Full ownership of International Power: GDF SUEZ reaches a strategic milestone for development in high growth markets
The GDF SUEZ acquisition of International Power’s 30% minority shareholding was approved by more than 99% (by value) of minority shareholders voting at International Power’s Shareholders’ Meeting on 7 June 2012. Following the unanimous approval of the independent non-executive board members of International Power on 15 April, this vote marks a decisive step in the transaction, which is expected to be concluded on 29 June 2012.
Acquisition of 100% of the shares of International Power will complete the combination of the international assets of GDF SUEZ and International Power begun in February 2011 with the Group’s acquisition of a 70% controlling interest in International Power. This transaction constitutes a major strategic milestone for GDF SUEZ, enabling it to take full control of a unique development platform in high growth countries where it seeks in the future to increase its current development capex from 30% to 40%-50%.
The transaction will also enable the Group to take full advantage of the synergies generated by the combination of GDF SUEZ and International Power in 2011.
This operation will be financed in a balanced manner through shareholders’ equity, thanks in particular to the choice made by 77% of GDF SUEZ shareholders to receive the balance of their 2011 dividend in shares, and through the Group’s financial flexibility, as illustrated by the recent successful bond issue, together with a new €3 billion program of asset disposals.
Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ commented: “I am pleased with the vote of International Power shareholders which supports this strategic, industrial transaction. It will give GDF SUEZ the means for a more integrated expansion of activities and enables us to have an exceptional development platform in high growth regions, such as South America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, where the demand for energy is very strong.”
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GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented on the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.