As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2015
Registration No. 333-
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
Two North Ninth Street
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrants principal executive offices)
Mark F. Wilten
Vice President-Finance and Treasurer
Two North Ninth Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-1179
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time or after the effective date of the Registration Statement.
If the only securities being registered on this form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box. ¨
If any of the securities being registered on this form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box. x
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|Large accelerated filer||x||Accelerated filer||¨|
|Non-accelerated filer||¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)||Smaller reporting company||¨|
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of each class of
securities to be registered
|Amount of |
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
|(1)||The shares may be sold from time to time by the registrant pursuant to the PPL Corporation Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan (the Plan). This Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of common stock that become issuable under the Plan by reason of any stock dividend, stock split or similar transaction or as a result of other anti-dilution provisions, pursuant to Rule 416 of the Securities Act of 1933.|
|(2)||Calculated in accordance with Rule 457(r) under the Securities Act and estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act, based on the average of the high and low sale prices of the common stock on February 20, 2015 as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.|
AMENDED AND RESTATED 2015
DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT AND
DIRECT STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
8,000,000 Shares of Common Stock
CUSIP # 69351T 10 6
PPL Corporation (PPL or the Company) is offering its existing shareowners, employees and new investors the opportunity to acquire up to 8,000,000 shares (the shares) of PPL common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the Common Stock), through its Amended and Restated 2015 Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan (the Plan). This prospectus explains how the Plan works and the steps you must take to participate in it. Please read this prospectus carefully and keep it for future reference.
Participation in the Plan is entirely voluntary, and you may discontinue your participation at any time. Participants in the current PPL Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan, which is amended and restated by this Plan, will be automatically enrolled in this Plan.
|||If you are a new investor, you may join the Plan by making an initial investment in PPL Common Stock of at least $250 and up to a maximum of $25,000.|
|||If you are an existing holder of PPL Common Stock, you may purchase additional shares of Common Stock by reinvesting all or a portion of the cash dividends paid on your Common Stock or by making optional cash investments of at least $25 ($10 for employees of PPL and certain of its subsidiaries), up to a maximum of $25,000 per calendar month. Pursuant to the discount waiver features of the Plan, PPL may from time to time permit optional cash investments in excess of this maximum and may offer discounts of up to 4% on such investments.|
|||Employees of PPL and certain of its subsidiaries may participate in the Plan through automatic payroll deductions, reinvestment of dividends and optional cash investments.|
PPLs Common Stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) and trades under the symbol PPL. The last reported sale price of the Common Stock on the NYSE on February 24, 2015 was $35.25.
The purchase price of Common Stock purchased directly from PPL for dividend reinvestments or optional cash investments not exceeding $25,000 will be the closing price of the Common Stock (as reported on the consolidated tape for NYSE-listed companies administered by the Consolidated Tape Association) for the last day on which the Common Stock was traded on the NYSE immediately preceding the Investment Date (as defined below). The purchase price of Common Stock purchased directly from PPL for optional cash investments in excess of $25,000 on each purchase date during the applicable pricing period will be equal to 100%, less any discount, of the volume weighted average price, rounded to four decimal places, of the Common Stock as traded on the NYSE during regular NYSE hours on that purchase date. The purchase price of Common Stock purchased from third parties in the open market will be the weighted average price of all shares so purchased for the applicable investment period.
PPLs principal executive offices are located at Two North Ninth Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-1179, and its telephone number at that address is (610) 774-5151. We also can be contacted by telephone through Shareowner Services by calling toll-free at (800) 345-3085 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Investing in PPL Common Stock involves risks. See Risk Factors beginning on page 1 of this prospectus as well as the risk factors contained in the reports and documents PPL files with the Securities Exchange Commission (the SEC), which are incorporated by reference in this prospectus.
Neither the SEC nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is February 25, 2015.
This prospectus is part of a registration statement that PPL has filed with the SEC relating to the shares of Common Stock to be offered and sold pursuant to the Plan. This prospectus, which does not include all of the information in the registration statement, provides you with a general description of the Plan and the securities offered under the Plan. The registration statement containing this prospectus, including exhibits to the registration statement, provides additional information about PPL, the Plan and the securities offered. The registration statement can be read at the SEC website, the PPL website or at the offices of the SEC discussed below under the heading Where You Can Find More Information.
We have authorized only the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different or additional information, and you should not assume we have verified any such information nor do we take any responsibility for it. We are not making an offer of these securities in any state where the offer is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus is accurate as of any date after the date of this prospectus.
PPL, headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is an energy and utility holding company. Through subsidiaries, PPL: delivers electricity to customers in the U.K., Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee; delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky; generates electricity from power plants in the northeastern, northwestern and southeastern U.S.; and markets wholesale or retail energy primarily in the northeastern and northwestern portions of the U.S.
Anticipated Spinoff of PPL Energy Supply, LLC
In recognition of the changes in recent years in the wholesale power markets, PPL performed an in-depth analysis of its business mix to determine the best available opportunities to maximize the value of its competitive generation business for shareowners. As a result, in June 2014, PPL and its wholly owned subsidiary, PPL Energy Supply, LLC (PPL Energy Supply), executed definitive agreements with affiliates of Riverstone Holdings Inc. (Riverstone) to combine their competitive power generation businesses into a new, stand-alone, publicly traded company named Talen Energy Corporation. Under the terms of the applicable agreements, at closing, PPL will spin off to PPL shareowners a newly formed entity, Talen Energy Holdings, Inc. (Holdco), which at such time will own all of the membership interests of PPL Energy Supply and all of the common stock of Talen Energy. Immediately following the spinoff, Holdco will merge with a special purpose subsidiary of Talen Energy, with Holdco continuing as the surviving company to the merger and as a wholly owned subsidiary of Talen Energy and the sole owner of PPL Energy Supply. Substantially contemporaneous with the spinoff and merger, RJS Power will be contributed by its owners to become a subsidiary of Talen Energy. Following completion of these transactions, PPL shareowners will own 65% of Talen Energy and affiliates of Riverstone will own 35%. PPL will have no continuing ownership interest in, control of, or affiliation with Talen Energy and PPLs shareowners will receive a number of Talen Energy shares at closing based on the number of PPL shares owned as of the spinoff record date. The spinoff will have no effect on the number of PPL common shares owned by PPL shareowners or the number of shares of PPL common stock outstanding. The transaction is intended to be tax-free to PPL and its shareowners for U.S. federal income tax purposes and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Justice and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. In addition, there must be available, subject to certain conditions, at least $1 billion of undrawn credit capacity, after deducting any letters of credit or other credit support measures posted in connection with energy marketing and trading transactions then outstanding, under a Talen Energy (or its subsidiaries) revolving credit or similar facility. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. Talen Energy will own and operate a diverse mix of approximately 14,000 MW (after proposed divestitures to meet FERC market power standards) of generating capacity in certain U.S. competitive energy markets primarily in PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. and The Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Following the transaction, PPLs focus will be on its regulated utility businesses in the U.K., Kentucky and Pennsylvania, serving more than 10 million customers. PPL intends to maintain a strong balance sheet and manage its finances consistent with maintaining investment grade credit ratings and providing a competitive total shareowner return. As a result of the anticipated spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and following any required transition services period, PPL is targeting to reduce its annual corporate support costs by an estimated $185 million. This includes $110 million of corporate support costs to be transferred to Talen Energy and $75 million of corporate support costs to be eliminated as a result of workforce and other corporate cost reductions.
Our principal executive offices are located at Two North Ninth Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-1179, and our telephone number is 610-774-5151. We also can be contacted by telephone through Shareowner Services by calling toll-free at 1-800-345-3085 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPL files reports and other information with the SEC. You may obtain copies of this information by mail from the Public Reference Room of the SEC, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549, at prescribed rates. Further information on the operation of the SECs Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.
PPL maintains a website at www.pplweb.com. From the Investors-Financial Highlights page of that website, PPL provides access to its SEC filings free of charge as soon as administratively possible after filing with the SEC. The information on PPLs website is not incorporated in this prospectus by reference, and you should not consider it a part of this prospectus. PPLs filings are also available at the SECs website (www.sec.gov).
We have filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-3 with respect to the securities offered hereby. This prospectus does not contain all the information set forth in the registration statement, parts of which are omitted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. For further information with respect to us and the securities offered hereby, reference is made to the registration statement.
PPL Common Stock is listed on the NYSE (symbol: PPL), and reports, proxy statements and other information concerning PPL can also be inspected at the offices of the NYSE at 20 Broad Street, New York, New York 10005. In addition, proxy statements, reports and other information concerning PPL can be inspected at its offices at Two North Ninth Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-1179.
Incorporation by Reference
The rules of the SEC allow us to incorporate by reference information into this prospectus, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to another document filed separately with the SEC. The information incorporated by reference is deemed to be part of this prospectus, and later information that we file with the SEC will automatically update and supersede that information. This prospectus incorporates by reference the documents set forth below that have been previously filed with the SEC. These documents contain important information about PPL.
Annual Report on Form 10-K
|Year ended December 31, 2014|
Current Reports on Form 8-K
|February 25, 2015|
PPLs Registration Statement on Form 8-B
|April 27, 1995|
We are also incorporating by reference additional documents that PPL files in the future with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act between the date of this prospectus and the
termination of the offering made by this prospectus (other than information in such future filings deemed, under SEC rules or otherwise, not to have been filed with the SEC). Information filed with the SEC after the date of this prospectus will automatically update and supersede information contained in or previously incorporated by reference in this prospectus.
PPL will provide without charge to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom a copy of this prospectus has been delivered, a copy of any and all of these filings. You may request a copy of these filings by writing to us at:
Two North Ninth Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-1179
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
Toll-free: 1-800-345-3085 or
Statements contained in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although we believe that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in forward-looking statements. In addition to the specific factors discussed in Risk Factors set forth below under Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and under Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, the following are among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements:
|||fuel supply cost and availability;|
|||continuing ability to recover fuel costs and environmental expenditures in a timely manner at Louisville Gas and Electric Company ( LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), and natural gas supply costs at LG&E;|
|||weather conditions affecting generation, customer energy use and operating costs;|
|||operation, availability and operating costs of existing generation facilities;|
|||the length of and cost, including lost revenue, associated with scheduled and unscheduled outages at our generating facilities;|
|||transmission and distribution system conditions and operating costs;|
|||expansion of alternative sources of electricity generation;|
|||laws or regulations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or the physical effects of climate change;|
|||collective labor bargaining negotiations;|
|||the outcome of litigation against the registrants and its subsidiaries;|
|||potential effects of threatened or actual terrorism, war or other hostilities, cyber-based intrusions or natural disasters;|
|||the commitments and liabilities of the registrants and its subsidiaries;|
|||volatility in market demand and prices for energy, capacity, transmission services, emission allowances and renewable energy credits;|
|||competition in retail and wholesale power and natural gas markets;|
|||liquidity of wholesale power markets;|
|||defaults by counterparties under energy, fuel or other power product contracts;|
|||market prices of commodity inputs for ongoing capital expenditures;|
|||capital market conditions, including the availability of capital or credit, changes in interest rates and certain economic indices, and decisions regarding capital structure;|
|||stock price performance of PPL;|
|||volatility in the fair value of debt and equity securities and its impact on the value of assets in PPL Susquehannas nuclear plant decommissioning trust funds and in defined benefit plans, and the potential cash funding requirements if fair value declines;|
|||interest rates and their effect on pension, retiree medical, nuclear decommissioning liabilities and interest payable on certain debt securities;|
|||volatility in or the impact of other changes in financial or commodity markets and economic conditions;|
|||new accounting requirements or new interpretations or applications of existing requirements;|
|||changes in securities and credit ratings;|
|||changes in foreign currency exchange rates for British pound sterling;|
|||current and future environmental conditions, regulations and other requirements and the related costs of compliance, including environmental capital expenditures, emission allowance costs and other expenses;|
|||legal, regulatory, political, market or other reactions to the 2011 incident at the nuclear generating facility at Fukushima, Japan, including additional Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements;|
|||changes in political, regulatory or economic conditions in states, regions or countries where the Registrants or their subsidiaries conduct business;|
|||receipt of necessary governmental permits, approvals and rate relief;|
|||new state, federal or foreign legislation or regulatory developments;|
|||the outcome of any rate cases or other cost recovery or revenue filings by PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, LG&E, KU or PPL WEM Holdings Limited and PPL WW Holdings Limited and their subsidiaries;|
|||the impact of any state, federal or foreign investigations applicable to the registrants and its subsidiaries and the energy industry;|
|||the effect of any business or industry restructuring;|
|||development of new projects, markets and technologies;|
|||performance of new ventures; and|
|||business dispositions or acquisitions, including the anticipated formation of Talen Energy via the spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and subsequent combination with Riverstone Holdings LLCs competitive generation business and our ability to realize expected benefits from such business transactions.|
Any such forward-looking statements should be considered in light of such important factors and in conjunction with other documents of PPL on file with the SEC.
New factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for PPL to predict all such factors, or the extent to which any such factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and PPL undertakes no obligation to update the information contained in such statement to reflect subsequent developments or information.
Investing in our Common Stock involves a high degree of risk. In addition to the other information contained in this prospectus and the information incorporated by reference herein, you should consider carefully the following factors relating to us and our Common Stock before making an investment in our shares of Common Stock offered hereby. In addition to the risk factors set forth below, please read the information included or incorporated by reference under Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. If any of the following risks or those incorporated by reference actually occur, our business, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows or prospects could be materially adversely affected, which in turn could adversely affect the trading price of our Common Stock. As a result, you may lose all or part of your original investment. You should carefully review the information in this prospectus about all of these securities. As used in this section, we, our, us, PPL and the Company refer to PPL Corporation and not to any of its subsidiaries.
Risk Factors Relating to Our Common Stock
We have issued securities that contain provisions that could restrict our payment of dividends.
We currently have outstanding $930 million principal amount of our junior subordinated notes, and we may in the future issue additional junior subordinated notes or similar securities that, in certain circumstances, including the failure to pay current interest, would limit our ability to pay dividends on our Common Stock. While we currently do not anticipate that any of these circumstances will occur, we cannot provide assurance that these circumstances will not occur in the future.
There may be future sales or other dilution of our equity, which may adversely affect the market price of our Common Stock.
We are not restricted from issuing additional shares of our Common Stock, including any securities that are convertible into or exchangeable for, or that represent the right to receive, our Common Stock. The market price of our Common Stock could decline as a result of sales of shares of our Common Stock or sales of such other securities made after this offering or the perception that such sales could occur.
The price of our Common Stock may fluctuate significantly.
The price of our Common Stock on the NYSE constantly changes. We expect that the market price of our Common Stock will continue to fluctuate.
Our stock price may fluctuate as a result of a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control. These factors include:
|||periodic variations in our operating results or the quality of our assets;|
|||operating results that vary from the expectations of securities analysts and investors;|
|||changes in expectations as to our future financial performance;|
|||announcements of innovations, new products, strategic developments, significant contracts, acquisitions, divestitures and other material events by us or our competitors;|
|||the operating and securities price performance of other companies that investors believe are comparable to us;|
|||future sales of our equity or equity-related securities; and|
|||changes in U.S. and global financial markets and economies and general market conditions, such as interest or foreign exchange rates, stock, commodity or real estate valuations or volatility.|
In addition, in recent years, the stock market in general has experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations. This volatility has had a significant effect on the market price of securities issued by many companies, including for reasons unrelated to their operating performance. These broad market fluctuations may adversely affect our stock price regardless of our operating results.
PPL may not be successful in realizing the full amount of anticipated annual savings as a result of the proposed spinoff of PPL Energy Supply.
In connection with the spinoff of PPL Energy Supply, and following any required transition services period, PPL is targeting to reduce its annual corporate support costs by an estimated $185 million. This includes $110 million of corporate support costs to be either eliminated or transferred to Talen Energy and $75 million of corporate support costs to be eliminated as a result of workforce and other corporate cost reductions. If for any reason PPL cannot realize all or a significant portion of the $75 million corporate cost savings, it could have an adverse effect on PPLs cash flows and results of operations.
The following is a description of the material terms of the PPL Corporation Amended and Restated 2015 Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan, which we refer to as the Plan.
The Plan provides existing PPL shareowners and new investors with a convenient way to acquire PPL Common Stock by:
|||investing cash dividends paid on PPL Common Stock to purchase additional shares of PPL Common Stock; and|
|||making optional cash investments to purchase shares of PPL Common Stock.|
You may participate in the Plan even if you wish only to make optional cash investments without reinvesting cash dividends on your shares of Common Stock.
The Plan amends and restates the prior PPL Corporation Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan, which is referred to in this prospectus as the Prior DRIP. The Plan amends the Prior DRIP, essentially, to (1) add new Plan sales options (Market Order, Limit Order, Stop Order), for an additional sales fee above the current Batch Order sales option, (2) offer additional choices for automatic investment dates (i.e., on or about the 9th of each month, the 25th of each month or both, as selected by the participant) and (3) revise the fee schedule for (a) direct deposit of proceeds from Plan sales and (b) duplicate Plan statements for prior years. The amendment and restatement of the Prior DRIP will become effective upon filing of this Plan with the SEC. If you are a participant in the Prior DRIP, you will automatically be enrolled in this Plan. You should, however, read this prospectus carefully to understand the important differences between this Plan and the Prior DRIP.
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services (Shareowner Services), a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Wells Fargo), on behalf of PPL, serves as the administrator of the Plan (the Plan Administrator). The Plan Administrator, either directly or through affiliates, receives optional cash investments, directs the purchase and sale of shares of Common Stock for Plan participants, keeps records, sends statements and performs other duties required by the Plan. In addition, Wells Fargo serves as transfer agent and registrar for PPL Common Stock.
The Plan Administrator will appoint an affiliated broker to act on behalf of Plan participants with respect to any purchases of Common Stock in the open market and any sales of shares of Common Stock held in the Plan for participants.
All correspondence and inquiries concerning the Plan should be directed to Shareowner Services as follows:
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for access to account information and answers to many common questions and general inquiries.
To enroll in the Plan:
If you are an existing registered shareowner:
|1.||Go to shareowneronline.com|
Select Sign Up Now!
|3.||Enter your Authentication ID* and Account Number|
*If you do not have your Authentication ID, select I do not have my Authentication ID. For security, this number is required for first time sign on.
If you are a new investor:
|1.||Go to shareowneronline.com|
|2.||Under Invest in a Plan, select Direct Purchase Plan|
|3.||Select PPL Corporation|
|4.||Under New Investors, select Invest Now|
|5.||Follow instructions beginning on the Buy Shares screen|
Go to shareowneronline.com and select Contact Us.
651-453-2129 outside the United States
Shareowner Relations Specialists are available Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
You may also access your account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using our automated voice response system.
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64856
St. Paul, MN 55164-0856
Certified and overnight delivery and deposit of certificated shares
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
1110 Centre Pointe Curve, Suite 101
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-4100
Please include your name, address, daytime telephone number and account number and refer to PPL in all correspondence or other communications.
You may participate in the Plan if you are:
|||a current owner of PPL Common Stock;|
|||a first-time investor that is a U.S. citizen or a corporation or other entity organized or domiciled in the United States;|
|||a first-time investor that is a foreign citizen or a corporation or other entity organized or domiciled outside the United States, if there are no laws or governmental regulations that would prohibit you from participating, or that would affect the terms of the Plan; or|
|||an employee of PPL Corporation.|
Participants in the Prior DRIP. If you are a participant in the Prior DRIP, you will be automatically enrolled in this Plan. Please review the following to determine whether you need to take any action as a result of any of the changes in the operation of the Plan from the Prior DRIP.
|||If you participate solely in the dividend reinvestment feature of the Prior DRIP, you will not be required to take any action to continue to have your dividends reinvested under the Plan in accordance with the same instructions that apply to your dividend reinvestments under the Prior DRIP.|
|||If you make optional cash investments under the Prior DRIP by automatic withdrawal from your bank account, you will not be required to take any action to continue to have funds automatically withdrawn each month under the Plan. You will need to submit a new Account Authorization Form if you choose to change your automatic withdrawal amount or to stop your automatic withdrawals under the Plan. You may do so at any time by accessing your account online at shareowneronline.com or by contacting the Plan Administrator.|
|||If you are a PPL employee who previously authorized investments under the Prior DRIP through automatic payroll deductions, you will not be required to take any action to continue your current payroll deduction investments under this Plan. See Participation by PPL Employees if you wish to stop or change your payroll deduction investments under the Plan.|
|||If you no longer wish to participate in the Plan, you should refer to Termination of Participation for information on how you can terminate your participation in the Plan.|
New Plan Participants. There is a $15 fee to enroll in the Plan unless you currently own shares of PPL Common Stock that are registered in your name or you are an employee of PPL or certain of its subsidiaries.
|||If you already own PPL Common Stock and the shares are registered in your name, you can join the Plan by:|
|||enrolling online by accessing your PPL shareowner account through the Plan Administrators website at shareowneronline.com, or|
|||completing an Account Authorization Form and returning it to the Plan Administrator.|
|||If your shares of PPL Common Stock are held in street name in a brokerage, bank or other intermediary account, you can participate in the Plan by instructing your broker, bank or other intermediary to have your shares transferred into your name. After those shares are transferred into your name, you will receive a PPL shareowner account statement and you may enroll in the Plan as described above. If you do not wish to transfer shares into your name from your brokerage, bank or other intermediary, you can participate by making cash investments in the Plan as described below.|
|||If you do not currently own any PPL Common Stock, you can join the Plan by:|
|||enrolling online at shareowneronline.com and authorizing the Plan Administrator to make a one-time deduction from your bank account of at least $250 (plus the one-time $15 enrollment fee); or|
|||completing and returning an Account Authorization Form, together with an initial investment of at least $250 (plus the $15 enrollment fee); or|
|||enrolling online at shareowneronline.com and agreeing to make a one-time deduction from your bank account of at least $25 plus the one-time $15 enrollment fee and authorizing automatic future cash investments of at least $25; or|
|||completing and returning an Account Authorization Form together with an initial investment of at least $25 plus the one-time $15 enrollment fee and authorizing automatic future cash investments of at least $25; or|
|||completing an Employee Investment Plan Authorization Form if you are an employee of PPL and either making a $250 minimum initial investment or electing a $10 minimum monthly payroll deduction. (See Participation by PPL Employees.)|
If you wish to make an initial investment in an amount greater than $25,000, you must follow the procedures specified below under Waiver Discount. PPL may, in its sole discretion, permit optional cash investments greater than $25,000 in some months and may offer discounts of up to 4% on these investments.
The Plan Administrator will arrange for the purchase of shares for your account but will not pay interest on amounts held pending investment. After shares have been purchased for you, the Plan Administrator will deliver an account statement to you.
Minimum cash investments
Minimum one-time initial purchase for new investors
Minimum one-time optional cash purchase
Minimum recurring automatic investments
Minimum employee payroll deduction
Maximum cash investments
Maximum monthly investment
Maximum monthly employee payroll deduction
Dividend reinvestment options
|Full, Partial, None|
Initial enrollment (new investors only)
One-time automatic investment
Recurring automatic investment
Employee payroll deduction
Dividend purchase trading commission per share
Optional cash purchase trading commission per share
Limit Order per transaction (Day/GTD/GTC)
Sale trading commission per share
Direct deposit of sale proceeds
Returned check / Rejected automatic bank withdrawals
|$||35.00 per item|
Prior year duplicate statements
|$||15.00 per year|
PPL may change these participation fees at any time. PPL will give you notice of any fee increase before it applies to you.
A participant can elect to reinvest all or a portion of the dividends payable (if any) to purchase additional shares of PPL Common Stock. The participant also has the choice to receive the full dividend in a cash payment. The following describes the available options:
Full dividend reinvestment All cash dividends payable on shares held in the Plan, along with any shares held in physical certificate form or through book-entry Direct Registration Shares (DRS), will be used to purchase additional shares. The participant will not receive cash dividends from PPL; instead, all dividends will be reinvested. Whole and fractional shares will be allocated to the Plan account.
Partial dividend reinvestment by percentage A participant may elect to reinvest a portion of the cash dividends payable on shares held in the Plan or held in physical certificate form or through book-entry DRS and to receive the remainder in cash. The percentage elected will be applied to the total number of shares held in the Plan, along with any shares held in physical certificate form or held through book-entry DRS.
An example of partial reinvestment by percentage: A participant has a total of 150 shares of Common Stock; 120 shares are held in the Plan, 15 in physical certificate form and 15 shares in book entry DRS. The participant chooses to have 50% of the total dividend reinvested. This will equate to 75 shares having dividends reinvested and 75 shares having dividends paid in cash.
Cash dividends All dividends payable to the participant will be paid in cash. This includes the dividend payable on all shares held in the Plan, any shares held in physical certificate form or held through book entry DRS. The participants dividend payment will be sent by check unless the participant has elected to have those dividends deposited directly to a designated bank account.
If you do not specify any option when you enroll, your account will be set up for full dividend reinvestment.
Initial Option Selection. Your reinvestment option will not apply to any dividend payment if you are not enrolled in the Plan on or before the record date for that dividend, which is the date on which a person must be a registered holder of PPL Common Stock in order to receive dividends. If you enroll after the record date for a dividend payment, receipt and/or reinvestment of dividends will not commence until payment of the dividend for the next dividend period. No interest will be paid on funds held by the Plan Administrator pending investment.
Change of Option. You may change your investment option at any time by accessing your account at shareowneronline.com or by completing a new Account Authorization Form and returning it to the Plan Administrator. The Plan Administrator must receive notice of a change of your investment option on or before a dividend record date in order for the change to be effective for that dividend payment.
Dividend Payment Dates. Payment of cash dividends on PPL Common Stock is subject to the discretion of the PPL Board of Directors. Dividends normally are payable quarterly on the first business day of January, April, July, and October.
Credit of Reinvested Dividends. If the Plan Administrator acquires shares of Common Stock from PPL for a particular dividend reinvestment, your account will be credited with the shares on the dividend payment date. If the Plan Administrators affiliated broker acquires the shares through open market purchases, shares of Common Stock will be acquired with dividend proceeds beginning on the related dividend payment date and will continue until all purchases for that dividend payment date are completed. In this case, your account will be credited with the shares following the last day on which all such purchases are completed.
Electronic Deposit of Cash Dividends. If you elect to have all or part of your cash dividends paid to you, you can have those amounts deposited directly into your bank account, instead of receiving a check by mail. To
have your cash dividends deposited electronically to your bank account, you must enroll in PPLs dividend direct deposit service by either accessing your PPL shareowner account at shareowneronline.com and completing the Direct Deposit of Dividends Authorization Form, or by calling the Plan Administrator to request a Direct Deposit of Dividends Authorization Form and returning it to the Plan Administrator by mail. The participant should include a voided check or deposit slip for the bank account to which the participant wants dividends to be deposited. If the shares are jointly owned, all owners must sign the form. You should allow 30 days for your direct deposit authorization to be established. Requests established no later than the dividend record date will be in effect for that dividend payment. You also may change your designated bank account for receipt of dividends by direct deposit or discontinue this feature by accessing your PPL shareowner account at shareowneronline.com or by notifying the Plan Administrator in writing.
Refer to the section entitled How to Join the Plan above for information about minimum and maximum initial purchase amounts, the enrollment fee, enrollment options and online investments. The Plan Administrator requires that checks be in U.S. dollars drawn from a U.S. or Canadian financial institution. Participants will be charged a return fee on any returned checks. Alternatively, a new participant may arrange to have the purchase price deducted from a designated account in a U.S. or Canadian financial institution in U.S. Dollars. Investors may not invest more than $25,000 per month unless a waiver is granted by PPL. Unless a waiver is granted, the Plan Administrator will return any excess tendered amount to the investor. Purchases will be made on behalf of a new participant in the Plan within five business days following the Plan Administrators receipt of the payment and Account Authorization Form from the participant. No interest is paid on initial purchase payments pending investment. The Plan Administrator will return an initial purchase payment to an investor upon telephone or written request received at least two business days prior to the investment date.
By Check. Current participants may make optional cash payments of at least $25 by sending a check to the Plan Administrator either with the completed Account Authorization Form or with a completed tear-off portion of the statement of account sent to participants after each investment under the Plan. Checks should be payable to Shareowner Services. Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. or Canadian financial institution.
Online By Authorizing One-Time Deduction from Your Bank Account. By accessing your account online at shareowneronline.com you can authorize a one-time deduction from your bank account of at least $25.
By Automatic Cash Withdrawal and Investment Service. The Automatic Cash Withdrawal and Investment Service is a convenient method to have money automatically withdrawn from a checking or savings account and invested in your Plan account, thus eliminating the need to write and mail checks. Once automatic deductions have begun, funds will be withdrawn from the participants designated bank account on or about the 9th, 25th or both, as determined by the participant (or, if that day is not a business day, on the prior business day). Participants do not receive any confirmation of the transfer of funds other than as reflected in their Plan account statements and in their bank account statements. To enroll in the Automatic Cash Withdrawal and Investment feature of the Plan you must complete and sign the Automatic Cash Withdrawal and Investment Service section on the Account Authorization Form and return it to the Plan Administrator or enroll in this feature online by accessing your account at shareowneronline.com.
Participants may change the amount of their automatic optional cash payments by completing a new Account Authorization Form and submitting it to the Plan Administrator or by accessing their account at shareowneronline.com and changing the amount. Participants may terminate their automatic optional cash payments by notifying the Plan Administrator online, by phone or in writing. To be effective with respect to the next Cash Payment Purchase Date, the new Account Authorization Form or termination notice must be received by the Plan Administrator at least fifteen business days preceding such Cash Payment Purchase Date.
Funds Held By Plan Administrator Pending Investment. During the period that optional cash investments are held by the Plan Administrator pending their investment under the Plan, such funds may be invested in certain Permitted Investments. For purposes of this Plan, Permitted Investments means any money market mutual funds registered under the Investment Company Act (including those of an affiliate of the Plan Administrator or for which the Plan Administrator or any of its affiliates provides management advisory or other services) consisting entirely of (1) direct obligations of the United States of America or (2) obligations fully guaranteed by the United States of America. The risk of any loss from such Permitted Investments shall be the responsibility of the Plan Administrator. Investment income from such Permitted Investments shall be retained by the Plan Administrator.
Insufficient Funds. A $35 fee will be assessed if any check or deposit is returned unpaid or if an automatic withdrawal from your bank account fails due to insufficient funds. In addition, the Plan Administrator will consider null and void the request for any optional cash investment associated with insufficient funds and will immediately remove any shares already credited to your account in anticipation of receiving those funds. The foregoing fee and any other incidental costs associated with the insufficient funds will be collected by the Plan Administrator through the sale of an appropriate number of shares from your Plan account. If the net proceeds from the sale of those shares are insufficient to satisfy the balance of the uncollected amounts, the Plan Administrator may sell additional shares from your account as necessary to satisfy the uncollected balance.
Credit of Shares in Plan Accounts. If the Plan Administrator acquires Common Stock for you from PPL with respect to a particular optional cash investment, your account will be credited with the shares purchased on the applicable Investment Date. If the Plan Administrators affiliated broker acquires Common Stock through open market purchases, the Plan Administrator will begin to acquire Common Stock on the appropriate Investment Date and continue until all purchases for that cash investment are completed. In this case, your account will be credited with the acquired Common Stock following the last day on which all such purchases are completed.
An employee of PPL Corporation may join the Plan at any time by requesting a PPL Employee Investment Plan Authorization Form (Corporate Form 5207 or 5209). Instructions and forms are available from PPL Treasury Department via:
The Grid (PPLs intranet website) by using the Stock Purchase Plan link under Employee Resources
Email at email@example.com
|PPL Services Corporation|
|PPL Treasury Department|
|Two North Ninth Street|
|Allentown, PA 18101-1179|
Completed, signed and dated PPL Employee Investment Plan Authorization Forms should be returned to PPLs Treasury Department (PPL Treasury Department) as instructed on the form.
The PPL Employee Investment Plan Authorization Forms offer options that allow each employee to designate the features of the Plan in which the employee chooses to participate. By using the appropriate PPL Employee Investment Plan Authorization Forms, an employee may elect to (a) invest in shares of Common Stock through automatic payroll deductions of at least $10 per month via the PPL Services Corporation Payroll System (Form 5207) and/or (b) enroll in the Plan by making an initial minimum optional cash payment as provided on the form (Form 5209).
Participants who are employees of PPL subsidiaries located outside of the United States may be subject to local laws that prohibit participation in the Plan.
The amount of payroll deduction can be changed or stopped at any time by written notice to PPL Services Corporation, PPL Treasury Department or by completing a PPL Employee Plan Authorization Form (Form 2278) and returning it to PPL Treasury Department as indicated on the form. Commencement, revision or termination of payroll deductions will become effective as soon as administratively possible after an employees request is received by PPL Treasury Department and processed by PPL Services Corporations payroll system.
Sales of shares of Common Stock on behalf of participants are usually made through an affiliated broker, who will receive brokerage commissions. Typically, shares are sold through the exchange on which the Common Shares of PPL are traded. Depending on the number of PPL shares to be sold and current trading volume, sale transactions may be completed in multiple transactions and over the course of more than one day. All sales are subject to market conditions, system availability, restrictions and other factors. The actual sale date, time or price received for any shares sold through the Plan cannot be guaranteed. Participants may instruct the Plan Administrator to sell shares under the Plan through a Batch Order, Market Order, Day Limit Order, Good-Til-Date/Canceled Limit Order or Stop Order. Sales executed by Batch Order are charged a fee of $15 per transaction, plus $0.12 per share. The fees for market orders are $25 and all other orders are $30 per order plus, in each case, $0.12 per share sold. See, Investment Summary and Fees below.
Any sales requests sent in writing must be signed by all registered shareowners named on the account. Sale requests may also be made by accessing your account online at shareowneronline.com or by telephone if your account is set up for telephone transactions.
Batch Order (online, telephone, mail) The Plan Administrator will combine each request to sell through the Plan with other Plan participant sale requests for a Batch Order. Shares are then periodically submitted in bulk to a broker for sale on the open market. Shares will be sold no later than five business days following a participants instruction (except where deferral is necessary under state or federal regulations). Such sales may be executed in multiple transactions and over more than one day depending on the number of shares being sold and current trading volumes. Once entered, a Batch Order request cannot be canceled.
Market Order (online or telephone) The participants request to sell shares in a Market Order will be at the prevailing market price when the trade is executed. If such an order is placed during market hours, the Plan Administrator will promptly submit the shares to a broker for sale on the open market. Once entered, a Market Order request cannot be canceled. Sales requests submitted near the close of the market may be executed on the next trading day, along with other requests received after market close.
Day Limit Order (online or telephone) The participants request to sell shares in a Day Limit Order will be promptly submitted by the Plan Administrator to a broker. The broker will execute when and if the stock price reaches or exceeds the specified price on the day the order was placed (for orders placed outside of market hours, the next trading day). The order is automatically canceled if the price is not met by the end of that trading day. Depending on the number of shares being sold and current trading volumes, the order may only be partially filled and the remainder of the order canceled. Once entered, a Day Limit Order request cannot be canceled by the participant.
Good-Til-Date/Canceled (GTD/GTC) Limit Order (online or telephone) A GTD/GTC Limit Order request will be promptly submitted by the Plan Administrator to a broker. The broker will execute when and if the stock price reaches or exceeds the specified price at any time while the order remains open (up to the date requested or 90 days for GTC). Depending on the number of shares being sold and current trading volumes, sales may be executed in multiple transactions and may be traded on more than one day. The order or any unexecuted portion will be automatically canceled if the price is not met by the end of the order period. The order may also be canceled by the applicable stock exchange or the participant.
Stop Order (online or telephone) The Plan Administrator will promptly submit to a broker a participants request to sell shares in a Stop Order. A sale will be executed when the stock price reaches a
specified price, at which time the Stop Order becomes a Market Order, and the sale will be at the prevailing market price when the trade is executed. The price specified in the order must be below the current market price (generally used to limit a market loss).
Sales proceeds will be net of any fees to be paid by the participant (see Investment Summary and Fees for details). The Plan Administrator will deduct any fees or applicable tax withholding from the sale proceeds. Sales processed on accounts without a valid Form W-9 for U.S. citizens or Form W-8BEN for non-U.S. citizens will be subject to Federal Backup Withholding. This tax can be avoided by furnishing the appropriate and valid form prior to the sale. Forms are available online at shareowneronline.com.
A check for the proceeds of the sale of shares (in U.S. dollars), less applicable taxes and fees, will generally be mailed by first class mail four business days after trade date. If a participant submits a request to sell all or part of the shares in their Plan account, and the participant requests net proceeds to be automatically deposited to a checking or savings account, the participant must provide the Plan Administrator with a voided blank check for a checking account or blank savings deposit slip for a savings account. If the participant is unable to provide a voided check or deposit slip, the participants written request must have the participants signature(s) medallion guaranteed by an eligible financial institution in order to receive sale proceeds by direct deposit. Requests for direct deposit of sale proceeds that do not provide the required documentation will not be processed and a check for the net proceeds will be issued.
A participant who wishes to sell shares currently held in certificate form may send them for deposit to the Plan Administrator and then proceed with the sale. To sell shares through a broker of their choice, a participant may request the broker to transfer shares electronically from the Plan account to the participants brokerage account. Alternatively, a participant can request that a stock certificate be delivered to their broker.
The price of PPL Common Stock may fluctuate between the time the sale request is received and the time the sale is completed in the open market. The Plan Administrator shall not be liable for any claim arising out of failure to sell on a certain date or at a specific price. Neither the Bank nor any of its affiliates will provide any investment recommendations or investment advice with respect to transactions made through the Plan. This risk should be evaluated by the participant and is a risk that is borne solely by the participant.
The PPL Insider Trading Policy provides that the participant may not trade in PPLs common stock if in possession of material, non-public information about the Company. Share sales by employees, affiliates and Section 16 officers must be made in compliance with the PPLs Insider Trading Policy.
If your total holdings in the Plan fall below one share, the Plan Administrator may liquidate the fractional share, remit the proceeds to you by check and close your Plan account. The amount of the check will be based on the then-current market value of the fractional share, less a service fee and processing fees.
You can give or transfer shares from your Plan account to anyone you choose by:
|||making an initial cash investment of at least $250 (plus the $15 enrollment fee) to establish an account in the recipients name;|
|||submitting an optional cash investment on behalf of an existing Plan participant in an amount of not less than $25 or more than $25,000 per month;|
|||transferring shares from your Plan account to the account of an existing Plan participant; or|
|||transferring a whole number of shares from your account to a recipient outside the Plan.|
You may transfer PPL Common Stock to the accounts of existing Plan participants or establish a new account. If your investments or transfers are made to an existing account, dividends on the shares credited pursuant to such investments or transfers will be invested in accordance with the elections made by the existing account owner. New Plan participants may elect any of the Plans available dividend investment options by completing an Account Authorization Form.
When authorizing a transfer of shares, you must send written instructions to the Plan Administrator and must have your signature on the letter of instruction Medallion Guaranteed by a financial institution participating in the Medallion Signature Guarantee program. A Medallion Signature Guarantee is a special guarantee for securities that may be obtained through a financial institution such as a broker, bank, savings and loan association or credit union. The guarantee ensures that the individual requesting the transfer of securities is the owner of those securities. Most banks and brokers participate in the Medallion Signature Guarantee program.
If you need additional assistance regarding the transfer of your shares, please telephone the Plan Administrator. You also may find information and obtain forms on the Plan Administrators website at shareowneronline.com.
A participant may elect to deposit physical PPL Common Stock certificate(s) for safekeeping by sending the certificate(s) to the Plan Administrator together with instructions to deposit the certificate(s). The certificate(s) will show as surrendered with the corresponding credit to Plan shares. The transaction will appear on the Plan account statement, and shares will be held by the Plan Administrator in its name or nominee name. These shares will be held until the participant sells, withdraws or terminates participation in the Plan. Because the participant bears the risk of loss in sending stock certificate(s), it is recommended that the participant send them registered, insured for at least 3% of the current market value and request a return receipt.
Participants are advised that choosing registered, express or certified mail alone will not provide full protection, should certificates be lost or stolen. Mail loss insurance provides the coverage needed to replace and reissue shares should they be lost or stolen through the mail. The Plan Administrator can provide low-cost loss insurance for certificates being returned for conversion to book-entry form. Replacement transaction fees may also apply.
To take advantage of the optional mail loss insurance, simply include a check in the amount of $10.00, made payable to WFSS Surety Program, along with the certificates and instructions. Choose a reliable delivery service such as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, DHL, Express Mail or United States Postal Service Registered Mail. No single shipping package may contain certificates exceeding a total value of $100,000. The value of certificated shares is based on the closing market price of the Common Stock on the trading day prior to the documented mail date.
Claims related to lost certificates under this service must be made within 60 days of the documented delivery service mail date. A copy of the certificate(s) mailed, with proof that the mailing was sent by trackable mail, should be submitted with the claim. This is specific coverage for the purpose of converting shares to book-entry form and the surety is not intended to cover certificates being tendered for certificate breakdown or exchange for other certificates.
At any time, you may withdraw some or all shares from your Plan account, free of charge, and obtain the withdrawn shares in book-entry form through DRS upon written request to the Plan Administrator, or by
contacting the Plan Administrator by phone or by accessing your account online at shareowneronline.com. Stock certificates may be requested by submitting a request to the Plan Administrator in writing.
Only whole shares may be withdrawn from your Plan account. If you request all of the shares in your account to be withdrawn and your Plan account holds a fractional share, a check for the value of the fractional share will be mailed to you. The amount of the check will be based on the then-current market value of the fractional share, less a service fee and processing fees. The Plan Administrator will establish the book-entry position through DRS representing the withdrawn shares within five business days after receiving your request.
Book-entry positions through DRS will be established in the name or names in which your Plan account is registered, unless you otherwise instruct the Plan Administrator. If the book-entry position through DRS is to be established in the name of a person other than the name appearing in your Plan account registration, your signature on the applicable instructions or Stock Power Form you provide must be guaranteed by a financial institution participating in the Medallion Signature Guarantee program, as described above under Gifts or Transfers of Shares.
You may not pledge any shares of Common Stock held in your Plan account as collateral for a loan or other obligation. If you wish to pledge shares held in your Plan account, you first must withdraw the number of shares you propose to pledge from your Plan account and request a physical certificate for that number of shares. Your request must be submitted in writing to the Plan Administrator.
If you participate in the dividend reinvestment features of the Plan, the Plan Administrator will mail you a statement after each reinvestment showing all of your year-to-date transactions (including shares acquired, amounts invested and purchase prices) and other account information. Supplemental statements or notices will be sent to you when you make an optional cash investment or a deposit, transfer or withdrawal of shares.
If you do not participate in dividend reinvestment, the Plan Administrator will send you a statement or notice confirming any transactions you make under the Plan.
You may elect to receive all statements or notices electronically by accessing your account on the Plan Administrators website at shareowneronline.com.
You may also obtain historical information about your account by accessing your account online through the Plan Administrators website at shareowneronline.com. You may request at any time a statement of your account from the Plan Administrator for the current year and most recent prior year free of charge. The cost for copies of account statements for earlier years is $15, and requests should be mailed to the Plan Administrator and should include the participants Plan account number and name and a check for $15 made payable to Wells Fargo Shareowner Services.
Please retain your account statements to establish the cost basis of shares purchased under the Plan for income tax and other purposes.
You should notify the Plan Administrator promptly of any change in your address or, if you elect to receive communications electronically, your e-mail address, to ensure that you receive all notices, statements and reports regarding your participation in the Plan.
You may terminate your participation in the Plan at any time by either telephoning or delivering written instructions to the Plan Administrator. A termination request must be made by all registered holders listed on the account.
If a termination request is received close to a record date for an account for which dividends are to be reinvested, the Plan Administrator, in its sole discretion, may either distribute such dividends in cash or reinvest them in shares of Common Stock on your behalf. If reinvestment is made, the Plan Administrator will process the termination request as soon as administratively possible, but in no event later than five business days after the investment is complete.
Upon termination of your participation in the Plan, you must choose either to receive the number of whole shares held in your account in book-entry form through DRS and a check for the value of any fractional share, or to have all of the shares in your account sold for you as described under Sale of Shares above. If you choose to receive shares and a check for the value of a fractional share, payment for the fractional share will be based on the then-current market value of PPLs Common Stock, less a service fee and processing fees. If you choose to receive the shares, they will either be credited to a book-entry account through DRS established in the same name or names under which your Plan account is registered or sent to you upon your request in certificate form. If you elect to have shares sold, the Plan Administrator will send any sale proceeds to you as soon as administratively possible.
Business Day and Trading Day. As used in the Plan, business day and trading day mean each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday on which trading occurs on the NYSE.
Stock Splits, Stock Dividends and Other Distributions. Any stock dividends or stock splits distributed by PPL on shares held by the Plan Administrator for the participant will be credited to the participants account. In the event of a rights offering, the Plan Administrator will sell the rights on the open market and proportionally credit each participants account with the net proceeds of the sale, which then will be invested in additional shares.
Other Capitalization Changes. If there occurs any other transaction that results in the number of outstanding shares of PPL Common Stock being increased or decreased, such as a recapitalization, reclassification, reverse stock split or other combination of shares of PPL Common Stock, or other increase or decrease in shares of PPL Common Stock effectuated without receipt of consideration by PPL, each account balance will be adjusted to reflect the results of such transaction. You will receive a statement indicating the effects of such transaction on your account balance.
Voting of Shares. The Plan Administrator will vote all shares held in a participants account in the same way in which the participant votes shares of Common Stock standing of record in the participants name by regular proxy returned by participants to PPL, or, if the Plan Administrator sends to the participant a separate proxy covering the shares credited to the participants Plan account, such shares will be voted as designated in such separate proxy. In the event the participant does not direct the voting of shares by either such regular or separate proxy, the shares credited to the participants Plan account will not be voted.
Shareowner Communications. Plan participants will receive all communications sent to all holders of PPL Common Stock. Plan participants that elect to receive shareowner communications electronically may receive these communications by e-mail instead of in paper form. Plan participants also can obtain current financial and other information about PPL by visiting the Investors section of the PPL website at www.pplweb.com.
Liability of PPL, the Plan Administrator and the Affiliated Broker. Neither PPL nor any of its subsidiaries, or the Plan Administrator or its affiliated broker, will be liable for any act performed in good faith or required by applicable law or for any omission to act made in good faith. This limitation of liability includes, but is not limited to, any claims of liability for:
|||failure to terminate an account upon the death of a participant before receiving written notice of such death and a request to terminate participation from a qualified representative of the deceased;|
|||failure by a participant to receive communications regarding the Plan, when the participant fails to update changes to the address or e-mail address on file with the Plan Administrator;|
|||purchase or sale prices reflected in a participants Plan account or the dates of purchases or sales of a participants shares; or|
|||any fluctuation in the market value of a participants shares after any purchase or sale of shares.|
The Plan Administrator is acting solely as agent for PPL and owes no fiduciary duties to any other person by reason of the Plan, and no such duties will be implied. The Plan Administrator undertakes to perform only those duties as are expressly set forth herein or that the Plan Administrator has otherwise expressly agreed to perform in connection with the Plan, and no other duties shall be implied.
In the absence of negligence or willful misconduct on its part, the Plan Administrator, whether acting directly or through agents or attorneys, will not be liable for any action taken, suffered, or omitted or for any error of judgment made by it in the performance of its duties hereunder. In no event will the Plan Administrator be liable for special, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever (including but not limited to lost profit).
The Plan Administrator will (1) not be required to and shall make no representations and have no responsibilities as to the validity, accuracy, value or genuineness of any signatures or endorsements, other than its own, and (2) not be obligated to take any legal action hereunder that might, in its judgment, involve any expense or liability, unless it has been furnished with reasonable indemnity.
The Plan Administrator will not be responsible or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations under this Plan arising out of or caused, directly or indirectly, by circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation: acts of God; earthquakes; fires; floods; wars; civil or military disturbances; sabotage; epidemics; riots; interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities; computer (hardware or software) or communications services; accidents; labor disputes; acts of civil or military authority or governmental actions; it being understood that the Plan Administrator will use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the banking industry to resume performance as soon as administratively possible under the circumstances.
None of the directors, officers, employees or shareowners of PPL or any of its subsidiaries will have any personal liability under the Plan.
The foregoing limitation of liability does not represent a waiver of any rights you may have under applicable securities laws.
Plan Suspension, Modification or Termination. PPL reserves the right to suspend, modify or terminate the Plan at any time. You will receive notice of any suspension, material modification or termination. If you elect to receive your account information electronically, PPL may send any of these notices by e-mail. PPL and the Plan Administrator also reserve the right to change any administrative procedures of the Plan.
Change of Eligibility; Termination of Participation. The Plan is designed for long-term investors who would like to invest and build ownership of PPL Common Stock over time. The Plan is not intended to provide holders of PPL Common Stock with a mechanism for generating short-term profits through rapid turnover of shares acquired at a discount. Further, the Plans intended purpose precludes any individual or entity from establishing a series of related accounts for the purpose of conducting arbitrage operations or exceeding the optional cash investment limit. You should not use the Plan to engage in short-term trading activities that could change the normal trading volume of PPL Common Stock. If you engage in short-term trading activities, PPL may prevent you from participating in the Plan. PPL reserves the right to deny, suspend or terminate participation by a Plan participant who is using the Plan for purposes inconsistent with its intended purpose. In such an event,
the Plan Administrator will notify the participant in writing of its action and continue to hold the participants shares in book-entry form through DRS, but will no longer reinvest the participants dividends or accept optional cash investments from the participant.
Foreign Investors. You may not participate in the Plan if it would be unlawful for you to do so in the jurisdiction where you are a citizen or, if you are a corporation or other entity, where you are organized or domiciled. If you are a citizen of, or organized or domiciled in, a country other than the United States, you should independently confirm that by participating in the Plan you will not violate local laws governing, among other matters, taxes, currency and exchange controls, stock registration and foreign investments. PPL reserves the right to terminate the participation of any investor in the Plan if it deems termination to be advisable under any foreign laws or regulations. Non-U.S. investors will be subject to tax withholding requirements, as discussed in this prospectus under U.S. Federal Income Tax Information.
Multiple Accounts. PPL reserves the right to aggregate all optional investments for Plan participants with more than one account using the same name, address or social security or taxpayer identification number. PPL also may aggregate Plan accounts that it believes to be under common control or management or to have common ultimate beneficial ownership. If PPL exercises its rights to aggregate investments and the resulting investment in the Plan would exceed $25,000 per month without a request for waiver approved by PPL, the amount in excess of $25,000 will be returned without interest as promptly as administratively possible.
Change of Plan Administrator. PPL reserves the right to terminate Shareowner Services, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Plan Administrator and appoint another institution to serve as Plan Administrator, or to administer the Plan itself. All participants will receive notice of any such change, which may be by e-mail to participants electing to receive communications electronically, of any such change.
Transfer Agent and Registrar. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., presently acts as transfer agent and registrar for PPL Corporation.
No Profit or Dividends Assured. PPL cannot assure you of a profit or protect you against a loss on shares of Common Stock that you purchase or sell under the Plan. The payment of dividends on PPL Common Stock is at the discretion of the PPL Board of Directors and will depend upon such factors as the Board of Directors deems relevant, as discussed in this prospectus under Dividend Policy. There can be no assurance as to the declaration or payment of any dividends on PPL Common Stock.
Interpretation of the Plan. PPLs officers are authorized to take any actions that are consistent with the Plans terms and conditions. PPL reserves the right to interpret and regulate the Plan as it deems necessary or desirable in connection with the Plans operations. Any such determination by PPL will be conclusive and binding on Plan participants.
|Available anytime. Dividend reinvestment will begin with the dividend payable after the first record date following initial enrollment and either deposit of PPL Common Stock or purchase of PPL Common Stock under the Plan.|
|To change dividend reinvestment options for a particular dividend, the Plan Administrator must receive notice of any change:||By the record date for that dividend.|
|Shares will be credited to your Plan account in connection with any dividend reinvestment:||On the dividend payment date if PPL Common Stock is acquired from PPL, or following the last day on which all open market purchases following a dividend payment are completed if shares are acquired from third parties.|
Initial and Optional Cash Investments up to $25,000 monthly
|Receipt of funds by the Plan Administrator for initial investment from $250 (or $25 plus the $15 initial enrollment fee plus authorization for automatic future cash investments of $25) up to $25,000 in any month:||No later than the second business day before the next Investment Date.|
|Receipt of funds by the Plan Administrator for subsequent cash investments of at least $25:||No later than one business day before the next Investment Date.|
|Requests for return of investment:||The Plan Administrator must receive your request no later than the second business day before the Investment Date.|
|Automatic investments via cash withdrawals from bank accounts:||Allow three to four weeks for first withdrawal to be initiated. Funds will be withdrawn on the 9th, 25th or both days of each month (or, if that day is not a business day, on the prior business day).|
|Changes to automatic withdrawals from bank accounts:||The Plan Administrator must receive your written or online request at least fifteen business days before the next scheduled cash withdrawal.|
|Shares will be credited to your Plan account in connection with any optional cash investment:||On the applicable Investment Date if PPL Common Stock is acquired from PPL, or following the last day on which all open market purchases using optional cash investments are completed if the shares are acquired from third parties.|
Optional Cash Investments in Excess of $25,000 Pursuant to Requests for Waiver
|Obtain information on requests for waiver for a particular month by telephoning PPL at 1-610-774-6272:||Anytime.|
|Submission of requests for waiver to PPL:||No later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the third business day before the first day of the applicable pricing period.|
|Approval or denial of requests for waiver by PPL:||By 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the second business day before the first day of the applicable pricing period.|
|Receipt of funds by the Plan Administrator for optional cash investments in excess of $25,000:||No later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the business day before the first day of the applicable pricing period.|
|Return of uninvested funds:||Within five business days after the last day of the applicable pricing period, as extended, without interest.|
Submission of Requests for Waiver. Optional cash investments of more than $25,000 per month (including any initial investments in excess of $25,000) (Large Cash Purchase) may be made only by investors that submit a request for waiver. Large Cash Purchase requests may be approved by us in our sole discretion at any time. Investors who wish to make Large Cash Purchases for any month should telephone PPL at 610-774-6272 to determine if we will be considering Large Cash Purchase requests for such month. When you inquire, you will be informed of one of the following:
|||that we are not currently considering Large Cash Purchase requests; or|
|||that we will be considering Large Cash Purchase requests, in which case we will provide information about how to obtain and submit a Large Cash Purchase Request Form.|
We must receive completed Large Cash Purchase requests by delivery via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the third business day before the first day of the pricing period for the applicable waiver period, as described below. We will notify by return email or by telephone any investor whose Large Cash Purchase request has been approved (including the amount of the investment approved) by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the second business day before the first day of the applicable pricing period. The Plan Administrator must receive good funds relating to any approved Large Cash Purchase request by wire transfer to the account designated by us no later than 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the business day before the first day of the applicable pricing period. All such funds received after 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on such business day may be returned without interest.
Action on Large Cash Purchase Requests. We have the sole discretion to grant or refuse to grant, in whole or in part, a Large Cash Purchase request. In acting on a Large Cash Purchase request, we will consider relevant factors, including without limitation:
|||whether the Plan is then purchasing shares of common stock from PPL or in the open market;|
|||our need for additional funds;|
|||other available sources of funds;|
the purchase price likely to apply to any sale of shares under the Plan;
|||the party submitting the request, including the extent and nature of that partys prior participation in the Plan and the number of shares held by that party; and|
|||the aggregate amount of Large Cash Purchases in excess of $25,000 per month for which PPL has received Large Cash Purchase requests under the Plan.|
Large Cash Purchases will be priced as follows:
|||To determine the purchase price of shares purchased from us pursuant to a Large Cash Purchase request, we will fix the number of trading days in the pricing period for the applicable investment. The pricing period generally will consist of one to 15 consecutive trading days, unless the pricing period is extended as described below. On each trading day, we will generally apply an equal portion of the amount approved for investment pursuant to a Large Cash Purchase request to the purchase of shares, subject to the qualifications described below. Each day in the pricing period on which shares of Common Stock are purchased is referred to as a Purchase Date. The price for shares of Common Stock purchased on each Purchase Date in a pricing period will be equal to 100% (less any applicable discount, as described below) of the composite volume weighted average price, rounded to four decimal places, of shares of Common Stock, as traded on the composite exchanges during regular NYSE hours on the Purchase Date. We will obtain this composite exchange pricing information from Bloomberg, LP or, if Bloomberg, LP is no longer providing this information, another authoritative source.|
|||We may establish for each pricing period a minimum, or threshold, price applicable to purchases made pursuant to a Large Cash Purchase request. We will make this determination in our discretion after a review of, among other factors, current market conditions, the level of participation in the Plan and our current and projected capital needs. We will notify an investor of the establishment of a threshold price at the time the Large Cash Purchase request has been approved.|
|||If established for any pricing period, the threshold price will be stated as a dollar amount which the composite volume weighted average price of shares of common stock, rounded to four decimal places, as traded during regular NYSE hours, must equal or exceed for each trading day of such pricing period (not adjusted for discounts, if any) in order for such trading day to be considered a Purchase Date. Except as provided below, any trading day for which such volume weighted average price is less than the applicable threshold price will not be considered a Purchase Date, and no funds will be invested in shares of Common Stock on that date. Funds that are not invested will be returned without interest, as described below.|
|||The establishment of the threshold price and the potential return of a portion of investment funds apply only to investments made pursuant to Large Cash Purchase requests. Establishing a threshold price for a particular pricing period will not affect the establishment of a threshold price for any subsequent pricing period.|
|||If we establish a threshold price for any pricing period, we may elect to extend that pricing period. If we do so, the initial pricing period may be extended by the number of trading days during the initial pricing period, up to three trading days, during which the threshold price is not satisfied or there are no trades of shares of common stock on the composite exchanges.|
|||If we elect to grant a pricing period extension and the threshold price is satisfied for any additional trading day during an extension, that trading day will be included as a Purchase Date for the extended pricing period. For example, if the extension feature is in use and the initial pricing period is ten trading days, but the threshold price is not satisfied on three out of those ten days, the pricing period may be extended by three trading days. If the threshold price is satisfied on any of the three trading days during the extension period, each of those three trading days will be a Purchase Date for that pricing period.|
We may, in our sole discretion, establish a discount from the market price otherwise applicable to Large Cash Purchases (including initial investments) made pursuant to a request for waiver, but we are
not obligated to do so. Any discount (including any applicable brokerage fees paid by us) may be 0.0% to 4.0% of the regular market price and may be varied by us in our sole discretion. We may establish any discount in our sole discretion after a review of, among other factors, current market conditions, the level of participation in the Plan, the attractiveness of obtaining financing through the sale of shares of Common Stock as compared to other sources of funds, and our current and projected capital needs. Establishing a discount for a particular pricing period will not affect the establishment of a discount for any subsequent pricing period.
|||Any investor purchasing shares of Common Stock pursuant to a request for a Large Cash Purchase will be treated as the beneficial owner of all shares of Common Stock purchased on each Purchase Date in the applicable pricing period as of the close of business on such Purchase Date, although Plan shares of Common Stock will not be credited to such investors account until the conclusion of the pricing period unless we elect to use the continuous settlement feature described below for that pricing period.|
|||If we elect to use the continuous settlement feature, shares of Common Stock will be credited to the Plan accounts of investors purchasing shares of Common Stock pursuant to requests for a Large Cash Purchase within three business days after each Purchase Date. We may activate the continuous settlement feature for a particular investment at the time we determine other pricing terms in respect of shares of Common Stock to be sold pursuant to a Large Cash Purchase request.|
|||We will return, without interest, any amount to be invested pursuant to a Large Cash Purchase request that is not applied to the purchase of shares of Common Stock because the threshold price is not met or shares of Common Stock are not traded on the composite exchanges on any trading day during a pricing period or extension, as applicable. Any such uninvested funds will be returned within five business days after the last day of the applicable pricing period, as it may be extended. The amount returned will be based on the number of days on which the threshold price was not satisfied or no trades were reported on the composite exchanges compared to the total number of days in the pricing period or extended pricing period, as applicable. For example, the amount returned for a ten-day pricing period will equal one-tenth of the total amount of your proposed Large Cash Purchase investment for each trading day on which the threshold price is not satisfied or shares of Common Stock are not traded on the composite exchanges.|
|||From time to time, financial intermediaries, including brokers and dealers, and other persons may engage in positioning transactions in order to benefit from any waiver discounts applicable to investments made pursuant to requests for waiver for Large Cash Purchases under the Plan. Those transactions may cause fluctuations in the trading volume of our Common Stock. Financial intermediaries and such other persons who engage in positioning transactions may be deemed to be underwriters. We have no arrangements or understandings, formal or informal, with any person relating to the sale of shares of Common Stock to be received under the Plan. We reserve the right to modify, suspend or terminate participation in the Plan by otherwise eligible persons to eliminate practices that are inconsistent with the purpose of the Plan.|
|||We may alter, amend, supplement or waive, in our sole discretion, the time periods and/or other parameters relating to optional cash purchases in excess of $25,000 made by one or more participants in the Plan or new investors, at any time and from time to time, prior to the granting of any request for waiver.|
Pricing of Shares Purchased from PPL. PPL may elect to satisfy the requirements of Plan participants for dividend reinvestments or optional cash investments not exceeding $25,000 per month with shares purchased directly from PPL. If it does so, the purchase price of the shares will be the closing price of PPL Common Stock as reported on the consolidated tape for NYSE-listed companies administered by the Consolidated Tape Association on the last day the Common Stock was traded on the NYSE immediately preceding the Investment Date. No processing fee will be charged.
The pricing of shares of Common Stock purchased from PPL pursuant to requests for waiver is described above under Waiver Discount.
Pricing of Shares Purchased from Third Parties. If PPL elects to satisfy the requirements of Plan participants by purchasing PPL Common Stock in the open market, the price per share will be the weighted average price of all shares of Common Stock purchased by the Plan Administrators affiliated broker for the applicable investment period. PPL will pay all processing fees for dividend reinvestments and PPL employee payroll deduction investments when shares are purchased from third parties. Participants will pay a processing fee of $0.04 per share for any optional cash investments applied to purchase shares from third parties.
Timing and Control When Shares are Purchased from Third Parties. When shares are to be purchased from third parties, the Plan Administrator will make arrangements with an affiliated broker to use reinvested cash dividends and optional cash investments to purchase PPL Common Stock in the open market on such terms as the Plan Administrator may reasonably determine. Purchases will begin on the applicable Investment Date and may be made over a number of days to meet the requirements of the Plan. No interest will be paid on funds held by the Plan Administrator pending investment. The affiliated broker may commingle your funds with those of other participants in the Plan for purposes of executing purchase transactions.
Because the Plan Administrator will arrange for purchases of Common Stock on behalf of the Plan through an affiliated broker, neither PPL nor any participant in the Plan will have the authority or power to control either the timing or price of the shares purchased. Therefore, you will not be able precisely to time your purchases through the Plan, and you will bear the market risk associated with fluctuations in the price of PPL Common Stock. As a result, if you transmit funds for an optional cash investment, it is possible that the market price of PPL Common Stock could rise or fall before the Plan Administrator arranges to purchase Common Stock with your funds. The affiliated broker will use its best efforts to apply all funds to the purchase of Common Stock before the next Investment Date, subject to any applicable requirements of federal or state securities laws or regulations.
PPL will receive proceeds from purchases of its shares through the Plan only if the purchases are made directly from PPL. PPL intends to add any net proceeds to its general funds. PPL and its subsidiaries use the general funds for general corporate purposes, including repayment of debt, working capital and capital expenditures.
PPL will not receive any proceeds from shares of Common Stock purchased by the Plan Administrator from third parties.
PPL does not know the number of shares that participants will purchase under the Plan or the prices at which the shares will be sold to participants.
The amount and timing of dividends payable on the shares of Common Stock are within the sole discretion of PPLs Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews the dividend rate at least annually (generally in February) to determine its appropriateness in light of PPLs financial position and results of operations, legislative and regulatory developments affecting PPL, competitive conditions and any other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant.
The information set forth below summarizes certain U.S. federal income tax consequences of participation in the Plan. The information in this section is based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), Treasury regulations thereunder, current administrative interpretations and practices of the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS), and court decisions, all as of the date of this prospectus. Future legislation, Treasury regulations, administrative interpretations and practices or court decisions could significantly change the current law or adversely affect existing interpretations of current law. Any change could apply retroactively to transactions preceding the date of the change.
This summary applies to U.S. taxpayers only, except where otherwise stated. This discussion assumes that you hold PPL Common Stock as a capital asset. The information is not intended to be a complete description of all U.S. federal income tax consequences and does not address any non-income or state, local or foreign tax consequences of participation in the Plan. Participants should consult their own tax advisors with respect to the U.S. federal income tax consequences, as well as the non-income and state, local and foreign income tax consequences, of participation in the Plan.
In general, distributions paid on PPL Common Stock are taxable to you as dividends to the extent of the current or accumulated earnings and profits of PPL, as determined under U.S. federal income tax principles. To the extent that such distributions exceed PPLs current or accumulated earnings and profits, the excess will constitute a return of capital that is applied against, and will reduce, your basis in your PPL Common Stock, but not below zero, and then will be treated as gain from the sale of such stock. Some corporate participants may be entitled to a dividends received deduction with respect to amounts treated as ordinary dividend income.
If you participate in the Plan and your reinvested distributions are used to purchase newly issued shares of PPL Common Stock or shares from PPLs treasury, your distribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes will be equal to the fair market value of PPL Common Stock that you receive pursuant to such reinvestment under the terms of the Plan. As described above, the reinvested distribution will be treated as a taxable dividend to you to the extent paid from PPLs current or accumulated earnings and profits and thereafter as a return of capital and/or gain from the sale of your PPL Common Stock. Distributions that are reinvested in shares of PPL Common Stock purchased in the open market will be treated as a taxable dividend to you in an amount equal to the purchase price of such shares (to the extent paid from PPLs current or accumulated earnings and profits and thereafter as a return of capital and/or gain from the sale of your PPL Common Stock). If PPL pays any brokerage fees on your behalf, the amount of any such fees will also be treated as a distribution in the manner described above.
Optional Cash Investments
If you participate in the Plans automatic dividend reinvestment feature and you make optional cash investments in PPL Common Stock under the Plan, you will be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes as having received a distribution in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the common stock purchased over the amount of your optional cash investment, taking into account any waiver discount. This distribution will be treated as a taxable dividend to you to the extent paid from PPLs current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined under U.S. federal income tax principles described above. The U.S. federal income tax consequences of buying shares at a waiver discount through the Plan are not entirely clear if you make optional cash investments but do not participate in the Plans automatic dividend reinvestment feature. In light of this uncertainty, PPL intends to treat investors in this situation as having received a distribution in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the Common Stock purchased over the amount of any optional cash investment, taking into account any waiver discount. This distribution will be treated as a taxable dividend to the extent paid from PPLs current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined under U.S. federal income tax principles described above. Because the tax treatment of such a waiver discount is
unclear, no assurance can be given of the position that the IRS would take in this regard and investors in this situation should consult their tax advisors to determine how to treat the waiver discount for U.S. federal income tax purposes. If PPL pays any brokerage fees on your behalf, the amount of any such fees will be also be treated as a distribution in the manner described above.
Tax Basis of Shares
For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the tax basis of shares of PPL Common Stock purchased is generally the purchase price of the shares plus any brokerage commissions paid in connection with the purchase. The tax basis of shares purchased with reinvested dividends generally will equal the total amount of distributions you are treated as having received, as described above. The tax basis of shares of PPL Common Stock acquired with optional cash investments generally will equal the total amount of distributions you are treated as having received, as described above, plus the amount of the cash payment for such shares.
The Plan assumes that each participant will use the first-in, first-out method when determining the tax basis of any shares sold. Participants may designate their preference for a different method of determining the tax basis of shares by identifying this preference in writing to the Plan Administrator. Participants may designate their preference for specific identification cost basis at any time.
Holding Period of Shares
The holding period of PPL Common Stock purchased with reinvested dividends or optional cash investments, for purposes of determining whether any gain or loss on sale will be a capital gain or loss, begins on the day after the applicable investment or purchase date.
Gains and Losses from the Sale of Shares
You may realize a gain or loss at the time your shares are sold by the Plan Administrator or by you after withdrawal of the shares from the Plan. The amount of such gain or loss is based on the difference between the amount you receive for the shares, reduced by the expenses of sale, including brokerage commissions and service fees charged for the sale of shares, and your tax basis in the shares. In general, any gain or loss will be a capital gain or loss and will be a long-term capital gain or loss if you have held the shares for more than one year. You also will recognize a gain or loss when you receive cash payments for fractional shares credited to your account upon your withdrawal from the Plan or the Plans termination. The amount of such a gain or loss is the difference between the amount which you receive for your fractional shares and your tax basis in such shares. This gain or loss will generally be a capital gain or loss. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations. Long-term capital gain of a noncorporate participant is generally taxed at preferential rates. Whether the capital gain is long-term or short-term will depend on your holding period. You should consult your tax advisor as to the consequences of a sale of shares in view of your particular circumstances.
The Plan Administrator will report dividend income to participants and the IRS on Form 1099-DIV. The Plan Administrator will report the proceeds from the sale of Plan shares to the selling participants and the IRS on Form 1099-B. For non-resident aliens or non-U.S. corporations, partnerships or other entities, the Plan Administrator will report dividend income to the participants and the IRS on Form 1042-S.
Dividends Subject to Backup Withholding
Reinvested dividends are subject to U.S. federal backup withholding tax (currently at a rate of 28%) if you fail to provide a taxpayer identification number to the Plan Administrator. In addition, if you are a non-resident alien or a non-U.S. corporation, partnership or other entity, your dividends will be subject to U.S. federal
withholding tax (currently at a rate of 30%) unless you or your intermediary provides an appropriate Form W-8 to the Plan Administrator documenting your entitlement to an exemption from, or a reduced rate of, withholding tax. In any case in which U.S. federal income taxes are required to be withheld, the Plan Administrator reinvests an amount equal to the dividends less the amount of tax withheld. For IRS reporting purposes, the amount of the tax withheld is included in the holders dividend income.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
Under Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (such Sections commonly referred to as FATCA), a 30% U.S. federal withholding tax may apply to any dividends paid on the PPL Common Stock and, for a disposition of the PPL Common Stock occurring after December 31, 2016, the gross proceeds from such disposition, in each case paid to (i) a foreign financial institution (as specifically defined in the Code) which does not provide sufficient documentation, typically on Form W-8BEN-E, evidencing either (x) an exemption from FATCA, or (y) its compliance (or deemed compliance) with FATCA (which may alternatively be in the form of compliance with an intergovernmental agreement with the United States) in a manner which avoids withholding, or (ii) a non-financial foreign entity (as specifically defined in the Code) which does not provide sufficient documentation, typically on Form W-8BEN-E, evidencing either (x) an exemption from FATCA, or (y) adequate information regarding certain substantial U.S. beneficial owners of such entity (if any). If a dividend payment is both subject to withholding under FATCA and subject to the withholding tax discussed above under Dividend Income, the withholding under FATCA may be credited against, and therefore reduce, such other withholding tax. You should consult your own tax advisor regarding these requirements and whether they may be relevant to your ownership and disposition of the PPL Common Stock.
Foreign shareowners should seek advice from an independent tax advisor regarding the tax consequences to them of participating in the Plan and of acquiring, owning, and disposing of PPL Common Stock.
Except to the extent that the Plan Administrator purchases shares of PPL Common Stock in the open market through its affiliated broker, PPL will sell directly to the Plan Administrator the shares of PPL Common Stock acquired under the Plan. No processing fees will be payable by any participant in connection with purchases of Common Stock from PPL.
In connection with any investment in which the Plan Administrator purchases shares of PPL Common Stock in the open market through its affiliated broker, a participant will be required to pay the participants pro rata share of all processing fees for shares purchased with initial and optional cash investments. PPL will pay all processing fees for shares purchased with reinvested dividends and PPL employee payroll deductions. Upon withdrawal by a participant from the Plan and the sale of shares held under the Plan, the participant will receive the proceeds of that sale, less any applicable withholding, transfer or other taxes, and will be required to pay a per share processing fee and a service fee.
PPL may sell its Common Stock to persons, including brokers or dealers and other financial intermediaries, that, in connection with any resales of those shares, may be deemed to be underwriters within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. PPL has no arrangements or understandings, formal or informal, with any person relating to the sale of shares to be received under the Plan.
PPL Common Stock is currently listed on the NYSE and trades under the symbol PPL.
PPL reserves the right to deny, suspend or terminate participation in the Plan by otherwise eligible persons to eliminate practices that are inconsistent with the purpose of the Plan. PPL Common Stock may not be available under the Plan in all states or other jurisdictions. PPL is not making an offer to sell its Common Stock in any state or other jurisdiction where such offer or sale is not permitted.
The validity of the shares of Common Stock offered by this prospectus will be passed upon for us by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, New York. Frederick C. Paine, Esq., Senior Counsel of PPL Services Corporation, will pass upon the validity of the shares of Common Stock for PPL. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP will rely on the opinion of Mr. Paine as to matters involving the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The consolidated financial statements of PPL Corporation (the Company) appearing in the Companys Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2014 including the schedule appearing therein, and the effectiveness of the Companys internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014, have been audited by Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as set forth in its reports thereon included therein, and incorporated herein by reference. Such financial statements are incorporated herein by reference in reliance upon such reports given on the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.
INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS
|Item 14.||Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution.|
Printing and engraving
All of the above except the Securities and Exchange Commission registration fee are estimated.
|Item 15.||Indemnification of Directors and Officers.|
Section 7.01 of the Bylaws of PPL Corporation provides:
(a) Right to Indemnification. Except as prohibited by law, every director and officer of the corporation shall be entitled as of right to be indemnified by the corporation against reasonable expense and any liability paid or incurred by such person in connection with any actual or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding, civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other, whether brought by or in the right of the corporation or otherwise, in which he or she may be involved, as a party or otherwise, by reason of such person being or having been a director or officer of the corporation or by reason of the fact that such person is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee, fiduciary or other representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other entity (such claim, action, suit or proceeding hereinafter being referred to as action). Such indemnification shall include the right to have expenses incurred by such person in connection with an action paid in advance by the corporation prior to final disposition of such action, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by law. Persons who are not directors or officers of the corporation may be similarly indemnified in respect of service to the corporation or to another such entity at the request of the corporation to the extent the board of directors at any time denominates such person as entitled to the benefits of this Section 7.01. As used herein, expense shall include fees and expenses of counsel selected by such person; and liability shall include amounts of judgments, excise taxes, fines and penalties, and amounts paid in settlement.
(b) Right of Claimant to Bring Suit. If a claim under paragraph (a) of this Section 7.01 is not paid in full by the corporation within thirty days after a written claim has been received by the corporation, the claimant may at any time thereafter bring suit against the corporation to recover the unpaid amount of the claim, and, if successful in whole or in part, the claimant shall also be entitled to be paid the expense of prosecuting such claim. It shall be a defense to any such action that the conduct of the claimant was such that under Pennsylvania law the corporation would be prohibited from indemnifying the claimant for the amount claimed, but the burden of proving such defense shall be on the corporation. Neither the failure of the corporation (including its board of directors, independent legal counsel and its shareholders) to have made a determination prior to the commencement of such action that indemnification of the claimant is proper in the circumstances because the conduct of the claimant was not such that indemnification would be prohibited by law, nor an actual determination by the corporation (including its board of directors, independent legal counsel or its shareholders) that the conduct of the claimant was such that indemnification would be prohibited by law, shall be a defense to the action or create a presumption that the conduct of the claimant was such that indemnification would be prohibited by law.
(c) Insurance and Funding. The corporation may purchase and maintain insurance to protect itself and any person eligible to be indemnified hereunder against any liability or expense asserted or incurred by such person
in connection with any action, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify such person against such liability or expense by law or under the provisions of this Section 7.01. The corporation may create a trust fund, grant a security interest, cause a letter of credit to be issued or use other means (whether or not similar to the foregoing) to ensure the payment of such sums as may become necessary to effect indemnification as provided herein.
(d) Non-Exclusivity; Nature and Extent of Rights. The right of indemnification provided for herein (1) shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights, whether now existing or hereafter created, to which those seeking indemnification hereunder may be entitled under any agreement, bylaw or charter provision, vote of shareholders or directors or otherwise, (2) shall be deemed to create contractual rights in favor of persons entitled to indemnification hereunder, (3) shall continue as to persons who have ceased to have the status pursuant to which they were entitled or were denominated as entitled to indemnification hereunder and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs and legal representatives of persons entitled to indemnification hereunder and (4) shall be applicable to actions, suits or proceedings commenced after the adoption hereof, whether arising from acts or omissions occurring before or after the adoption hereof. The right of indemnification provided for herein may not be amended, modified or repealed so as to limit in any way the indemnification provided for herein with respect to any acts or omissions occurring prior to the effective date of any such amendment, modification or repeal.
Directors and officers of PPL Corporation may also be indemnified in certain circumstances pursuant to the statutory provisions of general application contained in Pennsylvania law. Under Section 1741 of the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988 , subject to certain limitations, a corporation has the power to indemnify directors, officers and other parties under certain prescribed circumstances against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection with a threatened, pending or completed action or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, to which any of them is a party or threatened to be made a party by reason of his being a representative of the corporation or serving at the request of the corporation as a representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.
Expenses incurred by parties in defending any action may be paid by the corporation in advance of the final disposition of such action or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the party to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that the director is not entitled to be indemnified by the corporation.
PPL Corporation presently has insurance policies which, among other things, include liability insurance coverage for officers and directors and officers and directors of PPL Corporations subsidiaries under which such officers and directors are covered against any loss by reason of payment of damages, judgments, settlements and costs, as well as charges and expenses incurred in the defense of actions, suits or proceedings. Loss is specifically defined to exclude fines and penalties, as well as matters deemed uninsurable under the law pursuant to which the insurance policy shall be construed. The policies also contain other specific exclusions, including illegally obtained personal profit or advantage, and dishonesty.
The exhibits filed (unless otherwise noted) as a part of this Registration Statement are set forth in the accompanying Exhibit Index.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement;
(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the Act);
(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the Calculation of Registration Fee table in the effective registration statement; and
(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
Provided, however, That:
Paragraphs (1)(i), (1) (ii) and (1)(iii) above do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-3, Form SF-3 or Form F-3 and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement, or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(4) That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Act to any purchaser:
(i) Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
(ii) Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5) or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii) or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which the prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof; provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.
(5) That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Act to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities
of the undersigned registrant pursuant to the registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
(i) Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
(ii) Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;
(iii) The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and
(iv) Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Act, each filing of the registrants annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plans annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Act may be permitted to directors, officers or persons controlling the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, the registrant has been informed that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Allentown, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on this 25th day of February, 2015.
|William H. Spence|
Chairman, President &
Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities indicated on the 25th day of February, 2015.
William H. Spence
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer and Director)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)
Stephen K. Breininger
Vice President and Controller
(Principal Accounting Officer)
Rodney C. Adkins
Frederick M. Bernthal
John W. Conway
Philip G. Cox
Steven G. Elliott
Louise K. Goeser
Stuart E. Graham
Venkata R. Madabhushi
Craig A. Rogerson
Natica von Althann
Keith H. Williamson
Armando Zagalo de Lima
|Frederick C. Paine, Attorney-in-Fact|
|4.1||Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of PPL Corporation, effective as of May 15, 2013 (Exhibit 3(i) to PPL Corporation Form 8-K Report (File No. 1-11459) dated May 20, 2013)|
|4.2||Amended and Restated Bylaws of PPL Corporation, effective as of May 15, 2013 (Exhibit 3(ii) to PPL Corporation Form 8-K Report (File No. 1-11459) dated May 20, 2013)|
|4.3||Form of Common Stock Certificate (Exhibit 4.1 to PPL Corporations registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-158200) dated March 25, 2009)|
|5.1||Opinion of Frederick C. Paine, Esq. with respect to legality of securities being registered hereunder|
|5.2||Opinion of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP with respect to legality of securities being registered hereunder|
|23.1||Consent of Frederick C. Paine, Esq. (reference is made to Exhibit 5.1 filed herewith)|
|23.2||Consent of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (reference is made to Exhibit 5.2 filed herewith)|
|23.3||Consent of Ernst & Young LLP|
|24.1||Power of Attorney|