Calpine: Closing of Subsidiary Credit Agreement
Calpine Corporation announced the closing of a $1.4 billion credit agreement entered into by its wholly owned subsidiary, New Development Holdings, LLC. The agreement, which will be used to fund a portion of Calpine’s previously announced acquisition of Conectiv Energy, consists of an amortizing $1.3 billion, seven-year senior secured term facility and a $100 million, three-year senior secured revolving credit facility. Pricing for the facility is LIBOR plus 550 basis points, and funding is subject to the completion of the acquisition.
“We are pleased to announce the closing and successful syndication of this credit facility, which represents an important step toward the completion of our strategic acquisition of Conectiv Energy,” said Todd Thornton, Calpine’s Treasurer and Vice President, Finance. “We were able to complete this sizeable offering under favorable terms despite recent contractions in the credit markets, demonstrating strong investor support for our acquisition of the Conectiv portfolio.”
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as lead arrangers on the transaction and syndication.
Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporation is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering nearly 25,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 75 operating plants to customers and communities in 16 states in the United States and Canada. Calpine Corporation is committed to helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Calpine owns, leases and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates power in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves. Please visit our website at www.calpine.com for more information.
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Norma F. Dunn, 713-830-8883
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