NextEra Energy launches yieldco IPO

NextEra Energy chief executive Jim Robo

NextEra Energy chief executive Jim Robo

NextEra Energy, the largest renewables generator in the US, on Thursday launched an initial public offering for its yieldco subsidiary NextEra Energy Partners (NEP).

NEP is offering 16,250,000 common units to the public. NextEra says it expects the IPO price to be between $19 and $21 per common unit, potentially raising between $308.75m and $341.25m.

The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,437,500 common units from NEP at the initial public offering price, less the underwriting discount.

The common units have been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NEP."

BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs & Co. are acting as joint book-running managers and structuring agents for the offering, and Morgan Stanley is acting as a joint book-running manager.

NEP will initially own 10 projects representing 990MW of capacity, 30% of it solar and the rest wind.

The newest will be the 60MW Bluewater wind farm in Ontario, Canada, which employs GE 1.6-100 turbines, and is slated for commercial operation in the third quarter of this year.

The oldest project in the portfolio will be the 174.3MW Northern Colorado wind farm, which began operation in 2009, and employs Siemens and GE turbines.

Of the solar capacity to be owned by NEP, 40MW is PV – all of it in Ontario – and the remaining 250MW will come from NextEra’s recently completed Genesis concentrated solar power project, in California.

Beyond its initial portfolio, NEP will have Right of First Offer on 1.55GW of additional capacity from its parent company – more than one-third of it solar, including the First Solar-developed 250MW Silver State South PV project in Nevada.

NEP will target an annual growth in the amount of cash available for distribution of 12-25%, NextEra says.

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