New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) (“NFE”) announced today that it has, along with its joint venture partner Ebrasil Energia Ltda. and its shareholders (“Ebrasil”), entered into a definitive Share Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with Brazilian power company Eneva S.A. (“Eneva”) (B3: ENEV3), whereby Eneva will acquire 100% of the equity interests of the Porto de Sergipe Power Plant for R$6.1 billion in cash (approximately $1.29 billion USD). Located in Barra dos Coqueiros in the country’s Northeast region, the 1,593 MW Sergipe Power Plant plays a critical role in Brazil’s energy security, providing low-cost, dispatchable power to balance the significant seasonal hydroelectric power that comprises a majority of the region’s electric capacity.
As part of the transaction, Eneva has agreed to acquire, directly and indirectly, 100% of the shares of Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe Participações S.A. (“CELSEPAR”), which owns 100% of the equity interests of the Sergipe Power Plant, and Centrais Elétricas Barra dos Coqueiros S.A. (“CEBARRA”), which owns 1.7 GW of expansion rights adjacent to the Sergipe Power Plant, for a total implied enterprise value of approximately R$10.2 billion (approximately $2.16 billion USD) (the “Enterprise Value”). Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, Eneva will be assuming the current debt of Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (“CELSE”), the 100% owned subsidiary of CELSEPAR.
“We look forward to maintaining a long-term relationship with Eneva and the CELSE Power Plant,” said Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy. “Eneva is one of Brazil’s leading power companies and a highly capable long-term owner and operator of this critical power asset for northeast Brazil. NFE will continue to operate the Golar Nanook, a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit that remains chartered to CELSE for the next 20 years.”
“CELSE will play a critical role for Eneva’s strategy going forward. With multiple options embedded and a significant Thermal Power Plant pipeline to be developed it will allow Eneva to focus on what it does best – developing new business opportunities in Brazil having the access to gas as a cornerstone,” said Pedro Zinner, CEO of Eneva. “This can be the beginning of a very fruitful and long-lasting relationship between two companies which have complementary roles in the gas value chain.”
Subject to satisfying certain covenants and closing conditions, including approval by Eneva’s shareholders, the Brazilian antitrust agency and the receipt of necessary consents, the transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022. Accounting for NFE’s 50% ownership of CELSEPAR, the transaction is projected to generate proceeds to NFE of approximately $550 million USD following the paydown of certain debt and other liabilities and net of transaction expenses.
About New Fortress Energy
New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to help address energy poverty and accelerate the world’s transition to reliable, affordable, and clean energy. The company owns and operates natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, ships and logistics assets to rapidly deliver turnkey energy solutions to global markets. Collectively, the company’s assets and operations seek to support global energy security, enable economic growth, enhance environmental stewardship, and transform local industries and communities around the world.
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These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates based upon current information and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the risk that the proposed transactions may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; common risks related to the sale and purchase of businesses or assets, including the risk of valuation and successful implementation, and the risks that we may not be able to realize the benefits of any such transactions, among others; fluctuations in exchange rates used to translate the Brazilian Real into U.S. dollars that could result in potential losses and reductions in our proceeds from the transaction resulting from currency fluctuations; possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the transaction may not be satisfied or waived (or any conditions, limitations or restrictions placed on such approvals); the receipt, on a timely basis or otherwise, of the required approvals and consents for the transaction by the shareholders of the parties, the required regulators or governmental agencies, third parties or other persons; breach or failure by the parties to comply with the covenants and obligations under the SPA; the continued operations of the Golar Nanook and relationship with the new shareholder of the Sergipe Power Plant; the possibility that long-term financing for the proposed transactions may not be available on favorable terms, or at all; nonpayment or nonperformance by any of parties to the SPA; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transactions on our operations, including the ability of NFE to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and others with whom NFE does business; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the SPA; the ability of NFE to implement its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to NFE’s business after the completion of the proposed transactions; business disruption following the SPA; and the impact of public health crises, such as pandemics (including coronavirus (COVID-19)) and epidemics and any related company or government policies and actions to protect the health and safety of individuals or government policies or actions to maintain the functioning of national or global economies and markets. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of NFE’s forward-looking statements. Other known or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results.
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