Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, the leading Korean heavy industries company, has signed an agreement to buy Czech power plant equipment maker Skoda Power a.s., which will provide the rights to proprietary turbine technologies used in power plants. According to the agreement, DHIC will own a 100-percent equity stake in Skoda Power. The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2009 when the full financial terms of the agreement are met.
The acquisition will enable Skoda Power to expand its product range and enter new markets while strengthening its presence in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Doosan already has an established European presence in key markets including the U.K., Germany and Poland through its subsidiary Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd, based in the U.K. Additionally, the group already has a presence in the Czech Republic through its subsidiary Doosan Infracore, which operates a manufacturing plant in Dobris for Bobcat construction and utility equipment.
“We expect the synergies of the Skoda Power acquisition to generate an additional U.S. $4.26 billion (€3.0 billion/£2.60 billion) in annual revenue in 2020,” said Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction president and CEO Geewon Park. “In the coming years, Skoda Power and Doosan Babcock will spearhead our progressive expansion in Europe, the U.S., and other developed markets.”
Skoda Power, a subsidiary company of Skoda Holding which is one of the Czech Republic’s oldest and most respected business groups, is one of only a few power plant equipment firms worldwide to possess proprietary technologies in the steam turbine field.
This acquisition will add to Doosan’s capabilities in the core technologies for boilers, turbines, and generators — the three key components of modern power plants — positioning the company as a leader in the global power plant equipment industry.
Doosan’s new access to proprietary turbine technologies will enable the company to dramatically improve its competitiveness in the power plant equipment business as well as significantly expand business opportunities in these markets.
Working in partnership with Skoda Power, Doosan aims to grow turbine genset revenues as it sets its sights on the global turbine market and becoming one of the industry’s top-tier suppliers. The deal also makes it possible for Doosan to enter the retrofit and other profitable power plant services markets, enabling the company to compete with global industry leaders across the entire power generation value chain.
Additionally, Doosan plans to set up Doosan Power Systems to oversee Skoda Power and Doosan Babcock as its power solutions business in Europe and the Americas. Through the formation of DPS, Doosan is able to move one step closer in its ambition to become a top-tier complete plant supplier in those markets.
Part of the Doosan Corp., a renowned conglomerate holding several businesses in South Korea, DHI has so far built more than 300 nuclear, thermal, combined cycle and hydro power plants and is currently building more than 60 power plants globally.
Skoda Power a.s. is a leading European manufacturer and supplier of technological equipment and customer services in the field of power generation, supplying components from steam turbines to machine halls of Skoda design and complex services for fossil power plants, cogeneration units, combined cycles, nuclear power plants and waste and biomass incineration plants.