Sonnedix has announced the completion of the non-recourse refinancing of a portfolio of photovoltaic plants in Italy with a total installed capacity of 66.3 MW at a total value of €197.1 million (US$205.2 million).
The financing included long-term bank debt, floating rate project bonds, and a debt service reserve facility.
BNP Paribas (Corporate & Institutional Banking) and Natixis S.A., Milan Branch acted as Structuring Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners for both the project bond and the loan. UBI Banca S.p.A. and Siemens Bank GMBH were Mandated Lead Arrangers of the loan. Natixis S.A. also acted as Transaction and Facility Agent and UBI S.p.A as Account Bank.
Institutional financing was provided by BRIDGE (managed by Edmond de Rothschild), SCOR and La Banque Postale Asset Management. BNP Paribas Securities Services Milan Branch acted as NoteHolders’ Representative and as Security Agent.
Sonnedix was advised by Norton Rose Fulbright (legal) and EY (financial advisor).
The lenders and bond investors were advised by Orrick (legal), EOS (technical), PWC (model audit), RSM Palea Lauri Gerla (corporate and tax advisory), and AON (insurance).
The NoteHolders’ Representative and the Security Agent was advised by Ashurst.
Andreas Mustad, CEO of Sonnedix said:
“This refinancing is an important milestone as we deepen our presence in Italy, following several acquisitions in the past twelve months. We have a long term commitment to the Italian market, and we look forward to further growth as we move into 2017.”