Partnership capital in these statements represents Brookfield Infrastructure's investments in its operations on a segmented basis, net of underlying liabilities and non-controlling interests.Accordingly, the statements above differ from Brookfield Infrastructure's Consolidated and Combined Balance Sheets contained in its financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with IFRS.Readers are encouraged to consider both bases of presentation in assessing Brookfield Infrastructure's financial position and to refer to Brookfield Infrastructure's Supplemental Information, available at Infrastructure Partners L.P.Consolidated and Combined Statements of Financial PositionAs of December 31(US$ millions, unaudited)20112010AssetsCash and cash equivalents$153$154Accounts receivable215187Deferred income taxes and other11050Assets classified as held for sale-1,859Total current assets4782,250Property, plant and equipment4,0733,131Intangible assets2,9242,903Standing timber2,8902,578Investments in associates1,4001,089Goodwill591591Investment properties194175Deferred income taxes and other719635Total assets$13,269$13,352Liabilities and partnership capitalAccounts payable and other$381$294Non-recourse borrowings145615Liabilities classified as held for sale-1,859Total current liabilities5262,768Corporate borrowings-18Non-recourse borrowings4,7403,960Deferred income taxes and other2,0941,663Preferred shares2020Total liabilities7,3808,429Partnership capitalLimited partners' capital3,5392,881General partners' capital1919Retained earnings260297Other comprehensive income388174Non-controlling interest1,6831,552Total partnership capital5,8894,923Total liabilities and partnership capital$13,269$13,352Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Consolidated and Combined Statements of Operating ResultsFor the three-month period ended Dec. 31For the twelve-month period ended Dec. 31(US$ millions, unaudited)2011201020112010Revenues$404$216$1,636$634Direct operating costs(230)(149)(899)(413)General and administrative expenses(18)(12)(61)(35)15655676186Investment income55139Interest expense(85)(46)(335)(144)Earnings (losses) from investments in associates38(4)7652Depreciation and amortization expense(37)(14)(127)(29)Fair value gains and other items-424-424Fair value adjustments210435612Other expenses(66)(19)(61)(24)Income before income tax221405598486Income tax (expense) recovery(66)25(158)15Net income$155$430$440$501Net income attributable to non-controlling interest(101)(23)(253)(43)Net income attributable to partnership$54$407$187$458Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Consolidated and Combined Statements of Cash Flows For the three-month period ended Dec. 31For the twelve-month period ended Dec. 31(US$ millions, unaudited)2011201020112010Operating ActivitiesNet income$155$430$440$501Adjusted for the following items:Earnings from investments in associates, net of distributions(30)30(45)19Fair value gains and other items-(424)-(424)Depreciation and amortization expense371412729Fair value adjustments(210)(4)(356)(12)Deferred tax expense (recovery) and other119(6)1933Impact of foreign exchange on cash7111-Change in non-cash working capital, net(40)10(18)(38)Cash from operating activities385135278Investing ActivitiesInvestments in or partial sale of operating assets(176)117(196)142Investments in long-lived assets(164)(24)(507)(37)Net settlement of foreign exchange contracts5(46)(60)(33)Cash (used by) from investing activities(335)47(763)72Financing ActivitiesDistribution to unitholders(67)(30)(222)(117)Corporate borrowings (repayments)(312)1(18)18Subsidiary borrowings2718135-Issuance of units65756575Subsidiary distributions to non-controlling interest(12)(9)(142)(9)Cash from (used by) financing activities293(15)410(103)Cash and cash equivalentsChange during the year(4)83(1)47Balance, beginning of period15771154107Balance, end of period$153$154$153$154FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Investors:Tracey WiseVice President, Investor Relations416-956-5154tracey.wise@brookfield.comORBrookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.Media:Andrew WillisSenior Vice President, Communications and