Gamesa, Siemens in talks to merge wind power businesses

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Siemens and Gamesa have signed binding agreements to merge Siemens' wind power business, including wind services, with Gamesa to create a leading global wind power player.

The parties said June 17 that Siemens will receive newly issued shares of the combined company and will hold 59 percent of the share capital while Gamesa's existing shareholders will hold 41 percent.

Closing is expected in the first quarter of calendar year 2017.

As part of the merger, Siemens will fund a cash payment of $4.24 per share, which will be distributed to Gamesa's shareholders (excluding Siemens) immediately following the completion of the merger net of any ordinary dividends paid until completion of the merger.

The cash payment represents 26 percent of Gamesa's unaffected share price at market close on January 28, 2016.

Additionally, Gamesa and Areva have entered into contractual agreements whereby Areva waives existing contractual restrictions in Gamesa's and Areva's offshore wind joint venture Adwen simplifying the merger between Gamesa and Siemens.

As part of these agreements, Gamesa—in alignment with Siemens—grants Areva a put option for Areva's 50 percent stake and a call option for Gamesa's 50 percent stake in Adwen. Both options expire in three months. Alternatively, Areva can in this time divest 100 percent of Adwen to a third party via a drag-along right for Gamesa's stake.

The new company, which will be consolidated in Siemens' financial statements, is expected to have on a pro forma basis (last twelve months as of March 2016) a 69 GW installed base worldwide, an order backlog of around €20 billion, revenue of €9.3 billion and an adjusted EBIT of €839 million.

The combined company will have its global headquarters in Spain and will remain listed in Spain. The onshore headquarters will be located in Spain, while the offshore headquarters will reside in Hamburg, Germany, and Vejle, Denmark.

The two businesses are highly complementary in terms of global footprint, existing product portfolios and technologies, the parties said.

The combined business will have a global reach across all important regions and manufacturing footprints in all continents. Siemens' wind power business has a strong foothold in North America and Northern Europe, and Gamesa is well positioned in fast-growing emerging markets, such as India and Latin America, and in Southern Europe. Further, the transaction will result in a product offering covering all wind classes and addressing all key market segments to better serve customers' needs.

The envisaged combination is unanimously supported by Gamesa's Board of Directors and Siemens' Supervisory Board.

Iberdrola has entered into a shareholders' agreement with Siemens and will hold around 8 percent in the combined company after closing of the transaction.

The transaction is subject to the approval by Gamesa's shareholders and to other customary conditions such as merger control clearances and the confirmation by the Spanish stock market regulator (CNMV) that no mandatory takeover bid has to be launched by Siemens following completion of the merger.

Supervision of the merger process has been entrusted by Gamesa to a merger committee created ad hoc, which will be made up exclusively of independent directors.

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