TotalEnergies expands renewables business with $1.65 billion Total Eren acquisition
(WO) – TotalEnergies is pursuing its profitable growth in the renewable energy sector with the announcement that it is buying out Total Eren’s other shareholders, increasing its stake from close to 30% to 100%. The Total Eren teams will be fully integrated within TotalEnergies’ Renewables business unit. The deal follows the strategic agreement signed between TotalEnergies and Total Eren in 2017, which granted TotalEnergies the right to acquire all of Total Eren (formerly EREN RE) after a five-year period.
As part of this transaction, Total Eren is valued at an Enterprise Value of €3.8 billion ($4.9 billion) based on an attractive EBITDA multiple negotiated in the initial strategic agreement signed in 2017. The acquisition represents a net investment of around €1.5 billion ($1.65 billion) for TotalEnergies.
A global player with a 3.5 GW renewables production and a 10 GW pipeline. Total Eren has 3.5 GW of renewable capacity in operation worldwide and a solar, wind, hydroelectric and storage projects pipeline of over 10 GW in 30 countries, of which 1.2 GW are in construction or late-stage development. TotalEnergies will leverage Total Eren’s 2 GW assets in operation in merchant countries (notably Portugal, Greece, Australia, and Brazil) to build up its integrated power strategy. TotalEnergies will also benefit from Total Eren’s footprint and ability to develop projects in other countries such as India, Argentina, Kazakhstan, or Uzbekistan.
A complementary fit with TotalEnergies’ footprint and workforce. Total Eren will not only contribute high-quality operated assets, but also the expertise and skills of nearly 500 people based in more than 20 countries. The teams and the quality of Total Eren’s portfolio will strengthen TotalEnergies’ ability to deliver production growth while optimizing its operating costs and capex by leveraging its size and purchasing bargaining power.
A pioneer in green hydrogen. Further to its activities as a renewable energy producer, Total Eren has launched pioneering green hydrogen projects in recent years, located in various regions, such as North Africa, Latin America, and Australia. These green hydrogen activities will be pursued through a new partnership in an entity named "TEH2” (80% owned by TotalEnergies and 20% owned by EREN Group).
“Our partnership with Total Eren has been very successful, as shown by the size and quality of the renewables portfolio. With the acquisition and integration of Total Eren, we are now opening a new chapter of our development as the expertise of its team and its complementary geographical footprint will strengthen our renewable activities and our ability to build a profitable integrated power player,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.