ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) today announced that in September it voluntarily prepaid $443 million of recourse debt. As a result, the Company’s long-term recourse debt balance has been reduced to $3.2 billion as of September 30, 2019. The Company previously planned to reduce its recourse debt by $300 million through 2022, including $150 million in 2019. With this prepayment, the Company has achieved investment grade levels on the two primary credit metrics as of September 30, 2019.
“We are very pleased that we were able to accelerate and increase our recourse debt reduction,” said Gustavo Pimenta, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “By prepaying another $443 million, we have further strengthened our balance sheet and the likelihood of attaining investment grade ratings in 2020.”
The prepayment, which was funded with cash on hand, includes $343 million of the Company’s Senior Secured Term Loan due in 2022 and $100 million of its 4.875% Senior Unsecured Notes due in 2023.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 14 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2018 revenues were $11 billion and we own and manage $33 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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Actual results could differ materially from those projected in our forward-looking statements due to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Important factors that could affect actual results are discussed in AES’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks discussed under Item 1A: “Risk Factors” and Item 7: Management’s Discussion & Analysis in AES’ 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Readers are encouraged to read AES’ filings to learn more about the risk factors associated with AES’ business. AES undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Any Stockholder who desires a copy of the Company’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 27, 2019 with the SEC may obtain a copy (excluding Exhibits) without charge by addressing a request to the Office of the Corporate Secretary, The AES Corporation, 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Exhibits also may be requested, but a charge equal to the reproduction cost thereof will be made. A copy of the Form 10-K may be obtained by visiting the Company’s website at www.aes.com.