Raízen IPO aims to accelerate growth of Shell’s renewable energy joint venture in Brazil

Source: press release, 5 August 2021

Raízen produces first generation ethanol from sugar cane, and it is also the only company in the world to produce second generation ethanol on a commercial scale, reusing bagasse, the fibrous by-product of sugar cane production
Raízen produces first generation ethanol from sugar cane, and it is also the only company in the world to produce second generation ethanol on a commercial scale, reusing bagasse, the fibrous by-product of sugar cane production (photo: Raízen)

Shell Brazil Holding B.V. (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, marks the start of trading in shares of Raízen S.A., the renewable energy joint venture between Shell and Brazilian energy company Cosan, on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3), following the successful execution of an initial public offering (IPO).

“Shell is committed to Raízen as we grow our renewable energy business and our presence in Brazil and Argentina,” says Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s Downstream Director. “This IPO should help Raízen to grow faster, enabling it to deliver more and cleaner energy to our customers. We believe this IPO is the best way to fund the strategy and provide consistent returns on investment for the joint venture partners and new investors alike.”

Raízen is a global frontrunner in the production of first- and second-generation biofuel from sugar cane. It is pursuing an ambitious growth strategy, as shown by the recent agreement to acquire Biosev and the integration of Shell’s lubricants business in Brazil into Raízen (both subject to deal completion), and the investment decision to expand Raízen’s second-generation biofuels production capacity. Growing Raízen will also contribute to Shell’s target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society.

The Shell-branded retail sites and lubricants business in Brazil and Argentina will continue to be managed by Raízen.