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Brookfield Infrastructure Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

GlobeNewswire - Wed Nov 1, 2023

BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Nov. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (Brookfield Infrastructure, BIP, or the Partnership) (NYSE: BIP; TSX: BIP.UN) today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“We had strong financial results and delivered on all of our strategic initiatives to date in 2023,” said Sam Pollock, Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. “We have demonstrated our ability to use our size, scale and diversification to continue recycling capital at good valuations, while investing at higher returns on our new investments.”

 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$ millions (except per unit amounts), unaudited1 2023  2022  2023  2022 
Net income2$104 $113 $505 $359 
– per unit3$0.03 $0.05 $0.34 $0.17 
FFO4$560 $525 $1,666 $1,531 
– per unit5$0.73 $0.68 $2.16 $1.99 


Brookfield Infrastructure reported net income of $104 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2023 compared to $113 million in the prior year. Current year results benefited from the contribution associated with recently completed acquisitions and organic growth across our base business. These positive impacts were partially offset by higher borrowing costs associated with the financing of growth initiatives and lower gains on currency and commodity contracts than in the same period last year.

Funds from operations (FFO) in the quarter was $560 million, a 7% increase compared with the same period last year. Results benefited from strong base business performance reflecting higher tariffs and the commissioning of approximately $1 billion of capital projects in the past 12 months. Our financial results do not reflect the benefit of new investments this year and we are conversely impacted by nearly $2 billion of asset sales that primarily closed in the second quarter of 2023. The fourth quarter will fully reflect the contributions of our new investments, which closed right before, or subsequent to, September 30.

Segment Performance

The following table presents FFO by segment:

 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$ millions, unaudited1 2023   2022   2023   2022 
FFO by segment       
Utilities$229  $196  $661  $551 
Transport 205   203   596   587 
Midstream 163   172   522   538 
Data 66   60   208   178 
Corporate (103)  (106)  (321)  (323)
FFO4$560  $525  $1,666  $1,531 


The utilities segment generated FFO of $229 million, an increase of 17% from the comparable period last year. Organic growth for the segment was over 10%, reflecting inflation indexation and the commissioning of approximately $500 million of capital into the rate base during the last 12 months. Current quarter results benefited from the expansion of our residential decarbonization infrastructure platform in North America and Europe, following the acquisition of HomeServe in January 2023. This positive contribution was partially offset by the sale of our interest in an Australian regulated utility in August of this year.

The transport segment generated FFO of $205 million for the quarter, with organic growth of 7% compared to the same period last year. Rates across the portfolio have broadly increased, with our global toll road tariffs increasing by 8% and our rail networks passing through rate increases of 7% compared to the same period last year. Volumes remained consistent, reinforcing the criticality of our assets despite softness in the broader global transportation network. Partially offsetting the strong underlying operational performance were higher borrowing costs at our U.K. port operations, the normalization of commodity prices at our U.S. LNG export terminal and the sale of our Indian toll road portfolio that was completed in June 2023.

FFO from our midstream segment was $163 million, a 5% decrease compared to the prior period, due to the partial sale of our interest in a U.S. gas pipeline in June of this year and the normalization of market sensitive revenues at our Canadian diversified midstream business. Results were supported by increased utilization and higher contracted cash flows across the segment compared to last year, as well as the initial contribution from the Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

FFO from our data segment was $66 million, an increase of 10% from the same period last year. The increase is attributable to the acquisitions of a European telecom tower operation in February 2023 and a European hyperscale data center platform that closed in August. The prior period included contributions from a New Zealand integrated data distribution business that was sold in June of this year.

Update on Strategic Initiatives

The market backdrop has created a strong environment for capital deployment, with returns on new investments expected to be well in excess of our 12-15% target. Our 2023 deployment is expected to provide us with some of the best risk-adjusted returns we have seen in the last decade.

The take-private of Triton, our global intermodal logistics operation, closed on September 28. Brookfield Infrastructure invested approximately $1.2 billion for a 28% interest, funded primarily using new BIPC shares as transaction consideration. We expect to generate a base case IRR above our targets, derived largely from the in-place cash yield. The leading market position and highly cash generative nature of the business provides strong operational flexibility to invest in fleet replacements and growth during favorable markets, or to harvest cash in less attractive markets.  

We are also very excited about the opportunities across our data center platform, which has grown significantly following the acquisitions of Data4 and Compass that closed in August and October, respectively. Most recently, we reached an agreement to acquire a portfolio of data centers out of bankruptcy from Cyxtera, as well as the associated real estate underlying several of the sites from third-party landlords. We believe we will generate strategic value by combining Cyxtera with Evoque to create a leading retail colocation data center provider, with over 330 megawatts of capacity deployed in high demand areas across North America. The combined platform will have the scale, assets and capabilities required to provide critical infrastructure for its over 2,500 customers to support the exponential increase in demand from industry tailwinds, including AI and cloud deployments.

The total purchase price for the data centers and associated real estate underlying the sites is approximately $1.3 billion, inclusive of transaction costs and net of proceeds received from concurrently selling non-core Cyxtera sites to a third-party. Funding has been secured and will be collateralized by the combined portfolio of Cyxtera’s and Evoque’s data centers and associated real estate. As part of this transformative transaction, cash flow for the combined entity will undergo a step-change improvement from the real estate acquisitions, financial synergies and lease savings negotiated with Cyxtera’s third-party landlords during the bankruptcy process. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2024 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Distribution and Dividend Declaration

The Board of Directors of BIP has declared a quarterly distribution in the amount of $0.3825 per unit, payable on December 29, 2023 to unitholders of record as at the close of business on November 30, 2023. This distribution represents a 6% increase compared to the prior year. The regular quarterly dividends on the Cumulative Class A Preferred Limited Partnership Units, Series 1, Series 3, Series 9, Series 11, Series 13 and Series 14 have also been declared, as well as the capital gains dividend for BIP Investment Corporation Senior Preferred Shares, Series 1. In conjunction with the Partnership’s distribution declaration, the Board of Directors of BIPC has declared an equivalent quarterly dividend of $0.3825 per share, also payable on December 29, 2023 to shareholders of record as at the close of business on November 30, 2023.

Conference Call and Quarterly Earnings Details

Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Infrastructure’s Third Quarter 2023 Results, as well as Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information, under the Investor Relations section at https://bip.brookfield.com.

To participate in the Conference Call today at 9:00am EST, please pre-register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI95ca4eecbc3047b5b1db2c6bf574df34. Upon registering, you will be emailed a dial-in number, direct passcode and unique PIN. The Conference Call will also be Webcast live at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/ozkjpybg.

Additional Information

The Board has reviewed and approved this news release, including the summarized unaudited financial information contained herein.

About Brookfield Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure is a leading global infrastructure company that owns and operates high-quality, long-life assets in the utilities, transport, midstream and data sectors across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. We are focused on assets that have contracted and regulated revenues that generate predictable and stable cash flows. Investors can access its portfolio either through Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE: BIP; TSX: BIP.UN), a Bermuda-based limited partnership, or Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE, TSX: BIPC), a Canadian corporation. Further information is available at http://bip.brookfield.com.

Brookfield Infrastructure is the flagship listed infrastructure company of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with over $850 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to https://brookfield.com.

Contact Information

Media: Investors:
Simon MaineStephen Fukuda
Managing DirectorVice President
Corporate CommunicationsCorporate Development & Investor Relations
Tel: +44 739 890 9278Tel: +1 416 956 5129
Email: simon.maine@brookfield.comEmail: stephen.fukuda@brookfield.com
  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The words “will”, “target”, “future”, “growth”, “expect”, “believe”, “may”, derivatives thereof 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 the three-for-two split of BIP and BIPC’s respective units and shares, and may include statements regarding expansion of Brookfield Infrastructure’s business, the likelihood and timing of successfully completing the transactions referred to in this news release, statements with respect to our assets tending to appreciate in value over time, the future performance of acquired businesses and growth initiatives, the commissioning of our capital backlog, the pursuit of projects in our pipeline, the level of distribution growth over the next several years and our expectations regarding returns to our unitholders as a result of such growth. 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 and services, 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 favorable commodity prices, and our ability to achieve the milestones necessary to deliver the targeted returns to our unitholders, the impact of market conditions on our businesses, 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 impact of health pandemics on our business and operations, the ability to effectively complete transactions in the competitive infrastructure space (including the ability to complete announced and potential transactions that may be subject to conditions precedent, and the inability to reach final agreement with counterparties to transactions referred to in this press release as being currently pursued, given that there can be no assurance that any such transaction will be agreed to or completed) and to integrate acquisitions into existing operations, the future performance of these acquisitions, changes in technology which have the potential to disrupt the business and industries in which we invest, 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, general partnership units, Exchange LP units, BIPC exchangeable LP units and BIPC exchangeable shares.

Any statements contained herein with respect to tax consequences are of a general nature only and are not intended to be, nor should they be construed to be, legal or tax advice to any person, and no representation with respect to tax consequences is made. Unitholders and shareholders are urged to consult their tax advisors with respect to their particular circumstances.

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, general partnership units, Exchange LP units, BIPC exchangeable LP units and BIPC exchangeable shares.

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

  1. Please refer to page 11 for results of Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation.
  2. Includes net income attributable to limited partners, the general partner, and non-controlling interests ‒ Redeemable Partnership Units held by Brookfield, Exchange LP units, BIPC exchangeable LP units and BIPC exchangeable shares.
  3. Average number of limited partnership units outstanding on a time weighted average basis for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023 was 458.8 million and 458.6 million (2022: 458.2 million and 458.0 million).
  4. We define FFO as net income excluding the impact of depreciation and amortization, deferred income taxes, mark-to-market gains (losses) and other income (expenses) that are not related to the revenue earning activities and are not normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary for business operations. FFO includes balances attributable to the Partnership generated by investments in associates and joint ventures accounted for using the equity method and excludes amounts attributable to non-controlling interests based on the economic interests held by non-controlling interests in consolidated subsidiaries. We believe that FFO, when viewed in conjunction with our IFRS results, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our underlying operations. FFO is a measure of operating performance that is not calculated in accordance with, and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. FFO is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. A reconciliation of net income to FFO is available on page 9 of this release. Readers are encouraged to consider both measures in assessing our company’s results.
  5. Average number of partnership units outstanding on a fully diluted time weighted average basis for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023 were 772.1 million and 771.7 million (2022: 771.3 million and 771.2 million).


 
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
 
 As of
US$ millions, unaudited Sept. 30,
2023
   Dec. 31,
2022
 
    
Assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$1,307  $1,279 
Financial assets 878   785 
Property, plant and equipment and investment properties 50,953   37,991 
Intangible assets and goodwill 29,753   20,611 
Investments in associates and joint ventures 5,046   5,325 
Deferred income taxes and other 9,801   6,978 
Total assets$97,738  $72,969 
    
Liabilities and partnership capital   
Corporate borrowings$5,272  $3,666 
Non-recourse borrowings 38,846   26,567 
Financial liabilities 2,579   2,067 
Deferred income taxes and other 17,055   15,115 
    
Partnership capital   
Limited partners 5,394   5,372 
General partner 28   27 
Non-controlling interest attributable to:   
Redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield 2,216   2,263 
Exchangeable units/shares1 1,617   1,361 
Perpetual subordinated notes 293   293 
Interest of others in operating subsidiaries 23,520   15,320 
Preferred unitholders 918   918 
Total partnership capital 33,986   25,554 
Total liabilities and partnership capital$97,738  $72,969 
  1. Includes non-controlling interest attributable to BIPC exchangeable shares, BIPC exchangeable LP units and Exchange LP units.


 
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of Operating Results
 
 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$ millions, except per unit information, unaudited 2023   2022   2023   2022 
        
Revenues$4,487  $3,627  $12,961  $10,719 
Direct operating costs (3,384)  (2,590)  (9,893)  (7,808)
General and administrative expense (100)  (109)  (312)  (338)
  1,003   928   2,756   2,573 
Interest expense (640)  (480)  (1,775)  (1,358)
Share of earnings from associates and joint ventures 96   5   472   25 
Mark-to-market gains 34   95   27   228 
Other (expense) income (99)  (54)  101   37 
Income before income tax 394   494   1,581   1,505 
Income tax (expense) recovery       
Current (142)  (70)  (418)  (370)
Deferred 4   (63)  9   (55)
Net income 256   361   1,172   1,080 
Non-controlling interest of others in operating subsidiaries (152)  (248)  (667)  (721)
Net income attributable to partnership$104  $113  $505  $359 
        
Attributable to:       
Limited partners$23  $32  $184  $108 
General partner 66   60   198   180 
Non-controlling interest       
Redeemable partnership units held by Brookfield 10   13   76   45 
Exchangeable units/shares1 5   8   47   26 
Basic and diluted losses per unit attributable to:       
Limited partners2$0.03  $0.05  $0.34  $0.17 
  1. Includes non-controlling interest attributable to BIPC exchangeable shares, BIPC exchangeable LP units and Exchange LP units.
  2. Average number of limited partnership units outstanding on a time weighted average basis for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023 was 458.8 million and 458.6 million (2022: 458.2 million and 458.0 million).


 
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$ millions, unaudited 2023   2022   2023   2022 
        
Operating Activities       
Net income$256  $361  $1,172  $1,080 
Adjusted for the following items:       
Earnings from investments in associates and joint ventures, net of distributions received 30   64   191   210 
Depreciation and amortization expense 669   520   1,946   1,616 
Mark-to-market, provisions and other 156   (64)  48   (243)
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (4)  63   (9)  55 
Change in non-cash working capital, net (117)  (268)  (871)  (573)
Cash from operating activities 990   676   2,477   2,145 
        
Investing Activities       
Net (investments in) proceeds from:       
Operating assets (5,970)  (271)  (10,145)  (313)
Associates 435   (193)  405   (589)
Long-lived assets (616)  (761)  (1,612)  (2,074)
Financial assets 69   8   245   27 
Net settlements of foreign exchange contracts 2   89   2   113 
Other investing activities (10)      (678)   
Cash used by investing activities (6,090)  (1,128)  (11,783)  (2,836)
        
Financing Activities       
Distributions to limited and general partners (377)  (354)  (1,130)  (1,065)
Net borrowings:       
Corporate 652   493   1,610   1,311 
Subsidiary 777   217   3,323   1,610 
Net preferred units redeemed          (243)
Partnership units issued 2   3   10   11 
Settlement of deferred consideration    (118)     (1,155)
Net capital provided by (to) non-controlling interest 4,514   (201)  6,758   (232
Lease liability repaid and other (479)  323   (1,260)  233 
Cash from financing activities 5,089   363   9,311   470 
        
Cash and cash equivalents       
Change during the period$(11) $(89) $5  $(221)
Cash reclassified as held for sale    (101)  (6)  (131)
Impact of foreign exchange on cash (62)  (58)  29   (1)
Balance, beginning of period 1,380   1,301   1,279   1,406 
Balance, end of period$1,307  $1,053  $1,307  $1,053 


 
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of Net Income to Funds from Operations
 
 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$ millions, unaudited 2023   2022   2023   2022 
        
Net income$256  $361  $1,172  $1,080 
Add back or deduct the following:       
Depreciation and amortization 669   520   1,946   1,616 
Share of earnings from investments in associates and joint ventures (96)  (5)  (472)  (25)
FFO contribution from investments in associates and joint ventures1 225   227   709   648 
Deferred tax (recovery) expense (4)  63   (9)  55 
Mark-to-market gains (34)  (95)  (27)  (228)
Other expense2 194   122   142   137
 
Consolidated Funds from Operations$1,210  $1,193  $3,461  $3,283 
FFO Attributable to non-controlling interests3 (650)  (668)  (1,795)  (1,752)
FFO$560  $525  $1,666  $1,531 
  1. FFO contribution from investments in associates and joint ventures correspond to the FFO attributable to the partnership that are generated by its investments in associates and joint ventures accounted for using the equity method.
  2. Other expense corresponds to amounts that are not related to the revenue earning activities and are not normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary for business operations. Other income/expenses excluded from FFO primarily includes gains on dispositions of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, gains or losses relating to foreign currency translation reclassified from accumulated comprehensive income to other expense, acquisition costs, gains/losses on remeasurement of borrowings, amortization of deferred financing costs, fair value remeasurement gains/losses, accretion expenses on deferred consideration or asset retirement obligations, and gains or losses on debt extinguishment.
  3. Amounts attributable to non-controlling interests are calculated based on the economic ownership interests held by non-controlling interests in consolidated subsidiaries. By adjusting FFO attributable to non-controlling interests, our partnership is able to remove the portion of FFO earned at non-wholly owned subsidiaries that are not attributable to our partnership.


 
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Statements of Funds from Operations per Unit
 
 For the three months
ended September 30
 For the nine months
ended September 30
US$, unaudited 2023  2022  2023  2022 
        
Earnings per limited partnership unit1$