Harmony and NextDecade Agree to Pursue Merger; NextDecade a Leader Among U.S. LNG Project Developers

Harmony and NextDecade Agree to Pursue Merger; NextDecade a Leader Among U.S. LNG Project Developers
  • Proposed merger to result in NextDecade becoming a publicly listed company
  • NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG among most advanced second wave U.S. LNG export projects
  • 27 million tons LNG per annum (“mtpa”) project is optimally located in Brownsville, Texas, in close proximity to the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale
  • Rio Grande LNG has made significant regulatory and commercial progress to date, with a formal FERC application filed in May 2016 and 30 mtpa of non-binding customer commitments
  • The proposed all-stock transaction is initially valued at approximately $1.0 billion

Harmony Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: HRMN, HRMNU, and HRMNW) (“Harmony”) and privately held NextDecade, LLC (“NextDecade”) today jointly announced that they have executed a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) for a business combination transaction (“Merger”), which would result in NextDecade becoming a publicly listed company. Harmony is a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) whose objective is to take a company public via reverse merger. Harmony currently has $117.5 million of cash in trust (“Trust Fund”). The proposed all-stock transaction is expected to yield a combined entity with a pro forma enterprise value exceeding $1.0 billion at closing, with additional stock consideration to be paid to NextDecade shareholders upon the achievement of certain milestones. Assuming no redemptions by Harmony stockholders, current Harmony stockholders will own approximately 13.4% of the combined company immediately following the Merger. Pursuant to the LOI, Harmony and NextDecade have also reserved capacity for strategic partners to invest in the company prior to the closing of the Merger.

NextDecade is a liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) development company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. NextDecade’s first proposed LNG export facility, the Rio Grande LNG project (“RGLNG”) located in Brownsville, Texas, along with the associated Rio Bravo pipeline originating in the Agua Dulce market area, is well-positioned among the second wave of U.S. LNG projects. NextDecade submitted its pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March 2015 and filed its formal application in May 2016. The company has robust commercial offtake and gas supply strategies in place, and has signed 30 mtpa of non-binding customer commitments to date, indicating strong market interest.

NextDecade’s principal equity holders include funds managed by York Capital Management, Valinor Management, and Halcyon Capital Management, who together own a majority interest in NextDecade. Harmony and NextDecade have agreed to work together exclusively toward entering into a definitive agreement providing for the Merger. Completion of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions including, but not limited to, execution of definitive agreements, approval of the transaction by Harmony’s stockholders, receipt of regulatory approval, and the retention of at least $25 million of cash in Harmony’s trust account at closing. Assuming execution of a definitive agreement and satisfaction of closing conditions contained therein, the proposed Merger is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2017.

“We are pleased to work towards bringing our stockholders this unique opportunity to participate in the U.S. LNG export market at what we at Harmony believe to be a discount to intrinsic value,” said Harmony Chief Executive Officer, Eric Rosenfeld. “NextDecade’s commercial and regulatory progress, coupled with its location on the Texas Gulf Coast in close proximity to the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, positions the company to provide low-cost LNG to customers around the world.”

“After conducting an extensive review with our Board of Directors regarding development financing considerations, we are delighted to be advancing the process of merging with Harmony,” said Kathleen Eisbrenner, NextDecade Chief Executive Officer. “Eric and his team have successfully completed four SPAC transactions, and have extensive experience in public markets. This transaction is a natural next step in NextDecade’s strategy of continuing to de-risk its projects to attract world-class customers and access capital on competitive terms. We believe that the proposed Merger will enhance NextDecade’s ability to provide flexible solutions to customers and producers, and create value for our current and future stakeholders and partners.”

For the purposes of this transaction, Harmony is being represented by Graubard Miller and NextDecade is being represented by King & Spalding LLP. Height Securities, LLC is acting as financial advisor to NextDecade.

There can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be entered into or that the proposed Merger will be consummated. Further, readers are cautioned that those portions of the letter of intent that describe the proposed Merger, including the consideration to be issued therein, are non-binding.

Harmony has filed a proxy statement requesting stockholders to approve an extension of time to complete a business combination to July 27, 2017. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Harmony has agreed that if it is unable to enter into a definitive agreement for an initial business combination by April 27, 2017, it will promptly file the necessary proxy materials with the SEC to seek stockholder approval to dissolve and liquidate or to have holders agree to a further extension of time to complete an initial business combination.

In addition to this statement, Harmony and NextDecade are simultaneously issuing a brief slide presentation with information on the proposed Merger; the presentation will be filed with the SEC as an exhibit to Harmony’s Form 8-K. Investors are encouraged to review these materials. Harmony and NextDecade will host a conference call to discuss the proposed Merger on Tuesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET. To access the call, please dial (877) 856 1968 or + 1 (719) 325 4755 and use code 1384108.

SOURCE:  http://next-decade.com/2017/03/harmony-nextdecade-agree-pursue-merger/

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