First Solar Acquisitions and Exits, 12 Deals Between 2007 and 2018
renewable energy Company

First Solar has acquired 8 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 4 assets.

First Solar’s largest acquisition to date was in 2010, when it acquired NextLight Renewable Power for $285M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2018, when it sold 8point3 Energy Partners to Capital Dynamics AG for $1.7B. First Solar has acquired in 2 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include energy services and equipment (50%) and electrical equipment (25%).

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First Solar, Inc.

350 West Washington Street, Suite 600,
Tempe, Arizona 85281
United States,
(602) 414-9300

First Solar, Inc. is a global provider of solar energy solutions, focused on providing power solutions across various market segments. First Solar designs, manufactures and sells photovoltaic solar modules with an advanced thin-film semiconductor technology and the Company develops, designs, constructs and sells PV solar power solutions that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. Additionally, First Solar provides operations and maintenance services to plant owners that use solar modules manufactured by the Company or by other third-party manufacturers. First Solar, Inc. was formed in 1999 and is based in Tempe, Arizona.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 7 1 - - - - 8
vol $319M $319M
Sell (0.8/yr) # - - - 2 2 - 4
vol $1.7B $1.7B

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Largest NextLight Renewable Power LLC
$285M (2010-07-13)
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Largest 8point3 Energy Partners LP
$1.7B (2018-02-05)

Renewable Energy M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the renewable energy sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 61 renewable energy companies that have made at least 1 acquisition.

The most prolific strategic renewable energy acquirer over the past 3 years is Nautilus Solar Energy, with 4 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the renewable energy sector over the past 3 years is Capital Dynamics AG with 6 platform acquisitions.

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