MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL) (Xcel Energy) announced today the commencement of a registered underwritten offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock. Subject to certain conditions, all shares are expected to be borrowed by the forward purchaser (as defined below) (or its affiliate) from third parties and sold to the underwriter and offered in connection with the forward sale agreement described below. Citigroup is acting as the sole book-running manager for this offering. The underwriter may offer shares of Xcel Energy’s common stock in transactions on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, in the over-the-counter market, through negotiated transactions or otherwise at either market prices, at prices related to market prices or at negotiated prices.
In connection with the offering, Xcel Energy expects to enter into a forward sale agreement with an affiliate of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (in such capacity, the forward purchaser) under which Xcel Energy will agree to issue and sell to the forward purchaser 7,000,000 shares of its common stock at an initial forward sale price per share equal to the price per share at which the underwriter purchases the shares in the offering, subject to certain adjustments, upon physical settlement of the forward sale agreement. In addition, the underwriter of the offering expects to be granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,050,000 shares of Xcel Energy’s common stock upon the same terms. If the underwriter exercises its option, Xcel Energy may elect to enter into an additional forward sale agreement with the forward purchaser with respect to the additional shares or to issue and sell such shares directly to the underwriter.
Settlement of the forward sale agreement is expected to occur no later than December 2020. Xcel Energy may, subject to certain conditions, elect cash settlement or net share settlement for all or a portion of its rights or obligations under the forward sale agreement.
If Xcel Energy elects physical settlement of the forward sale agreement, it expects to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include capital contributions to its utility subsidiaries, acquisitions, and/or, repayment of commercial paper, outstanding loans under its revolving credit facility or other debt.
The offering is being made pursuant to Xcel Energy’s effective shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus related to the offering will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the sole book-running manager for the offering:
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale of these securities would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any jurisdiction. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, Xcel Energy’s expectations regarding its planned offer and sale of common stock and the use of the net proceeds from any such sale. Xcel Energy cannot be sure that it will complete the offering or, if it does, on what terms it will complete it. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the caption “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the prospectus supplement. In addition, Xcel Energy management retains broad discretion with respect to the allocation of net proceeds of the planned offering. The forward-looking statements speak only as the date of release, and Xcel Energy is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.