ALLETE INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 02/16/2017 06:01:40)



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report - February 16, 2017

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
incorporation or organization)
Identification No.)

30 West Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802-2093
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(218) 279-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Item 8.01
Other Events.

A copy of the legal opinion delivered with respect to the registration for resale of shares of common stock of ALLETE, Inc. (the Company) issued in connection with the Company's previously-disclosed contribution of such stock to its pension plan on January 17, 2017, is attached as Exhibit 5 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

The offering of the common stock will be made pursuant to Registration Statement No. 333-212794 and the Prospectus Supplement dated February 16, 2017, including the accompanying Prospectus dated August 1, 2016, related to the resale of such shares of common stock.


Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Exhibit Number

Opinion and Consent of Company Counsel

Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s disclosures under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements” located on page 2 of this Form 8-K.

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated February 16, 2017

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this report that are not statements of historical facts are considered “forward-looking” and, accordingly, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. Although such forward-looking statements have been made in good faith and are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that the expected results will be achieved. Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, future expectations, risks, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, events, uncertainties, financial performance, or growth strategies (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “likely,” “will continue,” “could,” “may,” “potential,” “target,” “outlook” or words of similar meaning) are not statements of historical facts and may be forward-looking.

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we are providing this cautionary statement to identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of ALLETE in this Form 10-K, in presentations, on our website, in response to questions or otherwise. These statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following important factors, in addition to any assumptions and other factors referred to specifically in connection with such forward-looking statements that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements:

our ability to successfully implement our strategic objectives;
global and domestic economic conditions affecting us or our customers;
changes in and compliance with laws and regulations;
changes in tax rates or policies or in rates of inflation;
the outcome of legal and administrative proceedings (whether civil or criminal) and settlements;
weather conditions, natural disasters and pandemic diseases;
our ability to access capital markets and bank financing;
changes in interest rates and the performance of the financial markets;
project delays or changes in project costs;
changes in operating expenses and capital expenditures and our ability to raise revenues from our customers in regulated rates or sales price increases at our Energy Infrastructure and Related Services businesses;
the impacts of commodity prices on ALLETE and our customers;
our ability to attract and retain qualified, skilled and experienced personnel;
effects of emerging technology;
war, acts of terrorism and cyber attacks;
our ability to manage expansion and integrate acquisitions;
population growth rates and demographic patterns;
wholesale power market conditions;
federal and state regulatory and legislative actions that impact regulated utility economics, including our allowed rates of return, capital structure, ability to secure financing, industry and rate structure, acquisition and disposal of assets and facilities, operation and construction of plant facilities and utility infrastructure, recovery of purchased power, capital investments and other expenses, including present or prospective environmental matters;
effects of competition, including competition for retail and wholesale customers;
effects of restructuring initiatives in the electric industry;
the impacts on our Regulated Operations segment of climate change and future regulation to restrict the emissions of greenhouse gases;
effects of increased deployment of distributed low-carbon electricity generation resources;
the impacts of laws and regulations related to renewable and distributed generation;
pricing, availability and transportation of fuel and other commodities and the ability to recover the costs of such commodities;
our current and potential industrial and municipal customers’ ability to execute announced expansion plans;
real estate market conditions where our legacy Florida real estate investment is located may not improve;
the success of efforts to realize value from, invest in, and develop new opportunities in, our Energy Infrastructure and Related Services businesses; and
factors affecting our Energy Infrastructure and Related Services businesses, including fluctuations in the volume of customer orders, unanticipated cost increases, changes in legislation and regulations impacting the industries in which the customers served operate, the effects of weather, creditworthiness of customers, ability to obtain materials required to perform services, and changing market conditions.

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated February 16, 2017

Forward Looking Statements (Continued)

Additional disclosures regarding factors that could cause our results or performance to differ from those anticipated by this report are discussed in Item 1A under the heading “Risk Factors” beginning on page 25 of ALLETE’s 2016 Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which that statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of these factors, nor can it assess the impact of each of these factors on the businesses of ALLETE or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by ALLETE in this Current Report on Form 8‑K and in other reports filed with the SEC that attempt to identify the risks and uncertainties that may affect ALLETE’s business.

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated February 16, 2017


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


February 16, 2017
/s/ Steven W. Morris
Steven W. Morris
Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

ALLETE, Inc. Form 8-K dated February 16, 2017

Exhibit 5

Senior VP & Secretary
Chief Legal & Administrative Officer


February 16, 2017

30 West Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Reference is made to (1) Registration Statement No. 333-212794 on Form S‑3 (the “Registration Statement”) as filed by ALLETE, Inc. (the “Company”) on August 1, 2016, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), for the registration of an unspecified amount of (a) shares of the Company’s Common Stock, without par value (“Common Stock”) and (b) one or more new series of the Company’s first mortgage bonds and (2) the Prospectus, dated August 1, 2016 (the “Prospectus”), as supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, dated February 16, 2017 (the “Prospectus Supplement”), relating to the sale by the selling shareholder named therein of 216,000 shares (the “Shares”) of Common Stock delivered to the selling shareholder by the Company on January 17, 2017.
I (or attorneys in the Company’s legal department with whom I have consulted) have participated in the preparation of (a) the Registration Statement, (b) the Prospectus, and (c) the Prospectus Supplement.
In furnishing this opinion, I have examined the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, as amended, and the Bylaws, as amended, of the Company, and have made such further investigation and examined such further documents and records of the Company and certificates of public officials as I have deemed necessary or appropriate for purposes of this opinion. I have also reviewed all corporate proceedings taken by the Company in respect of the issuance of the Shares.
Based upon the foregoing, I am of the opinion that the Shares are validly issued, fully paid and non‑assessable.
I am a member of the Minnesota Bar and this opinion is limited to the laws of the State of Minnesota and the federal laws of the United States insofar as they bear on the matters covered hereby.

February 16, 2017
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I hereby consent to the reference to me in the Prospectus Supplement under the caption “Legal Opinions” and to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the Company on or about February 16, 2017, which will be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement. In giving the foregoing consents, I do not thereby admit that I come within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.


/s/ Bethany M. Owen
Bethany M. Owen