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AREVA group announces friendly public tender offer for REpower Systems AG

Press release

FINANCE / ÉNERGIES RENOUVELABLES

January 22, 2007

  • Cash offer of EUR 105 per share
  • Offer represents an attractive premium of 17 per cent on closing stock price as of January 19th 2007 and 44 per cent on three-month average
  • AREVA, with a 29.99 per cent stake, has been a strategic investor in REpower since September 2005
  • Complementary strengths to create strong platform for long-term growth in fast-developing worldwide wind energy sector

Hamburg, Germany, 22 January 2007 - The AREVA Group announced today its intention to make a public tender offer for the shares it does not already own in REpower Systems AG, a wind turbine manufacturer based in Hamburg. AREVA, a world leader in technological solutions for CO2-free power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, currently holds 29.99 per cent of REpower and has been a strategic partner and investor in the company since September 2005.

AREVA is offering EUR 105 per REpower share, which values REpower’s equity at EUR 850 million. This represents:
- 17 per cent premium over the share price at closing immediately previous to this announcement (1)
- 44 per cent premium over the 3 month average share price (1)

AREVA believes this valuation to fully reflect the business value and future prospects and considers it highly attractive to the REpower shareholders. The offer will be subject to AREVA achieving 50% plus one share ownership in REpower and usual customary conditions.

REpower is one of the leading players in the fast-growing worldwide wind energy sector, specializing in high output turbine technology particularly suitable for off-shore turbines. The company employs 740 (2) people and announced forecast revenues of 450 million euros for 2006. Aside from being one of the leading players in its home market of Germany, REpower has established a strong presence in a number of key European markets (notably France) and is pursuing promising development plans in China, India and the USA.

The complementary nature of the combination will enable REpower to have the necessary financial strength, engineering expertise and commercial reach to accelerate its development, particularly in off-shore projects. REpower already has a strong competitive advantage in this area by being the leader in 5MW turbines for offshore applications. The combination of AREVA and REpower will create a worldwide centre of excellence in wind energy based in Germany.

The global reach of the AREVA Group will allow REpower to leverage a bigger sales and marketing platform, opening up new and exciting future commercial prospects for the firm. AREVA’s knowledge of utility customers and grid managers will benefit REpower significantly.

This acquisition will reinforce AREVA’s strategic position in CO2-free energy technologies. AREVA's strategy of combining nuclear and renewable energies and transmission and distribution infrastructure are complementary, all seeking to address the world’s growing energy demand without emitting greenhouse gases.

"We are convinced that we have found in REpower the right company to participate in the promising wind energy market. Through its financial strength and global presence, AREVA will enable REpower to accelerate its development and build on its leading technologies, dynamic management team and highly skilled employees. This offer reflects AREVA’s long-term objective of continuously growing its leading position in non CO2-emitting technologies. Our combined capabilities can only bring positive prospects for the employees and customers of both AREVA and REpower." said Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA Group.

(1) Based on Xetra closing prices
(2) Based on REpower Systems Q3 2006 Results

For further information on the offer

About AREVA in Germany

AREVA has a strong presence in Germany with circa 6,500 employees working in both the nuclear and T&D business in more than 20 locations, ranking Germany as the second most important country in the Group. Both AREVA NP GmbH and AREVA T&D have generated annual revenues of €1,2 bn in 2005. AREVA NP GmbH whose expertise in nuclear reactors and services as well as nuclear fuel supply was further expanded following the merger of Siemens’ nuclear activities with those of Framatome in 2001. In the field of power transmission and distribution, AREVA T&D’s holds a 20% market share in Germany.

Important information

This is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares in REpower Systems AG, nor an offer to purchase or sell any other securities. The terms and conditions of the offer will be published in the offer document only after the permission of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BaFin) has been obtained. Investors and holders of shares in REpower Systems AG are strongly advised to read the relevant documents regarding the takeover offer to be published by AREVA when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and holders of shares in REpower Systems AG will be able to receive these documents, when they become available, inter alia, at the web site.

The information herein may contain "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements may be identified, in particular, by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "seeks", "estimates", "will", or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected future business of AREVA, REpower Systems AG or any other entities. These statements are based on the current expectations of management of AREVA and are inherently subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances. AREVA does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, or any change in events, conditions, assumptions or other factors.

Contact

  • AREVA Press Office:
    Julien Duperray / Katherine Berezowskyj / Aurélie Grange / Jérôme Rosso 
    Tel: +33 1 34 96 12 15 - Fax: +33 1 34 96 16 54
    email: press@areva.com

  • AREVA Investors Relations:
    Manuel Lachaux
    Anne-Sophie Jugean
    Tél : +33 1 34 96 11 53
    email: manuel.lachaux@areva.com