Exelon to Expand Its Clean Energy Fleet with Acquisition of 720 MW Combined Cycle Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Texas
$305 million purchase of Wolf Hollow plant demonstrates Exelon’s continued commitment to competitive markets
Chicago – Exelon Corporation today announced an agreement to acquire Wolf Hollow, a combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in north Texas, from Sequent Wolf Hollow, LLC, for $305 million, as adjusted for working capital. The transaction adds 720 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to Exelon’s fleet in the competitive Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power market, where the company already owns and operates three other natural gas-fired power plants.
“This acquisition will increase our clean energy portfolio, expand Exelon’s presence in the competitive Texas energy market, and create value for Exelon shareholders,” said John W. Rowe, Exelon chairman and CEO. “Forthcoming EPA clean air rules will make Exelon’s natural gas-fired power plants even more valuable and increase our role in the nation’s transition to a clean energy future.”
Wolf Hollow, located near Granbury, Texas, began operation in August 2003. It is equipped with two Mitsubishi combined-cycle gas turbines and serves the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Exelon currently has a power purchase agreement with Wolf Hollow, through 2023, to purchase 350 MW of its output at above current observable market power prices.
In addition to eliminating the existing power purchase agreement, Exelon expects the transaction will be accretive to free cash flow beginning in 2012. The transaction also creates long-term value for Exelon by adding an efficient combined-cycle natural gas-fired plant to Exelon’s fleet in ERCOT.
Exelon Generation, which will own and operate the plant, already has a strong and growing presence in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston regions. Exelon Generation’s natural gas-fired plants at Handley, Mountain Creek and ExTex LaPorte have a total capacity of 2,222 MW and employ 80 people. Exelon contributes $1.9 million per year in state tax payments to Texas.
The proposed acquisition of Wolf Hollow follows Exelon’s announcement last month that it plans to merge with Constellation Energy, which will create one of the industry’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The acquisition of Wolf Hollow will reinforce one of the key benefits of the merger--matching Exelon’s abundant clean energy supply with Constellation’s large customer demand in key competitive markets.
The Wolf Hollow transaction will build on the company’s commitment to clean energy as part of Exelon 2020, a business and environmental strategy to eliminate the equivalent of Exelon’s 2001 carbon footprint. Exelon already is the least carbon-intensive of the large U.S. electric utilities.
The Wolf Hollow transaction is subject to approval by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the notification and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Exelon plans to finance the transaction with existing cash flow and liquidity resources and expects to close it in the third quarter of 2011. Barclays Capital acted as financial advisor to Exelon.
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Financial Statements: Note 12; (3) Constellation’s 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K in (a) ITEM 1A. Risk Factors, (b) ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: Note 12; and (4) Constellation’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2011 in (a) Part II, Other Information, ITEM 5.Other Information, (b) Part I, Financial Information, ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) Part I, Financial Information, ITEM 1. Financial Statements: Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, Commitments and Contingencies. These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed merger, will be more fully discussed in the joint proxy statement/prospectus that will be included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 that Exelon will file with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger. 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Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $18 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 490,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.