MADRID (AP) — Spain's leading electricity and natural gas company, Iberdrola, will buy the northeastern U.S. utility UIL Holdings Corp. in a deal valued at about $3 billion, the companies said Thursday.
The combined company will serve 3.1 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New York.
The deal values UIL at $52.75 per share, including $10.50 to be paid in cash for each share, and also includes the assumption of about $1 billion in UIL debt.
Shares of Iberdrola USA will be listed in the United States and UIL shareholders will receive a share for each UIL share they own.
Iberdrola USA's utilities will be Berkshire Gas, Central Maine Power, Connecticut Natural Gas, New York State Electric & Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric, Southern Connecticut Gas and United Illuminating.
Shares of Iberdrola SA were up 0.33 percent to 6.07 euros ($6.89) each in morning trading on Thursday in Madrid.