M&As this week: Ballard Power Systems, Prayagraj Power Generation Company, Vectren Corporation

31 August 2018 (Last Updated August 31st, 2018 10:42)

Ballard Power Systems has entered a strategic collaboration with Weichai Power to acquire a 19.9% interest in the latter by investing approximately $163m.

Ballard Power Systems has entered a strategic collaboration with Weichai Power to acquire a 19.9% interest in the latter by investing approximately $163m.

The two companies have also agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to support China’s burgeoning Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) market, and conduct a $90m technology transfer programme related to Ballard’s next-generation LCS fuel cell stack and power modules.

Weichai has also committed to build and supply at least 2,000 fuel cell modules for commercial vehicles in China, as part of the agreement.

Ballard has simultaneously reached an agreement with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor, one of the company’s strategic partners, for a $20m investment. Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor will maintain a 9.9% ownership in Ballard, following the investment.

Based in the US, Ballard Power Systems is engaged in providing clean energy products, while China-based Weichai Power specialises in the research and development, manufacturing and sale of diesel engines.

“Weichai has also committed to build and supply at least 2,000 fuel cell modules for commercial vehicles in China, as part of the agreement.”

The lenders of Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL) have agreed to divest a 75.01% stake in PPGCL and issued a letter of intent (LoI) to Resurgent Power Ventures.

PPGCL is a 1.98GW coal-based power project situated in UP, India, while Resurgent Power is a Singapore-based JV and its stakeholders include Tata Power (26%), ICICI Bank and other investors.

Vectren Corporation has agreed to merge with CenterPoint Energy, following a definitive merger agreement entered in April 2018.

The new combined company will be a leading energy delivery, infrastructure and services company that is expected to serve more than seven million customers across the US.

Vectren shareholders will receive $72 in cash for each share held of Vectren common stock as part of the agreement. CenterPoint Energy has also agreed to assume all outstanding net debt of Vectren.

CenterPoint Energy is engaged in energy delivery, including electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations, while Vectren Corporation is engaged in providing gas and/or electricity. Both companies are based in the US.