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Subject:  Buffett non, EDF oui... Date:  12/17/2008  11:53 AM
Author:  TMFFungibles Number:  12 of 14

Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company today announced they have jointly reached agreement to terminate their Sept. 19, 2008, merger agreement, and as a result, the previously announced Dec. 23, 2008, shareholder meeting to vote on the MidAmerican merger has been canceled.

On Sept. 22, 2008, MidAmerican provided $1 billion of needed capital to Constellation Energy to assist them in continuing their business operations during unprecedented times of global financial stress.

Under the provisions of the termination agreement MidAmerican will receive a $175 million termination fee. In addition, the preferred shares issued to MEHC Investment, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MidAmerican, will convert, and MEHC Investment, Inc. will receive a $1 billion note at 14 percent interest, maturing Dec. 31, 2009; approximately 20 million shares of Constellation Energy common stock, representing 9.99 percent of outstanding shares; and approximately $418 million in cash. Additionally, the $350 million liquidity resource will terminate. announced a definitive investment agreement under which EDF Development Inc., will acquire a 49.99 percent interest in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC, for $4.5 billion. Constellation Energy Nuclear Group owns 3,869 megawatts of nuclear generating capacity, which consists of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland, and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station and R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in New York. EDF Development Inc.'s interest in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group will be structured as a new joint venture between the companies, separate from the existing UniStar joint venture.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Group will also make several key investments to strengthen Constellation Energy's liquidity position:

EDF Development Inc. is making an immediate $1 billion cash investment in Constellation Energy through the purchase of newly issued Constellation Energy Series B non-convertible cumulative preferred stock, which will be surrendered to Constellation Energy upon closing of the transaction and credited against the $4.5 billion purchase price for EDF's interest in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.
To provide Constellation Energy with additional liquidity support, EDF Development Inc. and Constellation Energy have entered into a two-year asset put option that allows Constellation Energy to sell to EDF up to $2 billion of non-nuclear generation assets.
EDF Group has provided Constellation Energy a $600 million interim backstop liquidity facility, which will remain available until receipt of all regulatory approvals relating to the transfer of the non-nuclear generation assets that could be sold under the asset put option or the date that is six months after the date of the investment agreement, whichever is earlier.

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