Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan part of new GFL Environmental investor group
GFL had about $1.35B in revenue last year, mostly from Canadian markets: Moody's
GFL Environmental Inc. is getting new investors including the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and private equity firm BC Partners in a deal that values the waste-management company at about $5.125 billion.
Under the agreement, GFL founder and chief executive Patrick Dovigi will maintain his role and leadership of the Toronto-based private company as well as a significant ownership stake.
"Having founded the company, it was very important to me to find partners that shared the same principles, values and vision, along with having significant capital to fund our ambitious growth plans," Dovigi said in a statement.
Financial details of the transaction weren't disclosed.
The BC Partners-led investor group, which has worked with other Canadian pension plans in the past, will acquire the interests of funds managed or associated with HPS Investment Partners, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III and Hawthorn Equity Partners.
"We look forward to a close collaboration with GFL and our partners at Ontario Teachers as an important part of our long-term strategy to grow in the Canadian marketplace," said Raymond Svider, BC Partners co-chairman.
BC Partners and Ontario Teachers' didn't respond to requests for comment Monday.
The transaction is expected to close by June 30, subject to customary closing conditions.
There had been an unconfirmed report in January that GFL had hired advisers to lead an initial public offering, which would have sold GFL shares to be listed on a stock exchange.
HPS Investment Partners acquired a non-controlling interest in GFL in November 2014. The Macquarie fund became an equity investor in GFL in February 2016 when GFL bought the Matrec solid waste business from Montreal-based Transforce, now called TFI International.
"I would like to thank HPS Investment Partners, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Hawthorn Equity Partners for their support of GFL during the past years," Dovigi said.
GFL has more than 5,000 employees and provides local services to more than 2.5 million households under municipal contracts and to more than 60,000 industrial, commercial and institutional customers.
A report by Moody's Investor Services in February indicated GFL had about $1.35 billion of revenue last year, with 72 per cent coming from solid waste management, 17 per cent from soil remediation and 11 per cent from liquid waste.
Canadian markets accounted for 80 per cent of GFL's revenue, with 20 per cent from the United States, Moody's said.
Moody's also said at the time that GFL's long-term debt rating was B2, which is below investment-grade, with a negative outlook — mostly because of its high debt-ratio.
On the other hand, Moody's said GFL has a well-diversified business with margins comparable to its peers.