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Allianz SE , AL-i-ənts) is a German multinational financial services company headquartered in Munich. Its core business and focus is insurance. As of 2013, it is the world's largest insurance company, the 11th-largest financial services group and 25th-largest company according to a composite measure by Forbes magazine, as well as the largest financial services company when measured by 2012 revenue.Its Allianz Global Investors division ranks as a top-five global active investment manager, having €1,770 billion of assets under management , of which €1,131 billion are third-party assets , with specialized asset managers including PIMCO , RCM and Degi .Allianz sold Dresdner Bank to Commerzbank in November 2008. As a result of this merger, Allianz gained a 14% controlling stake in the new Commerzbank. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 7, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Earning this score designates Allianz Life as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality according to the HRC. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Allianz Life is one of 517 other major U.S. businesses who earned a perfect score to make the list this year. “We are honored to be recognized by the HRC and are proud of our culture of integrity and respect,” said Allianz Life Chief Human Resources Officer Suzanne Dowd Zeller. “The various backgrounds and perspectives of Allianz Life employees play a key role in contributing to our success.” Supporting diverse employee demographics and identities is critical to the success of Allianz Life. One way the company promotes diversity is through voluntary, employee-led groups known as Employee Resource Groups. One of these groups, Encore, helps the Allianz Life LGBT community and all other employees. Encore supports LGBT causes through inclusion, ally engagement, education, community involvement and outreach. Encore also promotes a safe workplace for LGBT employees, networks with other companies, participates in Twin Cities LGBT events and supports local and national equal rights initiatives. The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses, evaluating LGBT-related policies including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Employers that earn a 100 percent rating on the CEI have satisfied all the criteria established for that year and are recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT equality. The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. For more information on the 2017 CEI, visit www.hrc.org/cei. In addition to this honor, Allianz Life has earned three top workplace awards in 2016. The company ranked number 80 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list by FORTUNE, was number 12 on Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplace list and was number 76 on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies of 2016 list. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. In 2015, Allianz Life provided a total of $2.4 billion in benefit payments that supported policyholders’ financial objectives. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. More than 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and SINGAPORE, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Allianz, the international financial services company, and the Asian Football Confederation ("AFC") today announced a multi-year pan-regional partnership. The exclusive category sponsorship extends and leverages Allianz's global football heritage to connect more deeply with its customers in key Asian markets, while significantly expanding its brand presence in the growth region. Encompassing Asia's most important club tournaments - including the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup, as well as the AFC Futsal Club Championships - the partnership programme reaches a huge audience base across stadiums, television and on diverse social and digital platforms. "We are very proud to be working with the AFC to support Asian football. This partnership exemplifies the distinct Allianz values of innovation, courage and excellence, and brings them to life by celebrating our footballers, fans and communities in the region," said Lars Heibutzki, Chief Distribution Officer for Asia, Allianz. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the AFC is one of six Confederations that make up FIFA, the world football federation. It comprises 46 Member Associations across Asia, Australasia and the Middle-East, spanning a population of 4.27 billion people. "As the most popular sport in the world, football continues to reach record heights every year, and nowhere more so than in the dynamic Asia region. This partnership provides Allianz with a unique platform to support the huge segments of Asian society, for whom football is a passion and an essential part of life. We see ourselves supporting the games both at the top championship levels, as well as in nurturing Asia's next-generation talent with our signature youth programmes," added Paul Groves, Head of Market Management for Asia, Allianz. Asia is one of our three major growth regions. It is characterized by a rich diversity of cultures, languages and customs. Allianz has been present in the region since 1910, providing fire and marine insurance in the coastal cities of China. Today, Allianz is active in 14 markets in the region, offering its core businesses of property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance and asset management. With its more than 32,000 staff, Allianz serves the needs of over 18 million customers in the region across multiple distribution channels. The Allianz Group serves 86 million retail and corporate customers in more than 70 countries, making it one of the world's largest insurers and asset managers. In 2016, over 140,000 employees worldwide achieved total revenues of 122.4 billion euros and an operating profit of 10.8 billion euros. Allianz Group managed an investment portfolio of 653 billion euros. Additionally our asset managers AllianzGI and PIMCO managed over 1.3 trillion euros of third-party assets. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. As an investor, Allianz is active in a variety of sectors including debt, equity, infrastructure, real estate and renewable energy. The Group's long-term value strategies maximize risk-adjusted returns. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA. Formed in 1954 in Manila on the sidelines of the second Asian Games, the AFC was sanctioned by FIFA in Berne, Switzerland. The AFC is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and consists of 46 Member Associations and one Associate Member Association (The Northern Mariana Islands). The AFC is responsible for running football in Asia. Among its various responsibilities are: regulating the game, drafting new laws to improve the sport, implementing the law, boosting grassroots and youth football, and conducting major competitions. These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below. The statements contained herein may include prospects, statements of future expectations and other forward- looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such deviations may arise due to, without limitation, (i) changes of the general economic conditions and competitive situation, particularly in the Allianz Group's core business and core markets, (ii) performance of financial markets (particularly market volatility, liquidity and credit events), (iii) frequency and severity of insured loss events, including from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi) particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii) interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates including the euro/US-dollar exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions, including related integration issues, and reorganization measures, and (xi) general competitive factors, in each case on a local, regional, national and/or global basis. Many of these factors may be more likely to occur, or more pronounced, as a result of terrorist activities and their consequences. The company assumes no obligation to update any information or forward-looking statement contained herein, save for any information required to be disclosed by law.


News Article | November 9, 2016
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Nov 9, 2016) - Editors Note: There is an image associated with this press release. The Corporate Learning Improvement Process (CLIP) is a unique accreditation run by EFMD that focuses on identifying the key factors that determine quality in the design and functioning of corporate universities and learning organisations. EFMD is delighted to announce that Sberbank Corporate University from Russia, has recently been awarded CLIP accreditation and joins the community of accredited organisations which also include: Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften ADG, Alcatel-Lucent, Allianz SE, ArcelorMittal, BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Capgemini University, Credit Suisse AG, EDF Group, EDP - Energy of Portugal, Gas Natural Fenosa, GDF SUEZ University, Grupo Santander, Mazars University, MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG, Novartis International AG, OCP Corporate Training Institute, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Repsol, Siemens AG, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. and UniCredit Group. "The team of Sberbank Corporate University was very honored to receive CLIP accreditation for our institution. We believe that going through rigorous processes of self-assessment and peer review against CLIP quality standards was critical for better understanding our existing strengths and development priorities for the coming years. This prestigious international professional recognition is especially important given the short history of Sberbank CU, the scale and scope of our learning agenda for 35 000 Sberbank managers, and our high ambitions of becoming a driver of strategic changes at Sberbank. Our prime goal now is to keep the learning momentum while constantly reinventing ourselves to ensure that we effectively support Sberbank's transformation towards 'a technology-driven company with a banking license' as its response to the challenges of the global competition in the digital age," said Valery Katkalo, Dean of Sberbank Corporate University. Martin Moehrle, Associate Director, Corporate Services, who leads the CLIP process at EFMD, commented on the Sberbank Corporate University's accreditation: "The EFMD team has been particularly impressed by the extraordinary sponsorship of Sberbank Corporate University from the top, by the strong momentum it has created within the organisation, its high visibility outside the company, its excellence in program design and delivery at scale, its strong collaboration with the business, its discipline in following set principles for learning and its role in deploying Sberbank values. We congratulate SCU, under the leadership of Valery Katkalo, for building such an impactful and mature platform in record time and for achieving CLIP accreditation, and we look forward to their contribution to the CLIP community." The CLIP assessment process covers all the essential dimensions of the corporate university's deployment within the company: the alignment of its mission and operational objectives with corporate strategy, the effectiveness of its governance and internal management systems, its ability to address key issues of concern to the business units, the programme design process, the overall coherence of the programme portfolio, the quality of delivery and the impact of the corporate university's activities upon individual and organisational learning. For more information on the CLIP process, visit - www.efmd.org/clip EFMD is a leading international network of business schools and companies at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development globally. More information about EFMD is available via efmd.org. To view the image associated with this press release, visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20161108-EFMD-Bild.jpg


News Article | October 28, 2016
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EDMONTON, AB--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - Capital Power Corporation (Capital Power, or the Company) (TSX: CPX) today released financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. Net income attributable to shareholders in the third quarter of 2016 was $66 million and basic earnings per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.63 per share, compared with $49 million, or $0.44 per share, in the comparable period of 2015. Normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders in the third quarter of 2016, after adjusting for one-time items and fair value adjustments, were $30 million or $0.31 per share compared with $33 million or $0.33 per share in the third quarter of 2015. Net cash flows from operating activities were $105 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared with $184 million in the third quarter of 2015. Funds from operations were $94 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $97 million in the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net income attributable to shareholders was $83 million and basic earnings per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.71 per share compared with $55 million and $0.40 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders were $91 million, or $0.95 per share, compared with $70 million, or $0.73 per share, in the first nine months of 2015. Funds from operations totaled $309 million compared with $275 million in the comparable nine month period last year. Net cash flows from operating activities were $306 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared with $305 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. "Capital Power's financial results for the third quarter of 2016 were modestly ahead of management's expectations," said Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO of Capital Power. "Third quarter results benefitted from strong operating performance with average plant availability of 96 per cent and a solid contribution from our portfolio optimization activities." "Our trading desk captured an average realized Alberta power price of $70 per megawatt hour (MWh) in the third quarter, well above the average spot price of $18 per MWh that reflected excess supply in the market, low natural gas prices, and conservative offer strategies from market participants," continued Mr. Vaasjo. "Despite weak Alberta spot power prices that averaged $17 per MWh in the first nine months of the year, our portfolio optimization strategies continue to deliver value with an average realized Alberta power price of $60 per MWh this year." "We generated funds from operations of $94 million in the third quarter and $309 million in the first nine months of 2016. Based on our outlook for the fourth quarter of the year, we are on track to exceed the mid-point of the $380 to $430 million annual financial target range," said Mr. Vaasjo. "A significant achievement for the Company was the completion of two recent financings," continued Mr. Vaasjo. "This included a private placement of a $160 million, 10-year note and a $200 million preferred share offering. With these financings and the recent extension of our $1 billion in credit facilities, we have improved our liquidity and have strengthened our balance sheet and financing capabilities in the medium term." "Discussions with the government-appointed coal facilitator regarding compensation for the coal units whose operating lives will be shortened by the 2030 coal phase-out component of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan concluded in September," added Mr. Vaasjo. "We continue to remain optimistic that a fair and appropriate outcome will be reached for our shareholders with an expected announcement by the Alberta government before the end of 2016." Capital Power, and its partner ENMAX Corporation, are moving the Genesee 4 and 5 project decision to proceed to the first quarter of 2017. The decision to proceed at that point in time will continue to be contingent on fair compensation being announced for the proposed accelerated closure of the Company's coal facilities and favourable conditions existing within the Alberta electricity market. There is no anticipated impact to the substantial completion date of the first unit at this time. During the three months ended September 30, 2016 the Company recognized a pre-tax impairment charge of $6 million with respect to its Southport plant which reduced the carrying amount of the related goodwill. This impairment was based on reduced expected future cash flows as a result of lower than expected generation and realized prices. The impairment charge has no cash flow impact. On September 13, 2016, the Company issued a $160 million, 10-year unsecured senior note to Prudential Capital Group. The note bears an annual interest rate of 3.85%, payable semi-annually, and matures in September 2026. The net proceeds of the offering were used for repayment of amounts owing under credit facilities and for general corporate purposes. On August 9, 2016, a consortium composed of Axium Infrastructure, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board, and Manulife Financial Corporation acquired Samsung Renewable Energy's one-third interest in K2 Wind. There is no change to the remaining interest in K2 Wind, which is still held equally by Pattern Energy Group Inc. and the Company. On July 25, 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved a 6.8% increase in the annual dividend for holders of its common shares, from $1.46 per common share to $1.56 per common share. This increased common dividend will commence with the third quarter 2016 quarterly dividend payment payable on October 31, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2016. Completion of contract for output for Bloom Wind The Bloom Wind project (Bloom Wind) is a 178 MW facility in southwestern Kansas consisting of 54 3.3 MW turbines and is anticipated to cost $358 million (US$272 million). Construction of Bloom Wind, which was previously announced on April 25, 2016, commenced during the third quarter of 2016. Commercial operation of the facility is expected in the third quarter of 2017. Capital Power will operate Bloom Wind under a 10-year fixed price contract with Allianz Risk Transfer (rated AA- stable by Standard & Poor's), a subsidiary of Allianz SE, the worldwide insurance and asset management group, covering 100% of the project's output. Under the contract, which was executed on April 21, 2016, Capital Power will swap the market revenue of the project's generation for a fixed annual payment for a 10-year term. The agreement will secure long-term predictable revenues and mitigate generation volume uncertainty related to wind resources, allowing Bloom Wind to secure renewable energy tax equity financing and provide Capital Power the opportunity to complete its first wind development project in the growing U.S. renewables market. On April 25, 2016, Capital Power announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) approved the Company's normal course issuer bid (NCIB) to purchase and cancel up to 8.6 million of its outstanding common shares during the one year period from April 28, 2016 to April 27, 2017. Capital Power purchased and cancelled 7.1 million common shares under its prior NCIB approved by the TSX on March 25, 2015 for the period from April 7, 2015 to April 6, 2016, but has not yet purchased and cancelled any common shares under the NCIB approved on April 25, 2016. On March 24, 2016, Capital Power notified the Balancing Pool of the Company's decision to terminate its role as Buyer of the Sundance PPA. Capital Power exercised its right to terminate the Sundance PPA under the Change in Law provisions of the arrangement, following changes to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) that took effect at the start of 2016. As a result of this termination, no further economic benefits are expected from the Sundance PPA and the related intangible asset was derecognized. The Company has recorded a non-cash pre-tax loss of $53 million ($46 million post-tax) with respect to the derecognition of the Sundance PPA asset. In late September 2016, the Alberta government initiated formal consultations relating to the Carbon Competitiveness Regulation (CCR) which are scheduled to conclude by the end of 2016. The CCR will establish the performance standard and carbon pricing framework that will apply to facilities that are currently subject to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER), and will replace SGER effective January 1, 2018. The Company expects that the performance standard for the electricity sector will be consistent with the emissions performance of a combined-cycle natural gas-fired facility in Alberta, with specific details to be developed through consultation. On March 16, 2016, the Alberta government appointed a Facilitator to oversee the transition away from coal-fired generation in Alberta by 2030. The Facilitator's background is with large public power providers and centrally dispatched power systems and advising energy leaders in numerous countries around the world. The Facilitator's mandate was to provide options and preferred approaches to the Alberta government to phase out emissions from coal-fired generation by 2030 that will maintain both the reliability of Alberta's electricity grid and price stability for consumers, while avoiding unnecessarily stranding capital. Throughout this process, the Alberta government has indicated that it intends to ensure that affected workers, communities and companies are treated fairly. Capital Power will continue to actively participate in the process with the Alberta government to ensure that fair compensation is received for the proposed accelerated closure of the Company's coal facilities. The Facilitator has provided recommendations to the Alberta government and the Company expects the Alberta government will make a decision on the Facilitator's recommendations by the end of 2016. On January 26, 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to develop and implement a plan to bring on new renewable electricity generation capacity to the grid by 2030 in connection with the CLP. The Company expects that the process will be carefully managed and operate in concert with the retirement of the current coal generating units. The Alberta government also confirmed that it has not chosen to fundamentally alter the current wholesale electricity market structure. The AESO undertook a process to receive industry perspectives regarding various elements of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP), and provided its recommendations regarding the REP to the Alberta government on May 31, 2016. The recommendations have not been made public. On September 14, 2016, the Alberta government confirmed a firm target of achieving 30% of Alberta's electricity use by 2030 from renewable energy sources, and announced that the Alberta government would support 5000 MW of additional renewable capacity to help achieve that target. It is currently expected that the Alberta government will provide direction on the REP during the fourth quarter of 2016, and the AESO currently expects to initiate the process for the first procurement by year-end. On February 18, 2016 the Board of Directors of Capital Power declared a quarterly dividend of $0.19125 per share on the Company's Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 1 (Series 1 Shares). This quarterly dividend was paid on March 31, 2016. The Annual Fixed Dividend Rate for the Series 1 Shares for the next five year period was reset from 4.60% to 3.06% on December 31, 2015 at a rate equal to the sum of the then Government of Canada bond yield and 2.17%. The Annual Fixed Dividend Rate will be next reset on December 31, 2020 and every five years thereafter. On October 4, 2016, the Company issued 8 million Cumulative Minimum Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 7 (Series 7 Shares) priced at $25.00 per share for gross proceeds of $200 million less issue costs of $5 million on a bought deal basis with a syndicate of underwriters. The preferred shares will pay fixed cumulative dividends of $1.50 per share per annum, yielding 6.00% per annum, payable on the last business day of March, June, September and December of each year, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Capital Power, for the initial period ending December 31, 2021. The dividend rate will be reset on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter at a rate equal to the sum of the then five-year Government of Canada bond yield and 5.26%, provided that, in any event, such rate shall not be less than 6.00%. The Series 7 Shares are redeemable by Capital Power, at its option on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter at a value of $25.00 per share. Holders of the Series 7 Shares will have the right to convert all or any part of their shares into Cumulative Floating Rate Preference Shares, Series 8 (Series 8 Shares), subject to certain conditions, on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter. Holders of the Series 8 Shares will be entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly floating dividend at a rate equal to the sum of the then 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 5.26%, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Capital Power. The Series 8 Shares would be redeemable by Capital Power, at its option, on December 31, 2026 and December 31 of every fifth year thereafter at a value of $25.00 per share. The Series 8 shares would also be redeemable by Capital Power, at its option, on any date after December 31, 2021, excluding December 31 of every fifth year, at a value of $25.50 per share. Capital Power will be hosting a conference call and live webcast with analysts on October 24, 2016 at 9:00 am (MDT) to discuss the third quarter financial results. The conference call dial-in numbers are: Interested parties may also access the live webcast on the Company's website at www.capitalpower.com with an archive of the webcast available following the conclusion of the analyst conference call. The Company uses (i) adjusted EBITDA, (ii) funds from operations, (iii) normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders, and (iv) normalized earnings per share as financial performance measures. These terms are not defined financial measures according to GAAP and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP, and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures used by other enterprises. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net income, net income attributable to shareholders of the Company, net cash flows from operating activities or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rather, these measures are provided to complement GAAP measures in the analysis of the Company's results of operations from management's perspective. Reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), funds from operations to net cash flows from operating activities and normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders to net income (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company are contained in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis, prepared as of October 21, 2016, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 which is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com. Forward-looking information or statements included in this press release are provided to inform the Company's shareholders and potential investors about management's assessment of Capital Power's future plans and operations. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The forward-looking information in this press release is generally identified by words such as will, anticipate, believe, plan, intend, target, and expect or similar words that suggest future outcomes. Material forward-looking information in this press release includes expectations regarding: (i) compensation to be received by the Company from the Government of Alberta in respect of the proposed early retirement of coal facilities (ii) the structure and stability of Alberta's merchant power market and (iii) growth opportunities that may come to the Company as a result of new renewable electricity generation capacity. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate. The material factors and assumptions used to develop these forward-looking statements relate to: (i) electricity and other energy prices, (ii) performance, (iii) business prospects and opportunities including expected growth and capital projects, (iv) status and impact of policy, legislation and regulation, and (v) effective tax rates. Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to the Company's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the Company's expectations. Such material risks and uncertainties are: (i) changes in electricity prices in markets in which the Company operates, (ii) changes in energy commodity market prices and use of derivatives, (iii) regulatory and political environments including changes to environmental, financial reporting and tax legislation, (iv) power plant availability and performance including maintenance of equipment, (v) ability to fund current and future capital and working capital needs, (vi) acquisitions and developments including timing and costs of regulatory approvals and construction, (vii) changes in market prices and availability of fuel, and (viii) changes in general economic and competitive conditions. See Risks and Risk Management in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis, prepared as of October 21, 2016, for further discussion of these and other risks.


News Article | December 12, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) announced that it renewed $275,000 in grants to Twin Cities area nonprofits that help enhance seniors’ quality of life. Through community programming and outreach, these organizations help seniors remain self-sufficient, offer community connections and provide education about elder financial abuse prevention. Since 2009, the Allianz Life Senior Services Grant Program has given more than $1.9 million to nonprofits serving seniors. Grant recipients offer various assistance programs. Selected organizations provide basic needs support for the elderly, including: food, transportation, adaptive living, yard work and house painting. Other selected organizations help support elder financial abuse victims, provide resources to prevent elder financial abuse and offer assistance for caregivers. In addition to giving grants to support seniors’ wellbeing, Allianz Life partners with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota to provide the Safeguarding Our Seniors volunteer program. This program sends volunteers to senior or community centers to educate and encourage discussion on the topic of preventing elder financial abuse. To date, volunteers have given more than 70 presentations, providing information to more than 900 seniors. “One of the primary goals of this grant program is to support nonprofits that enable local seniors to thrive and live as independently as possible,” said Allianz Life President and CEO Walter White. “These organizations improve the lives of many seniors in our community by providing resources that help them remain active, and tools to enable them to stay safe financially.” Note to editors: Photograph available of Allianz Life President and CEO Walter White volunteering with employees during a yard cleanup program directed by Senior Community Services. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. In 2015, Allianz Life provided a total of $2.4 billion in benefit payments that supported policyholders’ financial objectives. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. More than 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities.


News Article | November 8, 2016
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Editors Note: There is an image associated with this press release. The Corporate Learning Improvement Process (CLIP) is a unique accreditation run by EFMD that focuses on identifying the key factors that determine quality in the design and functioning of corporate universities and learning organisations. EFMD is delighted to announce that Sberbank Corporate University from Russia, has recently been awarded CLIP accreditation and joins the community of accredited organisations which also include: Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften ADG, Alcatel-Lucent, Allianz SE, ArcelorMittal, BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Capgemini University, Credit Suisse AG, EDF Group, EDP - Energy of Portugal, Gas Natural Fenosa, GDF SUEZ University, Grupo Santander, Mazars University, MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG, Novartis International AG, OCP Corporate Training Institute, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Repsol, Siemens AG, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. and UniCredit Group. "The team of Sberbank Corporate University was very honored to receive CLIP accreditation for our institution. We believe that going through rigorous processes of self-assessment and peer review against CLIP quality standards was critical for better understanding our existing strengths and development priorities for the coming years. This prestigious international professional recognition is especially important given the short history of Sberbank CU, the scale and scope of our learning agenda for 35 000 Sberbank managers, and our high ambitions of becoming a driver of strategic changes at Sberbank. Our prime goal now is to keep the learning momentum while constantly reinventing ourselves to ensure that we effectively support Sberbank's transformation towards 'a technology-driven company with a banking license' as its response to the challenges of the global competition in the digital age," said Valery Katkalo, Dean of Sberbank Corporate University. Martin Moehrle, Associate Director, Corporate Services, who leads the CLIP process at EFMD, commented on the Sberbank Corporate University's accreditation: "The EFMD team has been particularly impressed by the extraordinary sponsorship of Sberbank Corporate University from the top, by the strong momentum it has created within the organisation, its high visibility outside the company, its excellence in program design and delivery at scale, its strong collaboration with the business, its discipline in following set principles for learning and its role in deploying Sberbank values. We congratulate SCU, under the leadership of Valery Katkalo, for building such an impactful and mature platform in record time and for achieving CLIP accreditation, and we look forward to their contribution to the CLIP community." The CLIP assessment process covers all the essential dimensions of the corporate university's deployment within the company: the alignment of its mission and operational objectives with corporate strategy, the effectiveness of its governance and internal management systems, its ability to address key issues of concern to the business units, the programme design process, the overall coherence of the programme portfolio, the quality of delivery and the impact of the corporate university's activities upon individual and organisational learning. For more information on the CLIP process, visit - www.efmd.org/clip EFMD is a leading international network of business schools and companies at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development globally. More information about EFMD is available via efmd.org. To view the image associated with this press release, visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20161108-EFMD-Bild.jpg


News Article | November 10, 2016
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BRUXELLES, BELGIQUE--(Marketwired - Nov 9, 2016) - Note à l'intention des rédacteurs : une image est jointe à ce communiqué de presse. La procédure d'amélioration de l'apprentissage en entreprise CLIP (Corporate Learning Improvement Process) est un système d'accréditation unique géré par la Fondation européenne pour le développement du management (EFMD) qui vise à identifier les facteurs qualitatifs essentiels caractérisant la conception et le fonctionnement des universités d'entreprise et organismes d'apprentissage. L'EFMD a le plaisir d'annoncer que l'université russe Sberbank Corporate University s'est récemment vu attribuer l'accréditation CLIP et rejoindra donc la communauté des organismes agréés, qui compte entre autres membres l'ADG (Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften), Alcatel-Lucent, Allianz SE, ArcelorMittal, BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Capgemini University, Crédit Suisse AG, EDF Group, EDP - Energy of Portugal, Gas Natural Fenosa, GDF SUEZ University, Grupo Santander, Mazars University, MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG, Novartis International AG, OCP Corporate Training Institute, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Repsol, Siemens AG, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. et UniCredit Group. « Toute l'équipe de la Sberbank Corporate University se félicite de recevoir l'accréditation CLIP au nom de l'institution. La mise en place de procédures rigoureuses d'auto-évaluation et d'examen par les pairs en vue de répondre aux normes de qualité CLIP a été déterminante pour mieux évaluer nos forces existantes et nos priorités de développement au cours des années qui viennent. Cette prestigieuse reconnaissance professionnelle internationale est particulièrement importante compte tenu de la courte histoire de Sberbank CU, de l'ampleur et de la portée de notre programme d'apprentissage pour nos quelque 35 000 responsables, ainsi que des ambitions élevées que nous nous sommes fixées pour soutenir les changements stratégiques à Sberbank. Notre principal objectif consiste désormais à maintenir le rythme des apprentissages tout en nous réinventant en permanence, afin d'assurer un soutien efficace à la transformation de la Sberbank en faveur d'une « entreprise axée sur les technologies et titulaire d'une licence bancaire », qui vise à répondre aux défis de la concurrence mondiale à l'ère du numérique », a déclaré Valery Katkalo, doyen de la Sberbank Corporate University. L'accréditation de l'établissement a inspiré à Martin Moehrle, directeur adjoint en charge des services professionnels et responsable de la procédure CLIP à l'EFMD, le commentaire suivant : « L'équipe de l'EFMD a été particulièrement impressionnée par le soutien extraordinaire apporté à la Sberbank Corporate University par ses dirigeants, l'élan incroyable suscité au sein de l'organisation, son excellente visibilité à l'extérieur de l'entreprise, son excellence en matière de conception des programmes et de prestation de services, son étroite collaboration avec le secteur, sa discipline dans le respect des principes d'apprentissage et enfin, son rôle dans le déploiement des valeurs de Sberbank. Nous félicitons la SCU d'avoir réussi, sous l'égide de Valery Katkalo, à bâtir une plateforme aussi puissante que mature en un temps record et à obtenir l'accréditation CLIP, et nous réjouissons de la contribution qu'elle apporte à la communauté CLIP ». La procédure d'évaluation CLIP couvre toutes les dimensions essentielles du déploiement de l'université d'entreprise au sein de l'environnement professionnel : alignement de sa mission et de ses objectifs opérationnels sur la stratégie interne, efficacité de sa gouvernance et de ses systèmes de gestion internes, capacité à aborder les questions majeures concernant les unités opérationnelles, procédure de conception des programmes, cohérence globale de l'ensemble de programmes, qualité des prestations et impact des activités de l'université d'entreprise sur l'apprentissage individuel et organisationnel. Pour plus d'informations sur la procédure CLIP, consultez le site www.efmd.org/clip. L'EFMD est un important réseau international d'écoles de commerce et d'entreprises dont la vocation est d'élever les normes de l'enseignement et du développement de la gestion au niveau international. Des informations complémentaires concernant l'EFMD sont disponibles sur le site Internet efmd.org. Pour visionner l'image jointe à ce communiqué, veuillez cliquer sur le lien suivant : http://www.marketwire.com/library/20161108-EFMD-Bild.jpg


News Article | February 17, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) today announced its 2016 financial results, reporting an operating profit of $1.06 billion, up 14 percent from 2015. In surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time in the company’s history, the Minneapolis-based financial services firm marked its fifth consecutive year of growth. Allianz Life’s assets under management also rose to $125.3 billion, up seven percent from the previous year. Net income was up 15 percent in 2016 over the previous year, reaching $757 million. “Our strong results in 2016 were driven by our growing block of in-force business and increased demand for our retirement products,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Walter White. “Allianz Life products continue to play a key role in helping to ensure that Americans meet their financial and retirement goals.” Allianz Life’s total premium reached $13.1 billion in 2016, up 13 percent from $11.6 billion in 2015. Results were driven by strong fixed index annuity (FIA) sales, which grew 16 percent to $10.2 billion in 2016. Variable annuity (VA) sales experienced slight growth, but indexed variable annuity (IVA) sales rose dramatically by 118 percent in 2016 over 2015, hitting $1.45 billion. 2016 life insurance premium was $72.8 million while recurring life insurance premium was up nine percent over 2015 at $627.5 million. Allianz Life paid $2.6 billion in benefits to its policyholders and contract owners via life insurance and annuity payments in 2016, up eight percent from the previous year. Allianz Life continued to receive strong financial and credit ratings in 2016. A.M. Best reaffirmed the company’s financial strength rating of A+ (Superior), the second-highest of its 16 possible ratings. Standard and Poor’s also reaffirmed Allianz Life’s rating, AA (Very Strong), the third-highest of its 21 possible ratings. In addition to solid financial results in 2016, Allianz Life received the following distinctions throughout the year: Note: Allianz Life’s parent company, Allianz SE, has also released its 2016 financial results. Of note, 10 percent of its overall operating profit was generated by Allianz Life in the United States in 2016. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. In 2016, Allianz Life provided a total of $2.6 billion in benefit payments that supported policyholders’ financial objectives. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. More than 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to help them make the most of financial opportunities.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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EDMONTON, AB--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - Capital Power Corporation (Capital Power, or the Company) (TSX: CPX) today released financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Net income attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $28 million and basic earnings per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.21 per share, compared with $35 million, or $0.29 per share, in the comparable period of 2015. Normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2016, after adjusting for one-time items and fair value adjustments, were $26 million or $0.27 per share compared with $41 million or $0.42 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net cash flows from operating activities were $69 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with $114 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Funds from operations (FFO) were $75 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $125 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, net income attributable to shareholders was $111 million and basic earnings per share attributable to common shareholders was $0.91 per share compared with $90 million and $0.70 for the year ended December 31, 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders were $117 million, or $1.22 per share, compared with $111 million, or $1.15 per share in 2015. Net cash flows from operating activities were $375 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared with $419 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. FFO totaled $384 million in 2016 compared with $400 million in 2015. "In 2016, Capital Power met its annual operating and financial targets, while continuing to deliver on its corporate priorities," said Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO of Capital Power. "We achieved these objectives despite challenging market and economic conditions that contributed to record-low spot power prices and unprecedented changes to the Alberta power market." "Our facilities produced an average availability of 94% and we generated FFO of $384 million, which was consistent with our $380 to $430 million target range," continued Mr. Vaasjo. "Our FFO results reflected the one-time $20 million Sundance PPA settlement payment in the fourth quarter of 2016 to the Alberta Balancing Pool." "We arrived at a satisfactory agreement with the Government of Alberta on fair compensation for the early retirement of our coal assets and settled the Sundance PPA dispute issue. The resolution of these two issues has removed the largest uncertainties the Company has ever faced. We can now move forward with confidence, knowing that developing generation opportunities in Alberta will continue to be predicated on market and economic signals." "For 2017, we continue to focus on increasing our contracted cash flows to support a sustainable and growing dividend to our shareholders," added Mr. Vaasjo. "The completion of our Bloom Wind project in the third quarter and the commencement of annual coal compensation payments of $52 million per year, will add to our contracted cash flows and with a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility to fund growth, Capital Power is well-positioned to add both renewable and thermal assets in Canada and the United States." Project equity financing and completion of contract for output for Bloom Wind Bloom Wind is a 178 megawatt (MW) facility in southwestern Kansas consisting of 54 3.3 MW turbines and is anticipated to cost $358 million (US$272 million). Construction of Bloom Wind commenced during the third quarter of 2016. Commercial operation of the facility is expected in the third quarter of 2017. Capital Power will operate Bloom Wind under a 10-year fixed price contract with Allianz Risk Transfer (rated AA- stable by Standard & Poor's), a subsidiary of Allianz SE, the worldwide insurance and asset management group, covering 100% of the project's output. Under the contract, which was executed on April 21, 2016, Capital Power will swap the market revenue of the project's generation for a fixed annual payment for a 10-year term. The agreement will secure long-term predictable revenues and mitigate generation volume uncertainty related to wind resources, allowing Bloom Wind to secure renewable energy tax equity financing and provide Capital Power the opportunity to complete its first wind development project in the growing U.S. renewables market. On December 13, 2016, the Company reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs Alternative Energy Group (Project Investor) to fund an expected 65 to 70 percent of Bloom Wind costs through equity contributions in exchange for Class A shares of a subsidiary of the Company. These equity contributions are expected to begin upon the completion of the project and satisfaction of all conditions precedent, which is currently anticipated to occur in the third quarter of 2017. The Project Investor is entitled to the majority of income and tax benefits from the project until the Project Investor achieves an agreed upon target rate of return. Subsequent to this date, the structure "flips" and the Company is entitled to the majority of income, cash flows and tax benefits, while the Project Investor's equity investment will be accounted for as a non-controlling interest. Prior to the Project Investor achieving their target rate of return, their interest will be accounted for as tax equity financing within loans and borrowings. On March 24, 2016, Capital Power notified the Balancing Pool of the Company's decision to terminate its role as Buyer of the Sundance PPA. The Company recorded a pre-tax non-cash loss of $53 million ($46 million post-tax) with respect to the de-recognition of the Sundance PPA intangible asset. Effective March 24, 2016, the Company also de-designated certain energy cash flow hedges related to forecasted transactions no longer expected to occur as a result of the Sundance PPA termination, which resulted in the reclassification of unrealized gains of $5 million ($4 million post-tax) from other comprehensive income (loss) to net income. No hedge ineffectiveness resulted from the de-designation of the cash flow hedges. During the third quarter of 2016, the Government of Alberta commenced legal action that sought to retroactively amend and restate certain power purchase arrangements, including the Sundance PPA, and prevent the Balancing Pool from accepting Capital Power's termination of its role as Buyer of the Sundance PPA. On November 24, 2016, the Government of Alberta agreed to discontinue its legal action against Capital Power and to arrange for the Balancing Pool to accept Capital Power's termination of its role as a Buyer of the Sundance PPA in accordance with the terms of the Sundance PPA. In consideration of these actions, Capital Power and its syndicate partners agreed to pay the Balancing Pool $39 million, of which Capital Power's portion is $20 million ($15 million post-tax). On November 24, 2016, the Company announced it had reached an agreement with the Government of Alberta related to the transition away from coal-fired generation in Alberta by 2030. As compensation for the capital that the Company invested in coal generating assets that will be stranded effective December 31, 2030, Capital Power will receive cash payments from the Province of Alberta of $52 million annually for 14 years, commencing July 31, 2017 through to July 31, 2030, for a total of $734 million. Capital Power has agreed to continue to participate in the Alberta electricity market, support the local communities surrounding the coal facilities through 2030, and fulfill its pension and other commitments to employees. This settlement also recognizes the potential for extending the economic lives of certain assets through conversion to natural gas. On November 23, 2016, the Government of Alberta announced the transition of Alberta's electricity market from an energy-only market to a capacity market, for which the framework is expected to be in place by 2021. The Government of Alberta has committed to ensuring that existing investments will be treated fairly, and that the new market framework will continue to promote a level playing field between existing and potential new capacity. Design and implementation activities will be undertaken in 2017 and 2018, with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) currently targeting having the first capacity auction in 2019 for delivery in 2021. On November 21, 2016, the Government of Canada announced its plan to phase-out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, and to establish emission standards for natural gas-fired turbines, including new boilers, existing boilers, and existing coal boilers converted to natural gas. Under the proposal, coal boilers that are converted to natural gas would be subject to an interim emissions standard that would apply for the earlier of 15 years, or 2045, after which time the units would be required to meet the emissions standards for new generation. The implementation of the phase-out and finalization of the natural gas regulations will be the subject of industry consultations expected to commence in 2017. At this time, it is expected that publication of the natural gas regulation in Canada Gazette Part I will be in late 2017, with final publication in Canada Gazette Part II in late 2018. In late September 2016, the Government of Alberta initiated formal consultations regarding the performance standard and carbon pricing framework that will apply, effective January 1, 2018, to facilities that are currently subject to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER). The standard and pricing framework will be reflected in a new Carbon Competitiveness Regulation that will replace the current SGER regulation. The Company expects that the performance standard for the electricity sector will be consistent with the emissions performance of a combined-cycle natural gas-fired facility in Alberta, with specific details to be developed through consultation. On January 26, 2016, the Government of Alberta tasked the AESO to develop and implement a plan to bring on new renewable electricity generation capacity to the grid by 2030 in connection with the Climate Leadership Plan. The AESO undertook a process to receive industry perspectives regarding various elements of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP), and provided its recommendations regarding the REP to the Government of Alberta on May 31, 2016. On September 14, 2016, the Government of Alberta confirmed a firm target of achieving 30% of Alberta's electricity use by 2030 from renewable energy sources, and announced that the Government of Alberta would support 5000 MW of additional renewable capacity to help achieve that target. The AESO has provided a timeline for the first REP auction in 2017 with a request for proposals expected in the fourth quarter of 2017 with winning bids required to be operational in 2019. Financial support for projects funded through the first REP auction will reflect a contract-for-differences approach, and be for a 20-year term. Future REP auctions may be structured differently with respect to the form and amount of financial support provided, and contract length. On October 4, 2016, the Company issued 8 million Cumulative Minimum Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 7 (Series 7 Shares) priced at $25.00 per share for gross proceeds of $200 million less issue costs of $5 million on a bought deal basis with a syndicate of underwriters. The preferred shares will pay fixed cumulative dividends of $1.50 per share per annum, yielding 6.00% per annum, payable on the last business day of March, June, September and December of each year, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Capital Power, for the initial period ending December 31, 2021. The dividend rate will be reset on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter at a rate equal to the sum of the then five-year Government of Canada bond yield and 5.26%, provided that in any event such rate shall not be less than 6.00%. The Series 7 Shares are redeemable by Capital Power, at its option, on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter at a value of $25.00 per share. Holders of the Series 7 Shares will have the right to convert all or any part of their shares into Cumulative Floating Rate Preference Shares, Series 8 (Series 8 Shares), subject to certain conditions, on December 31, 2021 and every five years thereafter. Holders of the Series 8 Shares will be entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly floating dividend at a rate equal to the sum of the then 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 5.26%, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Capital Power. The Series 8 Shares would be redeemable by Capital Power, at its option, on December 31, 2026 and December 31 of every fifth year thereafter at a value of $25.00 per share. The Series 8 shares would also be redeemable by Capital Power, at its option, on any date after December 31, 2021, excluding December 31 of every fifth year, at a value of $25.50 per share. On September 13, 2016, the Company issued a $160 million, 10-year unsecured senior note to Prudential Capital Group. The note bears an annual interest rate of 3.85%, payable semi-annually, and matures in September 2026. The net proceeds of the offering were used to repay amounts owing under credit facilities and for general corporate purposes. On August 9, 2016, a consortium composed of Axium Infrastructure, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board, and Manulife Financial Corporation acquired Samsung Renewable Energy's one-third interest in K2 Wind. There is no change to the remaining interest in K2 Wind, which is still held equally by Pattern Energy Group Inc. and the Company. On July 25, 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved a 6.8% increase in the annual dividend for holders of its common shares, from $1.46 per common share to $1.56 per common share. This increased common dividend commenced with the third quarter 2016 quarterly dividend paid on October 31, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2016. On February 18, 2016, the Board of Directors of Capital Power declared a quarterly dividend of $0.19125 per share on the Company's Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 1 (Series 1 Shares). This quarterly dividend was paid on March 31, 2016. The Annual Fixed Dividend Rate for the Series 1 Shares for the next five-year period was reset from 4.60% to 3.06% on December 31, 2015 at a rate equal to the sum of the then Government of Canada bond yield and 2.17%. The Annual Fixed Dividend Rate will be next reset on December 31, 2020 and every five years thereafter. Appointments to the Board of Directors On February 17, 2017, the Capital Power Board of Directors approved the appointment of Keith Trent and Kate Stevenson to the Board of Directors. The appointments will be effective April 3, 2017. On February 21, 2017, the Company announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the thermal power business of Veresen Inc., consisting of two gas-fired and two waste-heat generation facilities. Under the terms of the agreement, Capital Power will acquire 284 MW of generation from two natural gas-fired power facilities in Ontario consisting of the 84 MW East Windsor Cogeneration Centre (East Windsor) and a 50% interest in the 400 MW York Energy Centre (York Energy) and will operate both facilities. Both East Windsor and York Energy are under long-term power purchase agreements, with the A rated Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, with original terms expiring in 2029 and 2032, respectively. Both facilities earn revenue through fixed capacity payments partly indexed to inflation and are compensated for operations and maintenance, and fuel (commodity and transportation) as well as start-up costs. Additionally, East Windsor is under a long-term steam supply agreement with a BBB rated third party. The transaction also includes 10 MW of zero-emissions waste-heat generation from two facilities (5 MW each) located at Westcoast Energy's BC Gas Pipeline compressor stations in Savona and 150 Mile House, British Columbia. The waste heat facilities are under 20-year Electricity Purchase Agreements (EPAs), with AA rated BC Hydro, with original terms expiring in 2028. The EPAs provide for partial inflation indexation as well as premium pricing under peak load hours. A third party provides operations and maintenance services for the assets under a long-term agreement. The purchase price for the acquisition is $225 million in total cash consideration, subject to working capital adjustments and other closing adjustments, and the assumption of $275 million of project level debt (on a proportionate basis). Capital Power expects to finance the transaction through existing cash and its credit facilities. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of closing conditions. Capital Power will be hosting a conference call and live webcast with analysts on February 21, 2017 at 9:00 am (MST) to discuss the fourth quarter and 2016 year-end financial results. The conference call dial-in numbers are: Interested parties may also access the live webcast on the Company's website at www.capitalpower.com with an archive of the webcast available following the conclusion of the analyst conference call. The Company uses (i) adjusted EBITDA, (ii) funds from operations, (iii) normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders, and (iv) normalized earnings per share as financial performance measures. These terms are not defined financial measures according to GAAP and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP, and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures used by other enterprises. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net income, net income attributable to shareholders of the Company, net cash flows from operating activities or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rather, these measures are provided to complement GAAP measures in the analysis of the Company's results of operations from management's perspective. Reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), funds from operations to net cash flows from operating activities and normalized earnings attributable to common shareholders to net income (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company are contained in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis, prepared as of February 17, 2017, for the year ended December 31, 2016 which is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com. Forward-looking information or statements included in this press release are provided to inform the Company's shareholders and potential investors about management's assessment of Capital Power's future plans and operations. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The forward-looking information in this press release is generally identified by words such as will, anticipate, believe, plan, intend, target, and expect or similar words that suggest future outcomes. Material forward-looking information in this press release includes expectations regarding: (i) the transition to and structure of the proposed capacity market in Alberta, (ii) growth opportunities that may come to the Company as a result of new renewable electricity generation capacity, (iii) future contracted cash flows, dividend growth and business growth, (iv) financing plans for the acquisition of the thermal facilities, (v) closing of the acquisition of the thermal facilities, and (vi) timing of the closing date of the acquisition of the thermal facilities. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate. The material factors and assumptions used to develop these forward-looking statements relate to: (i) electricity and other energy prices, (ii) anticipated facility performance, (iii) business prospects and opportunities including expected growth and capital projects, (iv) status of and impact of policy, legislation and regulations, and (v) effective tax rates. Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to the Company's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the Company's expectations. Such material risks and uncertainties are: (i) changes in electricity prices in markets in which the Company operates, (ii) changes in energy commodity market prices and use of derivatives, (iii) regulatory and political environments including changes to environmental, financial reporting, market structure and tax legislation, (iv) facility availability and performance including maintenance of equipment, (v) ability to fund current and future capital and working capital needs, (vi) acquisitions and developments including timing and costs of regulatory approvals and construction, (vii) changes in market prices and availability of fuel, and (viii) changes in general economic and competitive conditions. See Risks and Risk Management in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis, prepared as of February 17, 2017, for further discussion of these and other risks. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the specified approval date. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

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