30.12.2003: Meldung: Suez S.A.: Purchase of EDF"s stake in Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

The Suez Group concludes the purchase of EDF"s stake in Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

Suez, via its subsidiary Electrabel, has just concluded the acquisition of EDF"s stake in the capital of Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR). This transaction covers 600,000 shares, i.e., 22.22% of the share capital and 20% of the voting rights.

At the same time, the Group has purchased the stake held by the Villefranche and Beaujolais Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents 1,503 shares (0.06% of the share capital and 0.10% of the voting rights).

Following these transactions, Suez, via its subsidiary Electrabel, owns 47.88% of the share capital of CNR and 46.06% of its voting rights.

This operation gives Suez the means to pursue its development on the French market and reinforces the strategic cooperation agreement between Electrabel and CNR. It also consolidates Suez" role as leading private operator on the French electricity market.

Suez,(www.suez.com) a worldwide industrial and services Group, active in sustainable development, provides companies, municipalities, and individuals innovative solutions in Energy - electricity and gas - and the Environment - water and waste services. In 2002, Suez generated revenues of EUR 40.218 billion (excluding energy trading). Suez is listed on the Euronext Paris, Euronext Brussels, Luxembourg, Zurich and New York Stock Exchanges.
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