PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) intends to commence concurrent offerings of (i) senior secured first lien notes, consisting of senior secured first lien notes due 2025 (the “2025 Secured Notes”) and senior secured first lien notes due 2027 (the “2027 Secured Notes” and, together with the 2025 Secured Notes, the “Secured Notes”), and (ii) senior unsecured notes, consisting of senior unsecured notes due 2029 and senior unsecured notes due 2031 (collectively, with the Secured Notes, the “Notes”). The 2027 Secured Notes are being issued under NRG’s Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework, which sets out certain sustainability targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
NRG intends to use the net proceeds from the offerings of the Notes (the “Notes Offerings”), together with cash on hand, to fund the purchase price of the previously announced acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of Direct Energy, the North American energy supply, services and trading business of Centrica plc (“Centrica”), pursuant to the previously disclosed Purchase Agreement, dated July 24, 2020, among NRG, Centrica and certain of Centrica’s subsidiaries (the “Purchase Agreement”), and to pay fees and expenses relating to the Acquisition, if consummated, and the Notes Offerings.
Concurrently with the Notes Offerings, Alexander Funding Trust, a newly-formed Delaware statutory trust (the “Trust”), intends to issue pre-capitalized trust securities redeemable 2023 (the “P-Caps”) in a private offering to certain qualified institutional buyers. The Trust will initially invest the proceeds from the sale of the P-Caps in a portfolio of principal and/or interest strips of U.S. Treasury securities (the “Eligible Assets”) and will enter into a facility agreement with NRG under which NRG will pay a periodic premium to the Trust, and NRG will agree to issue senior secured notes due 2023 (the “P-Caps Secured Notes” and, together with the P-Caps, the “P-Caps Securities”) to the Trust under certain circumstances. The Eligible Assets held by the Trust will be used to provide collateral to certain banks that have agreed to provide letters of credit for NRG’s account to support NRG’s existing and future collateral obligations, including following consummation of the Acquisition. NRG will not receive any proceeds directly from the offering of the P-Caps.
If the Acquisition is not consummated, or the Purchase Agreement is terminated, on or before July 24, 2021 (or, certain later dates pursuant to the automatic extension provisions of the Purchase Agreement, as applicable) (such event, an “Acquisition Triggering Event”), then NRG will be required to redeem, within 30 days of the Acquisition Triggering Event, a specified aggregate principal amount of the senior unsecured notes due 2029 and a specified aggregate principal amount of the senior unsecured notes due 2031, in each case, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date. In addition, the Trust will mandatorily redeem all of the P-Caps at a redemption price equal to 101% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date.
The Notes will be guaranteed on a first-priority basis by each of NRG’s current and future subsidiaries that guarantee indebtedness under its credit agreement. The Secured Notes, and any P-Caps Secured Notes, will be secured by a first priority security interest in the same collateral that is pledged for the benefit of the lenders under NRG’s credit agreement, which consists of a substantial portion of the property and assets owned by NRG and the guarantors. The collateral securing the Secured Notes and any P-Caps Secured Notes will be released if NRG obtains an investment grade rating from two out of the three rating agencies, subject to reversion if such rating agencies withdraw NRG’s investment grade rating or downgrade NRG’s rating below investment grade. The new senior unsecured notes will be senior unsecured obligations of NRG and will be guaranteed by the same subsidiaries that guarantee indebtedness under NRG’s credit agreement.
The Notes and related guarantees, as well as the P-Caps Securities, are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or in the case of the Notes and related guarantees, outside the United States, to persons other than “U.S. persons” in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes and related guarantees, as well as the P-Caps Securities, have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell any security, including the Notes and the P-Caps Securities, nor a solicitation for an offer to purchase any security, including the Notes and the P-Caps Securities.
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