12.2.2003: Meldung: Calpine cuts capital commitments by $3.4 billion
"This latest phase of Calpine""s restructured turbine program reflects our continued focus on further reducing future capital expenditures," stated Calpine Chairman and CEO Peter Cartwright. "We appreciate our turbine equipment manufacturers"" continued support in meeting our near- and long- term goals. As we enter 2003, Calpine remains determined to strengthen liquidity, improve our creditworthiness and enhance value -- for our investors and our customers."
As a result of these restructured agreements on the 87 gas turbines and 44 steam turbines:
-- Calpine agreed to pay approximately $109 million for the restructuring of the agreements and cancellations of certain equipment. To date, approximately $91 million has been paid. The remaining payments will consist of $9 million in 2003, $6 million in 2004 and $3 million in 2005. -- If Calpine elects to go forward with a turbine, the company and the manufacturer will negotiate the purchase price, and Calpine will receive credit for payments previously made for that turbine. -- Calpine can now tailor its turbine program around future project opportunities and will only incur an additional capital commitment when a new turbine is required.
Of the 87 gas turbines and 44 steam turbines, the company has cancelled 11 gas turbines and 2 steam turbines. If Calpine were to cancel all of the remaining turbines, future turbine capital commitments would be reduced by $3.4 billion.
Calpine will record a pre-tax charge of approximately $207 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2002, which represents all costs associated with the potential cancellation of all 87 gas turbines and 44 steam turbines.
Calpine""s remaining capital commitment for turbines is now approximately $594 million, down from approximately $4 billion. This capital commitment is summarized below:
-- Turbines for projects in operation and construction. Approximately $131 million. $127 million in 2003 and $4 million in 2004. These amounts are included in the company""s construction capital expenditure guidance. -- Separate commitments for 38 gas and 9 steam turbines to be used for future projects. Approximately $445 million. $285 million in 2003, $143 million in 2004 and $17 million in 2005. -- The 76 gas turbines and 42 steam turbines remaining under the restructured agreements. Approximately $18 million. $9 million in 2003, $6 million in 2004 and $3 million in 2005.
Based in San Jose, Calif., Calpine Corporation is a leading independent power company that is dedicated to providing wholesale and industrial customers with clean, efficient, natural gas-fired power generation. It generates and markets power from plants it develops, owns, leases and operates in 23 states in the United States, three provinces in Canada and in the United Kingdom. Calpine is also the world""s largest producer of renewable geothermal energy, and it owns approximately one trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves in Canada and the United States. The company was founded in 1984 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CPN. For more information about Calpine, visit its website at http://www.calpine.com/.
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