Leading full service residential solar provider announces lender commitment to warehouse debt facility to fund continued growth
LEHI : Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) today announced it has closed a $325 million revolving warehouse facility, which refinanced the aggregation credit facility that was set to mature in 2020. The new warehouse reduces the cost of debt by 87.5 basis points and materially increases the amount of upfront proceeds as a percentage of future contractual cash flows. Five lenders are involved in the deal, which includes an accordion feature that provides the ability for VSLR to upsize the facility to $400 million.
The lenders include Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC), CitiBank (NYSE:C), affiliates of Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), KeyBank (NYSE:KEY) and Silicon Valley Bank (NYSE:SIVB).
“This transaction represents a meaningful improvement in our ability to access debt funding at a higher advance rate, at a lower cost, and earlier in the lifecycle of our assets. Higher advance rates and earlier funding reduces the need for working capital in the business and brings our funding more in line with when we incur creation costs,” said Thomas Plagemann, CCO and Head of Capital Markets. “This new financing is part of our plan to continuously reduce our cost of business and provide inexpensive and clean energy solutions for our customers” said David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar. “The ongoing commitment from our lenders and the competitive terms of this warehouse facility reflect their trust in Vivint Solar’s financial strength and market momentum.”
Vivint Solar operates in 23 states and has raised more than $4.9 billion in cash equity, tax equity and debt since its inception in 2011.
About Vivint Solar
Vivint Solar is a leading full-service residential solar provider in the United States. With the help of Vivint Solar, homeowners can power their homes with clean, renewable energy, typically achieving significant financial savings over time. Vivint Solar designs and installs solar energy systems for homeowners and offers monitoring and maintenance services. In addition to being able to purchase a solar energy system outright, homeowners may benefit from Vivint Solar’s affordable, flexible financing options, including power purchase agreements, or lease agreements, where available. Vivint Solar also offers solar plus storage systems with LG Chem home batteries and electric vehicle chargers with ChargePoint Home. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com or follow @VivintSolar on Twitter.
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