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William H. Spence
Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer
Two North Ninth Street
Allentown, PA 18101-1179
May 14, 2015
As PPL Corporation prepares to host its annual meeting of shareowners May 20, 2015, Id like to thank you for your continued investment in PPL and ask for your continued support of the 13 individuals nominated for election to our Board of Directors.
In recent years, PPLs Board has led the company through an exceptional transformation into one of the Top 10 largest investor-owned utility companies in the United States.
During that period a time of tumultuous change and challenge within the power and utility sector PPL not only weathered the challenges, but grew, boldly seizing opportunities to both preserve and create value for its shareowners. A strong Board with insightful leaders was essential to the successful transformation of your company.
Under the Boards guidance, PPL expanded its regulated businesses with major acquisitions in 2010 and 2011 in both Kentucky and the United Kingdom, nearly doubling the corporations regulated asset base, increasing annual revenues by about 70 percent, and significantly improving the companys risk profile and enabling PPL to continue to grow its dividend.
As a result of those changes in PPLs business mix, the companys regulated businesses accounted for more than 85 percent of PPLs earnings in 2014. Thats in sharp contrast to just four years ago, when our competitive power generation business earnings accounted for more than 70 percent of PPL earnings.
As a result of the Boards sharp focus on optimizing shareowner value, PPL expects on June 1 to complete the spinoff and combination of its supply business with the competitive power business owned by Riverstone Holdings. The unique transaction will create Talen Energy Corporation, a stand-alone, publicly traded independent power producer.
The spinoff will give investors clear choices and, we believe, unlock the full value of both businesses for shareowners. PPL shareowners will own 65 percent of Talen Energy upon closing. Both PPL and Talen Energy will emerge as stronger companies.
Looking forward, PPL is poised for continued growth as a pure-play utility company made up of 7 high performing, award-winning regulated companies in three constructive jurisdictions in the U.S. and U.K. We have solid business plans in place to achieve compound annual earnings growth of 4 to 6 percent through at least 2017. And infrastructure investment in these utilities is expected to grow the combined rate base by 30 percent over the next five years.
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PPL will maintain a strong balance sheet, investment-grade credit ratings and strong cash flow. Moreover, PPLs stable stream of utility earnings will allow it to continue to grow its dividend even as it spins off the Supply business.
The Board maintains strong and effective corporate governance practices, including the following.
|||12 out of the 13 nominees for election to the PPL Board are fully independent;|
|||PPL has an independent Lead Director;|
|||The full Board is elected annually;|
|||We have a majority vote standard for election of directors (carve-out for contests) with a director resignation policy;|
|||All our directors hold shares or rights to shares that are deferred;|
|||Understanding how important it is to enhance the Board with members who have a variety of skills, expertise and diversity of thought and backgrounds, we added two new directors in 2014: Rod Adkins and Armando Zagalo de Lima. Each director brings experience from global business operations and services, as well as emerging technologies, and Mr. Adkins also provides critical insight to supply chain management.|
|||We have clearly delineated an effective process for shareowners to raise concerns to the Board; and|
|||We previously eliminated any supermajority voting provisions in our articles and bylaws.|
Guided by the Boards vision and the bold leadership of PPLs executives, PPL is well positioned to continue to deliver strong returns for you, our shareowners. Your support of PPLs 13 nominees for the Board better enables us to fulfill our mission to both shareowners and customers. I appreciate your consideration and thank you for the trust youve placed in PPL.
William H. Spence