As a result, on May 16, 2005, each holder of the equity security units will purchase from Ameren 0.5364 shares of Ameren common stock per unit for $25.00. Each holder will not be required to make any additional cash payment. The equity security unit holder's purchase obligation will be satisfied from the proceeds of a portfolio of US Treasury securities held in a collateral account that matures on or prior to May 15, 2005. The portfolio of US Treasury securities were acquired in connection with the February 2005 remarketing of Ameren's Notes due May 15, 2007 that were formerly part of the equity security units.
Settlement of the purchase contracts will result in Ameren issuing approximately 7.4 million shares of common stock in exchange for $345 million of proceeds.
As a result of the settlement of the purchase contract component of the equity security units, the equity security units will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange before the opening of the market on May 16, 2005.
With assets of more than $17 billion, Ameren owns a diverse mix of electric generating plants strategically located in its Midwest market with a generating capacity of more than 15,000 megawatts. Ameren serves approximately 2.3 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000 square mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
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