Canadian Solar Plans To Go Ahead With Yieldco IPO

Canadian Solar announced today that they confidentially submitted a draft registration statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of a YieldCo Vehicle on a U.S. stock exhange.  

As explained in the National Renewable Energy (NREL) article titled “A Deeper Look Into YieldCo Structuring”,  “A yieldco is a dividend growth-oriented public company, created by a parent company (e.g., SunEdison), that bundles renewable and/or conventional long-term contracted operating assets in order to generate predictable cash flows. Yieldcos allocate cash available for distribution (CAFD) each year or quarter to shareholders in the form of dividends. This investment can be attractive to shareholders because they can expect low-risk returns (or yields) that are projected to increase over time. The capital raised can be used to pay off expensive debt or finance new projects at rates lower than those available through tax equity finance, which can exceed 8%”.

Canadian Solar originally announced their intentions to create a YieldCo in March, but mentioned a possible delay in their plans during their second quarter conference call in August.    During that call with financial analysts, Chief financial officer Michael Potter said Canadian Solar was  developing contingency  plans  as a result of  the market volatility surrounding yieldco valuations.

The number of securities to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.

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