TCEH Corp. and some of its unit, including operating businesses Luminant and TXU Energy, have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a standalone company effected through a tax-free spinoff from Energy Future Holdings Corp.
The emergence follows satisfaction of all necessary conditions, including regulatory approvals required by EFH‘s Third Amended Plan of Reorganization, which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on August 29, 2016.
EFH and Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co., which own an indirect 80 percent equity interest in Oncor, remain in Chapter 11 and are proceeding toward confirmation and emergence on a separate, standalone schedule.
Concurrent with emergence, TCEH Corp. has issued 427.5 million shares of its common stock, as well as other proceeds, to the pre-emergence first-lien creditors of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Co. Effective immediately, this common stock is publicly traded on the OTCQX market under the ticker symbol THHH.
TCEH Corp. has also appointed a new board of directors consisting of Gavin Baiera, Jennifer Box, Jeff Hunter, Michael Liebelson, Cyrus Madon, Curt Morgan and Geoffrey Strong. Curt Morgan will assume responsibilities as CEO of TCEH Corp., effective immediately.
During his 35-year career, Morgan has held leadership responsibilities in nearly every major U.S. power market. Most recently, he had been serving as a consultant for Former TCEH’s first-lien creditors. Prior to that, he was an operating partner at Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure.
Earlier in his career, Morgan served as the president and CEO of both EquiPower Resources Corp. and FirstLight Power Resources, Inc. He recently served as a director of Summit Midstream Partners and has held leadership positions at NRG Energy, Mirant Corp., Reliant Energy and BP Amoco.
TCEH Corp. consists of Texas’ largest electric power generator, Luminant, and TXU Energy, a competitive retail electricity provider, with almost 17,000 MW of generation and 1.7 million retail customers, respectively. TCEH Corp. believes this robust operating platform is now complemented by a strong balance sheet and liquidity position, as the company has eliminated more than $33 billion of debt and other obligations through the Chapter 11 restructuring process.
TCEH Corp. further benefits from very low leverage relative to its peer group at 2.3 times of gross secured debt-to-EBITDA and 1.5 times on a net basis (secured debt less cash on hand), based on the projected 2016 EBITDA as disclosed to the bankruptcy court in connection with the reorganization proceedings.