First infrastructure project is expected to be in the electric sector
João Antonio Mattei — Foto: Divulgação
BN Engenharia, Bueno Netto group’s construction company, is getting ready to enter the infrastructure sector. João Antonio Mattei, the company’s managing director, says the company is expected to work mainly in basic sanitation, logistics and energy. The first works are expected to be for the electric sector, the executive said.
The company plans to operate in private works and in PPPs (Public Private Partnerships). According to the company, there is no fear that the result of the presidential election will weaken the number of contracts in infrastructure made by the private sector. In 2021, 68.8% of the investments in the area were made by the private sector, according to consulting firm Inter.B.
BN is structuring the team to work in infrastructure projects, and has hired the engineer Lucas Guimarães, former Cesbe’s country manager in Peru, to head the new business development sector.
Currently, the company works with residential and corporate buildings, as well as hospitals and distribution centers, among other projects. Last year, BN grossed R$630 million, and Mr. Mattei expects revenue to reach R$700 million this year. According to him, the company already has a portfolio of projects to exceed this amount by 2023.
About half of the revenue comes from work for Benx, Bueno Netto group’s developer. BN and Benx have operated separately since 2011. Mr. Mattei points out, however, that the construction company does not do all the construction work for the developer: nearly 25% of the projects go to other construction companies, because they have a lower budget.
In the residential segment, BN prefers to operate in larger, high-end projects. The company is building Parque Global, a R$900 million project by Benx and Related Brasil in São Paulo’s south region. This amount can double if BN wins the bid to also build the hospital and the shopping mall planned in the development. “We are confident,” says Mr. Mattei.
Mr. Mattei says he had been planning to enter the infrastructure sector since 2019, when he realized there was space left by the large construction companies that were targeted by anti-corruption task force Car Wash.
“The infrastructure sector lacks healthy engineering companies,” he says. BN recently earned the B Corp Certification, awarded to ventures that put in place ESG practices. Three years ago, however, the group’s board did not accept the idea. This position changed at the end of 2020, when BN started planning to enter the heavy construction segment.
The company wanted to buy a construction company with experience in infrastructure, but the project did not go ahead. The search for acquisition left contacts that Mr. Mattei hopes to use in future works. “We can form consortiums,” he said.
*By Ana Luiza Tieghi — São Paulo