Vistra Energy (TXU Parent) Announces Share Repurchase And Concurrent Block Trade
Vistra Energy Corp. announced that on November 19, 2018, a "significant" stockholder (the "Stockholder") of Vistra Energy Corp. ("Vistra") agreed to sell 17 million shares of Vistra common stock.
Of these shares, 5 million were sold directly to Vistra as part of its $1.25 billion share repurchase authorization, leaving over 90 percent of the authorized amount available for future repurchases. The Stockholder sold the remaining 12 million shares in a separate unregistered Rule 144 secondary block trade to a broker-dealer, who placed all 12 million shares with institutional investors. The Stockholder sold the shares to each of Vistra and the broker-dealer at the same discounted price to the November 19, 2018 closing price.
"The execution of these trades is another positive step as Vistra continues to rotate its stockholder base from post-emergence stockholders to more natural, long-term holders of the stock. Vistra's decision to repurchase its shares, alongside the investment by other institutional investors, is consistent with management's stated intent regarding potential uses of its $1.25 billion share repurchase authorization," Vistra said
Curt Morgan, Vistra's president and chief executive officer, stated, "Vistra is excited to announce this repurchase of a meaningful amount of its shares as an existing significant stockholder reduces its ownership position in Vistra, continuing the already substantial rotation of our stockholder base since our emergence from bankruptcy. The ability of the company to repurchase 5 million shares at a discount to the then-prevailing market price, together with concurrent investments by other institutional investors, is exactly in-line with Vistra's capital allocation strategy. This repurchase is an outward indication of our fundamental view of Vistra's value. We will continue to repurchase shares in the open market under our $1.25 billion share repurchase authorization, since we view our shares as the most attractive place for Vistra to invest its capital."