【英语财经】阿尔斯通接受通用电气收购要约 Alstom accepts GE offer but leaves room for Siemens bid

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2014-4-30 11:29

小艾摘要: Alstom’s board accepted a $12bn-plus all-cash offer from GE for its energy arm on Tuesday night, but the engineering group left the door open for a rival bid from Germany’s Siemens in a sale process ...
Alstom accepts GE offer but leaves room for Siemens bid
Alstom’s board accepted a $12bn-plus all-cash offer from GE for its energy arm on Tuesday night, but the engineering group left the door open for a rival bid from Germany’s Siemens in a sale process that could hinge on French politics.

Two people close to the negotiations said Alstom’s decision to accept GE’s offer would not rule out a counterbid. GE also recognises that it has more work to do to assuage French government concerns over jobs at a national champion, they said.

Siemens has said it will make a formal offer amid calls from France’s Socialist government for all parties to take at least a month to consider their options.

The German engineering group wrote to Alstom earlier on Tuesday to say any formal offer would be contingent on it being given access to non-public data on the company over a four-week period.

A person close to the talks said the Siemens letter was more concrete and detailed than the two-page letter that the German group’s chief executive Joe Kaeser sent to his Alstom counterpart on Saturday, proposing the creation of two European champions in energy and transport.

The developments came as Siemens closed in on a separate agreement to buy part of Rolls-Royce’s energy division, which makes small turbines for the oil and gas industry, for up to £1bn.

Alstom makes turbines for electricity generation, including for France’s nuclear industry, and is a key supplier of TGV high-speed trains and other transport equipment.

Alarmed by the prospect of a sale of the Alstom energy business to GE, members of President Fran?ois Hollande’s government intervened last week in an effort to protect what they see as a strategic industrial asset.

One official said that the government wanted a better deal for Alstom. “GE needs to improve its offer,” the official said before details of GE’s bid emerged, saying Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of GE, understood French concerns about losing what industry minister Arnaud Montebourg has called a national “industrial jewel”.

Mr Montebourg has clearly signalled a preference for the Siemens approach, accusing Alstom’s chief executive of “a breach of national ethics” for attempting to negotiate a deal with GE behind the government’s back.

Senior officials insist the government is not favouring either bidder but is concerned to ensure that jobs, core French operations and France’s energy independence are preserved.

One senior French industry executive said that he was still not ruling out a “third surprise option” that presents Alstom with a French solution, with EDF, Safran and Areva all being mooted as potential partners.

Additional reporting by Mark Odell in London

阿尔斯通(Alstom)周二晚间接受了通用电气(GE)以逾12亿美元现金收购其能源部门的要约,但对参与竞购的德国西门子(Siemens)并未完全关上大门。作为法国的“工业明珠”,阿尔斯通的命运将受到法国政治的影响。

两位谈判知情人士表示,阿尔斯通在接受通用电气收购要约的同时,并未排除其他竞购。这两人表示,通用电气也明白,他们还需作出更多努力,以便缓解法国政府对这个国家级冠军企业的工作岗位流失的担忧。

法国社会党政府已提议竞购各方至少花上一个月时间考虑各种选择。西门子则表示,它将向阿尔斯通提出正式收购要约。

周二早些时候,这家德国工程集团曾致信阿尔斯通称,是否提出正式收购要约,要看能否获从阿尔斯通获得对后者非公开数据为期4周的访问权限。

一位谈判知情人士表示,在信中,西门子表示希望在能源和运输方面缔造两家欧洲冠军企业。

法国总统弗朗索瓦?奥朗德(Fran?ois Hollande)的政府成员对于阿尔斯通能源部门可能会出售给通用电气十分警惕,他们上周出手干预,试图保护他们眼中的战略性工业资产。

法国工业部长阿诺德?蒙特布赫(Arnaud Montebourg)曾明确表态更倾向于选择西门子,他指责阿尔斯通首席执行官试图背着政府与通用电气磋商“是对国家的不忠”。

法国多名资深官员坚称,政府并非偏袒任何一个竞购方,而是出于对确保法国不会丧失工作岗位、核心业务及能源独立性等方面的关切。

一位资深法国行业主管表示,他仍未排除出现“第三种惊人选择”的可能性,即阿尔斯通可能还会面临一个法国买家。被提及的潜在买家包括EDF、赛峰(Safran)和阿海珐(Areva)。

马克?奥德尔(Mark Odell)伦敦补充报道

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