|NRG ENERGY, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/29/2016|
approval by March 11, 2016. Upon receipt of FERC approval the Company will transfer 100% of its interest in HLM to the lien holders.
In December 2013, NRG, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, NRG Solar Dandan LLC, or Dandan, entered into a credit agreement with a bank, or the Dandan Financing Agreement, for a $81 million construction loan and a $23 million cash grant loan. The construction loans have interest rates of LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 2.25% or base rate plus 1.25% and the cash grant loans have an interest rate of LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 1.75%. The term loan has an interest rate of LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 2.25%, which escalates 0.25% on the fifth, tenth, and fifteenth anniversary of the term conversion. The term loan, which is secured by all the assets of Dandan, matures January 2033, and amortizes based upon a predetermined schedule. The Dandan Financing Agreement also includes a letter of credit facility on behalf of Dandan of up to $5 million. Dandan pays an availability fee of 2.25% from the closing date until the 5th anniversary of the term conversion date and 2.50% from the 5th anniversary of the term conversion date on issued letters of credit. As of December 31, 2015, $81 million was outstanding under the construction loan, $17 million under the cash grant loan and $5 million in letters of credit in support of the project were issued. On January 29, 2016, the construction loan converted to a $79 million term loan with $23 million outstanding under the cash grant loan. In addition, a $4 million debt service letter of credit was issued replacing the $5 million construction letter of credit that was outstanding at year end.
El Segundo Energy Center Credit Agreement
On May 29, 2015, NRG West Holdings LLC amended its financing agreement to increase borrowings under the Tranche A facility by $5 million and to reduce the related interest rate to LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 1.625% from May 29, 2015, to August 31, 2017, LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 1.75% from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2020, and LIBOR plus 1.875% from September 1, 2020, through the maturity date; and to reduce Tranche B loan interest rate to LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 2.25% from May 29, 2015, to August 31, 2017, LIBOR plus 2.375% from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2020, and LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 2.50% from September 1, 2020, through the maturity date and to reduce the working capital facility by $9 million. The proceeds of the increased borrowing were used to pay costs associated with the refinancing. Further, the amendment resulted in a $7 million loss on debt extinguishment.
As of December 31, 2015, under the West Holdings Credit Agreement, West Holdings had outstanding $426 million under the Tranche A Facility, $59 million under the Tranche B Facility, issued a $33 million letter of credit in support of the PPA, issued a $1 million letter of credit under the working capital facility, and issued a $48 million letter of credit under the facility in support of its debt service requirements.
In June 2002, NRG Peaker Finance Company LLC, or Peakers, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of NRG, issued $325 million in floating rate bonds due June 2019. Peakers subsequently swapped such floating rate debt for fixed rate debt at an all-in cost of 6.67% per annum. Principal, interest, and swap payments were originally guaranteed by Syncora Guarantee Inc., successor in interest to XL Capital Assurance, through a financial guaranty insurance policy. In 2009, Assured Guaranty Mutual Corp assumed the responsibility as the bond insurer and controlling party. Syncora Guarantee Inc. continues to be the swap insurer. These notes are also secured by, among other things, substantially all of the assets of and membership interests in Bayou Cove Peaking Power LLC, Big Cajun I Peaking Power LLC, NRG Sterlington Power LLC, NRG Rockford LLC, NRG Rockford II LLC, and NRG Rockford Equipment LLC.
On February 21, 2014, NRG Peaker Finance Company LLC elected to redeem approximately $30 million of the outstanding bonds at a redemption price equal to the principal amount plus a redemption premium, accrued and unpaid interest, swap breakage, and other fees, totaling approximately $35 million in connection with the removal of Bayou Cove Peaking Power LLC from the peaker financing collateral package, which also involved limited commitments for certain repairs on other assets that were funded concurrently with the making of the December 10, 2013 debt service payment. On March 3, 2014 Bayou Cove Peaking Power LLC sold Bayou Cove Unit 1, which the Company continues to manage and operate.
In December of 2015 and 2014, NRG contributed an additional $13 million and $29 million, respectively, in equity to Peakers to meet its debt service requirements. As of December 31, 2015, $76 million in principal remained outstanding on these bonds.