Last year, two of the most important European domestic utility providers, Veolia and Engie, were in talks to close a deal. At that time, Veolia was looking to purchase 29.9% of Suez at €15.50 per share, a price that valued the deal at around €2.9 billion.
Since February 2021, when the Paris-based Suez turned down an €11.3 billion takeover, the two companies have battled in court over the deals' terms. At that time, Suez considered Veolia's interest a takeover which "has not been solicited and has not been discussed at all with Suez."
Finally, it seems that the two companies have reached an in-principal agreement. The deal values Suez at €20.50 per share. Moreover, Suez won't dispose of its Australian assets, and it will deactivate its Dutch foundation.
Veolia and Suez have agreed to enter a definite merger by May 14.
Following the news, Veolia stock price went up 4%, while Suez gained 7%.
Sources: marketwatch.com, cnbc.com