The Board of Directors of SUEZ met yesterday and, after a thorough review, unanimously1 concluded that the hostile approach, announced by its competitor Veolia on August 30th 2020, is against the best interests of SUEZ and all its stakeholders, and in particular its shareholders, its employees and its clients. The Board affirms its full support to the management team.
The Group will shortly update the market on the progress of the SUEZ 2030 plan and is reviewing options to accelerate this strategy in the interest of all its stakeholders.
A HIGHLY VALUE-CREATIVE STRATEGIC PLAN
The Board of Directors reviewed the execution progress of the SUEZ 2030 plan and unanimously1 reiterated its full support for SUEZ’ standalone strategic plan and the management team delivering this highly value-creative plan.
SUEZ 2030 reinforces the Group as global leader in environmental services, best positions it to address future growth opportunities as an agile, innovative and highly technological company. It is endorsed by clients, municipalities and employees.
The strong value creation of this plan is primarily driven by accelerated organic growth, improved operational performance and portfolio rotation. The quality of SUEZ’ businesses and valuation references from recent transactions or from upcoming ones as part of SUEZ’ disposal program, lead to a value that is significantly above that implied by current share price levels.
The Board of Directors concluded that the price offered by Veolia to Engie wholly undervalues SUEZ.
VEOLIA’S HOSTILE AND OPPORTUNISTIC APPROACH RAISES SIGNIFICANT FUNDAMENTAL CRITICISM
As communicated in the press release dated August 31st, 2020, and based on available information, the Board of Directors has continued its thorough review of Veolia’s proposed transaction, which carries significant uncertainties and is subject to criticism on a number of fundamental aspects.
The overall structure of the transaction contemplated by Veolia is questionable and exposes SUEZ and its shareholders to a long period of disruption for the Group with a risk of a takeover on an unacceptable basis;
As such, the Board of Directors of SUEZ affirms its full support to the management team to execute and accelerate the SUEZ 2030 strategic plan and to explore alternatives to Veolia’s proposal that are in the interests of the group and all its stakeholders.
1 Mrs Judith Hartmann and M. Franck Bruel did not participate to the Board meeting because of their current roles at Engie. All other Board members voted unanimously. The Board confirmed that Ms. Isabelle Kocher was entitled to participate.
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