Pattern Energy Group committed to buy interests in the 324 MW Broadview Wind power facility and associated independent 35-mile 345 kV Western Interconnect transmission line from Pattern Energy Group LP for $269 million at commencement of commercial operations.
Pattern Development has closed financing and is beginning construction on Broadview, which is located 30 miles north of Clovis, New Mexico.
· Pattern Energy has committed to acquire Broadview, and the associated transmission line, for $269 million at commencement of commercial operations
· Pattern Energy has all the capital required to fund the transaction with currently available liquidity and new project holding company commitments from debt financing facilities
· Broadview has closed construction and term financing and the COD of the project is expected in early 2017
· Pattern Energy expects Broadview to generate cash available for distribution ("CAFD") of about $28 million per year based on a five-year average run rate, before financing costs, which results in a pre-financing CAFD multiple of 9.6x for Pattern Energy's owned capacity
"This world-class wind project will deliver attractively-priced power directly into the California market under two 20-year contracts with Southern California Edison," said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. "Broadview is a terrific addition to the Company; representing a twelve percent increase to our current portfolio's owned capacity and a material, accretive increase in our cash available for distribution. We identified this opportunity earlier this year, as a transaction we would likely commit to acquire when it reached COD. We can meet the funding requirements for the acquisition with a portion of our currently available cash and liquidity and from new project financing facilities. Our commitment is to provide dividends, especially in uncertain markets, and this project supports that commitment."
Pattern Energy has committed to acquire from Pattern Development an 84 percent initial cash flow interest in Broadview and a 99 percent ownership interest in the Western Interconnect transmission line for a total cash purchase price of $269 million, which will be funded at the commencement of commercial operations in less than a year. Institutional equity investors have committed to acquire from Pattern Development a 16 percent initial cash flow interest in, and a 99 percent initial taxable income allocation from, Broadview, which will also be funded following the commencement of commercial operations.
Following the acquisition, based on its initial cash flow share, Pattern Energy will retain an owned interest of 272 MW in Broadview. Pattern Energy's commitment to own and operate the facility was a core component of securing high-quality institutional equity investors for the project financing.
Pattern Energy will fund the cash purchase price for its interest in the project, including the associated transmission line, at the commencement of commercial operations in less than a year with currently available corporate liquidity and up to $160 million of long-term project holding company debt financing commitments.
The Broadview power facility will consist of 141 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and has the capacity to generate 324 MW of energy, the power equivalent to the annual energy usage of about 180,000 California homes. Broadview will be limited to 297 MW of injection capacity at the project's transmission interconnection point.
Broadview has entered into two 20-year power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison, which has a BBB+/A2 credit rating, for sale of 100 percent of its output, up to a total of 297 MW, which has been factored into the project's economics.
Broadview will interconnect to the new, privately-developed Western Interconnect transmission project, which will deliver the output to the California Independent System Operator. Western Interconnect is a 345 kV transmission line, approximately 35 miles in length, which will be 99 percent owned and operated by Pattern Energy. The combined cash available for distribution from the project and transmission line, before any financing costs, is expected to be about $28 million annually based on a five-year average run rate.