Altius Renewable Royalties reports that its joint venture subsidiary Great Bay Renewables (“GBR”) has closed a US$52.5 million royalty investment with Northleaf Capital Partners (“Northleaf”) related to three operating-stage wind and solar renewable energy projects located in Texas. GBR is a joint venture company of ARR and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc.
Cotton Plains Portfolio Royalty Acquisition
The newly acquired revenue-based royalty portfolio includes: (1) the 151 MW Old Settler wind project, (2) the 50 MW Cotton Plains wind project, and (3) the 15 MW Phantom Solar project (collectively, the “Projects”). The output from Cotton Plains and Phantom Solar is sold at a fixed price under long-term contracts with the US Department of Defense through January 2045, while the output from Old Settler will be sold into the ERCOT market. The three projects have been in commercial operation since 2017.
The royalty investment has been structured using royalty rates that vary over time and provide GBR with US$ 4-7 million per year over the first 10 years of the investment. The structure also allows ARR to achieve its investment hurdle targets while optimizing Northleaf’s project level cash flow profile. The royalty funding will be used to repay existing debt financing and provide additional working capital.
Jared Waldron, Managing Director at Northleaf, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with GBR to implement an innovative financing solution that will create value for our investors. As long-term assets producing stable cash flows from the generation of clean energy, the Projects will benefit from the long-term financing afforded by this new royalty structure.”
ARR and Apollo Funds have agreed to fund the Northleaf investment with approximately 80% of the capital provided by Apollo Funds and the balance of US$11.6 million to be funded directly by ARR. Apollo Funds have now met their commitment to earn a full 50% ownership interest in GBR. Going forward, ARR and Apollo Funds are expected to fund new opportunities on an equal basis.
Additional information concerning the Northleaf transaction can be found at
and in a SEDAR-filed Material Change Report.
New Developer Royalty
ARR is also pleased to announce that it has been notified of the sale of a 500 MW renewable energy project in Texas from one of its funded developer partners to a confidential buyer and the creation of a 2.5% royalty in favour of GBR. GBR has been informed that the project is currently slated to issue notice-to-proceed in early 2022.
Brian Dalton, CEO of ARR, commented, “Our GBR joint venture subsidiary expects to become cash flow positive in 2022. This milestone has been reached sooner than expected and is a tremendous credit to the team. Moreover, the recent completion of investments related to four operational stage assets has implications for the potential scope of future capital deployment and the larger role we can play in enabling the clean energy transition. This new funding avenue, combined with the continuing strong demand for the new projects being created by our developer partners, has resulted in the rapid growth of our royalty portfolio to now cover more than 3 GW of renewable energy projects.”