HONG KONG, Dec. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (SKYS) (“Sky Solar” or the “Company”), a global developer, owner and operator of solar parks, today announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Sky Solar Japan Co., Ltd. (“SSJ”) and Sky International Enterprise Group Ltd. have entered into a TK interest purchase and sale agreement (the “Agreement”) with Solar Partnership Capital (“SPC”) and Conscious Partners KK. The Agreement is related to the TK partnership established on August 28, 2015, when SSJ entered into a silent partnership agreement (the “TK Agreement”) with SPC to build and operate approximately 107 MW of solar projects in Japan.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Sky Solar made a payment of JPY 2 billion (US$18 million) to SPC upon the signing of the Agreement, and an additional JPY13.4 billion (US$121 million) will be paid on or before April 1, 2019, at which time SPC’s entire interest under the TK Agreement will be transferred to Sky Solar or any of its designated purchasers. The TK interest purchase payment is guaranteed by Sky Solar and its subsidiaries. In addition, on December 20, 2018, SPC withdrew the lawsuit it filed against SSJ on June 25, 2018, which alleged significant differences in the interpretation of certain terms of the silent partnership between SSJ and SPC, and purported to seek certain damages.
Furthermore, Sky Solar has the option to raise external financing by utilizing the projects under the TK Agreement, or it can initiate a process to sell the projects under the TK Agreement. The proceeds from either of these transactions will be used to make the TK interest purchase payment.
Dr. Hao Wu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sky Solar, commented, “We believe the withdrawal of the litigation by SPC and the TK Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement should increase the confidence of Japanese financial institutions that have been following the developments in this matter, and could open up more project finance opportunities for SSJ’s projects in Japan.”
About Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd.
Sky Solar is a global independent power producer (“IPP”) that develops, owns, and operates solar parks and generates revenue primarily by selling electricity. Since its inception, Sky Solar has focused on the downstream solar market and has developed projects in Asia, South America, Europe, and North America. The Company’s broad geographic reach and established presence across key solar markets are significant differentiators that provide global opportunities and mitigate country-specific risks. Sky Solar aims to establish operations in select geographies with highly attractive solar radiation, regulatory environments, power pricing, land availability, financial access and overall power market trends. As a result of its focus on the downstream photovoltaic segment, Sky Solar is technology agnostic and is able to customize its solar parks based on local environmental and regulatory requirements. As of June 30, 2018, the Company owned and operated 203.5 MW of solar parks.
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