Vidler Water Resources, Inc. (“Vidler”) announced that it has entered into a sale and option contract with an affiliate of one of the world’s largest producers of wind and solar energy for a minimum of 28,000 and a maximum of 55,000 Long Term Storage Credits (“LTSC”) at the Company’s recharge facility in the Harquahala Valley, Arizona. The contract provides for the following:
- an initial sale of 1,250 LTSC at $400 per LTSC for proceeds of $500,000; and
- an option to purchase a minimum amount of 26,750 additional LTSC and up to a maximum of 53,750 additional LTSC on or before December 15, 2021, at a price of $400 per LTSC for proceeds of a minimum of $10.7 million and up to a maximum of $21.5 million; or
- an option to purchase a minimum amount of 26,750 additional LTSC and up to a maximum of 53,750 additional LTSC between December 16, 2021 and January 31, 2022, at a price of $450 per LTSC for proceeds of a minimum of $12 million and up to a maximum of $24.2 million.
The contract also provides that if the buyer exercises either purchase option and purchases the minimum amount of LTSC but less than the maximum quantity of LTSC under either purchase option, the buyer may, on or before January 31, 2022, make an additional payment of $200,000 to secure the right to purchase, on or before April 30, 2022, any remaining LTSC up to the maximum quantity at $450 per LTSC.
Vidler’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dorothy Timian - Palmer, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to enter into a contract with this highly respected alternative energy producer for a significant quantity of our LTSC in the Harquahala basin in Arizona. We have previously worked with this company on certain of our properties in Nevada and Arizona, and we have found them to be an excellent partner with first rate innovative and sustainable energy solutions for the communities they serve. The affiliate’s parent company is actively involved in the Data Center and Green Hydrogen power space and, on the closing of this transaction, our water will provide them with the scarce resource required to manufacture clean energy. We look forward to further opportunities our business relationship may bring and potentially allow us to utilize some of our remaining Harquahala LTSC in the basin where they are stored.
“The contemplated sale of a significant portion of our current inventory of approximately 250,000 LTSC is vindication of our business plan to build a recharge and storage site in the Harquahala Valley for Colorado River water. Our investment has allowed water, which may not have been able to be stored when originally available - and potentially wasted – to be preserved for use when needed for projects that provide benefit to the citizens of Arizona. Given the well documented drought conditions in the Western U.S. – and the Tier 1 shortage on the Colorado River declared earlier this year – we are also working hard to allow our stored water to have the ability to be conveyed to end–users in Arizona outside the Harquhala Valley who require assured and sustainable supplies of water in these times of water shortage. We are currently in discussions with a number of commercial and residential developers and municipalities regarding the sale of our LTSC not only from our recharge facility in Harquahala but also from our current inventory of approximately 27,000 LTSC in the Phoenix Active Management Area.”
About Vidler Water Resources, Inc.
As of June 30, 2021, our primary holding was Vidler Water Company, Inc. (“Vidler”), a water resource and water storage business, with assets and operations primarily in the Southwestern U.S.
Our business is to source, develop and provide sustainable potable water resources to fast-growing communities throughout the Southwest U.S. that lack, or are running short of, available water resources.
We conduct our business by working closely with many constituents in these communities: regulators, utilities, Native North American tribes, community leaders, residential and commercial developers and alternative energy companies. We ensure the water resources we develop and sell are sustainable and provide benefit to the citizens of the communities and regions we serve.
Currently, we believe the highest potential return to shareholders is from a return of capital. As we monetize our water and real estate assets, rather than reinvest the proceeds, we intend to return capital to shareholders through a stock repurchase program or by other means such as special dividends. Nonetheless, we may, from time to time, reinvest a portion of proceeds from asset monetizations in further development of existing assets, if we believe the returns on such reinvestment outweigh the benefits of a return of capital.
At June 30, 2021, we had a market capitalization of $244.0 million, and 18,346,863 shares outstanding.
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