Germany agrees bailout of gas importer Uniper


The German government has agreed on a bailout for Uniper UN01, -21.43%, which has been hit by reduced Russian gas imports, the company said. Terms call for the German state to take a 30% stake for 267 million euros, provided further capital of up to 7.7 billion euros against issuance of mandatory convertible instruments, and for the state-owned KfW bank to boost its existing credit facility to 9 billion euros from 2 billion euros. The German government intends to introduce a cost absorption mechanism that covers 90% of the losses resulting from higher costs for gas replacement volumes caused by Russian gas curtailments from Oct. 1. Fortum’s FORTUM, -4.31% stake in Uniper will be diluted to 56% from 80%.

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