ITC Shareholders Approve Merger of Entergy's Transmission Business Into ITC
NOVI, Mich., April 16, 2013
NOVI, Mich., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC)
shareholders today voted to approve the proposed merger of the Entergy
Corporation ("Entergy") transmission business into ITC.
At a special meeting of ITC shareholders held this morning, ITC shareholders
voted in favor of approving the merger agreement announced Dec. 5, 2011,
pursuant to which Entergy's transmission business will be separated and merged
into ITC. ITC shareholders also approved the other proposals required for the
"We are pleased that our shareholders have endorsed our proposed transaction
with Entergy," said Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president & CEO of ITC. "We
believe that the combination of these businesses will result in benefits for
The transaction is targeted to close by the end of the year, subject to
receipt of all required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other closing
conditions. To date, ITC and Entergy, either jointly or individually, as
appropriate, have made all of the regulatory filings necessary for approval of
the transaction. These approval processes are in progress.
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation's largest independent electric
transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric
transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the
overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to
interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC's regulated operating
subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company,
ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and
operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota,
Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load
exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line.
Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on
expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are
needed. For more information, please visit ITC's website at
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains certain statements that describe ITC management's
beliefs concerning future business conditions and prospects, growth
opportunities and the outlook for ITC's business, including ITC's business and
the electric transmission industry based upon information currently available.
Such statements are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Wherever possible, ITC has
identified these forward-looking statements by words such as "anticipates",
"believes", "intends", "estimates", "expects", "projects" and similar phrases.
These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions ITC management
believes are reasonable. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks
and uncertainties which could cause ITC's actual results, performance and
achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by,
these statements, including, among other things, (a) the risks and
uncertainties disclosed in ITC's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and
any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC") from time to time and (b) the following
transactional factors (in addition to others described elsewhere in this
document, in the proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration
statement on Form S-4 that was filed by ITC with the SEC in connection with
the proposed transactions): (i) risks inherent in the contemplated
transaction, including: (A) failure to obtain approval by the Company's
shareholders; (B) failure to obtain regulatory approvals necessary to
consummate the transaction or to obtain regulatory approvals on favorable
terms; (C) the ability to obtain the required financings; (D) delays in
consummating the transaction or the failure to consummate the transactions;
and (E) exceeding the expected costs of the transactions; (ii) legislative and
regulatory actions, and (iii) conditions of the capital markets during the
periods covered by the forward-looking statements.
Because ITC's forward-looking statements are based on estimates and
assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive
uncertainties, many of which are beyond ITC's control or are subject to
change, actual results could be materially different and any or all of ITC's
forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They speak only as of the
date made and can be affected by assumptions ITC might make or by known or
unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors mentioned in this document and
the exhibits hereto and in ITC's annual and quarterly reports will be
important in determining future results. Consequently, ITC cannot assure you
that ITC's expectations or forecasts expressed in such forward-looking
statements will be achieved. Actual future results may vary materially.
Except as required by law, ITC undertakes no obligation to publicly update any
of ITC's forward-looking or other statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.
The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including
regulatory approvals, approval of ITC's shareholders and the availability of
financing. ITC cannot provide any assurance that the proposed transactions
related thereto will be completed, nor can it give assurances as to the terms
on which such transactions will be consummated.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
ITC filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (Registration No. 333-184073)
with the SEC registering the offer and sale of shares of ITC common stock to
be issued to Entergy shareholders in connection with the proposed
transactions. This registration statement includes a proxy statement of ITC
that also constitutes a prospectus of ITC. This registration statement was
declared effective by the SEC on February 25, 2013. ITC mailed the proxy
statement/prospectus to its shareholders on or about February 28, 2013. ITC
shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus included in the
ITC registration statement and any other relevant documents because they
contain important information about Mid South TransCo LLC ("TransCo") and the
proposed transactions. In addition, TransCo will file a registration
statement with the SEC registering the offer and sale of TransCo common units
to be issued to Entergy shareholders in connection with the proposed
transactions. Entergy shareholders are urged to read the proxy
statement/prospectus included in the ITC registration statement and the
prospectus to be included in the TransCo registration statement (when
available) and any other relevant documents, because they contain important
information about ITC, TransCo and the proposed transactions. The proxy
statement/prospectus, prospectus and other documents relating to the proposed
transactions (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the
SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The documents, when available, can also be
obtained free of charge from Entergy upon written request to Entergy
Corporation, Investor Relations, P.O. Box 61000 New Orleans, LA 70161 or by
calling Entergy's Investor Relations information line at 1-888- ENTERGY
(368-3749), or from ITC upon written request to ITC Holdings Corp., Investor
Relations, 27175 Energy Way, Novi, MI 48377 or by calling 248-946-3000.
Participants in this Transaction
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder
of ITC. However, Entergy, ITC and certain of their respective directors and
executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may
be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders
of ITC in connection with the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC.
Information about the directors and executive officers of Entergy, may be
found in its 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February
27, 2013, and its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2013 Annual
Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on March 27, 2013. Information
about the directors and executive officers of ITC may be found in its 2012
Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2013, and its
definitive proxy statement relating to its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
filed with the SEC on April 5, 2013.
SOURCE ITC Holdings Corp.
Contact: Investor/Analyst: Gretchen Holloway, 248-946-3595;
email@example.com; Media: Robert Doetsch, 248-946-3493;
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.