Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

Mubadala completes deal with the Carlyle group on Cepsa

Carlyle acquires a 37 per cent stake in Spanish oil and gas firm

Mubadala completes its sale of stake in Spanish oil and gas firm Cepsa. AFP 
Mubadala completes its sale of stake in Spanish oil and gas firm Cepsa. AFP 

Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi strategic investment firm, completed a deal to sell a significant minority interest in its fully-owned Spanish oil and gas firm Compania Espanola de Petroleos (Cepsa) to US-based Carlyle Group, the companies said on Tuesday.

Mubadala will remain the majority shareholder of Cepsa with a 63 per cent stake, while funds affiliated with Carlyle Group will have a 37 per cent stake, the statement said.

Carlyle and Mubadala have also named Philippe Boisseau as chief executive of Cepsa, succeeding Pedro Miro, who is retiring.

Philippe is a seasoned industry leader with an extensive track record of over 30 years, notably with the Total Group, where he served in senior leadership roles in France, the Middle East, the United States and Argentina.

“We are pleased to have completed the transaction and look forward to working closely with Carlyle and Cepsa’s management on growing the business and creating even greater value from its portfolio and operations,” said Musabbeh Al Kaabi, chief executive of Mubadala's petroleum & petrochemicals arm and chairman of Cepsa.

Mubadala will be entitled to appoint five members to the board, including its chairman, and Carlyle will appoint three members following the transaction. In addition, there will continue to be one independent member and the company’s chief executive to complete the board’s composition.

Cepsa is Europe’s biggest privately-owned oil and gas company, with an extensive network of retail service stations across the Iberian Peninsula and two refineries in Spain. It is also a global leader in the production of linear alkyl benzene (LAB), a key component in the manufacture of biodegradable detergents, and is the second-largest producer of phenol and acetone.

Updated: October 15, 2019 06:33 PM