NorthWestern sees facilities acquisition from PPL as accretive after closing

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NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NWE) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 11 hydroelectric facilities representing 633 MWs of generation, one storage reservoir, and related assets from PPL Montana, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PPL Corporation (PPL), for a purchase price of $900M, subject to adjustments as described below. The facilities are situated in two separate river basins, covering both sides of the Continental Divide, and benefit from a history of strong and reliable operating performance, low variable operating costs and favorable environmental qualities. NorthWestern's Board of Directors has approved the transaction.The proposed transaction is an asset acquisition for $900M in cash. The purchase price is subject to adjustment for proration of operating expenses, performance of capital expenditures and termination of certain power purchase agreements. The transaction is expected to be accretive to NorthWestern's earnings within the first full year of operation following the closing. The transaction is not expected to change NorthWestern's targeted 60 – 70% dividend payout ratio.

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