GE Plans to Capture More Wind With $1.65b Acquisition of LM Wind Power


Wind - Oct 11, 2016

GE, the world’s leading digital industrial company, announced today its intent to purchase LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion (€1.5 billion). The deal in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s Renewable Energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers. Since 2001, LM Wind Power has been owned by Doughty Hanson, a leading London-based private equity firm.
 
The acquisition is valued at 8.3 times pro forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) (2016 estimate). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and governmental approvals and GE expects to close the transaction in the first half of 2017. GE expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in 2018.
 
As the cost of electricity from renewable sources continues to decline and nations pursue low-carbon forms of energy, renewable sources are gaining share in power generation capacity. In 2015, approximately 50% of all new electricity capacity additions were renewable energy sources, with wind representing 35% of that growth.
 
Jérôme Pécresse, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy said, ”Increasingly, wind turbine innovation is driven by system design, materials science, and analytics -- all elements of the GE Store.  We, along with LM Wind Power, have a deep pipeline of technical innovations that can further reduce the cost of electricity. With our combined global footprint, we can build flexible solutions for customers around the world. This combination will help sustain growth in the wind power industry.
 
“The acquisition of LM Wind Power, a leading supplier to the wind industry, will help us deliver on that goal. Simply stated, we’ll be more local, have more flexibility and knowledge in turbine design and supply, and more ability to innovate and reduce product costs, while improving turbine performance. We will also develop enhanced digital and services capabilities. All of which will be good for customers, competition in the industry, and the growth of wind power globally.”
 
Marc de Jong, CEO of LM Wind Power, said “This deal will merge the speed and focus of LM Wind Power’s entrepreneurial culture with GE’s world-class engineering and operational capabilities. Our two organizations are highly complementary and the transaction positions us well to respond faster to customer needs and enhance performance of wind turbines to ultimately reduce the cost of energy.  We look forward to working closely with the GE Renewable Energy team to accelerate our growth strategy and continue to deliver greater value to all our customers.”
 
With over three decades of experience and 190 patents, LM Wind Power is a leading supplier of blades for the wind turbine industry, offering blade development, manufacturing, service and logistics. Today, GE is not producing blades and LM Wind Power is its largest blade supplier. Since 1978, LM Wind Power has produced more than 185,000 blades, corresponding to approximately 77 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind power capacity, which can each year effectively replace approximately 147 million tons of CO2. Their success was achieved through a commitment to continuous improvement, quality, cost, research, product development, and excellent customer relationships and service.

Source : General Electric (GE)

Published on Global Energy World: Oct 11, 2016

 

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