First Energy Restructuring Update: Important Progress

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Employee Update
 
I’m writing to share some important progress in our restructuring efforts.
 
We have reached an agreement to sell our West Lorain Facility and related assets to Vermillion Power, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group, for a purchase price of $144 million in cash plus certain closing adjustments, subject to higher or otherwise better bids.
 
We believe the proposed sale represents the best path forward to preserve and realize the value of the West Lorain Facility and the related assets and, in turn, to maximize the recoveries for our stakeholders.
 
Starwood Energy Group is a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT that specializes in energy infrastructure investments and that understands and values the West Lorain business. Through its general opportunity funds and other affiliated investment vehicles, Starwood Energy Group has raised equity commitments in excess of $3 billion and has executed transactions totaling more than $7 billion in enterprise value.
 
To complete the sale through a court-supervised bankruptcy auction process, FG has filed a motion for the implementation of bidding procedures to allow other companies to have an opportunity to submit bids through a Court-supervised, competitive bidding process. The bidding procedures motion calls for all qualified bids to be submitted by January 9, 2019, with an auction to be held January 15, 2019, if competing bids are received. Any objections to the sale transaction must be filed by January 18, 2019. The sale hearing is scheduled to be held on January 25, 2019, subject to Court approval and may change accordingly.
 
We anticipate that the final sale and transition of the assets will be completed in the first half of 2019. The transaction is subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, along with all additional necessary approvals, including approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Hart- Scott-Rodino.
 
During the sale process, West Lorain will continue to operate in the ordinary course of business.