The AES Corporation : AES Signs Agreements to Sell Equity Interests in Coal, Hydro and Wind Assets in China for Aggregate Proceeds Totaling $134 Million
05/07/2012| 08:15am US/Eastern
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) announced that it has signed two
agreements to sell a substantial majority of its businesses in China for
$134 million in total aggregate proceeds. Subject to local customary
approvals, the transactions are expected to close in the second half of
"The sale of these businesses is in line with our strategy to exit those
markets where we do not have a competitive advantage," said Andrés
Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. "Narrowing our
geographic focus and investing in our core markets better positions us
for long term earnings growth."
Since September 2011, the Company has announced eight asset sale
transactions totaling $890 million. Six of those transactions, totaling
$756 million, have already closed.
On May 4, 2012 AES agreed to sell its 25 percent equity interest in the
2,100 MW coal-fired Yangcheng plant and its 49 percent equity interest
in the 248 MW China Wind joint venture to Sembcorp Utilities for a total
of $86 million. AES also disclosed in its first quarter 2012 earnings
press release that it signed an agreement on May 4, 2012 to sell its 49
percent equity interest in Jianghe Rural Electrification Development
Company Limited ("JHRH") to its JV partner, China Three Gorges New
Energy Corporation, for $48 million. JHRH includes seven small
hydroelectric plants, one wind farm and one co-generation plant with a
total gross capacity of 379 MW.
Total gross capacity of the plants to be sold is 2,727 MW, or 717 MW on
an ownership-adjusted basis. Once these asset sales are completed, AES'
generation footprint in China will consist of one hydro and one
gas-fired plant, which together have a total gross capacity of 75 MW, or
31 MW on an ownership-adjusted basis.
Use of proceeds from asset sales will be evaluated in accordance with
AES' capital allocation policy to maximize total shareholder returns by
paying down debt, investing in new businesses and/or repurchasing shares.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company.
We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 27 countries through our
diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and
renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 27,000 people is
committed to operational excellence and meeting the world's changing
power needs. Our 2011 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage
$45 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com.
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