CEZ has signed a contract to sell the Chvaletice power plant to Litvinovska uhelna (a former part of Czech Coal group). The selling price is CZK 4.12 billion. CEZ will also annually obtain 90% of the market value of CO2 emission allowances allocated for free to the Chvaletice power plant, which will then be used to further upgrade its power plants. This concerns 5.3 million tons of allowances in a total value of some CZK 450 million in their current prices. The signed contract does not cover any coal supply arrangements with CEZ. The European Commission now just needs to confirm that the buyer, Litvinovska uhelna a.s., is sufficiently qualified.
/ The overall selling price of 4.57 bln. CZK (incl. CO2 permits) is slightly below our fair value estimate of 5 bln. CZK of Chvaletice power plant based on DCF. On the other hand, we consider 45 CZK dividend may be therefore preserved both in 2013 and in 2014 too (despite lower NI outlook for 2013 of 37 bln. CZK) thanks to one-off gain from the Chvaletice sale. All-in-all, NEUTRAL in our view. We also expect that European Commission is to confirm the buyer as qualified.