In what has been an action-packed M&A arb drama, Constellation Energy (CEG) has entered a defininitive agreement with France's EDF group to sell a 50% stake in its nuclear generation and operation business, bidding a hasty au revoir to Buffet's MidAmerican Holdings.
Constellation Energy Group said Wednesday that it will sell a 49.9% stake in its fleet of five nuclear reactors and other holdings to Electricité de France SA for $4.5 billion, derailing the pending $4.7 billion takeover by Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings.
For its part, MidAmerican will receive a hefty termination package. The deal calls for MidAmerican to get a $175 million termination fee. Additionally, preferred shares issued to its wholly owned MEHC Investment Inc. unit will convert, giving MEHC a $1 billion note at 14% interest and about 20 million shares of Constellation stock, representing about 10% of outstanding shares; and roughly $418 million in cash.
Ok well I guess that's life in the big city. Shareholders were nevertheless likely to be overall positive on the deal given previous opposition to the MidAmerican $26.5 bid as being too low. And not to imply any wrong-doing at all here, but it is still surprising, at least to this Stalwart, that such a massive change in course did not requite shareholder approval. If someone wishes to clarify the situation or explain their take, then please feel free to do so.
The companies expect to receive the necessary regulatory approvals for the acquisition of EDF Development Inc.'s interest in Constellation Energy's nuclear generation and operation business and close the transaction within six to nine months. The companies will work closely with Maryland regulators to make them fully informed of the transaction's details. Approval from Constellation Energy's shareholders is not required.