The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) today announced that it has agreed to sell its two power distribution businesses in Ukraine to VS Energy International. Under the agreement, AES will sell its 89.12 percent equity interest in AES Kyivoblenergo, which serves 881,000 customers in the Kiev region, and its 84.56 percent equity interest in AES Rivneoblenergo, which serves 412,000 customers in the Rivne region.
“We continue to exit markets that are not part of our strategic vision,” said Tom O’Flynn, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “This transaction represents another step in the process to simplify our structure so we can focus on creating value in markets where we have a compelling competitive advantage.”
The transaction is expected to close by mid-2013 and is subject to local regulatory approval. Both AES Kyivoblenergo and AES Rivneoblenergo will continue operations, supplying energy to customers and working constructively with all stakeholders. AES plans to provide additional detail on the transaction in its fourth quarter 2012 earnings call materials and 10-K filing.
About AESThe AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 27 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 27,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world's changing power needs. Our 2011 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage $45 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Safe Harbor Disclosure This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to future earnings, growth and financial and operating performance. Forward-looking statements are not intended to be a guarantee of future results, but instead constitute AES’ current expectations based on reasonable assumptions. Forecasted financial information is based on certain material assumptions. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, our accurate projections of future interest rates, commodity price and foreign currency pricing, continued normal levels of operating performance and electricity volume at our distribution companies and operational performance at our generation businesses consistent with historical levels, as well as achievements of planned productivity improvements and incremental growth investments at normalized investment levels and rates of return consistent with prior experience.