Sempra Energy Completes $2.5 Billion Divestiture Of US Renewables And Non-Utility Natural Gas Storage Assets
Apr 22, 2019
SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced that it has completed the divestiture of its U.S. renewables business and non-utility natural gas storage assets, generating approximately $2.5 billion in total cash proceeds. The announcement comes with today's completion of the sale of its remaining ownership interests in operating and development-stage wind assets to American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP) for $584 million in cash, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.
"We have a long and successful track record of actively managing our portfolio, including exiting businesses that are no longer consistent with our strategy," said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy. "The proceeds from the asset sales will be used to pay down debt and redeploy capital to support the strategic growth of Sempra Energy in North America."
The sale to AEP included approximately 724 megawatts of net operating capacity comprising the following projects: Black Oak Getty Wind in Minnesota and Apple Blossom Wind in Michigan, as well as Sempra Energy's interests in jointly-owned projects with BP Wind Energy: Auwahi Wind in Hawaii (wind and battery storage), Flat Ridge 2 Wind in Kansas, Mehoopany Wind in Pennsylvania, Cedar Creek 2 Wind in Colorado, and Fowler Ridge 2 Wind in Indiana. AEP also acquired all of Sempra Energy's wind projects currently in development.
In February, Sempra Energy completed the sale of its non-utility U.S. natural gas storage facilities to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments. In December 2018, Sempra Energy completed the sale of its U.S. solar assets and battery storage development projects, as well as its ownership interest in one wind facility, to Consolidated Edison for approximately $1.6 billion. The company also is in the process of selling its equity interests in its South American businesses, including its 83.6% stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A. in Peru and 100% stake in Chilquinta Energía S.A. in Chile.
Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan served as Sempra Energy's lead financial advisors and Latham & Watkins LLP its legal advisor on the sale of the wind portfolio.
AEP is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy delivery companies, with approximately $16 billion in annual revenues and $69 billion in assets.
Sempra Energy's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. With 2018 reported revenues of more than $11.6 billion, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 20,000 employees are focused on delivering energy with purpose to approximately 40 million consumers worldwide. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, social responsibility and investment value, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index.
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Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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