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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 28, 2018
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Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On November 28, 2018 (the “Closing Date”), SunStrong 2018-1 Issuer, LLC (the “SunStrong Issuer”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of SunStrong Capital Holdings, LLC (“SunStrong”, a joint venture between SunPower Corporation (the “Company”) and Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (“Hannon Armstrong”)), completed the issuance of an aggregate principal amount of $400,000,000 of Solar Asset Backed Notes, Series 2018-1 (the “Notes”, and the transaction, the “ABS Transaction”).
The Notes bear interest at a rate of 5.68% per annum payable quarterly and have an anticipated repayment date in November 2028 and rated final maturity date in November 2048.
The Notes may only be acquired by persons who are either (i) qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or (ii) not U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act (“Regulation S”)) in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S. The Notes have been rated A (sf) by Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. and have been awarded a Green Bond Assessment of GB1 (Excellent) from Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.
The Notes were issued by the SunStrong Issuer pursuant to an Indenture (the “Indenture”), dated as of the Closing Date, between the SunStrong Issuer and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as indenture trustee. The Indenture includes representations, warranties and covenants customary for financing transactions of this type.
The Notes are secured by, and payable solely from the cash flow generated by, the managing membership interests directly or indirectly owned by the Issuer in certain project companies, each of which either is wholly-owned or is jointly-owned with a third-party investor. Each project company owns a pool of photovoltaic systems and related residential leases and ancillary rights and agreements that were originated by subsidiaries of the Company.
The SunStrong Issuer will be the sole obligor of the Notes and the Notes will not be obligations of SunStrong or any of its other subsidiaries or of the Company or Hannon Armstrong or any of their respective subsidiaries.
SunStrong will act as manager pursuant to the terms of a Management Agreement with the SunStrong Issuer (the “Management Agreement”). As manager, SunStrong will be required to provide all administrative, collection and other management services for the SunStrong Issuer in respect of the managing membership interests that it owns in an applicable project company, and the interests, rights and obligations thereof. SunStrong has delegated its obligations as manager to SunPower Capital Services, LLC, an affiliate of the Company, pursuant to the terms of the Management Agreement.
Events of Default and Amortization Events
The Indenture contains events of default that generally are customary in nature for solar securitizations of this type, including (a) the non-payment of interest or, at rated final maturity, principal, (b) material violations of covenants, (c) material breaches of representations and warranties and (d) certain bankruptcy events. The Notes are also subject to amortization events that generally are customary in nature for solar securitizations of this type, including (i) asset coverage ratios falling below certain levels, (ii) a debt service coverage ratio falling below certain levels, (iii) the failure to maintain insurance, and (iv) the failure to repay the notes in full on the anticipated repayment date. The occurrence of an amortization event or an event of default could result in the more rapid amortization of the Notes, and the occurrence of an event of default could, in certain instances, result in the liquidation of the collateral securing the Notes.
Use of Proceeds
The SunStrong Issuer intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the Notes for repayment of borrowings under existing financings, for the funding of required reserves, for the payment of fees and expenses related to the issuance of the Notes and for general corporate purposes.
Mezzanine Loan Refinancing
On August 10, 2018, SunStrong Capital Acquisition, LLC (“1A Borrower”), at the time a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and SunStrong Capital Lender LLC (the “Lender”), an indirect subsidiary of Hannon Armstrong, entered into a Loan Agreement (the “1A Loan Agreement”) under which the Borrower borrowed a subordinated, mezzanine loan of $110.5 million (the “1A Loan”). The terms of the 1A Loan were disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 15, 2018. On November 5, 2018, the Company sold membership units equal to 49% of the membership interest in the 1A Borrower to HA SunStrong Capital LLC, an affiliate of the Lender, as disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 5, 2018.
On November 28, 2018, SunStrong 2018-1 Mezzanine, LLC (“1B Borrower”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 1A Borrower, and the Lender entered into a Loan Agreement (the “1B Loan Agreement”) under which the 1B Borrower borrowed a subordinated, mezzanine loan of approximately $80.4 million (the “1B Loan”). Amounts borrowed under the 1B Loan Agreement will be used to partially pre-pay the 1A Loan and to make distributions to the Company, via its interest in the 1A Borrower.
The 1B Loan may not be prepaid except for certain mandatory prepayments. The obligations under the 1B Loan Agreement are secured by the assets of, and equity in, the 1B Borrower. The 1A Loan and the 1B Loan contain cross-default provisions such that a default under the 1A Loan Agreement will constitute a default under the 1B Loan Agreement, and vice-versa.
Borrowings under the 1B Loan Agreement will bear interest at a rate of 12% per annum, payable on the last business day of each March, June, September and December during the term, on the date of any prepayment with respect to the principal amount of the Loan being prepaid, and on the maturity date of August 10, 2043. The 1B Loan will be repaid with revenue from the residential lease portfolio that is distributed to the 1B Borrower following distributions to tax equity partners and the repayment of the Notes. The 1B Loan Agreement includes representations and warranties, covenants, and events of default customary for financing transactions of this type.
In connection with the prepayment of the 1A Loan, the 1A Borrower and 1B Lender have amended and restated the 1A Loan Agreement to account for the terms of the 1B Loan and the ABS Transaction.
The Company has amended and restated its prior agreement to indemnify Lender for losses incurred by Lender in the event of breaches of certain representations and warranties, the modification, termination or delinquency of certain residential solar project leases, and reassessments of property taxes related to the leased property, such that the indemnity relates to borrowings under both the 1A Loan and the 1B Loan. The Company has also agreed to indemnify Hannon Armstrong and certain of its affiliated parties in the event of losses relating to misrepresentations pertaining to certain residential solar project leases and other losses related to the ABS Transaction.
The foregoing description of the Indenture, the 1A Loan Agreement, and the 1B Loan Agreement is not a complete description of all terms of those agreements and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Indenture, the 1A Loan Agreement, and the 1B Loan Agreement, copies of which will be filed as exhibits to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2018.
Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
The information contained in Item 1.01 is incorporated by reference herein.
Regulation FD Disclosure
On November 28, 2018, the Company issued a joint press release with Hannon Armstrong, included as Exhibit 99.1 hereto, announcing the closing of the transactions described in Item 1.01.
The information furnished in Item 7.01 and Item 9.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Joint press release dated November 28, 2018.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
November 28, 2018
/S/ MANAVENDRA S. SIAL
Manavendra S. Sial
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Investors - SunPower
Investors and Media- Hannon Armstrong
SunStrong Capital Holdings, LLC Successfully Completes $400 Million Asset Backed Securitization
SunPower / Hannon Armstrong Joint Venture Completes First ABS Transaction
SAN JOSE, Calif., ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 28, 2018 - SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) and Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HASI) today announced that their joint venture, SunStrong Capital Holdings, LLC (SunStrong), successfully closed its $400 million Solar Asset Backed Notes, Series 2018-1. The Notes were priced at a fixed interest rate of 5.68 percent per annum and received a rating of A (sf) from KBRA and a Green Bond Assessment of GB1, the highest rating, by Moody’s Investor Services. The anticipated repayment date is in November 2028, with a rated final maturity date in November 2048.
“As one of the largest renewable industry securitizations, this transaction is a testament to the high-quality asset portfolio of SunStrong,” said Manavendra Sial, SunPower Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “With the formation of this joint venture with Hannon Armstrong, we have now fully deconsolidated our existing leveraged residential lease portfolio, successfully continuing SunPower’s work to simplify our business. Specifically, this deconsolidation materially delevers our balance sheet, further improves our net debt position due to the accelerated placement of lease assets in the portfolio and reduces our interest expense while enabling us to maintain strong customer relationships through our asset management responsibilities. With a partner who is a leading capital and services provider to the sustainable infrastructure market, SunStrong is well positioned for future success.”
“Hannon Armstrong is pleased to facilitate SunPower achieving its financial goals while further executing on our strategy of expanding the programmatic financing arrangements with industry leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Brendan Herron, Hannon Armstrong Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
The Notes were issued by a special purpose entity, SunStrong 2018-1 Issuer, LLC (SunStrong Issuer), an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of SunStrong. The Notes are secured by, and payable from, the cash flow generated by the managing member interests owned by SunStrong Issuer in certain indirectly owned subsidiary project companies, which own more than 37,500 residential solar leases originated by SunPower. The proceeds will primarily be used to refinance the existing debt obligations associated with SunStrong’s residential lease portfolio. SunStrong Issuer will be the sole obligor of the Notes and the Notes will not be obligations of SunStrong or any of its other subsidiaries, or of SunPower, Hannon Armstrong, or any of their respective subsidiaries. SunPower will continue to service the leases underlying the Notes.
The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The Notes were offered and are only being sold to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.
About Hannon Armstrong
With over 30 years of experience, Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI) is a capital provider focused on reducing the impact of, or increasing resiliency to, climate change. Hannon Armstrong manages over $5 billion of efficiency, renewable energy and resiliency assets that generate long-term, recurring and largely predictable cash flows or cost savings from proven technologies. With scientific consensus that climate warming trends are linked to human activities, Hannon Armstrong believes it is well positioned to generate better risk-adjusted returns by investing in the assets that reduce carbon emissions. For more information on Hannon Armstrong, visit www.HannonArmstrong.com.
Forward-Looking Statements - for SunPower and Hannon Armstrong Investors
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: (a) our positioning for future success and profitability and long-term competitiveness, and our ability to achieve our financial goals; and (b) SunPower’s corporate transformation plans, including plans to delever its balance sheet, simplify its financial statements, and the timing and impact of these initiatives on its liquidity, financial performance, and results of operations. These forward-looking statements are based on our current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) our liquidity, substantial indebtedness, and ability to obtain additional financing for our projects and customers; (2) changes in public policy, including the imposition and applicability of tariffs; (3) regulatory changes and the availability of economic incentives promoting use of solar energy; and (4) fluctuations in our operating results. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect our business is included in filings that SunPower and Hannon Armstrong make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.” Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or on the SEC Filings section of our Investor Relations website at investors.sunpower.com and at investors.hannonarmstrong.com. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information currently available to us, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.
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