Lithuanias leading utility is starting an unusual stock exchange listing in europe, in a go on to raise funds to invest in green energy since the baltic region seeks power self-reliance from russia.

Ignitis group is looking to list in following days in vilnius, with a secondary listing in london.

It intends to offer brand new shares representing between a-quarter and a third of its money in an initial general public supplying might raise about 500m, in accordance with men and women acquainted the providing, giving it a valuation of 1.5bn-2bn.

The state-owned group, when the lithuanian federal government will retain a risk with a minimum of two-thirds, works the domestic electricity and gas circulation system.

It additionally owns green power possessions throughout the baltics and poland, which taken into account the majority of its power generation last year. it made 1.1bn in profits in 2019, with an operating profit of 83m.

It is an extremely interesting area to invest in they are growing nordic nations, chief executive darius maikstenas informed the financial occasions. we a resilient company story along with growth potential by spending quite heavily into renewables.

The 3 baltic countries are trying to end their energy reliance upon russia and be more self-sufficient in energy generation. estonia, latvia and lithuania are hoping to synchronise their particular electricity systems along with the rest of europe rather than, as presently, with all the russian and belarusian systems.

Vilnius has been leading a campaign to sway its neighbours not to buy energy from ostrovets atomic plant under building by a russian condition company in belarus but near the lithuanian edge, which it offers argued is an endeavor by moscow to help keep the baltics dependent on it for energy.

Mr maikstenas said ignitis would utilize the profits of ipo to purchase green power as an element of lithuanias tries to increase the amount of power it makes it self to about 70 % in 2025 from 23 per cent presently.

He argued that latvia and estonia had been expected to follow lithuania in boycotting ostrovets, leading to an increase in demand for regional energy.

The contested presidential election in neighbouring belarus and russian military workouts within the baltic sea have actually increased geopolitical tensions in an area on alert since moscows annexation of crimea in 2014.

Mr maikstenas insisted the baltic says had been well-protected by their membership of both eu and nato. the three nations conducted a test of the generation capabilities last year in case the supply from russia or belarus will be out of the blue cut off.

The main exec of ignitis in addition said that the groups performance in the 1st half showed how little covid-19 had impacted it. we're rather confident to help keep steady development. this stock would be favourable within these conditions in which marketplace problems are unsure, he added.

Ignitis had revenues of 591m in the 1st six months of 2020, up 6 % from per year early in the day, while operating revenue doubled to 93m.

Jpmorgan, morgan stanley, swedbank and ubs tend to be combined global co-ordinators and bookrunners, while bofa securities is a combined bookrunner for ipo.