In August 2018, qualifying members received information in the mail about the Early Discounted Capital Credit program. This program allows eligible members the choice to either receive the current value of their 2017 capital credits this year or to receive a full retirement in the future.
Members who selected the option to participate in the program received a credit on their November 2018 billing statement for the current value of their contribution to the Cooperative last year. Or they could wait and let their capital credits mature to their full value. The deadline to participate for this year was October 1, 2018. An election to participate or not participate in this program is made by the KEC member account holder on a voluntary basis. Members may opt-in or opt-out of the program at any time by contacting us at 208.765.1200 or emailing email@example.com.
Watch for details about the 2019 program in July 2019.
An election to participate or not participate in the Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) Early Discounted Capital Credit program is made by the KEC member account holder on a voluntary basis. Once a credit has been issued to you it cannot be reversed, unless it was produced by KEC in error. Members may change their selection at any time by contacting KEC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.765.1200. The option selected by a member will remain their choice for future years, or until KEC receives instructions from the member to change their option.
In order to calculate the cash value of your 2017 capital credits today (as opposed to waiting 28 years or more until they might be paid at their full value) we must make some financial assumptions. First, we need a discount rate. The discount rate we have used in our offer represents our estimated cost of capital. The rate is currently 6.45% per year. This rate is established annually and may change in future years.
The second assumption we require is the number of years until the capital credits would otherwise be retired as a part of a traditional first-in-first-out capital credit retirement program. Our current retirement cycle is 28 years, but that can increase or decrease over time based on the actions of KEC’s Board of Directors. Since our current capital credit cycle is 28 years, we have selected 28 as the number of years KEC must discount your 2017 capital credit allocation under the Early Discounted Capital Credit program.
It is important to recognize that the difference between the capital you contributed during the year and the discounted amount you could receive early is not forfeited by you. The amount of the difference, also known as the discount, will be maintained in an equity account in your name. It is non-redeemable. However, in the unlikely event the Cooperative were dissolved as a corporate entity, the amount of your permanent investment would be the basis by which your portion of any net proceeds available following dissolution would be determined. This is unlikely to occur, and such an investment in KEC should be viewed as both illiquid and permanent in nature.