4. DEPOSITS FOR ACQUISITIONS
Deposits for acquisitions consist of:
As of September 30,
As of December 31,
India PSA payment to SunEdison
Total deposits for acquisitions
Less: provision for contingent loss
Less: BioTherm distributions
Total deposits for acquisitions, net
425 MW India Projects
On November 20, 2015, the Company and SunEdison Holdings Corporation entered into an Equity Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement pursuant to which the Company agreed to acquire from SunEdison Holdings Corporation a portfolio of 17 solar energy projects in India with an aggregate nameplate capacity of 425 MW (the “425 MW India Projects”). This agreement was subsequently amended and restated on December 1, 2015. Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Equity Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “India PSA”), the Company paid $231.0 million in cash to SunEdison Holdings Corporation in the fourth quarter of 2015 in exchange for the 425 MW India Projects, which projects would be transferred to the Company upon satisfaction of certain conditions precedent.
During 2016, and beginning prior to the SunEdison Bankruptcy, the Company became aware that there was substantial risk that the 425 MW India Projects would not be completed and transferred to the Company in accordance with the India PSA.
In April 2016, the Company filed a verified complaint against SunEdison, SunEdison Holdings Corporation (collectively with SunEdison, the “SunEdison Defendants”), Ahmad Chatila, Martin Truong and Brian Wuebbels in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware (see Note 15 - Commitments and Contingencies). The complaint asserts claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and unjust enrichment relating to the failure by SunEdison to transfer the equity interests in the 425 MW India Projects, for which the Company paid $231.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The complaint seeks various forms of relief, including a constructive trust upon the equity interests of SunEdison in the 425 MW India Projects, money damages from the defendants, restoration of the $231.0 million to the Company and such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper. The claims against SunEdison have been stayed as a result of the SunEdison Bankruptcy. The individual defendants filed an answer to the complaint on June 30, 2016. On July 19, 2017, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with the individual defendants, pursuant to which the parties exchanged mutual releases. The Court entered an order dismissing the individual defendants with prejudice on July 20, 2017.
The Settlement Agreement includes a release by the Company of its claims against the SunEdison Defendants, including all of the Company’s claims relating to the 425 MW India Projects, and if the Settlement Agreement becomes effective the Company will not recover any amounts on these claims outside of the consideration received under the terms of the Settlement Agreement. If the Settlement Agreement is terminated, the Company expects to continue to pursue its claims against the SunEdison Defendants.
The $231.0 million paid by the Company in accordance with the India PSA is reported as a deposit for acquisitions on the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The Company determined that the deposit for acquisition of the 425 MW India Projects was impaired as of December 31, 2015, and recorded a provision for contingent loss of the full $231.0 million in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015. The Company also recorded a corresponding charge in the consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2015. The provision for contingent loss remained on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2017.
In September 2016, the Company reached an agreement with certain subsidiaries of SunEdison pursuant to which the Company consented to the sale of certain of SunEdison’s subsidiaries’ assets to a third party buyer (the “Third Party Sale Transaction”). The Third Party Sale Transaction was conducted in connection with SunEdison’s bankruptcy process and included the 17.4 MW Del Litoral and 57.4 MW El Naranjal solar power projects in Uruguay, the 24.1 MW Bora Bora Poly wind power project in India and the 425 MW India Projects. The Company has agreed not to pursue claims against a third party buyer of these projects, however the Company has retained all of its claims against SunEdison and its affiliated persons. As a