Deere Reaches Agreement for Sale of Wind Energy Business


    




    
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<p>MOLINE, Ill., <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 31</span> /CNW/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE:   DE) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Renewables, LLC, its wind energy business, to Exelon Generation Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.</p>
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<p>"As Deere sharpens its own strategic focus, we have concluded that the company's resources are best invested in growing our core equipment businesses around the world," said Samuel R. Allen, Deere & Company chairman and chief executive officer.  "We have chosen to place the wind portfolio with Exelon in part due to its demonstrated leadership in the energy industry."</p>
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<p>Deere said the <span class="xn-money">$900 million</span> sale, including earn-out provisions, will result in an after-tax charge of approximately <span class="xn-money">$25 million</span> in its fourth quarter results. The charge was not reflected in Deere's fourth quarter earnings forecast of approximately <span class="xn-money">$375 million</span> that was announced <span class="xn-chron">August 18th</span>.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Renewables includes 36 completed projects in eight states with an operational capacity of 735 megawatts. The definitive agreement announced today includes the completed projects plus numerous others in development.</p>
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<p>Subject to regulatory approvals, Deere anticipates the transaction to close within the 2010 calendar year.</p>
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<p>This document includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances.  More detailed information about risks and uncertainties is contained in Deere & Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public Relations of Deere & Company, +1-309-765-5678 Web Site: http://www.deere.com


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