Boralex Inc (TSX: BLX) has agreed to acquire Kallista Energy Investment SAS, a French wind power company, for $348.7 million, including project debt. The seller is the infrastructure arm of French private investment firm Ardian. Boralex, a Kingsey Falls, Québec-based developer, builder and operator of renewable energy facilities, said the buy will increase its global installed wind power capacity by more than 11 percent, from 1,456 megawatts to 1,619 megawatts. Last month, Boralex raised a $200 million unsecured subordinated loan from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ to support its growth strategy.
Boralex enters into a purchase agreement to acquire the Kallista Energy Investment SAS
Boralex strengthens its position as France’s largest independent producer of wind power by increasing its installed capacity from 609 MW to 772 MW. Worldwide, Boralex increased its total installed capacity by more than 11%, from 1,456 MW to 1,619 MW.
Acquisition of 163 MW of wind power projects in operation with a weighted average remaining life of 8 years under contract, a 10 MW ready-to-build project and a portfolio of projects totalling about 158 MW, bringing Boralex’s potential in Europe to nearly 1,000 MW without considering the 152 MW in projects in France set out in the Growth path.
Total consideration of €129.4 million (C$202 million).
Boralex expects the transaction to add approximately €23 million (C$36 million) to EBITDA(A) based on the anticipated results of Kallista calculated in accordance with French GAAP.
Integration into Boralex of the Kallista Energy Investment SAS development team, whose highly specialized expertise in repowering wind power projects can be leveraged immediately.
MONTRÉAL and LILLE, France, April 20, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Boralex Inc. (TSX: BLX) (“Boralex”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Ardian Infrastructure to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Kallista Energy Investment SAS (“Kallista”), for a consideration of €129.4 million (C$202 million) and the assumption of €94 million (C$146.7 million) in project debt.
The consideration will be paid by Boralex from its recently enhanced revolving credit facility. Boralex anticipates an increase in discretionary cash flow per share following the transaction.
In the medium term, the integration of Kallista’s assets should enable development and operations team synergies. In the longer term, given Boralex’s presence in France for nearly 20 years, the number of development projects completed or in the process of completion, and its dynamic team, Boralex will have the strength it needs to exert greater influence with the various stakeholders and take full advantage of its leadership role.
Boralex President and CEO Patrick Lemaire applauded the deal: “This transaction is very strategic and beneficial for Boralex and will strengthen our position as France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power and allow us to take full advantage of our unique and integrated model as developer, prime contractor and operator of our projects. Boralex will enjoy a number of operational synergies and significantly improve its growth prospects in light of the very ambitious renewable energy development goals set by the French government.”
“Since 2003, Boralex has had a pioneering vision in France developing its wind power operations,” said Patrick Decostre, Vice-President and General Manager of Boralex Europe. “The major acquisition announced today is a hallmark of steady, well-controlled growth. It shows that with the agility of a company on a human scale like ours, along with our financial strength, we have become a leading player in the current market consolidation as France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power.”
Each of the projects under construction or under development may benefit either from a known and predictable rate under an existing feed-in premium scheme or, once all licences are obtained, be submitted under the open-window scheme or future requests for proposals.
The transaction is expected to close in or around late June 2018, once regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions have been met. An adjustment mechanism has been provided to confirm the consideration payable at closing.
Summary of projects acquired
The following map shows the locations of the projects acquired and Boralex’s geographic coverage in France once the transaction is completed.
With the portfolio of acquired projects, Boralex’s new installed capacity will be 1,619 MW, including nearly 800 MW in France, representing an increase of over 11% worldwide. Considering this announcement and the projects already under development in France and the United Kingdom, Boralex will have a portfolio of potential projects totalling approximately 1,000 MW in Europe alone.
Messier Maris & Associés served as financial advisors and New York- and Paris‑based K&L Gates served as legal advisors to Boralex in connection with the transaction.
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