Factors that Significantly Affect our Results of Operations and Business
We expect that the following factors may significantly affect the Company’s results of operations and business:
Our Relationship with SunEdison and the SunEdison Bankruptcy
As discussed in “Business,” “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections of this annual report, including our consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto contained in this annual report, we currently depend significantly on SunEdison for operational, systems and staffing support, among other things. While we continue to evaluate SunEdison’s filings and will continue to monitor the conduct of the bankruptcy proceedings and work to assert any claims that we may have against SunEdison through those proceedings, the SunEdison Bankruptcy may have a material adverse effect on the Company given our reliance on SunEdison. No assurance can be given on the outcome of the SunEdison Bankruptcy or its impact on the Company.
The Company is not a part of the SunEdison Bankruptcy and does not rely substantially on SunEdison for funding or liquidity. The Company continues to participate actively in the SunEdison Bankruptcy proceedings, and the SunEdison Bankruptcy will continue to have a negative impact on the Company given our complex relationship with SunEdison.
SunEdison’s failure to perform substantially as obligated under its agreements with us may have a material adverse effect on the Company. Despite these adverse effects, the Company expects that it will be able to operate its business without the support of SunEdison pursuant to contingency plans that it is has developed and is in the process of implementing. These contingency plans include, among other things, establishing stand-alone information technology, accounting and other critical systems and infrastructure, establishing separate human resources systems and payroll arrangements, and seeking proposals for alternative O&M and asset management services for our power plants. Our business will be adversely affected to the extent we are unsuccessful in implementing these contingency plans.
Our relationship with SunEdison, the ongoing SunEdison Bankruptcy, the delay of this Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, the delay of our Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2016 and the conditions in the capital markets for our corporate level debt and equity securities have increased uncertainty and heightened some of the risks we face. Other aspects of the markets relevant to our business have remained relatively stable, including the expected performance of our power plants, long-term offtake agreements, and the credit quality of our offtakers. We have adjusted our plans and priorities in light of these developments according to our comprehensive contingency plan. While we remain focused on executing our near term objectives, we will continue to monitor market developments and consider further adjustments to our plans and priorities if required.
Exploration of Strategic Alternatives
On September 19, 2016, we announced that, at the recommendation of our Conflicts Committee, our Board has initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value, including a merger or sale of our entire business. We have entered into confidentiality arrangements with SunEdison and representatives of certain of its stakeholders to allow us to share confidential information about strategic alternatives and other matters. Certain strategic alternatives for us may require stockholder approval. Since SunEdison is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, many decisions made by SunEdison, such as how to vote its shares in Global to approve a merger or sale of substantially all of Global’s assets, may require the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
We also notified SunEdison that our Conflicts Committee is prepared to enter into discussions with SunEdison and/or its stakeholders to settle intercompany claims and defenses between us and SunEdison on a schedule that is consistent with our pursuit of strategic alternatives.
Our exploration of strategic alternatives involves certain risks and uncertainties, which may, among other things, disrupt our business or adversely impact our revenue, operating results and financial condition. See “Item 1A. Risk Factors - Risks Related to our Business - There can be no assurance that our exploration of strategic alternatives will result in any transaction being consummated, and speculation and uncertainty regarding the outcome of our exploration of strategic alternatives may adversely impact our business.” for additional information.