TORONTO, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Renewable Energy Developers Inc.
(TSX:RDZ) (TSX:RDZ.DB) ("ReD" or "the Company"), a developer, owner and
operator of renewable energy projects, with its partner, Genera Avante
Holdings Canada Inc., today announced it has refinanced all existing
long term debt of the 62.1 Megawatt ("MW") Glen Dhu wind farm ("Glen
Dhu"), the largest wind farm in Nova Scotia.
The partners have entered into a senior secured, long term, non-recourse
debt facility (the "Facility") of $114.7 million, and have put in place
a $5.9 million variable rate standby loan facility for the purpose of
funding debt service reserve requirements under the Facility.
The refinancing extends the maturity of Glen Dhu's debt to December
2030, aligning with the remaining term of the Glen Dhu power purchase
agreement, and replaces the previous floating rate debt facility with a
fully amortizing facility that bears interest at a fixed rate of 5.33%.
The imputed interest cost of the prior loan was in excess of 6.0%.
In addition, the financing is expected to free up significant capital
for the partners, approximately $8.0 million of which is attributable
to ReD, thereby reducing its cost of the Shear Wind acquisition. This
additional cash will be used to fund the Company's current contracted
development projects, acquisitions and for working capital.
"This new agreement fully protects ReD from rising interest rates,
provides it with additional cash and increases the internal rate of
return on the project," said Jeff Jenner, Chief Executive Officer of
ReD. "We appreciate the trust of our partner throughout this process."
The syndicated Facility was arranged by Stonebridge Financial
About Renewable Energy Developers Inc.
ReD is dedicated to the development, ownership and operation of
renewable energy projects. Through project development efforts,
acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, ReD provides its
shareholders with income and growth from the renewable power generation
sector of the energy industry. On July 3, 2013 the Company announced a
definitive agreement with Capstone Infrastructure Corporation (TSX:
CSE; CSE.PR.A; CSE.DB.A - "Capstone") whereby Capstone will acquire all
the outstanding shares of ReD by way of a share exchange (the
"Transaction"). The Transaction will result in a larger infrastructure
company with power generation facilities across Canada totaling
approximately net 465 MW of installed capacity, an attractive pipeline
of contracted development opportunities in Canada representing net 79
MW of capacity, and international investments in regulated water and
district heating businesses.
Certain information contained in this press release may constitute
"forward-looking information" which reflects the current expectations
of ReD. This information reflects ReD's current beliefs with respect to
future events and is based on information currently available to
management. Forward-looking information involves significant known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause
actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different
from any future results, performance or achievements that may be
expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the
risks listed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Revised
Annual Information Form dated April 2, 2013. Should one or more of
these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions
underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual
results, performance or achievements could vary materially from those
expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained in
this release. Although forward-looking information contained in this
release is based upon what ReD believes to be reasonable assumptions,
management cannot assure investors that actual results, performance or
achievements will be consistent with this forward-looking information.
The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this release
and ReD does not assume any obligation to update or revise it to
reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
SOURCE: Renewable Energy Developers Inc.
For further information:
Jeff Jenner, CA, CBV
President and Chief Executive Officer
Renewable Energy Developers Inc.
(416) 815 0700 ext. 238