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    Constellation to Acquire 44% Stake in South Texas Project Electric Generating Station in Texas, US from NRG Energy for USD1.75 Billion

    June 3, 2023 - Marketline - Deals


      Deal In Brief

      Constellation, operator of the nation’s largest fleet of reliable, carbon-free nuclear plants, announced today it is acquiring NRG Energy Inc.’s 44 percent ownership stake in the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, a 2,645-megawatt, dual-unit nuclear plant located about 90 miles southwest of Houston. The transaction is valued at $1.75 billion, with an effective purchase price of $1.4 billion after taking into consideration the present value of tax benefits to Constellation. The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash and debt. The transaction implies a deal value of USD1.5 million per MW

      “The South Texas Project is an exceptionally well-maintained plant and its ability to produce resilient, carbon-free energy 24/7 makes it among the most valuable power sources in the world,” said Joe Dominguez, president and CEO of Constellation. “With the potential to run for at least 46 more years with the right policy support, we look forward to working with the South Texas Project’s other owners to continue bringing clean, reliable electricity to this growing region for decades to come.” After the transaction, Constellation will be one of three owners with oversight of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC), which will continue to operate the plant. The purchase is subject to approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Justice. We expect the deal to be completed by year end

      One of the newest and largest nuclear plants in the U.S., the South Texas Project has an exceptional track record for safety and reliability, generating enough carbon-free power for two million average homes

      Constellation is an industry leader in operating nuclear plants safely, efficiently and reliably, with a fleetwide capacity factor of more than 94 percent over the past decade, or about 4 percent higher than the industry average. The company has ownership interests in 13 generating stations with 23 nuclear units capable of producing approximately 21,000 megawatts of electricity, enough clean energy to power approximately 15 million homes

      Constellation already has a strong and growing presence in Texas as an employer, taxpayer and significant provider of electricity and other services to the region. The company owns and operates 3,520 megawatts of natural gas-fired generation at its Colorado Bend II, Wolf Hollow II and Handley generating stations in Texas, in addition to 169 megawatts of wind energy at the Whitetail and Sendero wind projects. Constellation also is a supplier in Texas’ competitive retail energy market, supplying electricity, natural gas, energy efficiency and other services to approximately 200,000 residential and commercial customers statewide

      The company and its more than 550 Texas employees donated $460,000 to nonprofit organizations across the state in 2022 and contributed 4,800 volunteer hours. Constellation also paid $33.6 million in state and local taxes in Texas last year

      BofA Securities is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Constellation and Sidley Austin LLP is the lead transaction counsel to the company.

      Deal Value (US$ Million) 1750
      Deal Type Acquisition
      Sub-Category Asset Purchase
      Deal Status Announced: 2023-06-01

      Deal Participants

      Acquirer (Company) Constellation Energy Corp
      Vendor (Company) NRG Energy, Inc.

      Deal Rationale

      % Acquisition 44%

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