Ayala Corporation announced today that it entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the interests held by an affiliate of a fund advised by Denham Capital in GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Co. (GMCP). GMCP is the owner of the 2 x 300-MW coal-fired power generating plant in Mariveles, Bataan province.
Pursuant to such agreement and subject to lenders’ consent and other customary closing conditions, Ayala has agreed to acquire ownership interests of approximately 17.1% in GMCP and its Mariveles Power Plant for a total purchase price of approximately US$155.0 million. The Mariveles Power Plant is currently undergoing commissioning. The other sponsors of the Mariveles Power Plant are power project developer Power Partners, Ltd. Co. and Sithe Global Power LLC, a company owned by investors of The Blackstone Group. Ayala intends to hold its investment in GMCP through its wholly owned energy subsidiary, AC Energy Holdings, Inc.
According to John Eric T. Francia, Ayala managing director and AC Energy president, “The Mariveles Power Plant is a major capacity addition that is critical to alleviating potential power shortages in the Luzon grid. It is utilizing pulverized coal technology designed to meet global standards and contributes to Ayala’s goal of providing low-cost electricity to the country.”
Ayala president and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, for his part, said, “We are pleased with the addition of the Mariveles Power Plant to Ayala’s growing portfolio of energy projects. We are delighted to be working with Sithe Global Power and Power Partners in this endeavor. Our investment reflects the Ayala group’s support for the energy and infrastructure needs of our country and our confidence in its bright growth prospects.”
J. P. Morgan served as financial advisor to Ayala on this transaction.