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Uniper said on Thursday its suitor, Finnish utility Fortum, had yet to address a range of questions from the German energy firm's management to convince it to support a takeover deal. Uniper said in a statement that Fortum needed to provide answers about its commitments to employees, Uniper's strategy and financial stability, as well as the composition of Uniper's supervisory board.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Any takers for a couple of big stakes in an old-style, carbon-emitting power generator?Germany’s Uniper SE is not a business that fits with the times. Yet hedge funds Elliott Management Corp. and Knight Vinke have just succeeded in squeezing a high price from the one keen buyer of their combined 21% holding, the Finnish utility Fortum Oyj.Investors sitting on the other 30% not already owned by Fortum can only look on in dismay and ask how they missed out.Fortum made a takeover bid for Uniper in 2017 but had to settle for a stake just below 50% after it emerged that Moscow had an effective veto on it gaining control (the German company owns a water facility in Russia and Fortum is controlled by the Finnish state, hence Russia’s right to block the deal).All of a sudden, something has changed. Fortum sees a potential path to Russian approval, although it won’t say precisely what it is. The Finnish company has agreed therefore to pay 2.3 billion euros ($2.5 billion) for the position held by Elliott and Knight Vinke. That would give it a 71% stake, assuming Russia’s approval is forthcoming.For Elliott, it’s a classic short-term win from opportunistically buying into a bid target. For Knight Vinke, it’s the profitable culmination of a longstanding activist campaign that began with nudging the German power giant E.ON SE to carve out Uniper in a demerger three years ago.As for Fortum, it’s a victory of sorts in a war of attrition with Uniper’s management. The Finns look set to gain de facto control. Key shareholder votes in German companies require 75% approval and Fortum would almost certainly clear that hurdle, gaining the power to appoint directors to Uniper’s supervisory board, who in turn oversee the management board. True, Fortum can’t fully integrate the German business into its own company. But it will get to direct Uniper’s strategy and receive dividend payments to cover the cost of its stake.There’s nothing here for Uniper minority investors, though. They were hoping to get a fresh takeover offer from Fortum, made available to all shareholders. Either that or a so-called “domination agreement” whereby Fortum got full access to Uniper’s cash flow in return for paying minority shareholders a chunky dividend. Fortum says it has no plans to make a fresh bid and won’t seek a domination agreement for at least two years. Why would it?It would have been better if Uniper had extracted some sort of agreed deal with Fortum. The German target appears to have relied on the Russian water asset being a poison pill. Fortum seems to have found a way around that. But with Fortum having a blocking stake and the hedge funds agitating for an exit, negotiating a grand bargain between all the stakeholders would have been the best way forward for Uniper.Minority investors are always in a tough spot when the register includes other big beasts, especially when one is a strategic bidder and another is Elliott. The episode is a reminder that sometimes their interests are best served by management not fighting too hard.To contact the author of this story: Chris Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Chris Hughes is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals. He previously worked for Reuters Breakingviews, as well as the Financial Times and the Independent newspaper.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Labor representatives at Uniper , fearing a ratings downgrade in the event of a full takeover of the German energy group, have called on major shareholder Fortum to lay out plans for future cooperation between the two companies. It is the latest attempt to break a deadlock in Uniper and Fortum's long-running talks over their future relationship strained by the Finnish group's efforts to acquire a majority in Uniper against its will. Russian regulators also bar Fortum from raising its stake from the current 49.99% in Uniper because of a water license the German group operates there, which, according to local law, cannot be majority owned by a state-owned entity.
FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Germany, Aug 8 (Reuters) - German energy firm Uniper is holding constructive but complex talks with top shareholder Fortum over their future cooperation, its new chief executive said, signalling slow progress in attempts to end a long-standing deadlock. Finland's Fortum owns 49.99% in Uniper and has been trying to acquire a majority against the German firm's will. Russian regulators have blocked this, arguing a water license held by Uniper's Russian unit cannot be majority-owned by Fortum.
Fortum, the state-controlled Finnish utility, wants to restart talks with the management of Germany's Uniper, in which it owns 49.9 percent after a hostile takeover, it said on Monday. "We are in contact with the Supervisory Board of Uniper with a view to resuming such discussions as soon as possible," Fortum said in a statement, adding that it is interested in the company as a whole. The utility responded to a letter from the head of Uniper's works council, seen by Reuters, in which labor representatives had demanded clarity about Fortum's intentions with Uniper amid concerns that Fortum may want to break up the company.
FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Germany, June 12 (Reuters) - Some small shareholders in Uniper see room for a tie-up with top shareholder Fortum, joining activist calls to end a standoff after the Finnish group's acrimonious failed takeover attempt. Fortum has been barred by Russian regulators from expanding its 49.99% stake in Uniper which has also opposed a takeover, fearing that the Finnish state-owned firm could break it up and put its investment grade credit rating at risk. "Fortum's interest in Uniper does make sense for some parts, but not for the whole business," Winfried Mathes, analyst at Deka Investment, a top-20 shareholder of Uniper, said, adding that Russia and Sweden represented the best strategic fit.
Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund may have to sell a $1 billion stake in commodities firm Glencore and other investments to meet tighter ethical investing rules adopted by its parliament. Norway's parliament agreed on Wednesday to the center-right government's plan that the world's largest fund would no longer invest in companies that mine more than 20 million tonnes of coal annually or generate more than 10 gigawatts (GW) of power from coal. Environmental campaigners Greenpeace and Urgewald said the new rules mean the fund would have to divest its 2.03% stake in Glencore, worth $1 billion at the end of 2018 according to fund data.
Fortum's chief executive officer has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a key ownership restriction that is preventing the Finnish firm from taking control of German utility Uniper , it said on Tuesday. Government-controlled Fortum has a 49.99% stake in Uniper, but is prevented from raising its holding as Russian authorities have said a licence owned by Uniper's Unipro must not be majority-owned by a foreign state-owned entity. Changing the regulation could pave the way for Fortum to take full control of Uniper and break a long-standing deadlock that has also frustrated activist funds Elliott and Knight Vinke, which together hold nearly 23% of the German firm.
Uniper's chairman on Sunday said talks with major shareholder Fortum to resolve a dispute between the two companies were on hold after two of the German utility's board members resigned. Fortum and Uniper have been at loggerheads since the Finnish state-owned utility tried to take over the German group in 2017, a deal that Uniper's management opposed due to concerns it might get broken up. Fortum, which has a 49.99% stake in Uniper, has claimed that Uniper's board actively tried to block its planned takeover, which Uniper denies.
Uniper's chief operating officer and chief commercial officer will step down by the end of November, the German utility said on Sunday only days after a long-standing conflict with top shareholder Fortum flared up again. Uniper said COO Eckhardt Ruemmler and CCO Keith Martin had asked the group's chairman to terminate their contracts at the end of Nov. 30, 2019. Fortum and Uniper have been at loggerheads since the Finnish state-owned utility tried to take over the German group in 2017, a deal that Uniper's management fiercely opposed due to concerns it might get broken up.
DUESSELDORF, Germany/FRANKFURT, May 22 (Reuters) - Uniper signalled on Wednesday little prospect of a rapid breakthrough in talks with top investor Fortum that might lead to a full takeover of the German utility. Fortum and Uniper have been at loggerheads since the Finnish state-owned utility tried to take over the German group in 2017, a deal that Uniper's management fiercely opposed due to concerns it might get broken up. Russian regulators have barred Fortum from owning more than the current 49.99% in Uniper because of a water-testing licence owned by the German firm's Russian unit Unipro.
DUESSELDORF, Germany/FRANKFURT, May 22 (Reuters) - German energy firm Uniper will not risk its investment grade in fresh talks over cooperation with top shareholder Fortum , Chief Financial Officer Christopher Delbrueck said on Wednesday. "For the Uniper Management Board, ensuring a stable investment-grade rating is the line in the sand for any type of cooperative arrangement," Delbrueck told shareholders at the group's annual general meeting. Finland's Fortum, which failed to take over all of Uniper and has no option to raise its 49.99% stake for regulatory reasons, has started fresh talks with its German peer, raising hopes it will at some point get a majority.
Fortum on Tuesday made progress in talks over cooperation with energy group Uniper , of which it owns 49.99%, shortly after activist funds stepped back from increasing pressure on the Finnish utility to seek full control. Uniper and Fortum have had a strained relationship ever since the Finnish state-owned company launched a takeover bid for the German group in 2017 which Uniper opposed. Now Fortum has struck a deal with activist shareholders Elliott and Knight Vinke to try to resolve a standoff that has paralysed Uniper and has prevented Fortum from acquiring the remaining stake, two people familiar with the matter said.
Activist fund Elliott, Uniper's No.2 shareholder, on Tuesday said it had decided to withdraw a motion that could have forced the German energy group to enter talks over a so-called domination agreement ...
Finland's Fortum, Uniper's top shareholder, will state its position on activist proposals - some of which could trigger a breakup of the German firm - once it has formed a view, a spokeswoman for the group said. Elliott and Knight Vinke, Uniper's second- and third-largest investors, have tabled motions at Uniper's annual shareholder meeting scheduled for Wednesday, which could pave the way for Fortum gaining full control.
Uniper has rejected a call from activist investor Knight Vinke to spin off its Russian arm to address regulatory concerns that have prevented Finland's Fortum from taking full control of the German utility. Knight Vinke, which holds a 5 percent stake in Uniper, has asked Uniper to table a motion at its May 22 annual shareholder meeting about spinning off Russian utility Unipro. Should shareholders approve the motion, however, Uniper would adhere to the vote and carry out the spin-off, it added.
German utility Uniper saw more usage of natural gas and less of coal in its power generations plants across Europe in the first quarter of 2019, with the main effect in Britain, chief executive Christopher Delbrueck said on Tuesday. Higher carbon emission rights prices created incentives to burn gas, which has around half the CO2 emissions compared with coal, while gas prices fell amid pressure from an inventories build-up in a warm winter, he said in a call with journalists.
Having another hedge fund agitator in the form of Knight Vinke must be misery, especially when it’s making rival demands. Andreas Schierenbeck has decided to give it a go, however, with the former ThyssenKrupp AG executive taking on one of the least tempting vacancies in corporate Europe. The hedge funds are backseat driving, and putative buyer Fortum Oyj has a near 50 percent stake.
LONDON (Reuters) - German utility Uniper said on Thursday it has appointed Mike Lockett as its new UK country chairman. Lockett will combine the role with his current position as chief commercial officer ...