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AltaGas to acquire Blythe Energy in $515-million deal Add to ...

AltaGas Ltd. has agreed to pay $515-million (U.S.) to buy Blythe Energy LLC, which owns a 507-megawatt power plant in Southern California.

In addition to the natural gas-fired generator, the purchase from affiliates of LS Power Equity Advisory LLC includes major spare parts and a 108-kilometre transmission line in the state.

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“The acquisition of Blythe is an important addition to our power business,” AltaGas chairman and chief executive officer David Cornhill said in announcing the deal Monday.

“The power purchase agreement provides stable earnings and cash flow and, with the infrastructure in place today, the facility is well positioned to access two premium power markets in California and Arizona in the future.”

The money to pay for the acquisition will come from a combination of debt and equity including a new $300-million senior unsecured revolving credit facility from the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Calgary-based AltaGas also said it has signed a deal to sell 10.1 million shares at $34.90 each to a syndicate of underwriters to raise $352-million to help pay for the deal.

An overallotment option could increase the size of the offering to $405-million if it is fully exercised.

AltaGas said the acquisition is expected to be add to earnings and cash flow per share in 2014, the first full year of ownership.

Blythe has a power purchase agreement through to July 2020 with Southern California Edison, the provisions of which match revenues to all major plant costs.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities.

 

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