Thursday, 25 January 2018

ENGIE and EPS: Partnership for decentralised energy storage systems and microgrids

Source: "ENGIE enters into the capital of EPS: An industrial partner to scale up globally", EPS, 24th January 2018

Paris – Milan, 24 January 2018 – Electro Power Systems S.A. (“EPS”), technology pioneer in energy storage systems and microgrids, listed on the French-regulated market Euronext Paris (EPS:FP), announces today the signing by ENGIE of a share purchase agreement with its main shareholders (360 Capital Partners, Ersel and Prima Industrie), to acquire a majority stake of EPS slightly above 50% of the share capital and voting rights. In order to achieve that threshold, the agreement also involves the members of the Board of Directors and the management team. A new retention and long-term incentive plan has been set-up, to secure and strengthen the full commitment of the management team until 2021, linked to the development of the company.

ENGIE, headquartered in Paris, is one the largest global utilities, active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The French group led by Isabelle Kocher is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised. ENGIE is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges and is represented in the main financial indices, including CAC 40.

With the transaction, a broad industrial partnership to scale up globally, both companies aim at further accelerating their vision to be at the forefront of the energy transition, with special focus on decentralised energy solutions.

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The transaction is executed at €9,5 per share and will be followed by the filing of a simplified mandatory tender offer at the same price, subject to the fairness opinion of Associé en Finance, the independent expert appointed by EPS according to the article 261-1 I of the General Rules of the AMF General Regulation. ENGIE intends to maintain the listing of the EPS shares at the end of the offer.

“EPS is a recognized technology provider in the microgrid market with a differentiating control technology and already significant micro-grid installed base, in particular in Africa and Asia Pacific. We sincerely welcome EPS at ENGIE and its highly specialized and sophisticated high-tech teams. Together, we will achieve a major step to become a decentralized energy leader and confirm that energy transition is at the core of the strategy and transformation of ENGIE. With decentralized clean energy, we also bring a key contribution towards more harmonious development” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, Executive Vice President of ENGIE

Carlalberto Guglielminotti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of EPS commented “This is a transformational step for EPS. We share ENGIE’s strategic vision of a paradigm shift in the energy system towards decentralized energy solutions: in advanced economies renewables are displacing conventional centralized power plants, calling for distributed energy storage to secure flexibility and capacity; thus, value added migrates from traditional energy supply to the delivery of advanced services. In parallel, in emerging economies, storage-enabled renewables open a market of 2.4 billion people reliant on diesel generation. EPS has been delivering one of the largest installed bases of commercial microgrids and utility-scale systems globally: today, our unique technological platform combined with ENGIE’s global reach, establishes a driving force of the energy transition”.

The transaction, which is subject to standard condition precedents, shall be completed during the first quarter of 2018.

The EPS shareholders have been advised by Lazard and Linklaters.

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