Legal Proceedings Initiated Against the Company
The Company is subject to litigation with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (“GUVNL”), the offtake counterparty for certain power plants in India, which is seeking a reduction of the tariff set forth in the applicable PPAs. In separate litigation, GUVNL also claims that there has been a violation of the terms of certain PPAs between GUVNL and the applicable project companies on account of a change in stockholders since execution of such PPAs, and as such GUVNL is entitled to terminate such PPAs. The Company successfully defended each case at the first court level and an appeal of each case was dismissed by the appellate level, but GUVNL has appealed to the Supreme Court of India on each matter. The cases are currently pending with the Supreme Court of India. The Company believes that the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome is remote.
The Company was subject to pending litigation proceedings with Suzlon Energy (Tianjin) Limited (“SETL”) with respect to alleged breaches of a turbine supply contract relating to the Honiton wind power plants in China. The operation and maintenance service contracts claim pending before an arbitral tribunal was resolved on December 3, 2015, pursuant to which the Company was required to pay an award of $0.5 million, which was paid in January 2016. On June 3, 2016, SETL and the Company reached a settlement resolving all remaining disputes relating to the turbine contracts. The terms of this final settlement resulted in SETL assigning all rights as a creditor it held against the Company to Beijing Aliyun Investment and Consulting Co. Ltd. (“Aliyun”). In addition, the Company agreed to pay Aliyun $7.1 million (RMB 47.0 million), of which RMB 45.0 million was paid during the second quarter of 2016, and the remaining RMB 2.0 million is due no later than July 2018, subject to various conditions set forth in the settlement agreement. In accordance with the settlement agreement, SETL withdrew its pending claims against the Company. As of March 31, 2017 a liability was recognized related to the proceedings in the amount of $0.3 million (RMB 2.0 million).
Bankruptcy Court Action
Motion to Stay and Motion to Compel Mediation
On November 2, 2016, the unsecured creditors’ committee in the SunEdison Bankruptcy filed an adversary complaint against the Company and others with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint and contemporaneous motion to stay seek to stay pending litigation against current and former directors and officers of SunEdison and the Company, including TerraForm Global, Inc. v. SunEdison, Inc., et al., the Company’s action against SunEdison described below. The unsecured creditors’ committee intends to file a derivative action on behalf of the SunEdison bankruptcy estate against current and former SunEdison officers and directors. It has requested the stay in order to preserve the proceeds of SunEdison’s and the Company's directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policies. On November 4, 2016, the unsecured creditors’ committee filed a motion in the SunEdison Bankruptcy case for derivative standing to sue various current and former SunEdison officers and directors. The unsecured creditors’ committee filed an amended adversary complaint on November 9, 2016. As described in a motion to compel mediation filed by SunEdison on November 23, 2016, SunEdison and the unsecured creditors’ committee agreed to hold the motion to stay and any proposed claims by the unsecured creditors’ committee against various current and former SunEdison officers and directors in abeyance pending a global mediation relating to insurance issues. The Company’s objection to the motion to stay and the motion to compel mediation was filed on December 1, 2016. On December 28, 2016, pursuant to a consent order entered by the bankruptcy court, SunEdison, the unsecured creditors’ committee and the Company, among other parties, were directed to participate in the mediation process that is being conducted in connection with the SunEdison Bankruptcy. The mediation commenced on February 10, 2017. On March 27, 2017, SunEdison, the unsecured creditors’ committee and the directors and officers of SunEdison who would be defendants in the estate claims proposed to be brought by the unsecured creditors’ committee reached an agreement in principle to settle those claims in exchange for a payment of $32.0 million from a $150.0 million directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy shared with the Company, TerraForm Power, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "TerraForm Power"), SunEdison and certain of their respective directors and officers covering the period from July 15, 2015 to July 14, 2016. The agreement is subject to the approval of the bankruptcy court overseeing the SunEdison Bankruptcy. On March 31, 2017, the limited stay expired. Given the preliminary nature of the claims, the Company is unable to provide any assurances as to the ultimate outcome of these motions or that an adverse resolution of legal proceedings would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position and results of operations.