Duke Energy Announces Transfer of DENA Contracts to Barclays Capital - Duke Energy

News Release
November 18, 2005

Duke Energy Announces Transfer of DENA Contracts to Barclays Capital

  • Barclays Capital to acquire substantially all of DENA’s portfolio of derivatives contracts
  • Credit, collateral, market and legal risk associated with contracts shifts to Barclays Capital
  • Transaction in-line with previously estimated financial impacts from DENA exit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today announced it has signed an agreement to transfer substantially all of Duke Energy North America’s (DENA) portfolio of derivatives contracts to Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC.

Under the agreement, Barclays Capital will acquire substantially all of DENA’s outstanding gas and power derivatives contracts. Excluded from the transaction are derivative contracts associated with the near-term value of DENA’s West and Northeast power generation assets and certain remaining gas transportation and structured contracts. 

By Jan. 3, 2006, Barclays will receive from Duke approximately $700 million in cash which primarily reflects the amount by which the portfolio is below current market value as well as certain transaction costs.  This payment will be substantially offset by the return of collateral to Duke Energy. The transaction falls within the parameters of the previously announced financial impacts associated with Duke Energy’s decision to exit DENA’s business outside the Midwest.

The agreement with Barclays essentially eliminates Duke Energy’s credit, collateral, market and legal risk associated with DENA’s derivative trading positions effective on the date of signing. The underlying contracts will transfer to Barclays over a period of months.   

“Today’s announcement is a major step forward in our plan to exit DENA’s business outside the Midwest,” said Paul Anderson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “With Barclays acquiring the lion’s share of DENA’s book and assuming the associated risks, we’ve achieved a significant strategic objective in just two months, well ahead of our initial schedule. 

“We’re pleased to have reached a win-win agreement with such a premier organization as Barclays,” Anderson continued. “This deal allows the company to focus our efforts on divesting the remaining DENA assets, and more importantly on the merger with Cinergy and Duke Energy’s future.”   

On Sept. 13, Duke Energy announced plans to pursue the sale or other disposition of substantially all of DENA’s physical and commercial assets outside the Midwestern U.S. The company anticipates resolving the disposition of DENA's power generation assets in the West and Northeast before Sept. 2006.

Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC. With a distinctive business model, Barclays Capital provides large corporates, government and institutional clients with solutions to their financing and risk management needs.  Barclays Capital has the support of an AA rated parent bank with a balance sheet of over £560 billion (US$1 trillion*). With offices in 25 countries, the firm employs over 8,000 people and has the global reach and distribution power to meet the needs of issuers and investors worldwide.

In January 2005, Barclays Capital received recognition from two of the finance industry’s most prestigious publications by being named IFR magazine’s ‘Bank of the Year’ and Risk magazine’s ‘Derivatives House of the Year’. For further information about Barclays Capital, please visit our website www.barclayscapital.com.

*US$ figure was derived using the average US$/£ exchange rate for the six month period ending 30 June 2005 of US$1.88/£1

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

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