Ørsted acquires US onshore wind developer

Source: press release, 9 August 2018

Ørsted wind farm (photo: Ørsted)
Ørsted has an ambitious plan to maintain and expand its position in offshore wind in existing and new markets (photo: Ørsted)

Ørsted has entered into an agreement with global infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital and management shareholders to acquire a 100% equity interest in Lincoln Clean Energy LLC, placing an enterprise valuation on LCE of USD 580 million.

LCE is a US based developer, owner and operator of onshore wind farms. LCE has an attractive portfolio of 513 MW recently commissioned, 300 MW under construction, and more than 1.5 GW of pipeline to be completed by 2022.

Ørsted has an ambitious plan to maintain and expand its position in offshore wind in existing and new markets. However, in February 2018, Ørsted announced that the company may invest in other renewable energy technologies to reinforce its position in renewable energy and create additional value for its shareholders.

Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Ørsted A/S, says, “The global market for onshore wind power is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, and the US is a leading onshore wind market. The acquisition of Lincoln Clean Energy will provide a strong growth platform in the US, which is one of Ørsted’s strategic growth markets. It is an investment case with healthy economics based on prudent assumptions about key value drivers and market developments.”

Ole Kjems Sørensen, EVP at Ørsted and Head of Partnerships, M&A & Asset Management, says, “With the acquisition of Lincoln Clean Energy, we acquire a sizable operating portfolio and development pipeline of high quality. We look forward to working with LCE’s highly experienced and successful team in further developing this attractive business.”

Declan Flanagan, CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy, says, “The Lincoln team is excited to join Ørsted and to work toward our shared goal of creating a world that runs entirely on green energy. This transaction will enhance our project execution and growth trajectory.”

LCE’s existing management team will continue to run the business which will be a separate unit outside of Ørsted’s Wind Power business.

The transaction is subject to approval by the US competition authorities and is expected to close prior to the end of 2018.

The 2018 outlook for EBITDA and gross investments is further described in Ørsted’s interim financial report for first half of 2018.