FRANKFURT, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The slump in oil prices to
their lowest since 2009 will bring a multibillion-euro boost to
European businesses, but the benefits are being distributed in a
patchy fashion and in some surprising places.
While the oil industry has been left licking its wounds
after Brent crude’s 50 percent plunge to about $50 a barrel
over the past six months, fund managers and analysts
have been turning their attention to the likely beneficiaries.
FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF, Dec 17 (Reuters) – E.ON’s
investment strategy in Russia remains unaffected by the plunge
in the rouble, the company said on Wednesday, seeking to allay
concerns over a business it plans to spin off in 2016 as part of
a major overhaul.
The weakening of the rouble in the face of Western sanctions
over the Ukraine crisis has already hit profits at the German
utility’s Russian operations, in which it has invested about 6
billion euros ($7.5 billion) since 2007.
SAO PAULO/FRANKFURT, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Eneva SA,
the Brazilian power producer controlled by Germany’s E.ON SE
and tycoon Eike Batista, filed for creditor
protection late on Tuesday after failing to refinance part of
its 2.33 billion reais ($900 million) in debt.
In a statement, Eneva said court protection from creditors
will allow the ailing power producer to preserve cash and
continue its operations. Following the decision, Eneva appointed
Alexandre Americano as chief executive officer, replacing Fabio
Bicudo, who will become chairman.
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – E.ON’s move to spin off its power plants, aimed at ridding it of billions of euros in losses, could turn Germany’s top utility into a takeover target for deep-pocketed infrastructure investors keen on the steady returns of its power and gas grids.
The spin-off marks a fundamental shift in how utilities brace themselves for the future as they move away from struggling power plants and towards renewables and energy efficiency in a bid to boost declining profits.
FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s biggest utility E.ON
announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin
off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream
businesses, a drastic response to changes in the global energy
E.ON said it wanted to focus on its renewable activities,
regulated distribution networks and energy efficiency services,
citing “dramatically altered global energy markets, technical
innovation, and more diverse customer expectations”.
OFF THE COAST OF HELIGOLAND, Germany, Nov 14 (Reuters) – As
European governments start to curb offshore renewable power
subsidies, utilities, wind turbine makers and installers are
racing to cut costs to help the industry survive.
Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing
billions of euros when budgets are tight, have announced subsidy
cuts in the past 18 months – a blow to the European offshore
wind industry which employs nearly 60,000 people.
FRANKFURT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – German utility RWE’s
sale of its oil and gas business DEA to Russian
billionaire Mikhail Fridman may take longer than expected,
adding to uncertainty over the fate of the 5.1 billion euro
($6.4 billion) deal.
The transaction, announced in March, coincided with
sanctions being imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine
crisis. This could complicate the sale process, which requires
approval from the 14 countries where DEA operates.
FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s top utility E.ON
has posted a steep drop in profits at its business in
Russia, its most important foreign market, where the rouble has
slumped and the economy slowed due to the Ukraine conflict and
falling oil prices.
Russia – where E.ON sells electricity, gets most of its gas
supplies and owns a stake in a major gas field – has seen its
currency fall by more than a quarter this year
following Western economic sanctions over Ukraine.
FRANKFURT, Oct 30 (Reuters) – German chemicals group Wacker
Chemie more than doubled core earnings in the third
quarter, boosted by strong global demand for polysilicon, which
is used by the recovering solar sector in photovoltaic cells.
Emerging from a four-year crisis triggered by oversupply of
equipment and a decline in renewables subsidies, the solar
industry is experiencing rising demand that research firm IHS
says could increase panel installations by more than a fifth
this year and has lifted polysilicon prices 15 percent since the
start of the year.
FRANKFURT/MADRID, Oct 29 (Reuters) – E.ON is
asking bidders to submit binding offers for its Spanish business
by Nov. 3, in a sale likely to fetch as much as 2.2 billion
euros ($2.8 billion) to help Germany’s top utility cut debt,
three people familiar with the matter said.
Potential bidders include Australia’s Macquarie,
private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Spain’s
largest utility Endesa, which is controlled by Italy’s
Enel, the sources told Reuters.