On July 16, 2009, Northland Power Income Fund (TSX: NPI.UN) merged with Northland Power Inc. (NPI), the parent of the external manager of the fund, through the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of NPI from Northland Power Holdings Inc. The completion of the acquisition and related transactions was subject to unitholder approval, which was received earlier that day.
The purchase price paid by the fund consisted of securities exchangeable into units of the fund, a portion of which are contingent upon NPI's development activities resulting in value to the fund. The transaction was a related party transaction under applicable securities laws and therefore required an independent valuation. Crosbie & Company was retained as the independent valuator and valued NPI at $322 to $421 million. The independent trustees of the fund unanimously recommended that unitholders approve the merger.
The fund is a Canadian income trust that indirectly owns equity interests in six power projects, which efficiently and cleanly produce electricity and steam for sale under long-term contracts. NPI is one of Canada's leading power developers, owners and operators. In addition to acting as manager of the fund, NPI has completed power generation projects totalling more than 740 MW of capacity and financings totalling more than $2 billion.
Northland Power Holdings Inc. and the manager of the fund were represented by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a team led by Linda Bertoldi and assisted by Paul Findlay, Dolores Di Felice, Gordon Raman and Michael Tripp (securities); Tracy Robillard, Anna Naud and Andrew Smith (corporate); Stephen Fyfe and Eva Krasa (tax); Bruce Fowler and Gus Karantzoulis (financing); Jeff Mitchell (labour and employment) and Eric Dufour (competition). Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP advised the independent trustees in connection with the transaction with a team led by William Orr and assisted by Sean Stevens, Brad Freelan and Peter Armstrong (corporate and securities); Mitchell Thaw and Paul Casuccio (tax); Armand Benitah (IP); Rosalind Cooper (environmental); Richard Johnston (pensions); Ralph Nero and Sara Parchello (labour and employment) and Daniel Law (real property).
The senior officers of NPI were represented by Peter Clark at Heenan Blaikie LLP.