On March 6, 2017, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with SunEdison in connection with the SunEdison Bankruptcy and Merger Agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”). The Settlement Agreement was approved by the bankruptcy court overseeing the SunEdison Bankruptcy on June 7, 2017; however, its effectiveness is conditional on the completion of the Brookfield Transaction. The Settlement Agreement contains certain terms to resolve the complex legal relationship between the Company and SunEdison, including, among other things, an allocation of the total consideration paid in connection with the Brookfield Transaction and, with certain exceptions, the full mutual release of all claims between SunEdison and its affiliated debtors and non-debtors, on the one hand, and the Company and its subsidiaries, on the other hand. Under the settlement terms, following the exchange of all of its Class B shares in TerraForm Global, Inc. and the Class B units in Global LLC for Class A Shares, SunEdison will receive consideration equal to 25.0% of the total consideration paid to all of the Company's shareholders, reflecting the settlement of intercompany claims and cancellation of incentive distribution rights. The remaining 75.0% of the consideration will be distributed to existing Class A shareholders. In addition, upon the effectiveness of the Settlement Agreement, with certain limited exceptions, all agreements between the Company and its subsidiaries, on the one hand, and SunEdison and its subsidiaries, on the other hand, including the agreements comprising the Sponsorship Arrangement, would be terminated. There can be no assurance that the Settlement Agreement will become effective, and such failure may adversely impact the Company’s business. The foregoing description of the Settlement Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the Settlement Agreement.
Management Services Agreement
Immediately prior to the completion of the IPO on August 5, 2015, the Company entered into a Management Services Agreement (the “MSA") with SunEdison. Prior to the IPO and MSA execution, amounts were allocated from SunEdison for general corporate overhead costs attributable to the operations of the Company. The general corporate overhead expenses incurred by SunEdison include costs from certain corporate and shared services functions provided by SunEdison and are reflected in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations as general and administrative expense. The amounts reflected include (i) charges that were incurred by SunEdison that were specifically identified as being attributable to the Company and (ii) an allocation of applicable remaining general corporate overhead costs based on the proportional level of effort attributable to the operation of the Company’s power plants. These costs include legal, accounting, tax, treasury, information technology, insurance, employee benefit costs, communications, human resources, and procurement. Corporate costs that were specifically identifiable to a particular operation of SunEdison have been allocated to that operation, including the Company. Where specific identification of charges to a particular operation of SunEdison was not practicable, an allocation was applied to all remaining general corporate overhead costs. The allocation methodology for all remaining corporate overhead costs is based on management’s estimate of the proportional level of effort devoted by corporate resources that is attributable to each of the Company’s operations. The cost allocations have been determined on a basis considered to be a reasonable reflection of all costs of doing business by the Company. The amounts that would have been or will be incurred on a stand-alone basis could differ from the amounts allocated due to economies of scale, management judgment, or other factors.
Subsequent to the IPO and pursuant to the MSA, SunEdison agreed to provide or arrange for other service providers to provide management and administrative services including legal, accounting, tax, treasury, project finance, information technology, insurance, employee benefit costs, communications, human resources, and procurement to the Company. As consideration for the services provided, the MSA requires the Company to pay SunEdison a base management fee as follows: (i) no fee for 2015, (ii) 2.5% of the Company’s cash available for distribution in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and (iii) an amount equal to SunEdison’s or other service provider’s actual cost in 2019 and thereafter. All costs under the MSA are reflected in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated statement of operations as general and administrative expense, and the difference between actual costs and the fee paid pursuant to the MSA will be treated as an equity contribution from SunEdison. No cash payments were made to SunEdison for the MSA fees during the three months ended March 31, 2017 or 2016.
As a result of the SunEdison Bankruptcy, SunEdison has not performed substantially as obligated under the MSA, and as a result the Company has borne the actual costs of a substantial portion of the services that SunEdison was obligated to provide under the MSA. As discussed in Note 1 - Nature of Operations, on September 25, 2016, the Company filed its initial proof of claim in the SunEdison Bankruptcy case, which was amended on October 7, 2016. This proof of claim asserted claims based on, among other things, SunEdison's breach of the Sponsorship Arrangement between the Company and SunEdison, which included the MSA. The MSA will be terminated upon the effectiveness of the Settlement Agreement.
Included in general and administrative expense are costs incurred under the MSA and corporate allocations of nil and $7.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. General and administrative expense represents costs incurred or reimbursable by SunEdison for services provided to the Company pursuant to the MSA subsequent to the IPO and allocated to the Company in corporate allocations prior to the IPO.