Harmony, NextDecade agree to pursue merger valued at $1 B

New York, NY and The Woodlands, TX -- Harmony Merger Corp. and privately held NextDecade, LLC jointly announced that they have executed a non-binding letter of intent to merge, which would result in NextDecade becoming a publicly listed company. Harmony is a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company whose objective is to take a company public via reverse merger.

Harmony currently has $117.5 million of cash in trust. The proposed all-stock transaction is expected to yield a combined entity with a pro forma enterprise value exceeding $1.0 billion at closing, with additional stock consideration to be paid to NextDecade shareholders upon the achievement of certain milestones.  Assuming no redemptions by Harmony stockholders, current Harmony stockholders will own approximately 13.4% of the combined company immediately following the Merger. Pursuant to the LOI, Harmony and NextDecade have also reserved capacity for strategic partners to invest in the company prior to the closing of the Merger.  

NextDecade is an LNG development company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. NextDecade’s first proposed LNG export facility, the Rio Grande LNG project located in Brownsville, Texas, is along with the associated Rio Bravo pipeline originating in the Agua Dulce market area, a place among the second wave of US LNG projects. NextDecade submitted its pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March 2015 and filed its formal application in May 2016.

NextDecade’s principal equity holders include funds managed by York Capital Management, Valinor Management, and Halcyon Capital Management, who together own a majority interest in NextDecade. Harmony and NextDecade have agreed to work together toward entering into a definitive agreement providing for the Merger. Completion of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions including, but not limited to, execution of definitive agreements, approval of the transaction by Harmony’s stockholders, receipt of regulatory approval, and the retention of at least $25 million of cash in Harmony’s trust account at closing.  Assuming execution of a definitive agreement and satisfaction of closing conditions contained therein, the proposed Merger is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2017.

“We are pleased to work towards bringing our stockholders this unique opportunity to participate in the US LNG export market at what we at Harmony believe to be a discount to intrinsic value,” said Harmony Chief Executive Officer, Eric Rosenfeld. “NextDecade’s commercial and regulatory progress, coupled with its location on the Texas Gulf Coast in close proximity to the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, positions the company to provide low-cost LNG to customers around the world.”

“After conducting an extensive review with our Board of Directors regarding development financing considerations, we are delighted to be advancing the process of merging with Harmony,” said Kathleen Eisbrenner, NextDecade Chief Executive Officer. “Eric and his team have successfully completed four SPAC transactions, and have extensive experience in public markets. This transaction is a natural next step in NextDecade’s strategy of continuing to de-risk its projects to attract world-class customers and access capital on competitive terms. We believe that the proposed Merger will enhance NextDecade’s ability to provide flexible solutions to customers and producers, and create value for our current and future stakeholders and partners.”

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