Completion of the merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev
Paris, 3 March, 2011. After consultation with the employee representative bodies of Veolia Transport and Transdev and approval by decree of the French Commission on State Shareholdings and Transfers (Commission des Participations et des Transferts) Veolia Environnement and the Caisse des Dépôts announce the birth of Veolia Transdev, the result of the combination of their respective subsidiaries, Veolia Transport and Transdev. The company will be the world's private-sector leader in sustainable mobility with more than 110, 000 employees in 28 countries.
Following completion of the transactions set out in the agreements signed in May 2010, Veolia Transdev is owned jointly by Veolia Environnement and the Caisse des Dépôts.
Now that the adaptation of the shareholders’ pact, announced on February 7, has been approved by the relevant governing bodies, after consultation of the employee representative bodies, Veolia Transdev will have a single Chief Executive, Jérôme Gallot, with full operational responsibilities. The senior management team will implement the operational, geographic and modal synergies that have been identified and foster the rapid emergence of a common corporate culture focused on efficiency, business development, close ties with local communities and service quality.
In a global passenger transportation market driven by increasing urbanization, sustainable regional development and market liberalization, Veolia Transdev is uniquely positioned as the most multimodal and international operator in its industry.
The two shareholders reassert their ambition to seek a stock market listing for the new company when market conditions permit.
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental solutions. With more than 310,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €34.5 billion in 2009.
Caisse des Dépôts
The Caisse des Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries constitute a state-owned group and long-term investor serving the public interest and local and regional economic development. Its role was reinforced by the Law on Modernisation of the Economy of 4 August 2008: “Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries constitute a state-owned group at the service of the public interest and of the country’s economic development. The said group fulfils public interest functions in support of the policies pursued by the State and local and regional authorities, and may engage in competitive activities.”
One of Caisse des Dépôts’ priorities under the Elan 2020 strategic plan is to deal with national development needs by focusing on sustainable cities, mobility and infrastructures.
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