ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its entire 51% equity interest in Masin-AES Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of AES that owns AES' business interests in the Philippines, to SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC Global Power) for $1.05 billion in proceeds to AES. The sale includes AES’ 51% equity interest in the 630 MW Masinloc coal-fired power plant in operation, the 335 MW Masinloc 2 coal-fired power plant under construction and the 10 MW Masinloc energy storage project in operation.
“We are very proud of our operational and commercial success in the Philippines, enabling Masinloc to be a strong and growing business in the dynamic Philippine energy market,” said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will use the proceeds from the sale to pay down Parent debt, which will allow us to achieve investment grade metrics one year early, in 2019. Further, we are establishing a goal to attain investment grade ratings by 2020.”
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). SMC Global Power is also purchasing the remaining 49% equity interest in the same assets, held by Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO Group), a Thailand-based Independent Power Producer, for $850 million. The transaction has a total enterprise value of approximately $2.4 billion.
In 2008, AES purchased a 92% interest in Masinloc, with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a minority partner, for total enterprise value of $1.1 billion. The acquisition was funded with equity contributed by AES and IFC and $635 million of non-recourse debt. In 2014, AES sold 41% of Masinloc to EGCO Group for $453 million.
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 16 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 18,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2016 revenues were $14 billion and we own and manage $36 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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