MARYLAND HEIGHTS Mo., June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME), Central America's leading renewable energy company. SunEdison will acquire a 70 percent interest in GME from Actis, a global pan-emerging market private equity investor focused on the energy sector, and a 30 percent interest from Mesoamerica Power Limited. The acquisition will solidify SunEdison's position as the largest renewable energy developer in Central America as it expands its presence in the global renewable energy market.
Through the acquisition, SunEdison will acquire GME's development and asset management platform: a portfolio consisting of four operating wind power plants with a capacity of 243 megawatts (MW) AC, and a solar power plant with a capacity of 82 MW DC located in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua; 80 MW AC of wind farms entering construction in Costa Rica; and a pipeline of 246 MW AC of wind under development in various countries across Central America.
"The acquisition of GME strengthens SunEdison's leadership position in the global wind energy market and significantly expands our presence in Central America, a region that offers growth opportunities for our emerging markets development platform," said Ahmad Chatila, SunEdison president and chief executive officer. "With this acquisition we not only gain an experienced and talented management team with a proven track record in the region, but also position ourselves to accelerate our performance and deliver attractive returns to our shareholders."
"We're very excited to join the SunEdison team. SunEdison's world class development and global financial capabilities will enable us to aggressively grow our business," said Jay Gallegos, GME chief executive officer. "Both companies have a strong track record of partnering with local communities to stimulate strong economic development and create new jobs, so we're confident that our growth will be sustainable over the long term."
“We are proud of what we have achieved over the past five years, growing GME sixteen fold in terms of MW capacity, and creating a business that is ready to continue its journey with a strategic owner,” said Mikael Karlsson, partner at Actis. “It is uniquely positioned to capitalise on attractive growth markets in the countries where it already operates as well as expanding to others in the region.”
All of the operational and construction assets are contracted under long term U.S. dollar-denominated power purchase agreements (PPAs) with local utilities or suppliers. Assets in Honduras and Nicaragua have been insured by the World Bank's Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (through Political Risk Insurance policies).
SunEdison intends to place the wind and solar power plants acquired from GME on the operational call rights list for TerraForm Global.
The definitive agreement was signed June 12, 2015 with closing expected in the third quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals, third-party consents and customary closing conditions.
SunEdison is the world's largest renewable energy development company and is transforming the way energy is generated, distributed, and owned around the globe. The company develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world's largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services. Corporate headquarters are in the United States with additional offices and technology manufacturing around the world. SunEdison's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SUNE." To learn more visit www.sunedison.com.
About Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy
Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME) is the leading wind energy provider in Central America and a major regional player in the wind energy sector. GME's plans will yield several hundred megawatts of clean energy, to satisfy the growing demand for electricity in the region while contributing to the environment and to local communities.
Actis invests exclusively in the emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America; it currently has US$7.6 billion funds under management. Combining the expertise of over 100 investment professionals on the ground in nine countries, Actis identifies investment opportunities in three areas: private equity, energy and real estate.
Since 2002 Actis has deployed in excess of US$1.6 billion in 30 energy transactions in power generation and electricity distribution assets, providing 65 million people with access to electricity. It operates under the highest standards of environmental, social and governance standards in the industry and helped the UN define the code for responsible investing. Actis is proud to actively and positively grow the value of those companies in which it invests and in so doing, contribute to broader society. In the renewable sector, Actis, through its investee companies, currently owns 524MW of renewable energy generation assets in operation across seven countries; with 1.1 GW in construction. By the end of 2016, Actis’ wind and solar platform is expected to reach 3.3GW across nine countries and the team will have built five new long term and sustainable renewable energy businesses that will each be leaders in their respective regional markets.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including with respect to the expected CAFD from the acquisition and the date of operation of a project under construction, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "forecast," "intend," "project," "target," "plan," "believe" and similar terms and expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions. Although SunEdison believes that their expectations and assumptions are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include, among others: the failure of counterparties to fulfill their obligations under offtake agreements; price fluctuations, termination provisions and buyout provisions in offtake agreements; and the other risks and uncertainties included in SunEdison's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. SunEdison undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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