BROOKFIELD, News, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Renewable (NYSE: BEP, BEPC; TSX: BEP.UN, BEPC) alongside MidOcean Energy (“MidOcean”), an LNG company formed and managed by EIG, (collectively, the “Consortium”) announced today that following the submission of a non-binding privatization proposal (the “Proposal”), that we have entered into an exclusivity agreement with Origin Energy Limited (“Origin”) to conduct due diligence to submit a binding proposal.
Under the proposed transaction, Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners would acquire Origin’s energy markets business, Australia’s largest integrated generation and retail company, and MidOcean would acquire Origin’s Integrated Gas division. The Consortium’s Proposal is at a price of A$9.00 per share which values Origin at an enterprise value of A$18.4 billion.
Brookfield Renewable would pursue this transaction through the Brookfield Global Transition Fund I, which is the largest fund in the world focused on the energy transition, alongside institutional partners.
The proposed privatization is consistent with Brookfield Renewable’s strategy of investing in opportunities where we can generate a meaningful contribution to the energy transition, including the responsible decommissioning of existing thermal assets and build out new clean generation for the benefit of all stakeholders. Origin’s energy markets business is well positioned to play a leading role in Australia’s energy transition. The business has a high-quality energy platform with a strong in-place management team that is focused on the transition. The capabilities of Brookfield Renewable will be critical to ensure a responsible and sustainable transition of the business, with a focus on ensuring long-term grid reliability and power pricing affordability for consumers.
Subject to completing due diligence and providing a binding proposal which is accepted by Origin, the Consortium will enter into a binding scheme implementation agreement on mutually agreed terms with Origin. The Proposal is subject to shareholder, regulatory and Origin board approvals. Regulatory approvals include the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) merger clearance.
Brookfield Asia Pacific CEO Stewart Upson said: “The global energy transition is a once-in-a-generation investment opportunity. Through this transaction, we can leverage our access to capital and clean energy capabilities to support the transition from carbon-intensive generation sources to additional renewable energy. This would represent a significant contribution towards Australia’s net-zero transition objectives, all while generating attractive risk-adjusted returns for our investors.”
The Consortium sent its Proposal to Origin on November 10th by means of a letter.
Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded platforms for decarbonization technologies. Our diversified portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, solar, distributed energy and sustainable technology solutions across five continents. Our installed capacity totals approximately 24,000 megawatts with over 100,000 megawatts and 8 million metric tons per annum (“MMTPA”) of carbon capture and storage projects in our development pipeline. Investors can access our portfolio either through Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (NYSE: BEP; TSX: BEP.UN), a Bermuda-based limited partnership, or Brookfield Renewable Corporation (NYSE, TSX: BEPC), a Canadian corporation.
Brookfield Renewable is the flagship listed renewable power company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $750 billion of assets under management.
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