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Mainstream Renewable Power concludes reorganisation process in Chile

Mainstream Chief Executive, Mary Quaney
Mainstream Chief Executive, Mary Quaney
  • Reorganisation of Condor and Huemul portfolios provides a stable financial foundation for Andes Renovables platform 

  • Terms for c. USD 1.0 billion project senior debt renegotiated 

  • Commitment by Mainstream of USD 145 million in new secured loans 

  • Existing mezzanine debt renegotiated and restructured 

  • Funds managed by affiliates of Ares Management become minority equity owner in Andes Renovables platform

  • Mainstream secures new corporate financing facility of up to USD 220 million from DNB, backed by shareholders

Global pureplay renewable energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power (“Mainstream”, “the Company”) announced the conclusion of Judicial Reorganisation Proceedings for Condor Energía SpA and Huemul Energía SpA (“Condor”, “Huemul”, the “Energía companies”), part of the Company’s 1.4 GW Andes Renovables wind and solar platform in Chile. The proceedings concluded with agreement reached with project finance and mezzanine lenders, which also resolves any outstanding litigation related to the restructuring.

Judicial Reorganisation Proceedings were initiated by Mainstream in July 2023 to restructure the assets and the capital structure, renegotiate the financial debts, and to allow for an injection of new capital into the Energía companies.

The implementation of the reorganisation plan will stabilise and provide a sound financial foundation for the Condor (591 MW) and Huemul (630 MW) wind and solar portfolios. The agreement reached for the senior debt includes a deferral period for interest until the third quarter of 2026, and a deferral of principal payments until 2027 for Condor and 2029 for Huemul, in addition to other concessions. Mainstream commits to inject USD 145 million into the Energía companies through a Payment-In-Kind (PIK) interest-bearing debt instrument that matures in 2035, on a junior basis to the project finance debt, but senior to the mezzanine debt. In agreement with the lenders, approximately USD 150 million in proceeds from interest swap termination will be available to Mainstream to repay project-level debt and provide liquidity for Condor and Huemul.

The existing mezzanine debt related to Condor and Huemul has been restructured and will earn PIK interest and mature in 2035. The existing mezzanine debt related to Copihue (148 MW) will remain, with the terms also renegotiated to apply PIK interest and mature in 2035. As part of the negotiations, funds managed by affiliates of Ares Management, the mezzanine lenders, will hold a minority equity interest in the Andes Renovables platform, while Mainstream retains majority ownership.

Mainstream’s Chief Executive, Mary Quaney said: “We are very pleased to have successfully concluded this restructuring process and I wish to sincerely thank the senior and mezzanine lenders for their commitment and support during this challenging process, which demonstrates their confidence in the long-term strength and sustainability of the Energía companies. We look forward to continuing to work with government and industry in Chile to address the prevailing distortions in the market in order to secure a fair and level playing field for all forms of electricity generation in the future.”

The injection of new capital into the Energía companies will be facilitated through a new guarantee and cash facility of up to USD 220 million from DNB, subject to certain conditions. The facility is backed by financial support from Mainstream shareholders and will serve various purposes, including to fulfil Mainstream’s obligations connected to the restructuring in Chile. Mainstream shareholders have expressed their full support to Mainstream and the reorganisation.

PJT Partners LP acted as restructuring advisors to Mainstream.

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