Vistra Energy Prices Upsized Private Offering of $1.3 Billion of Senior Notes
Vistra Energy Corp. (the "Company" or "Vistra Energy") announced on Jan. 22 the pricing of an upsized private offering (the "Offering") of $1.3 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2027 (the "2027 Notes") to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to certain non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
Vistra said that: The 2027 Notes will be senior, unsecured obligations of Vistra Operations Company LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the "Issuer"). The 2027 Notes will bear interest at the rate of 5.625% per annum and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by certain of the Issuer's current and future subsidiaries. The Offering is expected to close on February 6, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. The purpose of the Offering is (i) to purchase and/or redeem for cash outstanding 2022 Notes (as defined below), (ii) to pay fees and expenses related to the Offering and incurred in connection with the Tender Offer (as defined below) and/or redemption and (iii) for general corporate purposes. The 2027 Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
The Company also announced that it is commencing a cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to purchase its outstanding 7.375% Senior Notes due 2022 (the "2022 Notes") for a maximum aggregate purchase price (excluding accrued and unpaid interest) of up to $1.275 billion (subject to increase or decrease by the Company, the "Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount").
The price offered in the Tender Offer for the 2022 Notes and other information relating to the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation (as defined below) are set forth in Vistra's announcement here
In conjunction with the Tender Offer, the Company is soliciting (the "Consent Solicitation") consents (the "Consents") from each holder (individually, a "Holder," and collectively, the "Holders") of the 2022 Notes, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase (as defined below), to certain proposed amendments (the "Proposed Amendments") to the indenture dated as of October 27, 2014 (as supplemented, the "Indenture"), among Vistra Energy (as successor in interest to Dynegy), the subsidiary guarantors party thereto and Wilmington Trust, as trustee. The Proposed Amendments would amend the Indenture as described herein to, among other things, decrease the minimum notice period for redemptions of the 2022 Notes to three business days (the "Redemption Amendment") and eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default under the Indenture (the "Covenant Amendments"). Delivery of Consents to the Proposed Amendments by Holders of at least a majority of the aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Notes is required for the adoption of the Proposed Amendments with respect to the 2022 Notes. In the event of any proration of the 2022 Notes, the Consents delivered with respect to the 2022 Notes shall be null and void for purposes of the Covenant Amendments, but they shall be effective for purposes of the Redemption Amendment regardless of proration.
Vistra said that: The Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation are being made upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated January 22, 2019 (as the same may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the "Offer to Purchase"), including the Financing Condition (as defined below) and in the related Letter of Transmittal and Consent (as the same may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the "Letter of Transmittal" and, together with the Offer to Purchase, the "Tender Offer Materials"). The Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation are open to all registered Holders of the 2022 Notes. The Company reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to increase the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount, without extending withdrawal rights except as required by law. The amount of 2022 Notes to be purchased may be prorated as set forth in the Offer to Purchase.
Vistra said that: Subject to the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer, each Holder who validly tenders and does not subsequently validly withdraw its 2022 Notes at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on February 4, 2019 (the "Early Tender Date") will be entitled to receive the Total Consideration (as set forth in the table above), plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date (as defined below) if and when such 2022 Notes are accepted for payment. Holders who validly tender their 2022 Notes after the Early Tender Date but at or prior to midnight, New York City time, on February 19, 2019, or such other date as the Company extends the Tender Offer or Consent Solicitation (such date and time, as it may be extended, the "Expiration Date") will be entitled to receive only tender offer consideration (the "Tender Offer Consideration") equal to the Total Consideration less the Early Tender Premium (as set forth in the table above), plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the applicable settlement date, if and when such 2022 Notes are accepted for payment.
Vistra said that: Payments for the 2022 Notes purchased will include accrued and unpaid interest from and including the last interest payment date applicable to the 2022 Notes up to, but not including, the applicable settlement date for the 2022 Notes accepted for purchase. The settlement date for the 2022 Notes that are validly tendered on or prior to the Early Tender Date is expected to be February 6, 2019, two business days following the scheduled Early Tender Date (the "Early Settlement Date"). The settlement date for the 2022 Notes that are validly tendered following the Early Tender Date but on or prior to the Expiration Date is expected to be February 20, 2019, one business day following the scheduled Expiration Date (the "Final Settlement Date").
Vistra said that: Vistra Energy's obligation to accept for purchase, and to pay for, the 2022 Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Tender Offer is subject to, and conditioned upon, among other things, the receipt by the Company of the net proceeds expected from the Offering (on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to the Company, the "Financing Condition"). We expect to use the net proceeds from the Financing Condition to finance our payments of the Tender Offer Consideration and the Total Consideration, as applicable, and any fees payable in connection with the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation, subsequent to the date hereof and on or prior to the Final Settlement Date.
Vistra said that: The Company's obligation to consummate the Tender Offer is subject to the Financing Condition and the General Conditions (as defined in the Offer to Purchase). The Tender Offer is not contingent upon the tender of any minimum principal amount of 2022 Notes or obtaining the Requisite Consent (as defined in the Offer to Purchase).
Vistra said that: The Company also intends to issue a conditional notice of redemption for 2022 Notes that are not accepted for purchase in the Tender Offer and Consent. The notice of redemption will be conditioned upon, among other things, the satisfaction of the Financing Condition, and will provide that if the conditions to the Tender Offer are satisfied but less than the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount is purchased in the Tender Offer, the Company will redeem 2022 Notes for an aggregate purchase price (excluding accrued interest) equal to the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount minus the aggregate purchase price (excluding accrued interest) for 2022 Notes accepted for payment in the Tender Offer (the "Redemption"). If the conditions to the Redemption are satisfied, we expect that the Redemption would occur on or about February 21, 2019 at the then-applicable redemption price of 103.688%. In the event that the conditions specified in the notice of redemption are not satisfied, the redemption will not occur.
Vistra said that: Vistra Energy has retained J.P. Morgan Securities LLC to serve as the Lead Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation. Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to serve as the Depositary and Information Agent for the Tender Offer. Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, (866) 834-4666. Requests for the Tender Offer Materials may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at 65 Broadway – Suite 404, New York, New York 10006, Attn: Corporate Actions, (212) 430-3774 (for banks and brokers) or (866) 470-3900 (for all others).
Vistra said that: Vistra Energy is making the Tender Offer only by, and pursuant to, the terms of the Tender Offer Materials. None of Vistra Energy, the Lead Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent, or the Depositary and Information Agent make any recommendation as to whether Holders should tender or refrain from tendering their 2022 Notes and delivering Consents. Holders must consult their own investment and tax advisors and make their own decisions as to whether to tender 2022 Notes and deliver Consents and, if so, the principal amount of the 2022 Notes to tender. The Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation are not being made to holders of the 2022 Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities laws or blue sky laws require the Tender Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Vistra Energy by the Lead Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.