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Romania's Premier Energy valued at $525 mln in IPO

Romaniabased Premier Energy said on Thursday its initial public offering (IPO) had been priced at 19.5 lei per share, indicating a market value of 2.4 billion lei ($ 525 million).

The renewable resource designer, owned by Czech financial investment company Emma Capital, said the IPO amounted to a 28.75% stake.

It will list on the Bucharest Stock Market on May 27, with gross earnings from the IPO - totalling approximately 695 million lei - to be used for additional renewable energy acquisitions and projects in Romania and neighbouring Moldova.

The flotation follows the Bucharest listing of state-owned hydro power producer Hidroelectrica last year, one of Europe's biggest IPOs.

Premier Energy's attractive financial investment story and significant development capacity has actually been reflected in the high need we have actually seen from both retail and institutional financiers, in Romania and worldwide, stated Chief Executive Jose Garza in a declaration.

The company presently has 1,000 megawatts (MW) of green projects under ownership, management or in development in Romania and Moldova, uniformly divided in Romania in between wind and solar.

In March, it told it aimed to boost its sustainable energy portfolio to 1.5 gigawatts (1,500 MW) over the next 2 to 3 years.

The company likewise provides and distributes energy, being the third largest gas distributor in Romania and the largest electrical energy provider and distributor in Moldova.

Premier Energy began running in Romania over a years back. Last year, its consolidated earnings stood at 912 million euros.

It prepares to pay 30-70% of its consolidated annual internet earnings in dividends.