Saudi SWF and Ardian Become Shareholders in Heathrow Airport

Posted on 11/29/2023

Spanish infrastructure firm Ferrovial inked a deal to sell its entire 25% stake in the U.K.’s busiest airport, Heathrow, for £2.37 billion. The airport’s passenger volume recently surpassing pre-pandemic levels. However, the airport is currently unprofitable. FGP Topco is the parent company of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Ardian is taking a 15% ownership stake in the airport deal, while Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is taking a 10% stake. Ferrovial started slowly selling off its Heathrow position since acquiring a 56% stake in 2006.

Ferrovial sold some stakes to other parties including the Qatar Investment Authority in 2012 and a U.K. pension investor in 2013.

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