Just Energy Group Inc.

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Just Energy Group Inc.

January 21, 2014 16:38 ET

Just Energy Group Inc. Announces Proposed Convertible Bond Offering and Intention to Redeem 6.0% Convertible Debentures Due September 30, 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 21, 2014) -

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH OFFERS OR SALES WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX:JE)(NYSE:JE) ("Just Energy" or the "Company") announces today that it intends to make a European-focused offering (the "Offering") of approximately USD $125 million (plus an overallotment option of approximately USD $25 million) of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2019 (the "Convertible Bonds"), which will be convertible into common shares of Just Energy (the "Shares"). The Convertible Bonds will be issued at 100% of their principal amount and, unless previously redeemed, converted or purchased and cancelled, will mature 66 months after the issue of the Bonds in 2019. The final size of the Offering, coupon and conversion price is expected to be announced on January 22, 2014 and closing of the Offering is expected on or about January 29, 2014.

Just Energy intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to redeem its outstanding $90 million convertible debentures due September 30, 2014, make market purchases for cancellation of convertible debentures from other series as allowed under its debt covenants and to pay down the Company's credit line. Formal notice of the redemption of the debentures is expected to be given to the holders and trustee of the debentures following closing of the Offering.

ISM Capital LLP and Mackie Research Capital Corporation are acting as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers.

Applications will be made for the Convertible Bonds to be admitted to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and admitted to trading on the Professional Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange.

The closing of the Offering is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

These securities have not been and will not be registered under the securities act of 1933, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Just Energy Group Inc.

Established in 1997, Just Energy is primarily a competitive retailer of natural gas and electricity. With offices located across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, Just Energy serves close to 2 million residential and commercial customers through a wide range of energy programs and home comfort services, including fixed-price or price-protected energy program contracts, the rental of water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners and the installation of solar panels. The Company's JustGreen® products provide consumers with the ability to help them reduce the environmental impact of their everyday energy use. Just Energy is the parent to Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Hudson Energy, Hudson Energy Solar, National Home Services, Momentis and Tara Energy.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press releases may contain forward-looking statements including statements pertaining to: the size of the Offering; the pricing of the Convertible Bonds, including with respect to the interest rate and conversion price thereof; the timing of determining the final terms of the Convertible Bonds; the use of proceeds of the Offering; the closing of the Offering; and the listing of the Convertible Bonds on the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and admission to trading on the Professional Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, risks relating to the failure or delay in satisfying any of the conditions to completion of the Offering, global political uncertainties, unanticipated events impacting the use of proceeds from the Offering, changes in customer revenues and margins, customer additions and renewals, customer attrition, customer consumption levels, general and administrative expenses, dividends, distributable cash and treatment under governmental regulatory regimes, and changes in Canadian, U.S. and United Kingdom securities market.. These statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to, levels of customer natural gas and electricity consumption, rates of customer additions and renewals, rates of customer attrition, fluctuations in natural gas and electricity prices, changes in regulatory regimes and decisions by regulatory authorities, competition and dependence on certain suppliers. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Just Energy's operations, financial results or dividend levels are included in Just Energy's annual information form and other reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities which can be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com, on the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov or through Just Energy's website at www.justenergygroup.com.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange or the New York Stock Exchange has approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

DISCLAIMER

THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS GOVERNING THE RESALE IN CANADA OF THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS AND THE SHARES ISSUABLE UPON CONVERSION OF THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS FOR A PERIOD OF 4 MONTHS AND 1 DAY FOLLOWING THE CLOSING OF THE OFFERING. THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS WILL BEAR THE LEGEND SET FORTH IN THE CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S UNDER THE US SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED ("REGULATION S"). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL SECURITIES OR THE SOLICITATION OF ANY OFFER TO BUY CONVERTIBLE BONDS, NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY OFFER OF CONVERTIBLE BONDS IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS OR OTHER SECURITIES MENTIONED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN AND WILL NOT BE REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S) ABSENT REGISTRATION OR AN EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC OFFER OF THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION, THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS ARE SUBJECT TO U.S. TAX LAW REQUIREMENTS AND MAY NOT BE SOLD TO U.S. PERSONS.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY ANY CONVERTIBLE BONDS.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DIRECTED AT AND IS ONLY BEING DISTRIBUTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM TO (I) PERSONS WHO HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (THE 'ORDER'), (II) HIGH NET WORTH ENTITIES, AND OTHER PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE LAWFULLY BE COMMUNICATED FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 49 OF THE ORDER, AND (III) PERSONS TO WHOM IT MAY OTHERWISE LAWFULLY BE COMMUNICATED (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS 'RELEVANT PERSONS'). THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST NOT BE READ, ACTED ON OR RELIED ON BY PERSONS WHO ARE NOT RELEVANT PERSONS. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. BY READING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THE READER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT IS A PERSON EITHER (I) OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM OR (II) FALLING WITHIN ONE OF THE FOREGOING CATEGORIES.

IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC UNION THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND ANY OFFER IF MADE SUBSEQUENT TO IT IS ONLY AT PERSONS WHO ARE "QUALIFIED INVESTORS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(1)(E) OF THE DIRECTIVE 2003/71/EC (THE "PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE") ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS") AND PURSUANT TO THE RELEVANT IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY EACH RELEVANT MEMBER STATE. ANY PERSON IN THE EEA OTHER THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM WHO ACQUIRES THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS IN ANY OFFER (AN 'INVESTOR') OR TO WHOM ANY OFFER OF CONVERTIBLE BONDS IS MADE WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE REPRESENTED AND AGREED THAT IT IS A 'QUALIFIED INVESTOR', (AS DEFINED ABOVE). ANY INVESTOR WILL ALSO BE DEEMED TO HAVE REPRESENTED AND AGREED THAT (I) ANY CONVERTIBLE BONDS ACQUIRED BY IT IN THE OFFER HAVE NOT BEEN ACQUIRED ON BEHALF OF PERSONS IN THE EEA OTHER THAN QUALIFIED INVESTORS, OR PERSONS IN THE UK AND OTHER MEMBER STATES (WHERE EQUIVALENT LEGISLATION EXISTS) FOR WHOM THE INVESTOR HAS AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ON A WHOLLY DISCRETIONARY BASIS AND (II) THE CONVERTIBLE BONDS HAVE NOT BEEN ACQUIRED WITH A VIEW TO THEIR OFFER OR RESALE IN THE EEA TO PERSONS WHERE THIS WOULD RESULT IN A REQUIREMENT FOR PUBLICATION BY THE ISSUER OR THE JOINT LEAD MANAGERS OF A PROSPECTUS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 3 OF THE PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE.

THE ISSUER, THE JOINT LEAD MANAGERS AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, AND OTHERS, WILL RELY UPON THE TRUTH AND ACCURACY OF THE FOREGOING REPRESENTATIONS AND AGREEMENTS.

Contact Information

  • Just Energy Group Inc.
    Ms. Beth Summers, CPA, CA
    Chief Financial Officer
    (905) 795-4206

    FTI Consulting
    Michael Cummings
    Investor Relations
    (617) 897-1532
    Michael.Cummings@FTIConsulting.com