NRG Closes on Sale of its Interest in NRG Yield and the NRG Renewables Platform

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NRG Closes on Sale of its Interest in NRG Yield and the NRG Renewables Platform

August 31, 2018 at 9:26 AM EDT

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2018-- NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) has closed on the previously announced sale of its interest in NRG Yield and its Renewables platform (the “Transaction”) to Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”). The Transaction resulted in $1.348 billion in cash proceeds to NRG1 and removes $6.7 billion of debt from NRG’s balance sheet2.

“The asset sales are a critical part of our transformation and we are pleased to achieve this significant milestone, which aims to focus our company while strengthening our balance sheet and delivering value to shareholders,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG. “With the closing of this transaction, we will be proceeding with the remainder of our 2018 capital allocation plan, including our share buyback and deleveraging programs.”

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Safe Harbor Disclosure

In addition to historical information, the information presented in this communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties and can typically be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “objective,” “projection,” “forecast,” “goal,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “expect,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan,” “think,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “predict,” “target,” “potential” or “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s future revenues, income, indebtedness, capital structure, plans, expectations, objectives, projected financial performance and/or business results and other future events including the effects of this asset sale and the company’s share repurchase program, and views of economic and market conditions.

Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein include, among others, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry, weather conditions, competition in wholesale 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 regulations, the condition of capital markets generally, our ability to access capital markets, cyber terrorism and inadequate cyber security, unanticipated outages at our generation facilities, adverse results in current and future litigation, failure to identify, execute or successfully implement acquisitions, repowerings or asset sales, our ability to implement value enhancing improvements to plant operations and companywide processes, our ability to implement and execute on our publicly announced transformation plan, including any cost savings, margin enhancement, asset sale, and net debt targets, our ability to proceed with projects under development or the inability to complete the construction of such projects on schedule or within budget, risks related to project siting, financing, construction, permitting, government approvals and the negotiation of project development agreements, our ability to progress development pipeline projects, the timing or completion of GenOn's emergence from bankruptcy, the inability to maintain or create successful partnering relationships, our ability to operate our businesses efficiently, our ability to retain retail customers, our ability to realize value through our commercial operations strategy, the ability to successfully integrate businesses of acquired companies, our ability to realize anticipated benefits of transactions (including expected cost savings and other synergies) or the risk that anticipated benefits may take longer to realize than expected, our ability to close the Drop Down transactions with NRG Yield, and our ability to execute our Capital Allocation Plan. Debt and share repurchases may be made from time to time subject to market conditions and other factors, including as permitted by United States securities laws. Furthermore, any common stock dividend is subject to available capital and market conditions.

NRG undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The foregoing review of factors that could cause NRG’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this Earnings press release should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect NRG’s future results included in NRG’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at

1 Reflects adjustments made to the purchase price pursuant to the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement entered into on February 6, 2018
2 Debt principal as of 6/30/18

Source: NRG Energy, Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.
Marijke Shugrue
Kevin L. Cole, CFA