Cayce, SC, November 17, 2009...SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) today announced the sale of $150 million principal amount of Series A Enhanced Junior Subordinated Notes bearing interest at 7.70 percent per year and maturing January 30, 2065, subject to extension in certain circumstances to January 30, 2080. The junior subordinated notes will be unsecured and will rank junior and be subordinated in right of payment and upon liquidation to all of SCANA’s current and future indebtedness, except any security that by its terms is subordinated to, or ranks on an equal basis with, the junior subordinated notes, and its indebtedness to its subsidiaries.
The junior subordinated notes were offered to the public at a price of $25.00 per note.
Net proceeds from the sale will be provided to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) to redeem all of the outstanding shares of SCE&G’s preferred stock and for general corporate purposes. The sale was underwritten by BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities, acting as joint book-running managers.
Copies of a written prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, relating to the offering of these junior subordinated notes may be obtained by contacting Bank of America Merrill Lynch at One Bryant Park, 1111 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10036.
SCANA Corporation, a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Cayce, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s web site at www.scana.com.
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