Calpine: Closing of the Amendment
Calpine Corporation announced that it has closed on an amendment and extension of its Steamboat facility, a portfolio financing that includes its Mankato Power Plant and Freeport Energy Center. The amendment and extension is for $498.5 million in eight-year senior secured credit facilities, including a $465 million senior term loan facility, an $11 million senior secured power security fund letter of credit and a $22.5 million debt service reserve letter of credit.
The amendment and extension recapitalizes a $467 million construction six-year term loan facility entered into in 2005 that was used to build the Freeport and Mankato projects. Freeport is a cogeneration facility located in Freeport, Texas, and Mankato is a combined cycle facility located in Blue Earth County, Minn.
“We are pleased to have completed this refinancing on favorable terms,” said Zamir Rauf, Calpine Chief Financial Officer. “This is another important step in our commitment to extend our debt maturities and simplify our capital structure.”
The joint lead arrangers in this transaction include Calyon New York Branch, WestLB AG, New York Branch, Cobank ACB, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, Natixis, New York Branch, The Bank of Ireland and Bayerische Hypo- Und Vereinsbank.
Calpine Corporation is helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Founded in 1984, Calpine is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering nearly 25,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient electricity to customers and communities in 16 states in the United States and Canada. Calpine owns, leases, and operates low-carbon, natural gas-fired, and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates electricity in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves.
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Andre Walker, 713-830-8775