Covanta Announces Purchase of the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility

Secures Long-Term Control of Important Asset

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MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta" or the "Company") announced that it has purchased the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility located in Chester, Pennsylvania from GE Energy Financial Services ("GE EFS") for $94 million in cash. The transaction includes the acquisition of approximately $122 million cash collateral trust and the assumption of $64 million in facility project debt principal. The purchase price was funded from cash on hand and available liquidity under the Company's revolving credit facility.

The Delaware Valley facility, which Covanta operates and previously leased from GE EFS, has a processing capacity of approximately 2,700 tons per day, providing sustainable waste management services to Delaware County, PA and surrounding communities.

Key transaction details include:

  • Secures ownership and long-term control of a large capacity, well-run facility in an attractive location;
  • The approximately $122 million cash collateral trust, which will be reflected as restricted cash on Covanta's balance sheet, will be utilized through 2019 to service project debt and to make cash distributions to the Company;
  • Immediately accretive to Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, and Adjusted EPS.

"Acquiring ownership of the Delaware Valley facility is a smart financial transaction for us. In addition we will now enjoy the benefit of ownership which we believe will open new opportunities and strengthen our client relationship with the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority," said Anthony Orlando, Covanta's CEO and President.

About Covanta
Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta's 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and approximately 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.covantaenergy.com.

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