SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2019
CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (713) 207-1111
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On February 1, 2019, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), dated as of April 21, 2018, by and among CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CenterPoint Energy), Vectren Corporation, an Indiana corporation (Vectren), and Pacer Merger Sub, Inc., an Indiana corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy (Merger Sub), CenterPoint Energy, Vectren and Merger Sub consummated the previously announced agreement to merge Merger Sub with and into Vectren (the Merger), with Vectren continuing as the surviving corporation and as a wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy.
In connection with the Merger, two of Vectrens wholly owned subsidiaries, Vectren Utility Holdings, Inc. (VUHI) and Vectren Capital Corp. (VCC), made offers to prepay certain outstanding guaranteed senior notes (the VUHI Guaranteed Senior Notes and the VCC Guaranteed Senior Notes) as required pursuant to certain note purchase agreements previously entered into by VUHI and VCC. Holders of $568 million of outstanding VUHI Guaranteed Senior Notes (the VUHI Redeemed Notes) and holders of $191 million of outstanding VCC Guaranteed Senior Notes (the VCC Redeemed Notes) accepted the prepayment offers by VUHI and VCC, respectively. To fund these prepayments and certain payments of accrued interest (as described below), CenterPoint Energy issued approximately $764 million of short-term, unsecured commercial paper notes under its commercial paper program. In turn, VUHI borrowed $568 million from CenterPoint Energy through individual promissory notes with interest rates and maturity dates corresponding with the terms of the VUHI Redeemed Notes, and VCC borrowed $191 million from CenterPoint Energy in a single promissory note with an interest rate and maturity date comparable to the terms of the VCC Redeemed Notes. CenterPoint Energy also made capital contributions of approximately $5 million to Vectren to fund the payment of accrued interest on the VUHI Redeemed Notes and VCC Redeemed Notes.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.|
|Date: February 1, 2019||By:||/s/ Kristie L. Colvin|
|Kristie L. Colvin|
|Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer|