Avista, Hydro One call off merger

    Spokane, Washington (KINY) The two companies mutually agreed to terminate their previously announced merger agreement today.

    According to a Company press release, this decision follows the recent orders by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission which denied approval of the merger. After careful consideration and analysis of the likelihood of achieving a timely reversal of those orders, the Boards of Directors of Hydro One and Avista each individually determined that termination of the merger agreement is the best course of action for the companies and their respective shareholders.

    Paul Dobson, acting President, and CEO of Hydro One said, “Hydro One’s Board, management and employees remain focused on delivering safe and reliable power, providing exceptional customer service and driving shareholder value. On behalf of Hydro One, I would like to thank the teams who have worked tirelessly on the proposed merger throughout this process.”

    Scott L. Morris, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Avista, said, “While disappointed with the outcome, I want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who worked with us on this effort over the past 18 months. Avista is a strong, vibrant, and independent utility, and we look forward to building on our legacy of nearly 130 years by continuing to serve the best interests of our most important stakeholders—our valued customers, loyal employees, the communities we serve, and our shareholders.”

    As required by the merger agreement, Hydro One will pay Avista a US$103 million termination fee as a result of the termination of the merger agreement.

    Connie Hulbert, President, and CEO of Alaska Electric Light & Power said this will not change their operations, "“The outcome of Avista’s proposed merger will not affect our focus on or ability to provide outstanding service to our customers. It will continue to be business as usual for AEL&P.”

     

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