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Brookfield Renewable Announces Renewal of Normal Course Issuer Bids

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.
Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

All amounts in US dollars unless otherwise indicated

BROOKFIELD, News, Dec. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Renewable today announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has accepted notices filed by

  1. Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (TSX: BEP.UN; NYSE: BEP) (“BEP”) of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bids for its limited partnership units (“LP Units”) and Class A preferred limited partnership units (“Preferred Units”);

  2. Brookfield Renewable Corporation (TSX: BEPC; NYSE: BEPC) (“BEPC” and together with BEP, “Brookfield Renewable”) of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its outstanding class A exchangeable subordinate voting shares (“Exchangeable Shares”); and

  3. Brookfield Renewable Power Preferred Equity Inc. (“BRP Equity”) of its intention to renew its normal course issuer bid for its outstanding Class A preference shares (“Preferred Shares”). BRP Equity is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BEP.

Brookfield Renewable believes that in the event that the LP Units, Preferred Units, Exchangeable Shares or Preferred Shares trade in a price range that does not fully reflect their value, the acquisition of such securities may represent an attractive use of available funds. There are currently four series of Preferred Units and five series of Preferred Shares outstanding and listed on the TSX.

Under BEP’s normal course issuer bid for LP Units, BEP is authorized to repurchase up to 13,764,352 LP Units, representing 5% of its issued and outstanding LP Units. At the close of business on December 4, 2022, there were 275,287,041 LP Units issued and outstanding. Under BEP’s normal course issuer bid, it may repurchase up to 57,264 LP Units on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 229,059 LP Units for the six months ended November 30, 2022.

Under BEPC’s normal course issuer bid for Exchangeable Shares, BEPC is authorized to repurchase up to 8,610,905 Exchangeable Shares, representing 5% of its issued and outstanding Exchangeable Shares. At the close of business on December 4, 2022, there were 172,218,116 Exchangeable Shares issued and outstanding. Under BEPC’s normal course issuer bid, it may repurchase up to 52,810 Exchangeable Shares on the TSX during any trading day, which represents 25% of the average daily trading volume of 211,241 Exchangeable Shares for the six months ended November 30, 2022.

Under BEP’s normal course issuer bid for Preferred Units, BEP is authorized to repurchase a total of approximately 10% of the public float of each respective series of the Preferred Units as follows:

Series

Ticker

Issued and
outstanding
units
1

Public float1

Average
daily trading
volume
2

Maximum number of
units subject to
purchase

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Daily

7

BEP.PR.G

7,000,000

7,000,000

4,846

700,000

1,211

13

BEP.PR.M

10,000,000

10,000,000

4,900

1,000,000

1,225

15

BEP.PR.O

7,000,000

7,000,000

4,093

700,000

1,023

18

BEP.PR.R

6,000,000

6,000,000

9,945

600,000

2,486

1. Calculated as at December 4, 2022.
2. For the 6 months ended November 30, 2022.

Under BRP Equity’s normal course issuer bid for Preferred Shares, BRP Equity is authorized to repurchase a total of approximately 10% of the public float of each respective series of the Preferred Shares as follows:

Series

Ticker

Issued and
outstanding
shares
3

Public float3

Average
daily trading
volume
4

Maximum number of
shares subject to
purchase
5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Daily

1

BRF.PR.A

6,849,533

6,849,533

3,456

684,953

1,000

2

BRF.PR.B

3,110,531

3,110,531

1,101

311,053

1,000

3

BRF.PR.C

9,961,399

9,961,399

5,670

996,139

1,417

5

BRF.PR.E

7,000,000

4,114,504

2,565

411,450

1,000

6

BRF.PR.F

7,000,000

7,000,000

3,572

700,000

1,000

3. Calculated as at December 4, 2022.
4. For the 6 months ended November 30, 2022.
5. In accordance with TSX rules, any daily repurchases with respect to the Series 1 Preferred Shares, Series 2 Preferred Shares, Series 5 Preferred Shares and the Series 6 Preferred Shares would be limited to 1,000 Preferred Shares of such series.

Repurchases under each normal course issuer bid are authorized to commence on December 16, 2022 and each normal course issuer bid will terminate on December 15, 2023, or earlier should Brookfield Renewable or BRP Equity, as applicable, complete repurchases under its respective normal course issuer bids prior to such date.

Under BEP’s prior normal course issuer bid for LP Units that commenced on December 16, 2021 and expires on December 15, 2022, BEP previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 13,750,520 LP Units. BEP has not repurchased any LP Units under its existing normal course issuer bid for LP Units in the past 12 months.

Under BEPC’s prior normal course issuer bid that commenced on December 16, 2021 and expires on December 15, 2022, BEPC previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 8,610,184 Exchangeable Shares. BEPC has not repurchased any Exchangeable Shares under its existing normal course issuer bid in the past 12 months.

Under BEP’s prior normal course issuer bid for Preferred Units that commenced on July 9, 2021 and expired on July 8, 2022, BEP previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 288,549 Series 5 Preferred Units, 700,000 Series 7 Preferred Units, 1,000,000 Series 11 Preferred Units, 1,000,000 Series 13 Preferred Units and 700,000 Series 15 Preferred Units. BEP did not repurchase any Preferred Units under this normal course issuer bid.

Under BRP Equity’s prior normal course issuer bid that commenced on July 9, 2021 and expired on July 8, 2022, BRP Equity previously sought and received approval from the TSX to repurchase up to 684,953 Series 1 Preferred Shares, 311,053 Series 2 Preferred Shares, 996,139 Series 3 Preferred Shares, 411,450 Series 5 Preferred Shares and 700,000 Series 6 Preferred Shares. BRP Equity did not repurchase any Preferred Shares under this normal course issuer bid.

All purchases of the LP Units and Exchangeable Shares will be effected through the facilities of the TSX and/or the New York Stock Exchange and/or alternative trading systems in Canada and/or the United States. All purchases of Preferred Units and Preferred Shares will be effected through facilities of the TSX and/or alternative trading systems in Canada. All LP Units, Preferred Units, Exchangeable Shares and Preferred Shares acquired under the applicable normal course issuer bid will be cancelled. Repurchases will be subject to compliance with applicable Canadian securities laws.

From time to time, when Brookfield Renewable or BRP Equity does not possess material non-public information about itself or its securities, they may enter into automatic purchase plans with brokers to allow for the purchase of LP Units, Preferred Units, Exchangeable Shares or Preferred Shares, as applicable, at times when they ordinarily would not be active in the market due to their own internal trading blackout periods and insider trading rules. Any such plans entered into with a broker will be adopted in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. The series of Preferred Units and Preferred Shares subject to an automatic purchase plan may vary. Outside of these periods, LP Units, Preferred Units, Exchangeable Shares and Preferred Shares will be repurchased in accordance with management’s discretion and in compliance with applicable law.

Brookfield Renewable

Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, utility-scale solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and totals approximately 24,000 megawatts of installed capacity and an over 100,000-megawatt and 8 million metric tons per annum (“MMTPA”) of carbon capture and storage development pipeline. Investors can access its portfolio either through Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (NYSE: BEP; TSX: BEP.UN), a Bermuda-based limited partnership, or Brookfield Renewable Corporation (NYSE, TSX: BEPC), a Canadian corporation. Further information is available at https://bep.brookfield.com. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information.

Brookfield Renewable is the flagship listed renewable power company of Brookfield Corporation (NYSE: BN; TSX: BN).

Please note that Brookfield Renewable’s previous audited annual and unaudited quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and securities regulators in Canada, are available on our website at https://bep.brookfield.com, on SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on SEDAR’s website at www.sedar.com. Hard copies of the annual and quarterly reports can be obtained free of charge upon request.

Contact information:

 

 

Media:

Investors:

Simon Maine

Cara Silverman

+44 7398 909 278

+1 416-649-8172

simon.maine@brookfield.com

cara.silverman@brookfield.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information may include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “believes” and “may” or variations of such words and phrases and include statements regarding the potential future purchases by BEP of its LP Units and Preferred Units, by BEPC of its Exchangeable Shares and by BRP Equity of its Preferred Shares pursuant to their respective normal course issuer bids and, as applicable, automatic repurchase plans. Although Brookfield Renewable believes that these forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on them, or any other forward-looking statements or information in this news release. The future performance and prospects of Brookfield Renewable are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results of Brookfield Renewable to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by the statements in this news release include: general economic conditions; interest rate changes; availability of equity and debt financing; the performance of the LP Units, the Preferred Units, the Exchangeable Shares or the Preferred Shares or the stock exchanges generally; and other risks and factors described in the documents filed by Brookfield Renewable with securities regulators in Canada and the United States including under “Risk Factors” in Brookfield Renewable’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other risks and factors that are described therein.

Except as required by law, Brookfield Renewable does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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