- Proceeds From Transaction Will Be Reinvested to Further Strengthen Balance Sheet and Liquidity
- Company on Track to Close Sale of Chilean Assets
SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that it completed the sale of its Peruvian businesses, generating approximately $3.59 billion in total cash proceeds, subject to post-closing adjustments. The sale to China Yangtze Power International (Hongkong) Co., Limited (CYP) and assigned to Yangtze Andes Holding Co., Limited includes Sempra Energy's 83.6% stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A. (Luz del Sur), as well as Tecsur S.A., which provides electric construction and infrastructure services to Luz del Sur and third parties, and Inland Energy S.A.C., Luz del Sur's generation business.
"We are very pleased with today's announcement as the sales proceeds will be used to further strengthen our balance sheet and our already solid liquidity position," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "We're also very excited that, in the face of current travel restrictions, all parties worked safely together to complete this deal as expected. We also remain on track for the sale of our Chilean businesses, which will complete the divestiture of all of Sempra Energy's South American assets and further our mission to become North America's premier energy infrastructure company."
Sempra Energy continues to move forward with the sale of its Chilean assets, including its 100% interest in Chilquinta Energía S.A., to State Grid International Development Limited for approximately $2.23 billion in total cash proceeds, subject to adjustments and satisfaction of closing conditions.
In combination, these transactions will conclude Sempra Energy's planned sale of its South American businesses for approximately $5.82 billion in total cash proceeds, subject to adjustments and, with respect to the sale of its Chilean assets, satisfaction of closing conditions.
BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as a financial advisor to Sempra Energy on the sale, and White & Case is serving as legal advisor.
Luz del Sur serves the southern region of Lima, Peru, and is the largest electric company in the country.
About China Yangtze Power Co Ltd
Yangtze Andes Holding Co., Limited is a subsidiary of China Yangtze Power Co Ltd, which is China's largest publicly listed power company. China Yangtze Power Co Ltd engages in electric power production, technological consultation of electric power generation and selected distribution services.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $60 billion in total assets reported in 2019, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers worldwide. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.
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