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    First Solar Completes Sale of Japan Project Development Platform to PAG Real Assets


    October 5, 2022 - GlobeNewswire

     

      TEMPE, Ariz. and TOKYO, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) has completed the previously announced sale of a 293-megawatt (MW)DC utility-scale solar project development platform in Japan, to funds managed by PAG Real Assets (“PAG”).

      As part of the sale, the majority of First Solar project development employees in Japan have joined PAG. PAG is a leading Asia Pacific-focused private investment manager with more than $50 billion in assets under management.

      First Solar had also previously announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which PAG will acquire from First Solar its solar operations and maintenance (O&M) platform with approximately 665 MWDC under management, in Japan. This transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, after obtaining regulatory approvals, the receipt of third-party consents and satisfying other customary closing conditions.

      About First Solar, Inc.

      First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at R&D labs in California and Ohio, the company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet. For more information, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

      About PAG

      PAG is a leading alternative investment firm focused on APAC with three core strategies: Credit & Markets, Private Equity, and Real Assets. Founded in 1997 as Secured Capital Japan, PAG Real Assets has invested $32 billion across more than 7,000 properties across the Asia-Pacific region. PAG manages capital on behalf of nearly 300 institutional fund investors, including some of the most sophisticated global asset allocators. As of 31 December 2021, PAG had 293 investment professionals in 12 key offices globally. PAG has more than $50 billion in assets under management. For more information, please visit www.pag.com.

      For First Solar Investors

      This press release contains various “forward-looking statements” which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning First Solar’s entry into definitive agreements to sell an O&M platform of approximately 665MWDC under management, in Japan, which is subject to the closing of the platforms’ acquisition. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “goal,” “target,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “predict,” “continue” and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on First Solar’s current expectations and First Solar’s projections about future events and therefore speak only as of the date of this release. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. First Solar undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause First Solar’s actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the expected timing and likelihood of completion of the transaction; the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any third-party consent or governmental approvals required in respect of the transaction referred to herein that could cause the parties to abandon such transaction; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the definitive agreements referred to herein; the risk that the parties may not be able to satisfy the conditions to such transaction in a timely manner or at all; and the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

      Media

      Reuven Proença

      First Solar Media

      reuven.proenca@firstsolar.com
      Investors

      Richard Romero

      First Solar Investor Relations

      investor@firstsolar.com




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