DONG to Keep Oil Unit In IPO, Takes $2.32B Writedown

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Dong Energy will keep its oil and gas unit as part of its anticipated initial public offering.

The world's biggest offshore power developer announced in September plans to pursue an IPO of its shares within 18 months.

A month later it said it would conduct a strategic review of its Exploration & Production (E&P) business.

"DONG Energy has decided to keep E&P as part of the planned IPO," the company said on Tuesday.

It said it was still its aim to build a clean-energy company and that the cash flows from its E&P business would be part of the funding for its investments in renewable energy.

DONG has already said it planned to divest its gas distribution business, and gas and oil pipelines ahead of the listing as it wants to focus more on offshore wind and other renewable energy.

The company said that the write-down reflected a continued decline in oil and gas prices, reduced reserve estimates as well as "project-specific factors".

It said its Hejre project in the Danish part of the North Sea continued to face "significant challenges".

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the E&P business rose by 1 billion Danish crowns ($147 million) to 2.9 billion in the third quarter from a year earlier helped by higher production from the Ormen Lange gas field off Norway and cost savings.

DONG Energy's annual report is due to be published on February 4.

($1 = 6.8904 Danish crowns)

(Reporting by Teis Jensen; editing by Sabina Zawadzki and Jason Neely)


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