Canadian Solar Secures $50 Million Term Loan from Credit Suisse

Canadian Solar subsidiary sells an equity stake in solar project


Canadian Solar has secured a $50 million term loan from Credit Suisse. Canadian Solar intends to deploy the term loan to support the development of international solar project pipeline and for general corporate purposes.

The U.S. dollar-denominated term loan is expected to mature in April 2021. Credit Suisse further provided Canadian Solar with a cross-currency interest rate swap to hedge its cross-currency interest rate liabilities relating to the term loan.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, “We are pleased with this strong demonstration of capital support from Credit Suisse. This term loan provides us with the financial flexibility to invest in growth and further improve our cost of capital.”

Meanwhile, Recurrent Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar has sold its equity stake in the 100 MW Mustang solar project to the Renewable Power Group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. This transaction completes Recurrent Energy’s sale of equity stakes in the 973 MW portfolio of California solar projects that came online in 2016. The company expects to recognize the sales revenue from Mustang in the second quarter of 2019.

“We are thrilled to partner with Goldman Sachs on the sale of the Mustang solar project, and this transaction again demonstrates Canadian Solar’s ability to attract top tier investors,” said Dr. Qu.

Recently, Canadian Solar Projects K.K, a wholly owned subsidiary of module supplier Canadian Solar, announced the renewal of a credit facility. The credit facility was made available through a syndicate of four finance and leasing institutions, led by Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL). The company intends to utilize the credit extension facility to develop more high-quality solar power projects in Japan.

In 2018, the firm acquired 51% stake in two solar power projects of Suzlon Energy with 15 MW capacity each in Telangana.