- Increases Innergex's capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW) through acquisition of well-diversified asset portfolio
- Confirms Innergex as largest independent renewable energy producer in British Columbia and among the largest in Canada
- Accelerates development and growth opportunities in the United States and other markets
- $150 million investment from la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ("la Caisse"); borrowing capability increased to $700 million
LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 6, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) ("Innergex" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce the completion of the previously disclosed acquisition of Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) ("Alterra") by way of an arrangement agreement pursuant to which Innergex acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for an aggregate consideration of $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra's debt (the "Transaction").
Innergex's acquisition of Alterrra, its largest and most significant to date, immediately adds 485 MW (gross 1,049 MW) of high quality renewable energy assets, in operation and under construction, to Innergex's portfolio, bringing the Corporation's total capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW). By 2020, Innergex's net installed capacity is expected to reach over 2,000 MW from a well-diversified resource mix of hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Canada, the U.S., France and Iceland. The acquisition also brings Innergex an extensive pipeline of prospective projects in preliminary stages or in progress, with an estimated net capacity of more than 5,000 MW.
"Our acquisition of Alterra is about accelerating our growth and taking Innergex to the next level," said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. "We are one of the largest independent renewable energy producers in Canada, with a market cap of more than $1.8 billion, a strong balance sheet, a more diversified asset base, and a sizeable project pipeline that places us on a substantial growth trajectory."
"This transaction gives us a stronger platform for solid, long-term growth in the United States, the world's second largest growth market for renewables. By combining the Innergex and Alterra teams, and leveraging Alterra's U.S. development expertise, we can significantly expand our presence in the U.S. market as well as Canada, Latin America and Europe," said Letellier. "It's another significant step forward in Innergex's international expansion, which should be beneficial for our shareholders."
Support from la Caisse
Concurrently with the closing of the acquisition, the Corporation has successfully completed the financing of the cash portion of the Transaction. La Caisse, one of its main shareholders, provided Innergex with a $150 million subordinated unsecured 5-year term loan at a competitive interest rate.
Increase to the revolving credit facilities
Innergex is also pleased to announce that its revolving credit facilities were increased by $225 million to $700 million, led by BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc. and TD Securities as Co-Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Managers. This increase enables the Corporation to pursue the development of its asset portfolio and the construction of its projects. The maturity of the revolving credit facilities remains December 2022.
Results of Consideration Elections
Pursuant to the Transaction, Alterra shareholders had the right to elect to receive either $8.25 in cash ("Cash Alternative") or 0.5563 Innergex common shares ("Share Alternative") for each Alterra common share, subject in each case to the pro-ration, such that the aggregate consideration paid to all Alterra shareholders will consist of approximately 25% in cash and 75% in Innergex common shares.
The results of the elections received prior to the election deadline of 5 PM EST on January 25, 2018 are as follows:
- Shareholders representing 24,552,909 Alterra common shares elected to receive the per share Cash Alternative;
- Shareholders representing 19,732,374 Alterra common shares elected to receive the per share Share Alternative; and
- Shareholders representing 14,021,729 Alterra common shares did not make an election.
Since the aggregate number of Alterra common shares in respect of which registered Alterra shareholders have elected to receive the per share Cash Alternative or have not made an election exceeds the maximum cash consideration (as defined in the arrangement agreement dated as of October 30, 2017 by and between Innergex and Alterra), holders of Alterra common shares who elected to receive the per share Cash Alternative or who have not made an election will be subject to proration in the manner described in Alterra's management information circular dated November 14, 2017. Such proration will result in a consideration per Alterra common share of about 37.8% in cash ($3.1175) and about 62.2% in Innergex common share (0.34608 of Innergex common share).
The Innergex common shares issuable to Alterra shareholders with the transaction represent an ownership of approximately 18% of the combined corporation.
Ross Beaty appointed to Board
Mr. Ross Beaty, Executive Chairman of Alterra, has agreed to a 12-month holding period of the Innergex shares he received through the transaction. As of today, Mr. Beaty joins the Innergex's Board of Directors.
"We welcome Ross Beaty as a new director on the Innergex board. His extensive industry knowledge and insight will bring significant value to Innergex and will help advance the successful integration of the two companies," said Mr. Jean La Couture, Chairman of the Board of Innergex.
Delisting of Alterra shares
The common shares of Alterra are expected to be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) effective as of the closing of the market on February 7, 2018 and Alterra has applied to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws.
About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
The Corporation develops, acquires, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar photovoltaic farms and geothermal power generation plants. As a global player in the renewable energy sector, Innergex conducts operations in Canada, France, the United States and Iceland. Innergex manages a large portfolio of assets currently consisting of interests in 63 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 1,502 MW (gross 2,686 MW), including 34 hydroelectric facilities, 24 wind farms, three solar farms and two geothermal facilities. It also includes interests in two projects under construction with a net installed capacity of 107 MW (gross 210 MW) and prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate net capacity of over 8,500 MW. Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is rated BBB- by S&P. The Corporation's strategy for building shareholder value is to develop or acquire high-quality facilities that generate sustainable cash flows and provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend.
Forward-Looking Information Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements relating to sources and impact of funding of the Transaction, and strategic, operational and financial benefits and accretion expected to result from the Transaction, Innergex's power production, prospective projects, successful development, construction and financing of the projects under construction and the advanced-stage prospective projects, estimates of recoverable geothermal energy resources, business strategy, future development and growth prospects, business integration, governance, business outlook, objectives, plans and strategic priorities, and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information can generally be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "estimate", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "budget", "scheduled", "forecasts", "intend", "believe", "projected", "potential", or other comparable terminology that states that certain events will or will not occur. It represents the estimates and expectations of Innergex relating to their future results and developments as of the date of this press release.
Forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Innergex, including expectations and assumptions concerning availability of capital resources; economic and financial conditions; project performance and the timing of receipt of the requisite shareholder, court, regulatory and other third-party approvals. Although Innergex believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because Innergex can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.
Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, they are by their very nature subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with the renewable energy industry in general such as execution of strategy; ability to develop Innergex's projects on time and within budget; capital resources; derivative financial instruments; current economic and financial conditions; hydrology and wind regimes; geothermal resources and solar irradiation; construction, design and development of new facilities; performance of existing projects; equipment failure; interest rate and refinancing risk; currency exchange rates, variation in merchant price of electricity, financial leverage and restrictive covenants; and relationships with public utilities. There are also risks inherent to the Transaction, including incorrect assessments of the value of the other entity. There can also be no assurance that the strategic, operational or financial benefits expected to result from the Transaction will be realized.
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the operations or financial results of Innergex are included in Innergex and Alterra' annual information forms filed with applicable Canadian securities regulators and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Innergex undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
The following table outlines the future oriented information contained in this press release, which Innergex considers important to better inform readers of the financial impact of the Transaction, together with the principal assumptions used to derive this information and the principal risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from this information.
Principal Risks and Uncertainties
Estimated project costs, expected obtainment of permits, start of construction, work conducted and start of commercial operation for Development Projects or Prospective Projects and estimated capacity growth
For each development project, the Corporation provides an estimate of project costs based on its extensive experience as a developer, directly related incremental internal costs, site acquisition costs and financing costs, which are eventually adjusted for the projected costs provided by the engineering, procurement and construction ("EPC") contractor retained for the project.
The Corporation provides indications regarding scheduling and construction progress for its Development Projects and indications regarding its Prospective Projects, and estimated capacity growth based on its extensive experience as a developer.
Performance of counterparties, such as the EPC contractors
Delays and cost overruns in the design and construction of projects
Obtainment of permits
Interest rate fluctuations and financing risk
Relationships with stakeholders
Regulatory and political risks
Outcome of insurance claims
SOURCE Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
For further information: Karine Vachon, Director - Communications, 450 928-2550, ext. 1222, [email protected], innergex.com