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OMV and Mubadala complete Borealis transaction

  • OMV acquires additional 39% stake from Mubadala, increasing its shareholding in Borealis to 75% 
  • Purchase price of USD 4.68 bn 
  • Net cash out for OMV is EUR 3.8 bn
  • Mubadala retains a 25% interest in Borealis

OMV, the international integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Vienna and Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, have today completed the transaction for OMV to acquire an additional 39% stake in Borealis, a leading, global chemicals company, from Mubadala.

Following the initial agreement announced in March this year, the transaction was completed in line with the expected timeline and in accordance with all regulatory requirements. OMV now holds a 75% interest in Borealis and Mubadala retains a 25% interest in the company.

OMV is entitled to all dividends in relation to the additional shares in Borealis distributed after December 31, 2019. OMV will fully consolidate the results of Borealis in its financial statements. In 2019, Borealis generated total sales of EUR 9.8 bn and a net profit of EUR 872 mn. The operating cash flow of Borealis – including dividends from its joint venture Borouge –amounted to EUR 1.5 bn in 2019. In the first nine months of 2020, Borealis achieved an operating cash flow including Borouge dividends of EUR 1.1 bn, 6 percent higher than the same period of last year, despite the difficult market environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company: “This transaction is well aligned with our strategy as a responsible investor and we are confident in the value this partnership will create for all three companies. Both OMV and Borealis are champions of the Mubadala portfolio, and this decision is consistent with our asset management model and our commitment to partner with like-minded players.”

Rainer Seele, Chairman of the OMV Executive Board and CEO: “This transaction is another milestone in the implementation of our strategy. We are thus establishing an integrated and sustainable business model extending OMV’s value chain towards higher value chemical products and recycling, thereby repositioning the Group for a lower carbon future.”

The purchase price of the transaction amounts to USD 4.68 bn. Based on closing adjustments, the cash-out for OMV, net of cash acquired, is EUR 3.8 bn. The adjustments include the first quarter dividends to which OMV is entitled based on the increased shareholding, currency effects, and the cash position of Borealis at closing. Following the successful issuance of senior and hybrid bonds of EUR 4.5 bn Euros, OMV paid the entire amount in full at closing. As a result of the synergies identified in the last few months, OMV is increasing the synergy potential from EUR 700 mn to more than EUR 800 mn. In addition, OMV has successfully started its divestment program, which will realize EUR 2 bn by the end of 2021. The sale of the 51-percent share in OMV’s gas logistics subsidiary Gas Connect Austria has already been signed and will have a deleveraging effect of EUR 570 million for OMV.

With its head office in Vienna, Borealis currently has more than 6,800 employees and operates in over 120 countries. The company provides services and products to customers globally, both directly and in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and with Baystar™, a joint venture with Total in Texas, USA.

Global demand for monomers and polymers is growing rapidly. The purchase of a controlling majority in Borealis makes OMV a leading provider of polyolefins and base chemicals. The joint production capacities make OMV and Borealis the number one producer of ethylene and propylene in Europe and one of the top 10 polyolefin producers worldwide. The acquisition is a strategic extension of OMV’s value chain into high value chemicals. This provides a natural hedge against the cyclicality of each value chain step with respect to both volumes and market spreads, de-risking OMV’s exposure to volatile markets. 

Furthermore, OMV and Borealis will jointly expand their know-how and activities in the plastics circular economy. Borealis’ activities in plastics recycling, through its subsidiaries EcoPlast (Austria) and mtm plastics (Germany), Project STOP (Ocean Waste) and the Design For Recycling (DFR) initiative are a perfect addition to OMV’s ReOil® technology for the chemical recycling of post-consumer-plastic. The proprietary ReOil® technology converts hard-to-recycle plastic waste into high-quality feedstock for its refineries, substituting the need crude oil. 

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 23 bn and a workforce of around 20,000 employees in 2019, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Central and Eastern Europe as well as a balanced international portfolio, with Middle East & Africa, the North Sea, Russia and Asia-Pacific as further core regions. Daily average production was 487,000 boe/d in 2019. In Downstream, OMV operates three refineries in Europe and owns a 15% share in ADNOC Refining and Trading JV, with a total annual processing capacity of 24.9 mn tons. Furthermore, OMV has a 75% participation in Borealis, one of the world’s leading producers of polyolefins. The Company operates about 2,100 filling stations in ten European countries. OMV runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2019, gas sales volumes amounted to around 137 TWh. Sustainability is an integral part of OMV’s corporate strategy. OMV supports the transition to a lower-carbon economy and has set measurable targets for reducing carbon intensity and introducing new energy and petrochemical solutions.

About Mubadala Investment Company
Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala’s $232 billion (AED 853 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to actively source deals. In the UAE, we are driving sustainable growth by optimizing scale and efficiency, supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the local economy while growing our shareholder value. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.

For more information about Mubadala, please visit: www.mubadala.com