Covanta Completes Sale of its Interest in Quezon Project
MORRISTOWN, N.J., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA) (the “Company” or “Covanta”), today announced that it has completed the sale of its interests in the Quezon coal-fired electric generation facility located in the Philippines to Electricity Generating PCL (“EGCO”). The purchase price of $215 million was paid in cash.
Quezon is the second facility to be sold following Covanta’s June 2010 announcement of its intention to sell its equity interests in four fossil fuel facilities in the Philippines, India and Bangladesh. The sale of its interest in the Samalpatti facility in India closed earlier this year. During the fourth quarter of 2010, Covanta’s interests in all four of the non-core assets were classified as Assets Held for Sale. The press release dated February 9, 2011 and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 contain information relating to the financial results of these discontinued operations.
The Quezon project represents a significant majority of the value of these non-core assets. Commenting on the transaction, Anthony Orlando, Covanta’s President and CEO stated that, “We wish EGCO and our former employees continued success with the Quezon project; it is truly a world-class facility. Selling it and other fossil fuel assets enables us to continue sharpening our focus on our core Energy-from-Waste business.”
The sale of the four assets is expected to generate total gross proceeds of $270 – $290 million. Net proceeds from the Quezon facility are expected to be approximately $208 million. With respect to the Company’s intended use of those proceeds, Sanjiv Khattri, Covanta’s EVP and CFO stated that, “We noted previously that we can return in excess of $100 million to shareholders in a tax efficient manner and we intend to move forward with this over the balance of the year. The additional funds will remain off-shore with the intention of reinvesting them into the business.” The Quezon sale will generate a one-time after tax book gain of approximately $140 million.
Discussions with prospective buyers for the two remaining assets in India and Bangladesh are continuing.
Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA), is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta’s 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.covantaholding.com.
Electricity Generating PCL (“EGCO”) was the first independent power producer in Thailand. EGCO is currently considered to be one of the premier independent power companies in Southeast Asia with a range of power generation facilities under management and extensive operation, maintenance and related power plant services capabilities. Its portfolio is comprised of power generation assets with gross capacity of 7,300 MW. These facilities are situated in Thailand, the Philippines, and Laos PDR. EGCO’s fleet has a fuel mix comprised of natural gas, coal, hydropower, biomass and solar. For more information on the group, please visit our website at egco.com.
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