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BERLIN-- German utility RWE is selling Thames Water,
Britain's largest water and sewerage services company, to the
consortium Kemble Water Ltd. for 4.8 billion pounds ($8.9 billion).
Essen-based RWE said in a statement that its management board had
agreed on the sale, but that it was still subject to approval by the
board of directors and by antitrust authorities.
The statement described Kemble Water as a consortium under the
leadership of Macquarie's European Infrastructure Funds.
It said that including 3.2 billion pounds ($5.9 billion) in net
financial obligations, the total value of the deal was 8 billion
pounds ($14.8 billion).
The transaction comprises the activities of Thames Water in
Britain and certain international operations, the statement said.
Thames Water's continental European activities have already been
integrated into RWE Energy as announced last year, it added.
"The divestiture of Thames Water is a major milestone in RWE's
strategy to focus on its core strengths and concentrate on the
converging European electricity and gas markets," the statement
quoted Harry Roels, CEO of RWE AG, as saying.
RWE, which took over Thames Water in 2000, had revenue of 42
billion euros ($52.5 billion) in 2005 and 86,000 employees. The
company's core markets for electricity and gas are Germany, the
United Kingdom and Central and Eastern Europe.
Thames Water, based in Reading, supplies drinking water to 8
million people and sewage services to 13 million customers.
In its regulated business in Britain, the company generated
revenue of 1.9 billion euros ($2.37 billion) and an operating result
of 687 million euros ($858 million) in fiscal year 2005.
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