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Summary

  • Q1/14 FFO results of $185 million was 14% higher than Q1/13 FFO of $162 million.
  • Recent completion of 3 acquisition interests to complement growth.
  • Highly stable cash flows to support 5.2% yield at a 65% payout ratio.

Company Description:

Brookfield Renewable is one the largest pure-play renewable power businesses in North America with full operating, development, power marketing, and investing capabilities. As of May, 2014, the company holds $17B in power assets, comprising 216 generating facilities that hold 6,000 megawatts of capacity, of which 85% is hydroelectric and 11% wind.

The Brookfield Structure:

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (NYSE: BEP) is 65% owned by Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM), which is a diversified asset manager with 72% interest in Brookfield Property Partners (NYSE: BPY), 28% interest Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP), and 100% interest in Brookfield Capital Partners. Brookfield Property Partners also owns majority interest in Brookfield Office Properties (NYSE: BPO). These stocks trade both on the NYSE and TSX.

Investment Rationale:

- Strong growth potential with 16% annualized returns since the launch of Great Lakes Hydro Income Fund in 1999. The management team lead by Richard Legault, has a solid track record of generating returns, complimented by access to Brookfield's worldwide network. In addition, Brookfield Renewable recently completed the following acquisitions: 1) A 33% economic and 50% voting interest in a 417 MW facility in Pennsylvania that is expected to generate 1,100 GWh annually 2) A 70 MW hydroelectric portfolio located in Maine, consisting of nine facilities which are expected to generate 400 GWh annually 3) The remaining 50% interest in a 30 MW facility in California

- Top-notch asset quality dominated by hydroelectric plants with compelling operating characteristics and return profile. As shown in the comparables exhibit, Brookfield Renewable Energy's EBITDA margin of 69% far exceeds the median of 37.5%. Given 17-20% return profiles for the development pipeline, Brookfield Renewable would expect $80-100 million of FFO increases over the next 5 years from $500 million of organic development.

- Stable cash flow derived from highly contracted cash flows from creditworthy counter-parties. 93% of cash flows are contracted with inflation-linked power purchase agreements that have a 17-year weighted average duration. Furthermore, cash flows benefit from geographic diversification among stable countries with 55% from U.S., 30% from Canada, and 15% from Brazil

Source: Brookfield Renewable Interim Report

Given BEP's rapid growth rate, which is 6x the median revenue growth rate of peers and 19x the median EBITDA growth rate, BEP should little problem maintaining its dividend payout. Thus, I believe that BEP is an excellent addition to an income focused portfolio with possibilities of capital appreciation if Brookfield Renewable is able to continue to grow at its current rate.

As a pure-play investment, Brookfield Renewable is highly expose to electricity prices, so there is a risk that sharp drops in power rates could put pressure on revenues. As an owner of renewable energy facilities, Brookfield Renewable is also indirectly exposed to oil and natural gas prices, which would affect the cost structure of competitors.

Comparables Exhibit:

TickerNYSE: BEPNYSE: AEPNYSE: PNWNYSE: EIXNYSE: WR
Company Name:BROOKFIELD RENEWEABLEAMERICAN ELECTRICPINNACLE WESTEDISON INTLWESTAR ENERGY
Latest Fiscal Year:12/201312/201312/201312/201312/2013
Latest Available Period Date:12/31/20133/31/20143/31/20143/31/20143/31/2014
52-Week High30.0254.6460.3357.7036.35
52-Week High Date5/28/20134/29/20147/22/20134/30/20144/28/2014
52-Week Low24.6941.8351.1544.2629.79
52-Week Low Date8/20/20139/4/20132/3/20149/5/20139/9/2013
Daily Volume19,6261,597,689328,7441,168,896766,780
Current Price:5/26/1429.6051.4154.8254.0235.47
52-Week High % Change-1.4%-5.9%-9.1%-6.4%-2.4%
52-Week Low % Change19.9%22.9%7.2%22.1%19.1%
Total Common Shares (NYSE:M)-487.8110.2325.8128.3
Market Capitalization3,937.725,092.36,049.817,600.34,572.0
Total Debt6,623.019,419.03,595.511,037.03,593.1
Preferred Stock796.0--2,023.0-
Minority Interest4,014.03.0154.9-7.8
- Cash and Equivalents203.0602.0103.4149.09.1
Current Enterprise Value15,167.743,912.39,696.830,511.38,163.8
ValuationAverageMedian
Total RevenueLFY1,706.015,357.03,454.612,581.02,370.77,093.93,454.6
LTM1,706.016,179.03,454.212,875.02,453.07,333.43,454.2
FY+11,771.616,730.73,557.512,860.22,499.97,484.03,557.5
FY+21,839.317,244.03,664.913,252.42,545.87,709.33,664.9
EV/Total RevenueLFY8.63x2.70x2.74x2.17x3.25x3.9x2.7x
LTM8.63x2.69x2.80x2.44x3.31x4.0x2.8x
FY+18.56x2.62x2.73x2.37x3.27x3.9x2.7x
FY+28.25x2.55x2.65x2.30x3.21x3.8x2.6x
EBITDALFY1,176.04,955.01,338.63,908.0882.82,452.11,338.6
LTM1,176.05,282.01,324.93,974.0918.82,535.11,324.9
FY+11,305.45,176.11,301.34,178.7940.42,580.41,305.4
FY+21,344.35,257.11,365.14,415.9973.02,671.11,365.1
EV/EBITDALFY12.51x8.37x7.06x6.99x8.73x8.7x8.4x
LTM12.90x8.31x7.32x7.68x8.89x9.0x8.3x
FY+111.62x8.48x7.45x7.30x8.68x8.7x8.5x
FY+211.28x8.35x7.10x6.91x8.39x8.4x8.4x
EPSLFY-3.233.663.762.273.233.45
LTM-3.583.584.362.403.483.58
FY+10.533.483.693.712.372.763.48
FY+20.493.533.853.582.382.773.53
P/ELFY-14.47x14.46x12.31x14.17x13.9x14.3x
LTM-14.36x15.31x12.39x14.78x14.2x14.6x
FY+155.85x14.76x14.84x14.54x14.94x23.0x14.8x
FY+260.41x14.56x14.25x15.08x14.93x23.8x14.9x
Revenue Growth1 Year30.3%2.8%4.6%6.1%4.8%9.7%4.8%
5 Year92.9%6.4%2.0%1.2%8.5%22.2%6.4%
EBITDA Growth1 Year42.9%1.7%0.4%2.3%3.0%10.1%2.3%
5 Year54.3%3.9%7.2%0.4%11.9%15.5%7.2%
EBITDA MarginLTM68.93%32.6%38.4%30.9%37.5%41.7%37.5%
FY+173.69%30.9%36.6%32.5%37.6%42.3%36.6%
FY+273.09%30.5%37.2%33.3%38.2%42.5%37.2%

Source: Bloomberg

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Source: Compelling Yield From Brookfield