HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”), the leading independent proxy advisory firm, recommended that Dynegy stockholders vote FOR the proposal to adopt the merger agreement with an affiliate of The Blackstone Group L.P. at Dynegy’s November 17, 2010 Special Meeting of Stockholders. As previously announced, under the terms of the merger agreement, Dynegy stockholders will receive $4.50 in cash for each outstanding share of Dynegy common stock they own in a transaction valued at $4.7 billion, including the assumption of existing debt.
In its November 7, 2010 report, ISS noted (emphasis added):1
- Based on the lack of any competing bids from the go-shop process, moreover, as well as our own analysis of the likely stand-alone value of the stock without this transaction, we believe the offer represents a fair price with a reasonable premium, and recommend shareholders vote FOR the merger.
- In aggregate - the substantial detail buttressing the company’s assertions, the continued deterioration in natural gas price forecasts, and the concurrence of many equity analysts - we believe the strategic rationale for the sale is credible.
- [F]undamentals seem to have deteriorated since announcement, with the average price for natural gas on the 5-year forward curve having decreased 7.1% and analysts having cut their estimates. Based on the historical relationship with peers and the current consensus 2011 EBITDA estimates, the stock standalone value would be $2.66.
- The company has provided extensive detail to support its financial projections, including modeling certain counterproposals (e.g. remain stand-alone and sell the gas assets to NRG or another competitor directly) to demonstrate the increasingly tight corner in which the company now finds itself. Despite Seneca’s argument that a gas price below $5 – the minimum at which many producers would earn an acceptable return – is unsustainable, the average price on the forward 5-year curve – already down 37% over the two years prior to the deal’s announcement – fell an additional 7% in the two months after the deal was announced, to an average price of $4.98.
- We believe that…the issue appears to be the near-impossibility—as the board has argued, and the go-shop results testify—of realizing a higher value through a change in control transaction.
“We are pleased that ISS supports the Dynegy Board’s view that the merger provides fair value to all Dynegy stockholders,” said Bruce A. Williamson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc. “ISS analyzed the situation correctly and also points out that the near-term risk in natural gas pricing, which our Board was very concerned about, has in effect come to pass and, therefore, this transaction represents substantial and certain value over where the stock would likely be trading. ISS further recognizes that Dynegy continues to face challenges, many of which are beyond its control, including low and declining commodity prices and continued economic weakness.”
Williamson concluded, “Over the past two years, Dynegy’s Board conducted a thorough review of strategic alternatives to maximize value for stockholders; the Board believes that the Blackstone transaction is the best alternative available. Dynegy urges stockholders to follow the recommendation of ISS and to vote for the adoption of the merger agreement in order to capture this premium and certainty of value.”
ISS is the leading independent proxy voting and corporate governance advisory firm. The recommendations of ISS are relied upon by hundreds of major institutional investment firms, mutual funds and other fiduciaries throughout the country.
Dynegy’s Special Meeting of Stockholders will be convened as scheduled at 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at the company’s corporate headquarters, 1000 Louisiana St., Houston, Texas 77002. Dynegy stockholders of record at the close of business on Friday, October 1, 2010, will be entitled to receive notice of the special meeting and to vote at the special meeting.
The Dynegy Board of Directors recommends stockholders vote FOR the proposal to adopt the merger agreement today – by telephone, by Internet or by signing, dating and returning the Company’s WHITE proxy card. A failure to vote will have the same effect as a vote AGAINST the proposal to adopt the merger agreement.
Stockholders who have any questions or need assistance voting their shares should contact MacKenzie Partners, Inc., Dynegy’s proxy solicitor, by calling toll-free at (800) 322-2885 or (212) 929-5500 (call collect) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, stockholders are encouraged to read Dynegy’s definitive proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on October 4, 2010; an Investor Presentation that was filed with the SEC on October 5, 2010 and updates to that Investor Presentation that were filed with the SEC on October 19, 2010, and October 27, 2010, respectively; and letters to stockholders that were filed with the SEC and issued as press releases on October 6, 2010, October 19, 2010, October 26, 2010, and November 2, 2010, respectively.
If you have any questions, require assistance in voting your shares, or need
additional copies of Dynegy’s proxy materials, please call MacKenzie Partners at the phone numbers listed below.
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
105 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 929-5500 (call collect)
TOLL-FREE (800) 322-2885
About Dynegy Inc.
Through its subsidiaries, Dynegy Inc. produces and sells electric energy capacity and ancillary services in key U.S. markets. The power generation portfolio consists of approximately 12,200 megawatts of baseload, intermediate and peaking power plants fueled by a mix of natural gas, coal and fuel oil. For more information, please visit www.dynegy.com.
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Any or all of our forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
In connection with the Merger, Dynegy filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC on October 4, 2010, and commenced mailing the definitive proxy statement and form of proxy to the stockholders of Dynegy. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, DYNEGY'S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE MERGER CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Dynegy’s stockholders are able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Dynegy’s stockholders are also able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents by directing a request by mail or telephone to Dynegy Inc., Attn: Corporate Secretary, 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 5800, Houston, Texas 77002, telephone: (713) 507-6400, or from Dynegy’s website, http://www.dynegy.com.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Dynegy and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Dynegy’s stockholders with respect to the Merger. Information about Dynegy’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of Dynegy’s common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for Dynegy’s 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 2, 2010. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of Dynegy and its directors and executive officers in the Merger, which may be different than those of Dynegy’s stockholders generally, by reading the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on October 4, 2010 and other relevant documents regarding the Merger when filed with the SEC.
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