SunEdison to Issue US$350 Million in Bonds to Fund First Wind Acquisition

SunEdison, Inc. is planning to issue US$350 million in bonds to fund its acquisition of First Wind, which has a portfolio of 1,300 megawatts of projects across the United States.

The convertible senior notes due 2022, to be offered in a private placement,   will be offered by the initial purchasers only to qualified institutional buyers.  The company also intends to grant to the initial purchasers a 30-day option to purchase an additional $52.5 million aggregate principal amount of notes on the same terms and conditions.

In November 2014,  SunEdison and TerraForm Power signed a definitive agreement to acquire First Wind for $2.4 billion, of which  SunEdison’s upfront portion of the consideration is approximately $1 billion, comprised of the previously announced $340 million seller convertible note and the remainder in cash. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, subject to usual and customary conditions and regulatory approvals.

Of the proceeds, $119.1 million will also be used to repay debt associated in purchasing 1.6 gigawatts of production tax credit qualified turbines.

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