Foresight completes £245m refinancing of 321MW UK portfolio

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Altered Energy – Alternative Energy news

Published: 5 Aug 2019, 14:41

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Foresight Solar Fund has completed the £245 million debt refinancing of a 321MW UK solar portfolio consisting of 28 assets.

The new financing comprises a £170 million term loan facility, jointly provided by German bank Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale and Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, a £65 million revolving credit facility (RCF) provided by NatWest and a £10 million debt service reserve facility.

The £170 million loan facility will expire in March 2036, with proceeds to be partially used to refinance the asset-level debt facilities expiring in September 2019.

The £65 million RCF has a three-year term, replacing an existing £65 million RCF that was entered into in 2017.

Approached by Solar Power Portal, a spokesperson from Foresight explained the 28 plants in question are already up and running. 

Foresight Solar’s outstanding debt after this transaction comes in at £511.3 million, representing around 46% of Gross Asset Value of the company and its subsidiaries.

Alex Ohlsson, chairman of Foresight Solar Fund, said the refinancing of the RCF removes “any short-term refinancing risk” across the company’s portfolio and allows it to adopt “a more flexible approach to new investment opportunities”.

“This refinancing delivers significant value for Foresight Solar Fund as a result of a reduction in the annual cost of the new cross-collateralised term loan facility against the previous asset level facilities,” Ohisson added.

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