2006-06-16 | Considering a potential alliance with Vinci
In response to market rumors, Veolia Environnement confirmed today that it is considering the possibility of an alliance with Vinci. Such an operation with Vinci, a company that Veolia knows well, could only take place on a friendly basis and with the support of the boards of directors of both companies. It would take the form of a share exchange offer.
Veolia Environnement reiterates its strategy of business development in long-term service contracts with recurring cash flows and strong growth potential, driven by demographic growth, urban concentration and heightened environmental standards throughout the world.
Building the global leader in the urban environment and regional development
If this alliance between the global leader in environmental solutions and the global leader in construction and concessions were to go ahead, it would lead to the emergence of the global leader in the urban environment and regional development.
Greater prospects for growth in an expanding market
The new company would be ideally positioned to benefit from the strong growth in the markets for environmental services and infrastructure, particularly in view of the increasing importance of public-private partnerships. The total value of such contracts in Europe could be as high as €150 billion over the next five years.
The new company would also benefit from the recognized strengths of Veolia Environnement and Vinci, in sustainable development and infrastructure construction, operating and maintenance. It would thus be present along the whole value chain of infrastructure projects, from design to operation.
It is clear today that the two companies' businesses and strategies are fast converging and that their skills, from design and construction to operation and service, fit well together.
The new company would generate annual revenue of nearly €50 billion, have nearly 400 000 employees and substantial competitive advantages:
- Recurrent cash flow that could be used to invest in the numerous opportunities of the fast growing urban environment and regional development markets;
- The combination of recognized skills together with a unified approach to public sector and industrial clients would offer an unprecedented range of multi-service solutions;
- A unique geographic presence from which to accelerate its international development in each of its business.
A value-creating transaction
This transaction would create value through faster growth as well as cost and revenue synergies that could add as much as €700 million annually to EBITDA after three years.
This project can only come to fruition on the basis of detailed and friendly discussions with Vinci. If the alliance were not to go ahead, Veolia would continue to implement its ambitious development plans, as previously announced and initiated some years ago.
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