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Pattern Energy (PEGI) to Acquire Stake in Armow Wind Farm


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Pattern Energy Group Inc. (PEGI - Snapshot Report) announced its plan to acquire a 50% stake in the Ontario, Canada-based Armow Wind power unit from Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”) for a cash consideration of $132 million.

Details of the Plan

Upon the closing of the transaction, Pattern Energy will jointly own the facility with Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc., which holds the remaining 50% stake.

The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, providing substantial visibility on Pattern Energy’s revenue stream.

The 180 megawatt wind power unit generates enough clean energy for nearly 70,000 homes in Ontario every year. The acquisition is expected to close this November.

The acquisition will expand Pattern Energy’s total owned capacity by 90 MW to 2,644 MW. It will be immediately accretive to the company’s cash available for distribution (“CAFD”), supporting its CAFD guidance of $125–$145 million for 2016.

Pattern Energy enjoys rights of first offer (“ROFO”) to Pattern Development's project pipeline, which includes nearly 5,900 MW of wind and solar projects. It intends to acquire 11 projects on the ROFO list in the future, with a total capacity of 942 MW, to achieve its target of 5,000 MW of owned capacity by 2019.

Acquisition by a Peer

Sempra Energy’s (SRE - Analyst Report) Mexican unit, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) has recently received approval from the country’s anti-trust commission for its purchase of Petróleos Mexicanos’ (PEMEX) 50% equity interest in the Gasoductos de Chihuahua joint venture (JV).

Gasoductos de Chihuahua is a 50/50 JV between IEnova and PEMEX. The JV builds and operates energy infrastructure in Mexico. (Read: Sempra IEnova Gets Nod for Acquiring PEMEX's Stake in JV)

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Pattern Energy currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). A couple of better-ranked stocks in the same space include Spark Energy, Inc. (SPKE - Snapshot Report) and DTE Energy Company (DTE - Analyst Report) .

Spark Energy has witnessed one upward estimate revision for 2016 over the past 60 days. The company sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

DTE Energy, a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock, has seen five upward estimate revisions for the full year over the last 60 days.

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