Engie Pushes Back Deadline for Sale of Suez Stake to Veolia

(Bloomberg) — Engie SA pushed back the deadline for accepting Veolia Environnement SA’s 3.4 billion-euro ($4 billion) bid for most of its stake in Suez SA, though there were limited signs the delay would ease the tensions between the French corporate giants.



a sign on the side of a building: An Engie SA logo sits on display at the French energy giant’s Crigen gas, new energy and emerging technology research and development center in Stains, France, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Veolia Environnement SA last month offered to buy 29.9% of Suez SA from French utility Engie for 2.9 billion euros ($3.4 billion), the first step to taking full control.


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An Engie SA logo sits on display at the French energy giant’s Crigen gas, new energy and emerging technology research and development center in Stains, France, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Veolia Environnement SA last month offered to buy 29.9% of Suez SA from French utility Engie for 2.9 billion euros ($3.4 billion), the first step to taking full control.

The extension to Oct. 5 gives Veolia extra time to formalize talks with Suez, potentially allowing for a smoother acquisition. But Suez has shown scant inclination to engage in discussions, saying Thursday it backed an alternative approach from private equity firm Ardian SAS — one that

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