XINYU CITY, China, SUNNYVALE, Calif. and ROSEVILLE, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar") (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers and PV products, and Solar Power, Inc. ("SPI") (OTCBB: SOPW), announced today that LDK Solar has finalized its acquisition of a 70% interest in SPI for approximately $33 million. LDK paid an initial $10 million in January and today announced it has finalized the transaction with a second payment of $23 million.
The transaction adds significant financial strength to SPI's balance sheet, enabling the acceleration of the development of its project pipeline, which primarily consists of utility-scale power plants and commercial/industrial distributed generation systems. SPI's growing development portfolio and pipeline, in turn, should provide LDK Solar with enhanced downstream benefit to its vertical integration model through module supply for large-scale projects.
"We are very pleased to have this transaction concluded," said Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO for LDK Solar. "SPI provides a strong strategic complement to our downstream vertical integration opportunities and provides LDK Solar and SPI the opportunity to jointly explore opening manufacturing operations in the U.S. to further enhance SPI's competitive advantage in North America."
"We are happy to be part of the growing LDK global team," said Steve Kircher CEO for SPI. "The strength of our newly combined vertical platform should provide us significant competitive advantages going forward," Mr. Kircher concluded.
The terms of the investment are more particularly detailed in the Stock Purchase Agreement dated January 5, 2011, as filed in the Company's report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 6, 2011.
About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK):
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products and a leading manufacturer of solar wafers in terms of capacity. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots, wafers, modules and cells. The Company also engages in project development activities in selected segments of the PV market. Through its broad product offering, LDK Solar provides its customers with a full spectrum of PV solutions. LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about LDK Solar and its products, please visit www.ldksolar.com.
About Solar Power, Inc. (OTCBB: SOPW):
Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) is a vertically integrated photovoltaic solar developer offering its own brand of high-quality, low-cost distributed generation and utility-scale solar energy facility development services. Through the Company's close relationship with LDK Solar, SPI extends the reach of its vertical integration from silicon to system. From project development, to project financing and to post-construction asset management, SPI delivers turnkey world-class photovoltaic solar energy facilities to its business, government and utility customers. For additional information visit: www.spisolar.com.
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