Calpine Completes Sale of Six Southeast Power Plants
Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) completed the previously announced sale of six power plants to an affiliate of LS Power for $1.57 billion plus adjustments. The portfolio of divested assets comprises 3,498 MW of combined-cycle generation capacity across five states in the Southeastern U.S., a non-core market. As a result of this sale, Calpine has further aligned its portfolio with its strategic focus on competitive wholesale power markets.
“The closing of this transaction represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to allocate capital effectively”
“The closing of this transaction represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to allocate capital effectively,” said Thad Hill, Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By divesting these non-core assets, we have captured significant value for our shareholders, freeing capital for redeployment into higher return opportunities.”
Calpine expects to record a net book gain of approximately $750 million in the third quarter as a result of the sale. Taxable gains are expected to be almost entirely offset by federal and state net operating losses. As a result, the transaction is expected to result in net cash proceeds of approximately $1.53 billion, which the company intends to allocate in a balanced manner that is accretive to Adjusted Free Cash Flow Per Share.
Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Our fleet of 87 power plants in operation or under construction represents approximately 26,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Serving customers in 17 states and Canada, we specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is 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. We focus on competitive wholesale power markets and advocate for market-driven solutions that result in nondiscriminatory forward price signals for investors. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead – today.
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