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Goldman Will Pay $1.43B to Run Puerto Rico Toll Road

JUN 20, 2011 5:15pm ET
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A consortium led by Goldman, Sachs & Co. will pay a total $1.43 billion to maintain and operate Puerto Rico’s busiest toll road for 40 years.

Puerto Rico officials Monday announced the government will receive an up-front payment of $1.08 billion from Goldman Sachs Global Infrastructure Partners II LP and Abertis Infraestructuras, based in Spain. The commonwealth will retain ownership of Route 22, a toll road that runs for 52 miles through the north side of the island, and Route 5, a four-mile toll road that connects to Route 22 and runs south of San Juan.

At least 90% of the up-front payment will be used to pay down outstanding Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority debt, said David Alvarez, executive director of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority. The highways authority has roughly $7 billion of outstanding bonds.

Under the long-term concession agreement, Goldman and Abertis during the next three years will spend $56 million for roadway safety improvements. The consortium must also invest another $300 million over 40 years for additional infrastructure needs on Route 22 and Route 5.

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