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Form 8-K Duke Energy CORP For: Jun 08

June 15, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

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Exhibit 4.1

 

 

DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION

 

TO

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A.

 

Trustee

 

 

 

Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture
Dated as of June 15, 2022

 

 

 

€600,000,000 3.10% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 

€500,000,000 3.85% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2034

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS1

 

ARTICLE I

 

3.10% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

 

Section 1.01.      Establishment 1
Section 1.02.      Definitions 2
Section 1.03.      Payment of Principal and Interest 2
Section 1.04.      Denominations 3
Section 1.05.      Global Securities 3
Section 1.06.      Redemption 4
Section 1.07.      Optional Redemption for Tax Reasons 5
Section 1.08.      Payment of Additional Amounts 5
Section 1.09.      Paying Agent 7

 

ARTICLE II

 

3.85% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2034

 

Section 2.01.      Establishment 7
Section 2.02.      Definitions 8
Section 2.03.      Payment of Principal and Interest 8
Section 2.04.      Denominations 9
Section 2.05.      Global Securities 9
Section 2.06.      Redemption 10
Section 2.07.      Optional Redemption for Tax Reasons 11
Section 2.08.      Payment of Additional Amounts 11
Section 2.09.      Paying Agent 13

 

ARTICLE III

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

Section 3.01.      Recitals by the Corporation 13
Section 3.02.      Ratification and Incorporation of Original Indenture 13
Section 3.03.      Instructions to Trustee 13
Section 3.04.      Executed in Counterparts; Electronic Signatures 14

 

Exhibit A – Form of 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 

Exhibit B – Certificate of Authentication 

Exhibit C– Form of 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 

Exhibit D – Certificate of Authentication

 

 

 

1 This Table of Contents does not constitute part of the Indenture or have any bearing upon the interpretation of any of its terms and provisions. 

 

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THIS TWENTY-SEVENTH SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURE is made as of the 15th day of June, 2022, by and among DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, having its principal office at 526 South Church Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-1803 (the “Corporation”), The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. (formerly known as The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A.), a national banking association, as Trustee (herein called the “Trustee”).

 

WITNESSETH:

 

WHEREAS, the Corporation has heretofore entered into an Indenture, dated as of June 3, 2008 (the “Original Indenture”), with The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee;

 

WHEREAS, the Original Indenture is incorporated herein by this reference and the Original Indenture, as it may be amended and supplemented to the date hereof, including by this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture, is herein called the “Indenture”;

 

WHEREAS, under the Indenture, a new series of Securities may at any time be established in accordance with the provisions of the Indenture and the terms of such series may be described by a supplemental indenture executed by the Corporation and the Trustee;

 

WHEREAS, the Corporation hereby proposes to create under the Indenture two additional series of Securities;

 

WHEREAS, additional Securities of other series hereafter established, except as may be limited in the Indenture as at the time supplemented and modified, may be issued from time to time pursuant to the Indenture as at the time supplemented and modified; and

 

WHEREAS, all conditions necessary to authorize the execution and delivery of this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture and to make it a valid and binding obligation of the Corporation have been done or performed.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the agreements and obligations set forth herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

 

3.10% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

 

Section 1.01.      Establishment. There is hereby established a new series of Securities to be issued under the Indenture, to be designated as the Corporation’s 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes”).

 

There are to be authenticated and delivered initially €600,000,000 principal amount of the 2028 Notes, and no further 2028 Notes shall be authenticated and delivered except as provided by Section 304, 305, 306, 906 or 1106 of the Original Indenture and the last paragraph of Section 301 thereof.  The 2028 Notes shall be issued in fully registered form without coupons.

 

The 2028 Notes shall be in substantially the form set out in Exhibit A hereto, and the form of the Trustee’s Certificate of Authentication for the 2028 Notes shall be in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit B hereto.

 

 

 

Each 2028 Note shall be dated the date of authentication thereof and shall bear interest from the date of original issuance thereof or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for.

 

Section 1.02.      Definitions. The following defined terms used in this Article I shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meanings specified below for purposes of the 2028 Notes.  Capitalized terms used herein for which no definition is provided herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Original Indenture.

 

“Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or other day on which banking institutions in New York, New York or London, England are authorized or required by law, regulation or executive order to close, and is also a day on which the Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer system (the TARGET2 system), or any successor thereto, operates.

 

“Clearstream” means Clearstream Banking, société anonyme.

 

“Depositary” means, with respect to 2028 Notes issuable in whole or in part in the form of one or more Global Securities, a common depositary for the accounts of Clearstream and Euroclear, which initially shall be The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch.

 

“Euroclear” means Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V., as operator of the Euroclear System.

 

“Interest Payment Date” means each June 15 of each year, commencing on June 15, 2023.

 

“Original Issue Date” means June 15, 2022.

 

“Regular Record Date” means, with respect to each Interest Payment Date, the close of business on the Business Day (for this purpose, a day on which Clearstream and Euroclear are open for business) immediately preceding the relevant interest payment date.

 

“Stated Maturity” means June 15, 2028.

 

Section 1.03.      Payment of Principal and Interest. The principal of the 2028 Notes shall be due at Stated Maturity (unless earlier redeemed).  The unpaid principal amount of the 2028 Notes shall bear interest at the rate of 3.10% per annum until paid or duly provided for, such interest to accrue from June 15, 2022 or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for.  Interest shall be paid annually in arrears on each Interest Payment Date to the Person or Persons in whose name the 2028 Notes are registered on the applicable Regular Record Date for such Interest Payment Date; provided that interest payable at the Stated Maturity or on a Redemption Date as provided herein shall be paid to the Person to whom principal is payable.  Any such interest that is not so punctually paid or duly provided for shall forthwith cease to be payable to the Holders on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person or Persons in whose name the 2028 Notes are registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such defaulted interest to be fixed by the Trustee (“Special Record Date”), notice whereof shall be given to Holders of the 2028 Notes not less than ten (10) days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange, if any, on which the 2028 Notes may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by any such exchange, all as more fully provided in the Original Indenture.

 

Payments of interest on the 2028 Notes shall include interest accrued to but excluding the respective Interest Payment Date.  Interest on the 2028 Notes will be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the last date on which interest was paid on the 2028 Notes (or June 15, 2022, if no interest has been paid on the applicable series of 2028 Notes), to, but excluding, the next scheduled interest payment date. This payment convention is referred to as Actual/Actual (ICMA) as defined in the rulebook of the International Capital Market Association.

 

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If any Interest Payment Date would otherwise be a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Payment Date will be postponed to the next date that is a Business Day and no interest will accrue on the amounts payable from and after such interest payment date to the next business day. If the Stated Maturity or Redemption Date of the 2028 Notes falls on a day that is not a Business Day, the related payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest will be made on the next Business Day as if it were made on the date such payment was due, and no interest will accrue on the amounts so payable for the period from and after such date to the next Business Day.

 

Payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the 2028 Notes shall be made in euro.  If, on or after the date of issue of the 2028 Notes, the Corporation is unable to obtain euro in amounts sufficient to make a required payment under the 2028 Notes due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control (including the dissolution of the European Monetary Union) or if the euro is no longer being used by the then member states of the European Monetary Union that have adopted the euro as their currency or for the settlement of transactions by public institutions of or within the international banking community, then all payments in respect of the 2028 Notes will be made in U.S. dollars until the euro is again available to us or so used. In such circumstances, the amount payable on any date in euro will be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate mandated by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System as of the close of business on the second business day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System has not announced a rate of conversion, on the basis of the most recent U.S. dollar/euro exchange rate published in The Wall Street Journal on or prior to the second Business Day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event The Wall Street Journal has not published such exchange rate, the rate will be determined by the Corporation in its sole discretion on the basis of the most recently available market exchange rate for euros. Any payment in respect of the 2028 Notes so made in U.S. dollars would not constitute an event of default under the Original Indenture. The Trustee shall have no responsibility for any calculation or conversion in connection with the foregoing.

 

Payments of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on 2028 Notes represented by a Global Security shall be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds to the Holder of such Global Security. If any of the 2028 Notes are no longer represented by a Global Security, (i) payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest due at the Stated Maturity or earlier redemption of such 2028 Notes shall be made at the office of the Paying Agent upon surrender of such 2028 Notes to the Paying Agent and (ii) payments of interest shall be made, at the option of the Corporation, subject to such surrender where applicable, by (A) check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such address shall appear in the Security Register or (B) wire transfer at such place and to such account at a banking institution in the United States as may be designated in writing to the Trustee at least sixteen (16) days prior to the date for payment by the Person entitled thereto.

 

Section 1.04.      Denominations. The 2028 Notes shall be issued in denominations of €100,000 and integral multiples of €1,000 in excess thereof.

 

Section 1.05.      Global Securities. The 2028 Notes shall initially be issued in the form of one or more Global Securities registered in the name of the Depositary or its nominee.  Except under the limited circumstances described below, 2028 Notes represented by such Global Security or Global Securities shall not be exchangeable for, and shall not otherwise be issuable as, 2028 Notes in definitive form.  The Global Securities described in this Article I may not be transferred except by the Depositary to a nominee of the Depositary or by a nominee of the Depositary to the Depositary or another nominee of the Depositary or to a successor Depositary or its nominee.

 

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A Global Security representing the 2028 Notes shall be exchangeable for 2028 Notes registered in the names of persons other than the Depositary or its nominee only if (i) the Depositary notifies the Corporation that it is unwilling or unable to continue as a Depositary for such Global Security and no successor Depositary shall have been appointed by the Corporation within 90 days of receipt by the Corporation of such notification, or if at any time the Depositary ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act at a time when the Depositary is required to be so registered to act as such Depositary and no successor Depositary shall have been appointed by the Corporation within 90 days after it becomes aware of such cessation, (ii) an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing with respect to the 2028 Notes and beneficial owners of a majority in aggregate principal amount of the 2028 Notes represented by Global Securities advise the Depositary to cease acting as Depositary, or (iii) the Corporation in its sole discretion, and subject to the procedures of the Depositary, determines that such Global Security shall be so exchangeable.  Any Global Security that is exchangeable pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be exchangeable for 2028 Notes registered in such names as the Depositary shall direct.

 

Section 1.06.      Redemption. The Corporation may redeem the 2028 Notes prior to March 15, 2028 (the “2028 Par Call Date”), in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash on any date (a “Redemption Date”), at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes to be redeemed and (ii) an amount determined by the Quotation Agent equal to the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption) to the 2028 Par Call Date, discounted to the Redemption Date on an annual basis (Actual/Actual (ICMA) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate), plus 30 basis points, plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount thereon to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

On or after the 2028 Par Call Date, the Corporation may redeem the 2028 Notes, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of the 2028 Notes to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

The principal amount of any 2028 Note remaining outstanding after a redemption in part shall be €100,000 or a higher integral multiple of €1,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, installments of interest on any 2028 Note that are due and payable on interest payment dates falling on or prior to a redemption date will be payable on the interest payment date to the registered holders as of the close of Business on the relevant record date.

 

For purposes of the first paragraph of this Section 1.06, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“Comparable Government Bond” means, in relation to any Comparable Government Bond Rate calculation, at the discretion of an independent investment bank selected by the Corporation (the “Quotation Agent”), a German government bond whose maturity is closest to the 2028 Par Call Date, or if such Quotation Agent in its discretion determines that such similar bond is not in issue, such other German government bond as such Quotation Agent may, with the advice of three brokers of, and/or market makers in, German government bonds selected by the Corporation, determine to be appropriate for determining the Comparable Government Bond Rate.

 

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“Comparable Government Bond Rate” means the price, expressed as a percentage (rounded to three decimal places, with 0.0005 being rounded upwards), at which the gross redemption yield on the 2028 Notes to be redeemed, if they were to be purchased at such price on the third business day prior to the date fixed for redemption, would be equal to the gross redemption yield on such business day of the Comparable Government Bond on the basis of the middle market price of the Comparable Government Bond prevailing at 11:00 A.M. (London time) on such business day as determined by the Quotation Agent selected by the Corporation.

 

The Corporation shall notify the Trustee of the redemption price with respect to any redemption of the 2028 Notes occurring before the 2028 Par Call Date promptly after the calculation thereof. The Trustee shall not be responsible for calculating said redemption price.

 

If less than all of the 2028 Notes are to be redeemed, the 2028 Notes or portions of 2028 Notes to be redeemed in amounts of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof shall be selected for redemption in accordance with the standard procedures of the Depositary.

 

The 2028 Notes shall not have a sinking fund.

 

Section 1.07.      Optional Redemption for Tax Reasons. The 2028 Notes may be redeemed at the Corporation’s option in whole, but not in part, on not less than 10 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, at 100% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes, together with accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the Redemption Date if, as a result of any change in, or amendment to, the laws, regulations or rulings of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), or any change in official position regarding application or interpretation of those laws, regulations or rulings (including a holding by a court of competent jurisdiction), which change, amendment, application or interpretation is announced or becomes effective on or after the original issue date with respect to the Notes, the Corporation becomes or, based upon a written opinion of independent counsel selected by the Corporation, will become obligated to pay additional amounts

 

Section 1.08.      Payment of Additional Amounts.

 

(a)            The Corporation will, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest in respect of the 2028 Notes such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Corporation of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest in respect of the 2028 Notes to a holder who is not a United States person, after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment, duties or other governmental charge imposed by the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), will not be less than the amount provided in the 2028 Notes to be then due and payable; provided, however, that the foregoing obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply:

 

1)    to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the holder (or the beneficial owner for whose benefit such holder holds such 2028 Note), or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of the holder if the holder is an estate, trust, partnership or corporation, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary holder, being considered as:

 

a.being or having been engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States;

 

b.having a current or former connection with the United States (other than a connection arising solely as a result of the ownership of the notes, the receipt of any payment in respect of the notes or the enforcement of any rights hereunder), including being or having been a citizen or resident of the United States;

 

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c.being or having been a personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a foreign tax-exempt organization, or a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax;

 

d.being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Corporation as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or any successor provision; or

 

e.being a bank receiving payments on an extension of credit made pursuant to a loan agreement entered into in the ordinary course of its trade or business, as described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision;

 

2)to any holder that is not the sole beneficial owner of the 2028 Notes, or a portion of the 2028 Notes, or that is a fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficial owner with respect to the holder, a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment;

 

3)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the holder or any other person to comply with certification, identification or information reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the holder or beneficial owner of the 2028 Notes, if compliance is required by statute, by regulation of the United States or any taxing authority therein or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

4)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by us or a paying agent from the payment;

 

5)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any 2028 Notes, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent;

 

6)to any estate, inheritance, gift, sales, transfer, wealth, capital gains or personal property tax or similar tax, assessment or other governmental charge, or excise tax imposed on the transfer of notes;

 

7)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the presentation by the holder of any 2028 Note, where presentation is required, for payment on a date more than 30 days after the date on which payment became due and payable or the date on which payment thereof is duly provided for, whichever occurs later except to the extent that the beneficiary or holder thereof would have been entitled to the payment of additional amounts had such Note been presented for payment on any day during such 30-day period;

 

8)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed under sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (or any amended or successor provisions), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to section 1471(b) of the Code or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such sections of the Code, whether currently in effect or as published and amended from time to time;

 

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9)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed or withheld solely by reason of a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 15 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; or

 

10)in the case of any combination of the above numbered items.

 

(b)            The 2028 Notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable to the 2028 Notes. Except as specifically provided under this Section 1.08, the Company will not be required to make any payment for any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority of or in any government or political subdivision.

 

(c)            As used under this Section 1.08, the term “United States” means the United States of America (including the states of the United States and the District of Columbia and any political subdivision thereof) and the term “United States person” means (i) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, (ii) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia (other than a partnership that is not treated as a United States person for U.S. federal income tax purposes), (iii) any estate the income of which is subject to United States federal income taxation regardless of its source; or (iv) a trust (a) with respect to which a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and one or more United States persons have the authority to control all of its substantial decisions or (b) that was in existence on August 20, 1996 and has a valid election in effect under applicable Treasury regulations to be treated as a United States person.

 

Section 1.09.      Paying Agent. The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch shall initially serve as Paying Agent with respect to the 2028 Notes, with the Place of Payment initially being London, England.

 

ARTICLE II

 

3.85% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2034

 

Section 2.01.      Establishment. There is hereby established a new series of Securities to be issued under the Indenture, to be designated as the Corporation’s 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 (the “2034 Notes”).

 

There are to be authenticated and delivered initially €500,000,000 principal amount of the 2034 Notes, and no further 2034 Notes shall be authenticated and delivered except as provided by Section 304, 305, 306, 906 or 1106 of the Original Indenture and the last paragraph of Section 301 thereof.  The 2034 Notes shall be issued in fully registered form without coupons.

 

The 2034 Notes shall be in substantially the form set out in Exhibit A hereto, and the form of the Trustee’s Certificate of Authentication for the 2034 Notes shall be in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit b hereto.

 

Each 2034 Note shall be dated the date of authentication thereof and shall bear interest from the date of original issuance thereof or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for.

 

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Section 2.02.      Definitions. The following defined terms used in this Article II shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meanings specified below for purposes of the 2034 Notes.  Capitalized terms used herein for which no definition is provided herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Original Indenture.

 

“Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or other day on which banking institutions in New York, New York or London, England are authorized or required by law, regulation or executive order to close, and is also a day on which the Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer system (the TARGET2 system), or any successor thereto, operates.

 

“Clearstream” means Clearstream Banking, société anonyme.

 

“Depositary” means, with respect to 2034 Notes issuable in whole or in part in the form of one or more Global Securities, a common depositary for the accounts of Clearstream and Euroclear, which initially shall be The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch.

 

“Euroclear” means Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V., as operator of the Euroclear System.

 

“Interest Payment Date” means each June 15 of each year, commencing on June 15, 2023.

 

“Original Issue Date” means June 15, 2022.

 

“Regular Record Date” means, with respect to each Interest Payment Date, the close of business on the Business Day (for this purpose, a day on which Clearstream and Euroclear are open for business) immediately preceding the relevant interest payment date.

 

“Stated Maturity” means June 15, 2034.

 

Section 2.03.      Payment of Principal and Interest. The principal of the 2034 Notes shall be due at Stated Maturity (unless earlier redeemed).  The unpaid principal amount of the 2034 Notes shall bear interest at the rate of 3.85% per annum until paid or duly provided for, such interest to accrue from June 15, 2022 or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for.  Interest shall be paid annually in arrears on each Interest Payment Date to the Person or Persons in whose name the 2034 Notes are registered on the applicable Regular Record Date for such Interest Payment Date; provided that interest payable at the Stated Maturity or on a Redemption Date as provided herein shall be paid to the Person to whom principal is payable.  Any such interest that is not so punctually paid or duly provided for shall forthwith cease to be payable to the Holders on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person or Persons in whose name the 2034 Notes are registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such defaulted interest to be fixed by the Trustee (“Special Record Date”), notice whereof shall be given to Holders of the 2034 Notes not less than ten (10) days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange, if any, on which the 2034 Notes may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by any such exchange, all as more fully provided in the Original Indenture.

 

Payments of interest on the 2034 Notes shall include interest accrued to but excluding the respective Interest Payment Date.  Interest on the 2034 Notes will be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the last date on which interest was paid on the 2034 Notes (or June 15, 2022, if no interest has been paid on the applicable series of 2034 Notes), to, but excluding, the next scheduled interest payment date. This payment convention is referred to as Actual/Actual (ICMA) as defined in the rulebook of the International Capital Market Association.

 

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If any Interest Payment Date would otherwise be a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Payment Date will be postponed to the next date that is a Business Day and no interest will accrue on the amounts payable from and after such interest payment date to the next business day. If the Stated Maturity or Redemption Date of the 2034 Notes falls on a day that is not a Business Day, the related payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest will be made on the next Business Day as if it were made on the date such payment was due, and no interest will accrue on the amounts so payable for the period from and after such date to the next Business Day.

 

Payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the 2034 Notes shall be made in euro.  If, on or after the date of issue of the 2034 Notes, the Corporation is unable to obtain euro in amounts sufficient to make a required payment under the 2034 Notes due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control (including the dissolution of the European Monetary Union) or if the euro is no longer being used by the then member states of the European Monetary Union that have adopted the euro as their currency or for the settlement of transactions by public institutions of or within the international banking community, then all payments in respect of the 2034 Notes will be made in U.S. dollars until the euro is again available to us or so used. In such circumstances, the amount payable on any date in euro will be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate mandated by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System as of the close of business on the second business day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System has not announced a rate of conversion, on the basis of the most recent U.S. dollar/euro exchange rate published in The Wall Street Journal on or prior to the second Business Day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event The Wall Street Journal has not published such exchange rate, the rate will be determined by the Corporation in its sole discretion on the basis of the most recently available market exchange rate for euros. Any payment in respect of the 2034 Notes so made in U.S. dollars would not constitute an event of default under the Original Indenture. The Trustee shall have no responsibility for any calculation or conversion in connection with the foregoing.

 

Payments of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on 2034 Notes represented by a Global Security shall be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds to the Holder of such Global Security. If any of the 2034 Notes are no longer represented by a Global Security, (i) payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest due at the Stated Maturity or earlier redemption of such 2034 Notes shall be made at the office of the Paying Agent upon surrender of such 2034 Notes to the Paying Agent and (ii) payments of interest shall be made, at the option of the Corporation, subject to such surrender where applicable, by (A) check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such address shall appear in the Security Register or (B) wire transfer at such place and to such account at a banking institution in the United States as may be designated in writing to the Trustee at least sixteen (16) days prior to the date for payment by the Person entitled thereto.

 

Section 2.04.      Denominations. The 2034 Notes shall be issued in denominations of €100,000 and integral multiples of €1,000 in excess thereof.

 

Section 2.05.      Global Securities. The 2034 Notes shall initially be issued in the form of one or more Global Securities registered in the name of the Depositary or its nominee.  Except under the limited circumstances described below, 2034 Notes represented by such Global Security or Global Securities shall not be exchangeable for, and shall not otherwise be issuable as, 2034 Notes in definitive form.  The Global Securities described in this Article I may not be transferred except by the Depositary to a nominee of the Depositary or by a nominee of the Depositary to the Depositary or another nominee of the Depositary or to a successor Depositary or its nominee.

 

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A Global Security representing the 2034 Notes shall be exchangeable for 2034 Notes registered in the names of persons other than the Depositary or its nominee only if (i) the Depositary notifies the Corporation that it is unwilling or unable to continue as a Depositary for such Global Security and no successor Depositary shall have been appointed by the Corporation within 90 days of receipt by the Corporation of such notification, or if at any time the Depositary ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act at a time when the Depositary is required to be so registered to act as such Depositary and no successor Depositary shall have been appointed by the Corporation within 90 days after it becomes aware of such cessation, (ii) an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing with respect to the 2034 Notes and beneficial owners of a majority in aggregate principal amount of the 2034 Notes represented by Global Securities advise the Depositary to cease acting as Depositary, or (iii) the Corporation in its sole discretion, and subject to the procedures of the Depositary, determines that such Global Security shall be so exchangeable.  Any Global Security that is exchangeable pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be exchangeable for 2034 Notes registered in such names as the Depositary shall direct.

 

Section 2.06.      Redemption. The Corporation may redeem the 2034 Notes prior to March 15, 2034 (the “2034 Par Call Date”), in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash on any date (a “Redemption Date”), at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of the 2034 Notes to be redeemed and (ii) an amount determined by the Quotation Agent equal to the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption) to the 2034 Par Call Date, discounted to the Redemption Date on an annual basis (Actual/Actual (ICMA) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate), plus 40 basis points, plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount thereon to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

On or after the 2034 Par Call Date, the Corporation may redeem the 2034 Notes, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2034 Notes being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of the 2034 Notes to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

The principal amount of any 2034 Note remaining outstanding after a redemption in part shall be €100,000 or a higher integral multiple of €1,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, installments of interest on any 2034 Note that are due and payable on interest payment dates falling on or prior to a redemption date will be payable on the interest payment date to the registered holders as of the close of Business on the relevant record date.

 

For purposes of the first paragraph of this Section 2.06, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“Comparable Government Bond” means, in relation to any Comparable Government Bond Rate calculation, at the discretion of an independent investment bank selected by the Corporation (the “Quotation Agent”), a German government bond whose maturity is closest to the 2034 Par Call Date, or if such Quotation Agent in its discretion determines that such similar bond is not in issue, such other German government bond as such Quotation Agent may, with the advice of three brokers of, and/or market makers in, German government bonds selected by the Corporation, determine to be appropriate for determining the Comparable Government Bond Rate.

 

“Comparable Government Bond Rate” means the price, expressed as a percentage (rounded to three decimal places, with 0.0005 being rounded upwards), at which the gross redemption yield on the 2034 Notes to be redeemed, if they were to be purchased at such price on the third business day prior to the date fixed for redemption, would be equal to the gross redemption yield on such business day of the Comparable Government Bond on the basis of the middle market price of the Comparable Government Bond prevailing at 11:00 A.M. (London time) on such business day as determined by the Quotation Agent selected by the Corporation.

 

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The Corporation shall notify the Trustee of the redemption price with respect to any redemption of the 2034 Notes occurring before the 2034 Par Call Date promptly after the calculation thereof. The Trustee shall not be responsible for calculating said redemption price.

 

If less than all of the 2034 Notes are to be redeemed, the 2034 Notes or portions of 2034 Notes to be redeemed in amounts of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof shall be selected for redemption in accordance with the standard procedures of the Depositary.

 

The 2034 Notes shall not have a sinking fund.

 

Section 2.07.      Optional Redemption for Tax Reasons. The 2034 Notes may be redeemed at the Corporation’s option in whole, but not in part, on not less than 10 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, at 100% of the principal amount of the 2034 Notes, together with accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the Redemption Date if, as a result of any change in, or amendment to, the laws, regulations or rulings of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), or any change in official position regarding application or interpretation of those laws, regulations or rulings (including a holding by a court of competent jurisdiction), which change, amendment, application or interpretation is announced or becomes effective on or after the original issue date with respect to the Notes, the Corporation becomes or, based upon a written opinion of independent counsel selected by the Corporation, will become obligated to pay additional amounts.

 

Section 2.08.      Payment of Additional Amounts.

 

(a)            The Corporation will, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest in respect of the 2034 Notes such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Corporation of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest in respect of the 2034 Notes to a holder who is not a United States person, after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment, duties or other governmental charge imposed by the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), will not be less than the amount provided in the 2034 Notes to be then due and payable; provided, however, that the foregoing obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply:

 

1) to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the holder (or the beneficial owner for whose benefit such holder holds such 2034 Note), or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of the holder if the holder is an estate, trust, partnership or corporation, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary holder, being considered as:

 

a.being or having been engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States;

 

b.having a current or former connection with the United States (other than a connection arising solely as a result of the ownership of the notes, the receipt of any payment in respect of the notes or the enforcement of any rights hereunder), including being or having been a citizen or resident of the United States;

 

c.being or having been a personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a foreign tax-exempt organization, or a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax;

 

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d.being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Corporation as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or any successor provision; or

 

e.being a bank receiving payments on an extension of credit made pursuant to a loan agreement entered into in the ordinary course of its trade or business, as described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision;

 

2)to any holder that is not the sole beneficial owner of the 2034 Notes, or a portion of the 2034 Notes, or that is a fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficial owner with respect to the holder, a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment;

 

3)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the holder or any other person to comply with certification, identification or information reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the holder or beneficial owner of the 2034 Notes, if compliance is required by statute, by regulation of the United States or any taxing authority therein or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

4)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by us or a paying agent from the payment;

 

5)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any 2034 Notes, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent;

 

6)to any estate, inheritance, gift, sales, transfer, wealth, capital gains or personal property tax or similar tax, assessment or other governmental charge, or excise tax imposed on the transfer of notes;

 

7)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the presentation by the holder of any 2034 Note, where presentation is required, for payment on a date more than 30 days after the date on which payment became due and payable or the date on which payment thereof is duly provided for, whichever occurs later except to the extent that the beneficiary or holder thereof would have been entitled to the payment of additional amounts had such Note been presented for payment on any day during such 30-day period;

 

8)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed under sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (or any amended or successor provisions), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to section 1471(b) of the Code or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such sections of the Code, whether currently in effect or as published and amended from time to time;

 

9)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed or withheld solely by reason of a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 15 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; or

 

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10)in the case of any combination of the above numbered items.

 

(b)            The 2034 Notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable to the 2034 Notes. Except as specifically provided under this Section 2.08, the Company will not be required to make any payment for any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority of or in any government or political subdivision.

 

(c)            As used under this Section 2.08, the term “United States” means the United States of America (including the states of the United States and the District of Columbia and any political subdivision thereof) and the term “United States person” means (i) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, (ii) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia (other than a partnership that is not treated as a United States person for U.S. federal income tax purposes), (iii) any estate the income of which is subject to United States federal income taxation regardless of its source; or (iv) a trust (a) with respect to which a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and one or more United States persons have the authority to control all of its substantial decisions or (b) that was in existence on August 20, 1996 and has a valid election in effect under applicable Treasury regulations to be treated as a United States person

 

Section 2.09.      Paying Agent. The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch shall initially serve as Paying Agent with respect to the 2034 Notes, with the Place of Payment initially being London, England.

 

ARTICLE III

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

Section 3.01.      Recitals by the Corporation. The recitals in this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture are made by the Corporation only and not by the Trustee, and all of the provisions contained in the Original Indenture in respect of the rights, privileges, immunities, powers and duties of the Trustee shall be applicable in respect of the 2028 Notes, the 2034 Notes and this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture as fully and with like effect as if set forth herein in full.

 

Section 3.02.      Ratification and Incorporation of Original Indenture. As supplemented hereby, the Original Indenture is in all respects ratified and confirmed, and the Original Indenture and this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture shall be read, taken and construed as one and the same instrument.

 

Section 3.03.      Instructions to Trustee. The Trustee shall have the right to accept and act upon instructions, including funds transfer instructions (“Instructions”) given pursuant to this Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture and delivered using Electronic Means; provided, however, that the Corporation shall provide to the Trustee an incumbency certificate listing officers with the authority to provide such Instructions (“Authorized Officers”) and containing specimen signatures of such Authorized Officers, which incumbency certificate shall be amended by the Corporation whenever a person is to be added or deleted from the listing. If the Corporation elects to give the Trustee Instructions using Electronic Means and the Trustee in its discretion elects to act upon such Instructions, the Trustee’s understanding of such Instructions shall be deemed controlling. The Corporation understands and agrees that the Trustee cannot determine the identity of the actual sender of such Instructions and that the Trustee shall conclusively presume that directions that purport to have been sent by an Authorized Officer listed on the incumbency certificate provided to the Trustee have been sent by such Authorized Officer. The Corporation shall be responsible for ensuring that only Authorized Officers transmit such Instructions to the Corporate Trustee and that the Corporation and all Authorized Officers are solely responsible to safeguard the use and confidentiality of applicable user and authorization codes, passwords and/or authentication keys upon receipt by the Corporation. The Trustee shall not be liable for any losses, costs or expenses arising directly or indirectly from the Trustee’s good faith reliance upon and compliance with such Instructions notwithstanding such directions conflict or are inconsistent with a subsequent written instruction. The Corporation agrees: (i) to assume all risks arising out of the use of Electronic Means to submit Instructions to the Trustee, including without limitation the risk of the Trustee acting on unauthorized Instructions, and the risk of interception and misuse by third parties; (ii) that it is fully informed of the protections and risks associated with the various methods of transmitting Instructions to the Trustee and that there may be more secure methods of transmitting Instructions than the method(s) selected by the Corporation; (iii) that the security procedures (if any) to be followed in connection with its transmission of Instructions provide to it a commercially reasonable degree of protection in light of its particular needs and circumstances; and (iv) to notify the Trustee as soon as reasonably practicable upon learning of any compromise or unauthorized use of the security procedures. “Electronic Means” shall mean the following communications methods: e-mail, facsimile trans-mission, secure electronic transmission containing applicable authorization codes, passwords and/or authentication keys issued by the Trustee, or another method or system specified by the Trustee as available for use in connection with its services hereunder.

 

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Section 3.04.      Executed in Counterparts; Electronic Signatures. This Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, and such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument. The words “execution,” signed,” signature,” and words of like import in the Indenture shall include images of manually executed signatures transmitted by facsimile, email or other electronic format (including, without limitation, “pdf,” “tif” or “jpg”) and other electronic signatures (including without limitation, DocuSign and AdobeSign). The use of electronic signatures and electronic records (including, without limitation, any contract or other record created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means) shall be of the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as a manually executed signature or use of a paper-based record-keeping system to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act and any other applicable law, including, without limitation, any state law based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act or the Uniform Commercial Code. Without limitation to the foregoing, and anything in the Original Indenture to the contrary notwithstanding, (a) any Officers’ Certificate, Company Order, Opinion of Counsel, Security, certificate of authentication appearing on or attached to any Security, supplemental indenture or other certificate, opinion of counsel, instrument, agreement or other document delivered pursuant to the Indenture may be executed, attested and transmitted by any of the foregoing electronic means and formats, (b) all references in Section 303 or elsewhere in the Original Indenture to the execution, attestation or authentication of any Security or any certificate of authentication appearing on or attached to any Security by means of a manual or facsimile signature shall be deemed to include signatures that are made or transmitted by any of the foregoing electronic means or formats, and (c) any requirement in Section 303 or elsewhere in the Original Indenture that any signature be made under a corporate seal (or facsimile thereof) shall not be applicable to the Securities of such series. For the avoidance of doubt, the Trustee shall also have the benefit of the provisions of Section 5.10 hereof with respect to any Instructions it receives from Authorized Officers of the Corporation.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party hereto has caused this instrument to be signed in its name and behalf by its duly authorized officer, all as of the day and year first above written.

 

  Duke Energy Corporation
   
  By: /s/ Chris R. Bauer
  Name: Chris R. Bauer
  Title: Assistant Treasurer
   
  The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee
   
  By: /s/ Ann Dolezal
  Name: Ann M. Dolezal
  Title: Vice President

 

[Signature Page to Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture]

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

FORM OF

 

3.10% SENIOR NOTE DUE 2028

 

No.

CUSIP No.  26441C BQ7

ISIN No.: XS2488626610

Common Code No.: 248862661

 

DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION 

3.10% SENIOR NOTE DUE 2028

 

Principal Amount:  €

 

Regular Record Date:  means, with respect to each Interest Payment Date, the close of business on the Business Day (for this purpose, a day on which Clearstream and Euroclear are open for business) immediately preceding the relevant interest payment date.

 

Original Issue Date:  June 15, 2022

 

Stated Maturity: June 15, 2028

 

Interest Payment Dates:  Annually on June 15 of each year, commencing on June 15, 2023

 

Interest Rate: 3.10% per annum

 

Authorized Denomination:  €100,000 and integral multiples of €1,000 in excess thereof

 

Duke Energy Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”, which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture referred to on the reverse hereof), for value received, hereby promises to pay to                               , or registered assigns, the principal sum of                                                      EUROS (€                        ) on the Stated Maturity shown above and to pay interest thereon from the Original Issue Date shown above, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, annually in arrears on each Interest Payment Date as specified above, commencing on June 15, 2023 and on the Stated Maturity at the rate per annum shown above until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment and at such rate on any overdue principal and on any overdue installment of interest.  The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date (other than an Interest Payment Date that is the Stated Maturity or a Redemption Date) will, as provided in the Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this 3.10% Senior Note due 2028 (this “Security”) is registered on the applicable Regular Record Date as specified above next preceding such Interest Payment Date; provided that any interest payable at Stated Maturity or on a Redemption Date will be paid to the Person to whom principal is payable.  Except as otherwise provided in the Indenture, any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for will forthwith cease to be payable to the Holder on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Securities of this series not less than 10 days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange, if any, on which the Securities shall be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by any such exchange, all as more fully provided in the Indenture.

 

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Payments of interest on this Security will include interest accrued to but excluding the respective Interest Payment Date.  Interest payments for this Security shall be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the last date on which interest was paid on this Security (or June 15, 2022, if no interest has been paid on the Security), to, but excluding, the next scheduled interest payment date. This payment convention is referred to as Actual/Actual (ICMA) as defined in the rulebook of the International Capital Market Association.

 

Payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Securities of this series shall be made in euro. If, on or after the date of issue of the 2028 Notes, the Corporation is unable to obtain euro in amounts sufficient to make a required payment under the Securities of this series due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control (including the dissolution of the European Monetary Union) or if the euro is no longer being used by the then member states of the European Monetary Union that have adopted the euro as their currency or for the settlement of transactions by public institutions of or within the international banking community, then all payments in respect of the Securities of this series will be made in U.S. dollars until the euro is again available to us or so used. In such circumstances, the amount payable on any date in euro will be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate mandated by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System as of the close of business on the second business day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System has not announced a rate of conversion, on the basis of the most recent U.S. dollar/euro exchange rate published in The Wall Street Journal on or prior to the second Business Day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event The Wall Street Journal has not published such exchange rate, the rate will be determined by the Corporation in its sole discretion on the basis of the most recently available market exchange rate for euros. Any payment in respect of the Securities of this series so made in U.S. dollars would not constitute an event of default under the Original Indenture. The Trustee shall have no responsibility for any calculation or conversion in connection with the foregoing.

 

The Corporation may redeem this Security prior to March 15, 2028 (the “Par Call Date”), in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash on any date (a “Redemption Date”), at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of this Security to be redeemed and (ii) an amount determined by the Quotation Agent equal to the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption) to the Par Call Date, discounted to the Redemption Date on an annual basis (Actual/Actual (ICMA) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate), plus 30 basis points, plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount thereon to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

On or after the Par Call Date, the Corporation may redeem the Securities of this series, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Securities of this series being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of the securities of this series to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

The principal amount of any Security of this series remaining outstanding after a redemption in part shall be €100,000 or a higher integral multiple of €1,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, installments of interest on any Security of this series that are due and payable on interest payment dates falling on or prior to a redemption date will be payable on the interest payment date to the registered holders as of the close of Business on the relevant record date.

 

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For purposes of the second preceding paragraph, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“Comparable Government Bond” means, in relation to any Comparable Government Bond Rate calculation, at the discretion of an independent investment bank selected by the Corporation (the “Quotation Agent”), a German government bond whose maturity is closest to the Par Call Date, or if such Quotation Agent in its discretion determines that such similar bond is not in issue, such other German government bond as such Quotation Agent may, with the advice of three brokers of, and/or market makers in, German government bonds selected by the Corporation, determine to be appropriate for determining the Comparable Government Bond Rate.

 

“Comparable Government Bond Rate” means the price, expressed as a percentage (rounded to three decimal places, with 0.0005 being rounded upwards), at which the gross redemption yield on the Securities of this series to be redeemed, if they were to be purchased at such price on the third business day prior to the date fixed for redemption, would be equal to the gross redemption yield on such business day of the Comparable Government Bond on the basis of the middle market price of the Comparable Government Bond prevailing at 11:00 A.M. (London time) on such business day as determined by the Quotation Agent selected by the Corporation.

 

The Securities of this series may be redeemed at the Corporation’s option in whole, but not in part, on not less than 10 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, at 100% of the principal amount of the Securities of this series, together with accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the Redemption Date if, as a result of any change in, or amendment to, the laws, regulations or rulings of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), or any change in official position regarding application or interpretation of those laws, regulations or rulings (including a holding by a court of competent jurisdiction), which change, amendment, application or interpretation is announced or becomes effective on or after the original issue date with respect to the Securities of this series, the Corporation becomes or, based upon a written opinion of independent counsel selected by the Corporation, will become obligated to pay additional amounts.

 

The Corporation will, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest in respect of the Securities of this series such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Corporation of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest in respect of the Securities of this series to a holder who is not a United States person, after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment, duties or other governmental charge imposed by the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), will not be less than the amount provided in the Securities of this series to be then due and payable; provided, however, that the foregoing obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply:

 

1)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the holder (or the beneficial owner for whose benefit such holder holds such Security), or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of the holder if the holder is an estate, trust, partnership or corporation, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary holder, being considered as:

 

a.being or having been engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States;

 

b.having a current or former connection with the United States (other than a connection arising solely as a result of the ownership of the notes, the receipt of any payment in respect of the notes or the enforcement of any rights hereunder), including being or having been a citizen or resident of the United States;

 

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c.being or having been a personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a foreign tax-exempt organization, or a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax;

 

d.being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Corporation as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or any successor provision; or

 

e.being a bank receiving payments on an extension of credit made pursuant to a loan agreement entered into in the ordinary course of its trade or business, as described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision;

 

2)to any holder that is not the sole beneficial owner of the Securities of this series, or a portion of the Securities of this series, or that is a fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficial owner with respect to the holder, a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment;

 

3)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the holder or any other person to comply with certification, identification or information reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the holder or beneficial owner of the Securities of this series, if compliance is required by statute, by regulation of the United States or any taxing authority therein or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

4)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by us or a paying agent from the payment;

 

5)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any Securities of this series, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent;

 

6)to any estate, inheritance, gift, sales, transfer, wealth, capital gains or personal property tax or similar tax, assessment or other governmental charge, or excise tax imposed on the transfer of notes;

 

7)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the presentation by the holder of any Securities of this series, where presentation is required, for payment on a date more than 30 days after the date on which payment became due and payable or the date on which payment thereof is duly provided for, whichever occurs later except to the extent that the beneficiary or holder thereof would have been entitled to the payment of additional amounts had such Note been presented for payment on any day during such 30-day period;

 

8)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed under sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (or any amended or successor provisions), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to section 1471(b) of the Code or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such sections of the Code, whether currently in effect or as published and amended from time to time;

 

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9)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed or withheld solely by reason of a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 15 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; or

 

10)in the case of any combination of the above numbered items.

 

The Securities of this series are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable to the Securities of this series. Except as specifically provided under this Section 1.08, the Company will not be required to make any payment for any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority of or in any government or political subdivision.

 

As used under in this Security, the term “United States” means the United States of America (including the states of the United States and the District of Columbia and any political subdivision thereof) and the term “United States person” means (i) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, (ii) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia (other than a partnership that is not treated as a United States person for United States federal income tax purposes), (iii) any estate the income of which is subject to United States federal income taxation regardless of its source; or (iv) a trust (a) with respect to which a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and one or more United States persons have the authority to control all of its substantial decisions or (b) that was in existence on August 20, 1996 and has a valid election in effect under applicable Treasury regulations to be treated as a United States Person.

 

The Corporation shall notify the Trustee of the redemption price with respect to any redemption of the Securities of this series occurring before the Par Call Date promptly after the calculation thereof. The Trustee shall not be responsible for calculating said redemption price.

 

Notice of any redemption by the Corporation will be mailed (or, as long as the Securities of this series are represented by one or more Global Securities, transmitted in accordance with the Depositary’s standard procedures therefor) at least 10 days but not more than 60 days before any Redemption Date to each Holder of Securities of this series to be redeemed.  If Notice of a redemption is provided and funds are deposited as required, interest will cease to accrue on and after the Redemption Date on the Securities of this series or portions of Securities of this series called for redemption.  In the event that any Redemption Date is not a Business Day, the Corporation will pay the redemption price on the next Business Day without any interest or other payment in respect of any such delay.  If less than all of the Securities of this series are to be redeemed, the Securities of this series or portions of the Securities of this series to be redeemed in amounts of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof shall be selected for redemption in accordance with the standard procedures of the Depositary.

 

In the event of redemption of this Security in part only, a new Security or Securities of this series and of like tenor for the unredeemed portion hereof will be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the surrender hereof.

 

The Securities of this series shall not have a sinking fund.

 

The Securities of this series shall constitute the direct unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Corporation and shall rank equally in priority with the Corporation’s existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness.

 

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REFERENCE IS HEREBY MADE TO THE FURTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS SECURITY SET FORTH ON THE REVERSE HEREOF, WHICH FURTHER PROVISIONS SHALL FOR ALL PURPOSES HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS IF SET FORTH AT THIS PLACE.

 

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Trustee by manual, facsimile or electronic signature, this Security shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this instrument to be duly executed as of June 15, 2022.

 

  Duke Energy Corporation
   
  By:                      
  Name:
  Title:

 

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CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

Dated: June 15, 2022 The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company,
N.A., as Trustee
   
  By:                                 
  Authorized Signatory

 

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(Reverse Side of Security)

 

This 3.10% Senior Note due 2028 is one of a duly authorized issue of Securities of the Corporation (the “Securities”), issued and issuable in one or more series under an Indenture, dated as of June 3, 2008, as supplemented (the “Indenture”), between the Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. (formerly known as The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A.), as Trustee (the “Trustee,” which term includes any successor trustee under the Indenture), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the respective rights, limitation of rights, duties and immunities thereunder of the Corporation, the Trustee and the Holders of the Securities issued thereunder and of the terms upon which said Securities are, and are to be, authenticated and delivered.  This Security is one of the series designated on the face hereof as 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 initially in the aggregate principal amount of €600,000,000.  Capitalized terms used herein for which no definition is provided herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Indenture.

 

If an Event of Default with respect to the Securities of this series shall occur and be continuing, the principal of the Securities of this series may be declared due and payable in the manner, with the effect and subject to the conditions provided in the Indenture.

 

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Corporation and the rights of the Holders of the Securities of all series affected under the Indenture at any time by the Corporation and the Trustee with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Outstanding Securities of all series affected thereby (voting as one class).  The Indenture contains provisions permitting the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Outstanding Securities of all series with respect to which a default under the Indenture shall have occurred and be continuing (voting as one class), on behalf of the Holders of the Securities of all such series, to waive, with certain exceptions, such default under the Indenture and its consequences.  The Indenture also permits the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Securities of each series at the time Outstanding, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series, to waive compliance by the Corporation with certain provisions of the Indenture affecting such series.  Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Security shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Security and of any Security issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof, whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Security.

 

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Security or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Corporation, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Security at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

 

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, the transfer of this Security is registrable in the Security Register, upon surrender of this Security for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Corporation for such purpose, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Corporation and the Security Registrar and duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing and thereupon one or more new Securities of this series, of authorized denominations and of like tenor and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.  No service charge shall be made for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Corporation may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

 

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The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance at any time of the entire indebtedness of the Securities of this series and for covenant defeasance at any time of certain covenants in the Indenture upon compliance with certain conditions set forth in the Indenture.

 

Prior to due presentment of this Security for registration of transfer, the Corporation, the Trustee and any agent of the Corporation or the Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Security is registered as the owner hereof for all purposes, whether or not this Security be overdue, and neither the Corporation, the Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

 

The Securities of this series are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to the limitations therein set forth, Securities of this series are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Securities of this series of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same upon surrender of the Security or Securities to be exchanged at the office or agency of the Corporation.

 

This Security shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

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ABBREVIATIONS

 

The following abbreviations, when used in the inscription on the face of this instrument, shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations:

 

TEN COM — as tenants in common  

UNIF GIFT MIN ACT - ______Custodian ______

(Cust)                 (Minor)

TEN ENT — as tenants by the entireties    
     
     
JT TEN — as joint tenants with rights of survivorship and not as tenants in common    

under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act

____________________

                           (State)

Additional abbreviations may also be used though not on the above list.

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby sell(s) and transfer(s) unto (please insert Social Security or other identifying number of assignee)

 

PLEASE PRINT OR TYPEWRITE NAME AND ADDRESS, INCLUDING POSTAL ZIP CODE OF ASSIGNEE

 

the within Security and all rights thereunder, hereby irrevocably constituting and appointing                      agent to transfer said Security on the books of the Corporation, with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

Dated:      
    NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name as written upon the face of the within instrument in every particular without alteration or enlargement, or any change whatever.

 

  Signature Guarantee:  

 

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SIGNATURE GUARANTEE

 

Signatures must be guaranteed by an “eligible guarantor institution” meeting the requirements of the Security Registrar, which requirements include membership or participation in the Security Transfer Agent Medallion Program (“STAMP”) or such other “signature guarantee program” as may be determined by the Security Registrar in addition to, or in substitution for, STAMP, all in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

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EXHIBIT B

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

Dated: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company,
N.A., as Trustee
     
  By:                                    
  Authorized Signatory

 

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EXHIBIT C

 

FORM OF

 

3.85% SENIOR NOTE DUE 2034

 

No.

CUSIP No.  26441C BR5

ISIN No.: XS2488626883

Common Code No.: 248862688

 

DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION

 

3.85% SENIOR NOTE DUE 2034

 

Principal Amount:  €

 

Regular Record Date:  means, with respect to each Interest Payment Date, the close of business on the Business Day (for this purpose, a day on which Clearstream and Euroclear are open for business) immediately preceding the relevant interest payment date.

 

Original Issue Date:  June 15, 2022

 

Stated Maturity: June 15, 2034

 

Interest Payment Dates:  Annually on June 15 of each year, commencing on June 15, 2023

 

Interest Rate: 3.85% per annum

 

Authorized Denomination:  €100,000 and integral multiples of €1,000 in excess thereof

 

Duke Energy Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”, which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture referred to on the reverse hereof), for value received, hereby promises to pay to                               , or registered assigns, the principal sum of                                                      EUROS (€                        ) on the Stated Maturity shown above and to pay interest thereon from the Original Issue Date shown above, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, annually in arrears on each Interest Payment Date as specified above, commencing on June 15, 2023 and on the Stated Maturity at the rate per annum shown above until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment and at such rate on any overdue principal and on any overdue installment of interest.  The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date (other than an Interest Payment Date that is the Stated Maturity or a Redemption Date) will, as provided in the Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this 3.85% Senior Note due 2034 (this “Security”) is registered on the applicable Regular Record Date as specified above next preceding such Interest Payment Date; provided that any interest payable at Stated Maturity or on a Redemption Date will be paid to the Person to whom principal is payable.  Except as otherwise provided in the Indenture, any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for will forthwith cease to be payable to the Holder on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Securities of this series not less than 10 days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange, if any, on which the Securities shall be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by any such exchange, all as more fully provided in the Indenture.

 

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Payments of interest on this Security will include interest accrued to but excluding the respective Interest Payment Date.  Interest payments for this Security shall be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the last date on which interest was paid on this Security (or June 15, 2022, if no interest has been paid on the Security), to, but excluding, the next scheduled interest payment date. This payment convention is referred to as Actual/Actual (ICMA) as defined in the rulebook of the International Capital Market Association.

 

Payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Securities of this series shall be made in euro. If, on or after the date of issue of the 2034 Notes, the Corporation is unable to obtain euro in amounts sufficient to make a required payment under the Securities of this series due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control (including the dissolution of the European Monetary Union) or if the euro is no longer being used by the then member states of the European Monetary Union that have adopted the euro as their currency or for the settlement of transactions by public institutions of or within the international banking community, then all payments in respect of the Securities of this series will be made in U.S. dollars until the euro is again available to us or so used. In such circumstances, the amount payable on any date in euro will be converted into U.S. dollars at the rate mandated by the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System as of the close of business on the second business day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System has not announced a rate of conversion, on the basis of the most recent U.S. dollar/euro exchange rate published in The Wall Street Journal on or prior to the second Business Day prior to the relevant payment date or, in the event The Wall Street Journal has not published such exchange rate, the rate will be determined by the Corporation in its sole discretion on the basis of the most recently available market exchange rate for euros. Any payment in respect of the Securities of this series so made in U.S. dollars would not constitute an event of default under the Original Indenture. The Trustee shall have no responsibility for any calculation or conversion in connection with the foregoing.

 

The Corporation may redeem this Security prior to March 15, 2034 (the “Par Call Date”), in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash on any date (a “Redemption Date”), at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of this Security to be redeemed and (ii) an amount determined by the Quotation Agent equal to the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption) to the Par Call Date, discounted to the Redemption Date on an annual basis (Actual/Actual (ICMA) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate), plus 40 basis points, plus, in either case, accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount thereon to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

On or after the Par Call Date, the Corporation may redeem the Securities of this series, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the option of the Corporation, for cash, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Securities of this series being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of the securities of this series to, but not including, such Redemption Date.

 

The principal amount of any Security of this series remaining outstanding after a redemption in part shall be €100,000 or a higher integral multiple of €1,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, installments of interest on any Security of this series that are due and payable on interest payment dates falling on or prior to a redemption date will be payable on the interest payment date to the registered holders as of the close of Business on the relevant record date.

 

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For purposes of the second preceding paragraph, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“Comparable Government Bond” means, in relation to any Comparable Government Bond Rate calculation, at the discretion of an independent investment bank selected by the Corporation (the “Quotation Agent”), a German government bond whose maturity is closest to the Par Call Date, or if such Quotation Agent in its discretion determines that such similar bond is not in issue, such other German government bond as such Quotation Agent may, with the advice of three brokers of, and/or market makers in, German government bonds selected by the Corporation, determine to be appropriate for determining the Comparable Government Bond Rate.

 

“Comparable Government Bond Rate” means the price, expressed as a percentage (rounded to three decimal places, with 0.0005 being rounded upwards), at which the gross redemption yield on the Securities of this series to be redeemed, if they were to be purchased at such price on the third business day prior to the date fixed for redemption, would be equal to the gross redemption yield on such business day of the Comparable Government Bond on the basis of the middle market price of the Comparable Government Bond prevailing at 11:00 A.M. (London time) on such business day as determined by the Quotation Agent selected by the Corporation.

 

The Securities of this series may be redeemed at the Corporation’s option in whole, but not in part, on not less than 10 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice, at 100% of the principal amount of the Securities of this series, together with accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the Redemption Date if, as a result of any change in, or amendment to, the laws, regulations or rulings of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), or any change in official position regarding application or interpretation of those laws, regulations or rulings (including a holding by a court of competent jurisdiction), which change, amendment, application or interpretation is announced or becomes effective on or after the original issue date with respect to the Securities of this series, the Corporation becomes or, based upon a written opinion of independent counsel selected by the Corporation, will become obligated to pay additional amounts.

 

The Corporation will, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest in respect of the Securities of this series such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Corporation of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest in respect of the Securities of this series to a holder who is not a United States person, after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment, duties or other governmental charge imposed by the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein having power to tax), will not be less than the amount provided in the Securities of this series to be then due and payable; provided, however, that the foregoing obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply:

 

1)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the holder (or the beneficial owner for whose benefit such holder holds such Security), or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of the holder if the holder is an estate, trust, partnership or corporation, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary holder, being considered as:

 

a.being or having been engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States;

 

b.having a current or former connection with the United States (other than a connection arising solely as a result of the ownership of the notes, the receipt of any payment in respect of the notes or the enforcement of any rights hereunder), including being or having been a citizen or resident of the United States;

 

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c.being or having been a personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a foreign tax-exempt organization, or a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax;

 

d.being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Corporation as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or any successor provision; or

 

e.being a bank receiving payments on an extension of credit made pursuant to a loan agreement entered into in the ordinary course of its trade or business, as described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision;

 

2)to any holder that is not the sole beneficial owner of the Securities of this series, or a portion of the Securities of this series, or that is a fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficial owner with respect to the holder, a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment;

 

3)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the holder or any other person to comply with certification, identification or information reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the holder or beneficial owner of the Securities of this series, if compliance is required by statute, by regulation of the United States or any taxing authority therein or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

4)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by us or a paying agent from the payment;

 

5)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any Securities of this series, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent;

 

6)to any estate, inheritance, gift, sales, transfer, wealth, capital gains or personal property tax or similar tax, assessment or other governmental charge, or excise tax imposed on the transfer of notes;

 

7)to the extent any tax, assessment or other governmental charge would not have been imposed but for the presentation by the holder of any Securities of this series, where presentation is required, for payment on a date more than 30 days after the date on which payment became due and payable or the date on which payment thereof is duly provided for, whichever occurs later except to the extent that the beneficiary or holder thereof would have been entitled to the payment of additional amounts had such Note been presented for payment on any day during such 30-day period;

 

8)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed under sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code (or any amended or successor provisions), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to section 1471(b) of the Code or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such sections of the Code, whether currently in effect or as published and amended from time to time;

 

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9)to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed or withheld solely by reason of a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 15 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; or

 

10)in the case of any combination of the above numbered items.

 

The Securities of this series are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable to the Securities of this series. Except as specifically provided under this Section 1.08, the Company will not be required to make any payment for any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority of or in any government or political subdivision.

 

As used under in this Security, the term “United States” means the United States of America (including the states of the United States and the District of Columbia and any political subdivision thereof) and the term “United States person” means (i) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, (ii) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia (other than a partnership that is not treated as a United States person for United States federal income tax purposes), (iii) any estate the income of which is subject to United States federal income taxation regardless of its source; or (iv) a trust (a) with respect to which a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and one or more United States persons have the authority to control all of its substantial decisions or (b) that was in existence on August 20, 1996 and has a valid election in effect under applicable Treasury regulations to be treated as a United States Person.

 

The Corporation shall notify the Trustee of the redemption price with respect to any redemption of the Securities of this series occurring before the Par Call Date promptly after the calculation thereof. The Trustee shall not be responsible for calculating said redemption price.

 

Notice of any redemption by the Corporation will be mailed (or, as long as the Securities of this series are represented by one or more Global Securities, transmitted in accordance with the Depositary’s standard procedures therefor) at least 10 days but not more than 60 days before any Redemption Date to each Holder of Securities of this series to be redeemed.  If Notice of a redemption is provided and funds are deposited as required, interest will cease to accrue on and after the Redemption Date on the Securities of this series or portions of Securities of this series called for redemption.  In the event that any Redemption Date is not a Business Day, the Corporation will pay the redemption price on the next Business Day without any interest or other payment in respect of any such delay.  If less than all of the Securities of this series are to be redeemed, the Securities of this series or portions of the Securities of this series to be redeemed in amounts of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof shall be selected for redemption in accordance with the standard procedures of the Depositary.

 

In the event of redemption of this Security in part only, a new Security or Securities of this series and of like tenor for the unredeemed portion hereof will be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the surrender hereof.

 

The Securities of this series shall not have a sinking fund.

 

The Securities of this series shall constitute the direct unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Corporation and shall rank equally in priority with the Corporation’s existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness.

 

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REFERENCE IS HEREBY MADE TO THE FURTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS SECURITY SET FORTH ON THE REVERSE HEREOF, WHICH FURTHER PROVISIONS SHALL FOR ALL PURPOSES HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS IF SET FORTH AT THIS PLACE.

 

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Trustee by manual, facsimile or electronic signature, this Security shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this instrument to be duly executed as of June 15, 2022.

 

  Duke Energy Corporation
   
  By:                      
  Name:
  Title:

 

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CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

Dated: June 15, 2022 The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company,
N.A., as Trustee
   
  By:                               
  Authorized Signatory

 

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(Reverse Side of Security)

 

This 3.85% Senior Note due 2034 is one of a duly authorized issue of Securities of the Corporation (the “Securities”), issued and issuable in one or more series under an Indenture, dated as of June 3, 2008, as supplemented (the “Indenture”), between the Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. (formerly known as The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A.), as Trustee (the “Trustee,” which term includes any successor trustee under the Indenture), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the respective rights, limitation of rights, duties and immunities thereunder of the Corporation, the Trustee and the Holders of the Securities issued thereunder and of the terms upon which said Securities are, and are to be, authenticated and delivered.  This Security is one of the series designated on the face hereof as 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 initially in the aggregate principal amount of €500,000,000.  Capitalized terms used herein for which no definition is provided herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Indenture.

 

If an Event of Default with respect to the Securities of this series shall occur and be continuing, the principal of the Securities of this series may be declared due and payable in the manner, with the effect and subject to the conditions provided in the Indenture.

 

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Corporation and the rights of the Holders of the Securities of all series affected under the Indenture at any time by the Corporation and the Trustee with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Outstanding Securities of all series affected thereby (voting as one class).  The Indenture contains provisions permitting the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Outstanding Securities of all series with respect to which a default under the Indenture shall have occurred and be continuing (voting as one class), on behalf of the Holders of the Securities of all such series, to waive, with certain exceptions, such default under the Indenture and its consequences.  The Indenture also permits the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Securities of each series at the time Outstanding, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series, to waive compliance by the Corporation with certain provisions of the Indenture affecting such series.  Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Security shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Security and of any Security issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof, whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Security.

 

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Security or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Corporation, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Security at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

 

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, the transfer of this Security is registrable in the Security Register, upon surrender of this Security for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Corporation for such purpose, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Corporation and the Security Registrar and duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing and thereupon one or more new Securities of this series, of authorized denominations and of like tenor and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.  No service charge shall be made for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Corporation may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

 

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The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance at any time of the entire indebtedness of the Securities of this series and for covenant defeasance at any time of certain covenants in the Indenture upon compliance with certain conditions set forth in the Indenture.

 

Prior to due presentment of this Security for registration of transfer, the Corporation, the Trustee and any agent of the Corporation or the Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Security is registered as the owner hereof for all purposes, whether or not this Security be overdue, and neither the Corporation, the Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

 

The Securities of this series are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to the limitations therein set forth, Securities of this series are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Securities of this series of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same upon surrender of the Security or Securities to be exchanged at the office or agency of the Corporation.

 

This Security shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

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ABBREVIATIONS

 

The following abbreviations, when used in the inscription on the face of this instrument, shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations:

 

TEN COM — as tenants in common  

UNIF GIFT MIN ACT - ______Custodian ______

(Cust)                 (Minor)

     
TEN ENT — as tenants by the entireties    
     
     
JT TEN — as joint tenants with rights of survivorship and not as tenants in common    

under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act

____________________

                           (State)

 

Additional abbreviations may also be used though not on the above list.

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby sell(s) and transfer(s) unto (please insert Social Security or other identifying number of assignee)

 

PLEASE PRINT OR TYPEWRITE NAME AND ADDRESS, INCLUDING POSTAL ZIP CODE OF ASSIGNEE

 

the within Security and all rights thereunder, hereby irrevocably constituting and appointing                      agent to transfer said Security on the books of the Corporation, with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

Dated:      
    NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name as written upon the face of the within instrument in every particular without alteration or enlargement, or any change whatever.

 

  Signature Guarantee:  

 

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SIGNATURE GUARANTEE

 

Signatures must be guaranteed by an “eligible guarantor institution” meeting the requirements of the Security Registrar, which requirements include membership or participation in the Security Transfer Agent Medallion Program (“STAMP”) or such other “signature guarantee program” as may be determined by the Security Registrar in addition to, or in substitution for, STAMP, all in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

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EXHIBIT D

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

Dated: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company,
N.A., as Trustee
     
  By:                             
  Authorized Signatory

 

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Exhibit 5.1

 

DUKE ENERGY BUSINESS SERVICES LLC

 

526 South Church Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

 

June 15, 2022

 

Duke Energy Corporation 

526 South Church Street 

Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-4200

 

Re:Duke Energy Corporation €600,000,000 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 and €500,000,000 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

I am Deputy General Counsel of Duke Energy Business Services LLC, the service company subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and in such capacity I have acted as counsel to the Company in connection with the public offering of €600,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 and €500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 (collectively, the “Securities”).  The Securities are being issued pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of June 3, 2008 (the “Original Indenture”), by and between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee (the “Trustee”), as amended and supplemented by various supplemental indentures thereto, including the Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 15, 2022 (the “Supplemental Indenture”), between the Company and the Trustee (the Original Indenture, as amended and supplemented, being referred to as the “Indenture”).  On June 8, 2022, the Company entered into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Banco Santander, S.A. and Wells Fargo Securities International Limited, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriters”), relating to the sale by the Company to the Underwriters of the Securities.

 

This opinion letter is being delivered in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

I am a member of the bar of the State of North Carolina and my opinions set forth herein are limited to Delaware corporate law and the laws of the State of New York and the federal laws of the United States that, in my experience, are normally applicable to transactions of the type contemplated above and, to the extent that judicial or regulatory orders or decrees or consents, approvals, licenses, authorizations, validations, filings, recordings or registrations with governmental authorities are relevant, to those required under such laws (all of the foregoing being referred to as “Opined on Law”).  I do not express any opinion with respect to the law of any jurisdiction other than Opined on Law or as to the effect of any such non-opined law on the opinions herein stated.  This opinion letter is limited to the laws, including the rules and regulations, as in effect on the date hereof, which laws are subject to change with possible retroactive effect.

 

 

 

In rendering the opinions set forth herein, I or attorneys under my supervision (with whom I have consulted) have examined and are familiar with originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of:

 

(a)             the registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-233896) of the Company relating to the Securities and other securities of the Company filed on September 23, 2019 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act, allowing for delayed offerings pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act and the information deemed to be a part of such registration statement as of the date hereof pursuant to Rule 430B of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Act (the “Rules and Regulations”) (such registration statement, effective upon filing with the Commission on September 23, 2019 pursuant to Rule 462(e) of the Rules and Regulations, being hereinafter referred to as the “Registration Statement”);

 

(b)            the prospectus, dated September 23, 2019 (the “Base Prospectus”) relating to the offering of securities of the Company, which forms a part of and is included in the Registration Statement in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Rules and Regulations;

 

(c)             the preliminary prospectus supplement, dated June 8, 2022, and the Base Prospectus, relating to the offering of the Securities in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Rules and Regulations;

 

(d)            the prospectus supplement, dated June 8, 2022, and the Base Prospectus, relating to the offering of the Securities in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Rules and Regulations;

 

(e)             the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, effective as of May 19, 2014 and as amended on September 11, 2019, as certified by the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware;

 

(f)             the Amended and Restated By-laws of the Company, effective as of January 4, 2016;

 

(g)            an executed copy of the Original Indenture;

 

(h)            an executed copy of the Supplemental Indenture;

 

(i)              an executed copy of the Underwriting Agreement;

 

(j)              the certificates representing the Securities of each series;

 

(k)             the issuer free writing prospectus issued at or prior to 12:20 p.m. (Eastern time)/ 5:20 p.m. (London time) on June 8, 2022, which the Company was advised is the time of the first contract of sale of the Securities, substantially in the form attached as Schedule C to the Underwriting Agreement and as filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433(d) of the Securities Act and Section 5(e) of the Underwriting Agreement;

 

(l)              the Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, on Form T-1, of the Trustee;

 

(m)            resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company, adopted on September 18, 2019, relating to the preparation and filing with the Commission of the Registration Statement and the issuance of the Company’s securities; and

 

(n)            the written consent of the Assistant Treasurer of the Company, effective as of June 8, 2022.

 

 

 

I or attorneys under my supervision (with whom I have consulted) have also examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to my satisfaction, of such records of the Company and such agreements, certificates and receipts of public officials, certificates of officers or other representatives of the Company and others, and such other documents as I or attorneys under my supervision (with whom I have consulted) have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinions set forth below.

 

In my examination, I or attorneys under my supervision (with whom I have consulted) have assumed the legal capacity of all natural persons, the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to me as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to me as facsimile, electronic, certified, conformed, or photostatic copies, and the authenticity of the originals of such documents.  In making my examination of executed documents or documents to be executed, I have assumed that the parties thereto, other than the Company had or will have the power, corporate or otherwise, to enter into and perform all obligations thereunder and have also assumed the due authorization by all requisite action, corporate or other, and the execution and delivery by such parties of such documents, and, as to parties other than the Company, the validity and binding effect on such parties.  As to any facts material to this opinion letter that I or attorneys under my supervision (with whom I have consulted) did not independently establish or verify, we have relied upon oral or written statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others and of public officials.

 

The opinions set forth below are subject to the following further qualifications, assumptions and limitations:

 

(i)            the validity or enforcement of any agreements or instruments may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law); and

 

(ii)            I do not express any opinion as to the applicability or effect of any fraudulent transfer, preference or similar law on any agreements or instruments or any transactions contemplated thereby.

 

Based upon the foregoing and subject to the limitations, qualifications, exceptions and assumptions set forth herein, I am of the opinion that the Securities have been duly authorized and executed by the Company, and that when duly authenticated by the Trustee and issued and delivered by the Company against payment therefor in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement and the Indenture, the Securities will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company entitled to the benefits of the Indenture and enforceable against the Company in accordance with their respective terms.

 

 

 

I hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter with the Commission as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement through incorporation by reference of a current report on Form 8-K.  I also hereby consent to the use of my name under the heading “Legal Matters” in the prospectus which forms a part of the Registration Statement.  In giving this consent, I do not thereby admit that I am within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder.  This opinion letter is expressed as of the date hereof unless otherwise expressly stated, and I disclaim any undertaking to advise you of any subsequent changes in the facts stated or assumed herein or of any subsequent changes in applicable laws.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  /s/ Robert T. Lucas III
  Robert T. Lucas III, Esq.

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

DUKE ENERGY Corporation

 

€600,000,000 3.10% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 

€500,000,000 3.85% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2034

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

June 8, 2022

 

Barclays Bank PLC
BNP Paribas
Banco Santander, S.A. 

Wells Fargo Securities International Limited

 

As Representatives of the several Underwriters
listed in the signature pages thereto and named in
Schedule A hereto

 

c/o Barclays Bank PLC
  5 The North Colonnade
   Canary Wharf 
  London E14 4BB

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

1.    Introductory. DUKE ENERGY Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”), proposes, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, to issue and sell (i) €600,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes”) and (ii) €500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 (the “2034 Notes ” and, together with the 2028 Notes, the “Notes”) to be issued pursuant to the provisions of an Indenture, dated as of June 3, 2008, (the “Original Indenture”) as supplemented from time to time by supplemental indentures, including the Twenty-seventh Supplemental Indenture, to be dated as of June 15, 2022 (the “Supplemental Indenture” and together with the Original Indenture, the “Indenture”), between the Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. (the “Trustee”). Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Banco Santander, S.A. and Wells Fargo Securities International Limited (the “Representatives”) are acting as representatives of the several underwriters listed in the signature pages hereto and named in Schedule A hereto (together with the Representatives, the “Underwriters”). The Corporation understands that the several Underwriters propose to offer the Notes for sale upon the terms and conditions contemplated by (i) this Agreement and (ii) the Base Prospectus, the Preliminary Prospectus and the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus (each as defined below) issued at or prior to the Applicable Time (as defined below) (the documents referred to in the foregoing subclause (ii) are referred to herein as the “Pricing Disclosure Package”).

 

 

 

The Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch will execute and deliver a Paying Agency Agreement to be dated on or prior to the Closing Date (as defined below) (the “Paying Agency Agreement”), to appoint The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch, as paying agent (the “Paying Agent”) and The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch as registrar and transfer agent with respect to the Notes. The Notes will each be issued in the form of one or more permanent global securities (collectively, the “Global Notes”) registered in the name of a nominee (which may be the Paying Agent) of a common depositary located outside the United States for Clearstream Banking, S.A. (“Clearstream”), or Euroclear Bank SA/NV, as operator of the Euroclear System (“Euroclear”). The Notes will be issued in denominations of €100,000 and integral multiples of €1,000 in excess thereof.

 

2.   Representations and Warranties of the Corporation. The Corporation represents and warrants to, and agrees with, the several Underwriters that:

 

(a)A registration statement (No. 333-233896), including a prospectus, relating to the Notes and certain other securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). Such registration statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, each in the form heretofore delivered to you, became effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462 of the rules and regulations of the Commission under the 1933 Act (the “1933 Act Regulations”), and no stop order suspending the effectiveness of such registration statement has been issued and no proceeding for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the 1933 Act has been initiated or threatened by the Commission (if prepared, any preliminary prospectus supplement specifically relating to the Notes immediately prior to the Applicable Time included in such registration statement or filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the 1933 Act Regulations being hereinafter called a “Preliminary Prospectus”); the term “Registration Statement” means the registration statement as deemed revised pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(1) of the 1933 Act Regulations on the date of such registration statement’s effectiveness for purposes of Section 11 of the 1933 Act, as such section applies to the Corporation and the Underwriters for the Notes pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations (the “Effective Date”), including all exhibits thereto and including the documents incorporated by reference in the prospectus contained in the Registration Statement at the time such part of the Registration Statement became effective; the term “Base Prospectus” means the prospectus filed with the Commission on the date hereof by the Corporation; and the term “Prospectus” means the Base Prospectus together with the prospectus supplement specifically relating to the Notes prepared in accordance with the provisions of Rule 430B and promptly filed after execution and delivery of this Agreement pursuant to Rule 430B or Rule 424(b) of the 1933 Act Regulations; any information included in such Prospectus that was omitted from the Registration Statement at the time it became effective but that is deemed to be a part of and included in such registration statement pursuant to Rule 430B is referred to as “Rule 430B Information;” and any reference herein to the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein, prior to the date hereof; any reference to any amendment or supplement to any Preliminary Prospectus or Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include any documents filed after the date of such Preliminary Prospectus or Prospectus, as the case may be, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), and incorporated by reference in such Preliminary Prospectus or Prospectus, as the case may be; and any reference to any amendment to the Registration Statement shall be deemed to refer to and include any annual report of the Corporation filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the 1934 Act after the effective date of the Registration Statement that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Applicable Time” means 12:20 p.m. (New York City time)/5:20 p.m. (London time) on the date hereof.

 

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(b)The Registration Statement, the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus specified on Schedule B hereto, the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus conform, and any amendments or supplements thereto will conform, in all material respects to the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations; and (A) the Registration Statement, as of its original effective date and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Underwriters pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations, and at the Closing Date (as defined in Section 3), did not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and (B) (i) the Pricing Disclosure Package, as of the Applicable Time, did not, (ii) the Prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto, as of their dates, will not, and (iii) the Prospectus as of the Closing Date will not, include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, except that the Corporation makes no warranty or representation to the Underwriters with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Corporation by the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters specifically for use in the Registration Statement, the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus.

 

(c)The Permitted Free Writing Prospectus specified on Schedule B hereto as of its issue date and at all subsequent times through the completion of the public offer and sale of the Notes or until any earlier date that the Corporation notified or notifies the Underwriters pursuant to Section 5(f) hereof did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicts with the information (not superseded or modified as of the Effective Date) contained in the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus.

 

(d)At the earliest time the Corporation or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations) of the Notes, the Corporation was not an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations. The Corporation is, and was at the time of the initial filing of the Registration Statement, eligible to use Form S-3 under the 1933 Act.

 

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(e)The documents and interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (“XBRL”) incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, at the time they were filed or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the 1934 Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (the “1934 Act Regulations”), and, when read together with the other information in the Prospectus, (a) at the time the Registration Statement became effective, (b) at the Applicable Time and (c) on the Closing Date did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

(f)The compliance by the Corporation with all of the provisions of each of this Agreement and the Paying Agency Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and the consummation of the transactions herein and therein contemplated will not conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Corporation or any of its Principal Subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) is a party or by which any of them or their respective property is bound or to which any of their properties or assets is subject that would have a material adverse effect on the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, nor will such action result in any violation of the provisions of the amended and restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), the amended and restated By-Laws of the Corporation (the “By-Laws”) or any statute or any order, rule or regulation of any court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the Corporation or its Principal Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties that would have a material adverse effect on the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole; and no consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any such court or governmental agency or body is required for the consummation by the Corporation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except for the approval of the North Carolina Utilities Commission which has been received as of the date of this Agreement, the registration under the 1933 Act of the Notes, qualification under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “1939 Act”) and such consents, approvals, authorizations, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state securities or Blue Sky laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Notes by the Underwriters.

 

(g)This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation.

 

(h)The Paying Agency Agreement has been duly authorized and, when duly executed and delivered by the Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch, will constitute a valid and binding agreement of the Corporation, enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with its terms, except as the enforcement thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law) and an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

 

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(i)Each of Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, a North Carolina limited liability company, Duke Energy Indiana, LLC, an Indiana limited liability company, Progress Energy, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, Duke Energy Progress, LLC, a North Carolina limited liability company, and Duke Energy Florida, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, is a “significant subsidiary” of the Corporation within the meaning of Rule 1-02 of Regulation S-X under the 1933 Act (herein collectively referred to, along with Duke Energy Ohio, Inc., an Ohio corporation and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, as the “Principal Subsidiaries”).

 

(j)The Original Indenture has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation and duly qualified under the 1939 Act and the Supplemental Indenture has been duly authorized and when executed and delivered by the Corporation and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the Trustee, the Indenture will constitute a valid and legally binding instrument of the Corporation enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with its terms, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law) and an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

 

(k)The Notes have been duly authorized and when executed by the Corporation and when authenticated by the Trustee, in the manner provided in the Indenture and delivered against payment therefor, will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Corporation, enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with their terms, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law) and an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and are entitled to the benefits afforded by the Indenture in accordance with the terms of the Indenture and the Notes, except as set forth in paragraph (i) above.

 

(l)Any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument filed or incorporated by reference as an exhibit to the Registration Statement or the Annual Report on Form 10-K of the Corporation for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 or any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Corporation or any Current Report on Form 8-K of the Corporation with an execution or a filing date after December 31, 2021, except to the extent that such agreement is no longer in effect or to the extent that neither the Corporation nor any subsidiary of the Corporation is currently a party to such agreement, are all indentures, mortgages, deeds of trust, loan agreements or other agreements or instruments that are material to the Corporation.

 

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(m)The Corporation is not required to be qualified as a foreign corporation to transact business in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida.

 

(n)Any pro forma financial statements of the Corporation and its subsidiaries and the related notes thereto incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus have been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines with respect to pro forma financial statements and have been properly compiled on the bases described therein.

 

3.   Purchase, Sale and Delivery of Notes. On the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements herein contained, but subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Corporation agrees to sell to the Underwriters, and the Underwriters agree, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Corporation, at a purchase price of (i) 99.479% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes plus accrued interest, if any, from June 15, 2022 (and in the manner set forth below) and (ii) 99.103% of the principal amount of the 2034 Notes plus accrued interest, if any, from June 15, 2022 (and in the manner set forth below), the respective principal amounts of Notes set forth opposite the names of the Underwriters in Schedule A hereto plus the respective principal amounts of additional Notes which each such Underwriter may become obligated to purchase pursuant to the provisions of Section 8 hereof.

 

Payment of the respective purchase prices and delivery of the Global Note(s) for the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes to be purchased by the Underwriters shall be made at the offices of Sidley Austin LLP, 787 Seventh Ave., New York, New York 10019 (or such other place as may be agreed to by the Corporation and the Representatives) at 10:00 a.m., London time, on June 15, 2022 (unless postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 hereof), or such other time and date as the Underwriters and the Corporation shall mutually agree (the time and date of such closing is called the “Closing Date”). The 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes shall each be registered in the name of The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch as nominee for The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch, as common depositary (the “Common Depositary”) for Clearstream and Euroclear.

 

Barclays Bank PLC or such other Underwriter as the Corporation may direct to settle the Notes (the “Settlement Bank”) acknowledges that the Notes represented by the Global Notes will initially be credited to an account (the “Commissionaire Account”) for the benefit of the Settlement Bank the terms of which include a third-party beneficiary clause (‘stipulation pour autrui’) with the Corporation as the third-party beneficiary and provide that such Notes are to be delivered to others only against payment of the net subscription monies for the Notes (i.e. less the commissions and expenses to be deducted from the subscription monies in accordance with clause 5(n) below)) with any applicable transfer taxes payable under any state or federal law of the United States in connection with the sale of the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes duly paid by the Corporation into the Commissionaire Account on a delivery against payment basis. The Settlement Bank acknowledges that (i) the Notes represented by the Global Notes shall be held to the order of the Corporation as set out above and (ii) the net subscription monies for the Notes received in the Commissionaire Account (i.e. less the commissions and expenses deducted from the subscription monies in accordance with clause 5(n) below)) will be held on behalf of the Corporation until such time as they are transferred to the Corporations’ order. The Settlement Bank undertakes that the net subscription monies for the Notes (i.e. less the commissions and expenses deducted from the subscription monies in accordance with clause 5(n) below)) will be transferred to the Corporation’s order promptly following receipt of such monies in the Commissionaire Account. The Corporation acknowledges and accepts the benefit of the third-party beneficiary clause (‘stipulation pour autrui’) pursuant to the Belgian/Luxembourg Civil Code in respect of the Commissionaire Account.

 

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It is understood that each Underwriter has authorized Barclays Bank PLC, for each Underwriter’s account, to accept delivery of, receipt for, and make payment of, as applicable, the respective principal amount of the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes which each Underwriter has agreed to purchase. Barclays Bank PLC, individually and not as a representative of the Underwriters, may (but shall not be obligated to) make payment of the respective principal amount of the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes to be purchased by any Underwriter whose payment has not been received by the Closing Date, but such payment shall not relieve such Underwriter from its obligations hereunder.

 

The Global Note(s) for each of the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes will be made available for examination by the Representatives not later than 12:00 Noon, London time, on the last business day prior to the Closing Date. All other documents referred to herein that are to be delivered at the Closing Date shall be delivered at that time at the offices of Sidley Austin LLP, 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10019.

 

4.   Offering by the Underwriters. It is understood that the several Underwriters propose to offer the Notes for sale to the public as set forth in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

5.    Covenants of the Corporation and the Underwriters. The Corporation covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters and the Underwriters covenant and agree with the Corporation (only with respect to subsection 5(n) that:

 

(a)The Corporation will cause the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus to be filed pursuant to, and in compliance with, Rule 424(b) of the 1933 Act Regulations, and advise the Underwriters promptly of the filing of any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus and of the institution by the Commission of any stop order proceedings in respect of the Registration Statement, and will use its best efforts to prevent the issuance of any such stop order and to obtain as soon as possible its lifting, if issued.

 

(b)If at any time when a prospectus relating to the Notes (or the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) of the 1933 Act Regulations) is required to be delivered under the 1933 Act any event occurs as a result of which the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact, or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, or if it is necessary at any time to amend the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus to comply with the 1933 Act, the Corporation promptly will prepare and file with the Commission an amendment, a supplement or an appropriate document pursuant to Section 13 or 14 of the 1934 Act which will correct such statement or omission or which will effect such compliance.

 

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(c)The Corporation, during the period when a prospectus relating to the Notes is required to be delivered under the 1933 Act, will timely file all documents required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Section 13 or 14 of the 1934 Act.

 

(d)Without the prior consent of the Underwriters, the Corporation has not made and will not make any offer relating to the Notes that would constitute a “free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations, other than the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus; each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, represents and agrees that, without the prior consent of the Corporation, it has not made and will not make any offer relating to the Notes that would constitute a “free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations, other than the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus or a free writing prospectus that is not required to be filed by the Corporation pursuant to Rule 433 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 433”); any such free writing prospectus (which shall include the pricing term sheet referred to in Section 5(e) below), the use of which has been consented to by the Corporation and the Underwriters, is specified on Item 3 of Schedule B and herein is called the “Permitted Free Writing Prospectus.” The Corporation represents that it has treated or agrees that it will treat the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus as an “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433, and has complied and will comply with the requirements of Rule 433 applicable to the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus, including timely filing with the Commission where required, legending and record keeping.

 

(e)The Corporation agrees to prepare a pricing term sheet specifying the terms of the Notes not contained in the Preliminary Prospectus, substantially in the form of Schedule C hereto and approved by the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters, and to file such pricing term sheet as an “issuer free writing prospectus” pursuant to Rule 433 prior to the close of business two business days after the date hereof.

 

(f)The Corporation agrees that if at any time following the issuance of the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus any event occurs as a result of which such Permitted Free Writing Prospectus would conflict with the information (not superseded or modified as of the Effective Date) in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances then prevailing, not misleading, the Corporation will give prompt notice thereof to the Underwriters and, if requested by the Underwriters, will prepare and furnish without charge to each Underwriter a free writing prospectus or other document, the use of which has been consented to by the Underwriters, which will correct such conflict, statement or omission.

 

(g)The Corporation will timely file such reports pursuant to the 1934 Act as are necessary in order to make generally available to its security holders as soon as practicable an earnings statement for the purposes of, and to provide the Underwriters the benefits contemplated by, the last paragraph of Section 11(a) of the 1933 Act.

 

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(h)The Corporation will furnish to you, without charge, copies of the Registration Statement (four of which will include all exhibits other than those incorporated by reference), the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, and all amendments and supplements to such documents, in each case as soon as available and in such quantities as you may reasonably request.

 

(i)The Corporation will arrange or cooperate in arrangements, if necessary, for the qualification of the Notes for sale under the laws of such jurisdictions as you designate and will continue such qualifications in effect so long as required for the distribution; provided, however, that the Corporation shall not be required to qualify as a foreign corporation or to file any general consents to service of process under the laws of any state where it is not now so subject.

 

(j)The Corporation will cooperate with the Underwriters and use its best efforts to permit the Notes to be eligible for clearance and settlement through the facilities of Clearstream and Euroclear.

 

(k)The Corporation will use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Notes to be listed, subject to notice of official issuance, for trading on The New York Stock Exchange LLC (the “NYSE”) within 30 days after the Closing Date.

 

(l)Neither the Corporation nor its affiliates, nor any persons acting on any of their behalf, has taken or will take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to cause or to result in, or that has caused or resulted or which might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, the stabilization in violation of applicable laws or manipulation of the price of any debt security of the Corporation to facilitate the sale or resale of any Notes, other than with respect to Barclays Bank PLC’s appointment as Stabilizing Manager (as defined below).

 

(m)The Corporation will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement including (i) the printing and filing of the Registration Statement and the printing of this Agreement and any Blue Sky Survey, (ii) the preparation and printing of certificates for the Notes, (iii) the issuance and delivery of the Notes as specified herein, (iv) the fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters in connection with the qualification of the Notes under the securities laws of any jurisdiction in accordance with the provisions of Section 5(i) and in connection with the preparation of any Blue Sky Survey, such fees not to exceed $5,000, (v) the printing and delivery to the Underwriters, in quantities as hereinabove referred to, of copies of the Registration Statement and any amendments thereto, of the Preliminary Prospectus, of the Prospectus, of the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto, (vi) any fees charged by independent rating agencies for rating the Notes, (vii) any fees and expenses in connection with the listing of the Notes on the NYSE, (viii) any filing fee required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (ix) the fees and expenses of the Trustee and the Paying Agent, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Trustee in connection with the Indenture and the Notes, (x) the fees (including, but not limited to, any application fees) and expenses incurred in connection with the application, approval and admittance of the Notes for book-entry transfer through the facilities of Clearstream and Euroclear and (xi) the costs and expenses of the Corporation relating to investor presentations on any “road show” undertaken in connection with the marketing of the offering of the Notes, including, without limitation, expenses associated with the production of road show slides and graphics, fees and expenses of any consultants engaged in connection with the road show presentations with the prior approval of the Corporation, travel and lodging expenses of the Underwriters and officers of the Corporation and any such consultants, and the cost of any aircraft chartered in connection with the road show; provided, however, the Underwriters shall reimburse a portion of the costs and expenses referred to in this clause (xi).

 

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(n)Except as provided in subsection 5(m) and Section 7, the Underwriters shall pay the fees and disbursements of their counsel, and the Company shall have no liability for such fees and disbursements. Each Underwriter agrees to pay the portion of such expenses payable by the Underwriters represented by such Underwriter’s pro rata share (based on the proportion that the sum of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes and the principal amount of the 2034 Notes set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule A hereto bears to the sum of the aggregate principal amount of the 2028 Notes and the aggregate principal amount of the 2034 Notes, respectively, set forth opposite the names of all Underwriters) of the offering and sale of the 2028 Notes and the 2034 Notes (with respect to each Underwriter, the “Pro Rata Expenses”). Notwithstanding anything contained in the International Capital Market Association Primary Market Handbook, each Underwriter hereby agrees that the Settlement Lead Manager (as defined below) may allocate the Pro Rata Expenses to the account of such Underwriter for settlement of accounts (including payment of such Underwriter’s fees by the Settlement Lead Manager) as soon as practicable but in any case no later than 90 days following the Closing Date.

 

6.   Conditions of the Obligations of the Underwriters. The obligations of the several Underwriters to purchase and pay for the Notes will be subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties on the part of the Corporation herein, to the accuracy of the statements of officers of the Corporation made pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Corporation of its obligations hereunder and to the following additional conditions precedent:

 

(a)The Prospectus shall have been filed by the Corporation with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) within the applicable time period prescribed for filing by the 1933 Act Regulations and in accordance herewith and the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus shall have been filed by the Corporation with the Commission within the applicable time periods prescribed for such filings by, and otherwise in compliance with, Rule 433.

 

(b)At or after the Applicable Time and prior to the Closing Date, no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall have been issued and no proceedings for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the 1933 Act shall have been instituted or, to the knowledge of the Corporation or you, shall be threatened by the Commission.

 

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(c)At or after the Applicable Time and prior to the Closing Date, the rating assigned by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. or S&P Global Ratings (or any of their successors) to any debt securities or preferred stock of the Corporation as of the date of this Agreement shall not have been lowered.

 

(d)Since the respective most recent dates as of which information is given in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and up to the Closing Date, there shall not have been any material adverse change in the condition of the Corporation, financial or otherwise, except as reflected in or contemplated by the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, and, since such dates and up to the Closing Date, there shall not have been any material transaction entered into by the Corporation other than transactions contemplated by the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and transactions in the ordinary course of business, the effect of which in your reasonable judgment is so material and adverse as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the public offering or the delivery of the Notes on the terms and in the manner contemplated by the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(e)You shall have received an opinion of Robert T. Lucas III, Esq., Deputy General Counsel of Duke Energy Business Services LLC, the service company subsidiary of the Corporation (who in such capacity provides legal services to the Corporation), or other appropriate counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives (which may include the Corporation’s other “in-house” counsel), dated the Closing Date, to the effect that:

 

(i)Each of Duke Energy Ohio, Inc., Progress Energy, Inc. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., has been duly incorporated and is validly existing in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation and has the respective corporate power and authority and foreign qualifications necessary to own its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. Each of Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, Duke Energy Florida, LLC, Duke Energy Indiana, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, LLC has been duly organized and is validly existing and in good standing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of North Carolina, the State of Florida, the State of Indiana and the State of North Carolina, respectively, and has full limited liability company power and authority necessary to own its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(ii)Each of the Corporation and the Principal Subsidiaries is duly qualified to do business in each jurisdiction in which the ownership or leasing of its property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify, considering all such cases in the aggregate, does not have a material adverse effect on the business, properties, financial condition or results of operations of the Corporation and its subsidiaries taken as a whole.

 

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(iii)The Registration Statement became effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462 of the 1933 Act Regulations, and, to the best of such counsel’s knowledge, no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or threatened under the 1933 Act.

  

(iv)The descriptions in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus of any legal or governmental proceedings are accurate and fairly present the information required to be shown, and such counsel does not know of any litigation or any legal or governmental proceeding instituted or threatened against the Corporation or any of its Principal Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties that would be required to be disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus and is not so disclosed.

 

(v)This Agreement and the Paying Agency Agreement have each been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation.

 

(vi)The execution, delivery and performance by the Corporation of this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement and the Indenture and the issue and sale of the Notes will not violate or contravene any of the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation or By-Laws of the Corporation or any statute or any order, rule or regulation of which such counsel is aware of any court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the Corporation or any of its Principal Subsidiaries or any of their respective property, nor will such action conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument known to such counsel to which the Corporation or any of its Principal Subsidiaries is a party or by which any of them or their respective property is bound or to which any of its property or assets is subject, which affects in a material way the Corporation’s ability to perform its obligations under this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement, the Indenture and the Notes.

 

(vii)The Indenture has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the Trustee, constitutes a valid and legally binding instrument of the Corporation, enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with its terms.

 

(viii)The Notes have been duly authorized, executed and issued by the Corporation and, when authenticated by the Trustee, in the manner provided in the Indenture and delivered against payment therefor, will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Corporation enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with their terms, and are entitled to the benefits afforded by the Indenture in accordance with the terms of the Indenture and the Notes.

 

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(ix)No consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification is required to authorize, or for the Corporation to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Paying Agency Agreement, except for such consents, approvals, authorizations, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state securities or Blue Sky laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Notes by the Underwriters and except as required in Condition No. 7.6 of the order of the North Carolina Utilities Commission dated September 29, 2016, in Docket Nos. E-7, Sub 1100, E-2, Sub 1095, and G-9, Sub 682, which consent has been obtained.

 

Such counsel may state that such counsel’s opinions in paragraphs (vii) and (viii) above are subject to the effects of bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium and other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally, and by general principles of equity (whether enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law) and an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Such counsel shall state that nothing has come to such counsel’s attention that has caused such counsel to believe that each document incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, when filed, was not, on its face, appropriately responsive, in all material respects, to the requirements of the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations. Such counsel shall also state that nothing has come to such counsel’s attention that has caused such counsel to believe that (i) the Registration Statement, as of the effective date with respect to the Underwriters pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the 1933 Act Regulations, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, (ii) the Pricing Disclosure Package at the Applicable Time contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading or (iii) that the Prospectus, as of its date or at the Closing Date, contained or contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or omits to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Such counsel may also state that, except as otherwise expressly provided in such opinion, such counsel does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the statements contained in or incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus and does not express any opinion or belief as to (i) the financial statements or other financial and accounting data contained or incorporated by reference therein or excluded therefrom, including with respect to compliance with XBRL interactive data requirements, (ii) the statement of the eligibility and qualification of the Trustee included in the Registration Statement (the “Form T-1”) or (iii) the information in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Form and Denominations.”

 

In rendering the foregoing opinion, such counsel may state that such counsel does not express any opinion concerning any law other than the law of the State of North Carolina or, to the extent set forth in the foregoing opinions, the federal securities laws and may rely as to all matters of the laws of the States of South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and Florida on appropriate counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, which may include the Corporation’s other “in-house” counsel). Such counsel may also state that such counsel has relied as to certain factual matters on information obtained from public officials, officers of the Corporation and other sources believed by such counsel to be reliable.

 

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(f)You shall have received an opinion of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel to the Corporation, dated the Closing Date, to the effect that:

 

(i)The Corporation has been duly incorporated and is a validly existing corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware.

 

(ii)The Corporation has the corporate power and corporate authority to execute and deliver this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement and the Supplemental Indenture and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

(iii)This Agreement and the Paying Agency Agreement have each been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation.

 

(iv)The Indenture has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Corporation and, assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the Trustee, is a valid and binding agreement of the Corporation, enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with its terms.

 

(v)The Notes have been duly authorized and executed by the Corporation, and, when duly authenticated by the Trustee and issued and delivered by the Corporation against payment therefor in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Indenture, the Notes will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Corporation, entitled to the benefits of the Indenture and enforceable against the Corporation in accordance with their terms.

 

(vi)The statements set forth (i) under the caption “Description of Debt Securities” (other than under the caption “Global Securities”) that are included in the Base Prospectus and (ii) under the caption “Description of the Notes” in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, insofar as such statements purport to summarize certain provisions of the Indenture, the Paying Agency Agreement and the Notes, fairly summarize such provisions in all material respects.

 

(vii)The statements set forth under the caption “U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations,” in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, insofar as such statements purport to constitute summaries of matters of United States federal income tax law, constitute accurate and complete summaries, in all material respects, subject to the qualifications set forth therein.

 

(viii)No Governmental Approval, which has not been obtained or taken and is not in full force and effect, is required to authorize, or is required for, the execution or delivery of this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement and the Indenture by the Corporation or the consummation by the Corporation of the transactions contemplated hereby, except for such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state securities or Blue Sky laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Notes by the Underwriters. “Governmental Approval” means any consent, approval, license, authorization or validation of, or filing, qualification or registration with, any Governmental Authority required to be made or obtained by the Corporation pursuant to Applicable Laws, other than any consent, approval, license, authorization, validation, filing, qualification or registration that may have become applicable as a result of the involvement of any party (other than the Corporation) in the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Paying Agency Agreement or because of such parties’ legal or regulatory status or because of any other facts specifically pertaining to such parties and “Governmental Authority” means any court, regulatory body, administrative agency or governmental body of the State of North Carolina, the State of New York or the State of Delaware or the United States of America having jurisdiction over the Corporation under Applicable Law but excluding the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the New York State Public Service Commission and the Delaware Public Service Commission.

 

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(ix)The Corporation is not and, solely after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Notes and the application of the proceeds thereof as described in the Prospectus, will not be subject to registration and regulation as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(x)The execution and delivery by the Corporation of this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement and the Indenture and the consummation by the Corporation of the transactions contemplated hereby, including the issuance and sale of the Notes, will not (i) conflict with the Certificate of Incorporation or the By-Laws, (ii) constitute a violation of, or a breach of or default under, the terms of any of the contracts set forth on Schedule D hereto or (iii) violate or conflict with, or result in any contravention of, any Applicable Law of the State of New York or the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Such counsel shall state that it does not express any opinion, however, as to whether the execution, delivery or performance by the Corporation of this Agreement, the Paying Agency Agreement or the Indenture will constitute a violation of, or a default under, any covenant, restriction or provision with respect to financial ratios or tests or any aspect of the financial condition or results or operations of the Corporation or any of its subsidiaries. “Applicable Law” means the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and those laws, rules and regulations of the States of New York and North Carolina and those federal laws, rules and regulations of the United States of America, in each case that, in such counsel’s experience, are normally applicable to transactions of the type contemplated by this Agreement (other than the United States federal securities laws, state securities or Blue Sky laws, antifraud laws and the rules and regulations of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., the North Carolina Public Utilities Act, the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Public Service Law), but without such counsel having made any special investigation as to the applicability of any specific law, rule or regulation.

 

(xi)The statements set forth in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the caption “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest),” insofar as such statements purport to summarize certain provisions of this Agreement, fairly summarize such provisions in all material respects.

 

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You shall also have received a statement of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, dated the Closing Date, to the effect that:

 

(i) no facts have come to such counsel’s attention that have caused such counsel to believe that the documents filed by the Corporation under the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations that are incorporated by reference in the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement that forms a part of the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, when filed, were not, on their face, appropriately responsive in all material respects to the requirements of the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations (except that in each case such counsel need not express any view with respect to the financial statements, schedules and other financial and accounting information included or incorporated by reference therein or excluded therefrom including, with respect to compliance with XBRL interactive data requirements), (ii) no facts have come to such counsel’s attention that have caused such counsel to believe that each of the Registration Statement, at the Applicable Time, and the Prospectus, as of its date, appeared on its face, not to be appropriately responsive in all material respects to the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations (except that in each case such counsel need not express any view with respect to the financial statements, schedules and other financial and accounting information included or incorporated by reference therein or excluded therefrom, including with respect to compliance with XBRL interactive data requirements, or that part of the Registration Statement that constitutes the statement of eligibility on the Form T-1) and (iii) no facts have come to such counsel’s attention that have caused such counsel to believe that the Registration Statement, at the Applicable Time, contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, or that the Prospectus, as of its date and as of the Closing Date, contained or contains an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or omits to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading (except that in each case such counsel need not express any view with respect to the financial statements, schedules and other financial and accounting information included or incorporated by reference therein or excluded therefrom, or with respect to compliance with XBRL interactive data requirements, or that part of the Registration Statement that constitutes the statement of eligibility on the Form T-1). Such counsel shall further state that, in addition, no facts have come to such counsel’s attention that have caused such counsel to believe that the Pricing Disclosure Package, as of the Applicable Time, contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading (except that such counsel need not express any view with respect to the financial statements, schedules and other financial and accounting information included or incorporated by reference therein or excluded therefrom, including with respect to compliance with XBRL interactive data requirements).

 

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In addition, such statement shall confirm that the Prospectus has been filed with the Commission within the time period required by Rule 424 of the 1933 Act Regulations and any required filing of the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus pursuant to Rule 433 of the 1933 Act Regulations has been filed with the Commission within the time period required by Rule 433(d) of the 1933 Act Regulations. Such statement shall further state that assuming the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Corporation set forth in Section 2(d) of this Agreement, the Registration Statement became effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462 of the 1933 Act Regulations and, pursuant to Section 309 of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “1939 Act”), the Indenture has been qualified under the 1939 Act, and that based solely on such counsel’s review of the Commission’s website, no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued and, to such counsel’s knowledge, no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or threatened by the Commission.

 

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP may state that its opinions in paragraphs (v) and (vi) are subject to the effects of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law). In addition, such counsel may state that it has relied as to certain factual matters on information obtained from public officials, officers and representatives of the Corporation and that the signatures on all documents examined by them are genuine, assumptions which such counsel have not independently verified.

 

(g)You shall have received a letter from Sidley Austin llp, counsel for the Underwriters, dated the Closing Date, with respect to such opinions and statements as you may reasonably request, and the Corporation shall have furnished to such counsel such documents as it requests for the purpose of enabling it to pass upon such matters.

 

(h)At or after the Applicable Time, there shall not have occurred any of the following: (i) a suspension or material limitation in trading in securities generally or of the securities of the Corporation, on the NYSE or the London Stock Exchange plc; or (ii) a general moratorium on commercial banking activities in New York declared by either Federal or New York State authorities or a material disruption in commercial banking services or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States; or (iii) the outbreak or escalation of hostilities involving the United States or the declaration by the United States of a national emergency or war, if the effect of any such event specified in this subsection (h) in your reasonable judgment makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the public offering or the delivery of the Notes on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. In such event there shall be no liability on the part of any party to any other party except as otherwise provided in Section 7 hereof and except for the expenses to be borne by the Corporation as provided in Section 5(j) hereof.

 

(i)You shall have received a certificate of the Chairman of the Board, the President, any Vice President, the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary and any financial or accounting officer of the Corporation, dated the Closing Date, in which such officers, to the best of their knowledge after reasonable investigation, shall state that the representations and warranties of the Corporation in this Agreement are true and correct as of the Closing Date, that the Corporation has complied with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to the Closing Date, that the conditions specified in Section 6(c) and Section 6(d) have been satisfied, and that no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are threatened by the Commission.

 

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(j)At the time of the execution of this Agreement, you shall have received a letter dated such date, in form and substance satisfactory to you, from Deloitte & Touche LLP, the Corporation’s independent registered public accounting firm, containing statements and information of the type ordinarily included in accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters with respect to the financial statements and certain financial information contained or incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, including specific references to inquiries regarding any increase in long-term debt (excluding current maturities), decrease in net current assets (defined as current assets less current liabilities) or shareholders’ equity, change in the Corporation’s common stock, and decrease in operating revenues or net income for the period subsequent to the latest financial statements incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement when compared with the corresponding period from the preceding year, as of a specified date not more than three business days prior to the date of this Agreement.

 

(k)At the Closing Date, you shall have received from Deloitte & Touche LLP, a letter dated as of the Closing Date, to the effect that it reaffirms the statements made in the letter furnished pursuant to subsection (j) of this Section 6, except that the specified date referred to shall be not more than three business days prior to the Closing Date.

 

(l)At the Closing Date, the Paying Agent will have been duly appointed by the Corporation to serve as, and will be, a paying agent for the Notes under the Indenture, and the Paying Agent will have duly accepted such appointment under the Paying Agency Agreement.

 

(m)At the Closing Date, the Notes shall be eligible for clearance and settlement through the facilities of Clearstream and Euroclear.

 

(n)At the Closing Date, the Corporation shall have applied to list the Notes on the NYSE.

 

The Corporation will furnish you with such conformed copies of such opinions, certificates, letters and documents as you reasonably request.

 

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7.   Indemnification. (a)  The Corporation agrees to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, their respective officers and directors, and each person, if any, who controls any Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act, as follows:

 

(i)against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto) including the Rule 430B Information, or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading or arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Preliminary Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus or any issuer free writing prospectus as defined in Rule 433 of the 1933 Act Regulations, or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, unless such statement or omission or such alleged statement or omission was made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Corporation by the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the Preliminary Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus;

 

(ii)against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, if such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Corporation; and

 

(iii)against any and all expense whatsoever reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) of this subsection 7(a).

 

In no case shall the Corporation be liable under this indemnity agreement with respect to any claim made against any Underwriter or any such controlling person unless the Corporation shall be notified in writing of the nature of the claim within a reasonable time after the assertion thereof, but failure so to notify the Corporation shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than under subsections 7(a) and 7(d). The Corporation shall be entitled to participate at its own expense in the defense, or, if it so elects, within a reasonable time after receipt of such notice, to assume the defense of any suit, but if it so elects to assume the defense, such defense shall be conducted by counsel chosen by it and approved by the Underwriter or Underwriters or controlling person or persons, or defendant or defendants in any suit so brought, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. In any such suit, any Underwriter or any such controlling person shall have the right to employ its own counsel, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Underwriter or such controlling person unless (i) the Corporation and such Underwriter shall have mutually agreed to the employment of such counsel, or (ii) the named parties to any such action (including any impleaded parties) include both such Underwriter or such controlling person and the Corporation and such Underwriter or such controlling person shall have been advised by such counsel that a conflict of interest between the Corporation and such Underwriter or such controlling person may arise and for this reason it is not desirable for the same counsel to represent both the indemnifying party and also the indemnified party (it being understood, however, that the Corporation shall not, in connection with any one such action or separate but substantially similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstances, be liable for the reasonable fees and expenses of more than one separate firm of attorneys for all such Underwriters and all such controlling persons, which firm shall be designated in writing by you). The Corporation agrees to notify you within a reasonable time of the assertion of any claim against it, any of its officers or directors or any person who controls the Corporation within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act, in connection with the sale of the Notes.

 

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(b)Each Underwriter severally and not jointly agrees that it will indemnify and hold harmless the Corporation, its directors and each of the officers of the Corporation who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Corporation within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act to the same extent as the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section 7, but only with respect to statements or omissions made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the Preliminary Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus, in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Corporation by the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the Preliminary Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus. In case any action shall be brought against the Corporation or any person so indemnified based on the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the Preliminary Prospectus, the Pricing Disclosure Package, the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or the Permitted Free Writing Prospectus and in respect of which indemnity may be sought against any Underwriter, such Underwriter shall have the rights and duties given to the Corporation, and the Corporation and each person so indemnified shall have the rights and duties given to the Underwriters, by the provisions of subsection (a) of this Section 7.

 

(c)No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified party, effect any settlement of any pending or threatened proceeding in respect of which any indemnified party is or could have been a party and indemnity could have been sought hereunder by such indemnified party, unless such settlement includes an unconditional release of such indemnified party from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such proceeding and does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act, by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

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(d)If the indemnification provided for in this Section 7 is unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever (or actions in respect thereof) that would otherwise have been indemnified under the terms of such indemnity, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such indemnified party as a result of such loss, liability, claim, damage or expense (or actions in respect thereof) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Corporation on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other from the offering of the Notes. If, however, the allocation provided by the immediately preceding sentence is not permitted by applicable law or if the indemnified party failed to give the notice required above, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to such amount paid or payable by such indemnified party in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only such relative benefits but also the relative fault of the Corporation on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such loss, liability, claim, damage or expense (or actions in respect thereof), as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative benefits received by the Corporation on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other shall be deemed to be in the same proportion as the total net proceeds from the offering (before deducting expenses) received by the Corporation bear to the total compensation received by the Underwriters in respect of the underwriting discount as set forth in the table on the cover page of the Prospectus. The relative fault shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Corporation on the one hand or the Underwriters on the other and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission. The Corporation and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contributions pursuant to this Section 7 were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 7. The amount paid or payable by an indemnified party as a result of the losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses (or actions in respect thereof) referred to above in this Section 7 shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Notes underwritten by it and distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages which such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay by reason of such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission. No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the 1933 Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. The Underwriters’ obligations to contribute are several in proportion to their respective underwriting obligations and not joint.

 

8.   Default by One or More of the Underwriters. (a)  If any Underwriter shall default in its obligation to purchase the principal amount of the 2028 Notes or the 2034 Notes, as applicable, which it has agreed to purchase hereunder on the Closing Date, you may in your discretion arrange for you or another party or other parties to purchase any or all of the 2028 Notes and/or the 2034 Notes, as applicable, on the terms contained herein. If within twenty-four hours after such default by any Underwriter you do not arrange for the purchase of such Notes, then the Corporation shall be entitled to a further period of twenty-four hours within which to procure another party or other parties satisfactory to you to purchase such Notes on such terms. In the event that, within the respective prescribed periods, you notify the Corporation that you have so arranged for the purchase of such Notes, or the Corporation notifies you that it has so arranged for the purchase of such Notes, you or the Corporation shall have the right to postpone such Closing Date for a period of not more than seven days, in order to effect whatever changes may thereby be made necessary in the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, or in any other documents or arrangements, and the Corporation agrees to file promptly any amendments to the Registration Statement, the Pricing Disclosure Package or the Prospectus which may be required. The term “Underwriter” as used in this Agreement shall include any person substituted under this Section 8 with like effect as if such person had originally been a party to this Agreement with respect to such Notes.

 

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(b)If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Notes of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by you or the Corporation as provided in subsection (a) above, the aggregate amount of such Notes which remains unpurchased does not exceed one-tenth of the aggregate amount of all the Notes to be purchased at such Closing Date, then the Corporation shall have the right to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase the amounts of Notes which such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder at such Closing Date and, in addition, to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase its pro rata share (based on the amounts of Notes which such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder) of the Notes of such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters for which such arrangements have not been made; but nothing herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter from liability for its default.

 

(c)If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Notes of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by you or the Corporation as provided in subsection (a) above, the aggregate amount of such Notes which remains unpurchased exceeds one-tenth of the aggregate amount of all the Notes to be purchased at such Closing Date, or if the Corporation shall not exercise the right described in subsection (b) above to require non-defaulting Underwriters to purchase the Notes of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters, then this Agreement shall thereupon terminate, without liability on the part of any non-defaulting Underwriter or the Corporation, except for the expenses to be borne by the Corporation as provided in Section 5(j) hereof and the indemnity and contribution agreement in Section 7 hereof; but nothing herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter from liability for its default.

 

9. Representations and Indemnities to Survive Delivery. The respective indemnities, agreements, representations, warranties and other statements of the Corporation or its officers and of the several Underwriters set forth in or made pursuant to this Agreement will remain in full force and effect, regardless of any investigation, or statement as to the results thereof, made by or on behalf of any Underwriter or the Corporation, or any of their respective officers or directors or any controlling person referred to in Section 7 hereof, and will survive delivery of and payment for the Notes.

 

10. Reliance on Your Acts. In all dealings hereunder, the Representatives shall act on behalf of each of the Underwriters, and the Corporation shall be entitled to act and rely upon any statement, request, notice or agreement on behalf of any Underwriter made or given by the Representatives.

 

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11. No Fiduciary Relationship. The Corporation acknowledges and agrees that (i) the purchase and sale of the Notes pursuant to this Agreement is an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Corporation on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other hand, (ii) in connection with the offering contemplated hereby and the process leading to such transaction, each Underwriter is and has been acting solely as a principal and is not the agent or fiduciary of the Corporation or its shareholders, creditors, employees, or any other party, (iii) no Underwriter has assumed or will assume an advisory or fiduciary responsibility in favor of the Corporation with respect to the offering contemplated hereby or the process leading thereto (irrespective of whether such Underwriter has advised or is currently advising the Corporation on other matters) and no Underwriter has any obligation to the Corporation with respect to the offering contemplated hereby except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement, (iv) the Underwriters and their respective affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Corporation, and (v) the Underwriters have not provided any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice with respect to the transaction contemplated hereby and the Corporation has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it deemed appropriate.

 

12. Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

(i)In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity (as defined below) becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime (as defined below), the transfer from such Underwriter of this Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

(ii)In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate (as defined below) of such Underwriter becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights (as defined below) under this Agreement that may be exercised against such Underwriter are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

As used in this Section 12:

 

BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).

 

Covered Entity” means any of the following:

 

(i)a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

 

(ii)a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or

 

(iii)a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

 

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Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

13. Contractual Recognition of Bail-In. Notwithstanding and to the exclusion of any other term of this Agreement or any other agreements, arrangements, or understanding between any of the parties hereto, each of the parties acknowledges and accepts that a BRRD Liability (as defined below) of a BRRD Party (as defined below) hereto arising under this Agreement may be subject to the exercise of Bail-in Powers (as defined below) by the Relevant Resolution Authority (as defined below), and acknowledges, accepts and agrees to be bound by:

 

(a)the effect of the exercise of Bail-in Powers by the Relevant Resolution Authority in relation to any BRRD Liability of a BRRD Party, that (without limitation) may include and result in any of the following, or some combination thereof:

 

a)            the reduction of all, or a portion, of the BRRD Liability or outstanding amounts due thereon;

 

b)          the conversion of all, or a portion, of the BRRD Liability into shares, other securities or other obligations of another person, and the issue to or conferral on it of such shares, securities or obligations;

 

c)          the cancellation of the BRRD Liability; or

 

d)         the amendment or alteration of any interest, if applicable, thereon, the maturity or the dates on which any payments are due, including by suspending payment for a temporary period; and

 

(b)the variation of the terms of this Agreement, as deemed necessary by the Relevant Resolution Authority (as defined below), to give effect to the exercise of any Bail-in Powers by the Relevant Resolution Authority.

 

For the purposes of this Section 13,

 

Bail-in Legislation” means (a) in relation to a member state of the European Economic Area which has implemented, or which at any time implements, the BRRD (as defined below), the relevant implementing law, regulation, rule or requirement as described in the EU Bail-in Legislation Schedule (as defined below) from time to time and (b) in relation to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law or regulation applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings);

 

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Bail-in Powers” means (a) in relation to a member state of the European Economic Area which has implemented, or which at any time implements, the BRRD, any write-down, conversion, transfer, modification, suspension or similar or related power existing from time to time under, and exercised in compliance with, any applicable laws, regulations, rules or requirements pursuant to the applicable Bail-in Legislation and (b) in relation to the United Kingdom, any powers of the Relevant Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, transfer or dilute shares issued by a person that is a bank or investment firm or other financial institution or affiliate of a bank, investment firm or other financial institution, to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of such a person or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that person or any other person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers.

 

BRRD” means Directive 2014/59/EU establishing a framework for the recovery and resolution of credit institutions and investment firms;

 

BRRD Liability” has the same meaning as in such laws, regulations, rules or requirements implementing the BRRD under the applicable Bail-in Legislation;

 

BRRD Party” means any party hereto that is subject to Bail-in Powers;

 

EU Bail-in Legislation Schedule” means the document described as such, then in effect, and published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person) from time to time; and

 

Relevant Resolution Authority” means, in relation to any BRRD Party, the resolution authority with the ability to exercise any Bail-in Powers as defined in this Section 13.

 

14. ICMA Agreement Among Managers. The execution of this Agreement on behalf of all parties hereto will constitute the acceptance by each Underwriter of the International Capital Market Association Standard Form Agreement Among Managers Version 1/ New York Law Schedule (the “AAM”) as amended herein and the Underwriters further agree that references in the AAM to the “Managers” shall mean the Underwriters, references to “Lead Managers” shall mean the Representatives, references to the “Settlement Lead Manager” shall mean Barclays Bank PLC, references to the “Stabilisation Coordinator” shall mean Barclays Bank PLC and references to the “Subscription Agreement” shall mean this Agreement. As applicable to the Underwriters, Clause 3 of the AAM shall be deemed to be deleted in its entirety and replaced with Section 8 of this Agreement.

 

15.  Stabilizing Manager. The Corporation hereby authorizes Barclays Bank PLC in its role as stabilizing manager (the “Stabilizing Manager”) to make adequate public disclosure regarding stabilization of the information required in relation to such stabilization by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016. The Stabilizing Manager for its own account may, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and directives, over-allot and effect transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the Notes at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail, but in doing so the Stabilizing Manager shall act as principal and not as agent of the Corporation and any loss resulting from over-allotment and stabilization shall be borne, and any profit arising therefrom shall be beneficially retained, by the Stabilizing Manager. However, there is no assurance that the Stabilizing Manager (or persons acting on behalf of the Stabilizing Manager) will undertake any stabilization action. Any stabilizing action may begin on or after the date on which adequate public disclosure of the terms of the Notes takes place and, if begun, may be discontinued at any time, but must end no later than the earlier of 30 days after the issue date of the Notes and 60 days after the date of the allotment of the Notes. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed so as to require the Corporation to issue in excess of the aggregate principal amount of Notes specified in Schedule A hereto. Such stabilization, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time and shall be conducted by the Stabilizing Manager in accordance with all applicable laws and directives.

 

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16.  UK MiFIR Product Governance Rules. Solely for the purposes of the requirements of 3.2.7R of the FCA Handbook Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (the “UK MiFIR Product Governance Rules”) regarding the mutual responsibilities of manufacturers under the UK MiFIR Product Governance Rules:

 

(a)          each of BNP Paribas, Barclays Bank PLC and Wells Fargo Securities International Limited (each a “UK Manufacturer” and together the “UK Manufacturers”) acknowledges to each other UK Manufacturer that it understands the responsibilities conferred upon it under the UK MiFIR Product Governance Rules relating to each of the product approval process, the target market and the proposed distribution channels as applying to the Notes and the related information set out in the Prospectus and any announcements in connection with the Notes; and

 

(b)          the Corporation and each Underwriter which is not a UK Manufacturer note the application of the UK MiFIR Product Governance Rules and acknowledge the target market and distribution channels identified as applying to the Notes by the UK Manufacturers and the related information set out in the Prospectus and any announcements in connection with the Notes.

 

17.  MiFID Product Governance Rules. Solely for the purposes of the requirements of Article 9(8) of the MiFID Product Governance rules under EU Delegated Directive 2017/593, as amended (the "Product Governance Rules") regarding the mutual responsibilities of manufacturers under the Product Governance Rules:

 

(a)         Banco Santander, S.A (the "Manufacturer") understands the responsibilities conferred upon it under the Product Governance Rules relating to each of the product approval process, the target market and the proposed distribution channels as applying to the Notes and the related information set out in the Prospectus and any announcements in connection with the Notes; and the Corporation and each Underwriter which is not a Manufacturer note the application of the Product Governance Rules and acknowledge the target market and distribution channels identified as applying to the Notes by the Manufacturer and the related information set out in the Prospectus and any announcements in connection with the Notes.

 

18. Notices. All communications hereunder will be in writing and, if sent to the Underwriters, will be mailed or telecopied and confirmed to Barclays Bank PLC, 5 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 4BB, United Kingdom, Attention Debt Syndicate, Email: [email protected], Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7773 9098; BNP Paribas, 16, boulevard des Italiens, 75009 Paris, France, Attention: Fixed Income Syndicate, Email: [email protected],        [email protected], [email protected]; Banco Santander, S.A., 28660 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain, Attention Head of Debt Capital Markets, Email: [email protected], Telephone: +34 91 257-2029; Wells Fargo Securities International Limited, 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AT, Attention: DCM & Syndicate, Email: [email protected], Telephone: +44 20 3942-8530; or, if sent to the Corporation, will be mailed or telecopied and confirmed to it at 526 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, (Telephone: (704) 382-5826), attention of Assistant Treasurer. Any such communications shall take effect upon receipt thereof.

 

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19. Business Day. As used herein, the term “business day” shall mean any day when the Commission’s office in Washington, D.C. is open for business.

 

20. Successors. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Underwriters and the Corporation and their respective successors. Nothing expressed or mentioned in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any person, firm or corporation, other than the parties hereto and their respective successors and the controlling persons, officers and directors referred to in Section 7 and their respective successors, heirs and legal representatives, any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision herein contained; this Agreement and all conditions and provisions hereof being intended to be and being for the sole and exclusive benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and said controlling persons, officers and directors and their respective successors, heirs and legal representatives, and for the benefit of no other person, firm or corporation. No purchaser of Notes from any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor or assign by reason merely of such purchase.

 

21. Counterparts; Electronic Signatures. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which when taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in this Agreement or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Agreement, the Indenture or the Notes shall include images of manually executed signatures transmitted by facsimile or other electronic format (including, without limitation, “pdf”, “tif” or “jpg”) and other electronic signatures (including, without limitation, DocuSign and AdobeSign). The use of electronic signatures and electronic records (including, without limitation, any contract or other record created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means) shall be of the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as a manually executed signature or use of a paper-based record-keeping system to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act and any other applicable law, including, without limitation, any state law based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act or the Uniform Commercial Code.

 

22. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

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23. Judgment Currency. If for the purposes of obtaining judgment in any court it is necessary to convert a sum due hereunder into any currency other than United States dollars, the parties hereto agree, to the fullest extent permitted by law, that the rate of exchange used shall be the rate at which in accordance with normal banking procedures the Underwriters could purchase United States dollars with such other currency in The City of New York on the business day preceding that on which final judgment is given. The obligation of the Corporation with respect to any sum due from the Corporation to any Underwriter or any person controlling any Underwriter or any affiliate or selling agent of any Underwriter, as the case may be, shall, notwithstanding any judgment in a currency other than United States dollars, not be discharged until the first business day following receipt by such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter of any sum in such other currency, and only to the extent that such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter may in accordance with normal banking procedures purchase United States dollars with such other currency. If the United States dollars so purchased are less than the sum originally due to such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter, as the case may be, hereunder, the Corporation agrees, as a separate obligation and notwithstanding any such judgment, to indemnify such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter against such loss. If the United States dollars so purchased are greater than the sum originally due to such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter hereunder, such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter, as the case may be, shall pay to the Corporation an amount equal to the excess of the dollars so purchased over the sum originally due to such Underwriter or controlling person or affiliate or selling agent of such Underwriter hereunder.

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding, kindly sign and return to us two counterparts hereof, and upon confirmation and acceptance by the Underwriters, this Agreement and such confirmation and acceptance will become a binding agreement between the Corporation, on the one hand, and each of the Underwriters, on the other hand, in accordance with its terms.

 

           Very truly yours,
   
  Duke Energy Corporation
   
  By: /s/ Chris R. Bauer
    Name: Chris R. Bauer
    Title: Assistant Treasurer

 

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The foregoing Underwriting Agreement is hereby
confirmed and accepted as of the date first above written.

 

Barclays Bank PLC

BNP Paribas

Banco Santander, S.A.

Wells Fargo Securities International Limited

 
For themselves and as Representatives of the 
Underwriters listed in the signature pages hereto and
named in Schedule A hereto.

 

Barclays Bank PLC    

   
By: /s/ Lindsey VanEgmond  
  Name: Lindsey VanEgmond  
  Title: Managing Director  
   
Bnp paribas  
   
By: /s/ Katie Ahern  
  Name: Katie Ahern  
  Title: Authorised Signatory  
   
By: /s/ Vikas Katyal  
  Name: Vitas Katyal  
  Title: Authorised Signatory  
   
Banco santander, s.a.  
   
By: /s/ Matthias d’Haene  
  Name: Mattias d’Haene  
  Title: DCM Executive Director  
   
By: /s/ Alexis Rohr  
  Name: Alexis Rohr  
  Title: DCM    

 

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Wells fargo securities international limited  
   
By: /s/ Damon Mahon  
  Name: Damon Mahon  
  Title: Managing Director    

 

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citigroup global markets limited      
   
By: /s/ Konstantinos Chryssanthopoulos  
  Name: Kostantinos Chryssanthopoulos  
  Title: Delegated Signatory      

 

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scotiabank (Ireland) Designated Activity Company    
   
By: /s/ Pauline Donohoe   
  Name: Pauline Donohoe  
  Title: MD, Head CM, SIDAC    
   
By: /s/ Nicola Vavasour  
  Name: Nicola Vavasour  
  Title: CEO, SIDAC  

 

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the toronto-dominion bank    
   
By: /s/ Frances Watson  
  Name: Frances Watson  
  Title: Director, Transaction Management Group        

 

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truist securities, inc.  
   
By: /s/ Rob Nordlinger  
  Name: Rob Nordlinger  
  Title: Director  

 

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SCHEDULE A

 

Underwriter   Principal Amount
of 2028 Notes
    Principal Amount
of 2034 Notes
 
Barclays Bank PLC   90,000,000     75,000,000  
BNP Paribas     90,000,000       75,000,000  
Banco Santander, S.A.     90,000,000       75,000,000  
Wells Fargo Securities International Limited     90,000,000       75,000,000  
Citigroup Global Markets Limited     60,000,000       50,000,000  
Scotiabank (Ireland) Designated Activity Company     60,000,000       50,000,000  
The Toronto-Dominion Bank     60,000,000       50,000,000  
Truist Securities, Inc.     60,000,000       50,000,000  
Total   600,000,000     500,000,000  

 

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SCHEDULE B

 

PRICING DISCLOSURE PACKAGE

 

1)            Base Prospectus 

2)            Preliminary Prospectus Supplement dated June 8, 2022 

3)            Permitted Free Writing Prospectus 

a)            Pricing Term Sheet attached as Schedule C hereto

 

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SCHEDULE C

 

Filed pursuant to Rule 433
June 8, 2022
Relating to
Preliminary Prospectus Supplement dated June 8, 2022
to
Prospectus dated September 23, 2019
Registration Statement No. 333-233896

 

Duke Energy Corporation

 

€600,000,000 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 

€500,000,000 3.85% Senior Notes due 2034

 

Pricing Term Sheet

 

Issuer: Duke Energy Corporation (the “Issuer”)
Trade Date: June 8, 2022
Settlement: June 15, 2022 (T+5)
Security Description: 3.10% Senior Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes”)
3.85% Senior Notes due 2034 (the “2034 Notes” and together with the 2028 Notes, the “Notes”)
Ranking: Senior, Unsecured
Offering Format: SEC Registered
Principal Amount: 2028 Notes: €600,000,000
2034 Notes: €500,000,000
Interest Payment Dates: Payable annually in arrears on June 15 of each year, beginning on June 15, 2023
Day Count Convention: Actual/Actual (ICMA)
Maturity Date: 2028 Notes: June 15, 2028
2034 Notes: June 15, 2034
Mid-Swaps Yield: 2028 Notes: 1.827%
2034 Notes: 2.142%
Spread to Mid-Swap: 2028 Notes: + 130 basis points
2034 Notes: + 175 basis points
Benchmark Government Security: 2028 Notes: DBR 0.500% due February 15, 2028
2034 Notes: DBR 0.000% due February 15, 2032

 

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Benchmark Government Security Yield: 2028 Notes: 1.135%
2034 Notes: 1.349%
Spread to Benchmark Government Security: 2028 Notes: + 199.2 bps
2034 Notes: + 254.3 bps
Yield to Maturity: 2028 Notes: 3.127%
2034 Notes: 3.892%
Coupon: 2028 Notes: 3.10%
2034 Notes: 3.85%
Price to the Public: 2028 Notes: 99.854% per 2028 Note (plus accrued interest, if any, from June 15, 2022)
2034 Notes: 99.603% per 2034 Note (plus accrued interest, if any, from June 15, 2022)
Optional Redemption:

The Issuer may redeem the Notes prior to March 15, 2028 in the case of the 2028 Notes and March 15, 2034 in the case of the 2034 Notes, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at the Issuer’s option, for cash, at a redemption price equal to the greater of: (1) 100% of the principal amount of the applicable series of Notes to be redeemed; or (2) an amount determined by the Quotation Agent equal to the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued to the date of redemption) to March 15, 2028 with respect to the 2028 Notes, and March 15, 2034 with respect to the 2034 Notes, discounted to the date of redemption on an annual basis (Actual/Actual (ICMA) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate), plus 30 basis points with respect to the 2028 Notes and 40 basis points with respect to the 2034 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but not including, the date of redemption.

 

On or after March 15, 2028 in the case of the 2028 Notes and March 15, 2034 in the case of the 2034 Notes, the Issuer may redeem the applicable series of Notes, in whole, at any time, or in part, from time to time, at our option, for cash, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such series of notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date.

Optional Tax Redemption: The Issuer may redeem each series of Notes for cash in whole, but not in part, at the redemption price of 100% of their outstanding principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date, if certain tax events occur that would obligate us to pay additional amounts.  See “Description of the Notes—Payment of Additional Amounts” in the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement for further terms and provisions applicable to redemption of the Notes under these circumstances.

 

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Denominations: €100,000 or any integral multiple of €1,000 in excess thereof
CUSIP: 2028 Notes: 26441C BQ7
2034 Notes: 26441C BR5
ISIN: 2028 Notes: XS2488626610
2034 Notes: XS2488626883
Common Code: 2028 Notes: 248862661
2034 Notes: 248862688
Legal Entity Identifier: I1BZKREC126H0VB1BL91
Stabilization: FCA/ICMA
Listing: The Issuer intends to apply to list the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange.
Joint Book-Running Managers: Barclays Bank PLC
BNP Paribas
Banco Santander, S.A.
Wells Fargo Securities International Limited
Citigroup Global Markets Limited
Scotiabank (Ireland) Designated Activity Company
The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Truist Securities, Inc.

 

Terms used herein but not defined herein shall have the respective meanings as set forth in in the Issuer’s Preliminary Prospectus Supplement dated June 8, 2022.

 

 

The Issuer has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents the Issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Issuer and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Issuer, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling Barclays Bank PLC toll-free at (888) 603-5847; BNP Paribas toll-free at 1 (800) 854-5674; Banco Santander, S.A. at +34-91-257-2029; or Wells Fargo Securities International Limited at +44 20 3942 8530.

 

MiFID II and UK MiFIR – professionals/ECPs-only / No PRIIPs or UK PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (MiFID II and UK MiFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs or UK PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as not available to retail in EEA or UK.

 

ANY DISCLAIMER OR OTHER NOTICE THAT MAY APPEAR BELOW IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THIS COMMUNICATION AND SHOULD BE DISREGARDED. SUCH DISCLAIMER OR NOTICE WAS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED AS A RESULT OF THIS COMMUNICATION BEING SENT BY BLOOMBERG OR ANOTHER EMAIL SYSTEM.

 

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Schedule D

 

Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of March 18, 2022, among Duke Energy Corporation, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, Duke Energy Ohio, Inc., Duke Energy Indiana, LLC, Duke Energy Kentucky, Inc., Duke Energy Progress, LLC, Duke Energy Florida, LLC, and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., the Lenders party thereto, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent and Swingline Lender and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Joint Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner and Sustainability Structuring Agent.

 

Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of March 9, 2022, among the Duke Energy Corporation, as Borrower, certain Lenders from time to time parties thereto, and The Bank of Nova Scotia as Administrative Agent and Coordinating Lead Arranger.

 

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