Fortis and UNS Energy Corporation Transaction Approved by FERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") has approved the acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation ("UNS Energy") (NYSE:UNS) by Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS), finding the transaction is consistent with the public interest.
The ruling is the next step toward finalizing the transaction. UNS Energy shareholders approved the acquisition on March 26, 2014. The closing of the acquisition of UNS Energy, which is expected to occur by the end of 2014, is subject to receipt of certain regulatory and government approvals, including approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC"); review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States; the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended; and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
On January 24, 2014, Fortis and UNS Energy filed a joint application with the ACC seeking approval of the acquisition. On January 28, 2014, the ACC administrative law judge ("ALJ") assigned to this matter issued a procedural order adopting the schedule to be followed, including the commencement of an ALJ Hearing on June 16, 2014.
Fortis is the largest investor-owned gas and electric distribution utility in Canada with total assets of approximately C$18 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding C$4 billion. Its regulated utilities account for 90% of total assets and serve more than 2.4 million customers across Canada and in New York State and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation's non-utility investment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada.
About UNS Energy
UNS Energy is a vertically integrated utility services holding company, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, engaged through three subsidiaries in the regulated electric generation and energy delivery business, primarily in the State of Arizona, serving approximately 656,000 electricity and gas customers.
Fortis includes forward-looking information in this material within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada ("forward-looking information"). The purpose of the forward-looking information is to provide management's expectations regarding the acquisition of UNS Energy and the expected timing and benefits thereof, the Corporation's future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities, and it may not be appropriate for other purposes. All forward-looking information is given pursuant to the safe harbour provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation. The words "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "will", "would" and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words. The forward-looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on assumptions developed using information currently available to the Corporation's management. Although Fortis believes that the forward'looking statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, including the ability to obtain regulatory and other approvals and to satisfy conditions to closing and the ability to realize the expected benefits of the acquisition of UNS Energy. For additional information on risk factors that have the potential to affect the Corporation, reference should be made to the Corporation's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and to the heading "Business Risk Management" in the Corporation's annual and quarterly Management Discussion and Analysis. Except as required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward'looking information as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.
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