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Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding

Filed: 9 Mar 21, 2:18pm

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10‑K
x    ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020
OR
o    TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from_____to_____
Commission file number of issuing entity: 333‑195654‑01
Central index key number of issuing entity: 0001606104
CONSUMERS 2014 SECURITIZATION FUNDING LLC
(Exact name of issuing entity as specified in its charter)
Commission file number of depositor and sponsor: 1‑5611
Central index key number of depositor and sponsor: 0000201533
CONSUMERS ENERGY COMPANY
(Exact name of depositor and sponsor as specified in its charter)
Delaware46-5038143
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization of issuing entity)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number of issuing entity)
One Energy Plaza, Jackson, Michigan49201
(Address of principal executive offices of issuing entity)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (517) 788‑1947
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:None
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
Yes o
No x
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
Yes o
No x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes x
No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S‑T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes x
No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non‑accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b‑2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filero
Accelerated filero
Non‑Accelerated filerx
Smaller reporting companyo
Emerging growth companyo
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit reporto
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b‑2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes o
No x
The registrant does not have any voting or non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates.
Documents incorporated by reference: A portion of CMS Energy Corporation’s and Consumers Energy Company’s definitive proxy statement relating to their 2021 Annual Meetings of Shareholders to be held May 7, 2021 is incorporated by reference in Item 11 of Part III of this Form 10‑K.




PART I
The following Items have been omitted pursuant to General Instruction J of Form 10‑K:
Item 1. Business.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Item 2. Properties.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
None.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
None.
PART II
The following Items have been omitted pursuant to General Instruction J of Form 10‑K:
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Item 9B. Other Information.
None.
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PART III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Following are the managers and executive officers of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC as of March 9, 2021:
Name, Age, Position(s)Period
Srikanth Maddipati (age 38)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2016 – Present
Vice President and Treasurer of CMS Energy Corporation (“CMS Energy”) and Consumers Energy Company (“Consumers”)2016 – Present
Assistant Treasurer of CMS Energy and Consumers2014 – 2016
Rejji P. Hayes (age 46)
Executive Vice President and Manager of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2017 – Present
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CMS Energy and Consumers2017 – Present
Chief Financial Officer of ITC Holdings Corp.2014 – 2016
Shaun M. Johnson (age 42)
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Manager of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2019 – Present
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CMS Energy and Consumers2019 – Present
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of CMS Energy and Consumers2016 – 2019
Partner with Dykema Gossett PLLC2012 – 2016
Glenn P. Barba (age 55)
Vice President and Controller of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2014 – Present
Vice President, Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer of CMS Energy and Consumers2003 – Present
Melissa M. Gleespen (age 53)
Vice President, Secretary, and Manager of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2014 – Present
Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer of CMS Energy and Consumers2016 – Present
Vice President and Corporate Secretary of CMS Energy and Consumers2013 – 2016
Scott B. McIntosh (age 45)
Vice President of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2015 – Present
Vice President of CMS Energy and Consumers2015 – Present
Director of Tax of CMS Energy and Consumers2011 – 2015
Albert J. Fioravanti (age 56)
Independent Manager of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2014 – Present
Managing Director of Lord Securities Corporation2018 – Present
Director of Lord Securities Corporation2015 – 2018
Senior Vice President of Lord Securities Corporation1999 – 2015
Leonard J. Padula (age 60)
Independent Manager of Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC2016 – Present
Vice President of Lord Securities Corporation2004 – Present
Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consumers, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of CMS Energy.
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Code of Ethics
Consumers has adopted a code of ethics, entitled “CMS Energy 2021 Code of Conduct” (“Employee Code”) that applies to all officers and employees of Consumers and its affiliates (except EnerBank USA, which has its own code of conduct), including Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC. The Employee Code is administered by the Chief Compliance Officer of Consumers, who reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Consumers. The Employee Code and any waivers of, or amendments or exceptions to, a provision of the Employee Code will be disclosed on Consumers’ website at www.cmsenergy.com/corporate-governance/compliance-and-ethics.
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
Other than the annual independent manager fee of $7,000 paid to Lord Securities Corporation, Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC does not pay any compensation to its managers or executive officers.
Information that is required in Item 11 regarding executive compensation of Consumers’ executive officers is incorporated by reference from CMS Energy’s and Consumers’ definitive proxy statement for their 2021 Annual Meetings of Shareholders to be held May 7, 2021.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
None.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
None.
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.
Omitted pursuant to General Instruction J of Form 10‑K.
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PART IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
(a)(1) and (a)(2)    Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules are omitted pursuant to General Instruction J of Form 10‑K as listed under Item 8 of this report.
(a)(3) and (b)    Exhibit Index
ExhibitsDescription
3.1
3.2
4.1
4.2
10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
10.5
31.1
33.1
33.2
34.1
34.2
35.1
(c)    Not applicable.
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Item 16. Form 10-K Summary.
None.
Item 1112(b). Significant Obligors of Pool Assets.
None.
Item 1114(b)(2). Credit Enhancement and Other Support, Except For Certain Derivative Instruments.
None.
Item 1115(b). Certain Derivative Instruments.
None.
Item 1117. Legal Proceedings.
None.
Item 1119. Affiliations and Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.
Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consumers, which is the depositor, sponsor, and servicer.
Item 1122. Compliance With Applicable Servicing Criteria.
See Exhibits 33.1, 33.2, 34.1, and 34.2 of this Form 10‑K.
The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Indenture Trustee”) has completed a report on an assessment of compliance with applicable servicing criteria set forth in Item 1122(d) of Regulation AB (Exhibit 33.2 of this Form 10-K). In addition, the Indenture Trustee has provided an attestation report by an independent registered public accounting firm (Exhibit 34.2 of this Form 10-K). These reports have identified and disclosed material instances of noncompliance that occurred with respect to the servicing criterion set forth in Item 1122(d)(2)(vii)(A),(B),(C),(D) as follows: Certain reconciliations were not prepared on a monthly basis for all asset-backed securities related bank accounts, including custodial accounts.
The Indenture Trustee has represented to Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC that the material instances of noncompliance did not apply to the servicing functions performed for Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC.
According to Schedule B of Exhibit 33.2 of this Form 10-K, the Indenture Trustee has implemented a remediation plan for the Client Service Manager to prepare the reconciliation. Another Client Service Manager will review and sign the reconciliation. This will be done within 30 days of month-end. Once complete, all signed reconciliations will be sent to the Regulation AB Office of Policy and Regulatory Reporting for a final review of completion.
Item 1123. Servicer Compliance Statement.
See Exhibit 35.1 of this Form 10‑K.
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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Consumers 2014 Securitization Funding LLC has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
CONSUMERS 2014 SECURITIZATION FUNDING LLC
(Issuing Entity)
By: Consumers Energy Company, as Servicer
/s/ Glenn P. Barba
Name:Glenn P. Barba
Title:Vice President, Controller, Chief Accounting Officer, and senior officer in charge of the servicing function of Consumers Energy Company, as Servicer
Date:March 9, 2021
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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION TO BE FURNISHED WITH REPORTS FILED PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE ACT BY REGISTRANTS WHICH HAVE NOT REGISTERED SECURITIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE ACT
No such annual report, proxy statement, form of proxy, or other proxy soliciting material has been sent to the registrant’s security holders. The registrant will not be sending an annual report or proxy material to its security holders subsequent to the filing of this form.