AGL has announced its participation in Powering Australian Renewables (PowAR) and Mercury NZ’s acquisition of Tilt Renewables.
PowAR and Mercury NZ announced they have entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement to acquire NZX and ASX-listed Tilt Renewables for an all-cash consideration of NS$7.80 per share or NZ$2.9 billion (Offer Price) through a Scheme of Arrangement in accordance with the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 (Scheme).
AGL has a 20 per cent interest in PowAR and will contribute $341 million to fund its portion of PowAR’s acquisition of Tilt’s Australian business.
For AGL, the proposed PowAR acquisition of Tilt will complement AGL’s participation in the PowAR platform, which, on implementation of the Scheme, will be the largest owner of wind and solar energy generation in Australia.
AGL CEO, Brett Redman, said the announcement continues AGL’s legacy as one of the largest private investors in renewable energy in Australia and further progresses AGL’s own energy transition.
“The proposed acquisition by PowAR will provide more renewable energy options in AGL’s generation portfolio, further supporting our orderly transition away from coal-fired power and responding to our customers’ increasing appetite for cleaner energy,” Mr Redman said.
“This is an exciting opportunity for PowAR to further extend its leadership in renewable energy generation.
“For AGL, participating in this acquisition aligns with AGL’s climate commitments, and complements our recent acquisitions of Epho and Solgen that have positioned us as Australia’s largest commercial solar provider.
“Tilt’s exceptional renewable asset portfolio is matched by a significant development pipeline, with more than 3500MW capacity across various technologies, including wind, solar, battery storage and peaking capacity in Australia.
“Together with PowAR’s existing portfolio, these will support AGL’s transition to accelerate in line with customer demands and community expectations for cleaner, reliable and affordable energy.”
The proposed acquisition, upon completion, will reinforce PowAR’s standing as Australia’s leading owner and operator of wind and solar energy generation, with installed capacity of 1,313MW across nine operating wind and solar farms.
AGL, which drove the creation of PowAR with QIC and the Future Fund as a financing initiative for the development and operation of renewable energy assets, will contribute $341 million representing AGL’s share of the equity component of the total enterprise value for the Australian business. This is anticipated to be funded from existing AGL financing headroom.
“When AGL created PowAR in 2016, in partnership with QIC and the Future Fund, we envisaged its potential to drive investment in large-scale renewable energy generation in Australia,” Mr Redman said.
“Once completed, this acquisition will make that vision a reality.”