December 30 (SeeNews) - In exchange for the extinguishment of USD 336 million (EUR 307.6m) of debt, SunEdison Inc (NYSE:SUNE) has agreed to transfer certain green energy projects under development and shares in its first yieldco to DE Shaw group, Madison Dearborn Capital Partners IV LP and Northwestern University.
Under a deal signed on December 29
, about USD 336 million aggregate principal amount of 3.75% guaranteed exchangeable senior secured notes due 2020 will be extinguished.
The first portion of notes to be cancelled amounts to USD 121 million. In return, DE Shaw and the other two buyers will get 12.16 million shares in TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP). The yieldco’s stock closed at USD 12.19 on Tuesday.
The remainder of exchangeable notes will be extinguished after the transfer of renewable energy projects under development has been concluded. That is planned to happen in two tranches with deadlines of April 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016. Details on the said projects were not revealed.
“We believe this was a mutually beneficial solution to deleverage our balance sheet by selling our under development assets as well as the Company's shares of TerraForm Power,” said SunEdison’s chief financial officer Brian Wuebbels.
The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and also contains customary representations and warranties in respect of the projects being transferred and other matters.
In addition, SunEdison said it would make certain earnout payments to DE Shaw Composite Holdings LLC and Madison Dearborn between March 30, 2016 and March 30, 2017. The earnouts are related to the acquisition of First Wind Holdings LLC, which SunPower and TerraForm Poweragreed in November 2014
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