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    BEPC Brookfield Renewable earns $122M (U.S.) in Q2 2022


    August 5, 2022 - Canada StockWatch

     

      Brookfield Renewable Corp (TSX:BEPC)

      Shares Issued 172,222,322

      Last Close 8/4/2022 $51.70

      Friday August 05 2022 - News Release

      See Brookfield Renewable Partners LP (TSX:BEP) News Release

      Mr. Connor Teskey reports

      BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE ANNOUNCES STRONG SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

      Brookfield Renewable Partners LP has released financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. All amounts in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

      "The business performed well this quarter, as we delivered strong financial results, commissioned 1,000 megawatts of development, and deployed and committed $3 billion into growth initiatives," said Connor Teskey, CEO of Brookfield Renewable. "Given the depth of our operating capabilities, globally diverse asset base, and strong access to capital, we are well positioned in all market environments to be a partner of choice in helping governments and businesses achieve their goals of low-cost energy, net-zero, and energy security."

      Brookfield Renewable reported FFO of $294 million or $0.46 per Unit for the three months ended June 30, 2022, a 10% increase on a per Unit basis over the same period in the prior year. After deducting non-cash depreciation, our Net income attributable to Unitholders for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $1 million.

      Highlights:

      • We closed or agreed to invest $3 billion ($650 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of capital across various transactions and regions.
      • We advanced key commercial priorities, securing contracts to deliver an incremental 3,000,000-megawatt hours of clean energy annually including 600,000 megawatt hours to corporate offtakers. This includes securing a contract to provide clean energy to one of BASF's largest production facilities globally.
      • We continued to accelerate our development activities, commissioning approximately 1,000 megawatts of new projects. These are expected to contribute approximately $11 million of FFO annually to Brookfield Renewable. We also continue to execute on our 17,000-megawatt under-construction and advanced-stage pipeline and have expanded our development pipeline to 75,000 megawatts and approximately 8 million metric tons per annum of carbon capture and storage ("CCS").
      • We are advancing approximately $560 million ($90 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of asset recycling activities and continue to maintain robust financial capacity with $4 billion of available liquidity, no material near-term maturities, and limited floating interest rate exposure.

      Growth Initiatives

      So far this year, we have deployed or agreed to deploy $4.5 billion ($1 billion net to Brookfield Renewable) of capital across a wide range of investments, including battery storage, carbon capture, distributed generation, and utility-scale wind and solar. To date, our investments into new transition opportunities comprise only a small portion of our capital deployment, but mark entry points into segments that we feel have the potential to grow significantly over time. These investments represent new and incremental growth levers for our business, beyond our continued growth in renewables.

      Our approach to investing in new transition opportunities is similar to how we look at renewable investments. We look for opportunities that are economic without government subsidy, technologically proven, and underpinned by strong macro tailwinds. We focus on situations where our key advantages of access to capital, knowledge of power markets, operating and development capabilities, extensive customer relationships, and global reach can differentiate us as investors and operators. Over time, as more decarbonization products and services scale, we expect transition investments to grow within our portfolio. However, investment in clean power generation remains the largest decarbonization investment opportunity today, and we therefore expect it to represent the majority of our deployment for the foreseeable future.

      Our global distributed generation business continues to be a significant area of growth, as the trends of decentralized power generation and direct customer interaction accelerate. In the past twelve months, we have grown our U.S. distributed generation business by three times to 6,500 megawatts through various organic initiatives. These include our channel partnerships, joint development agreements, and strategic partnerships, like our cooperation agreement with Trane Technologies, which enables us to leverage our respective capabilities to create decarbonization solutions for customers.

      We recently agreed to acquire a leading integrated distributed generation developer in the U.S. with a proven track record of developing and operating projects, for $700 million ($140 million net to Brookfield Renewable), representing our equity purchase price and additional equity deployment to fund future growth. The business has in-house expertise across all stages of the development lifecycle, with 500 megawatts of contracted operating and under construction assets located primarily in the U.S. northeast and an 1,800-megawatt identified development pipeline, of which almost 200 megawatts are de-risked with long-term, creditworthy counterparties.

      With this investment, we further enhanced our position as the global leader in distributed generation with 10,300 megawatts of operating and development assets. With capabilities and scale across all our core regions, we are well positioned to keep growing and provide our customers with innovative decarbonization solutions across multiple markets. This will help our partners meet their sustainability targets while reducing operating costs through onsite renewable energy and other decarbonization services.

      We also expanded our North American CCS platform through a recently announced joint venture to establish a new carbon management business. Under an arrangement with California Resource Corporation ("CRC"), an independent oil and natural gas company committed to the energy transition, we will partner to fund the development and construction of identified CCS projects in California, with an initial goal of deploying up to $500 million of capital ($100 million net to Brookfield Renewable). We expect that the joint venture, where we will retain the option to fund projects meeting our objectives, will benefit from a first mover advantage through CRC's ownership of prospective CO2 storage reservoirs that are a critical asset for carbon capture and storage in California, one of the most desirable jurisdictions globally given the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standards credit system. The joint venture is targeting the injection of 5 million metric tons per annum and 200 million metric tons of total carbon dioxide storage development, which if reached, could result in an additional investment of approximately $1 billion ($200 million net to Brookfield Renewable).

      During the quarter, we invested in a leading private owner and operator of long-term, U.S. dollar-denominated, contracted critical power and utility assets across the Americas with 1,200 megawatts of installed capacity. Our investment will be used to fund both growth, and decarbonization initiatives, including the implementation of a Paris-aligned energy transition plan that includes an approximately 1,300-megawatt renewable development pipeline. We have committed to invest up to $500 million ($100 million net to Brookfield Renewable) through both preferred shares and a 20% stake in the common equity.

      In Brazil, we signed an agreement to acquire a high quality approximately 600-megawatt greenfield solar project in late-stage development located in a region with high solar radiance and grid availability, as well as potential construction, operating and connection synergies with our existing portfolio. The project is expected to require approximately $190 million ($48 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of equity capital.

      In India, we signed an agreement to acquire our first renewable energy park. Once built, this renewable energy park will be approximately 500 megawatts and will enable us to provide decarbonization solutions to commercial and industrial customers at scale. The project is expected to require approximately $110 million ($22 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of equity capital. This represents the first investment in a renewable energy park strategy that we feel is highly replicable and plays to our strengths of development, construction, and corporate contracting.

      Across the rest of Asia, we agreed to acquire approximately 750 megawatts of fully contracted wind assets consisting of primarily ready-to-build or under-construction projects for a total investment of approximately $340 million ($70 million net to Brookfield Renewable). The projects, some of which we are acquiring alongside Apple's renewable energy fund, are expected to be commissioned over the next year and will tuck into our existing operations in the region.

      We are a Partner of Choice for Decarbonization

      We are expanding and delivering on our 17,000-megawatt construction pipeline. So far this year, we have commissioned approximately 1,500 megawatts of capacity, which will contribute approximately $20 million of additional run-rate FFO. And we are on track to commission an additional 2,800 megawatts of capacity by end of the year, which are expected to contribute an incremental approximately $40 million in annual FFO.

      This includes progressing wind repowerings in the U.S., including our 850-megawatt Shepherds Flat project, which remains on track for substantial completion by the end of the year. In Brazil, we commissioned our 30-megawatt Foz do Estrela hydro project and began selling power from our 1,200-megawatt Janauba solar facility during the quarter.

      In Europe, 120 megawatts of new-build onshore wind assets reached commercial operations during the quarter. All these projects are contracted with the Polish government under inflation linked 15-year contracts. In Germany, we injected additional capital into our business and have doubled the megawatts expected to achieve ready-to-build status in the first two years. With the energy situation in Germany well known, we are working as hard as possible to build new projects as fast as we can. Elsewhere, we commissioned 200 megawatts of corporate contracted solar capacity in Australia and our first greenfield project in India, a 450-megawatt solar facility.

      While this level of new generation is significant, it is representative of the ongoing level of development activity in our business. Our cash flows have started to meaningfully benefit from the considerable "dollars in the ground" that we have invested into our development projects in the past. Our development investment has increased in recent years and will continue, meaning we have strong visibility into the future growth of our cash flows as more of our development projects come online.

      We continue to be well positioned from a supply chain perspective, given our diversified pipeline and strong global relationships. While most major components for solar and wind development projects are experiencing upward pricing pressure, we lock in the cost of our major components when we sign revenue contracts. As a result, our under-construction pipeline is well protected from these risks, and while some costs have escalated, we have had no material issues in our broader business.

      Looking ahead, given our ability to execute globally and at scale, we remain a top choice for corporates looking to procure green power. This is because we can be an attractive and flexible partner by offering a full suite of decarbonization solutions from our diverse fleet of renewable power and transition assets across the globe. We recently signed several agreements for 600,000 megawatt hours of wind and solar development with multinational corporations who are market leaders in their respective industries, including Amazon, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, and Salesforce. Each of these agreements has unique characteristics but with the consistent underlying theme of helping these corporations decarbonize their operations.

      For example, we are finalizing terms on one of the largest national account distributed generation portfolios ever awarded globally, and we signed a 25-year fixed-price renewable electricity supply agreement with BASF, a multinational chemical company, to power one of its largest production facilities globally that it is building in China. All these agreements involve the build out of significant clean energy by leveraging our deep development expertise and centralized procurement platform and represent opportunities to enhance our long-term decarbonization relationships with these global corporations.

      Operating Results

      We generated FFO of $294 million or $0.46 per unit during the quarter, reflecting solid performance and an increase of 10%. Our operations benefited from strong asset availability, higher power prices, and continued growth, both through development and acquisitions.

      In the current power price environment, we are executing on several initiatives to capture value across our business. At our hydro assets in the U.S. and Colombia, where we have a majority of our uncontracted generation over the next five years, we have been executing contracts at very attractive prices. And while our results benefitted from higher all-in market prices during the quarter, the impact was relatively limited given we were largely contracted going into the year. However, throughout this year and beyond, we have increasing amounts of hydro capacity across our fleet which will come available to benefit from these dynamics. At our pumped storage assets in the UK, we have locked in value through 2024, where typically we only do this months ahead.

      During the quarter, our hydroelectric segment delivered FFO of $205 million. Our hydro assets globally continue to exhibit strong cash flow resiliency given the increasingly diversified asset base and the ability to capture higher power prices both through inflation linked power purchase agreements and a positive merchant pricing environment. Across our fleet, reservoirs are generally at long-term averages, positioning the portfolio well to capture the higher power prices in the latter half of the year.

      Our wind and solar segments generated a combined $150 million of FFO. We continue to benefit from contributions from acquisitions and the diversification of our fleet that is underpinned by long duration power purchase agreements, which provide stable revenues.

      Lastly, our distributed energy and sustainable solutions segment generated $38 million of FFO benefitting from both acquisitions and organic growth across the portfolio.

      Balance Sheet And Liquidity

      Our balance sheet and liquidity remain strong. We have approximately $4 billion of available liquidity, allowing us to opportunistically fund our growth pipeline, and no material near-term maturities. Additionally, with the recent $15 billion closing of Brookfield's Global Transition Fund, we have access to scale capital to invest alongside us, which is a meaningful advantage given increasingly volatile capital markets.

      During the first half of 2022, we accelerated many of our financing activities, extending the term of our debt and locking in attractive interest rates, before recent rate increases. During the quarter, we executed $2.1 billion of non-recourse financings across the business. Notably, on the back of a strong outlook for our Colombian business and in anticipation of potential market volatility ahead of the recent presidential elections, we raised $630 million ($150 million net to Brookfield Renewable) in upfinancings at an average term of over 8 years.

      As a result, our balance sheet is in excellent shape, with an average debt duration across our portfolio of 13 years and very limited floating rate debt, almost all of which is in Brazil and Colombia, where we have the benefit of full inflation escalation in our contracts.

      We also continued to advance our capital recycling initiatives which, when closed, will generate $560 million of proceeds ($90 million net to Brookfield Renewable). During the quarter, we closed the sale of 36 megawatts of Brazilian hydro assets for proceeds of $90 million ($23 million net to Brookfield Renewable) and closed the first tranche of the sale of our 630-megawatt solar portfolio in Mexico for $240 million ($30 million net to Brookfield Renewable), where we expect to nearly double our invested capital in less than three years.

      Distribution Declaration

      The next quarterly distribution in the amount of $0.32 per LP unit, is payable on September 29, 2022 to unitholders of record as at the close of business on August 31, 2022. In conjunction with the Partnership's distribution declaration, the Board of Directors of BEPC has declared an equivalent quarterly dividend of $0.32 per share, also payable on September 29, 2022 to shareholders of record as at the close of business on August 31, 2022. Brookfield Renewable targets a sustainable distribution with increases targeted on average at 5% to 9% annually.

      The quarterly dividends on BEP's preferred shares and preferred LP units have also been declared.

      Distribution Currency Option

      The quarterly distributions payable on the BEP units and BEPC shares are declared in U.S. dollars. Unitholders who are residents in the United States will receive payment in U.S. dollars and unitholders who are residents in Canada will receive the Canadian dollar equivalent unless they request otherwise. The Canadian dollar equivalent of the quarterly distribution will be based on the Bank of Canada daily average exchange rate on the record date or, if the record date falls on a weekend or holiday, on the Bank of Canada daily average exchange rate of the preceding business day.

      Registered unitholders who are residents in Canada who wish to receive a U.S. dollar distribution and registered unitholders who are residents in the United States wishing to receive the Canadian dollar distribution equivalent should contact Brookfield Renewable's transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, in writing at 100 University Avenue, 8th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Y1 or by phone at 1-800-564-6253. Beneficial unitholders (i.e., those holding their units in street name with their brokerage) should contact the broker with whom their units are held.

      Distribution Reinvestment Plan

      Brookfield Renewable Partners maintains a Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") which allows holders of BEP units who are residents in Canada to acquire additional LP units by reinvesting all or a portion of their cash distributions without paying commissions. Information on the DRIP, including details on how to enroll, is available on our website.

      Additional information on Brookfield Renewable's distributions and preferred share dividends can be found on our website.

      Brookfield Renewable Partners LP

      Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world's largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and totals approximately 23,000 megawatts of installed capacity and an approximately 75,000-megawatt and 8 million metric tons per annum of carbon dioxide ("MMTPA CO2") development pipeline. Investors can access its portfolio either through Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (NYSE: BEP; TSX: BEP.UN), a Bermuda-based limited partnership, or Brookfield Renewable Corporation (NYSE, TSX: BEPC), a Canadian corporation.

      Brookfield Renewable is the flagship listed renewable power company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $750 billion of assets under management.

      Please note that Brookfield Renewable's previous audited annual and unaudited quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and securities regulators in Canada, are available on our website, on SEC's website and on SEDAR's. Hard copies of the annual and quarterly reports can be obtained free of charge upon request.

      Quarterly Earnings Call Details

      Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Renewable's Second Quarter 2022 Results as well as the Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information on Brookfield Renewable's website.

      The conference call can be accessed via webcast on August 5, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

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