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The following extract relating to the transaction between AGL Resources Inc. (“AGL Resources”) and The Southern Company is from AGL Resources’ third quarter 2015 earnings release, as furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on AGL Resources’ Current Report on Form 8-K on November 9, 2015 and as posted to AGL Resources’ website at www.aglresources.com under the Investor Relations section on November 9, 2015.
SOUTHERN COMPANY / AGL RESOURCES MERGER UPDATES
Through November 8, 2015, The Southern Company (Southern Company) and AGL Resources have filed applications for regulatory approval of the proposed merger with the following regulatory authorities: U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission (under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act), Illinois Commerce Commission, NJBPU, Virginia State Corporation Commission and Maryland Public Service Commission. Both companies intend to make their remaining regulatory filings before the end of the year.
In addition, AGL Resources has scheduled a special shareholder meeting for shareholders to vote on the proposed merger with Southern Company. The proposed merger is subject to approval by AGL Resources' shareholders, approval by certain regulatory authorities and certain other customary closing conditions. AGL Resources plans to hold the special meeting of shareholders at its corporate headquarters at Ten Peachtree Place in Atlanta on November 19, 2015, at 9 a.m. ET. The record date for determination of shareholders entitled to vote at the special meeting was the close of business on October 9, 2015.
AGL Resources has suspended earnings conference calls due to the proposed merger and related regulatory filings and approval processes which are pending in several jurisdictions. A quarterly presentation with earnings highlights will be posted in the Investor Relations section of www.aglresources.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
To the extent any statements made in this communication contain information that is not historical, these statements are forward-looking statements and are subject to uncertainties and risks. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, planned regulatory filings to be made by AGL Resources Inc. (the “Company”) and The Southern Company and the intended timing of such filings and the expected timing of the special shareholder meeting for the Company’s shareholders to consider and vote on the transaction with The Southern Company. Forward-looking statements often include words such as “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “can,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “goal,” “indicate,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “proposed,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “would” or similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Although certain of these statements set out herein are indicated above, all of the statements in this document that contain forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, factors and assumptions regarding the items outlined above. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things, the following: the failure to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, the required approvals in connection with the transaction with The Southern Company by the Company’s shareholders and government or regulatory agencies (including the terms of such approvals); the risk that another condition to closing of the merger may not be satisfied; and other risk factors relating to the energy industry, as detailed from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC. There can be no assurance that the transaction will in fact be consummated.
Additional information about these factors and about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found in the body of this communication, as well as under Item 1.A in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, and Item 1.A in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2015. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to the Company, investors and security holders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the transaction or other matters attributable to the Company or any other person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements referenced above.
There also may be other factors that we do not anticipate or that we do not recognize are material that could cause results to differ materially from expectations. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise, except as required by law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the transaction between the Company and The Southern Company. In connection with the transaction, the Company filed a definitive proxy statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 13, 2015. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders can obtain the definitive proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about AGL Resources Inc., free of charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or free of charge from the Company at www.aglresources.com under the Investor Relations section or by directing a request to the Company at AGL Resources Inc., P.O. Box 4569, Atlanta, GA 30302-4569.
Participants in the Solicitation
The directors and executive officers of the Company, and other persons, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transaction. Information regarding the Company’s directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 17, 2015. This document can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the interests of the participants in the proxy solicitation is included in the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC or to be filed with the SEC when they become available.