Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and AGL Resources today announced the completion of a merger creating one of America's leading energy providers.
"This merger brings together two utilities recognized for outstanding reliability, world-class customer service and a commitment to inventing America's energy future," said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. "The strategic combination of industry leaders with similar business models and values enhances our ability to serve customers and communities as we together deliver tomorrow's energy solutions."
AGL Resources has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company, which now has 11 electric and natural gas utilities with operations across the U.S. The addition of AGL Resources' network of natural gas assets and businesses provides a broader, more robust platform for long-term success.
"Southern Company is now positioned to deliver even greater customer and shareholder value by playing offense in developing the infrastructure necessary to meet America's growing demand for natural gas," said Fanning.
Southern Company is now the second-largest utility company in the U.S. in terms of customer base with:
The combined company serves utility customers in nine states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia — and has wholesale electricity generation and natural gas services, retail energy services and natural gas storage operations across the U.S.
"AGL Resources is delighted to be a part of the Southern Company family," said AGL Resources President and CEO Andrew W. Evans. "Together, we will make our employees, our customers, our investors and our neighbors proud to be connected with us. Our collective determination to support and improve the communities where we do business will only be enhanced as we move forward together as one company. Clearly, this merger is a logical fit for both companies."
For customers, this combination is expected to help the Southern Company system better meet their energy needs over time by improving current and future energy infrastructure development. For communities, it provides for the expansion of the company's customer-focused business model. And for investors, this merger creates a unique platform that is well-positioned to compete for growth across the energy value chain.
Under the terms of the agreement, on July 1, each share of AGL Resources common stock was canceled and converted into the right to receive $66.00 in cash, for a total purchase price of approximately $8 billion. AGL Resources common stock will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange immediately prior to market open on July 1. Additional information for AGL Resources shareholders can be found at investor.southerncompany.com.
As is the case with Southern Company's other operating subsidiaries, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own management team, board of directors and corporate headquarters, located in Atlanta. Customers will continue to be served by their current gas and electric utility companies.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor and Jones Day, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP served as legal counsel to Southern Company. Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as the exclusive financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP served as legal counsel to AGL Resources.