Intended Merger with Progress Energy
In January 2011, we announced our intended merger with Progress Energy. (See Creating the Leading U.S. Utility) Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Progress Energy has regulated utility operations in the Carolinas and Florida, with more than 3 million customers. Our combined company will be unsurpassed in size and scale, serving more than 7 million customers with around 57,000 megawatts (MW) of domestic nuclear, coal, hydro and alternative energy generation. We are targeting closing the transaction by the end of 2011, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.
This strategic transaction involves more than just becoming the largest utility. The size and scale of the combined company gives us the ability to achieve efficiencies and effectively manage the transformation occurring in our industry. Additionally, we add an outstanding group of teammates to help navigate the combined company into the future.
Over time, we believe that our customers will benefit from productivity gains and that our employees will benefit from increased opportunities. We expect shareholders to realize earnings accretion, based on adjusted diluted earnings per share, in the first year after closing.
We are very excited about this transaction. Our combined strength will exceed the strength we have as separate companies. It will allow us to provide benefits to all our stakeholders — our customers, investors, employees, and the communities in which we work and live. Integration planning has begun so that we can ensure a smooth transition and increase productivity gains in all aspects of our business.
At the same time, we will continue to focus on execution of our 2011 financial and operational objectives as a stand-alone company.