Calpine: Senior Secured Term Loan
Calpine Corp. announced that it has closed on a $1.3 billion first lien senior secured term loan (“Term Loan”). The Term Loan, which amortizes at a rate of 1% per year, bears interest at LIBOR plus 3.25% per annum (subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.25%) and matures in 2018.
Calpine utilized the proceeds of the Term Loan to retire the $1.4 billion credit agreement belonging to its wholly owned subsidiary, New Development Holdings, LLC (“NDH”), which includes the repayment of approximately $1.3 billion of term loan debt and the termination of a $100 million revolving credit facility. The NDH credit facility was originally established to partially fund Calpine’s 2010 acquisition of its Mid-Atlantic fleet, which added nearly 4,500 MW of capacity in the strategically targeted PJM power market. The NDH project debt, which is now fully retired, bore interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 5.50% per annum (subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.50%).
“Calpine’s new Term Loan contains unprecedented investment-grade bond covenant flexibility while preserving the most attractive features of the loan product. This refinancing accomplishes two important objectives,” said Todd Thornton, Calpine’s Treasurer and Vice President, Finance. “First and foremost, it reduces our cost of debt. Secondly, it simplifies our capital structure by bringing debt up to the corporate level, eliminating the need for subsidiary level reporting and the potential for cash to be trapped at the project. This transaction demonstrates our continued ability to strategically access capital markets.”
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank acted as lead arrangers on the transaction.
Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporation is a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering approximately 28,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 92 operating plants to customers and communities in 20 U.S. 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 primarily 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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Andre K. Walker, 713-830-8775