EIB grants Italgas a 300 million Euro loan under the Juncker Plan

Milan, 29 November 2016 – Italgas and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a 300 million Euro loan agreement for the financing of projects to increase the efficiency of the distribution system and improve the quality of information available to consumers through the “smart meters” system.

This loan is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) under the Juncker Plan and represents the major transaction finalized by EIB in Italy in the utilities sector in 2016.

For Italgas this in an important step towards achieving Italgas Group’s target capital structure, as it is complementary to bank loans and characterized by a longer duration at competitive costs.

Italgas group has estimated an overall investment of around 600 million Euro in the period 2017-2020 for the implementation of Gas Smart Metering project developed by subsidiaries Italgas Reti, Napoletanagas and Acam Gas. The project consists of the installation of about 4 million ‘smart meters’ for the residential market and about 20,000 meters for commercial and industrial users, as well as the implementation of information support systems.

The 300 million Euro loan will be at a floating rate and will run for 16 years. This funding is in addition to the 424 million Euro already provided to Italgas by the EIB, making the Group one of the largest Italian counterparties of the Bank.

Italgas on the Stock Market

After 13 years, Italgas is back to the Italian Equities Market (MTA). On Monday 7 November, during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Milan Stock Exchange, the traditional ringing bell has kicked off the trading of the stock.

The Company returns on the stock market with all its values, based on competence, efficiency, innovation, reliability and security. A heritage of 180 years of experience, a history that changed Italy – began when Italy was not unified yet. In fact, the first listing of Italgas dates back to 14 July 1851, when the Company was listed at the Stock Exchange of the Kingdom of Sardinia, founded in Turin by Cavour. Later, Italgas joined the Milan Stock Exchange in 1900.

Italgas’ stock inherited the historic stock exchange ticker “IG”, which also inspired the hashtag #IGisBack conceived to tell the story of this important return on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Snam and Italgas sign the agreements for the demerger of Italgas Reti from Snam

San Donato Milanese, 2 November 2016 – As part of the transaction to transfer the entire shareholding Snam holds in Italgas Reti to Italgas, Snam and Italgas today signed:

  • the agreement on the partial and proportional demerger which assigns Italgas a shareholding of 52.90% of Snam’s shareholding in Italgas Reti and consequently allocates to Snam shareholders 86.50% of the capital of Italgas;
  • the agreement on Snam’s contribution in kind to benefit Italgas of an equity investment of 8.23% of the share capital of Italgas Reti;
  • the agreement on Snam’s sale to Italgas of 98,054,833 Italgas Reti shares, amounting to 38.87% of the share capital of Italgas Reti.

The demerger agreement has been filed today at the Milan Business Register for its necessary registration.

The deeds of the transaction are conditional upon each other, thereby guaranteeing the unitary, substantial simultaneous nature of the individual steps of the transaction. Without prejudice to registration in the Business Register, the effectiveness of the demerger agreement is conditional upon Borsa Italiana issuing authorization for the ordinary shares of Italgas to be listed on the Electronic Share Market and upon CONSOB issuing the equivalence opinion on the Information Document relating to the listing of the ordinary shares of Italgas, pursuant to article 57, subsection 1, letter d) of the Issuer Regulation.

The effects of the demerger, and likewise the start of the trading of Italgas shares on the Electronic Share Market, are due to start on 7 November 2016.

As a result, in compliance with the resolutions of the extraordinary shareholders’ meetings of Snam and Italgas, from the date the demerger comes into effect Italgas shall increase its share capital by a total of 40,000,000.00 euros, with respect to the contribution, and by a total of 961,181,518.44 euros, due to the attribution to Italgas of the Set of Assets Demerged through the issuing of 700,127,659 ordinary shares without par value, to be attributed to Snam shareholders in the ratio of 1 Italgas share for every 5 Snam shares owned.

The demerger will also see Snam’s share capital reduced by 961,181,518.44 euros, without resulting in the cancellation of shares. Therefore Snam’s share capital will amount to 2,735,670,475.56 euros, fully paid in, divided into 3,500,638,294 ordinary shares without par value, while Italgas’ share capital will amount to 1,001,231,518.44, fully paid in, divided into 809,135,502 ordinary shares without par value.

The Information Document will be made available to the public on the Issuer’s website (www.italgas.it), on the Snam website (www.snam.it) as well as at the registered offices of the Issuer in via Carlo Bo 11, Milan, and of Snam, in Piazza Santa Barbara 7, San Donato Milanese (MI), and made available through the authorised storage mechanism called “NIS-Storage” managed by Bit Market Services S.p.A. (www.emarketstorage.com).

Banca IMI S.p.A. and EQUITA SIM S.p.A. will act as Sponsor in relation to the listing of ordinary shares of Italgas S.p.A. on the Mercato Telematico Azionario.

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