TSX.V Symbol: "WND"
OTCQX Symbol: "WNDEF"
Issued and Outstanding: 68,427,401
VANCOUVER, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Western Wind Energy Corp. - (the "Company" or "Western Wind") (TSX Venture Exchange - "WND")
(OTCQX - "WNDEF") announces that Tom Konrad CFA, and writer for Forbes
wrote an article on Western Wind and whom he thinks would provide the
shareholders with the most value for their shares. The articles
"When it emerged that Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners
("Brookfield", TSX:BRP.UN, OTC: BRPFF) had acquired approximately one sixth of Western Wind Energy's (TSXV:WND, OTC:WNDEF)
stock last Thursday from Western Wind's largest institutional
shareholder, Goodman & Company, investors cheered.
The transaction was seen as a signal that Brookfield intends to bid at
least C$2.25 for Western Wind in its upcoming sale, and so the company's stock has been trading for slightly more than
C$2.25 since the announcement.
Despite this, the Brookfield/Goodman transaction may not prove to be a
good deal for Western Wind's other shareholders. Goodman had not said
how it intended to vote in the upcoming proxy battle between Western
Wind's management and 4.78% owner Savitr Capital. The main issue in
this proxy battle is which team is best suited to manage the process of
selling the company.
Because the purchase comes with a promise from Brookfield to compensate
Goodman if Western Wind is sold for more than C$2.25 in the next year,
the transaction only makes sense if Brookfield intends to use its newly
acquired votes to influence the vote in its favor. As a likely bidder
in the sale, Brookfield's incentive is to vote for the management team
which it believes will accept the lowest offer for Western Wind.
Savitr has stated that Western Wind management made a mistake
rejecting Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.'s (TSX:AQN,OTC:AQUNF)
2011 offer of C$2.50 a share, so it's clear that Savitr is willing to
accept less for the company than management.
Other shareholders will want to sell the company for as much as
possible. They should vote for the team they think is best able to
interest the broadest range of possible buyers in the company, and best
able to advance its Yabucoa solar project and increase the company's
value in the meantime. I personally think current management has the
best team for these two jobs, and will be voting my yellow proxy in
favor of management's nominees on September 25th.
While Brookfield's stock purchase has been good news for Western Wind
shareholders in the short term, if Brookfield casts the decisive vote
in the proxy battle, it may well mean that we will end up with less for
our shares that we would have gotten otherwise.
Brookfield must think so, or they would not have bothered striking the
deal with Goodman."
Western Wind urges shareholders to support the current Board of
Directors and the sale process currently underway. Vote only the YELLOW
proxy and ensure Western Wind receives it prior to Friday, September
21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (Vancouver Time). Please do not vote using the
dissident proxy. Western Wind's letters to shareholders, management information circular
and other proxy materials can be found on Western Wind's website: www.westernwindenergy.com. Please check the website regularly for current information regarding
the sale process and the shareholder meeting.
If you have any questions and/or need assistance in voting your shares,
please call Laurel Hill Advisory Group LLC at 1-877-452-7184 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT WESTERN WIND ENERGY CORP.
Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy production
company that owns and operates wind and solar generation facilities
with 165 net MW of rated capacity in production, in the States of
California and Arizona. Western Wind further owns substantial
development assets for both solar and wind energy in the U.S. The
Company is headquartered in Vancouver, BC and has branch offices in
Scottsdale, Arizona and Tehachapi, California. Western Wind trades on
the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WND", and in the United
States on the OTCQX under the symbol "WNDEF".
The Company owns and operates three wind energy generation facilities in
California, and one fully integrated combined wind and solar energy
generation facility in Arizona. The three operating wind generation
facilities in California are comprised of the 120MW Windstar, the 4.5MW
Windridge facilities in Tehachapi, and the 30MW Mesa wind generation
facility near Palm Springs. The facility in Arizona is the Company's
10.5MW Kingman integrated solar and wind facility. The Company is
further developing wind and solar energy projects in California,
Arizona, and Puerto Rico.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
President & Chief Executive Officer
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This news release contains certain statements that may be considered
"forward-looking statements, such as references to the intended sale of
Western Wind and its assets. Forward looking statements are statements
that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always,
identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes",
"intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar
expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may",
"could" or "should" occur. The forward-looking statements in this press
release include statements regarding the intention of the Company to
complete legal action against the dissident. The forward-looking
statements included in this press release are based on reasonable
assumptions, including that the Company will be able to commence legal
action against the dissident. Factors that may cause results to vary
from anticipations include the risk that the Company is not able to
pursue legal action against the dissident. Although Western Wind
believes the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements
are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees
of future performance and actual results may differ materially from
those contained in forward looking statements. Forward looking
statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of Western
Wind's management on the date the statements are made. Western Wind
undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in
the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other
factors, should change, except as required by law.
SOURCE: Western Wind Energy
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