Progress Energy Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Merger with Duke Energy
RALEIGH, N.C. – Shareholders of Progress Energy Inc. (NYSE: PGN) have overwhelmingly approved the proposed merger with Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).
At a special shareholders’ meeting held this morning in Raleigh, more than 95 percent of the Progress Energy shares voted were in favor of the merger. Most votes had been cast in electronic balloting in the last several weeks, with some shareholders voting at the meeting today.
In a separate meeting in Charlotte today, Duke Energy’s shareholders also approved the merger.
Under the merger agreement announced Jan. 10, 2011, and approved today, each share of Progress Energy’s common stock will be converted into 2.6125 shares of Duke Energy common stock upon closing of the merger, to be adjusted for the reverse stock split approved by Duke Energy shareholders today.
The companies expect the merger to close by the end of the year.
“Progress Energy and Duke Energy have rich, century-long traditions of success as independent companies,” said Bill Johnson, the Progress Energy chairman, president and CEO who will become CEO and president of the combined company. “Our shareholders agree that combining them will make for an even stronger company – one equipped to meet the significant energy challenges ahead with enhanced value to our shareholders while meeting our customers’ needs reliably, affordably and in an environmentally sound manner.”
If approved by state and federal regulators, the combined company will be the country’s largest electric utility, with:
- Approximately $65 billion in enterprise value and $37 billion in market capitalization.
The country’s largest regulated customer base, providing service to approximately 7.1 million electric customers in six regulated service territories – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
- Approximately 57 gigawatts of domestic generating capacity from a diversified mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil and renewable resources.
- The largest regulated nuclear fleet in the country, with 12 reactors at seven sites.
Planning for the integration of the companies is under way, with leaders from both companies assuming key management roles in the new organization.
Update on regulatory filings
The companies have made all appropriate regulatory filings and have received approval from some state and federal agencies, with others pending:
- The companies have satisfied Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
- The Kentucky Public Service Commission provided conditional approval of the merger application this month.
- The Federal Communications Commission has approved the transfer of the Progress Energy licenses to Duke Energy.
- Merger-related hearings are scheduled for Sept. 20 by the N.C. Utilities Commission.
- A procedural schedule for the Public Service Commission of South Carolina Commission is expected shortly.
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are expected to issue rulings this fall.
About Progress Energy
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with about 22,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $10 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at www.progress-energy.com.
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy, Duke Energy filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a joint proxy statement of Duke Energy and Progress Energy and that also constitutes a prospectus of Duke Energy. The Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC on July 7, 2011. Duke Energy and Progress Energy mailed the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective shareholders on or about July 11, 2011. Duke Energy and Progress Energy urge investors and shareholders to read the Registration Statement, including the joint proxy statement/prospectus that is a part of the Registration Statement, as well as other relevant documents filed with the SEC, because they contain important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Duke Energy’s website (www.duke-energy.com) under the heading “Investors” and then under the heading “Financials/SEC Filings.” You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Progress Energy’s website (www.progress-energy.com) under the tab “Our Company” by clicking on “Investor Relations,” then by clicking on “Corporate Profile” and then by clicking on “SEC Filings.”