amount of damages resulting from SunEdison’s breach of the Interest Payment Agreement. The Settlement Agreement provides for the termination of the Interest Payment Agreement and would result in the release of our intercompany claims against SunEdison in connection with the Interest Payment Agreement.
Cash Dividends to Investors
Prior to the execution of the Merger Agreement, as a result of the SunEdison Bankruptcy, the limitations on our ability to access the capital markets for our corporate debt and equity securities, and other risks that we face as detailed in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, we believed it was prudent to defer any decisions on paying dividends to our stockholders. Under the Merger Agreement, we are restricted from declaring or paying dividends prior to the consummation of the Brookfield Transaction. In the event that the Brookfield Transaction is not consummated and the Merger Agreement is terminated or expires, if and when we believe it is prudent to do so, we intend to cause Global LLC to distribute to its unit-holders in the form of a quarterly distribution a portion of the cash available for distribution that is generated each quarter after appropriate reserves for our working capital needs and the prudent conduct of our business. In turn, we expect to use the amount of cash available for distribution that we receive from such distribution to pay quarterly dividends to the holders of our Class A common stock. The cash available for distribution is likely to fluctuate from quarter to quarter and in some cases significantly if any power plants experience higher than normal downtime as a result of equipment failures, electrical grid disruption or curtailment, weather disruptions or other events beyond our control. We expect our dividend payout ratio to vary as we intend to maintain or increase our dividend despite variations in our cash available for distribution from period to period. The amount of cash available for distribution from period to period may also be adversely affected by other factors, such as SunEdison’s failure to perform substantially as obligated under its agreements with us, including the Interest Payment Agreement. As a result of the notice from SunEdison purporting to terminate the Interest Payment Agreement in July 2016, we do not expect SunEdison to perform under the Interest Payment Agreement going forward, including its obligation to pay to us up to an aggregate amount of $40.0 million in 2017, $30.0 million in 2018, $20.0 million in 2019 and $10.0 million in 2020, plus any interest due on any payment not remitted when due. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources - Interest Payment Agreement” above. We also expect to incur higher costs as we transition away from our historical dependence on SunEdison for corporate, management, administrative, project and other services and perform these services ourselves or hire substitute providers. See “Consolidated Results of Operations-Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2016- General and Administrative Expense” above. For additional information on these and other factors that may adversely affect the amount of cash available for distribution and, in turn, our ability to pay any dividend in future periods, see Item 1A. Risk Factors - Risks Inherent in an Investment in TerraForm Global, Inc. - We may not be able to pay comparable or growing cash dividends to holders of our Class A common stock in the future in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed on June 15, 2017. Please refer to the disclosures included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for additional information about the adverse impact of the SunEdison Bankruptcy on us and other risks and uncertainties we face.
Global LLC is a holding company and will be dependent on receiving cash distributions from Global Operating LLC in order to fund quarterly distributions to its unit-holders, including the Company. Global Operating LLC is also a holding company and will in turn be dependent on receiving cash distributions from its project companies to fund any distributions to Global LLC. The ability of such project companies to make cash distributions to Global Operating LLC may be restricted by, among other things, the provisions of existing and future indebtedness or other financing agreements, applicable national, provincial, state and local corporation laws and other laws and regulations, such as capital controls that either restrict investment by foreign sources, restrict the transfer of capital to foreign recipients or both. Some of the jurisdictions in which the power plants in our portfolio are located impose material limitations on their ability to make cash distributions to Global Operating LLC.
We have not declared or paid a dividend since March 17, 2016. Under the Merger Agreement, we are restricted from declaring or paying dividends prior to the consummation of the Brookfield Transaction.
In addition, the covenants contained in the indenture governing the Senior Notes limit our ability to pay dividends and make certain investments and other restricted payments.
Cash Flow Discussion
We use traditional measures of cash flow, including net cash provided by operating activities, net cash provided by investing activities and net cash provided by financing activities to evaluate our periodic cash flow results.