Friday, March 16, 2007

Areva ups bid price for REpower to €140 / share; Suzlon mulling counter-bidding options

It seems to be the seasons for biddings and counter-biddings. French energy major Areva has upped the price for acquiring Germany’s third-largest wind power company, REpower Systems AG, by putting in a counter-bid of €140 per share. Areva had earlier made an offer to buy stake in REpower at €105 per share, and its revised offer is 33.3% higher than the first bid. The new figure is 11.1% higher than the Suzlon Energy-Martifer's offer of €126 per share. Suzlon had recently received the approval of German regulator for its bid for REpower Systems. It had offered €1.2 bn ($1.33 bn) to acquire REpower Systems.

Read the Business Standard article.
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Suzlon Energy bids $1.3 bn for German company REpower

It is learnt that Suzlon Energy is likely to revise its offer to buy out REpower. The company is in talks with a consortium of banks led by ABN-AMRO and may come out with a revised offer of close to €160 per share, which will raise the value of REpower to $1.7 bn. Areva’s revised offer has raised the value of REpower to $1.5 bn.

REpower, Germany’s third-largest maker of wind-power equipment behind Vestas Wind Systems and Enercon, reported a profit of €7.1 mn in 2006. In Germany, REpower has a 10% market share.

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