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Brookfield Infrastructure Reports Strong 2013 First Quarter Results

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Brookfield Infrastructure Reports Strong 2013 First Quarter Results

07:30 EDT Thursday, May 02, 2013

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) -

Brookfield Infrastructure (NYSE:BIP)(TSX:BIP.UN) today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Three months ended Mar 31
US$ millions (except per unit amounts), unaudited 2013 2012
FFO1 $ 160 $ 108
- per unit2 $ 0.80 $ 0.58
Net (loss) income $ (28 ) $ 14
- per unit3 $ (0.17 ) $ 0.05

Brookfield Infrastructure posted strong results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 with funds from operations ("FFO") totalling $160 million ($0.80 per unit) compared to FFO of $108 million ($0.58 per unit) in the first quarter of 2012. This 48% increase in year-over-year FFO was primarily driven by contributions from organic expansion initiatives and recent acquisitions. Brookfield Infrastructure's payout ratio4 was 59%, below its target range of 60-70%, and it earned a solid AFFO yield5 of 13%.

Brookfield Infrastructure reported a net loss of $28 million ($0.17 per unit3) for the period ended March 31, 2013, compared to net income of $14 million ($0.05 per unit3) in the prior quarter. During the period, Brookfield Infrastructure's net income was impacted by several charges, the most material of which was breakage costs associated with its Australian Railroad's execution of a long-term financing that capitalized on this historically low interest rate environment. Excluding these charges, the partnership's net income was $55 million reflecting its significant increase in FFO. Net income was also impacted by a higher depreciation and amortization expense associated with the increase in the valuation of the asset base at year end.

"We are pleased that the acquisitions and capital investments made with proceeds from our recent unit offering are making a significant contribution to our FFO per unit, which was up 38% from last year," said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure. "Our business development team is working on originating new investment opportunities and our deal pipeline is as attractive as 2012. As we continue to build our business, we will be opportunistic and make investments by sector and by geography that offer the most attractive risk-adjusted returns."

Segment Performance

Brookfield Infrastructure's utilities platform generated FFO of $92 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $65 million in 2012. The increase in FFO was primarily due to the recently completed merger and recapitalization of its UK regulated distribution business, which doubled its size, and the increased ownership interest in its Chilean electricity transmission system. Excluding new investments, FFO also increased due to inflation indexation and additions to the rate base of existing operations.

Brookfield Infrastructure's transport platform generated FFO of $67 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $38 million in the prior year. The increase in FFO was primarily driven by a 62% increase in FFO from its Australian railroad as a result of the commissioning of its expansion program, as well as the contribution from the South American toll roads that were acquired in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the quarter, FFO from the partnership's ports business declined nominally as a result of lower volumes in its bulk and container terminals due to the recession in much of Europe.

Brookfield Infrastructure's energy platform generated FFO of $22 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $24 million in the prior year. Results reflect weakness in its North American gas transmission business which continues to be impacted by excess pipeline capacity and low natural gas prices, offset by an equity investment to pay down debt at its natural gas transmission system and a district energy acquisition.

Brookfield Infrastructure's timber platform reported FFO of $11 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $6 million in 2012. During the quarter domestic demand increased as a result of the recovery in the U.S. housing market. Excluding the impact of the divestiture of a portion of its Canadian timber operations, Brookfield Infrastructure's timber results were more than double the prior year, driven by price increases in both the domestic and export markets.

The following table presents net income and FFO by segment:

US$ millions, unaudited Three months ended
Mar 31
2013 2012
Net (loss) income by segment
Utilities $ (5 ) $ 32
Transport (1 ) 7
Energy 9 19
Timber 6 (10 )
Corporate and other (37 ) (34 )
Net (loss) income $ (28 ) $ 14
FFO by segment
Utilities $ 92 $ 65
Transport 67 38
Energy 22 24
Timber 11 6
Corporate and other (32 ) (25 )
FFO $ 160 $ 108

Financing Initiatives

On March 27, Brookfield Infrastructure's Australian railroad secured $1.3 billion of financing consisting of $600 million of bank debt, including a $100 million undrawn revolver, and $700 million of U.S. private placement notes, which have a BBB (stable) rating from Standard & Poor's. These financings were swapped back to Australian dollars on a matched maturity basis, resulting in a weighted average cost of debt of 6.2% and an average term of seven years. Proceeds from the offerings have been used to repay the business' existing credit facility and to repatriate $300 million of capital for future investment.

In April, Brookfield Infrastructure completed the refinancing of a bridge facility that was put in place in connection with the merger and recapitalization of its UK regulated distribution business. Approximately £600 million of U.S. private placement debt was raised with an average term of over 13 years and an average GBP equivalent rate of 4.4%. The notes have a rating of Baa2 by Moody's.

Also in April, Brookfield Infrastructure completed a $42 million financing at its Ontario transmission operations. The Canadian dollar issuance will carry a fixed coupon of 4.6% for a 10-year term. The proceeds will be repatriated for future investment.

Asset Sales

On April 12, Brookfield Infrastructure completed the sale of the Peterborough Hospital for approximately $40 million. The proceeds were used to pay down its credit facility which was drawn to fund investments in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Distributions

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly distribution in the amount of $0.43 per unit, payable on June 28, 2013 to unitholders of record as at the close of business on May 31, 2013.

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.

Additional Information

Brookfield Infrastructure's Letter to Unitholders and the Supplemental Information are available at www.brookfieldinfrastructure.com.

Brookfield Infrastructure operates 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. Brookfield Infrastructure's 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 www.brookfieldinfrastructure.com.

Note: 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 "continue", "will", "tend to", "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, statements with respect to our assets tending to appreciate in value over time 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 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, which themselves depend on access to capital and continuing favourable commodity prices, the competitive business environment for our timber operations, the impact of market conditions on our gas transmission business, 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, the future performance of these acquisitions, including traffic volumes on our toll roads, the market conditions of key commodities, the price, supply or demand for which can have a significant impact upon the financial and operating performance of our business 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 subsidiaries and operating entities. Brookfield Infrastructure's results include limited partnership units held by public unitholders, redeemable partnership units and general partnership units.

References to the Partnership are to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

1) FFO is defined as net income excluding the impact of depreciation and amortization, deferred taxes and other non-cash items. A reconciliation of net income to FFO is available on page 5 of this release.
2) Average number of partnership units outstanding on a fully diluted time weighted average basis, assuming the exchange of redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield for limited partnership units, for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were 200.8 million (2012 - 185.1 million).
3) Represents net income per limited partnership unit.
4) Payout ratio is defined as distributions to unitholders plus GP incentive distribution rights divided by FFO.
5) AFFO yield is defined as AFFO (FFO less maintenance capital expenditures) over time weighted average invested capital.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Statements of Funds from Operations
For the three-month period ended March 31,
(US$ MILLIONS, UNAUDITED) 2013 2012
Adjusted EBITDA
Utilities $ 133 $ 104
Transport 107 61
Energy 38 42
Timber 18 12
Corporate and other (28 ) (20 )
Total 268 199
Financing costs (107 ) (93 )
Other (expenses) income (1 ) 2
Funds from operations (FFO) 160 108
Depreciation and amortization (110 ) (70 )
Mark-to-market on hedge contracts (82 ) (3 )
Deferred taxes and other items 4 (21 )
Net (loss) income attributable to the partnership $ (28 ) $ 14
Notes:
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. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as FFO excluding the impact of interest expense, cash taxes and other income. Net (loss) income attributable to the partnership includes net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests - redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield, limited partners and the general partner.
The Statements of Funds from Operations above are prepared on a basis that is consistent with the Partnership's Supplemental Information and differs from net (loss) income as presented in Brookfield Infrastructure's Consolidated Statements of Operating Results 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 Capital
Net Invested Capital
(US$ MILLIONS, UNAUDITED) Mar 31,
2013
Dec 31,
2012
Assets
Operating Platforms
Utilities $ 2,174 $ 2,218
Transport 2,034 2,335
Energy 958 938
Timber 602 602
Cash and cash equivalents 7 7
$ 5,775 $ 6,100
Liabilities
Corporate borrowings $ 732 $ 954
Other liabilities 57 122
789 1,076
Capitalization
Partnership capital 4,986 5,024
$ 5,775 $ 6,100

Notes:

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, and includes partnership capital attributable to non-controlling interests - redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield, limited partners and the general partner.

Accordingly, the statements above differ from Brookfield Infrastructure's Consolidated Statements of Financial Position 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 on page 7 of this release.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As of
(US$ MILLIONS, UNAUDITED) Mar 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2012
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 286 $ 263
Accounts receivable 322 372
Other current assets 85 111
Total current assets 693 746
Property, plant and equipment 7,794 7,970
Intangible assets 4,511 4,497
Standing timber 2,983 2,997
Investments in associates 2,199 2,179
Goodwill 644 636
Investment properties 202 213
Deferred income taxes and other 488 480
Total assets $ 19,514 $ 19,718
Liabilities and partnership capital
Accounts payable and other $ 572 $ 628
Non-recourse borrowings 646 663
Total current liabilities 1,218 1,291
Corporate borrowings 715 946
Non-recourse borrowings 6,586 6,330
Financial liabilities 618 839
Deferred income taxes and other 2,491 2,504
Total liabilities 11,628 11,910
Partnership capital
Limited partners 3,605 3,632
General partner 26 27
Non-controlling interest - redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield 1,355 1,365
Non-controlling interest - in operating subsidiaries 2,900 2,784
Total partnership capital 7,886 7,808
Total liabilities and partnership capital $ 19,514 $ 19,718
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of Operating Results
For the three-month period ended March 31,
(US$ MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER UNIT INFORMATION, UNAUDITED) 2013 2012
Revenues $ 612 $ 451
Direct operating costs (308 ) (240 )
General and administrative expenses (28 ) (20 )
Depreciation and amortization expense (86 ) (49 )
190 142
Interest expense (108 ) (95 )
Share of earnings from investments in associates 17 1
Fair value adjustments (16 ) (6 )
Mark-to-market on hedge contracts (99 ) (9 )
Other expenses (3 ) (13 )
(Loss) income before income tax (19 ) 20
Income tax (expense) recovery
Current (6 ) (1 )
Deferred 24 4
Net (loss) income (1 ) 23
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest - in operating subsidiaries (27 ) (9 )
Net (loss) income attributable to partnership (28 ) 14
Attributable to:
Non-controlling interest - redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield (10 ) 3
General partner 7 4
Limited partners (25 ) 7
Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per unit attributable to:
Limited partners(1) $ (0.17 ) $ 0.05
1. Average number of limited partnership units outstanding on a time weighted average basis for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were 143.6 million (2012 - 132.3 million).
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three-month period ended March 31,
(US$ MILLIONS, UNAUDITED) 2013 2012
Operating Activities
Net (loss) income $ (1 ) $ 23
Adjusted for the following items:
Earnings from investments in associates, net of distributions (11 ) 6
Depreciation and amortization expense 86 49
Fair value adjustments 16 6
Mark-to-market on hedge contracts 99 9
Deferred tax (recovery) expense and other (50 ) 8
Change in non-cash working capital, net 8 26
Cash from operating activities 147 127
Investing Activities
Investments in operating assets (17 ) (57 )
Investments in long-lived assets (103 ) (164 )
Net settlement of foreign exchange contracts 7 9
Cash used by investing activities (113 ) (212 )
Financing Activities
Distribution to unitholders (94 ) (73 )
Corporate (repayments) borrowings (222 ) 32
Subsidiary borrowings 323 112
Issuance of units 2 1
Subsidiary distributions to non-controlling interest (21 ) (22 )
Cash (used by) from financing activities (12 ) 50
Cash and cash equivalents
Change during the period 22 (35 )
Impact of foreign exchange on cash 1 1
Balance, beginning of period 263 153
Balance, end of period $ 286 $ 119

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Contact Information:
Investors:
Brookfield Infrastructure
Tracey Wise
Vice President, Investor Relations
416-956-5154
tracey.wise@brookfield.com


Media:
Brookfield Infrastructure
Andrew Willis
Senior Vice President, Communications and Media
416-369-8236
andrew.willis@brookfield.com

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