Saipem Eyes 2B Euro Capital Hike in Summer - CEO to Paper


Italian energy services group Saipem is working to bring forward a planned 2 billion euro ($2.12 billion) capital increase and carry it out in the summer, CEO Francesco Caio told Il Sole 24 Ore in an interview published on Tuesday.

The capital hike is aimed at funding a turnaround plan after the group stunned investors in January when it cut earnings by a billion euros due to a sharp deterioration of margins on contracts, including offshore wind.

The plan, which Saipem said would also be supported by asset sales worth over 1.5 billion euros, envisions scaling back the group's green ambitions to focus on more traditional oil and gas business.

Chief Operating Officer Alessandro Puliti said in the same interview that Saipem expects to sign a deal to sell the group's onshore drilling business by the end of the month.

The executive had previously said that the deal could be worth over 500 million euros. Read full story

Puliti, who joined Saipem in February in a swirl of appointments to represent top shareholders such as energy group, said he does not expect "any other surprises" after a thorough review of the company's backlog.

($1 = 0.9454 euros)

(Reporting by Federico Maccioni, editing by Agnieszka Flak)

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