Calgary-based utility AltaGas Ltd (TSX: ALA) has agreed to sell non-core midstream and power assets in Canada and the United States for about $560 million.
AltaGas will sell domestic small-scale gas midstream and power assets, as well as its commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada, to Birch Hill Equity Partners, a Canadian private equity firm. The purchase price is about $165 million.
The transaction includes 43.7 million shares held by AltaGas in Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc.
The company will also sell gas-fired power assets located in California’s San Joaquin Valley to Middle River Power, a private equity affiliate of U.S. investment firm Avenue Capital Group. The purchase price is close to $400 million (US$300 million).
Both deals are expected to close before the end of the year.
AltaGas said the asset sales will help fund its $8.4 billion acquisition of U.S.-based WGL Holdings Inc.
Update: Birch Hill currently owns shares of Tidewater. In a release, the firm said its acquisition of shares held by AltaGas will increase the stake to about 22.3 percent.
Altagas Announces the Sale of Non-Core Midstream and Power Assets
AltaGas continues to execute on its strategy to reshape the company with a focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities opportunities as well as rapidly repay its bridge facility
CALGARY, Sept. 10, 2018 /CNW/ – AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA) announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements for the sale of non-core midstream and power assets in Canada and power assets in the United States, for total proceeds of approximately $560 million. The proceeds from the sale of these assets will be used to repay a significant portion of the bridge facility related to the acquisition of WGL Holdings Inc.
With this announcement, AltaGas has announced or completed approximately $1.5 billion in asset sales to date. The funding strategy for the acquisition of WGL Holdings Inc. remains firmly on track to reach the expected total targeted asset sales of at least $2 billion by fourth quarter 2018.
“We expect to have further announcements in the near future on our asset monetizations, which will continue to reshape AltaGas to focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities, while keeping a strong footing in the Power market with a focus on capital light, innovative solutions,” stated David Cornhill, Chairman and interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “We remain focused on reshaping AltaGas, directing our capital in high growth areas which will result in strong risk-adjusted returns.”
Asset Sale Details
Non-Core Midstream and Power Assets in Canada
AltaGas has entered into definitive agreements with Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc., as general partner of Birch Hill Equity Partners Fund V, for the sale of selected non-core smaller scale gas midstream and power assets in Canada, as well as AltaGas’ commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $165 million. The transaction also includes the 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc., which AltaGas currently holds.
The sale of the non-core midstream and power assets are subject to customary closing conditions, various National Energy Board approvals, the Competition Act, Canada Transport Act and various other provincial utilities’ commission approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by year-end.
Non-Core San Joaquin Power Assets in California
AltaGas has entered into an agreement with Middle River Power III, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avenue Capital, for the sale of gas-fired power assets for a purchase price of approximately USD $300 million (approximately CDN $400 million). These assets comprise the Tracy, Hanford and Henrietta plants totaling 523 MW of capacity.
The sale of the non-core power assets are subject to customary closing conditions, including FERC approval. The transaction has an effective date of September 1, 2018, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Scotiabank acted as sole financial advisor to AltaGas in connection with the San Joaquin transaction.
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