Exelon, Constellation Energy to merge
The resulting company will retain the Exelon name and be headquartered in Chicago
Chicago and Baltimore, April 28, 2011 — The boards of directors of Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy have signed a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in a stock-for-stock transaction.
The resulting company will retain the Exelon name and be headquartered in Chicago. Exelon's power marketing business (Power Team) and Constellation's retail and wholesale business will be consolidated under the Constellation brand and be headquartered in Baltimore.
Constellation controls about 12,000 MW of generation capacity. The company delivers electricity through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
Exelon controls 31,758 MW. Exelon distributes electricity to about 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania.
The market capitalization of the combined company will be $34 billion with an enterprise value of $52 billion. Under the merger agreement, Constellation's shareholders will receive 0.930 shares of Exelon common stock in exchange for each share of Constellation common stock.
Based on Exelon's closing share price on April 27, 2011, Constellation shareholders would receive a value of $38.59 per share, or $7.9 billion in total equity value.
The exchange ratio represents an 18.1 percent premium to the 30-day average closing stock prices of Exelon and Constellation as of April 27, 2011.
Following completion of the merger, Exelon shareholders will own about 78 percent of the combined company and Constellation shareholders about 22 percent on a fully diluted basis.
The combination is anticipated to be break-even to Exelon's adjusted earnings in 2012; in 2013, it is expected to be accretive to earnings by more than 5 percent.
Based on Exelon's current annual cash dividend rate of $2.10 per common share, Constellation shareholders would receive an approximate 103 percent dividend increase, or $0.99 per Constellation share over the current Constellation annual dividend.
Exelon's COO Christopher M. Crane and CEO Mayo A. Shattuck III will serve on the 16-member board of directors of the combined company, 12 members of which will be designated from Exelon's board of directors and 4 from Constellation's.
Following the merger, the resulting company will retain the Exelon name and be headquartered in Chicago. In addition to the corporate headquarters, Illinois will continue to be home to ComEd and Exelon Business Services Co. (both in Chicago), as well as the Midwest regional headquarters for Exelon Nuclear (in Warrenville).
Pennsylvania will continue to be home to headquarters for PECO (in Philadelphia) and Exelon Power (in Kennett Square). Exelon Nuclear's headquarters will also be located at Kennett Square.
Exelon's and Constellation's commercial retail and wholesale businesses will be consolidated under the Constellation brand and headquartered in Baltimore. BGE will retain its Baltimore headquarters.
BGE, ComEd and PECO will remain headquartered in Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia, respectively, focused on safety, customer service, reliability and consistent infrastructure investment within their jurisdictions. However, the merger is expected to benefit customers as all three utilities work together to share best practices to continually improve performance.
The transaction must be approved by the stockholders of both Exelon and Constellation. Completion of the merger is also conditioned upon approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Maryland Public Service Commission, the New York Public Service Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other state and federal regulatory bodies.
The companies are committed to mitigating any competitive issues including divesting three Constellation generating stations located in PJM, which is the only market where there is a material overlap of generation owned by both companies.
These stations, Brandon Shores and H.A.Wagner in Anne Arundel County, Md., and C.P. Crane in Baltimore County, Md., include baseload coal-fired generation units plus associated gas/oil units located at the same sites, and total 2,648 MW of generation capacity. The transaction is also subject to the notification and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other customary closing conditions.
The companies anticipate closing in early 2012.
Barclays Capital, J.P. Morgan Securities, Evercore Partners and Loop Capital Markets are serving as financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel to Exelon. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC are serving as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel to Constellation.