WASHINGTON, D.C. and CHICAGO – Minority and women-owned businesses in the District will benefit from new and expanded opportunities with the proposed Pepco-Exelon merger, leaders of both companies told an audience of more than 160 local business leaders recently.
One local company in the audience, Ideal Electrical Supply Corp., has been working with Pepco for nearly 30 years. Ideal – a women and minority-owned business – did about $20 million in business with Pepco last year, up from $3.5 million several years ago.
"We're excited about the possibilities this merger opens for us and look forward to it moving forward," said Ideal President and Co-founder Cora Williams.
"The combined resources of Pepco and Exelon and their commitment to invest locally will be beneficial to local and diverse contractors and the communities we serve," Pepco Region President Donna Cooper said, adding: "We're supportive of every effort to drive jobs and economic development in the District and our merger with Exelon will continue that support."
The remarks came during a roundtable and networking session at the Hamilton Live for contractors in the Washington, D.C., area. A wide variety of small business owners attended the event for a detailed question and answer period with key officials at Pepco Holdings and Exelon and to make connections with other small business owners.
Pepco Holdings and Exelon executives provided specifics on company contracting levels that are likely to expand if the merger is approved and how local businesses will be able to work with the companies.
Melissa Sherrod, vice president of corporate affairs at Exelon, explained how Exelon spent more than $1.3 billion in 2015 with diverse vendors, including small, minority-owned or women-owned businesses.
"A successful merger means there will be even more possibilities for diverse businesses that we want to support, and that's a good thing for the health of the communities Pepco serves," Sherrod said. "Exelon shares Pepco's core value of diversity and intends to build on it going forward."
The merger will bring together Exelon's three electric and gas utilities - BGE, ComEd and PECO - and Pepco Holdings' three electric and gas utilities - Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco - to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.
The merger has been approved in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia and by federal regulators. The D.C. Public Service Commission is currently reviewing the merger and has set a schedule which would allow for completing the proceeding by the first quarter of 2016.
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For example, (1) the uncertainty surrounding reconsideration of the denial of the Merger application by the DC Public Service Commission may delay the merger or cause the companies to abandon the merger; (2) conditions to the closing of the merger may not be satisfied; (3) problems may arise in successfully integrating the businesses of the companies, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected; (4) the combined company may be unable to achieve cost-cutting synergies or it may take longer than expected to achieve those synergies; (5) the merger may involve unexpected costs, unexpected liabilities or unexpected delays, or the effects of purchase accounting may be different from the companies' expectations; (6) the credit ratings of the combined company or its subsidiaries may be different from what the companies expect; (7) the businesses of the companies may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the merger; (8) the companies may not realize the values expected to be obtained for properties expected or required to be sold; (9) the industry may be subject to future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the companies; and (10) the companies may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the combined company. Therefore, forward-looking statements are not guarantees or assurances of future performance, and actual results could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Discussions of some of these other important factors and assumptions are contained in Exelon's and PHI's respective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, including: (1) Exelon's 2014 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 22; (2) Exelon's Third Quarter 2015 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in (a) Part II, Other Information, ITEM 1A. Risk Factors; (b) Part 1, 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: Note 19; (3) the definitive proxy statement that PHI filed with the SEC on August 12, 2014 and mailed to its stockholders in connection with the proposed merger (as supplemented by PHI's Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 12, 2014); (4) PHI's 2014 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 15; and (5) PHI's Third Quarter 2015 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in (a) PART I, ITEM 1. Financial Statements, (b) PART I, ITEM 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and (c) Part II, Other Information, ITEM 1A. Risk Factors. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Neither Exelon nor PHI undertakes any obligation to publicly release any revision to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Exelon or PHI to predict all such factors. Furthermore, it may not be possible to assess the impact of any such factor on Exelon's or PHI's respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any specific factors that may be provided should not be construed as exhaustive.
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