Greenlight ends bet on SunEdison’s TerraForms

Signage is displayed outside of the SunEdison Inc. solar headquarters building in Belmont, California, U.S., on Monday, May 9, 2016. SunEdison Inc. will be officially delisted from the New York Stock Exchange on May 17, about a month after the clean-energy giant filed for bankruptcy protection and prompted the exchange to suspend trading. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images



Greenlight Capital is no longer betting on SunEdison Inc.’s two TerraForm yieldcos, marking the end of another chapter in its bruising wager on the renewable-energy company. The New York-based hedge fund run by David Einhorn unloaded its remaining shares in TerraForm Power Inc. and TerraForm Global Inc. in the fourth quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It sold about 1.5 million shares in TerraForm Power, and about 1.6 million shares in TerraForm Global.
Greenlight exited the TerraForms as they attempt to untangle themselves from SunEdison, which in April filed the largest US bankruptcy of 2016. A sales process to find a new owner, or sponsor, for the yieldcos began last year. In January, Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Canada’s largest alternative asset manager, was announced as the exclusive bidder.
TerraForm Global, a yieldco focused on emerging markets, has 952 megawatts of wind and solar assets, including 307 megawatts in Brazil and 302 megawatts in India, according to a presentation this month. TerraForm Power owns almost 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar farms in OECD countries, including the US and the UK. TerraForm Power fell 0.7 percent Wednesday to $11.70 at the close in New York. TerraForm Global gained 1.1 percent to $4.75. Spokesmen for Greenlight and the TerraForm yieldcos declined to comment.
Hedge funds including Greenlight championed SunEdison’s multi-continent buying-binge in 2015, and in particular the forming of yieldcos — public holding companies — to buy its wind and solar farms. The yieldcos let Maryland Heights, Missouri-based SunEdison raise additional cash to expand around the world.

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