innogy SE and SSE plc have agreed to merge innogy’s British retail business npower with SSE’s household energy and energy services business in Great Britain to form a major, independent British retail energy company. The combined retail company shall be listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange. It will not be controlled by either innogy or SSE: innogy will hold a minority stake of 34.4 per cent in the combined retail company. SSE plans to demerge its stake of 65.6 per cent to its shareholders upon completion of the transaction. The transaction is still subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board of innogy and of SSE’s shareholders, as well as approval by competition and regulatory authorities.
SSE’s business retail (B2B) and its Ireland businesses would not be included in the combined retail company. Completion of the transaction and the listing of the new retail energy company are expected to occur in the last quarter of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019, provided all necessary approvals for the mergers are achieved by that time. Until the merger of npower and SSE’s domestic retail businesses becomes effective, the business operations of both npower and SSE will remain completely independent.
The services offered by the combined retail company shall not only include electricity and gas supply to domestic and business customers, but also a wide range of energy solutions including energy-related home services as well as business solutions.
Peter Terium on innogy’s further perspectives on the UK energy market: