HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) -
All amounts in U.S. dollars
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. (TSX:BEP.UN)(NYSE:BEP) ("Brookfield Renewable") today announced that, with its institutional partners, it has entered into an agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, to acquire the remaining 67% interest it did not already own in the 417 MW Safe Harbor hydroelectric facility on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania ("Safe Harbor").
"We are pleased to be acquiring the remaining interest in Safe Harbor," said Richard Legault, President and CEO of Brookfield Renewable. "This investment is consistent with our strategy of owning and operating high-quality, renewable assets in power markets with attractive long-term fundamentals."
Safe Harbor generates an average of 1,100 GWh annually and possesses storage capabilities that support daily operations and dispatch during peaking hours. It is one of the largest conventional hydroelectric facilities in Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection ("PJM"), a market which offers multiple revenue streams including energy, capacity, ancillaries and renewable energy credits.
The total purchase price for the transaction is approximately $613 million subject to customary working capital adjustments, and will be funded through available liquidity and capital from Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners. It is expected that a portion of the purchase price will be funded with non-recourse, fixed-rate financing.
The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (TSX:BEP.UN)(NYSE:BEP) operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally. Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals over 6,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Diversified across 71 river systems and 12 power markets in the United States, Canada and Brazil, the portfolio's output is sold predominantly under long-term contracts and generates enough electricity from renewable resources to power more than three million homes on average each year. With a portfolio of high-quality assets and strong growth prospects, the business is positioned to generate stable, long-term cash flows supporting regular and growing cash distributions to shareholders. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com.
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the fact that we are not subject to the same disclosure requirements as a U.S. domestic issuer; the risk that counterparties to our contracts do not fulfill their obligations; changes in hydrology at the hydroelectric stations we are acquiring; our inability to complete the transaction; risks related to the growth of our portfolio and our inability to realize the expected benefits of the contemplated transaction; and our ability to issue equity or debt to fund the acquisition, if necessary, being dependent on capital markets.
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