Mexico's ICA to sell assets for 5 bln pesos in 2016:CEO

viernes 10 de julio de 2015 12:56 GYT

MEXICO CITY, July 10 (Reuters) - Mexican construction firm ICA expects to sell assets next year for 5 billion pesos ($317.99 million) as part of an effort to reduce its heavy debt load, Chief Executive Officer Alonso Quintana said in an interview.

Quintana also said late on Thursday that the company aims to lower its ratio of net debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to 6 this year from around 7 currently.

Quintana was optimistic about the prospects for a controversial aqueduct project awarded to a consortium including ICA in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, which the governor-elect has promised to cancel.

Quintana said he hopes to smooth things over with the incoming Nuevo Leon administration and begin construction of the project in January, 2016.

($1 = 15.7240 Mexican pesos) (Reporting by Noe Torres and Roberto Aguilar; Writing by Alexandra Alper)