Covanta Completes Acquisition of Veolia's North American Waste Energy Business

Date: January 1, 2010

Source: Covanta Holding Corporation

Covanta Holding Corp. said it has completed its previously announced $450 million acquisition of North American waste-to-energy assets from Veolia. The company also said it has completed its acquisition of a 3,000 ton per day operating contract in Miami-Dade County, FL. The Veolia deal involves operating contracts of six energy facilities and the ownership of a seventh facility in Montgomery County, PA. Collectively, the acquired facilities process about 3 million tons of waste per year and will contribute about $60 million of operating cash flow in 2010. The assets compliment Covanta's existing portfolio, which included operation of 38 energy facilities that process nearly 17 million tons of municipal solid waste annually. That brings the current total to 45 facilities processing about 20 million tons per year.

See also: "Covanta Completes First Stage of $450 Million Veolia Acquisition," (

And: "Covanta Moves to Consolidate Market; Purchases Waste-to-Energy Assets from Veolia," (


Covanta Completes the Acquisition of Veolia's North American Energy-From-Waste Business

Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA) ("Covanta" or the "Company"), today announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of a 3,000 ton per day operating contract in Miami-Dade County, FL. Completing this final stage of the acquisition of Veolia's North American Energy-from-Waste ("EfW") business further enhances Covanta's position as the world leader in the development, ownership and operation of EfW facilities.

The businesses acquired from Veolia consist of the operating contracts associated with six EfW businesses, ownership and operation of a seventh EfW facility located in Montgomery County, PA and one transfer station, also located in Pennsylvania.

Each of the businesses acquired includes a long-term operating contract with the respective municipal client. As previously reported, the aggregate purchase price for the businesses acquired was $450 million and the acquisition is expected to contribute approximately $60 million of operating cash flow during 2010. Covanta's portfolio now includes operation of 45 EfW facilities that annually convert approximately 20 million tons of municipal solid waste annually into renewable energy.

"We're delighted to have Miami-Dade as a new client and we welcome the facility's employees into the Covanta family. Integration of the earlier stage of this acquisition is progressing smoothly and we're eager to partner with our Miami-Dade client to implement a work plan to enhance the performance of this large facility," said Anthony Orlando, President and CEO of Covanta. "This transaction is a perfect illustration of one facet of our growth strategy: making acquisitions that leverage our operating expertise and industry-leading Energy-from-Waste portfolio to create value for clients and shareholders."

Commenting on the closing of the transaction, Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management stated that, "Covanta operates four Energy-from-Waste facilities in other Florida counties and has a reputation for operational excellence and cooperative working relationships with municipalities. We are delighted to welcome Covanta to Miami-Dade County and look forward to working together for many years to come."

Advisors to Covanta

La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild (Paris) and Latham & Watkins LLP (New York) served as financial and legal advisors, respectively, to Covanta in connection with this transaction.

About Covanta

Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA), is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta's 45 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into more than 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and create 10 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Marisa F. Jacobs, Esq.
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Vera Carley
Director, Media Relations and Corporate Communications

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