320 MW operating portfolio to exceed 500 MW by 2015
March 25, 2014 –
- Scale portfolio of 17 high-quality wind power projects in Ireland
- Potential to grow portfolio to over 500 MW with completion of in-construction and development projects
- Long term contracted cash flows from government-backed REFIT regimes with upside potential
- Scalable platform supporting continued growth in European market
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. (TSX: BEP.UN; NYSE: BEP
) (“Brookfield Renewable”
) today announced an agreement to acquire the wind portfolio of Bord Gáis Energy (“BGE”) for a total enterprise value of up to approximately €700 million (US$960 million), subject to customary closing adjustments. The transaction with Brookfield Renewable is being completed as a sale by the Republic of Ireland-owned Bord Gáis Éireann of all of its energy business to a consortium that also includes Centrica plc and iCON Infrastructure, who will acquire the non-wind assets of BGE. The purchase price is subject to customary closing adjustments and represents, net of assumed long-term non-recourse debt and certain deferred contingent consideration, a net purchase price of approximately €495 million (US$680 million). Brookfield Renewable will fund the transaction with its institutional partners and maintain an economic interest in the portfolio of approximately 40%.
“This is truly a milestone investment for Brookfield Renewable. The Bord Gáis portfolio represents an ideal entry point into the European market, bringing with it high quality renewable assets and an experienced team of approximately 70 professionals with operating, development, technical, commercial, and finance expertise,” said Richard Legault, President and CEO of Brookfield Renewable. “Moreover, this first acquisition outside the Americas provides us with a strong foundation to build a scalable renewable energy business in Europe.”
The BGE wind portfolio comprises 321 MW of operating wind capacity across 17 wind projects in eight counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The portfolio represents approximately 15% of the installed wind capacity in Ireland, and includes some of the strongest onshore wind resources in Europe. Approximately 90% of the output is contracted on a long-term basis pursuant to established government-backed tariffs. The contracts feature fixed minimum prices with annual inflation indexation and the portfolio can benefit from rising market prices over time. The combination of strong wind resources in Ireland and a power market that otherwise relies on natural gas-fired generation allows windpower to be an attractive, cost-effective source of long-term electricity supply. The portfolio is well positioned for future growth with an additional 125 MW currently in construction and an approximate 300 MW wind development pipeline.
Brookfield Renewable’s objective in Europe is to build a leading renewable power platform with the full range of operating, development and investment capabilities supporting further expansion on a continental basis. With a significant share of the world economy, a large investable universe of renewable power assets, and strong support for renewable policy, further acquisitions and developments in Europe will represent a core focus for Brookfield Renewable and will complement the company’s substantial North and South American platforms.
The acquisition will be funded through available capital from Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions (including concurrent completion of the acquisitions by the other consortium partners) and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
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Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (TSX: BEP.UN; NYSE: BEP)
operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally. Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals approximately 6,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Diversified across 70 river systems and 12 power markets in the United States, Canada and Brazil, the portfolio’s output is sold predominantly under long-term contracts and generates enough electricity from renewable resources to power more than three million homes on average each year. With a portfolio of high-quality assets and strong growth prospects, the business is positioned to generate stable, long-term cash flows supporting regular and growing cash distributions to shareholders. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com
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