March 30, 2009 - 1:00 am (CET)
OMV the leading energy group in the European growth belt has sold its 21.2% stake in MOL (corresponding to 22,179,488 MOL shares) to Surgutneftegas, for a total consideration of EUR 1,400 mn. After settlement of the transaction OMV will not own any further shares in Hungarian oil and gas group.
Due to restrictions indicated by the European Union as well as the rejection of the MOL board, OMV terminated its respective merger activities in August 2008. Therefore the sale of the MOL shares conducted by the investment bank JP Morgan is a logical step and in line with OMV's strategy of acting in the best interest of its shareholders by maximising the value of its investment. With EUR 1,400 mn a good price has been achieved. This price corresponds to HUF 19,212 per share compared to Friday’s closing price of the MOL stock of HUF 9,940 per share.
Notes to editors:
With Group sales of EUR 25.54 bn and a workforce of 41,282 employees in 2008, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. As the leading energy group in the European growth belt, OMV is active in Refining and Marketing (R&M) in 13 countries. In Exploration and Production (E&P) OMV is active in 19 countries on four continents. In Gas & Power (G&P) OMV sells approximately 13 bcm gas per year. Via Baumgarten, one of the most important turntables for gas in Europe, approximately 66 bcm gas is transported annually. OMV’s Central European Gas Hub is amongst the three largest hubs in Continental Europe.
OMV is the leading energy group in the European growth belt with oil and gas reserves of approximately. 1.2 bn boe, daily production of around 317,000 boe and an annual refining capacity of approximately 26 mn t. OMV now has 2,528 filling stations in 13 countries. The market share of the group in the R&M business segment in the Danube Region is now 20%.
OMV further strengthened its leading position in the European growth belt through the acquisition of 41.58% of Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s leading company in the retail and commercial business.
In June 2006, OMV has established the OMV Future Energy Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary to support projects in renewable energy with more than EUR 100 mn to initiate the change from a pure oil and gas group to an energy group with renewable energy in its portfolio.
OMV: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
OMV is a member of the U.N. Global Compact and actively committed to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment in economically weak regions. OMV works hard to address economic, environmental and social issues related to its operations. Its CSR activities are fully documented in biannual performance reports compiled according to Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.