Advent International agrees to sell Dominican airport concessionaire Aerodom to Vinci Airports

  • Aerodom has grown significantly during Advent’s ownership through the expansion and improvement of airport infrastructure and services to airport users
  • With solid passenger growth and an attractive geographic location, the company is well-positioned for continued development

MEXICO CITY, December 14, 2015 – Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that it has agreed to sell Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (“Aerodom”), the leading airport group in the Dominican Republic, to Vinci Airports, the airport operating subsidiary of Vinci SA (EPA: DG). Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, were not disclosed.

“We are proud of what we have achieved at Aerodom in partnership with the company’s management team,” said Luis Solórzano, a Managing Director in Advent’s Mexico City office. “Together, we have improved operations and expanded both the commercial and aeronautical sides of the business, resulting in significant revenue and productivity growth. We believe Vinci Airports is the ideal partner for Aerodom as it enters the next stage of its development and wish the company continued success well into the future.”

“The acquisition of Aerodom by of one of the world’s leading airport operators underscores the importance of our company in the Dominican Republic and will allow us to operate at the highest international standards,” said Mónika Infante, CEO of Aerodom. “We thank Advent for its continued support over the past seven years in developing Aerodom into a world-class airport operator.”

Aerodom operates and manages six airports in the Dominican Republic, the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean with more than 5.1 million tourist arrivals in 2014. Its international airports include Las Américas–José Francisco Peña Gómez in Santo Domingo, the second-largest airport by passenger traffic in the Dominican Republic, Presidente Dr. Joaquín Balaguer in Santo Domingo Norte, Gregorio Luperón in Puerto Plata, María Montez in Barahona and Presidente Juan Bosch in Samaná. Aerodom also operates the Arroyo Barril domestic airport in Samaná. In total, the airport system served 4.3 million passengers in 2014, representing a 4.4% growth in traffic over the prior year.

Advent acquired Aerodom in September 2008 and has since worked with management to improve and grow the business significantly. Among the initiatives, the company formed a new route-development group to increase traffic to its airports and launched an energy cost reduction program, which lowered energy consumption by approximately 20%. Aerodom also repaved and expanded the runway of Las Américas airport, remodeled the Las Américas and Gregorio Luperón terminals and built 17 new hangars. In 2014, Las Américas received the prestigious ACI Airport Service Quality award for “Best Improvement” by an airport in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Advent’s Airport and Infrastructure Experience
The airport and infrastructure sector is a key area of focus for Advent in Latin America. The firm has been investing in the sector for 19 years and has backed 16 companies spanning a range of sub-sectors including airport and port concessions, travel retail, and food and beverage. In addition to Aerodom, investments in airport and port concessions have included Aeroplazas, the commercial developer of the Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara airports in Mexico; AMAIT, the operator of Toluca International Airport in Mexico; Fumisa, the former operator of certain commercial areas at Mexico City International Airport; and TCP, Brazil’s second-largest container terminal. Advent’s travel retail investments have included Dufry, Brasif, Hudson News and Aeroboutiques. Its food and beverage investments have included Aerocomidas, Elior and International Meal Company, which merged four separate Advent portfolio companies.

Advent in Latin America
Advent is one of the leading private equity investors in Latin America, having raised more than $6 billion for investment in the region from institutional investors globally. Since 1996, the firm has invested in over 50 Latin American companies and fully realized its positions in 33 of those businesses. With 40 investment professionals working from offices in Mexico City, Bogotá and São Paulo, Advent has the largest dedicated private equity team in the region.

About Aerodom

Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) is the concessionaire entitled by the Dominican State to administer, operate and develop six airports in the Dominican Republic. Aerodom is responsible for the construction, modernization, operation and management of the following international airports: Las Américas–José Francisco Peña Gómez in Santo Domingo, Presidente Dr. Joaquín Balaguer in Santo Domingo Norte, Gregorio Luperón in Puerto Plata, María Montez in Barahona and Presidente Juan Bosch in Samaná, in addition to the domestic airport Arroyo Barril, also in Samaná.

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About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in more than 300 private equity transactions in 42 countries and, as of June 30, 2015, had $33 billion in assets under management. With offices on four continents, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 170 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology, media and telecom. After more than 30 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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