GE, Senvion prepare bids for French wind group Adwen: sources

Thu Jul 7, 2016 8:01am EDT
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FRANKFURT/MADRID (Reuters) - General Electric (GE.N: Quote) and German wind turbine maker Senvion (SENG.DE: Quote) are preparing bids for French wind power group Adwen, which is jointly owned by Spain's Gamesa (GAM.MC: Quote) and France's Areva (AREVA.PA: Quote), people familiar with the matter said.

German industrials group Siemens (SIEGn.DE: Quote) is due to take over Gamesa's 50 percent stake in Adwen as part of its 1 billion euro ($1.1 billion) deal to buy a majority stake in Gamesa. It has also made an offer for Areva's stake in Adwen.

However, under the terms of a side-deal agreed in connection with Siemens's buyout of Gamesa, Areva has until mid-September to look for an alternative buyer.

The companies declined to comment.

Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser said last month he believed his company's offer for Adwen was compelling.

"We took a lot of time to discuss the offshore projects in France with customers, where the risks are, where benefits could be, on so-called legacy projects that obviously have their challenges," he said.

"If we get the 50 percent that is fine, and if we don't, if someone puts a better offer there, they maybe deserve it."

Gamesa values its 50 percent equity stake in Adwen at 74 million euros, according to its 2015 annual report.

"Areva has a put option to sell its 50 percent stake to Gamesa for 60 million euros. I would be surprised if the premium offered would be massive," one of the people familiar with the matter said.   Continued...

The logo of General Electric is shown in Santa Ana, California April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake