Brookfield Renewable Partners and TerraForm Power have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement
Brookfield Renewable Partners and TerraForm Power have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Brookfield Renewable to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class A common stock of TerraForm Power, other than the approximately 62 percent currently owned by Brookfield Renewable and its affiliates.
Each share of Class A common stock of TerraForm Power will be acquired for consideration equivalent to 0.381 of a Brookfield Renewable unit. For each share of TerraForm Power’s Class A common stock held, TERP shareholders will be entitled to receive, at their election, either Class A shares of Brookfield Renewable Corporation (BEPC shares) or limited partnership units of Brookfield Renewable (BEP units).
The Special Committee of the Board of Directors at TerraForm Power, comprised solely of non-executive, independent directors of TerraForm Power, has unanimously recommended that TERP shareholders approve the transaction. The Special Committee believes the transaction is fair to and in the best interests of TERP and its unaffiliated shareholders.
“This is a compelling transaction that creates significant value for investors in both companies through a simplified corporate structure and continued sponsorship from Brookfield Asset Management,” said Sachin Shah, CEO of Brookfield Renewable. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement for a combined business with a longstanding track record of creating value for shareholders through all economic cycles, where investors will benefit from a globally diversified mandate, supported by significant access to capital and one of the strongest investment-grade balance sheets in the sector.”
He continued, “The form of consideration through BEP units or the new BEPC shares will allow TERP shareholders to choose how to most efficiently participate in the transaction, either through a partnership or corporate structure.”
The combined company will be one of the largest publicly-traded, globally-diversified, multi-technology, pure-play renewable power platforms, with total assets of approximately USD 50 billion and expected annual funds from operations of approximately USD 1 billion.
Mac McFarland, Chair of the Special Committee, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Brookfield Renewable and believe it is in the best interests of TERP and its shareholders. Since receiving Brookfield Renewable’s initial proposal in January, the Special Committee has conducted extensive due diligence. With the assistance of our independent advisors, we have concluded that Brookfield Renewable’s improved proposal, which includes an increase in the exchange ratio, provides an immediate realisation of value and upside potential.”