CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy announced today it has reached an agreement to sell its holdings in Brazil to China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) for approximately $1.2 billion in cash and the assumption of debt. The after-tax proceeds from the transaction are expected to be used to reduce Duke Energy holding company debt.
"This is another important step forward in driving our strategy to focus on our core domestic regulated business, and it builds on our recent acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas," said Lynn Good, president, CEO and chairman of Duke Energy. "We will work with the buyer to obtain the approvals necessary to close the transaction while continuing to safely operate the Latin American plants.
"We are also moving through the process of negotiating a sale of our remaining assets in Central and South America with the expectation of an additional announcement to follow," Good added.
The company began the process of exiting its International Energy business segment in February 2016. Duke Energy International owns 4,400 megawatts (MW) of power generation facilities and engages in sales and marketing of electric power, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Central and South America.
CTG is a clean energy group focused on large-scale hydropower development and operation. CTG is also engaged in renewable energy businesses including wind and solar power. Present in 40 countries, CTG is the world´s largest producer of hydroelectric power with an installed capacity of about 100 gigawatts, both under operation and construction.
The completion of the transaction is conditioned on approvals in Brazil from the National Agency of Electrical Energy (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica) and the Brazilian Antitrust Agency (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica) and the required approvals by Chinese authorities and other conditions precedent. Closing is expected to occur in two to four months.
Duke Energy Brazil owns 2,090 megawatts of power generation facilities. It has eight hydroelectric plants with 2,057 megawatts of capacity located on the border between the states of Sao Paulo and Parana and owns two small hydroelectric plants, each with a capacity of 16.5 megawatts, located on the Sapucai Mirim River in northern Sao Paulo State.
For a map and brief description of Duke Energy International's operations and power plant locations, see https://www.duke-energy.com/about-us/businesses/international.asp
Duke Energy's financial advisors are Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is the company's legal advisor.
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(Piedmont) and the risk that the credit ratings of the combined company or its subsidiaries may be different from what the companies expect; the likelihood of completion and expected timing of the transaction with China Three Gorges Corporation, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of the required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed transaction that could reduce anticipated benefits or cause the parties to abandon the transaction; and the likelihood, terms and timing of the potential sale of Duke Energy's remaining assets in Central and South America could change the presentation of certain assets, liabilities and results of operations as assets held for sale, liabilities associated with assets held for sale, and discontinued operations, respectively.
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Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7.4 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. The company also distributes natural gas to more than 1.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio.
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