EU clears GE $1.6bn acquisition of Denmark’s LM Wind

The European Commission said on Monday it approved unconditionally the $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power of Denmark by General Electric Company of the US.

The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.

General Electric produces onshore and offshore wind turbines while LM Wind Power designs and manufactures blades that are sold to General Electric and its competitors as a component for the wind turbines.

“The Commission’s investigation focused on the effect of the transaction both on the upstream market for the manufacture and supply of wind turbine blades, as well on the downstream markets for the manufacture and supply of onshore and offshore wind turbines,” said the EC.

“General Electric has a relatively small market share in both onshore and offshore wind turbines.

“Although LM Wind Power has a significant market share, its market position has been decreasing in the past few years and in-house blade production also has to be taken into account.

“Based on the results of its market investigation, the Commission concluded that competitive concerns would be unlikely to arise …”

The EC concluded:

  • GE would not be in a position to significantly affect the upstream market — in particular because competing blade manufacturers would continue to have access to wind turbine manufacturers other than GE
  • In relation to the downstream markets, GE would continue to face significant competition from other major turbine manufacturers, such as Siemens, (MHI) Vestas, Nordex and Senvion, who either manufacture their blades in-house and/or are not dependent on LM Wind Power for supplies

“Therefore, the Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not result in a significant reduction in competition in the EU’s Single Market,” said the EC.