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(B)(N) EIX Edison International

September 9, 2013

Deal Book. Edison International is a $15 billion company with total assets of about $45 billion and total liabilities of $34 billion and is the owner of Southern California Edison (SCE) which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) which is 78.2% owned by Edison International, 20% owned by the San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and 1.8% owned by the City of Riverside Utilities Department.

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant (SONGS)

As if all of that were not exciting enough, the corporate low man on the totem pole, the San Diego Gas & Electric Company, has asked the California Public Utilities Commission for permission to recover $800 million from its customers, in conjunction with a similar request from Southern California Edison to recover in excess of $2 billion from its customers in order to compensate shareholders for the premature and total shutdown and decommissioning of the SONGS plant (The Associated Press, September 7, 2013, San Diego utility asks customers for $808M to recover investments at closed SoCal nuke plant).

No Kidding!

$2 billion for a song, you say?

No kidding. But based on the balance sheet, the shareholders haven’t done anything for the customers and the stock price is just now returning to pre-2008 levels of $45, and one would think that a nuclear power plant built in an earthquake zone (the Christianitos fault, considered dormant), absent a tsunami, and water-cooled by salt water, might have some operating issues.

The company has, on occasion, been eligible for the Perpetual Bond™, and it’s trading now at $45 above the price of risk which we estimate as the Risk Price (SF) of $40 to $42 and flat to declining, which is never a good sign. Please see Exhibit 1 below.

The company also expects to pay a current dividend of $440 million to its shareholders this year for a current yield of 3%, which is not bad – although somebody bought the stock for $53 in April and is probably still holding it – but not as good as the preferred shareholders who are getting 4% to 6% on their investments of about $4 billion or the long term debt holders who are getting another $3.3 billion over the next several years towards obligations of $16 billion.

Moreover, SCE has started a 90-day dispute resolution process with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries which installed new steam generators in a $670 million overhaul in 2009 and 2010, although the contract has a limited liability of $138 million and excludes consequential damages which SCE estimates to be of the order of $2 billion (CBS Los Angeles, July 22, 2013, Mitsubishi To Fight San Onofre Negligence Claim).

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) EIX Edison International – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) EIX Edison International

(B)(N) EIX Edison International

Edison International through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)

From the Company: Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company offers capital and financial services. Edison International was formerly known as SCEcorp and changed its name to Edison International in February 1996. The company was founded in 1886, has 17,000 employees, and is based in Rosemead, California with power generation facilities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, the Philippines, Thailand, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

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