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ABB to Sell Remaining Stake in Hitachi Energy to Hitachi

Oct. 10, 2022
Hitachi has exercised its call option that was agreed between the parties in December 2018.

ABB has reached an agreement to divest to Hitachi, Ltd. (Hitachi) its remaining 19.9% equity stake in the Hitachi Energy joint venture that was formed from ABB’s Power Grids business in 2020, with Hitachi holding a stake of 80.1%. Hitachi has exercised its call option that was agreed between the parties in December 2018.

The call option’s exercise value is US$ 1.679 billion. The companies have agreed to settle remaining obligations relating to the original transaction, and ABB will continue to provide transition services to Hitachi Energy for them to fully separate from ABB’s systems. ABB does not expect to record any significant gain or loss as a result of the sale. ABB expects net positive cash inflows of approximately US$ 1.425 billion upon closing of the sale. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and closing is expected to happen in the fourth quarter 2022.

“We are delighted to have agreed on the final part of the transaction earlier than expected and on favorable terms. This will further strengthen our balance sheet and give us additional flexibility in our capital allocation decisions,” said Timo Ihamuotila, chief financial officer of ABB.

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