DEDHAM, Mass., July 3, 2018 /CNW/ -- Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE: AT) (TSX: ATP) ("Atlantic Power" or the "Company") announced today that on June 29, 2018, it executed an agreement to acquire Covanta's 50.00% interest in Koma Kulshan, a 13 megawatt run-of-the-river hydro project located north of Seattle, for $11.8 million. In addition, the Company will buy out the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract held by Covanta for $0.3 million. The transaction, which is not subject to any regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018. Upon closing of the transaction with Covanta, Atlantic Power will own 100% of the project and will become the project operator.
The Koma Kulshan project has been in commercial operation since October 1990. All of the output is sold to Puget Sound Energy under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that runs through March 2037. The project has two FERC hydro licenses, both of which expire at the same time as the PPA. The project has no debt.
The Company's existing 49.75% ownership interest in Koma Kulshan is held through a partnership. Earlier in June 2018, the Company acquired the 0.25% interest held by the managing general partner for $1.1 million. The acquisition eliminates the payment of management fees to the general partner going forward.
The total consideration of approximately $13.2 million represents a multiple of approximately 10 times the Company's estimate of pro forma Project Adjusted EBITDA and approximately 11 times the Company's estimate of pro forma cash distributions. Both estimates are based on average water conditions. The Company plans to fund the acquisition from discretionary cash.
"This is an important milestone for Atlantic Power as it marks the first external growth investment after a three-year business restructuring process," said James J. Moore, Jr., President and CEO of Atlantic Power. "We view our hydro assets as having excellent near-term value and strong long-term prospects, so we are pleased to acquire the remaining interests in Koma Kulshan. By buying out the O&M and management contracts as well, we will have 100% ownership and operating control of a hydro project with a PPA that has a 19-year remaining term."
About Atlantic Power
Atlantic Power is an independent power producer that owns power generation assets in nine states in the United States and two provinces in Canada. The generation projects sell electricity and steam to investment-grade utilities and other creditworthy large customers predominantly under long‑term PPAs that have expiration dates ranging from 2019 to 2037. The Company seeks to minimize its exposure to commodity prices through provisions in the contracts, fuel supply agreements and hedging arrangements. The projects are diversified by geography, fuel type, technology, dispatch profile and offtaker (customer). The majority of the projects in operation are 100% owned and directly operated and maintained by the Company. The Company has expertise in operating most fuel types, including gas, hydro, and biomass, and it owns a 40% interest in one coal project.
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Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking statements", which reflect the expectations of management regarding the future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities of the Company and its projects. These statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company's future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of the words "may," "will," "project," "continue," "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "expect" or similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to present or historical matters. Examples of such statements in this press release include, but are not limited, to statements with respect to the following:
- The Company's estimates of pro forma Project Adjusted EBITDA and pro forma cash distributions for the acquired interests in the Koma Kulshan project; and
- the Company's views of the value of its hydro assets, both near- and long-term.
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