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AES Announces Closing of Previously Announced and New Minority Sell-Downs of LNG Businesses in the Dominican Republic and Panama

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The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) has closed minority sell-downs of its businesses in the Dominican Republic and AES Colón business in Panama, raising $338 million in asset sale proceeds. This includes the transactions announced in September for proceeds of $179 million after purchase price adjustments at closing, as well as sell-downs of additional stakes in the businesses through the expansion of existing partnerships with Grupo Estrella and Grupo Popular's subsidiary, AFI Popular, through one of its closed-end funds, for $159 million. AES sold 20% of its businesses in the Dominican Republic and 35% of AES Colón in Panama.
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The AES Corporation's recent asset sale, generating $338 million in proceeds, is a strategic financial move that can have significant implications for the company's liquidity and debt profile. By divesting 20% of its Dominican Republic operations and 35% of AES Colón in Panama, AES is reshaping its portfolio, which could lead to a more focused investment strategy and potentially improve its return on invested capital.

Investors should consider how the influx of cash may be used to pay down debt, reinvest in core areas, or return value to shareholders through dividends or share buybacks. The strategic partnerships with local entities like Grupo Estrella and Grupo Popular could also enhance operational efficiencies and local market penetration.

However, the reduction in ownership also means a decrease in future revenue streams from these assets, which could impact long-term earnings potential. The balance between immediate financial gain and long-term earnings capacity is a critical consideration for stakeholders.

The sale involves key energy assets, including LNG regasification terminals and combined cycle gas turbine plants. These assets are critical in the energy infrastructure, providing stability and flexibility in power generation. The sale of a stake in these assets indicates a shift in AES's strategy towards capitalizing on its investments and possibly reallocating resources to more lucrative or sustainable energy projects.

It's essential to analyze the regional energy market dynamics, as AES's decision to retain a majority stake allows it to maintain significant operational control and benefit from the local energy market's growth. The deal reflects a trend where energy companies are optimizing their asset portfolios to navigate the transition to cleaner energy sources.

Understanding the implications of the LNG capacity and power generation capabilities of these assets is crucial. The energy sector is rapidly evolving and AES's move could be a strategic adaptation to the changing energy landscape, with potential long-term benefits of aligning with sustainable energy trends.

In the context of mergers and acquisitions, AES's asset sell-down is a noteworthy example of a company leveraging asset liquidity to achieve strategic goals. The minority sell-down approach allows AES to raise capital while maintaining operational control, a tactic that can be beneficial in maintaining business continuity and stakeholder confidence.

The selection of buyers—established groups like Grupo Estrella and Grupo Linda—suggests a focus on creating synergistic partnerships. These partnerships can lead to enhanced market influence and strategic advantages in the local economies of the Dominican Republic and Panama.

From a transactional perspective, the closure of announced deals and the additional sell-downs indicate a robust execution strategy and may signal to the market AES's ability to meet its asset sale targets, which is a positive indicator for its M&A strategy's effectiveness.

Raising $338 Million of Asset Sale Proceeds

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) announced today that it has closed minority sell-downs of its businesses in the Dominican Republic and its AES Colón business in Panama for proceeds of $338 million.  This includes the transactions announced in September for proceeds of $179 million after purchase price adjustments at closing, as well as sell-downs of additional stakes in the businesses through the expansion of existing partnerships with Grupo Estrella and Grupo Popular's subsidiary, AFI Popular, through one of its closed-end funds, for $159 million.  In total, AES sold 20% of its businesses in the Dominican Republic and 35% of AES Colón in Panama.

"We are very pleased to announce the closing of these transactions and to continue the great progress on our expanded and accelerated asset sale proceeds target," said Stephen Coughlin, AES Executive Vice Present and Chief Financial Officer. "These transactions include the closing of the two previously announced sell-downs, as well as the sale of an additional 10% in the Dominican Republic and an additional 15% of AES Colón in Panama."

The transactions closed today include the sale of 20% of AES' businesses in the Dominican Republic to the following parties:

  • 10% to Grupo Popular's subsidiary, AFI Popular, through one of its closed-end funds;
  • 5% to Grupo Linda; and
  • 5% to Grupo Estrella

Today's closed transactions also include the sale of 35% of AES Colón in Panama to the following parties:

  • 20% to Grupo Linda; and
  • 15% to Grupo Estrella

AES' businesses in the Dominican Republic include an LNG regasification terminal, with a 160,000 m3 LNG capacity storage tank, the AES Andres 319 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant, DPP 328 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant, as well as an additional 150 MW of solar and wind power plants.  AES Colón includes a 381 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant with an adjacent regasification facility that has a 180,000 m3 LNG capacity storage tank. 

AES will continue operating its businesses in the Dominican Republic and Panama, with an ownership interest of 65% in each business.

Since its third quarter 2023 earnings call in November, AES has also announced the signing of an agreement to sell its Mong Duong 2 coal facility in Vietnam and sold down its stake in Fluence from 33% to 29%, effectively monetizing 12% of its stake, for proceeds of $160 million.

About AES

The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global energy company accelerating the future of energy.  Together with our many stakeholders, we're improving lives by delivering the greener, smarter energy solutions the world needs.  Our diverse workforce is committed to continuous innovation and operational excellence, while partnering with our customers on their strategic energy transitions and continuing to meet their energy needs today.  For more information, visit www.aes.com.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to future earnings, growth and financial and operating performance. Forward-looking statements are not intended to be a guarantee of future results, but instead constitute AES' current expectations based on reasonable assumptions. Forecasted financial information is based on certain material assumptions. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding accurate projections of future interest rates, commodity price and foreign currency pricing, continued normal levels of operating performance and electricity volume at our distribution companies and operational performance at our generation businesses consistent with historical levels, as well as the execution of PPAs, conversion of our backlog and growth investments at normalized investment levels, rates of return consistent with prior experience and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actual results could differ materially from those projected in our forward-looking statements due to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Important factors that could affect actual results are discussed in AES' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including, but not limited to, the risks discussed under Item 1A: "Risk Factors" and Item 7: "Management's Discussion & Analysis" in AES' 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Readers are encouraged to read AES' filings to learn more about the risk factors associated with AES' business. AES undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except where required by law.

Any Stockholder who desires a copy of the Company's 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 1, 2023 with the SEC may obtain a copy (excluding the exhibits thereto) without charge by addressing a request to the Office of the Corporate Secretary, The AES Corporation, 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Exhibits also may be requested, but a charge equal to the reproduction cost thereof will be made. A copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K may be obtained by visiting the Company's website at www.aes.com.

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What is the company name and ticker symbol of the business in the press release?

The company mentioned in the press release is The AES Corporation, and its ticker symbol is AES.

What are the details of the asset sale proceeds raised by The AES Corporation?

The AES Corporation raised $338 million from the sale of minority stakes in its businesses in the Dominican Republic and AES Colón business in Panama.

What businesses were sold by The AES Corporation in the Dominican Republic and Panama?

AES sold 20% of its businesses in the Dominican Republic and 35% of AES Colón in Panama.

What other transactions has The AES Corporation undertaken recently?

Since its third quarter 2023 earnings call in November, AES has also announced the signing of an agreement to sell its Mong Duong 2 coal facility in Vietnam and sold down its stake in Fluence from 33% to 29%, effectively monetizing 12% of its stake, for proceeds of $160 million.

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