Canadian Solar Raises $260 Mn in Preparation for the Carve-Out IPO

Canadian Solar has agreed to USD 260 million capital raising for CSI Solar – an important step for it to qualify for the planned carve-out IPO in China

Canadian Solar, has announced that it has agreed to an RMB 1.78 billion (approximately USD 260 million) capital raising for its Module and System Solutions (MSS) subsidiary, CSI Solar. The firm stated that this capital raising is an important step for CSI Solar to qualify for the planned carve-out IPO in China, and brings in leading institutional investors and strategic partners, including CDH Investment Management and SIP Oriza PE Fund, among others.

As per the firm, the investors have agreed to purchase existing CSI Solar shares from the company for an aggregate of RMB 1.50 billion (USD 219 million) at an equity valuation of RMB 7.50 billion (USD 1.1 billion). At the same time, a number of Canadian Solar employees will also purchase existing CSI Solar shares from the Company for an aggregate of RMB 31 million (USD 4.5 million) at the same valuation.

In addition, eligible CSI Solar employees and board members have collectively agreed to subscribe to newly issued CSI Solar shares via platforms set up in accordance with CSI Solar’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) for an aggregate of RMB 248 million (USD 36 million) at a valuation discount of 30 percent, or RMB 5.25 billion (USD 768 million).

Immediately after closing, Canadian Solar, the Third-Party Investors, CSIQ Employees and ESOP platforms will respectively own 74.9 percent, 20 percent, 0.4 percent and 4.7 percent of CSI Solar. The Company’s wholly owned global project development business, its Energy subsidiary, is not part of this transaction or future planned carve-out IPO of the MSS business.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of the Company, said “the successful completion of this fundraising, which we believe fairly values our MSS business, marks an important milestone for Canadian Solar and takes us one step closer towards the planned listing of our MSS business, or CSI Solar, in China.

“It will also give us the capital to immediately expand our manufacturing capacity with the most advanced manufacturing technologies available to support our targeted 18 GW to 20 GW in shipments for 2021. We believe this strategy will allow us to expand our market share, sustain and enhance our future pricing power and maintain better control over our manufacturing costs.”

Following the closing of this transaction, Canadian Solar will actively prepare for the planned listing (IPO) pursuant to relevant laws and regulations in China.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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