E.ON and Statkraft in multi-billion asset swap

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E.ON and Statkraft have signed a Letter of Intent in Oslo for a multi-billion asset swap.

According to the deal terms, E.ON will take over the 44.6% stake in E.ON Sverige currently held by Statkraft worth €4.4 billion and will thereby further strengthen its position in the Nordic market as the sole shareholder of E.ON Sverige.

In return, Statkraft will receive assets held by E.ON in Sweden, Germany, the UK and Poland as well as more than 2% of E.ON shares to compensate the difference in value (depending on the final asset valuations and the average E.ON share price during the 10 trading days prior to closing). E.ON intends to use its own treasury shares for this purpose. The deal is to be finalized as early as in the H1 of 2008 and must be approved by the relevant authorities and the Board of Directors of the respective companies.

E.ON CEO Wulf Bernotat: Taking over 100% (minority shareholders of approx. 0,05%) of E.ON Sverige puts us in a position to push ahead with our Nordic activities swiftly and to integrate the business of E.ON Sverige into the new Trading and Renewable Energy companies with their international reach. „Thanks to this effort we are accelerating our European strategy, streamlining our management structures and tapping into considerable synergies. At the same time we are raising our longstanding and successful partnership with Statkraft to a higher level. We are delighted to welcome Statkraft as an important future E.ON shareholder.”

By purchasing the 44.6% interest held by Statkraft, E.ON has full control of power plants with a total capacity of about 6,400 MW, 40% of which are nuclear power and around 28% hydroelectric power. The remaining 32% are oil, gas and renewable energy. In 2006 E.ON Sverige covered around 20% of power demand in Sweden. E.ON Sverige is the fourth largest power supplier in the Nordic market by generation capacity.

E.ON Sverige also operates in the gas business, heat generation and waste incineration. Statkraft is acquiring 934 MW in Swedish hydroelectric plants and around 1.1 GW in power plant capacity in Germany, Poland and Great Britain. The preliminary agreement also includes electricity supply in excess of 100 MW for ten years as well as a structured gas contract up to 100 million m³ for ten years. (oilvoice)

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