Siemens and Gamesa have signed binding agreements to merge Siemens’ wind power business, including wind services, with Gamesa. Siemens will receive newly issued shares of the combined company and will hold 59% of the share capital while Gamesa’s existing shareholders will hold 41%. As part of the merger, Siemens will fund a cash payment of €3.75/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 simplifying the merger between Gamesa and Siemens. As part of these agreements, Gamesa grants Areva a put option for Areva’s 50% stake and a call option for Gamesa’s 50% stake in Adwen. Both options expire in three months. Alternatively, Areva can in this time divest 100% of Adwen to a third party via a drag-along right for Gamesa’s stake.
The two businesses are highly complementary in terms of global footprint, existing product portfolios and technologies. 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.
Siemens and Gamesa expect significant synergy potentials in a combined setup. In total, annual EBIT synergies of €230 million are expected in year four post closing.
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% 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. Closing is expected in the first quarter of calendar year 2017.