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Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar (Credit: Masdar)

UAE’s Masdar acquires Greece-listed Terna Energy

Deal represents largest ever energy transaction on Athens Stock Exchange, and one of largest in EU renewables Industry

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United Arab Emirates clean energy leader Masdar has reached a definitive agreement with Greek conglomerate GEK TERNA SA and other shareholders of TERNA ENERGY SA, with the intention to acquire initially 67% of the company’s outstanding shares at completion of the transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions. After completion of the transaction, Masdar will launch an all-cash mandatory tender offer to acquire all the remaining outstanding shares of the company with the intention of reaching 100%.

The transaction and subsequent offer values TERNA ENERGY’s total equity at 2.4bn euros with an enterprise value of 3.2bn euros, making it the largest ever energy transaction on the Athens Stock Exchange, and one of the largest in the European renewables market.

Established in 1997, TERNA ENERGY is a leading European clean energy platform, with a track record of more than 25 years of delivering innovative and sustainable projects. The company specializes in financing, developing, constructing and operating renewable energy facilities, focused on wind, solar, hydroelectric and pumped storage projects.

The company has recently announced its growth plan targeting renewable energy operational capacity of 6GW by 2030. With a strong portfolio of projects in Greece and Europe, TERNA ENERGY is the largest investor in the renewables energy sector in Greece.

The proposed acquisition is expected to play an important role in growing Masdar’s portfolio in Europe as it targets 100GW global capacity by 2030. It also reflects Masdar’s confidence in TERNA ENERGY’s growth potential, as well as the strength of the Greek market and its renewables sector.

Terna Energy wind farm
Terna Energy wind farm (Credit: TERNA ENERGY)

The transaction is aligned with GEK TERNA’s strategy of becoming the leading diversified infrastructure group in Greece and Southeast Europe and will accelerate the Group’s path to a new growth era.

HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar and COP28 President, said:

“As one of Europe’s biggest renewable energy transactions in 2024, this investment reflects the UAE’s clear commitment to Greece and Europe’s clean energy development and it represents another major practical step in realizing one of the central goals of the UAE Consensus, to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030. In short, this deal underlines the smart growth opportunities of a responsible and orderly energy transition stimulating new industries, new jobs and low carbon economic development.”

HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar and COP28 President (Credit: Masdar)

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, commented:
“We are injecting capital and global expertise to accelerate TERNA ENERGY’s expansion, supporting Greece’s renewable energy ambitions and extending Masdar’s global reach. As a leading European development platform, TERNA ENERGY is expected to play an important role in Masdar’s growing portfolio in Greece and Europe.”

Georgios Peristeris, Chairman and CEO of GEK TERNA, and Executive Chairman of TERNA ENERGY, said:
“Our agreement with Masdar is a recognition of the great value of TERNA ENERGY and the result of the hard work of hundreds of people for more than 25 years. At the same time, it marks the beginning of a new era of even greater growth for GEK TERNA Group. It is also a strong vote of confidence for Greece and its prospects.

Georgios Peristeris, Chairman and CEO of GEK TERNA, and Executive Chairman of TERNA ENERGY (Credit: GEK TERNA)

Masdar has retained Rothschild & Co. as sole financial advisor, and Simmons & Simmons, Bernitsas Law, Latham & Watkins as legal advisors, in connection with the transaction and financing.

GEK TERNA Group was supported by Reed Smith LLP and Potamitis Vekris, who were the international and Greek legal advisors for the transaction respectively, while Morgan Stanley has been acting as sole financial advisor to TERNA ENERGY.