Westar Energy, Inc.NYSE
Fri, Aug. 26, 5:55 PM
Tue, Aug. 16, 10:45 AM
- Great Plains Energy’s (GXP -0.8%) proposed $8.6B purchase of Westar Energy (WR -0.1%) is being closely examined by Missouri regulators, who could derail the deal even as GXP says it does not need the state’s permission for the merger.
- James Owen of the Missouri Office of Public Counsel contends that an earlier agreement between GXP and the state 15 years ago still requires any acquisition by the company to fall under Missouri jurisdiction.
- Owens also notes that WR has operations in Missouri as part owner of a power company in Joplin, which means it is subject to the state’s oversight.
Wed, Aug. 3, 2:48 PM
- Westar Energy (WR -1.4%) disclosed late yesterday that its $8.6B proposed takeover by Great Plains Energy (GXP -0.7%) is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department.
- WR said it received a letter from the DoJ in June requesting “certain documents and information" on a voluntary basis; the two companies say they are cooperating.
- The disclosure comes less than a week after the staff of Missouri’s utility commission said the merger should be subject to a state review, threatening to hold up a transaction that WR and GXP have been expecting to close by the middle of next year.
- WR also reported yesterday that its Q2 earnings missed expectations while reaffirming FY 2016 guidance for EPS of $2.38-$2.53, vs. $2.45 analyst consensus estimate.
Tue, Aug. 2, 5:27 PM
Mon, Aug. 1, 5:35 PM
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Thu, Jun. 2, 3:34 PM
- Great Plains Energy (GXP -1.9%) is downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $28 price target at Barclays, which foresees regulatory and financing hurdles associated with closing its proposed $8.6B acquisition of Westar Energy (WR +0.2%).
- While GXP’s guidance is “defensible,” the regulatory calendar is very crowded and “the high sensitivity to financing costs the transaction employs through a great deal of leverage will cause the stock to underperform the utility group into the close of the transaction," Barclays analyst Daniel Ford writes.
- The firm has an Equal Weight rating on WR and a $60 price target, assuming the merger closes within 12 months.
Tue, May 31, 9:15 AM
Tue, May 31, 7:14 AM
- Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) agrees to acquire Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) for $8.6B in cash and stock, in a major consolidation in the utilities sector.
- WR shareholders will receive $60/share - $51 in cash and $9 in GXP stock - a 13% premium to WR's closing price on Friday.
- The companies say the enterprise value of the deal is ~$12.2B, including WR's ~$3.6B of debt.
- GXP CEO Terry Bassham will be chairman and CEO of the combined company.
- Upon completion of the deal, GXP, the parent of Kansas City Power & Light, will have more than 1.5M customers in Kansas and Missouri.
- WR +8.9% premarket.
Thu, May 12, 3:56 PM
- Ameren (AEE -0.2%) is preparing to make a final takeover offer for Westar Energy (WR +0.5%), which has asked interested suitors to submit binding offers by May 23, Bloomberg reports.
- Great Plains Energy (GXP +0.2%) also may be interested in WR and has been seeking to partner with a financial investor such as a pension fund or infrastructure fund to help raise the cash necessary to buy its larger rival, according to the report.
- WR, the largest utility in Kansas, reportedly has been considering a sale amid a flurry of U.S. utilities mergers prompted by tepid power demand and mounting costs.
Tue, May 3, 5:28 PM
- Westar Energy (NYSE:WR): Q1 EPS of $0.46 in-line.
- Revenue of $569.5M (-3.6% Y/Y) misses by $61.41M.
Mon, May 2, 5:35 PM
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Fri, Apr. 8, 2:09 PM
- Westar Energy (WR +2.3%) moves higher after a brief trading halt, following a Bloomberg report that the Kansas electric utility is getting interest from buyers.
- Ameren (AEE -0.1%), which provides electrical transmission and natural gas delivery to 3M-plus customers in Missouri and Illinois, reportedly is interested, as well as an investor consortium that includes Borealis Infrastructure Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
- Initial bids for WR, which has a ~$7B market cap, are due next week, according to the report.
- Now read Westar Energy +7% as it reportedly talks to potential buyers
Thu, Mar. 10, 2:47 PM
- Westar Energy (WR +7.1%) is in the early stages of exploring strategic options that could lead to a sale, Bloomberg reports.
- WR, which delivers power to ~700K customers in Kansas, reportedly is talking with potential financial advisers as it evaluates its options, and several possible buyers have been contacted to gauge interest.
- WR shares rose as much as 10% after a brief trading halt.
Wed, Feb. 24, 5:40 PM
- Westar Energy (NYSE:WR): Q4 EPS of $0.28 misses by $0.08.
- Revenue of $546M (-8.5% Y/Y) misses by $93.79M.
Tue, Feb. 23, 5:35 PM
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Dec. 31, 2015, 12:27 PM
- Westar Energy (WR -1.2%) is buying another 200MW of wind power from a NextEra Energy (NEE -0.9%) affiliate. The energy will be produced at a Kingman County, KS wind farm set to go live in early 2017. Westar will have the option to buy half the facility before "substantial completion."
- The purchase will bring Westar's total wind capacity above 1.7GW. NextEra, meanwhile, is 18 months removed from doing an IPO for its NextEra Energy Partners solar/wind plant unit.