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NRG Energy, Inc. Reports Full-Year And Fourth Quarter Results; Increases Merger Synergies; Increases Dividend And Announces Share Buyback Program

A detailed reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and FCF before Growth Investments from our current to revised methodology can be found in Appendix A.

2013 Capital Allocation Program

While NRG deployed a substantial amount of its excess capital in 2012 to invest in new growth projects ($733 million), to pay down corporate debt ($172 million), and to pay common stock dividends ($41 million), the Company’s substantial ongoing Free Cash Flow generation continues to contribute to a significant cash surplus in excess of its core operating requirements.

Having substantially completed its $1 billion debt reduction target announced in connection with the GenOn transaction, placing key credit ratios in line with the Company’s long held prudent balance sheet management targets and with de facto constraints on paying down significantly more of its debt at this time, NRG wants to return more of its excess capital to shareholders. Accordingly, the Company hereby announces its intentions to increase its common stock dividend in 2013 by 33% to $0.48 per share annually, representing approximately a 2% yield against our current market price per share. In addition, NRG is authorized to repurchase $200 million of its common stock. These actions do not foreclose the possibility of further or different capital allocation actions later in 2013.

Earnings Conference Call

On February 27, 2013, NRG will host a conference call at 9:00 am eastern to discuss these results. Investors, the news media and others may access the live webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials by logging on to NRG’s website at http://www.nrgenergy.com and clicking on “Investors.” The webcast will be archived on the site for those unable to listen in real time.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest developer of solar power, building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include our Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow guidance, expected earnings, future growth, financial performance, capital allocation, environmental capital expenditures, expected benefits from the GenOn acquisition and development projects, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “believe” and similar terms. Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry, weather conditions, successful partnering relationships, government loan guarantees, competition in wholesale and retail power markets, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, failure of customers to perform under contracts, changes in the wholesale power markets, changes in government regulation of markets and of environmental emissions, our ability to utilize tax incentives, the condition of capital markets generally, our ability to access capital markets, unanticipated outages at our generation facilities, adverse results in current and future litigation, our inability to implement value enhancing improvements to plant operations and companywide processes, the ability to successfully integrate the businesses of NRG and GenOn, the ability to realize anticipated benefits of the transaction (including expected cost savings and other synergies) or the risk that anticipated benefits may take longer to realize than expected, our ability to maintain retail customers, and our ability to achieve the expected benefits and timing of development projects. Furthermore, any common stock dividend or share repurchases are subject to available capital, market conditions, and compliance with associated laws and regulations.

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