CenterPoint Energy linemen head east to help with aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Houston – Oct. 10, 2018 – This morning, more than 100 CenterPoint Energy linemen, contractors and support personnel departed for Florida to assist Gulf Power with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Michael.

Crews are expected to arrive to their destination on Thursday and will work 12- to 16-hour days restoring power. "Our thoughts are with those in the path of Hurricane Michael," said Steve Greenley, vice president of Distribution Operations for CenterPoint Energy. "Once the storm has passed, our dedicated team will work to restore service as safely and quickly as possible."

CenterPoint Energy is also sending transmission crews to help with repairs. "Our transmission crews will help repair high-voltage power lines so electricity can be distributed to homes and businesses in the impacted areas," said Martin Narendorf, vice president of High Voltage Operations for CenterPoint Energy.

CenterPoint Energy is part of electric utility mutual assistance programs which provide access to thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from around the country to lend a hand during widespread power outage emergencies. Over the years, CenterPoint Energy crews have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who were left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

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2018-10-10T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy provides important flood safety tips

Minneapolis – Oct. 09, 2018 – With flooding expected in parts of Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy reminds residents of some important natural gas safety tips.

Before a flood:

  • Do not turn off natural gas at the meter. The gas meter should be left on to maintain proper pressure in the gas piping within the house and to prevent water from entering the lines should flooding occur.
  • If a customer wishes to discontinue gas service, the gas should be turned off at each appliance.

After a flood:

  • If your home was flooded and your natural gas meter was underwater, call CenterPoint Energy to schedule an inspection. The meter may need to be replaced.
  • Have flooded appliances inspected by a qualified technician, like HSP before operating the equipment.  This includes outdoor gas appliances such as pool heaters, gas grills and gaslights.
  • If your home did not flood and your natural gas is turned off at the meter, call CenterPoint Energy to reconnect service.
    • Be alert for leaking gas as you return to your home or business. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to do the same.
    • Do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that may cause a spark, including a flashlight or driving your car.
    • Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off.
    • Once safely away from the area, call the 24 hours emergency gas leak hot line number 1-800-296-9815 and 911 to report the location and description of the leak.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®.  For more information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2018-10-09T05:00:00Z
Call CenterPoint Energy now for Cold Weather Rule protection

Minneapolis – Oct. 08, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy is reminding customers about certain rights and their responsibilities as it relates to the Cold Weather Rule (CWR). The CWR protects residential customers who are experiencing difficulty paying their natural gas bill from having their natural gas service disconnected between Oct. 15, 2018 and April 15, 2019.

While the CWR does not prevent customers from being disconnected for nonpayment, it does provide customers with extra protection as defined in the CWR. However, residential customers must contact CenterPoint Energy to set up a payment plan.

"The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule isn't just for customers who may have trouble paying their natural gas bill during cold winter months," said Brad Tutunjian, vice president of CenterPoint Energy Gas Operations in Minnesota.  "It is also there for customers whose service is currently disconnected.  If you are a customer in this position, I urge you to call us now to set up a payment plan under the rule. We can work together to create a payment plan so that you get service throughout the heating season."

Customers who anticipate having trouble paying their entire natural gas bill, have received a Notice of Proposed Disconnection, or need gas service reconnected are all urged to call CenterPoint Energy to establish a payment plan. A payment plan will include what is owed and the amount to be billed. The plan will also take into consideration a customer's financial situation and any other special circumstances. The plan must be agreeable to both the customer and CenterPoint Energy. If an agreed-upon payment plan cannot be reached, customers have a right to appeal under the CWR.

Under the CWR, special payment terms are available to customers who:

  • Apply for and receive Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding assistance in Minnesota; or
  • Meet income guidelines set by the state of Minnesota and provide proof of income.

Other helpful information:

  • In addition to calling CenterPoint Energy to discuss and establish a payment plan, company representatives are available to refer customers to social service agencies who may have energy assistance funds;
  • Customers interested in helping others pay their natural gas bill can support the Salvation Army's HeatShare program. Visit The Salvation Army's website to make a donation.

Call CenterPoint Energy to set up a payment plan at 1-612-372-4680 or 1-800-729-6164. For additional information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/ReadyForWinter.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®.  For more information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

2018-10-08T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy Inc. announces closing of $1.5 billion senior notes offering

Houston - Oct. 5, 2018 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced the closing of its offering and sale of $1.5 billion of senior notes comprised of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.60% senior notes due 2021, $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.85% senior notes due 2024; and $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.25% senior notes due 2028.

CenterPoint Energy intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance a portion of the cash consideration payable by CenterPoint Energy in connection with its pending merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren Merger), as well as a portion of the related fees and expenses. If for any reason the Vectren Merger is not completed on or prior to Oct. 31, 2019, CenterPoint Energy will be required to redeem all of the senior notes at a redemption price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the senior notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding the date of redemption.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley, Mizuho Securities, MUFG and RBC Capital Markets served as joint bookrunners. Additional joint book-running managers were PNC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Securities LLC, TD Securities and US Bancorp. Senior co-managers were BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC and Comerica Securities. Guggenheim Securities, LLC and Loop Capital Markets served as co-managers.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of any offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering would be unlawful.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, the use of proceeds from the offering and the Vectren Merger.  Factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2018, and CenterPoint Energy's other SEC filings.

Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the Vectren Merger include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Vectren Merger discussed in the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus and other factors discussed in the company's SEC filings.

2018-10-05T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy partners with Akin Gump for Houston Volunteer Lawyers-sponsored will clinic

Houston – Oct. 3, 2018 – As part of its ongoing commitment to community involvement, CenterPoint Energy partnered with Akin Gump, a leading international law firm, to provide pro bono will preparation services to Houston residents at a recent Houston Volunteer Lawyers Will Clinic sponsored in partnership with the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods.

Through the will clinic, lawyers from CenterPoint Energy and Akin Gump's Houston office collaborated to provide will preparation services to more than 30 Houstonians in need. The will signing took place on Thurs., Sept.13, in the historically significant Emancipation Cultural Center. The center is located in the park of the same name that was established by African American Houstonians in the 1870s as a home for Juneteenth celebrations of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"CenterPoint Energy's Legal Department participates in a number of volunteer events each year. We are especially proud to support Mayor Turner's 'Complete Communities' initiative and the important work performed by Houston Volunteer Lawyers," said Monica Karuturi, vice president and AGC of Corporate and Securities for CenterPoint Energy. "We are also grateful for the generous support of Akin Gump, our partner in this community service."  

Akin Gump Partner Robert Shearer, who led Akin Gump's participation in the clinic, added, "We have been thrilled to partner with our client, CenterPoint Energy, and a great organization like Houston Volunteer Lawyers to be able to provide meaningful assistance to residents of Houston."

Houston Volunteer Lawyers serves as the pro bono legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association, and helps thousands of people across the Houston area each year with their most pressing legal needs. This will clinic is one of several that the organization will sponsor in underserved communities throughout Houston this year.

The clinic is part of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's "Complete Communities" initiative for the City of Houston, an initiative aimed at improving neighborhoods so that all of Houston's residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities.

About CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

About Akin Gump

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

 

2018-10-03T05:00:00Z
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaims October as HVAC System Awareness Month

Minneapolis Oct. 3, 2018Governor Mark Dayton recently issued a proclamation announcing October as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Awareness Month in Minnesota. The proclamation is the initiative of the Minnesota Blue Flame Natural Gas Association, which consists of member utilities and companies that educate and promote the safe, efficient use and value of natural gas and natural gas equipment, as well as encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation. Designed to highlight the benefits of annual maintenance, October 2018 marks the first HVAC System Awareness Month.

The proclamation urges Minnesota residents to have a qualified technician perform an annual inspection of their HVAC systems to ensure safety and reliability. Inspections will:

  • Address unsafe conditions;
  • Prevent malfunctions;
  • Help appliances perform more efficiently, saving energy and money; and
  • Foster environmental stewardship through more efficient operations.

"We're ready to share our expertise with customers and help them stay safe and warm this season by performing HVAC system tune-ups," said Todd Berreman, director of Energy Efficiency for CenterPoint Energy. "We are also pleased to offer furnace and boiler system tune-up rebates to customers who complete qualifying inspection and maintenance of their natural gas heating systems."

Xcel Energy Trade Relations Manager Greg Olson said, "We have wonderful trade partners across the state who can help residents tune up their existing system or recommend a new one if they're in the market. We recommend getting bids from three dealers. Check xcelenergy.com for a list of participating dealers and for appliance rebate information."

Heating system tips

Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances, such as water heaters, clothes dryers and ovens, produce carbon monoxide that can reach dangerous levels if not maintained or used properly. CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy recommend that customers have their fuel-burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician at the start of the heating season.  It is also recommended that homeowners purchase a CO detection device with an audible alarm and digital display, install it 10 feet from each bedroom as required by law, change the batteries as necessary, and check for proper operation. 

Other energy efficiency tips include:

  • Changing furnace filters per manufacturer's recommendations;
  • Lowering your thermostat 8-10 degrees when you're sleeping or away; and
  • Sealing off leaks through weather-stripping doors, windows and gaps along the home's foundation.

For other energy saving tips and rebate information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/SaveEnergy and xcelenergy.com/Rebates.

About CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®.  For more information, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

2018-10-03T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy closes concurrent upsized public offerings of $2.8 billion in net proceeds

Houston – Oct. 1, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced it has closed its concurrent underwritten public offerings of approximately 69,633,027 shares of common stock at a price of $27.25 per share and 19,550,000 depositary shares, each representing a 1/20th interest in a share of its 7.00% Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock (Series B Preferred Stock), at a price of $50 per depositary share. The amounts sold include 9,082,568 shares of common stock and 2,550,000 depositary shares issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the options granted to the underwriters in each of the respective offerings to purchase additional shares of common stock and depositary shares, respectively.

CenterPoint Energy intends to use the net proceeds from the common stock and depositary share offerings of approximately $1.85 billion and $0.95 billion, respectively, in each case after deducting issuance costs and discounts for the respective offerings, to finance a portion of the cash consideration payable by CenterPoint Energy in connection with its pending merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren Merger), as well as a portion of the related fees and expenses. If for any reason the Vectren Merger is not completed, CenterPoint Energy expects to use the net proceeds from these offerings for general corporate purposes, which may include, at its sole discretion, exercising its option to redeem the Series B Preferred Stock and the corresponding depositary shares for cash, debt repayment, including repayment of commercial paper, capital expenditures, investments and repurchases of its common stock at the discretion of its board of directors.

Each depositary share entitles the holder of such depositary share, through the depository, to a proportional fractional interest in the rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred Stock,
including conversion, dividend, liquidation and voting rights, subject to the terms of the deposit
agreement.

The depositary shares have been authorized for listing, upon official notice of issuance, on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CNPPRB. CenterPoint Energy's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Stock Exchange under the symbol CNP.

Joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters of the concurrent offerings were Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup and Wells Fargo Securities.

Additional joint book-running managers of the concurrent offerings were Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan.

Senior co-managers of the concurrent offerings were Mizuho Securities, MUFG and RBC Capital Markets.

Co-managers of the concurrent offerings were BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, BTIG (common stock offering only), Comerica Securities, Evercore ISI, PNC Capital Markets LLC, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc. (a diversity and inclusion firm (D&I)), Ramirez and Co., Inc., (D&I), Regions Securities LLC, TD Securities, The Williams Capital Group, L.P. (D&I), Wolfe Capital Markets and Advisory, and US Bancorp (depositary share offering only).

Each offering was made pursuant to CenterPoint Energy's effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, as amended, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Each offering was made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus meeting such requirements related to each offering may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or from:

 
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Attention: Prospectus Department
180 Varick St. 2nd Fl.
New York, New York 10014
 
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Attention: Prospectus Department
200 West Street
New York, New York 10282
Telephone: 1-866-471-2526
Email: prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com
Citigroup
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, New York 11717
Telephone: 1-800-831-9146
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Attention: Equity Syndicate Department
375 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10152
Telephone:  1-800-326-5897
Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

 

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, the use of proceeds from the proposed offerings, the anticipated conversion date of the Series B Preferred Stock and the Vectren Merger.  Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the proposed offerings include, but are not limited to, general market conditions, investor acceptance of the proposed offerings, the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed offerings discussed in the prospectus supplements and accompanying base prospectuses and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2018, and CenterPoint Energy's other SEC filings.

Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the Vectren Merger include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Vectren Merger discussed in the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus and other factors discussed in the company's SEC filings.

2018-10-01T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy Services expands natural gas services in Illinois

Houston – Sept. 27, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced that its competitive natural gas sales and services business, CenterPoint Energy Services, has expanded its retail natural gas supply to residential customers and businesses of all sizes in Illinois. The expansion of services, which began this month, builds on CenterPoint Energy Services' established presence in Illinois where it currently serves more than 6,000 commercial and industrial customers.

"CenterPoint Energy Services has a proven track record, having served commercial and industrial customers in Illinois for more than 30 years," said Joe Vortherms, senior vice president of CenterPoint Energy Services. "We have worked hard to meet our customers' wide range of needs, giving them competitive rates and superior customer service. We are pleased to have expanded our services to residential and business customers of all sizes."

Customers in unbundled energy markets, such as Illinois, have the ability to select a natural gas supplier who then delivers the gas to them through the local utility.

"We now offer a variety of plan options to customers in the Nicor Gas, People's Gas and North Shore Gas service territories. Our plans cater to a variety of customer needs, whether it's the predictability that comes with a fixed rate or the freedom that comes with choosing a flexible natural gas plan," added Vortherms.

CenterPoint Energy Services is ranked one of the largest natural gas marketers in the nation by Natural Gas Intelligence. It is backed by more than a century of energy experience through its Fortune 500 parent company, CenterPoint Energy.

For more information regarding natural gas rates and plans, visit www.CenterPointEnergyRetail.com/ILChoice or call 1-888-549-1089.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With nearly 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, please visit www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

2018-09-27T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy prices concurrent upsized public offerings of $1.65 billion Common Stock and $850 million Depositary Shares representing interests in Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock

Houston – Sept. 26, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced the pricing of its concurrent underwritten public offerings of approximately $1,650,000,000 of shares of common stock at a price of $27.25 per share and 17,000,000 depositary shares, each representing a 1/20th interest in a share of its 7.00% Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock (Series B Preferred Stock), at a price of $50 per depositary share. Each share of Series B Preferred Stock will have a liquidation preference of $1,000 (equivalent to $50 per depositary share). In addition, CenterPoint Energy has granted the underwriters in each respective offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional approximately $247,500,000 of shares of common stock and up to an additional 2,550,000 depositary shares.

CenterPoint Energy intends to use the net proceeds from the common stock and depositary share offerings of approximately $1.60 billion and $0.83 billion, respectively, in each case after deducting issuance costs and discounts for the respective offerings, to finance a portion of the cash consideration payable by CenterPoint Energy in connection with its pending merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren Merger), as well as a portion of the related fees and expenses. If for any reason the Vectren Merger is not completed, CenterPoint Energy expects to use the net proceeds from these offerings for general corporate purposes, which may include, at its sole discretion, exercising its option to redeem the Series B Preferred Stock and the corresponding depositary shares for cash, debt repayment, including repayment of commercial paper, capital expenditures, investments and repurchases of its common stock at the discretion of its board of directors. The concurrent offerings are expected to close on October 1, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

The common stock and the depositary share offerings are separate registered public offerings made by means of separate prospectus supplements and are not contingent on one another. In addition, neither offering is or will be contingent on the consummation of the proposed Vectren Merger.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters of the concurrent offerings. Additionally, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-running managers of the concurrent offerings.

Each depositary share entitles the holder of such depositary share, through the depository, to a proportional fractional interest in the rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred Stock, including conversion, dividend, liquidation and voting rights, subject to the terms of the deposit agreement. Unless previously converted or redeemed, each share of Series B Preferred Stock will automatically convert on or around September 1, 2021, into between 30.5820 and 36.6980 shares of CenterPoint Energy's common stock (and correspondingly, the conversion rate for each depositary share will be between 1.5291 and 1.8349 shares of CenterPoint Energy's common stock), subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments, depending on the volume-weighted average price of CenterPoint Energy's common stock over a 20 consecutive trading day averaging period prior to that date. Dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock will be payable on a cumulative basis when, as and if declared by CenterPoint Energy's board of directors, at an annual rate of 7.00% on the liquidation preference of $1,000 per share of Series B Preferred Stock (or $50 per depositary share), on each March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 of each year, commencing on December 1, 2018, and ending on, and including, September 1, 2021.

Each offering is being made pursuant to CenterPoint Energy's effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, as amended, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Each offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus meeting such requirements related to each offering may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website, www.sec.gov or from:

 

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Attention: Prospectus Department

180 Varick St. 2nd Fl.

New York, New York 10014

 

 

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Attention: Prospectus Department

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

Telephone: 1-866-471-2526

Email: prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com

Citigroup

c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions

1155 Long Island Avenue

Edgewood, New York 11717

Telephone: 1-800-831-9146

 

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Attention: Equity Syndicate Department

375 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10152

Telephone:  1-800-326-5897

Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

Currently, no public market exists for the depositary shares. CenterPoint Energy intends to apply to list the depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CNPPRB. CenterPoint Energy's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Stock Exchange under the symbol CNP.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any shares of common stock, any depositary shares, any shares of Series B Preferred Stock or any other securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations on the completion and timing of the proposed offerings, the use of proceeds from the proposed offerings, the anticipated conversion date of the Series B Preferred Stock, listing of the depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange and the Vectren Merger.  Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the proposed offerings include, but are not limited to, general market conditions, investor acceptance of the proposed offerings, the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed offerings discussed in the prospectus supplements and accompanying base prospectuses and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2018, and CenterPoint Energy's other SEC filings.  Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the Vectren Merger include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Vectren Merger discussed in the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus and other factors discussed in the company's SEC filings.

2018-09-26T05:00:00Z
CenterPoint Energy announces concurrent public offerings of $1.50 billion of Common Stock and $0.75 billion of Depositary Shares representing interests in Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock

Houston – Sept. 24, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced the commencement of concurrent underwritten public offerings of $1,500,000,000 of shares of common stock and 15,000,000 depositary shares, each representing a 1/20th interest in a share of its Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock (Series B Preferred Stock), subject to market and other conditions. Each share of Series B Preferred Stock will have a liquidation preference of $1,000 (equivalent to $50 per depositary share). In addition, CenterPoint Energy intends to grant the underwriters in each respective offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $225,000,000 of shares of common stock and up to an additional 2,250,000 depositary shares.

CenterPoint Energy intends to use the net proceeds from these offerings to finance a portion of the cash consideration in connection with its pending merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren Merger), as well as a portion of the related fees and expenses. If for any reason the Vectren Merger is not completed, CenterPoint Energy expects to use the net proceeds from these offerings for general corporate purposes, which may include, at its sole discretion, exercising its option to redeem the Series B Preferred Stock and the corresponding depositary shares for cash, debt repayment, including repayment of commercial paper, capital expenditures, investments and repurchases of its common stock at the discretion of its board of directors.

The common stock and the depositary share offerings are separate registered public offerings made by means of separate prospectus supplements and are not contingent on one another. In addition, neither offering is or will be contingent on the consummation of the proposed Vectren Merger.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-running managers of the concurrent offerings. 

Each depositary share entitles the holder of such depositary share, through the depositary, to a proportional fractional interest in the rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred Stock, including conversion, dividend, liquidation and voting rights, subject to the terms of the deposit agreement. Unless previously converted or redeemed, each share of Series B Preferred Stock will automatically convert on or around September 1, 2021, into a number of shares of CenterPoint Energy's common stock based on the applicable conversion rate, and each depositary share will automatically convert into a number of shares of common stock equal to a proportionate fractional interest in such shares of common stock. The conversion rates, dividend rate and other terms of the Series B Preferred Stock will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering of the depositary shares.

Each offering will be made pursuant to CenterPoint Energy's effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, as amended, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Each offering will be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus meeting such requirements related to each offering may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website, www.sec.gov or from:

 

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Attention: Prospectus Department

180 Varick St. 2nd Fl.

New York, New York 10014

 

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Attention: Prospectus Department

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

Telephone: 1-866-471-2526

Email: prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com

 

Citigroup

c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions

1155 Long Island Avenue

Edgewood, New York 11717

Telephone: 1-800-831-9146

 

 

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Attention: Equity Syndicate Department

375 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10152

Telephone:  1-800-326-5897

Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

Currently, no public market exists for the depositary shares. CenterPoint Energy intends to apply to list the depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CNPPRB. CenterPoint Energy's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Stock Exchange under the symbol CNP.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any shares of common stock, any depositary shares, any shares of Series B Preferred Stock or any other securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations on the granting of the options to the underwriters to purchase additional shares of common stock or depositary shares, the timing and sizing of the proposed offerings, the use of proceeds from the proposed offerings, the anticipated conversion date of the Series B Preferred Stock, listing of the depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange and the Vectren Merger.  Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the proposed offerings include, but are not limited to, general market conditions, investor acceptance of the proposed offerings, the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed offerings discussed in the prospectus supplements and accompanying base prospectuses and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2018, and CenterPoint Energy's other SEC filings.  Factors that could affect the company's ability to complete the Vectren Merger include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions to the Vectren Merger discussed in the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus and other factors discussed in the company's SEC filings.

 

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