Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to Acquire The Empire District - KOAM TV 7

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to Acquire The Empire District Electric Company

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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC") (TSX: AQN) and The Empire District Electric Company ("Empire") (NYSE:EDE) today announced that a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities Co. ("Liberty Utilities"), APUC's wholly owned regulated utility business, has entered into an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which Liberty Utilities will indirectly acquire Empire and its subsidiaries (the "Transaction"). 

Under the terms of the all-cash transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company, Empire's shareholders will receive US$34.00 per common share (the "Purchase Price"), representing an aggregate purchase price of approximately C$3.4 billion (US$2.4 billion), including the assumption of approximately C$1.3 billion (US$0.9 billion) of debt as of September 30, 2015. The Purchase Price represents a 21% premium to the closing price on February 8, 2016 and a 50% premium to Empire's unaffected share price on December 10, 2015. 
Closing of the Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Empire's common shareholders, and the receipt of certain state and federal regulatory and government approvals, including approval of the relevant commissions of the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma (collectively, the State Commissions), the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the FERC), and the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The Transaction is expected to close in Q1 2017. 

"The acquisition of Empire represents a continuation of our disciplined growth strategy which strengthens and diversifies Algonquin's existing businesses and strategically expands our regulated utility footprint in the mid-west United States. The addition of this large, well run utility to the Algonquin family will support our 10% annual dividend growth target through significant accretion to shareholder cash flows and earnings," commented Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. Empire's service territories, business lines and corporate culture are highly complementary to Liberty Utilities and we will continue Empire's history of prudently investing in its systems, communities and employees," Robertson added. 

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