Spie, a multi-technical services group for businesses and communities, announced on Monday that it was submitting an offer to acquire Equans, a subsidiary recently created by Engie with a view to splitting its activities Services.

Candidates for the acquisition of this entity have until Monday evening to declare themselves. So far, in addition to Spie, Eiffage and Bouygues in particular have expressed their interest.

Engie launched this entity at the end of June to bring out of its fold this structure grouping together the majority of its technical service activities (air conditioning, heating and ventilation, electricity, digital, mechanical, services general …).

For Spie, which operates in the same sectors, this merger would create “the European champion, a pure player in multi-technical services,” he explains in his press release.

Supported by Bpifrance and the Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Spie, which does not mention an amount, foresees “a balanced financing structure, combining debt and equity”, before a capital increase .

This group of 45,000 employees (6.6 billion euros in turnover in 2020) provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, particularly in energy efficiency, green mobility, communication: connection of wind farms or photovoltaics, equipment for data centers, public lighting …

Equans, with 74,000 employees (26,000 in France) and 17 countries covered, represents an activity of nearly 12 billion euros, according to Engie.

“We haven’t decided yet whether we’re going to sell to a strategic (group) or strategic (groups), or to a fund, or funds, or even to market. ‘entity’, had indicated the general director of the ex-GDF Suez Catherine MacGregor, during a hearing at the National Assembly, at the end of June.

Engie, which has already sold its shares in Suez to Veolia in October 2020, wants to refocus on energy and infrastructure (heating networks, etc.).

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