Germany nationalises gas importer Uniper By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Uniper logo is seen at the utility’s firm headquarters in Duesseldorf, Germany, July 8, 2022. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Germany has agreed to nationalise Uniper by buying Fortum’s stake in the gas importer to secure operations and keep its business going, the three parties involved said on Wednesday.

The agreement comprises a capital increase of 8 billion euros ($7.94 billion) for an issue price of 1.70 euros per share excluding the shareholders’ subscription rights, Uniper said in a statement.

After completion of the capital increase, which will exclusively be signed by the German government, and the share buy, the government will hold around 99% of Uniper, the economy ministry said.

The package “creates a clear ownership structure in order to secure Uniper, and thus the energy supply for companies, municipal utilities and consumers,” it said.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck will make a statement at 08:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) on Uniper, it said.

Russia cutting back supplies and last month closing the Nord Stream 1 gas pipe have led Uniper, Germany’s largest gas importer, to financial dire straits, triggering a rescue package with Berlin which was agreed in July.

Fortum will be paid back a 4-billion-euro parent company loan and released from its 4-billion-euro parent guarantee which it had given to Uniper earlier this year, Fortum said.

($1 = 1.0075 euros)

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