Notice is hereby given that the following filing(s) has/have been made with the Commission pursuant to provisions of the Act and rules promulgated under the Act. All interested persons are referred to the application(s) and/or declaration(s) for complete statements of the proposed transaction(s) summarized below. The application(s) and/or declaration(s) and any amendment(s) is/are available for public inspection through the Commission's Branch of Public Reference.
Interested persons wishing to comment or request a hearing on the application(s) and/or declaration(s) should submit their views in writing by January 28, 2002, to the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC 20549-0609, and serve a copy on the relevant applicant(s) and/or declarant(s) at the address(es) specified below. Proof of service (by affidavit or, in the case of an attorney at law, by certificate) should be filed with the request. Any request for hearing should identify specifically the issues of facts or law that are disputed. A person who so requests will be notified of any hearing, if ordered, and will receive a copy of any notice or order issued in the matter. After January 28, 2002, the application(s) and/or declaration(s), as filed or as amended, may be granted and/or permitted to become effective.
American Electric Power Company, Inc. (70-10021)
American Electric Power Company, Inc. (“AEP”), a registered holding company, 1 Riverside Plaza, Columbus, Ohio 43215, has filed a declaration under sections 6(a), 7, 32, and 33 of the Act and rules 53 and 54 under the Act.
The Commission issued an order on April 20, 2001 (HCAR No. 27382) (“April Order”) authorizing AEP to organize and acquire all of the common stock or other equity interests of one or more financing subsidiaries (“FS”) for the purpose of effecting various financing transactions through June 30, 2004. These transactions involved the issuance and sale of up to $1.5 billion unsecured in any combination of preferred securities, debt securities, interest rate hedges, anticipatory hedges, stock purchase contracts, and stock purchase units, as well as stock issued under the stock purchase contracts and stock purchase units. AEP has issued $1.25 billion debt under the April Order. The Commission further authorized AEP to effect directly financing transactions involving preferred securities, debt securities, stock purchase contracts, or stock purchase units. By supplemental order dated May 29, 2001 (HCAR No. 27408) (“May Order”), the Commission released jurisdiction and authorized the use of proceeds of the financings authorized in the April Order for investment in exempt wholesale generators “(EWGs”) and foreign utility companies (“FUCOs”).
In addition to continuing to engage in the transactions authorized in the April Order and the May Order, AEP requests authorization to increase the investment limit from $1.5 billion to $3.0 billion. AEP also requests authorization to issue common stock directly and through FS. In the case of direct common stock sales, AEP proposes to sell its common stock other than as a component or in satisfaction of a stock purchase contract or stock purchase unit (a) through solicitations of proposals from underwriters or dealers; (b) through negotiated transactions with underwriters or dealers; (c) directly to a limited number of purchasers or to a single purchaser; and or (d) through agents. The price applicable to shares sold in any transaction will be based on several factors, including the current market price of the common stock and prevailing capital market conditions. AEP is authorized under its restated articles of incorporation to issue 600,000,000 shares of common stock ($6.50 par value), of which 322,024,714 were issued and outstanding as of February 1, 2001. As of September 30, 2001, AEP's consolidated capitalization consisted of 63.0% indebtedness, 0.7% preferred stock, 1.3% mandatorily redeemable preferred securities, and 35.0% common equity.
AEP states that interest rate hedges and anticipatory hedges will be treated for accounting purposes under generally accepted accounting principles. The April Order authorized hedges that would qualify for hedge accounting treatment.
AEP states that it will not publicly issue unsecured indebtedness or preferred securities in this file unless it has maintained at least an investment grade corporate or senior unsecured debt rating by at least one nationally recognized rating agency.
AEP was authorized in the April Order to form special purpose subsidiaries (“SPS”) in connection with the issuance of unsecured preferred securities. The April Order also authorized FS to issue and sell unsecured subordinated debentures, unsecured promissory notes or other unsecured debt instruments (“Note” or “Notes”). AEP states that it expects the FS interest payments on the Notes will be deductible for federal income tax purposes and that each SPS will be treated as either a partnership or a passive grantor trust for federal income tax purposes. Consequently, holders of the preferred securities and AEP will be deemed to have received distributions in respect of their ownership interests in the respective SPS and will not be entitled to any “dividends received deduction” under the Internal Revenue Code. The preferred securities of any series, however, may be redeemable at the option of the SPS issuing the series (with the consent or at the direction of AEP) at a price equal to their par or stated value or liquidation preference, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends or distributions, (a) at any time after a specified date not later than approximately ten years from their date of issuance, or (b) upon the occurrence of certain events, among them that (x) the SPS is required to withhold or deduct certain amounts in connection with dividend, distribution or other payments or is subject to federal income tax with respect to interest received on the Notes issued to the SPS, or (y) it is determined that the interest payments by FS on the related Notes are not deductible for income tax purposes, or (z) the SPS becomes subject to regulation as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The preferred securities of any series may also be subject to mandatory redemption upon the occurrence of certain events. FS also may have the right in certain cases or in its discretion to exchange the preferred securities of any SPS for the Notes or other junior subordinated debt issued to the SPS.
In the event that any SPS is required to withhold or deduct certain amounts in connection with dividend, distribution or other payments, the SPS may also have the obligation to “gross up” the payments so that the holders of the preferred securities issued by the SPS will receive the same payment after the withholding or deduction as they would have received if no withholding Start Printed Page 941or deduction were required. In this event, FS obligations under its related Note may also cover this “gross up” obligation. In addition, if any SPS is required to pay taxes with respect to income derived from interest payments on the Notes issued to it, the FS may be required to pay additional interest on the related Notes as necessary in order that net amounts received and retained by the SPS, after the payment of the taxes, shall result in the SPS having the funds as it would have had in the absence of the payment of taxes.
The proceeds of any financing by FS or any SPS will be remitted, paid as a dividend, loaned or otherwise transferred to AEP or its designee. The proceeds of preferred securities, debt securities, stock purchase contracts and stock purchase units will be used to acquire the securities of associate companies and interests in other businesses, including interests in EWGs and FUCOs, or in any transactions permitted under the Act and for other general corporate purposes, including the reduction of short-term indebtedness. AEP had approximately $3.6 billion outstanding short-term indebtedness as of September 30, 2001. No proceeds will be used to purchase generation assets currently owned by AEP or any affiliate unless the purchase has been approved by order of this Commission under File No. 70-9785 or other similar applications.
AEP represents that no financing proceeds will be used to acquire the equity securities of any company or any interest in other businesses unless the acquisition has been approved by the Commission in this proceeding or in File No. 70-9353 or is in accordance with an available exemption under sections 32, 33 and 34 of the Act or rule 58 under the Act. AEP does not seek in this proceeding any increase in the amount it is permitted to invest in EWGs and FUCOs.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
[FR Doc. 02-402 Filed 1-7-02; 8:45 am]
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