Mirant Corporation (NYSE:MIR) provides electricity to urban areas in the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, and California through its 12 power plants, which are capable of producing 10,076 megawatts of electricity. Mirant differs from most electric utility companies in that it does not sell electricity to consumers directly, rather it sells electricity to electric utilities, cities, and large industrial companies. Mirant's core business area is the Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. area, and the utilities that provide direct service to individual customers in those cities have not sufficiently increased their own generation capacity. As a result, they are buying more electricity from third party providers like Mirant.
Mirant had to shut down two of its generating facilities in 2007 due to non-compliance with environmental laws, and the company has spent an additional $1.6 billion to comply with Maryland emissions guidelines. Other states have also passed legislation, requiring Mirant to lower its emissions, leading Mirant to increase the generation capacity while simultaneously lowering the emissions of its existing power plants in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Mirant is also vulnerable to rising fossil fuel costs as all of their plants are powered by fossil fuels and by 2012 only 5% of their fuel supply will be paid through fixed price contracts.
In April of 2010, Mirant announced that it would merge with Reliant Energy to form GenOn Energy. The newly formed company will have nearly 25,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, making it one of the largest independent power producers in the United States. GenOn will have operations over most of the United States, with its largest generating capacity in the Mid Atlantic and California regions.
Mirant expects energy demand to increase the most in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Boston from 2008 to 2011, which means Mirant will focus primarily on developing the power plants at those locations with a particular emphasis on San Francisco.
In 2009, Mirant posted total revenues of stock:Mirant_(MIR)/Data/Revenue/2009$2.31 billion, a sharp decline from the previous year's revenues of $3.19 billion in 2008. Unsurprisingly, as a result of this decrease in revenues, its net income dropped significantly as well from $1.26 billion in 2008 to just $434 million in 2009.
Mirant breaks its operations into four segments: i) Mid-Atlantic, ii) Northeast, iii) California, and iv) Other Operations.
This is the largest of Mirant’s four segments; it has the most generation capacity, makes up the largest portion of revenue, and it is the second largest portion of income from continuing operations. It consists of four generating facilities located in Maryland and Virginia. Mirant has spent $1.6 billion to comply with the Maryland Healthy Air Act emissions standards. In 2009, this segment posted total revenues of $1.78 billion.
There are five generating facilities located in Massachusetts and New York that make up this segment. All of the facilities are powered by either natural gas, oil, or diesel, which have volatile prices, and Mirant does not protect itself from these volatile prices by negotiating fixed price contracts. In 2009, this segment had total revenues of $318 million.
Mirant expects the largest growth to occur in this segment from 2008-2011. All of this segment’s three generating facilities are located in or near San Francisco. In 2009, this segment earned total revenues of $154 million.
The Other Operations segment is responsible for investing and managing the company’s assets, carbon trading, and negotiating futures contracts for the fossil fuels that Mirant uses at its generating facilities. In 2009, this segment earned $62 million in total revenues.
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Although Mirant does not compete against electric utility companies that sell electricity to consumers, there are other electric utilities that sell electricity wholesale to cities, industrial customers, and other electric utilities with generating facilities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California.