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Calpine Delivers Performance within Financial Guidance Range for 8th Consecutive Quarter

Today, I am pleased to announce solid full-year 2016 earnings, continuing our strong, stable track record.  Specifically, for the eighth consecutive year, we delivered on our financial performance commitments, achieving full-year Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow within our guidance range, despite a challenging commodity environment in 2016. Our enduring commitment to operational excellence, customer focus and financial discipline is reflected in our 2016 accomplishments - our best safety performance on record; maintaining a competitive cost structure while continuing to achieve best-in-class operating performance and leading the industry in advocacy efforts; the successful integration of Champion Energy and the strategic completion of our broader retail platform through two additional acquisitions; and the divestiture of non-core generation assets for good value. Difficult markets come and go, but the Calpine team has stayed focused where it matters. I extend my sincere personal thanks to the entire Calpine team. 

As I look ahead at 2017, our top priorities are to successfully integrate our retail platforms, execute on our delevering plan and, once again, deliver on our 2017 guidance of $1.8 - $1.95 billion of Adjusted EBITDA and $710 - $860 million of Adjusted Free Cash Flow.

On the retail front, over the past several months, we have strategically solidified and expanded our platform with acquisitions that complement our wholesale fleet and increase our access to end-use customers while boosting our margins in core power markets. We accretively recycled capital by completing the sales of our Mankato and Osprey power plants in non-core regions and reinvesting the proceeds into the purchases of Calpine Energy Solutions, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of power to commercial and industrial customers, and North American Power, a residential retail energy provider. With these changes to our portfolio, the integration of our retail businesses, not only with each other but also with our existing wholesale power business, is a priority. In order to assure a successful effort, Trey Griggs, formerly our Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, has assumed a new role as Executive Vice President and President, Calpine Retail, leading the integration and expanding the retail platform going forward. Andrew Novotny, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, and Caleb Stephenson, Senior Vice President of Wholesale Origination and Commercial Analytics, will oversee our wholesale activities and report directly to me. These organizational changes will establish alignment for our team to meet our goals for 2017 and beyond.

In terms of debt reduction, we have begun to execute on and are today updating the delevering plan we laid out on our third quarter earnings call. In December 2016, we redeemed $120 million of our 7.875% First Lien Notes that mature in 2023. More recently, we called the remaining $453 million of these notes, which will be funded with cash and proceeds from a 2019 term loan that we are committed to paying off in 2018. This structure accelerates our delevering plan and achieves interest savings in the interim. Our updated plan calls for $2.7 billion of committed or planned debt paydown by 2019, reducing our leverage by almost 1.5 turns at current Adjusted EBITDA levels. Importantly, after this paydown, we project that we will still have several hundred million dollars of deployable cash by the end of 2019, as well as increased financial flexibility.

In 2017, our delevering and retail integration efforts will be enhanced by our continued focus on financial discipline, maintaining our active advocacy for and defense of competitive power markets and remaining the premier operator of the highest quality assets. In short, these attributes have and will continue to enable us to deliver stable results through commodity market cycles. As these aspects of the strategy complement each other, our continued results and cash generation will provide value to shareholders for years to come.

Thad Hill, 

President and CEO


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