CTG, SDIC seen bidding for Canada’s Northland
Attempt to buy is consistent with strategy to snap up clean energy producers abroad
China Three Gorges Corp and SDIC Power Holdings Co are among companies bidding for Canadian renewable energy producer Northland Power Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.
First-round bids for the Toronto-based company, which has a market value of C$3.7 billion ($2.8 billion), were due on Dec 2, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Some Canadian pension funds also had a look at the company but balked at its valuation ahead of the bid deadline, the people said.
Northland Power announced in July that the company had commenced a review of strategic alternatives, a spokesman for the company said in an emailed statement on Friday, declining to comment further. Representatives of Three Gorges and SDIC didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and JPMorgan Chase & Co are working on Northland’s review.
The company owns or has investments in power generation facilities in Canada, the US and Germany. Its
Northland Power Inc’s market value
the cost of SDIC Power’s acquisition of Repsol SA’s offshore wind-energy business in May
facilities produce electricity from clean natural gas and other renewable sources, including solar, wind and biomass.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to cut pollution and spur investment in non-fossil fuels in the world’s second-largest economy.
Three Gorges agreed to buy control of German wind farm operator WindMW GmbH from Blackstone Group LP in June, in a deal valuing the target at about 1.7 billion euros ($1.8 billion) including debt, people familiar with the matter said at the time.
SDIC Power acquired Repsol SA’s offshore wind-energy business for 238 million euros in May, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.