FORTUM CORPORATION INVESTOR NEWS 4 APRIL 2019 AT 16.30 EEST
The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has selected Fortum and Energy Sales Company Vostok's joint venture to become guaranteeing electricity retail supplier to 1.5 million electricity customers (annual sales approximately 13 terawatt hours) in the Chelyabinsk region as of 1 July 2019. The decision was made based on an auctioning process held in March 2019 and is still subject to the joint venture fulfilling the tender obligations. Following the financial difficulty of the previous guaranteeing supplier Chelyabenergosbyt, the role of guaranteeing supplier has been temporarily managed by the local grid company.
In the auction, the joint venture committed to reimburse 100% of the RUB 4.8 billion debt of Chelyabenergosbyt, corresponding to approximately EUR 66 million. The transaction will require a limited equity investment from Fortum as the joint venture plans to finance the major part of the reimbursement with external debt. The financial net impact for Fortum is further decreased by the fact that Fortum is the single largest creditor with EUR 11 million of the debt.
Fortum has a decade-long history as power and heat producer in the Chelyabinsk region, selling heat to a large share of the same 1.5 million customers.
Ingela Ulfves, VP, IR and Financial Communications
Ingela Ulfves, VP, IR and Financial Communications, tel. +358 40 515 1531
Rauno Tiihonen, IR Manager, tel. +358 10 453 6150
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