Represents total borrowing capacity as of June 30, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, there were $497.0 million of revolving loans and $60.9 million of letters of credit outstanding under the Revolver, with availability of $12.1 million as of such date.
Our Business Strategy
Our primary business strategy is to own and operate a portfolio of renewable energy assets and to pay cash dividends to our stockholders. We intend to grow our portfolio over time through acquisitions in order to increase the cash dividends we pay to our stockholders.
We have acquired a portfolio of long-term contracted clean power generation assets from SunEdison and unaffiliated third parties that have proven technologies, creditworthy counterparties, low operating risks and stable cash flows. We have focused on the solar and wind energy segments because we believe they are currently the fastest growing segments of the clean energy industry. Solar and wind assets are also attractive because there is no associated fuel cost risk, the technologies have become highly reliable and assets generally have an estimated expected life of 20 to 30 years.
On April 21, 2016, SunEdison Inc. and certain of its domestic and international subsidiaries (the "SunEdison Debtors") voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (the "SunEdison Bankruptcy"). In anticipation of and in response to SunEdison’s financial and operating difficulties, which culminated in the SunEdison Bankruptcy, at the direction of our Board of Directors (the "Board"), we have undertaken, and continue to undertake, a number of strategic initiatives to mitigate the adverse impacts of the SunEdison Bankruptcy on the Company. These initiatives focused on governance, operations and business performance initiatives deemed especially critical because SunEdison provided all personnel and services to the Company (other than those operational services provided by third parties). These initiatives include, among other things, developing continuity plans, establishing stand-alone information technology, accounting and other systems and infrastructure, directly hiring employees and self-performing or retaining backup or replacement service providers for the operation and maintenance ("O&M") and asset management of our wind and solar facilities.
As part of this overall strategic review process, we also initiated a process for the exploration and evaluation of potential strategic alternatives for the Company, including potential transactions to secure a new sponsor or sell the Company. As more fully described below, on March 6, 2017, this process resulted in our entry into a definitive merger and sponsorship transaction agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) and agreements to enter into a suite of support and sponsorship arrangements (the "Sponsorship Transaction") with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. ("Brookfield") and certain of its affiliates and our entry into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) and a voting and support agreement (the “Voting and Support Agreement”) with SunEdison and the SunEdison Debtors.
We continue to focus on these strategic initiatives and other near-term plans and priorities in order to better position the Company to return to its focus on growing its solar and wind portfolio and to pay and increase the cash dividends it pays to its shareholders. These initiatives, plans and priorities include:
focusing on the performance and efficiency of our existing portfolio of renewable energy facilities;
focusing on satisfying conditions to the effectiveness of the Merger Agreement and the Settlement Agreement to effectuate the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and the Sponsorship Transaction;
mitigating, to the extent possible, the adverse impacts resulting from the SunEdison Bankruptcy, including ensuring the continuity of operation, maintenance and asset management of our renewable energy facilities by self-performing those activities or engaging third party providers;
creating a separate stand-alone corporate organization, including, among other things, directly hiring employees and establishing our own accounting, information technology, human resources and other systems and infrastructure;
working with project-level lenders and financing parties to cure, or obtain waivers or forbearance of, defaults that have arisen under most of our project-level debt financings as a result of the SunEdison Bankruptcy and delays in delivering corporate and project-level audited financial statements, among other things; and
seeking to optimize our portfolio and capital structure by reducing corporate-level indebtedness, financing or refinancing certain renewable energy facilities at the project level, exiting certain markets or selling certain assets if we believe the opportunity would improve stockholder value.
While we remain focused on executing our near-term objectives, we also continue to pursue our long-term business strategy, which is to own, operate and grow our portfolio with assets that have proven technologies, creditworthy counterparties, lower operating risks and stable cash flows in markets with attractive long-term power pricing dynamics and predictable regulatory environments.