|TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 07/21/2017|
house to a Company affiliate; however, certain of these defaults persist. Moreover, the Company has experienced, or expects to experience, additional defaults under most of the same non-recourse financing agreements in 2017 as the result of the failure to timely complete Company or project-level audits. The Company is working to complete these audits and seeking to cure or obtain waivers of such defaults. To date none of the non-recourse financings has been accelerated and no project-level lender has notified the Company of such lenders election to enforce project security interests, although no assurances can be given that the Company will obtain waivers and/or permanent forbearance of existing or future defaults or that none of the financings will be accelerated. The Company's corporate-level revolving credit facility and senior note indentures do not include an event of default provision directly triggered by the occurrence of the SunEdison Bankruptcy.
The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.
As described above, SunEdison filed for bankruptcy on April 21, 2016. The Company is not a part of the SunEdison Bankruptcy and has no plans to file for bankruptcy itself. The Company does not rely on SunEdison for funding or liquidity and believes that it will have sufficient liquidity to support its ongoing operations, absent the potential negative impact of default conditions that could arise from failure to meet financial statement deadlines as described below. The Company believes its equity interests in its renewable energy facilities that are legally owned by the Company's subsidiaries are not available to satisfy the claims of the creditors of the SunEdison Bankruptcy. However, we believe the SunEdison Bankruptcy and the related impacts raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for the following reasons:
Prior to the SunEdison Bankruptcy, we relied almost exclusively on the personnel and management and administration services provided by or under the direction of SunEdison. Subsequent to the SunEdison Bankruptcy, we have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant costs procuring these services from unaffiliated third parties. In addition, if we are unable to replace these services or key personnel in the future, this would restrict our ability to timely complete Company or project-level audits as required by our corporate and non-recourse financing arrangements.
We experienced covenant defaults under most of our financing arrangements in 2016, mainly because of delays in the delivery of project-level audited financial statements and the delay in the filing of the Company’s audited annual financial statements for 2015 on Form 10-K, which was filed in December of 2016. In addition, in a number of cases the SunEdison Bankruptcy resulted in defaults because SunEdison Debtors have been serving as O&M and asset management services providers or as guarantors under relevant contracts. We have been working diligently with our lenders to cure or waive instances of default, including through the completion of project-level audits and the retention of replacement service providers. However, there can be no assurance that all remaining defaults will be cured or waived, and we have experienced, or expect to experience, additional defaults under most of the same non-recourse financing agreements in 2017 as the result of the failure to timely complete Company or project-level audits. If the remaining or future defaults are not cured or waived, this would restrict the ability of the relevant project-level subsidiaries to make distributions to us, which may affect our ability to meet certain covenants related to our revolving credit facility at the corporate level, or entitle the related lenders to demand repayment or enforce their security interests, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and ability to pay dividends. If this were to occur, the Company would not have sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations.
Finally, there is a risk that an interested party in the SunEdison Bankruptcy could request that the assets and liabilities of the Company be substantively consolidated with SunEdison. Bankruptcy courts have broad equitable powers, and thus, outcomes in bankruptcy proceedings are inherently difficult to predict. To the extent the Bankruptcy Court were to determine that substantive consolidation was appropriate under the Company's facts and circumstances, the assets and liabilities of the Company could be made available to help satisfy the debt or contractual obligations of SunEdison. While it has not been requested to date and we believe there is no basis for substantive consolidation in our circumstances, we cannot assure you that substantive consolidation will not be requested in the future or that the Bankruptcy Court would not consider it.
As described above under "The SunEdison Bankruptcy and the Brookfield Sponsorship Transaction," the Company has undertaken, and continues to undertake, a number of strategic initiatives to mitigate the adverse impacts of the SunEdison Bankruptcy on the Company. While the Company believes that the actions described above are more likely than not to address the substantial doubt surrounding our ability to continue as a going concern, we cannot assert that it is probable that