For immediate release 10 September 2012
Global Ports Investments announces strategic investment
by APM Terminals to drive next phase
of the group's development
· APM Terminals brings unrivalled global terminal operating expertise to new partnership
· Positions Global Ports as the first choice partner for leading container shipping companies seeking to do business in Russia
· Transaction is the largest foreign direct investment in the Russian transportation industry to date
Global Ports Investments PLC ("Global Ports", and together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, "the Group"), (LSE ticker: GLPR) announces that APM Terminals B.V. ("APM Terminals") a global port, terminal and inland services operator has signed agreements to become a major shareholder of Global Ports and a strategic partner of Transportation Investments Holdings Limited ("TIHL" or "N-Trans"), one of Russia's largest privately owned transportation groups. APM Terminals is a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, leading oil and transportation conglomerate.
Under the terms of the transaction APM Terminals will acquire a 37.5% shareholding in Global Ports from TIHL, representing 50% of TIHL's current stake. The transaction values Global Ports' entire share capital at approximately USD 2.3 billion.
By becoming an equal partner with N-Trans in Global Ports, APM Terminals secures entry into Russia's fast-growing container market alongside one of Russia's largest privately-owned transportation groups and through a company with a highly regarded management team with a proven track record of performance. The investment also follows Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and represents the largest foreign direct investment in Russia's transportation industry to date.
The transaction will strengthen Global Ports' leading position by providing it with access to APM Terminals' unrivalled global expertise in the development and operation of world-class ports facilities as the Group continues to roll out its strategic investment programme. This new partnership will enable Global Ports to further optimise its operations, develop new capacity and services, and continue to drive the containerisation of Russian cargoes. It will also further boost Global Port's positioning as the first choice for the world's major shipping groups as they look to capitalise on increased trade flows into and out of Russia.
APM Terminals and TIHL have undertaken to reduce the voting rights of their respective shareholdings. This step will effectively increase the voting power of shareholders in the free float who together hold 25% of GPI's equity  but will then have about 40% of the total voting rights in GPI.
The Group's already strong corporate governance structures will be enhanced by the entry of APM Terminals as an equal partner with N-Trans under a comprehensive shareholder agreement providing for the joint control of the Group and for its operational management going forward. Global Ports' existing management team will continue to run the business and will be able to call upon further expertise and resources from APM Terminals in the shape of expert managers and other specialists.
Global Ports will continue to be focused on the high growth markets of Russia, CIS and the Baltic States and will become the growth platform for APM Terminals and N-Trans in the region. By bringing together the existing management's regional knowledge and experience and APM Terminals' extensive global expertise, Global Ports will be even better placed to provide existing customers with the services they require and to further expand the Group's customer base.
The increased competitive strengths Global Ports will gain as a result of the transaction will enable it to establish a target gearing ratio of Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA of 1.5 - 2.0 to be reached progressively by balancing further expansion with dividend distribution.
Completion of the transaction is expected to occur by the end of the year once all the relevant approvals have been obtained. Further transaction details are included in the Appendix to this announcement.
Nikita Mishin, Chairman of Global Ports, commented:
"We very much welcome APM Terminals as a partner in developing Global Ports. I am confident that by drawing on the expertise of a leading international player like APM Terminals and N-Trans's significant experience in developing infrastructure in Russia, we will further strengthen Global Ports' leadership in our markets. With the support of these shareholders we can look forward to the successful development and efficient deployment of new capacity and will be able to respond even more quickly to the opportunities for growth in our underlying markets to the benefit of all of our stakeholders."
Kim Fejfer, CEO of APM Terminals, commented
"The Russian economy continues to grow and APM Terminals wants to be part of that. Global Ports is a clear leader in its sector with a very experienced and customer-focused management team and a good eye for growth opportunities. They have an excellent network of facilities with significant scope for capacity development. These qualities, combined with our global experience in port development, productivity, safety and performance, will clearly create the best port choice in the market for clients. Russia and the neighbouring countries have immense growth potential and looking to the future, our teams will work together to identify new market opportunities in this region."
The transaction-related slide presentation is available for viewing on the company's website www.globalports.com.
Analyst and investor conference call
An analyst and investor conference call hosted by Nikita Mishin, Chairman of Global Ports, Alexander Nazarchuk, Chief Executive Officer, and Oleg Novikov, Chief Financial Officer will be held on 10 September, 2012 at 09.00 New York time (EDT) / 14.00 London time / 17.00 Moscow time. To participate in the conference call please dial one of the following numbers and ask to be put through to the "Global Ports" call:
UK toll free: 0808 109 0700
International: +44 (0) 20 3003 2666
There will also be a webcast of the call available through the Global Ports website (www.globalports.com). Please note that this will be a listen-only facility.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Global Ports Investments PLC is the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market. Global Ports accounts for 30% of the total container volumes in Russian ports and 23% of the total exports of fuel oil from the former Soviet Union countries. Global Ports is part of N-Trans group, one of the largest private transportation and infrastructure operators in Russia. Global Ports' terminals are located in the Baltic and Far East Basins, key regions for foreign trade cargo flows. Global Ports operates three container terminals in Russia (Petrolesport and Moby Dik in St. Petersburg, Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in the Vostochny Port) and two container terminals in Finland (Multi-Link Terminal Helsinki and Multi-Link Terminal Kotka). Global Ports also includes Yanino Logistics Park located in the vicinity of St. Petersburg and a major oil terminal, Vopak E.O.S., in Estonia.
Global Ports' consolidated revenue for the year ended 31 December 2011 was USD 501.3 million (up 31% year on year). Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended 31 December 2011 was USD 282.2 million (up 37% on the year ended 31 December 2010).
The Group's Russian Ports segment handled a total container throughput of approximately 1,344 thousand TEUs in 2011 (excluding Yanino), a 44% increase on 2010.
In June 2011 Global Ports listed its Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) at the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (GLPR).
For more information please see: www.globalports.com
Transportation Investments Holding Limited (TIHL) is one of the largest privately-owned transportation groups in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic Region with strategic interests in rail transportation and port operations and carries on business under the name of N-Trans. TIHL is ultimately controlled by a company the beneficial owners of which are Nikita Mishin, Konstantin Nikolaev and Andrey Filatov.
Information on APM Terminals
APM Terminals' Global Terminal Network of ports and inland services provide the infrastructure for the growth of international trade, 90% of which travels by sea. International commerce is an economic growth engine, creating jobs, lifting economies and improving people's lives around the world.
With world headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, the company's core expertise is the design, construction, management and operation of ports, terminals and inland services with a Global Terminal Network of 56 operating port facilities and 155 Inland Services operations, giving APM Terminals a global presence in 64 countries.
 Enterprise value, to be adjusted for net debt.
 Includes 5.52% of GPI's equity held in the form of GDRs by a third party that has notified GPI of such holding.
 Source: ASOP, as of 2011
 Source: Argus Nefte Transport, as of 2011
Proposed shareholding structure:
TIHL: 88,125,000 ordinary shares, 88,125,000 ordinary non-voting shares
APM Terminals: 88,125,000 ordinary shares, 88,125,000 ordinary non-voting shares
GDR free float: 117,500,001 ordinary shares represented by 39,166,167 GDRs each representing three ordinary shares (40% voting interest).
Parties: TIHL and APM Terminals
Duration: As long as the parties (or their connected persons) hold shares or GDRs - subject to termination by a party if the other holds less than 25% plus 1 share of the aggregate issued and outstanding Global Ports voting share capital
Geography and scope of operations: Handling and storage of containerised and general cargoes and liquid/non-liquid bulk at seaports and inland terminals in Russia, CIS, and the Baltic States
Board Composition: A total of 14 directors, two of whom are independent, six of whom may be nominated, appointed, removed and replaced by TIHL and six of whom may be nominated, appointed, removed and replaced by APM Terminals. Chairman and vice-Chairman rotates between TIHL and APM Terminals every two years, Chairman nomination by TIHL for first term and vice-Chairman nomination by APM Terminals for first term. Quorum: simple majority of directors, with one being a TIHL director, one an APM Terminals director and one independent. Certain key matters at Global Ports and subsidiary level require the affirmative vote of at least one TIHL and one APM Terminals director
Board Committees: equal number of directors from both TIHL and APM Terminals and at least one independent. Chairman to be independent. Quorum: three directors, with one being a TIHL director, one an APM Terminals director and one independent.
Shareholder Reserved Matters: certain key matters require the approval of both TIHL and APM Terminals.
Senior Management: Appointed jointly. Rotation of senior management nomination right. During first three years TIHL will nominate the CEOs of the Company and the Operating Companies, and APM Terminals will nominate the CFO of the Company and the Operating Companies and the COO of PLP.
Funding and Minimum Gearing Ratio: TIHL and APM Terminals to procure that the Group maintains a target net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.5 to 2 times, and satisfies its external funding needs with borrowings to the extent available on commercially reasonable terms
Dividend Policy: Dividends to be determined in accordance with the Group's current Dividend Policy and, in addition to maintain a Target Gearing Ratio after taking into account budgeted cash flows (including capex) and performance against budget as well as any debt financing to fund such dividend, subject in any case to amounts legally available for distribution. TIHL and APM Terminals acknowledge that by setting up the target gearing ratio further dividend distribution over and above the Group's Dividend Policy might be possible.
Sales of interests: transfers of securities are not permitted in the first lockup period (2 years). Further lockup period of 3 years, in which a party can transfer shares provided the transfer does not result in either TIHL's or APM Terminals' holdings of ordinary shares to fall below 25% plus 1 share of the total voting shares. Rights of first refusal, tag along rights, and standard pre-emption rights apply
Conversion of shares:
Conversion: TIHL to convert approximately 50% of ordinary shares held by it into ordinary non-voting shares. TIHL to transfer 50% of its share holding in each class to APM Terminals.
Conversion process: Board to convene Global Ports EGM to pass specials resolutions approving the reclassification of shares and the adoption of new articles before completion
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