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CBRE to acquire majority stake in Turner & Townsend

CBRE Group has announced a definitive agreement whereby the company will acquire a 60 per cent ownership interest in, and enter into a strategic partnership with Turner & Townsend, a provider of program management, cost consultancy, project management and advisory consulting services for clients in 46 countries.

CBRE will acquire its stake in the business for approximately £960 million in cash, with 55 per cent to be paid upon closing.

The transaction preserves Turner & Townsend’s existing leadership team, heritage, operational independence and partnership structure, which will hold the remaining 40 per cent ownership interest.

The transaction values Turner & Townsend at approximately £1.6 billion and is expected to be immediately accretive to CBRE’s earnings.

Turner & Townsend operates across three business segments: Real Estate (62 per cent of net revenue) – serving investors and occupiers across all property types, including data centres and life-science properties; Infrastructure (31 per cent of net revenue) – notably, transportation, environmental and power generation projects, and Natural Resources (7 per cent of net revenue) – renewable energy, alternative fuels, liquified natural gas and other projects.

Among the key benefits to Turner & Townsend from the strategic partnership is the opportunity to materially expand its business in the Americas, where CBRE has deep occupier and investor relationships and a leading market presence.

Vincent Clancy, Chairman and CEO of Turner & Townsend, said: “The combined partnership of CBRE and Turner & Townsend will create the premier global provider of program, project and cost management from day one. Turner & Townsend will continue to offer independent advice, solutions and program level thinking across the Real Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources sectors. Our global network means this applies everywhere in the world – we operate where our clients operate. The combination of unrivalled global footprint, sector expertise, commitment to investment and an incredible team of people will make CBRE and Turner & Townsend the go-to firms in our industry.”

Upon closing the transaction, Clancy and the existing Turner & Townsend management team will continue to run the company on a day-to-day basis, and all its services will continue to be delivered under the Turner & Townsend brand. Turner & Townsend’s financial results will be consolidated and reported within CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business segment.

Bob Sulentic, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE said: “This is a transformational transaction for our project management business in terms of both breadth and scale of capabilities. We see sizeable secular growth opportunities in project management, which are being propelled by rising public and private infrastructure investment and the drive to a low-carbon global economy. Turner & Townsend is by far the best firm to help us realise our ambitions for this business. It is an exceptionally well-run company with a first-rate brand, enviable client base and expertise that complements our capabilities.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Closing is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

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