Spruce Power Holding Corporation (NYSE: SPRU) (“Spruce” or the “Company”), a leading owner and operator of distributed solar energy assets across the United States, today announced the acquisition of a portfolio of over 2,400 residential solar systems and contracts from a publicly traded, regulated utility companyfor $20.9 million. The acquisition closed on August 18, 2023.
The acquired portfolio consists of residential solar systems located in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, with an average remaining contract life of nearly 11 years. The portfolio is expected to generate about $4.0 million of annual run-rate revenue. Prior to the acquisition, Spruce was the third-party services solution provider for the portfolio, which allows for efficient, low-cost integration into Spruce’s existing portfolio of home solar assets and contracts. Spruce’s total portfolio grows to over 75,000 home solar assets and contracts, representing almost 50% growth in less than a year since the Company’s transition into a pure play owner and operator of residential rooftop solar assets in 2022.
Spruce funded the acquisition purchase price entirely through proceeds from the concurrent upsizing of its Spruce Power 2 credit facility (the “SP2 Facility”). Strong performance to date of legacy Spruce assets in the SP2 Facility collateral pool resulted in the Company’s ability to raise incremental debt financing on the underlying assets during the upsize process, thus offsetting any cash equity needed for the acquisition purchase price. The SP2 Facility, as well as all of Spruce’s debt, is non-recourse to the Company.
"With Spruce already providing comprehensive servicing solutions to this acquired portfolio, our team is very familiar with the portfolio and its strong operating history and financial performance. This investment will provide Spruce an attractive return on capital and represents continued execution of our growth strategy that enables such low customer acquisition cost,” said Christian Fong, Spruce’s Chief Executive Officer.
Sarah Wells, Spruce’s Chief Financial Officer, added, “This is an exciting acquisition where Spruce could self-fund growth by tapping the operational excellence of the Company’s asset management teams and strong performance of our existing assets. With this acquisition, our financial outlook continues to improve, and we are tightening our expectation for annual run-rate business cash inflows to between $120 million and $130 million.”
About Spruce Power
Spruce Power Holding Corporation (NYSE: SPRU) is a leading owner and operator of distributed solar energy assets across the United States. We provide subscription-based services that make it easy for homeowners to benefit from rooftop solar power and battery storage. Our as-a-service model allows consumers to access new technology without making a significant upfront investment or incurring maintenance costs. Our company owns the cash flows from over 75,000 home solar assets and contracts across the United States. For additional information, please visit www.sprucepower.com.
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Business Cash Inflows:
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