By Pietro Lombardi
E.ON SE said Wednesday that it intends to carry out a merger squeeze-out as part of its planned takeover of Innogy SE to fully integrate the company into the E.ON group.
Minority shareholders will receive "adequate cash compensation," it said.
The German utility said it wants to swiftly integrate Innogy as soon as the European Commission approves the deal.
"This procedure, known as a merger squeeze-out, provided for in company law applicable from a shareholding of 90 percent, allows us to implement the integration plans, which have been developed together with innogy during the last months, as swiftly as possible," Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen said.
The takeover is part of a complex deal between E.ON and Innogy's parent company RWE AG, which would effectively split Innogy's assets between the two companies.
RWE would retain control over Innogy's renewable-generation centers, while E.ON would take over the retail and distribution networks.
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