France’s Engie cuts stake in GTT

French energy firm Engie has reduced its stake in the world’s largest LNG tank maker, GTT.

Engi sold a 10 percent stake in GTT for about 248 million euros ($303.6 million) through a private placement.

The utility now owns around 30 percent of the LNG tank maker, GTT said in a statement on Wednesday.

As a result, GTT said the composition of its board of directors would be adjusted.

In addition, Engie also announced the simultaneous issue of an exchangeable bond into existing ordinary shares of GTT for a total amount of 290 million euros.

This could further reduce its stake in GTT to around 20 percent.

On the other side, GTT said it bought back 185,392 of its shares for about 12.4 million euros while the settlement should take place on or around May 28.

GTT financed this share buyback with available cash.

“I would like to pay tribute to our shareholder Engie, who has accompanied GTT’s development for more than 50 years and has contributed to making it an undisputed leader in its field,” GTT’s chief Philippe Berterottière, said.

“Following the sale by Engie of 10 percent of its stake, GTT’s shareholder base is solid and balanced, and the free float is increasing significantly,” he said.

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