21 July 2004 – Edison Mission Energy and its parent Edison International that EME had entered into an agreement to sell its 51.2 percent holding in Contact Energy Ltd. to Origin Energy for NZ$5.67 per share, or total consideration of NZ$1674.7m, which includes the assumption of NZ$535m of indebtedness. EME will receive approximately $750m at current exchange rates.
EME intends to use the after-tax proceeds from the sale to repay in part the three-year, $800m secured loan at Mission Energy Holdings International, Inc., a direct subsidiary of EME.
The sale is the result of a previously announced process to sell EME’s portfolio of international energy assets, which are located in Europe, the Asia Pacific region and in Puerto Rico. Closing of the Contact Energy transaction is subject to a limited number of conditions, including action by the New Zealand Takeovers Panel, and is expected in the third or fourth quarter of 2004. As previously announced, EME is continuing to evaluate the bids it received for its other international assets.
New Zealand-based Contact Energy is a publicly traded integrated energy company with approximately 522 000 electricity customers and 97 500 natural gas customers in New Zealand. Contact Energy controls approximately 2490 MW of generating capacity in the region.
Origin Energy is a major Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, energy retailing, power generation and utility network management. Origin Energy is one of Australia’s largest energy retailers.
Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston are acting as
financial advisors to EME on the sale of its international assets.
Based in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, Edison Mission Energy, and Edison Capital.