【英语财经】通用电气收购阿尔斯通截止日期推迟 GE extends bid deadline for Alstom unit

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2014-5-23 12:28

小艾摘要: General Electric has extended a deadline for its $16.9bn bid for the energy business of Alstom of France, giving it more time for talks with French ministers that it hopes will secure support for the ...
GE extends bid deadline for Alstom unit
General Electric has extended a deadline for its $16.9bn bid for the energy business of Alstom of France, giving it more time for talks with French ministers that it hopes will secure support for the deal.

The US manufacturing and finance group is offering concessions on issues such as access to technology, French ownership of part of the business, and employment, intended to ease concerns about ceding the majority of one of France’s flagship companies to a foreign buyer.

The deadline for Alstom’s committee of independent directors to make a formal decision on the GE offer and enter exclusive negotiations has been extended by three weeks to June 23 at the government’s request, GE said, “to facilitate ongoing discussions”.

The delay gives GE’s rival Siemens of Germany, which has proposed offering its train business in a swap for Alstom’s energy operations, more time to make its own formal bid.

Patrick Kron, Alstom’s chief executive, has backed the GE offer, and said the French company’s board also supported it.

However, the government has raised doubts about the deal. Arnaud Montebourg, the industry minister, wrote to Jeff Immelt, GE’s chief executive, this month, saying: “As it stands, we unfortunately cannot support the proposals you have made.”

Last week the government issued a decree requiring prior state approval for most foreign bids.

GE executives are continuing talks with French officials. Last Friday Steve Bolze, head of GE’s power and water business, met Mr Montebourg.

The US company has been arguing that its bid is “good for Alstom, for France and for GE”, and has offered concessions that it hopes will win over sceptical ministers.

Siemens has not yet made a formal offer, and any proposed deal with the German company could face objections from competition regulators.

Mr Immelt said on Wednesday that GE was “confident in this deal” and had thought through the issues it faced.

通用电气(GE)延长了它对法国阿尔斯通(Alstom)能源业务提出的169亿美元收购要约的截止日期,这将令它获得更多时间与法国部长展开会谈,争取后者对这笔交易的支持。

通用电气为赢得这笔交易作出了各种让步,包括技术转移、法国有对部分业务拥有所有权、以及保障工作岗位等,旨在缓和法国方面的忧虑。如果通用电气收购成功,意味着作为法国旗舰企业之一的阿尔斯通将把大部分业务拱手让与一位外国买家。

通用电气表示,应法国政府的要求,阿尔斯通独立董事委员会就通用电气的出价作出正式决定并进入排他性谈判的截止日期,被推迟3周,延长至6月23日,“旨在促进当前的谈判”。

截止日期的推迟,也让通用电气的竞争对手西门子(Siemens)获得了更多时间,可以提出自己的正式出价。西门子希望用自己的火车业务交换阿尔斯通的能源业务。

阿尔斯通首席执行官柏珂龙(Patrick Kron)支持通用电气的出价,并表示该公司董事会也支持。

然而法国政府则提出了质疑。法国工业部长阿尔诺?蒙特布尔(Arnaud Montebourg)本月曾致信通用电气首席执行官杰弗里?伊梅尔特(Jeffrey Immelt)称:“根据目前的情况来看,不幸的是,我们无法支持您提出的提案。”

上周,法国政府颁布一项法令,规定多数外国并购需首先获得政府批准。

通用电气高管正继续与法国官员展开谈判。上周五,通用电气电力和水资源业务主管史蒂夫?波尔兹(Steve Bolze)与蒙特布尔会面。

通用电气一直辩称,其出价“对阿尔斯通、法国和通用电气都有利”,并提出了多项让步,希望赢得持怀疑态度的法国部长的支持。

西门子迄今尚未提出正式出价,阿尔斯通与西门子的任何拟议交易都可能遭到竞争监管机构的反对。

伊梅尔特周三表示,通用电气“对这笔交易充满信心”,且已全面考虑过可能面临的问题。

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