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Balfour Beatty hands shareholders £200mln windfall after Parsons sale

As well planning a shareholder return, the infrastructure group will use £85mln of the proceeds to reduce its pension deficit.

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Balfour Beatty (LON:BBY) investors are set for a £200mln windfall following the £820mln sale of its Parsons Brinckerhoff division to WSP Global of Canada.

As well planning a shareholder return, the infrastructure group will use £85mln of the proceeds to reduce its pension deficit.

The remainder will be retained to “ensure a strong balance sheet and provide increased financial flexibility”, it said in a stock market release.

Chairman Steve Marshall added: "The board believes that the sale price of £820mln  delivers both a significant return on our original investment and a compelling level of value creation for shareholders - which remains the key focus of the board.

“The sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff follows the recent revaluation of our investments portfolio, which underlines the potential of this division to create value internally and across the group.”

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