BROOKFIELD, News, Nov. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (“BIP”) (NYSE: BIP; TSX: BIP.UN) today announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) accepted a notice filed by BIP of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its outstanding limited partnership units (“LP Units”) and its cumulative class A preferred limited partnership units (“Preferred Units”, and together with LP Units, “Units”). Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation (“BIPC”) (NYSE/TSX: BIPC) also today announced that the TSX accepted a notice filed by BIPC of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its outstanding class A exchangeable subordinate voting shares (“Exchangeable Shares”).
BIP and BIPC believe that if the trading price of Units or Exchangeable Shares, respectively, does not fully reflect their value, the acquisition of Units or Exchangeable Shares, as applicable, may represent an attractive use of available funds.
Under BIP’s normal course issuer bid, the Board of Directors of the general partner of BIP authorized BIP to repurchase up to 5% of the issued and outstanding LP Units, or up to 23,107,234 LP Units. At the close of business on November 21, 2023, there were 462,144,684 LP Units issued and outstanding. Under BIP’s normal course issuer bid, it may repurchase up to 100,061 LP Units on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 400,244 LP Units on the TSX for the six months ended October 31, 2023, calculated in accordance with the rules of the TSX.
BIP currently has four series of Preferred Units outstanding and that trade on the TSX. Under BIP’s normal course issuer bid, BIP is authorized to repurchase up to 10% of the total public float of each series of Preferred Units as follows:
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- Calculated as at November 21, 2023.
- For the 6 months ended October 31, 2023.
- In accordance with TSX rules, any daily repurchases with respect to each of the Series 9 and Series 11 Preferred Units will be limited to 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX of the respective series and any daily repurchases with respect to the Series 1 and Series 3 Preferred Units will be limited to 1,000 Preferred Units.
Under BIPC’s normal course issuer bid, the Board of Directors of BIPC authorized BIPC to repurchase up to 10% of the total public float of Exchangeable Shares, or up to 11,867,195 Exchangeable Shares. At the close of business on November 21, 2023, there were 131,840,045 Exchangeable Shares issued and outstanding and 118,671,959 Exchangeable Shares in the public float. Under BIPC’s normal course issuer bid, it may repurchase up to 32,743 Exchangeable Shares on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 130,974 Exchangeable Shares on the TSX for the six months ended October 31, 2023, calculated in accordance with the rules of the TSX.
Repurchases under each normal course issuer bid are authorized to commence on December 1, 2023 and each normal course issuer bid will terminate on November 30, 2024, or earlier should BIP or BIPC, as applicable, complete its repurchases under its respective normal course issuer bid prior to such date.
Under BIP’s current normal course issuer bid that commenced on December 1, 2022 and expires on November 30, 2023, BIP previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 22,914,157 LP Units, 498,926 Series 1 Preferred Units, 498,586 Series 3 Preferred Units, 798,659 Series 9 Preferred Units and 993,619 Series 11 Preferred Units. BIP has not repurchased any Preferred Units under its current normal course issuer bid in the past twelve months. As of November 28, 2023, BIP has repurchased 908,674 LP Units under its current normal course issuer bid through open market transactions on the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and alternative trading systems, at a weighted average price per LP Unit of approximately US$27.51.
Under BIPC’s normal course issuer bid that commenced on December 1, 2022 and expires on November 30, 2023, BIPC previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 9,737,380 Exchangeable Shares. BIPC has not repurchased any Exchangeable Shares under its current normal course issuer bid in the past twelve months.
Repurchases of Series 1, Series 3, Series 9 and Series 11 Preferred Units will be effected through the facilities of the TSX and/or alternative trading systems. Repurchases of LP Units and Exchangeable Shares will be effected through the facilities of the TSX, the NYSE and/or alternative trading systems. All Units and Exchangeable Shares acquired by BIP and BIPC, respectively, under the applicable normal course issuer bid will be cancelled. 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.
BIP and BIPC intend to enter into automatic share purchase plans on or about the week of December 25, 2023 in relation to their respective normal course issuer bids. The automatic share purchase plans will allow for the purchase of Units or Exchangeable Shares, as applicable, subject to certain trading parameters, at times when BIP or BIPC ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. Outside these periods, the Units or Exchangeable Shares will be repurchased in accordance with management’s discretion, subject to applicable law.
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 US$850 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to https://brookfield.com.
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