Clearway Energy, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Signed agreements with Clearway Group (CEG) to acquire the Repowered 160 MW Langford Wind Project
Acquired CEG’s residual interest in the Distributed Generation Partnerships, including an associated SREC contractReceived offer from CEG to invest in, inclusive of CEG’s interest in Mesquite Star, a 1.6 GW renewable project partnershipRaised $120 million of new corporate capital through the refinancing of non-recourse project debt and additional equity under the ATM programIncreasing the quarterly dividend by 1.8% to $0.318 per share in the fourth quarter of 2020; Reiterating Clearway’s long term annual dividend growth target of 5-8%, with upper end in 2021Reaffirming 2020 financial guidance, updating pro forma CAFD outlook and initiating 2021 financial guidancePRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEN, CWEN.A) today reported third quarter 2020 financial results, including Net Income of $42 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $312 million, Cash from Operating Activities of $257 million, and Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD) of $171 million.“While the Company’s current year financial outlook has primarily been impacted by challenging renewable energy conditions in part due to the severe fires on the west coast and modest volumetric changes at the Thermal segment related to COVID-19, the prospects for long term growth at Clearway remain robust,” said Christopher Sotos, Clearway Energy, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the new transactions announced today, Clearway has now committed to nearly $450 million in new investments during the year. When combined with the Company’s available capital resources, including the now released cash from the PG&E related projects and $120 million of newly raised corporate capital, the Company can execute upon this growth in an efficient and accretive manner. This affords us the flexibility to meet our long term 5-8% annual dividend growth target, including the upper end through next year. In addition, and as we look beyond next year, we continue to engage with CEG on new opportunities, including today’s announcement of a new drop down offer for an investment in a 1.6 GW project partnership which will lead to further sustained dividend growth.”Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution used in this press release are non-GAAP measures and are explained in greater detail under “Non-GAAP Financial Information” below.Overview of Financial and Operating ResultsSegment ResultsTable 1: Net Income/ (Loss)Table 2: Adjusted EBITDATable 3: Cash from Operating Activities and Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD)For the third quarter of 2020, the Company reported Net Income of $42 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $312 million, Cash from Operating Activities of $257 million, and CAFD of $171 million. Net Income increased versus the third quarter of 2019 primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower non-cash changes to the fair value of interest rate swaps, offset in part by higher income tax expense. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA results were higher than 2019 primarily due to the acquisitions of Carlsbad and Hawaii Solar Phase I which was partially offset by weaker renewable energy resources versus last year. In the third quarter, CAFD results were lower than 2019 primarily due to corporate interest payments from the refinancing of the 2024 Senior Notes and the issuance of the 2028 Senior Notes. This was partially offset by higher Adjusted EBITDA versus last year.COVID-19 UpdateDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has implemented measures and developed corporate and regional response plans to protect its employees and to maintain safe and reliable operations at its facilities. Based on its experience year to date, the Company does not currently anticipate any material impact to its financial conditions resulting from the pandemic, however it has seen some degradation in volumetric sales at certain Thermal locations. The Company is currently anticipating that there will continue to be lower volumetric sales at the Thermal segment through 2021.Operational PerformanceTable 4: Selected Operating ResultsIn the third quarter of 2020, availability at the Conventional segment was lower than the third quarter of 2019 but in line with internal expectations. Generation in the Renewables segment during the third quarter of 2020 was 2% higher than the third quarter of 2019 due to growth investments. This was partially offset by weaker renewable energy conditions versus the third quarter of 2019. Thermal generation was 20% lower during the third quarter of 2020 versus last year primarily due to the disposition of Energy Center Dover and a decline in volumetric sales in part due to COVID-19 related impacts.____________________________________
1 Includes adjustments to reflect CAFD generated by unconsolidated investments that were unable to distribute project dividends due to the PG&E bankruptcy as of June 30, 2020
2 Excludes unconsolidated projects
3 Generation sold excludes MWh that are reimbursable for economic curtailment
Liquidity and Capital ResourcesTable 5: LiquidityTotal liquidity as of September 30, 2020 was $973 million, which was $131 million higher than as of December 31, 2019 primarily due to the release of previously restricted distributions from unconsolidated investments impacted by the PG&E bankruptcy, proceeds raised through corporate financings, distributions from non-recourse refinancings, and the proceeds from the residential solar portfolio divestiture. This increase was in part offset by the execution of growth investments during the year and the redemption of the remaining balance of the 2024 Senior Notes and 2020 Convertible Notes in the first half of 2020. During the third quarter of 2020, the Company entered into waiver agreements with the lenders to the respective financing agreements impacted by the PG&E bankruptcy which have cured the defaults related to the PG&E bankruptcy. As of October 31, 2020, all previously restricted distributions were paid out of distribution reserve accounts at subsidiaries affected by the PG&E bankruptcy.The Company’s liquidity includes $178 million of restricted cash as of September 30, 2020. Restricted cash consists primarily of funds to satisfy the requirements of certain debt arrangements and funds held within the Company’s projects that are restricted in their use. As of September 30, 2020, these restricted funds were comprised of $74 million designated to fund operating expenses, approximately $46 million designated for current debt service payments, and $28 million of reserves for debt service, performance obligations and other items including capital expenditures. The remaining $30 million is held in distribution reserve accounts.Potential future sources of liquidity include excess operating cash flow, availability under the revolving credit facility, asset dispositions, and, subject to market conditions, new corporate debt and equity financings.Growth InvestmentsPurchase of Repowered Langford Wind ProjectOn November 2, 2020, the Company entered into agreements with Clearway Energy Group (CEG) to acquire 100% of the cash equity interests in Langford Wind, a 160 MW asset in West Texas under repowering, which will close concurrent with the achievement of commercial operations currently expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. The corporate capital commitment for the transaction, subject to closing adjustments, is expected to be $64.3 million and the project is expected to contribute asset CAFD on a five-year average annual basis of approximately $8.5 million.Purchase of CEG’s Residual Interest in the Distributed Generation Partnerships and an Associated Contract Related to Renewable Energy CreditsOn November 2, 2020 the Company acquired CEG’s residual interest in the Distributed Generation Partnerships (Partnerships) and a contract related to the monetization of renewable energy credits associated with assets within the Partnerships for $43.5 million. The Company now receives 100% of the cash flow to cash equity from the Partnerships. When providing fourth quarter 2020 results, the Company will now consolidate the Partnerships on its balance sheet. The Partnerships and the contract for renewable energy credits are expected to contribute asset CAFD on a five-year average annual basis of approximately $5.3 million beginning January 1, 2021. The investment was funded through the recapitalization of the existing Distributed Generation HoldCo Partnerships non-recourse debt as described below.Cash Equity Partnership Offer in a 1.6 GW Portfolio from CEGOn October 2, 2020, CEG offered the Company an opportunity to enter into partnership arrangements alongside a third-party equity investor, which will, at close, own a 100% cash equity interest in a portfolio that will include (i) 1,204 MW from six geographically diversified wind, solar and solar plus storage assets expected to reach COD between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2022 and ii) CEG’s remaining cash equity interest in Mesquite Star Pledgor LLC, which owns the Mesquite Star wind project, a 419 MW utility scale wind facility that reached COD in June 2020. Approximately 90% of the portfolio’s output is contracted with primarily investment grade counterparties and has a greater than 14 year blended average contract length. The Company’s ownership stake in the contemplated partnership is subject to further negotiation but is expected to be approximately 50% for all but Daggett Solar, with the Company acting as managing member for the applicable partnerships. The potential corporate capital commitment for the transaction is expected to be in the range of $230-240 million. The investment is subject to negotiation, both with CEG and the third-party equity investor, and the review and approval by the Company’s Independent Directors.The assets that would be included in the partnership opportunity include:Right of First Offer (ROFO) Agreement AmendmentOn November 2, 2020, the CEG ROFO Agreement was amended to (i) add the assets comprising the cash equity partnership offer from CEG to the ROFO pipeline (ii) memorialize as a ROFO asset the contract related to the monetization of renewable energy credits associated with assets within the Distributed Generation Partnerships; and (iii) extend the third-party negotiation periods for CEG’s residual interest in Kawailoa and Oahu assets as well as the assets comprising the cash equity partnership offer from CEG to November 2, 2021.Investment in Mesquite Star Wind ProjectOn September 1, 2020, the Company acquired an interest in Mesquite Star Pledgor LLC, which owns the Mesquite Star wind project, a 419 MW utility scale wind facility that reached COD in June 2020. A majority of the project’s output is backed by contracts with investment grade counterparties with a 12 year weighted average contract life. The Company invested $79 million in corporate capital to fund the transaction. The investment is structured such that the Company will receive 50% of the project’s cash flow through the first half of 2031, and then 22.5% of the project’s cash flow thereafter. The project is expected to contribute asset CAFD on a five-year average annual basis of approximately $8.3 million beginning January 1, 2021. The investment was funded with existing liquidity.___________________________________
4 MW capacity is subject to change prior to COD; excludes 395 MW/1,580 MWh of co-located storage assets at Daggett, Waiawa, and Mililani
Binding Agreements to Acquire and Invest in a Portfolio of Renewable Energy ProjectsOn April 20, 2020 the Company announced it had entered into binding agreements with CEG that enables the Company to acquire and invest in a portfolio of renewable energy projects. The following projects were included in the drop-down:Remaining Interest in Repowering 1.0: The Company acquired this interest on May 11, 2020 for $70 million.Rattlesnake Wind: The Company signed agreements to acquire Rattlesnake Flat, LLC, which owns the Rattlesnake Wind Project, a 144 net MW wind facility located in Adams County, WA. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Avista. Commercial operations and corporate capital funding for the project are expected to occur by the end of 2020.Pinnacle Wind Repowering: The Company, through an indirect subsidiary, agreed to enter into a new partnership with CEG to repower the Pinnacle Wind Project, a 55 net MW wind facility located in Mineral County, WV. In order to facilitate the repowering, the Company contributed its interests in the Pinnacle Wind Project to the partnership. The existing Pinnacle Wind power purchase agreements will continue to run through 2031. Commercial operations and corporate capital funding for the Pinnacle Wind Repowering Partnership are expected to occur in the second half of 2021.The agreements commit the Company to invest, at closing, an estimated $241 million in corporate capital, subject to closing adjustments. The investment at commercial operations excludes, subject to closing adjustments, an additional $27 million payment in 2031 at the Pinnacle Wind Repowering Partnership. The transactions are expected to have a five-year average annual asset CAFD of approximately $23 million prior to corporate financing costs.Financing UpdateClass C Common Stock ATM ProgramDuring the third quarter of 2020 the Company raised net proceeds of approximately $24 million through the sale of 940,790 shares of Class C common stock under the Company’s ATM program. The proceeds raised were inclusive of cash settlements that were received after the end of the third quarter.Utah Solar Master Holdings, LLC RefinancingOn September 1, 2020, Utah Solar Holdings, LLC, or Utah Solar, entered into a financing arrangement, which included the issuance of approximately $296 million in senior secured notes supported by the Company’s interest in the Utah projects (Four Brothers, Granite Mountain and Iron Springs, previously defined as the Utah Solar Portfolio). The notes bear interest at 3.59% per annum and mature on December 31, 2036. The proceeds from the issuance were utilized to repay existing debt outstanding of approximately $247 million for the Utah projects and to unwind the related interest rate swaps in the amount of $33 million. The remaining proceeds were utilized to pay related fees and expenses, with the remaining $9 million distributed to the Company.NIMH Solar LLC RefinancingOn September 30, 2020, NIMH Solar LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clearway Energy Operating LLC, entered into a financing arrangement, which included the issuance of $193 million under a term loan facility, as well as $16 million in letters of credit in support of debt service and project obligations. The term loan bears annual interest rate of LIBOR, plus an applicable margin, which is 2.00% per annum through the third party anniversary of closing, and 2.125% per annum thereafter through the maturity date in September 2024. The term loans mature on September 30, 2024. The proceeds from the term loan were utilized to repay existing project-level debt outstanding for Alpine, Blythe and Roadrunner of $117 million, $14 million and $27 million, respectively. The remaining proceeds were utilized to pay related fees and expenses and, along with existing project level cash, provided a distribution to the Company of $45 million. Concurrent with the refinancing, the Alpine, Blythe and Roadrunner projects were transferred under NIMH Solar LLC and the obligations under the financing arrangement are supported by the Company’s interests in the projects.Distributed Generation Partnerships RefinancingOn November 2, 2020, DG-CS Master Borrower LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clearway Energy Operating LLC, entered into a financing arrangement, which included the issuance of a $467 million term loan, as well as $30 million in letters of credit in support of debt service. The notes bear interest at 3.51% and mature on September 30, 2040. The proceeds from the loan were utilized to repay existing project-level debt outstanding for Chestnut Borrower LLC, Renew Solar CS 4 Borrower LLC, DGPV 4 Borrower LLC and Puma Class B LLC of $107 million, $102 million, $92 million and $73 million respectively, unwind related interest rate swaps in the amount of $42 million and pay transaction fees of $9 million.  Concurrent with this transaction and with the remaining $42 million in funds from the financing, the Company acquired CEG’s residual interest in the Distributed Generation Partnerships and a contract to receive cash flows from renewable energy credits as described above.Quarterly DividendOn October 27, 2020, Clearway Energy, Inc.’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on Class A and Class C common stock of $0.318 per share payable on December 15, 2020, to stockholders of record as of December 1, 2020.SeasonalityClearway Energy, Inc.’s quarterly operating results are impacted by seasonal factors, as well as weather variability which can impact renewable energy resource and volumetric sales of steam and chilled water at the Thermal segment. Most of the Company’s revenues are generated from the months of May through September, as contracted pricing and renewable resources are at their highest levels in the Company’s portfolio. Factors driving the fluctuation in Net Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Cash from Operating Activities, and CAFD include the following:Higher summer capacity prices from conventional assets;Higher solar insolation during the summer months;Higher wind resources during the spring and summer months;Debt service payments which are made either quarterly or semi-annually;Timing of maintenance capital expenditures and the impact of both unforced and forced outages; andTiming of distributions from unconsolidated affiliatesThe Company takes into consideration the timing of these factors to ensure sufficient funds are available for distributions and operating activities on a quarterly basis.Financial Guidance and Pro Forma CAFD OutlookThe Company is reaffirming its 2020 full year CAFD guidance of $310 million.The Company is initiating 2021 CAFD guidance of $325 million. Financial guidance factors in the financing updates described above, the contribution of committed growth investments based on the current expected closing timelines, changes in the business platform related to recurring costs, and potential impacts on Thermal volumes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 CAFD guidance does not factor in the timing of when CAFD is realized from new growth investments pursuant to 5-year averages beyond 2021 or the impact of future permanent capital formation.Including the effects as described above, the Company is also updating its Pro Forma CAFD Outlook expectations to $345 million.Financial guidance and the Pro Forma CAFD Outlook continue to be based on median renewable energy production estimates for the full year.Earnings Conference CallOn November 5, 2020, Clearway Energy, Inc. will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Investors, the news media and others may access the live webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials by logging on to Clearway Energy, Inc.’s website at http://www.clearwayenergy.com and clicking on “Presentations & Webcasts” under “Investor Relations.”About Clearway Energy, Inc.Clearway Energy, Inc. is a leading publicly-traded energy infrastructure investor focused on modern, sustainable and long-term contracted assets across North America. Clearway Energy’s environmentally-sound asset portfolio includes over 7,000 megawatts of wind, solar and natural gas-fired power generation facilities, as well as district energy systems. Through this diversified and contracted portfolio, Clearway Energy endeavors to provide its investors with stable and growing dividend income. Clearway Energy’s Class C and Class A common stock are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols CWEN and CWEN.A, respectively. Clearway Energy, Inc. is sponsored by its controlling investor Global Infrastructure Partners III (GIP), an independent infrastructure fund manager that invests in infrastructure and businesses in both OECD and select emerging market countries, through GIP’s portfolio company, Clearway Energy Group.Safe Harbor DisclosureThis news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “outlook,” “believe” and similar terms.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding impacts related to COVID-19 or any other pandemic, the benefits of the relationship with Global Infrastructure Partners III (GIP) and GIP’s expertise, the Company’s future relationship and arrangements with GIP and Clearway Energy Group, as well as the Company’s Net Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Cash from Operating Activities, Cash Available for Distribution, the Company’s future revenues, income, indebtedness, capital structure, strategy, plans, expectations, objectives, projected financial performance and/or business results and other future events, and views of economic and market conditions.Although Clearway Energy, Inc. believes that the expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, impacts related to COVID-19 or any other pandemic, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry, weather conditions, including wind and solar performance, competition in wholesale power markets, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, failure of customers to perform under contracts, changes in the wholesale power markets, changes in government regulations, the condition of capital markets generally, the Company’s ability to access capital markets, cyber terrorism and inadequate cybersecurity, the ability to engage in successful acquisitions activity, unanticipated outages at its generation facilities, adverse results in current and future litigation, failure to identify, execute or successfully implement acquisitions (including receipt of third party consents and regulatory approvals), the Company’s ability to enter into new contracts as existing contracts expire, risk relating to the Company’s relationships with GIP and Clearway Energy Group, the Company’s ability to acquire assets from GIP, Clearway Energy Group or third parties, the Company’s ability to close drop down transactions, and the Company’s ability to maintain and grow its quarterly dividends. Furthermore, any dividends are subject to available capital, market conditions, and compliance with associated laws and regulations.Clearway Energy, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution are estimates as of today’s date, November 5, 2020, and are based on assumptions believed to be reasonable as of this date. Clearway Energy, Inc. expressly disclaims any current intention to update such guidance. The foregoing review of factors that could cause Clearway Energy, Inc.’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this news release should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect Clearway Energy, Inc.’s future results included in Clearway Energy, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. In addition, Clearway Energy, Inc. makes available free of charge at www.clearwayenergy.com, copies of materials it files with, or furnishes to, the Securities Exchange Commission.
CLEARWAY ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Unaudited)
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CLEARWAY ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITYFor the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020(Unaudited)

CLEARWAY ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITYFor the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019(Unaudited)
Appendix Table A-1: Three Months Ended September 30, 2020, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
The following table summarizes the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

Appendix Table A-2: Three Months Ended September 30, 2019, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
The following table summarizes the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

Appendix Table A-3: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
The following table summarizes the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

Appendix Table A-4: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
The following table summarizes the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

Appendix Table A-5: Cash Available for Distribution Reconciliation
The following table summarizes the calculation of Cash Available for Distribution and provides a reconciliation to Cash from Operating Activities:
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5 Primarily relates to Thermal Development Expenses
6 2020 excludes $152 million of contributions relating to funding of Repowering 1.0 Partnership;  2019 excludes $18 million of contributions related to funding of Oahu tax equity partnership
7 Net of allocated insurance proceeds
8 2020 excludes $260 million for the repayment of construction financing in connection with the Repowering 1.0 Partnership, $247 million for the refinancing of Utah Solar Portfolio, $158 million for the refinancing of Alpine, Blythe, and Roadrunner (NIMH Solar), and $135 million total consideration for the redemption of Corporate Notes; 2019 excludes $220 million for the redemption of Corporate Notes, $101 million repaid at Viento in connection with the Repowering Partnership, $22 million for revolver repayments and $3 million for refinancing of South Trent

Appendix Table A-6: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020, Sources and Uses of Liquidity
The following table summarizes the sources and uses of liquidity in 2020:

Appendix Table A-7: Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution Guidance
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9 Adjustment to reflect cash generated from sales-type lease projects
10 Distribution from unconsolidated affiliates can be classified as Return of Investment on Unconsolidated Affiliates when actuals are reported. This is below cash from operating activities
11 Primarily relates to Thermal Development Expenses
12 Includes tax equity proceeds and distributions to tax equity partners

Appendix Table A-8: Growth Investments 5 Year Average CAFDNon-GAAP Financial InformationEBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAEBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD) are non-GAAP financial measures. These measurements are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that Clearway Energy’s future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.EBITDA represents net income before interest (including loss on debt extinguishment), taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is presented because Clearway Energy considers it an important supplemental measure of its performance and believes debt and equity holders frequently use EBITDA to analyze operating performance and debt service capacity. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:EBITDA does not reflect cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures, or contractual commitments;EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs;EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on debt or cash income tax payments;Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; andOther companies in this industry may calculate EBITDA differently than Clearway Energy does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to invest in the growth of Clearway Energy’s business. Clearway Energy compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. See the statements of cash flow included in the financial statements that are a part of this news release.Adjusted EBITDA is presented as a further supplemental measure of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for mark-to-market gains or losses, non-cash equity compensation expense, asset write offs and impairments; and factors which we do not consider indicative of future operating performance such as transition and integration related costs. The reader is encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons Clearway Energy considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis. As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA is subject to all of the limitations applicable to EBITDA. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, the reader should be aware that in the future Clearway Energy may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this news release.Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors and other users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because it provides them with an additional tool to compare business performance across companies and across periods. This measure is widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.Additionally, Management believes that investors commonly adjust EBITDA information to eliminate the effect of restructuring and other expenses, which vary widely from company to company and impair comparability. As we define it, Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for the effects of impairment losses, gains or losses on sales, non-cash equity compensation expense, dispositions or retirements of assets, any mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives, adjustments to exclude gains or losses on the repurchase, modification or extinguishment of debt, and any extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items plus adjustments to reflect the Adjusted EBITDA from our unconsolidated investments. We adjust for these items in our Adjusted EBITDA as our management believes that these items would distort their ability to efficiently view and assess our core operating trends.In summary, our management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to readily view operating trends, as a measure for planning and forecasting overall expectations and for evaluating actual results against such expectations, and in communications with our Board of Directors, shareholders, creditors, analysts and investors concerning our financial performance.Cash Available for DistributionA non-GAAP measure, Cash Available for Distribution is defined as of September 30, 2020 as Adjusted EBITDA plus cash distributions/return of investment from unconsolidated affiliates,  adjustments to reflect CAFD generated by unconsolidated investments that were not able to distribute project dividends prior to PG&E’s emergence from bankruptcy on July 1, 2020 and subsequent release post-bankruptcy, cash receipts from notes receivable, cash distributions from noncontrolling interests, adjustments to reflect sales-type lease cash payments, less cash distributions to noncontrolling interests, maintenance capital expenditures, pro-rata Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates, cash interest paid, income taxes paid, principal amortization of indebtedness, Walnut Creek investment payments, changes in prepaid and accrued capacity payments, and adjusted for development expenses. Management believes CAFD is a relevant supplemental measure of the Company’s ability to earn and distribute cash returns to investors.We believe CAFD is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of our ability to make quarterly distributions. In addition, CAFD is used by our management team for determining future acquisitions and managing our growth. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to CAFD is cash provided by operating activities.However, CAFD has limitations as an analytical tool because it does not include changes in operating assets and liabilities and excludes the effect of certain other cash flow items, all of which could have a material effect on our financial condition and results from operations. CAFD is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered an alternative to cash provided by operating activities or any other performance or liquidity measure determined in accordance with GAAP, nor is it indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs. In addition, our calculations of CAFD are not necessarily comparable to CAFD as calculated by other companies. Investors should not rely on these measures as a substitute for any GAAP measure, including cash provided by operating activities.

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