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The Empire District Electric Issues $60 Million of 1st Mortgage Bonds

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The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today the settlement related to the Bond Purchase Agreement dated as of October 15, 2014, for a private placement of $60,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.27% Series First Mortgage Bonds due 2044. The First Mortgage Bonds will mature on December 1, 2044. Interest is payable semi-annually on the bonds on each June 1 and December 1, commencing June 1, 2015.

The bonds may be redeemed, at the Company's option, at any time prior to maturity, at par plus a make whole premium, together with accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date.

The terms of the bonds are set forth in the Bond Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 15, 2014, by and among the Company and the purchasers named therein, and the Fortieth Supplemental Indenture of Mortgage and Deed of Trust dated as of December 1, 2014, by and among the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as principal trustee, and UMB Bank & Trust, N.A., as Missouri trustee.

The Company expects to use the proceeds from the sale of the bonds to refinance existing short-term indebtedness and for general corporate purposes.

The bonds have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. This Press Release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 217,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company also provides fiber optic services. For more information regarding Empire, visit www.empiredistrict.com

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