In the context of the financing arrangements for the buyout of International Power minority interests, the option to receive payment in shares for the 2012 interim dividend was chosen by 78% of GDF SUEZ shareholders, including the French State and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL).
This new success demonstrates shareholder confidence in the Group’s long-term business strategy, with a rate of acceptance slightly higher than was recorded for the 2011 dividend balance. Following the payment in shares of the 2011 dividend balance, this new stage completes the balanced financing structure designed to finance the full acquisition of International Power.
This subscription will result in a capital increase of some €1.5 billion, thanks to the issuance of 86,580,374 new shares for delivery on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Cash payment of the interim dividend will also be made on that date.
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.