Dynegy works out debt restructuring for Illinois Power unit

Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) said Oct. 14 that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with Illinois Power Generating Co. (Genco) and an ad hoc group of Genco bondholders to restructure $825 million in unsecured debt at Genco.

Key terms of the support agreement include:

  • $825 million in existing 2018, 2020 and 2032 Genco notes to be exchanged for:
  • $210 million in new seven-year Dynegy Inc. unsecured notes with terms and covenants consistent with existing Dynegy Inc. unsecured bonds due 2023
  • $139 million cash consideration, including a $9 million RSA payment, funded with existing Illinois Power Holdings cash balances and collateral synergies
  • 10 million Dynegy Inc. warrants with a 7-year tenor and strike price of $35 per share
  • Simultaneous solicitation of Genco noteholders to effectuate either an out of court restructuring or a prepackaged chapter 11 filing for Genco
  • Genco to continue making interest payments on the existing Genco notes, with interest payments after Sept. 30, 2016 netted against the proposed cash consideration

Dynegy, Genco and the Ad Hoc Group have agreed that holders of the Genco notes who enter into the RSA on or before Oct. 21, 2016, will be paid their pro rata share of $9 million in cash upon consummation of a transaction, with such pro rata share determined as the proportion that the amount of Genco notes held by each such holder bears to the aggregate amount of Genco notes held by all holders entitled to receive a share of the $9 million.

If holders of 97% or more of the aggregate principal amount of Genco notes participate in the exchange offers and the other conditions thereto are satisfied, Dynegy intends to consummate the restructuring out of court. If holders of less than 97% of the aggregate principal amount of Genco notes, but a majority in number of the holders who have voted on the restructuring plan and who hold at least 66.7% in the aggregate amount of Genco notes vote to accept the plan, the parties to the RSA intend to consummate the restructuring through a prepackaged chapter 11 filing of Genco in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Dynegy is represented with respect to the Genco notes restructuring by White & Case LLP as counsel and Lazard Freres & Co. LLC as financial advisor and the Ad Hoc Group is represented by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as counsel and Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc. as financial advisor.

Genco is comprised of three coal-fired power plants – Newton, Coffeen and Joppa – with over 3,000 MW of combined capacity.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.