ENGIE : Utility Engie to Boost Investments in Renewables and Step Up Asset Sales
PARIS : French power company Engie announced on Tuesday plans to boost investments in the renewables sector and step up disposals of non-core assets, as part of a strategic program to improve its business performance.
Engie said it was targeting between 9-10 billion euros ($11-$12 billion) worth of disposals over 2021-2023, which in turn would help finance 15-16 billion euros worth of investments in areas such as renewable energy.
Engie re-affirmed its dividend policy of having a dividend payout ratio of 65-75% of Engie’s net recurring income group share, and introduced a dividend floor of 0.65 euros per share over the 2021-2023 period.Engie’s revenues for the first quarter ending March 31 rose 2.3% from a year ago to 16.9 billion euros, while its earnings before interest (EBIT) rose 8.3% to 2.07 billion euros.
Engie kept its 2021 financial guidance, namely for a net recurring income group share of between 2.3-2.5 billion euros.
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