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Reliant Sparked By Asset Sale

05 Mar 2004

Reliant Resources' bank debt has been inching higher and was quoted in the 98-981/2 context up from the 971/2-98 range as reports emerged indicating that the company would sell a pair of New York City power plants.

Reliant Resources' bank debt has been inching higher and was quoted in the 98-981/2 context up from the 971/2-98 range as reports emerged indicating that the company would sell a pair of New York City power plants. The company has said it would entertain fair-value assets sales as a part of a plan to reduce its adjusted net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA multiple to three times or less by the end of 2006, explained Dennis Barber, Reliant's director of investor relations. But he added the company has not disclosed the details of any asset sales and declined to comment on the reports.

The other prongs of Reliant's three-part plan to reduce leverage include enhancing profitability by controlling costs and improving EBITDA and to potentially--toward the end of the process--issue equity, Barber explained. The company would also like to continue to reduce exposure to the bank debt with the ultimate goal to refinance the corporate debt in an unsecured fashion and to rely simply on a revolver and fixed income debt, he added.

05 Mar 2004