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Monday, June 30, 2014

Judge urged to reject Energy Future's $2 billion bankruptcy loan plan, (NYSE: NEE)

Creditors of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings, Texas' biggest power company, urged a judge to slow its Chapter 11 case and warned if a key refinancing proposal was approved it might block better deals from being considered. In the past week, the company's majority stake in a powerlines business known as Oncor has sparked a flurry of activity comparable to a merger-type bidding war as creditors scramble to get their hands on the unit's steady cash flow.The company wants Judge Christopher Sontchi to allow its EFIH unit, which owns Oncor, to borrow around $2 billion to fund a settlement that will redeem high-yield debt, saving $11 million a month in interest payments. The loan is backed by the company's unsecured bondholders.Creditors not involved in financing the DIP, or debtor-in-possession, loan have called it "unprecedented" because it will convert into a stake of about 60 percent of Energy Future when the company exits bankruptcy.The potential to gain control over the power company has sparked competing DIP loan proposals, including one with $1.6 billion of backing by NextEra Energy Inc, a Florida company that also has a large Texas presence.

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE) is an electric power company. Shares of NEE traded higher by 0.43% or $0.44/share to $102.04. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $78.81 and as high as $102.21. On average, 2152290 shares of NEE exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 1576993.