Romania: Sale of Romanian assets of CEZ

, SEE Energy News

In order to sell its assets in Romania, Czech energy company CEZ has entered into exclusive talks with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), one of the largest global managers of infrastructure, real estate, agriculture and energy assets.

India Power Corporation, state-owned Hungarian eelectricity Works (MVM), German utilities group E.ON and the German financial services group Allianz, along with state-controlled consortium Hidroelectrica-Electrica-SAPE, have also submitted binding bids for the purchase of CEZ’ Romanian assets.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) manages 129 billion dollars in assets, mostly consisting of infrastructure projects. Thus, 75 % of MIRA’s assets are invested in infrastructure, followed by real estate (15 %), renewables (9 %), and agriculture (1 %). Geographically, 49 % of its assets are in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (EMEA region).

in June, CEZ has estimated the aggregated equity of its Romanian subsidiaries at 1.07 billion euros and it is expecting to get a minimum bid of 1 billion euros for those assets. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) generated by the companies subject to sale is around 124 million euros, while the aggregated net profits are significantly lower, namely around 37.6 million euros. The two wind farms (with installed capacity of 347.5 MW and 252.5 MW) account for nearly two-thirds of the total value of the CEZ assets in Romania: 654 million euros of combined equity. They also generate half of the aggregated EBITDA or 58 million euros. The stake in electricity distribution company CEZ Oltenia, which produces 50.8 million euros of EBITDA, is valued at 385 million euros. The three smaller CEZ companies in Romania are CEZ Vanzare (electricity supplier, valued at 18.6 million euros), TMK Hydroenergy Power (operates 22 MW in small hydropower plants, valued at 9.5 million euros) and the holding company, valued at 8.25 million euros. Last September, CEZ launched a market test for the sale of its assets in Romania. CEZ aims to sell all of its seven companies, in line with the new strategy previously approved by the parent company. CEZ included seven Romanian companies in the market testing (Oltenia Energy Distribution, Ovidiu Development, Tomis Team, MW Team Invest, CEZ Sale, TMK Hydroenergy Power and CEZ Romania). Potential investors can express their interest for the entire group of companies mentioned, as well as individually for any of the companies.