Last Wednesday night, the consortium was said to exercise its right of refusal, which put Macquarie out of the picture.
The article reports that members of the consortium include the companies Meridiam, Global Infrastructure Partners, Caisse des Depots Group, and CNP Assurances. My Fool colleague Bernd notes, this is the same group of companies that own Suez's operations in France.
Before Macquarie's deal fell apart, Britain's market regulator had instructed French waste management giant Veolia, which owns Suez Recycling, to divest the business on antitrust concerns that were raised in May.
The divestment was deemed necessary as it could lead to anti-competitive practices, potentially leading to higher consumer prices.
A spokesperson for Macquarie made the following comments on the failed bid:
As previously announced, our proposed investment in Suez's UK recycling and recovery operations was subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including a right of first refusal. We look forward to identifying other opportunities in the sector where we can support the transition to a more sustainable, circular economy.
Macquarie reportedly offered to buy the company for 2.5 billion euros (AU$3.7 billion).
While Macquarie's acquisition of Suez has apparently fallen apart, the company could have other irons in the fire. In March, it was speculated that Macquarie could be eying up the wealth division of Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC), which could be worth $1 billion.
Macquarie share price snapshot
The Macquarie share price is down 21% year to date. Meanwhile, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is down 13% over the same period.
The company's market capitalisation is $63.98 billion.