Calpine: Q4 & Full Year 2016 Results

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Recent Achievements:

    Power and Commercial Operations:
    — Achieved new Calpine record and top quartile3 safety metric: 0.55 total recordable incident rate in 2016
    — Generated approximately 110 million MWh4 in 2016
    — Delivered strong fleetwide starting reliability: 97.9%

    Portfolio Management:
    — Announced and closed accretive acquisition of leading commercial and industrial retail electricity provider Calpine Energy Solutions, formerly Noble Americas Energy Solutions, LLC
    — Acquired growing residential retail provider North American Power for approximately $105 million5, representing an attractively priced portfolio addition to our Champion Energy retail platform
    — Closed on the sale of our Mankato Power Plant to Southern Company for $396 million5
    — Closed on the sale of our Osprey Power Plant to Duke Energy for $166 million5

    Balance Sheet Management:
    — As part of our commitment to delever and reduce interest expense, we have commenced the redemption and refinancing of $453 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes due 2023, resulting in more than $20 million of annual interest savings
    — Redeemed $120 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes due 2023 at a price of 103
    — Repriced our 2023 First Lien Term Loans by lowering the margin over LIBOR by 0.25% to 2.75% and extended the maturity of 2024 First Lien Term Loan from May 2022 to January 2024
    — Increased revolver capacity by approximately $112 million to $1,790 million through June 2020

Calpine Corporation (CPN) today reported Net Income of $24 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to Net Loss of $47 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Net Income in 2016 was $92 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $235 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the prior year. The year-over-year increase in Net Income during the fourth quarter was primarily due to a gain recognized on the sale of our Mankato Power Plant and lower planet operating expense, partially offset by a higher income tax expense due to the restructuring of certain international entities in 2015 that did not recur in 2016. The decrease in Net Income in 2016 compared to 2015 was primarily due to lower operating revenue, net of operating expense, and higher income tax expense, as previously discussed, partially offset by the gain recognized on the sale of our Mankato Power Plant.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $357 million compared to $390 million in the prior year period, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $93 million compared to $97 million in the prior year period. The decreases in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow were primarily due to lower Commodity Margin, largely driven by lower energy margins due to decreased contribution from wholesale hedges, partially offset by a decrease in plant operating expense6 due to the net period-over-period impact from a wildfire at our Geysers assets in 2015. Net Loss, As Adjusted, for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $145 million compared to Net Income, As Adjusted, of $67 million in the prior year period. The decrease in Net Income, As Adjusted, was primarily due to lower Commodity Margin and higher income tax expense, as previously discussed.

Adjusted EBITDA in 2016 was $1,815 million compared to $1,976 million in the prior year, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $736 million compared to $842 million in the prior year. The decreases in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow were largely due to lower Commodity Margin, driven primarily by lower energy margins due to decreased contribution from wholesale hedges, partially offset by a decrease in plant operating expense6 due to the net year-over-year impact from a wildfire at our Geysers assets in 2015 and a decrease in repairs and maintenance expense and production-related expense. Net Loss, As Adjusted, was $28 million in 2016 compared to Net Income, As Adjusted, of $385 million in the prior year. The decrease in Net Income, As Adjusted, was primarily due to lower Commodity Margin and higher income tax expense, as previously discussed.

“Today, I am pleased to announce solid full-year 2016 earnings, continuing our strong, stable track record,” said Thad Hill, Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Specifically, for the eighth consecutive year, we delivered on our financial performance commitments, achieving full-year Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow within our guidance range, despite a challenging commodity environment in 2016. Our enduring commitment to operational excellence, customer focus and financial discipline is reflected in our 2016 accomplishments - our best safety performance on record; maintaining a competitive cost structure while continuing to achieve best-in-class operating performance and leading the industry in advocacy efforts; the successful integration of Champion Energy and the strategic completion of our broader retail platform through two additional acquisitions; and the divestiture of non-core generation assets for good value. Difficult markets come and go, but the Calpine team has stayed focused where it matters. I extend my sincere personal thanks to the entire Calpine team.

“As I look ahead at 2017, our top priorities are to successfully integrate our retail platforms, execute on our delevering plan and, once again, deliver on our 2017 guidance of $1.8 - $1.95 billion of Adjusted EBITDA and $710 - $860 million of Adjusted Free Cash Flow.

“On the retail front, over the past several months, we have strategically solidified and expanded our platform with acquisitions that complement our wholesale fleet and increase our access to end-use customers while boosting our margins in core power markets. We accretively recycled capital by completing the sales of our Mankato and Osprey power plants in non-core regions and reinvesting the proceeds into the purchases of Calpine Energy Solutions, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of power to commercial and industrial customers, and North American Power, a residential retail energy provider. With these changes to our portfolio, the integration of our retail businesses, not only with each other but also with our existing wholesale power business, is a priority. In order to assure a successful effort, Trey Griggs, formerly our Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, has assumed a new role as Executive Vice President and President, Calpine Retail, leading the integration and expanding the retail platform going forward. Andrew Novotny, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, and Caleb Stephenson, Senior Vice President of Wholesale Origination and Commercial Analytics, will oversee our wholesale activities and report directly to me. These organizational changes will establish alignment for our team to meet our goals for 2017 and beyond.

“In terms of debt reduction, we have begun to execute on and are today updating the delevering plan we laid out on our third quarter earnings call. In December 2016, we redeemed $120 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes that mature in 2023. More recently, we called the remaining $453 million of these notes, which will be funded with cash and proceeds from a 2019 term loan that we are committed to paying off in 2018. This structure accelerates our delevering plan and achieves interest savings in the interim. Our updated plan calls for $2.7 billion of committed or planned debt paydown by 2019, reducing our leverage by almost 1.5 turns at current Adjusted EBITDA levels. Importantly, after this paydown, we project that we will still have several hundred million dollars of deployable cash by the end of 2019, as well as increased financial flexibility.

“In 2017, our delevering and retail integration efforts will be enhanced by our continued focus on financial discipline, maintaining our active advocacy for and defense of competitive power markets and remaining the premier operator of the highest quality assets. In short, these attributes have and will continue to enable us to deliver stable results through commodity market cycles. As these aspects of the strategy complement each other, our continued results and cash generation will provide value to shareholders for years to come.”

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Fourth Quarter Results

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $357 million compared to $390 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to a $73 million decrease in Commodity Margin, partially offset by a $36 million decrease in plant operating expense6, as previously discussed. The decrease in Commodity Margin was primarily due to:
                                    –           lower energy margins due to decreased contribution from wholesale hedges across all our segments and lower realized spark spreads in our Texas and West segments,
                        –         the expiration of a PPA and a resource adequacy contract at our Pastoria Energy Center in December 2015,
                        –         lower contribution from environmental hedging activity associated with our RGGI compliance program and
                        –         lower regulatory capacity revenue primarily in PJM, partially offset by
                        +         increased contribution from our retail hedging activity following the acquisition of Calpine Energy Solutions in December 2016,
                        +         

the net impact of our portfolio management activities, including the acquisition of Granite Ridge Energy Center in February 2016, partially offset by the sale of Mankato Power Plant in October 2016 and
                        +         the period-over-period impact of a wildfire at our Geysers assets in September 2015.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $93 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $97 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Free Cash Flow decreased due to lower Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, partially offset by lower major maintenance expense and capital expenditures associated with the timing of planned outages.

Full Year Results

Adjusted EBITDA in 2016 was $1,815 million compared to $1,976 million in the prior year. The year-over-year decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to a $182 million decrease in Commodity Margin, partially offset by a $22 million decrease in plant operating expense6, as previously discussed. The decrease in Commodity Margin was primarily due to:
                                    –           lower energy margins due to decreased contribution from wholesale hedges across our segments and lower realized spark spreads in our Texas and West segments,
                        –         

the net impact of our contracts, including the expiration of a PPA and a resource adequacy contract at our Pastoria Energy Center in December 2015, partially offset by a new PPA at our Morgan Energy Center in February 2016 and
                        –         lower regulatory capacity revenue, primarily in the East and West, partially offset by
                        +         

the receipt of a natural gas pipeline transportation billing credit in the West in the second quarter of 2016,
                        +         increased contribution from our retail hedging activity following the acquisitions of Calpine Energy Solutions in December 2016 and Champion Energy in October 2015 and
                        +         

the net impact of our portfolio management activities, including the acquisition of Granite Ridge Energy Center in February 2016 and the commencement of commercial operations at Garrison Energy Center in June 2015, partially offset by the expiration of the Greenleaf operating lease in June 2015 and the sale of Mankato Power Plant in October 2016.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $736 million in 2016, compared to $842 million in the prior year. Adjusted Free Cash Flow decreased during the period primarily due to due to lower Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, partially offset by lower major maintenance expense and capital expenditures associated with the timing of planned outages.

REGIONAL SEGMENT REVIEW OF RESULTS

Table 1: Commodity Margin by Segment (in millions)
                      Three Months Ended December 31,                 Year Ended December 31,
                2016                 2015                 Variance             2016                 2015                 Variance
West                 $     242                 $     263                 $     (21     )             $     991                 $     1,106                 $     (115     )
Texas                 144                 153                 (9     )             655                 736                 (81     )
East                 161                   204                   (43     )             958                   944                   14     
Total                 $     547                   $     620                   $     (73     )             $     2,604                   $     2,786                   $     (182     )

LIQUIDITY, CASH FLOW AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Table 2: Liquidity (in millions)
                      December 31, 2016                 December 31, 2015
Cash and cash equivalents, corporate(1)                 $     345                 $     850
Cash and cash equivalents, non-corporate                 73                   56
Total cash and cash equivalents                 418                 906
Restricted cash                 188                 228
Corporate Revolving Facility availability(2)                 1,255                 1,184
CDHI letter of credit facility availability                 50                   59
Total current liquidity availability(3)                 $     1,911                   $     2,377

(1) Includes $16 million and $35 million of margin deposits posted with us by our counterparties at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. On January 3, 2017, we received $162 million in cash proceeds from the sale of Osprey Energy Center.

(2) Our ability to use availability under our Corporate Revolving Facility is unrestricted. On February 8, 2016, we amended our Corporate Revolving Facility, extending the maturity by two years to June 27, 2020, and increasing the capacity by an additional $178 million to $1,678 million through June 27, 2018, reverting back to $1,520 million through the maturity date. Further, we increased the letter of credit sublimit by $250 million to $1.0 billion and extended the maturity by two years to June 27, 2020. On December 1, 2016, we further amended our Corporate Revolving Facility, increasing the capacity by $112 million to $1,790 million for the full term through June 27, 2020.

(3) Our ability to use corporate cash and cash equivalents is unrestricted. Our $300 million CDHI letter of credit facility is restricted to support certain obligations under PPAs and power transmission and natural gas transportation agreements.

Liquidity was approximately $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2016. Cash and cash equivalents decreased in 2016 primarily due to the acquisitions of Granite Ridge Energy Center and Calpine Energy Solutions, capital expenditures on construction projects and outages, and repayments of project financing, notes payable and financing costs, partially offset by cash provided by the sale of our Mankato Power Plant, as well as from operating and financing activities.

Table 3: Cash Flow Activities (in millions)
                      Year Ended December 31,     
                2016                 2015     
Beginning cash and cash equivalents                 $     906                   $     717     
Net cash provided by (used in):                                 
Operating activities                 1,030                 876     
Investing activities                 (1,919     )             (841     

)
Financing activities                 401                   154     
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents                 (488     )             189     
Ending cash and cash equivalents                 $     418                   $     906

Cash provided by operating activities in 2016 was $1,030 million compared to $876 million in the prior year. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to a decrease in working capital employed, a reduction in cash paid for interest due to our refinancing activities and a reduction in debt modification and extinguishment payments, partially offset by a decrease in income from operations, adjusted for non-cash items.

Cash used in investing activities was $1,919 million during 2016 compared to $841 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily related to the purchases of Calpine Energy Solutions for $1,150 million (before recovery of working capital and collateral) and Granite Ridge Energy Center for $526 million, partially offset by approximately $164 million of net proceeds from the sale of Mankato Power Plant and a decrease in capital expenditures on construction projects and outages.

Cash provided by financing activities was $401 million during 2016 and was primarily related to proceeds from the issuances of our 2017 First Lien Term Loan, 2023 First Lien Term Loan and 2026 First Lien Notes. These inflows were partially offset by payments associated with the redemption of our 2023 First Lien Notes and repayment of our 2019 and 2020 First Lien Term Loans.

CAPITAL ALLOCATION

Our capital allocation philosophy seeks to maximize levered cash returns to equity while maintaining a strong balance sheet. We seek to enhance shareholder value through a diverse and balanced capital allocation approach that includes portfolio management, organic or acquisitive growth, returning capital to shareholders and debt reduction. The mix of this activity shifts over time given the external market environment and the opportunity set. In the current environment, we believe that paying down debt and strengthening our balance sheet is a high return investment for our shareholders. We also consider the repurchases of our own shares of common stock as an attractive investment opportunity, and we utilize the expected returns from this investment as the benchmark against which we evaluate all other capital allocation decisions. We believe this philosophy closely aligns our objectives with those of our shareholders.

Managing Our Balance Sheet

We further optimized our capital structure by refinancing, redeeming or amending several of our debt instruments during the year ended December 31, 2016:

2023 First Lien Notes:

— As part of our commitment to reduce debt and interest expense, on February 3, 2017, we issued a notice of redemption to repay the remaining $453 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes due in 2023 using cash on hand along with the proceeds from a new $400 million three-year First Lien Term Loan priced at LIBOR + 1.75% per annum. We intend to repay the 2019 First Lien Term Loan in full by the end of 2018. This accelerates debt reduction and achieves substantial annual interest savings of more than $20 million in the interim.
— In December 2016, we used cash on hand to redeem $120 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes due in 2023 at a price of 103.

First Lien Term Loans:

— In December 2016, we repriced our 2023 First Lien Term Loans by lowering the margin over LIBOR by 0.25% to 2.75% and extended the maturity of our 2024 First Lien Term Loan from May 2022 to January 2024.

Russell City Project Debt:

— In November 2016, we repriced our Russell City project debt by lowering the margin over LIBOR by 0.50% - 0.75% through the maturity date.

Corporate Revolving Facility:

— On December 1, 2016, we amended our Corporate Revolving Facility to increase the aggregate revolving loan commitments available thereunder by approximately $112 million to $1,790 million for the full term through the maturity date of June 27, 2020.

Expanding Our Customer Sales Channels

We continue to focus on getting closer to our customers through expansion of our retail platform, which began with the acquisition of Champion Energy in 2015, and was followed by the acquisitions of Calpine Energy Solutions in late 2016 and North American Power in early 2017. Our retail platform geographically and strategically complements our wholesale generation fleet by providing forward liquidity with sufficient margins. The combination of our wholesale origination and retail platform provides Calpine access to both direct and mass market sales channels. Our direct sales efforts aim to provide our larger customers with customized products, leveraging both our successful wholesale origination efforts and Calpine Energy Solutions’ presence among large commercial and industrial organizations to secure new contracts. Our mass market approach relies upon our expanded Champion Energy retail platform to serve the needs of both residential and smaller commercial and industrial customers across the country. We believe that our retail platform is strategically complete and are now focused on integrating it into our business and optimizing its financial performance.

Acquisition of Calpine Energy Solutions

On December 1, 2016, we completed the purchase of Calpine Energy Solutions, formerly Noble Americas Energy Solutions, along with a swap contract for approximately $800 million plus approximately $350 million of net working capital at closing. We recovered approximately $250 million in cash subsequent to closing and expect to recover an additional approximately $200 million through collateral synergies and the runoff of acquired legacy hedges, substantially within the first year. Calpine Energy Solutions is a commercial and industrial retail electricity provider with customers in 19 states in the U.S., including presence in California, Texas, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where our wholesale power generation fleet is primarily concentrated. The acquisition of this best-in-class direct energy sales platform is consistent with our stated goal of getting closer to our end-use customers and expands our retail customer base, complementing our existing retail business while providing us a valuable sales channel for reaching a much greater portion of the load we seek to serve.

Acquisition of North American Power & Gas, LLC

On January 17, 2017, we completed the purchase of North American Power for approximately $105 million, excluding working capital and other adjustments. North American Power is a growing retail energy supplier for homes and small businesses and is primarily concentrated in the Northeast U.S., where Calpine has a substantial power generation presence and where Champion Energy has a substantial retail sales footprint that will be enhanced by the addition of North American Power, which will be integrated into our Champion Energy retail platform.

Portfolio Management

East:

York 2 Energy Center: York 2 Energy Center is an 828 MW dual-fuel, combined-cycle project that is co-located with our York Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township, Pennsylvania. Once complete, the power plant will feature two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. The project is under construction, and the initial 760 MW of capacity cleared PJM’s last three base residual auctions with the 68 MW of incremental capacity clearing the last two base residual auctions. Due to construction delays, we are now targeting COD in late 2017.

Mankato Power Plant: On October 26, 2016, we completed the sale of our Mankato Power Plant, a 375 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant and a 345 MW expansion project under advanced development located in Minnesota, to Southern Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company, for $396 million, excluding working capital and other adjustments. This transaction supports our effort to divest non-core assets outside our strategic concentration.

Osprey Energy Center: On January 3, 2017, we completed the sale of our Osprey Energy Center to Duke Energy Florida, Inc. for approximately $166 million, excluding working capital and other adjustments. This transaction supports our effort to divest non-core assets outside our strategic concentration.

Texas:

Clear Lake Power Plant: During the third quarter of 2016, we filed with ERCOT to retire our 400 MW Clear Lake Power Plant. ERCOT subsequently approved our plan to discontinue operations. Built in 1985, Clear Lake utilized an older technology. Due to growing maintenance costs and lack of adequate compensation in Texas, we retired the power plant on February 1, 2017.

Guadalupe Peaking Energy Center: In April 2015, we executed an agreement with Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (“GVEC”) related to the construction of a 418 MW natural gas-fired peaking power plant to be co-located with our Guadalupe Energy Center. Under the terms of the agreement, construction of the Guadalupe Peaking Energy Center (“GPEC”) may commence at our discretion, so long as the power plant reaches commercial operation by June 1, 2019. When the power plant begins commercial operation, GVEC will purchase a 50% ownership interest in GPEC. Once built, GPEC will feature two fast-ramping combustion turbines capable of responding to peaks in power demand. This project represents a mutually beneficial response to our customer’s desire to have direct access to peaking generation resources, as it leverages the benefits of our existing site and development rights and our construction and operating expertise, as well as our customer’s ability to fund its investment at attractive rates, all while affording us the flexibility of timing the plant’s construction in response to market pricing signals.

West:

South Point Energy Center: On April 1, 2016, we entered into an asset sale agreement for the sale of substantially all of the assets comprising our South Point Energy Center to Nevada Power Company d/b/a NV Energy for approximately $76 million plus the assumption by the purchaser of existing transmission capacity contracts with a future net present value payment obligation of approximately $112 million, approximately $9 million in remaining tribal lease costs and approximately $21 million in near-term repairs, maintenance and capital improvements to restore the power plant to full capacity. The sale is subject to certain conditions precedent, as well as federal and state regulatory approvals. This transaction supports our effort to divest non-core assets outside our strategic concentration. In December 2016, the Nevada Public Utility Commission (NPUC) issued an order rejecting the asset sale agreement. In January 2017, Nevada Power Company filed a motion for reconsideration of this order. In February 2017, the FERC approved Nevada Power Company’s acquisition of South Point. However, on February 8, 2017, the NPUC denied Nevada Power Company’s purchase of South Point. Nevada Power Company has the right to appeal this decision. We are also currently assessing our options; however, we do not anticipate that the denial of the sale by the NPUC will have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

2016 Power Operations Achievements:

    Safety Performance:
    — Maintained top quartile4 safety metrics: 0.55 total recordable incident rate

    Availability Performance:
    — Achieved low fleetwide forced outage factor7: 2.1%
    — Delivered strong fleetwide starting reliability: 97.9%

    Power Generation:
    — Three Texas merchant power plants with full-year capacity factors greater than 65%:
    Bosque, Freestone and Pasadena
    — California peakers achieved 98.2% starting reliability on 1,483 start attempts

2015 Wildfire at our Geysers assets

In September 2015, a wildfire spread to our Geysers assets in Lake and Sonoma counties, California. The wildfire affected several of our geothermal power plants in the region, which sustained damage to ancillary structures such as cooling towers and communication/electric deliverability infrastructure. Repairs have been completed, and our Geysers assets are currently generating renewable power for our customers at pre-fire levels.

The repair and replacement costs, as well as our net revenue losses relating to the wildfire, were limited to our insurance deductibles of approximately $36 million, all of which was recognized in 2015. The losses incurred in 2016 related to the wildfire were primarily offset by insurance proceeds. We record insurance proceeds in the same financial statement line as the related loss is incurred and recorded approximately $24 million and $2 million in business interruption proceeds in operating revenues during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The wildfire and insurance proceeds recovery did not have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

2017 Operating Event at our Delta Energy Center

On January 29, 2017, we experienced an operating event at our Delta Energy Center that resulted in an emergency shutdown of the power plant; the duration of which has yet to be determined. We are currently assessing the damage to the plant, in particular the steam turbine and steam turbine generator. Based on preliminary information, we anticipate that insurance will cover a significant portion of our losses, after applicable deductibles.

2016 Customer-Based Achievements:

Wholesale:

— We entered into a new ten-year PPA with the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide 615 MW of energy and capacity from our Morgan Energy Center commencing in February 2016.
— Our ten-year PPA with Southern California Edison for 50 MW of capacity and renewable energy from our Geysers assets commencing in January 2018 was approved by the California Public Utility Commission in the second quarter of 2016.
— We entered into a new five-year steam agreement, subject to certain conditions precedent, with a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company to provide steam from our Texas City Power Plant through 2021.
— We entered into a new five-year PPA with USS-POSCO Industries to provide 50 MW of energy and steam from our Los Medanos Energy Center commencing in January 2017, which also provides for annual extensions through 2024.
— We entered into a new five-year PPA with a third party to provide 50 MW of capacity from our RockGen Energy Center commencing in June 2017, which increases to 100 MW of capacity commencing in June 2019.

Retail:

— In 2016, our retail subsidiaries served approximately 65 million MWh of customer load consisting of approximately 6.5 million annualized residential customer equivalents at December 31, 2016.
— Champion Energy was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among Texas retail electric providers according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Provider Retail Customer Satisfaction Study. This is the sixth time Champion Energy has received the top ranking in the past seven years.
— During 2016, Champion Energy expanded its service territory to include commercial and industrial customers in Maine, Connecticut and California.

___________

7 Excludes the impacts of the 2015 Geysers wildfire, Sutter Energy Center (suspended operations) and South Point (pending sale).

2017 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK
(in millions)                       Full Year 2017
Adjusted EBITDA                 $     1,800 - 1,950     
Less:                         
Operating lease payments                     25     
Major maintenance expense and maintenance capital expenditures(1)                     435     
Cash interest, net(2)                     620     
Cash taxes                     10     
Other                       



Adjusted Free Cash Flow                 $     710 - 860     

Debt amortization and repayment (3)                 $     (850     )
Growth capital expenditures                 $     (220     )

(1) Includes projected major maintenance expense of $315 million and maintenance capital expenditures of $120 million in 2017. Capital expenditures exclude major construction and development projects.

(2) Includes commitment, letter of credit and other fees from consolidated and unconsolidated investments, net of capitalized interest and interest income.

(3) Amount includes $200 million of recurring amortization, as well as the $550 million repayment of the 2017 First Lien Term Loan, a portion of the of $453 million of our callable 7 7/8% 2023 Senior Secured Notes and the buyout of the Pasadena lessor interest.

As detailed above, today we are reaffirming our 2017 guidance range. We expect Adjusted EBITDA of $1.8 billion to $1.95 billion and Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $710 million to $860 million. We expect to invest $220 million in our ongoing growth-related projects during 2017, primarily the construction of York 2 Energy Center.


ABOUT CALPINE

Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources with operations in competitive power markets. Our fleet of 80 power plants in operation or under construction represents approximately 26,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Through wholesale power operations and our retail businesses Calpine Energy Solutions and Champion Energy, we serve customers in 25 states, Canada and Mexico. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet uses advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. We are uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid. Please visit www.calpine.com
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