Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) and Pepco Holdings Inc. (NYSE:POM) today filed an application seeking approval of their proposed merger ( click here for filing) with the Maryland Public Service Commission. The companies announced their proposed merger on April 30. The combination of the companies will bring together Exelon’s three electric and gas utilities – BGE, ComEd and PECO – and Pepco Holdings’ (PHI’s) three electric and gas utilities – Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco – to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility. The Maryland filing describes Exelon’s commitment to significantly improve reliability, maintain charitable contributions at higher than 2013 levels for at least 10 years following closing of the merger and provide immediate economic benefits to Pepco and Delmarva Power customers in Maryland. Pepco serves approximately 537,000 customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties; and Delmarva Power serves approximately 231,000 customers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Submission of the filings initiates the regulatory approval process in Maryland. “The filing we are making today describes in detail how our proposed merger will benefit Maryland’s economy and the customers served by Pepco and Delmarva Power,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “The commitments we are making will deliver immediate economic benefits to customers and Maryland, and will ensure that Pepco and Delmarva Power continue their long history of investing in their communities.” Joseph M. Rigby, PHI chairman, president and CEO, said the two companies share a culture of customer service and will benefit from sharing best practices across all utilities. “The combination of our companies will provide us an opportunity to take the customer service and reliability improvements we’ve already made in Maryland to an even greater level," said Rigby. “I’m very pleased that Exelon is committed to maintaining and enhancing service, meeting customers’ needs reliably and efficiently, and actively engaging in civic and charitable life in the Maryland communities we serve.”
Benefits to PHI utility customers and service territories described in the regulatory filings and testimony include:
- Customer Investment Fund Commitment. Upon closing of the merger, Exelon will provide an aggregate $100 million, of which $40 million will go to benefit Pepco and Delmarva Power customers in Maryland. The funds can be used as the PSC deems appropriate for customer benefits, such as bill credits, assistance for low-income customers and energy-efficiency measures.
- Charitable Contributions Commitment. Exelon has committed to provide $50 million over 10 years to charitable organizations and programs in the communities the PHI utilities serve —exceeding PHI’s 2013 funding levels. Exelon will exceed PHI’s 2013 charitable giving of $623,000 in Maryland.
- Local Jobs, Local Presence and Local Leadership. Exelon has committed to no net involuntary merger-related job losses of Pepco and Delmarva Power utility employees for at least two years after the merger, and to honor all collective bargaining agreements. Exelon and PHI have announced that upon the retirement of Joe Rigby at the close of the merger, Dave Velazquez, currently executive vice president, PHI Power Delivery, will become president and chief executive officer of the PHI utilities. Donna Cooper (Pepco) and Gary Stockbridge (Delmarva Power) will also remain with the company in their roles as regional presidents.
- Enhanced Customer Service and Reliability Commitment. Exelon has committed to build on the significant improvements to service reliability that Pepco and Delmarva Power have already achieved for customers in recent years by setting new, more stringent reliability targets. By 2020, Exelon commits to reducing the frequency of power outages for Pepco by 38 percent and average outage duration by nearly 43 percent compared with the 2011-2013 period. In the Delmarva Power service area, Exelon has committed to reducing the frequency of outages by nearly 40 percent and average outage duration by 53 percent compared with the 2011-2013 period. Exelon has offered to be subject to financial penalties if Delmarva Power or Pepco do not meet their targets. The combined companies also will benefit from sharing best practices and storm restoration resources.
Combined with reliability improvement projects already announced by PHI and underway, the merger commitments are expected to produce about 6,300 to 7,000 jobs and result in $542 million to $623 million in economic benefits to the Maryland economy. These results are anticipated to be achieved within six years after the merger closes.Exelon also proposes measures to effectively insulate the PHI utilities from potential financial risks of other Exelon businesses; these measures are described in detail in the filing. The companies have already made transaction-related filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Delaware Public Service Commission, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The transaction is also subject to the notification and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other customary closing conditions. The transaction requires the approval of the stockholders of PHI, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 23, 2014. The companies anticipate completing the merger in the second or third quarter of 2015. About Exelon Corporation Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and more than 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon. About Pepco Holdings Inc. Pepco Holdings Inc. is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric provide regulated electricity service; Delmarva Power also provides natural gas service. PHI also provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services through Pepco Energy Services. For more information, visit online: www.pepcoholdings.com. Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information Except for the historical information contained herein, certain of the matters discussed in this communication constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “predict,” “project,” “future”, “potential,” “intend,” “seek to,” “plan,” “assume,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast,” “goal,” “objective,” “continue” or the negative of such terms or other variations thereof and words and terms of similar substance used in connection with any discussion of future plans, actions, or events identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding benefits of the proposed merger, integration plans and expected synergies, the expected timing of completion of the transaction, anticipated future financial and operating performance and results, including estimates for growth. These statements are based on the current expectations of management of Exelon Corporation (Exelon) and Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), as applicable. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this communication. For example, (1) PHI may be unable to obtain shareholder approval required for the merger; (2) the companies may be unable to obtain regulatory approvals required for the merger, or required regulatory approvals may delay the merger or cause the companies to abandon the merger; (3) conditions to the closing of the merger may not be satisfied; (4) an unsolicited offer of another company to acquire assets or capital stock of Exelon or PHI could interfere with the merger; (5) problems may arise in successfully integrating the businesses of the companies, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected; (6) the combined company may be unable to achieve cost-cutting synergies or it may take longer than expected to achieve those synergies; (7) the merger may involve unexpected costs, unexpected liabilities or unexpected delays, or the effects of purchase accounting may be different from the companies’ expectations; (8) the credit ratings of the combined company or its subsidiaries may be different from what the companies expect; (9) the businesses of the companies may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the merger; (10) the companies may not realize the values expected to be obtained for properties expected or required to be sold; (11) the industry may be subject to future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the companies; and (12) the companies may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the combined company. Therefore, forward-looking statements are not guarantees or assurances of future performance, and actual results could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Discussions of some of these other important factors and assumptions are contained in Exelon’s and PHI’s respective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, including: (1) Exelon’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K in (a) ITEM 1A. Risk Factors, (b) ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: Note 22; (2) Exelon’s Second Quarter 2014 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in (a) Part II, Other Information, ITEM 1A. Risk Factors; (b) Part 1, Financial Information, ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) Part I, Financial Information, ITEM 1. Financial Statements: Note 15; (3) the definitive proxy statement that PHI filed with the SEC on August 12, 2014 and mailed to its stockholders in connection with the proposed merger; (4) PHI’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K in (a) ITEM 1A. Risk Factors, (b) ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: Note 15; and (5) PHI’s Second Quarter 2014 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in (a) PART I, ITEM 1. Financial Statements, (b) PART I, ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) PART II, ITEM 1A. Risk Factors. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Neither Exelon nor PHI undertakes any obligation to publicly release any revision to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Exelon or PHI to predict all such factors. Furthermore, it may not be possible to assess the impact of any such factor on Exelon’s or PHI’s respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any specific factors that may be provided should not be construed as exhaustive.