16.6.2005: Meldung: Calpine Corp.: Strategic Initiative
Wednesday June 15, 6:21 pm ET
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 15 / This morning, at the Deutsche Bank Tenth Annual Electric Power Conference in New York, Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN - News) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Kelly provided an update on the company"s recently announced strategic initiative. A copy of the web cast and presentation are available on Calpine"s web site, www.calpine.com, under Investor Relations. The web cast and presentation will be available for 30 days.
On May 25, 2005, at its Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Calpine unveiled an aggressive program designed to accelerate the reduction of debt and to best capture the strong cash flow and earnings potential from Calpine"s 28,000- megawatt power plant fleet. During his presentation today, Kelly provided an update on several components of Calpine"s newly launched program.
2005 Debt Reduction Target
A major focus of Calpine"s strategic program is the accelerated reduction of $3 billion of the company"s total debt by the end of 2005. Over the past several weeks, the company has announced several transactions, including the asset sales described below, that will further Calpine"s ability to repay debt. As a result of these transactions, the company has already identified almost $3 billion of debt that it expects will be repaid by the end of 2005. Kelly also highlighted that a number of these debt repurchases could target Calpine"s 2008 bonds, significantly reducing the company"s $2 billion of maturities in 2008.
The emphasis of Calpine"s strategic program is to focus on and to optimize the value of its core North American power plant portfolio. In doing so, Calpine put in place a program to sell non-strategic assets, concentrating its focus and earnings potential on those markets where it has a larger market share. Since May 25, the company has already announced several pending transactions including the $925 million sale of its 1,200-megawatt Saltend Energy Centre in the United Kingdom, the potential sale of the company"s remaining gas reserves, and the sale of four gas-fired power plants totaling 847 megawatts of capacity for approximately $357 million, or $421 per kilowatt.
As asset sales are completed, net proceeds will be used to reduce debt as permitted by the company"s existing bond indentures.
Calpine Energy Services Joint Venture
Calpine Energy Services (CES) is continuing its negotiations with a leading, investment-grade financial institution to form a partnership that the company expects will lower its collateral requirements, historically ranging from $300-$500 million, and establish a significant third party customer base. Combining CES" capabilities with the credit and financial resources of a strong financial institution will enable the partnership to provide customers across the energy industry with unique products, services and energy solutions.
Reducing Operating Costs
Calpine is advancing its program to enhance power plant performance and reduce operating costs by more than $200 million per year.
As previously announced, the company continues negotiations to restructure its remaining long-term service agreements, which will allow the company to self-perform major plant and turbine maintenance at considerable cost savings. Kelly added that Calpine is currently looking at reducing off-peak operating losses through several operational and technological initiatives. These enhancements will also lower the overall power portfolio heat rate, which Calpine expects could reduce its annual fuel bill by as much as $230 million in 2007.
These and other power plant enhancement programs are also expected to increase power production by as much as 2,300 megawatts by the end of 2007.
A major power company, Calpine Corporation supplies customers and communities with electricity from clean, efficient, natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants. Calpine owns, leases and operates integrated systems of plants in 21 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and the United Kingdom. Its customized products and services include wholesale and retail electricity, natural gas, gas turbine components and services, energy management, and a wide range of power plant engineering, construction and operations services. Calpine was founded in 1984. It is included in the S&P 500 Index and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CPN. For more information, visit www.calpine.com.
Source: Calpine Corporation