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Eni IPO offers test case for oil transition plans

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters Breakingviews) – “Plenitude” sounds a bit like what may occur in the event you mixed Eni (ENI.MI) with platitudes. As with most corporate rebrands, the $50 billion Italian oil group’s new identify for its inexperienced arm, which suggests “abundance”, is certainly barely trite. But the broader preliminary public providing could affect investor attitudes to how oil corporations decarbonise.

In aiming to promote 30% of a portfolio that features 10 million retail prospects and over six gigawatts of renewable vitality energy by 2025, Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi is taking a unique path to the likes of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), and SSE (SSE.L). They assume legacy fossil gas belongings ought to fund decarbonisation. Shell and SSE activists Dan Loeb and Elliott Management reckon separated inexperienced companies might commerce at increased multiples learn extra .

By retaining a majority stake within the inexperienced enterprise Descalzi might be someplace in between. Either method, Breakingviews’ 9 billion euro valuation of Plenitude assumes a a number of of 10 instances probably 2024 EBITDA , a reduction to wind vitality behemoth Orsted (ORSTED.CO). If the unit’s itemizing subsequent 12 months exhibits buyers are inclined to be extra beneficiant, Eni’s rivals could themselves plan renewable vitality IPOs. (By George Hay)

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Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company Eni, holds a folder with the logo of Eni at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

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