Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is expected to invest € 96m in capacity expansion. According to preliminary estimates, the investment will increase the firm’s energy capacity by 450 GWh. funds received from the capital increase will be used to modernize TPP Pljevlja and HPP Perucica in Montenegro. After the recently finished privatization process EPCG now has a strategic partner, Italian-based A2A. A2A is expected to appoint CEO and members of the board in the months ahead. The Italians bought a 9% stake in EPCG from the Government of Montenegro and participated in a 9% capital increase. During the tender procedure A2A bought an additional 12% on the market from minority shareholders and 18% from local institutional investors. A2A currently holds a 46% stake in EPCG.
We expect this news to have a neutral trading impact due to EPCG’s significantly reduced free float. We do not expect to see a lot of activity on the stock in the next few days.