Calpine Closes $835 Million Senior Secured Term Loan
Secures Lower Interest Rate and Further Simplifies Capital Structure
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Calpine Corporation (NYS: CPN) announced today that it has closed on an $835 million 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 2019.
Calpine intends to utilize the proceeds of the Term Loan, along with cash on hand, to:
- Refinance the currently callable portion of each of its outstanding corporate-level Senior Secured Notes, including approximately $590 million of principal, as well as accrued interest, fees and call premiums, and
- Retire its project-level BRSP term loan facility, which includes the repayment of approximately $218 million of principal as well as accrued interest and fees.
The company's Senior Secured Notes are scheduled to mature between 2017 and 2023 and bear interest at fixed rates of between 7.25% and 8.00%. Meanwhile, the BRSP term loan, which has now been fully retired, was scheduled to mature in 2014 and bore interest at LIBOR plus 4.50% per annum (subject to a LIBOR floor of 3.00%). The BRSP term loan was previously secured by the company's Broad River and South Point Energy Centers.
"This refinancing is consistent with our stated goal of opportunistically accessing the capital markets," said Todd Thornton, Calpine's Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. "As a result of this transaction, we have exchanged higher-cost fixed rate debt for lower-cost floating rate debt, resulting in expected annual interest savings of approximately $25 million, which is accretive to Adjusted Recurring Free Cash Flow Per Share. In addition, we have further simplified our capital structure by removing a complicated project finance facility from our balance sheet. Going forward, we will continue to seek similar opportunities to reduce interest payments and streamline our debt."
Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Canada acted as lead arrangers on the transaction.
Calpine Corporation is the largest independent power producer in the U.S., with a fleet of 93 power generation plants representing more than 28,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Last year our plants generated more than 94 million megawatt hours of power for our wholesale customers in 20 states and Canada. Our 91 operating plants as well as two under construction consist primarily of natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our modern, clean, efficient and cost-effective fleet stands ready to respond to the increased need for cleaner and more affordable power as the economy recovers, as new environmental rules are implemented and force older, dirtier plants to retire or reduce generation, as variable renewable power generation from wind and solar grows and with it the need for flexible natural gas generation to assure firm supply to the grid, and finally, as natural gas becomes economically competitive with coal as a fuel for power generation. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead - today.
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