HALIFAX, Nova Scotia--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Emera US Finance LP, a limited partnership financing subsidiary, wholly owned directly and indirectly by Emera Incorporated (“Emera”) today announced the commencement of an exchange offer for USD $3.25 billion aggregate principal amount of multiple series of its outstanding senior unsecured notes (the “Old U.S. Notes”), as set forth below.
On June 16, 2016, Emera US Finance LP, completed the issuance of the Old U.S. Notes. The Old U.S. Notes were sold only to “qualified institutional buyers” under Rule 144A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and to non-U.S. persons under Regulation S of the Securities Act and were not offered for sale in Canada. The Old U.S. Notes are guaranteed by Emera and Emera US Holdings Inc., a wholly owned Emera subsidiary. The Old U.S. Notes are as follows:
USD $500 million 2.150% Notes due 2019
USD $750 million 2.700% Notes due 2021
USD $750 million 3.550% Notes due 2026
USD $1.25 billion 4.750% Notes due 2046
In connection with the initial issuance of the Old U.S. Notes, Emera US Finance LP entered into a registration rights agreement with the initial purchasers of the Old U.S. Notes in which it undertook to offer to exchange the Old U.S. Notes for new notes registered under the Securities Act.
Pursuant to an effective registration statement on Form F-10/Form S-4, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), holders of the Old U.S. Notes will be able to exchange them for New U.S. Notes in an equal principal amount that have been registered under the Securities Act (the “New U.S. Notes” and such exchange, the “Exchange Offer”). The terms of the New U.S. Notes to be issued in the Exchange Offer are identical in all material respects to the terms of the Old U.S. Notes, except that the New U.S. Notes have been registered under the Securities Act, and will not bear any legend restricting transfer. The registration rights and additional interest provisions relating to the Old U.S. Notes do not apply to the New U.S. Notes.
On December 15, 2016, Emera US Finance LP commenced the Exchange Offer pursuant to a registration statement that has been declared effective by the SEC. Expiration of the Exchange Offer is expected to occur at 11:59 p.m., New York City time on January 13, 2017 (unless otherwise terminated or extended), with settlement of the Exchange Offer occurring shortly thereafter.
The terms of the Exchange Offer are set forth in a prospectus dated December 15, 2016. Tenders of Old Notes must be made before the Exchange Offer expires and may be withdrawn any time prior to expiration of the Exchange Offer. Documents related to the Exchange Offer, including the prospectus and the associated letter of transmittal, have been filed with the SEC, and may be obtained from the exchange agent, D.F. King & Co., Inc., 48 Wall Street - 22nd Floor, New York, New York 10005, attention: Krystal Scrudato, banks and brokers call collect: (212) 269-5550, all others call toll-free (800) 817-5468.
This announcement is neither an offer to buy nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the company's securities. The exchange offer is being made only pursuant to the exchange offer documents, which have been filed with the SEC, and include the prospectus and letter of transmittal that are being distributed to holders of the Old U.S. Notes.
Forward Looking Information
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. By its nature, forward-looking information requires Emera to make assumptions and is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements reflect Emera management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to Emera management. There is a risk that predictions, forecasts, conclusions and projections that constitute forward-looking information will not prove to be accurate, that Emera’s assumptions may not be correct and that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking information. Additional detailed information about these assumptions, risks and uncertainties is included in Emera’s securities regulatory filings, including under the heading “Business Risks and Risk Management” in Emera’s annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis, and under the heading “Principal Risks and Uncertainties” in the notes to Emera’s annual and interim financial statements, which can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Except as required by law, Emera disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Emera is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with approximately Cdn$28 billion in assets and 2015 pro-forma revenues of Cdn$6.3 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, and utility energy services with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera continues to target having 75-85% of its adjusted earnings come from rate-regulated businesses. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, and EMA.PR.F. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR.