GE is the apparent winner in the contest for Alstom (ALSMY), shutting out Siemens (SIEGY) and Mitsubishi (MHVYF), as the French government has given its blessing to GE’s offer while buying a 20% stake for itself - which means GE is now effectively going into business with the French state.
In the ~$13.5B deal, GE would acquire Alstom’s natural gas turbine operations along with its valuable customer base while selling to Alstom its railroad signaling business, and 50-50 joint ventures would be created for steam turbines, renewable energy and electrical grid systems.
The concessions will mean a smaller boost to GE's profit and fewer cost savings from the deal, and could complicate decision making in situations where the French government feels it has an interest, a William Blair analyst says.
GE's Jeffrey Immelt says it's not the straight takeover of the energy business he had envisioned, but that 86% of the deal's synergies - essentially the value of the energy business - were outside of the joint ventures.
Alstom's board is due to decide on the deal by Monday, when GE's binding offer expires.