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Private and sovereign funds buy into geothermal firm EDC in the Philippines

Southern Negros geothermal plant, Negros Oriental, Philippines (source: Mike Gonzalez, creative commons BY-SA 3.0)
Alexander Richter 4 Oct 2017

Private investment fund by Macquarie and a subsidiary of Singapore sovereign fund GIC strengthen partnership with geothermal company EDC in the Philippines with acquisition of around 30% stake in the company for $1.3 billion.

In an announcement yesterday, First Gen Corporation (First Gen) and Philippines Renewable Energy Holdings Corporation (PREHC) announced the commencement of their strategic partnership as substantial shareholders in Energy Development Corporation (EDC), at an event in Makati/ Manila.

This follows the success of a voluntary Tender Offer launched by PREHC in August 2017 to acquire up to 31.7% of EDC’s total outstanding voting shares from existing shareholders, for approximately US$1.3 billion. EDC is the largest vertically-integrated geothermal company in the world. With 1,471MW of clean and renewable power assets under its portfolio, it is also the largest pure-play renewable energy company in the Philippines.

The First Gen and PREHC strategic partnership will bring together First Gen’s significant experience in the power, utilities and energy sectors in the Philippines, with PREHC’s extensive global infrastructure expertise, to support the long-term growth of EDC.

PREHC is a consortium of investors comprising funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), and Arran Investment Pte Ltd (Arran), an affiliate of GIC Pte Ltd (GIC). MIRA and GIC are long-term investors with a track record in both global infrastructure and renewable energy. They own and operate a combined installed capacity of over 11,000MW globally.

First Gen is a leading power producer in the Philippines that primarily utilizes clean and indigenous fuels such as natural gas, geothermal energy from steam, hydro-electric, wind, and solar power. The company currently has 3,489 MW under its portfolio of power assets.

“We believe MIRA and GIC are the right partners for this juncture in our corporate history: they’re long-term and astute capital, they have complementary perspectives and they’re willing to help us push the frontiers of innovation as we build EDC into a platform that’s well-positioned for a dynamically changing energy landscape.” stated First Gen and EDC Chairman Federico R. Lopez.

David Luboff, MIRA Senior Managing Director, said: “As a world-leader in the geothermal energy industry, EDC is an important supplier of clean and sustainable power to the Philippines. We are delighted to have acquired a significant interest in such an outstanding company on behalf of our investors. We’re also pleased to be forming a long-term partnership with First Gen and GIC to bring our combined expertise to EDC.”

Mr. Ang Eng Seng, CIO of Infrastructure at GIC said: “We are very pleased to partner with First Gen and MIRA in this investment. As a long-term investor, we believe EDC’s unique portfolio of renewable energy assets will continue to generate stable and sustainable returns. This investment in EDC marks our first infrastructure commitment to the Philippines and we look forward to growing the company with our partners in this vibrant energy market.”

Under the new partnership, First Gen continues to hold a majority stake in EDC, maintaining day-to-day control of the company.

Source: GIC news report