New Energy Solar Limited (NEW), a solar energy investor, announced that it had reached a binding agreement to sell its portfolio of 14 U.S. solar assets to a subsidiary of MN8 Energy, formerly known as Goldman Sachs Renewable Power, for $244.5 Million.
The shareholders are expected to receive an initial return capital of $A0.82 (~$0.56) per share, which is expected to be paid approximately six business days after completion of the proposed transaction.
The balance of net proceeds will be retained to discharge all the company’s liabilities and to meet administration costs until that process is complete, which is expected to occur by the end of 2023.
Last year, New Energy Solar sold its two Australian assets, Beryl (111 MW) and Manildra (56 MW), to Banpu Energy and affiliates for a combined gross asset value of A$288 million (~$222.7 million) and gross equity proceeds, before transaction costs, of A$105.4 million (~$81.5 million).
The proposed transaction represents the sale of NEW’s major undertaking and, if the transaction conditions are met, will eventually result in the de-listing of NEW from the ASX and the winding up of the Company.
RBC Capital Markets, Ashurst, and Foley & Lardner are acting as advisers for NEW.
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