Balfour Beatty agrees £85 million pension deficit terms

Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has announced that it has agreed heads of terms with the Trustee of the Balfour Beatty Pension Fund to re-profile the £85 million (€116 million) pension deficit payment, agreed at the time of the Parsons Brinckerhoff disposal, over eight years.

As stated in the trading update on 22 January, and following the decision to cancel the £200 million (€272 million) share buyback, the company entered into negotiations with the pension fund Trustee to re-profile the £85 million (€116 million) pension deficit payment, originally due in 2015. Under the heads of terms it is intended that the pension fund will participate in a Scottish Limited Partnership into which the company will be transferring PFI assets worth £85 million (€116 million). The £85 million (€116 million) pension deficit payment will then be made over an eight year period, starting with a £4 million (€5.5 million) cash payment in 2016 and increasing annually thereafter.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “We are pleased that the pension fund Trustee has worked with us to re-profile the pension payments, in light of the cancelled share buy-back. This gives a clear plan on how the pension deficit will be reduced over time, whilst maintaining balance sheet flexibility as we drive the required organisational change and performance improvement, as set out in the Build to Last programme we announced last week.”

Adrian Mathias, Chairman of the pension fund Trustee said: “We are pleased to have reached agreement with the company on this matter. We recognise the importance of a strong balance sheet to the company and welcome the opportunity to participate in the proposed Scottish Limited Partnership.”