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Rede Energia Rises After Closing Sale of Bankrupt Celpa Unit

Rede Energia SA, Brazil’s second-best-performing electric utility in 2012, jumped after concluding the sale of its bankrupt Centrais Eletricas do Para SA subsidiary, known as Celpa, to Equatorial Energia SA.

Rede rose 4.1 percent to 4.60 reais at the close of trading in Sao Paulo. Equatorial gained 2.3 percent to 19.19 reais, the highest level on record, while the benchmark Bovespa index fell 0.3 percent.

Equatorial paid 1 real (49 cents) for 39.18 million Celpa shares, which represent 65.18 percent of the company’s voting capital, Rede said in a statement after the close of trading Nov. 1. Celpa filed for bankruptcy protection Feb. 28 after a four-year freeze on rates pushed up debt to 2.3 billion reais.

Equatorial, an electricity holding company owned by Brazilian private-equity firm Vinci Partners Investimentos Ltda., agreed in June to take control of the bankrupt utility, based in Belem, as it seeks to expand in the Amazon region, where Celpa is the largest power distributor.

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