TNP Enterprises, the parent company of Texas-New Mexico PowerCo. (TNMP), was bought by a group of investors headed by WilliamCatacosinos, the former CEO of Long Island Lighting Co., for $1billion, including assumed debt, the parties announced yesterday.The deal, which TNP said was the first leveraged buyout of anelectric utility, is expected to close in six to nine months.
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it will resolve a civilcourt case between a group of oil companies, headed by BP AmocoProduction Co., and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe over rights androyalties to natural gas produced from coal in the San Juan Basin.The Supreme Court will hear arguments in April with a decision dueby the end of June.
The majority of existing large electric-related companies willnot be intact a decade from now, says Roger Gale of WashingtonInternational Energy Group. In fact, he anticipates more than halfof the companies will disappear completely.