|NRG ENERGY, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/29/2016|
As disclosed in Item 15 — Note 12, Debt and Capital Leases, to the Consolidated Financial Statements, certain of GenOn’s senior unsecured notes mature in 2017 and 2018. If GenOn is not able to refinance these notes prior to their maturities, it may have an adverse impact on GenOn's financial position. GenOn will consider all options available to it, including refinancing the notes, potential sales of certain generating assets or issuances of new debt securities. Given current economic and market conditions, including the depressed commodity markets, GenOn may be unable to complete these actions on a timely basis or on satisfactory terms or at all. These actions also may not be sufficient to enable GenOn to continue to satisfy its related cash commitments as they become due.
GenOn’s financial position continues to be adversely affected by a sustained decline in natural gas prices and its resulting effect on wholesale power prices. In addition, GenOn Mid-Atlantic and REMA are currently unable to make distributions of cash and certain other restricted payments to GenOn. If gas and power prices remain depressed, GenOn may be unable to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meets its long-term liquidity requirements, including operating, maintenance and capital expenditures and debt service payments.
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On October 2, 2015, Standard & Poor's, or S&P, lowered its corporate credit ratings on GenOn, GenOn Mid-Atlantic, REMA and GenOn Americas Generation to CCC+ from B-. The ratings outlook for GenOn, GenOn Mid-Atlantic, REMA and GenOn Americas Generation is stable. S&P also lowered the issue ratings on the GenOn senior notes, the pass-through certificates at GenOn Mid-Atlantic and the GenOn Americas Generation senior notes to B- from B. The issue rating on the pass-through certificates of REMA was lowered by S&P to B from B+.
On September 18, 2015, S&P reaffirmed its corporate credit ratings on NRG Yield, Inc. and the Senior Notes due 2024. The rating outlook is stable. On October 6, 2015, Moody's lowered its corporate credit ratings on NRG Yield, Inc. and the NRG Yield Operating LLC Senior Notes due 2024 to Ba2 from Ba1, respectively. The rating outlook is stable.
On October 21, 2015, S&P reaffirmed its corporate credit ratings on NRG Energy, Inc. and its secured and unsecured debt.
The following table summarizes the credit ratings as of December 31, 2015:
Sources of Liquidity
The principal sources of liquidity for NRG's future operating and capital expenditures are expected to be derived from new and existing financing arrangements, existing cash on hand, cash flows from operations and cash proceeds from future sales of assets to NRG Yield, Inc. As described in Item 15 — Note 12, Debt and Capital Leases, to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company's financing arrangements consist mainly of the Senior Credit Facility, the Senior Notes, the GenOn Senior Notes, the GenOn Americas Generation Senior Notes, the NRG Yield 2019 Convertible Notes, the NRG Yield 2020 Convertible Notes, the Yield Operating senior unsecured notes, the NRG Yield, Inc. revolving credit facility, and project-related financings.