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Feb. 6, 2020, 6:51 a.m. EST

Brookfield Renewable Announces Fourth Quarter Results, 13% FFO Per Unit Growth

All amounts in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated

BROOKFIELD, News, Feb 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- BROOKFIELD, News, Feb. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (TSX: BEP.UN; NYSE: BEP) ("Brookfield Renewable" or "BEP") today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

"Over the last twenty years, we have established ourselves as one of the leading producers of renewable resources globally," said Sachin Shan, CEO of Brookfield Renewable. "We have built a business where the generation from our 19,000 megawatt fleet avoids approximately 27 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, all while delivering strong compound returns to our unitholders. Looking forward, we believe our global scale, operational depth and financial strength position us well to participate in the global trend towards decarbonization while continuing to deliver 12-15% long-term returns on a per unit basis."

Financial Results
For the periods ended December 31
Millions (except per Unit or otherwise noted) Three Months Ended December 31 Twelve Months Ended December 31
Unaudited 2019 2018 2019 2018
Total generation (GWh)
- Long-term average generation 13,850 13,485 53,926 51,971
- Actual generation 12,465 14,445 52,560 52,056
Brookfield Renewable's share
- Long-term average generation 6,561 6,602 26,189 25,844
- Actual generation 5,977 7,052 26,038 25,753
Funds From Operations (FFO) [(1)] $ 171 $ 206 $ 761 $ 676
Per Unit [(1)(2)] 0.55 0.66 2.45 2.16
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Unitholders (66 ) 91 (59 ) 42
Per Unit [(2)] (0.21 ) 0.29 (0.19 ) 0.13

[(1) Non-IFRS measures. Refer to "Cautionary Statement Regarding Use of Non-IFRS Measures".]
[(2) For the three and twelve months ended months ended December 31, 2019, weighted average LP Units ("LP Units" or "Units"), Redeemable/Exchangeable partnership units and GP interest totaled 311.3 million and 311.2 million, respectively (2018: 312.2 million and 312.6 million).]

Brookfield Renewable reported FFO growth of 13% leading to $761 million of FFO for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, or $2.45 per Unit. After deducting non-cash depreciation, our net loss attributable to unitholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was $59 million or $0.19 per Unit. These results were supported by contributions from recent acquisitions and newly commissioned facilities, and execution on our key operating initiatives.

Highlights

  • Increased FFO per unit by 13% driven by accretive growth and strong operational performance. We continue our track record of strong FFO per unit growth, at a 10% annual growth rate since our strategic combination with Brookfield's renewable assets in 2011;

  • We advanced key commercial priorities and delivered on cost saving initiatives totaling ~$40 million globally on an annualized basis (~$12 million net to BEP);

  • Invested $2 billion ($550 million net to BEP) of equity in nine transactions, including doubling the size of our Asian and distributed generation businesses, adding a leading global solar developer, and investing in a hydro portfolio in Canada;

  • Commissioned 50 megawatts of new capacity, progressed approximately 2,100 megawatts through construction and advanced-stage permitting, and increased the size of our development pipeline to approximately 13,000 megawatts;

  • Maintained our robust investment grade balance sheet, ended the year with ~$2.7 billion of available liquidity, and raised approximately $1.4 billion in incremental liquidity through asset sales and strategic upfinancings; and

  • Announced the creation of a Canadian corporation (BEPC) that will provide investors the optionality to invest in BEP through either the current partnership or through a corporation, which is expected to support the expansion of our investor base.

Update on Growth Initiatives

During the fourth quarter, we closed our acquisition of a 50% interest in X-Elio, a leading global solar developer. With this acquisition, we have significantly enhanced our solar development capabilities adding 972 megawatts of operating assets and almost 6,000 megawatts to our global construction and development pipeline.

Also, in the fourth quarter, we signed two agreements to acquire 14 solar development projects in Brazil with 428 MW of total capacity for total consideration of $120 million ($30 million net to BEP). Both these transactions are expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and represent attractive additions to our business in Brazil with approximately 2,100 MW of capacity across multiple technologies - hydro, wind and solar. Furthermore, through our interest in TerraForm Power, we acquired 44 MW of PV solar assets in Spain for $70 million and signed an agreement to acquire 100 MW of solar CSP assets in Spain, located proximate to TerraForm Power's CSP plants, for $115 million, which TerraForm Power expects to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Operations

In 2019, we generated FFO of $761 million, a 13% increase over the prior year, as the business benefitted from recent acquisitions, strong operational performance, and execution on margin enhancement initiatives.

During the year, our hydroelectric segment delivered FFO of $720 million, representing a 7% increase over the prior year. Our storage segment also performed well, generating $27 million of FFO in the year, as our portfolio continues to provide critical grid-stabilizing ancillary services and backup capacity to increasingly intermittent grids. During the year, our generation was roughly in-line with the long-term average as we continue to benefit from the diversity of our fleet. Our priority over the past decade has been to diversify the business which, over the long-term, mitigates exposure to resource volatility, regional or market disruptions, and potential credit events. We also continued to execute on key contracting initiatives across all our businesses.

Our focus in Latin America continues to be on extending the average duration of our power purchase agreements, which today stands at 10 years in Brazil and 3 years in Colombia, as well as signing contracts with high-quality, credit-worthy counterparties. Globally, we continue to see increasing value ascribed to the unique, scale renewable storage capabilities that hydroelectric assets provide to increasingly intermittent electricity grids. For example, in Colombia we secured ~$3 million of ancillary services revenues, in the United States, we qualified to receive the highest-tier renewable energy credits for a number of our hydroelectric assets in the Northeast which will contribute ~$3 million to FFO annually, and in the U.K., our First Hydro portfolio was the critical link to restarting the grid following a nation-wide blackout in August.

Our wind and solar segments generated a combined $274 million of FFO, representing an 18% increase over the prior year. These portfolios benefitted from contributions from recent growth initiatives including the acquisition of two wind portfolios in Asia, and, through our interest in TerraForm Power, a large distributed generation portfolio in the United States and full-year contributions from Saeta Yield, a scale European wind and solar portfolio. We also benefitted from executing on opportunistic O&M outsourcing agreements aimed at de-risking the portfolios owned by TerraForm Power and, where appropriate, delivering cost savings. We executed on three such agreements across TerraForm Power, and our wind portfolio in Brazil. A common theme across all these opportunities was attractive availability guarantees and a more comprehensive scope than what was currently in place. At TerraForm Power, these initiatives will deliver aggregate cost savings of approximately $30 million ($9 million net to BEP).

Finally, we continued to advance our global greenfield development activities, including progressing 717 megawatts of construction diversified across distributed- and utility-scale solar, wind, storage and hydro in 7 different countries. We are also progressing 1,380 megawatts of advanced-stage projects through final permitting and contracting, and our total greenfield development pipeline now totals approximately 13,000 megawatts. Of note, during the year, we signed power purchase agreements for three wind repowering projects in New York and California totaling 220 megawatts, and these projects are expected to be commissioned in 2021.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting

We have been owner-operators of long-duration, critical electricity assets for over a century, and therefore understand that embedding strong ESG practices into our investing and operating activities is essential to preserving capital, mitigating risk, and creating long-term value. Fundamentally, strong ESG practices drive further economic value to our business and inherently create higher barriers to entry. As such, we integrate relevant ESG considerations into our investing and operating strategies. We are therefore proud to announce that we are publishing our inaugural ESG report, which, among other things, illustrates the on-the-ground work we do to maintain our social license to operate.

With one of the largest public, pure-play renewable portfolios globally, we are helping to accelerate the decarbonization of global electricity grids. Additionally, maintaining socially responsible practices - from health and safety to community relations to biodiversity - is a critical component of successful operations over the long-term. We operate with the highest ethical standards, conducting our business with integrity and above compliance with laws and regulations - we aim for best practice, everywhere we operate.

ESG and sustainability investing continues to gain momentum globally, with ESG funds expected to rise into the trillions over the next decade. We believe our portfolio's inherent environmental attributes, coupled with our long-standing practices around maintaining a social license to operate provide significant tailwinds to demand growth for Brookfield Renewable.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Our liquidity position remains robust, with ~$2.7 billion of total available liquidity at year-end. During the year, we executed on key financing and capital raising initiatives aimed at maintaining robust access to capital, a prudent debt maturity ladder, and a low-risk, investment grade balance sheet.

During the year, we executed on more than $6 billion of financings across the business which allowed us to raise $1 billion of incremental liquidity to BEP, extend our average debt portfolio duration to 10 years, and reduce annual interest costs by ~$15 million ($9 million net to BEP). Of note, we continue to advance our green financing strategy in order to capitalize on growing demand for carbon-free debt products and diversify our debt investor base.

To date, we have issued six green bonds, at both the corporate- and project-levels, which all together totaled approximately $2.4 billion. During the fourth quarter, we also closed our first incentive-linked loan as part of our corporate credit facility that will allow us to reduce our cost of borrowing as we continue to accelerate the decarbonization of global electricity grids. As demand for sustainability focused investing continues to grow, we expect green financings and sustainability-linked loans will increasingly become a more prominent funding lever within our business.

In 2019, we also continued to execute our capital recycling strategy of selling mature, de-risked or non-core assets to lower cost of capital buyers and redeploying the proceeds into higher yielding opportunities. During the year, we raised almost $600 million ($365 million net to BEP) through this funding strategy, allowing us to crystallize an approximate 18% return on our Portuguese and Northern Ireland wind assets and to return more than two times our capital invested in South Africa.

Distribution Currency Option

The quarterly distributions payable on Brookfield Renewable's LP Units are declared in U.S. dollars. Unitholders resident in the United States will receive payment in U.S. dollars and unitholders resident in Canada will receive the Canadian dollar equivalent unless they request otherwise. The Canadian dollar equivalent of the quarterly distribution will be based on the Bank of Canada daily average exchange rate on the record date or, if the record date falls on a weekend or holiday, on the Bank of Canada daily average exchange rate of the preceding business day.

Registered unitholders resident in Canada who wish to receive a U.S. dollar distribution and registered unitholders resident in the United States wishing to receive the Canadian dollar distribution equivalent should contact Brookfield Renewable's transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, in writing at 100 University Avenue, 8th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Y1 or by phone at 1-800-564-6253. Beneficial unitholders (i.e., those holding their Units in street name with their brokerage) should contact the broker with whom their Units are held.

Distribution Reinvestment Plan

Brookfield Renewable maintains a Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") which allows holders of its LP Units who are resident in Canada to acquire additional LP Units by reinvesting all or a portion of their cash distributions without paying commissions. Information on the DRIP, including details on how to enroll, is available on our website at https://bep.brookfield.com/stock-and-distribution/distributions/drip . Additional information on Brookfield Renewable's distributions and preferred share dividends can be found on our website at https://bep.brookfield.com .

Brookfield Renewable

Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world's largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and totals over 19,000 megawatts of installed capacity and a 13,000 megawatt development pipeline. Brookfield Renewable is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at https://bep.brookfield.com . Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information.

Brookfield Renewable is the flagship listed renewable power company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $540 billion of assets under management.

Please note that Brookfield Renewable's previous audited annual and unaudited quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and securities regulators in Canada, are available on our website at https://bep.brookfield.com , on SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on SEDAR's website at www.sedar.com . Hard copies of the annual and quarterly reports can be obtained free of charge upon request.

Contact information:
Media: Investors:
Claire Holland Robin Kooyman
Vice President - Communications Senior Vice President - Investor Relations
(416) 369-8236 (416) 369-2616
claire.holland@brookfield.com robin.kooyman@brookfield.com

Quarterly Earnings Call Details

Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Renewable's 2019 Fourth Quarter Results as well as the Letter to Unitholders and Supplemental Information on Brookfield Renewable's website at https://bep.brookfield.com .

The conference call can be accessed via webcast on February 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/9hmszyxp or via teleconference at 1-866-688-9430 toll free in North America. If dialing from outside Canada or the U.S., please dial 1-409-216-0817 at approximately 8:50 a.m. Eastern Time. When prompted, enter the conference ID, 6677065. A recording of the teleconference can be accessed through February 13, 2020 at 1-855-859-2056, or from outside Canada and the U.S. please call 1-404-537-3406. When prompted, enter the conference ID, 6677065.

BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Three Months Ended December 31 Twelve Months Ended December 31
UNAUDITED
(MILLIONS, EXCEPT AS NOTED)
2019 2018 2019 2018
Revenues $ 726 $ 780 $ 2,980 $ 2,982
Other income 7 24 57 50
Direct operating costs (267 ) (276 ) (1,012 ) (1,036 )
Management service costs (35 ) (16 ) (108 ) (80 )
Interest expense - borrowings (167 ) (171 ) (682 ) (705 )
Share of earnings from equity-accounted investments (22 ) 56 11 68
Foreign exchange and unrealized financial instrument (loss) gain 7 1 (33 ) (34 )
Depreciation (198 ) (208 ) (798 ) (819 )
Other (50 ) (10 ) (91 ) (82 )
Income tax expense
Current (16 ) (10 ) (65 ) (30 )
Deferred 25 91 14 89
9 81 (51 ) 59
Net income $ 10 $ 261 $ 273 $ 403
Net income attributable to:
Non-controlling interests
Participating non-controlling interests - in operating subsidiaries $ 58 $ 155 $ 262 $ 297
General partnership interest in a holding subsidiary held by Brookfield -- 2 -- 1
Participating non-controlling interests - in a holding subsidiary - Redeemable/Exchangeable units held by Brookfield (28 ) 37 (25 ) 17
Preferred equity 7 6 26 26
Preferred limited partners' equity 11 9 44 38
Limited partners' equity (38 ) 52 (34 ) 24
$ 10 $ 261 $ 273 $ 403
Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per LP Unit $ (0.21 ) $ 0.29 $ (0.19 ) $ 0.13


BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
UNAUDITED
(MILLIONS)
December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 115 $ 173
Trade receivables and other financial assets 1,172 992
Equity-accounted investments 1,889 1,569
Property, plant and equipment, at fair value 30,714 29,025
Goodwill 821 828
Deferred income tax and other assets 980 1,516
Total Assets $ 35,691 $ 34,103
Liabilities
Corporate borrowings $ 2,100 $ 2,328
Non-recourse borrowings 8,904 8,390
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other financial liabilities 895 772
Deferred income tax liabilities 4,537 4,140
Other liabilities 1,124 1,267
Equity
Non-controlling interests
Participating non-controlling interests - in operating subsidiaries 8,742 8,129
General partnership interest in a holding subsidiary held by Brookfield 68 66
Participating non-controlling interests - in a holding subsidiary - Redeemable/Exchangeable units held by Brookfield 3,315 3,252
Preferred equity 597 568
Preferred limited partners' equity 833 707
Limited partners' equity 4,576 4,484
Total Equity 18,131 17,206
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 35,691 $ 34,103


BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
UNAUDITED
(MILLIONS)
Three months ended December 31 Twelve months ended December 31
2019 2018 2019 2018
Operating activities
Net income $ 10 $ 261 $ 273 $ 403
Adjustments for the following non-cash items:
Depreciation 198 208 798 819
Unrealized foreign exchange and financial instrument loss (gain) (15 ) (6 ) 27 8
Share of earnings from equity-accounted investments 22 (57 ) (11 ) (68 )
Deferred income tax expense (25 ) (91 ) (14 ) (89 )
Other non-cash items 58 3 127 53
Net change in working capital and other (41 ) (32 ) 12 (23 )
207 286 1,212 1,103
Financing activities
Net corporate borrowings (341 ) (152 ) 108 79
Corporate credit facilities, net 287 (318 ) (422 ) 36
Non-recourse borrowings, net 239 77 337 (381 )
Capital contributions from participating non-controlling interests - in operating subsidiaries 7 287 299 300
Issuance of preferred limited partnership units -- -- 126 196
Repurchase of LP Units -- (43 ) (1 ) (51 )
Distributions paid:
To participating non-controlling interests - in operating subsidiaries (186 ) (115 ) (706 ) (553 )
To preferred shareholders (7 ) (6 ) (26 ) (26 )
To preferred limited partners' unitholders (12 ) (10 ) (43 ) (37 )
To unitholders of Brookfield Renewable or BRELP (171 ) (161 ) (684 ) (643 )
Borrowings from related party, net 2 -- 2 --
(182 ) (441 ) (1,010 ) (1,080 )
Investing activities
Acquisitions net of cash and cash equivalents in acquired entity (121 ) (27 ) (202 ) (39 )
Investment in property, plant and equipment (80 ) (82 ) (195 ) (235 )
(Investment in) disposal of subsidiaries, associates and other securities 2 25 87 (370 )
Restricted cash and other 71 95 59 20
(128 ) 11 (251 ) (624 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash 4 (3 ) (4 ) (17 )
Cash and cash equivalents
Increase (decrease) (99 ) (147 ) (53 ) (618 )
Net change in cash classified within assets held for sale 5 7 (5 ) (8 )
Balance, beginning of period 209 313 173 799
Balance, end of period $ 115 $ 173 $ 115 $ 173

PROPORTIONATE RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31

The following chart reflects the generation and summary financial figures on a proportionate basis for the three months ended December 31:

(GWh) (MILLIONS)
Actual Generation LTA Generation Revenues Adjusted EBITDA FFO Net Income (Loss)
2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018
Hydroelectric
North America 2,858 3,604 2,912 3,065 $ 205 $ 238 $ 131 $ 164 $ 94 $ 121 $ 4 $ 59
Brazil 817 902 1,009 996 61 59 37 40 31 33 4 (2 )
Colombia 749 982 968 935 63 56 37 35 26 24 16 46
4,424 5,488 4,889 4,996 329 353 205 239 151 178 24 103
Wind
North America 779 808 934 951 56 61 43 48 27 29 (20 ) 21
Europe 241 264 267 269 24 27 17 30 11 25 -- 17
Brazil 176 153 172 171 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2
Asia 107 43 104 37 7 3 6 2 3 2 4 7
1,303 1,268 1,477 1,428 97 100 74 87 47 60 (13 ) 47
Solar 184 184 195 178 38 40 39 30 22 15 (18 ) 14
Storage & Other 66 112 -- -- 21 23 11 16 7 9 1 4
Corporate -- -- -- -- -- -- 19 (1 ) (56 ) (56 ) (60 ) (77 )
Total 5,977 7,052 6,561 6,602 $ 485 $ 516 $ 348 $ 371 $ 171 $ 206 $ (66 ) $ 91

The following table reconciles the non-IFRS financial metrics to the most directly comparable IFRS measures. Net income attributable to Unitholders is reconciled to FFO and reconciled to Proportionate Adjusted EBITDA, and earnings per unit is reconciled to FFO per unit, both for the three months ended December 31:

Per unit
(MILLIONS, EXCEPT AS NOTED) 2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income attributable to:
Limited partners' equity $ (38 ) $ 52 $ (0.21 ) $ 0.29
General partnership interest in a holding subsidiary held by Brookfield -- 2 -- --
Participating non-controlling interests - in a holding subsidiary - Redeemable/Exchangeable units held by Brookfield (28 ) 37 -- --
Net income attributable to Unitholders $ (66 ) $ 91 $ (0.21 ) $ 0.29
Adjusted for proportionate share of:
Depreciation 172 170 0.55 0.54
Foreign exchange and unrealized financial instruments loss (gain) (15 ) 4 (0.05 ) 0.01
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (29 ) (71 ) (0.09 ) (0.23 )
Other 109 12 0.35 0.05
FFO $ 171 $ 206 $ 0.55 $ 0.66
Distributions attributable to:
Preferred limited partners' equity 11 9
Preferred equity 7 6
Current income taxes 9 2
Interest expense - borrowings 115 132
Management service costs 35 16
Proportionate Adjusted EBITDA 348 371
Attributable to non-controlling interests 202 233
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA 550 604
Weighted average units outstanding [(1)] 311.3 312.2

[(1) Includes GP interest, Redeemable/Exchangeable partnership units, and LP Units.]

PROPORTIONATE RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31

The following chart reflects the generation and summary financial figures on a proportionate basis for the year ended December 31:

(GWh) (MILLIONS)
Actual Generation LTA Generation Revenues Adjusted EBITDA FFO Net Income (Loss)
2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018
Hydroelectric
North America 13,118 13,308 12,238 12,980 $ 905 $ 893 $ 632 $ 619 $ 469 $ 443 $ 150 $ 189
Brazil 3,707 3,633 3,996 3,927 234 244 181 173 150 142 59 3
Colombia 3,096 3,364 3,488 3,482 237 216 144 126 101 86 72 87
19,921 20,305 19,722 20,389 1,376 1,353 957 918 720 671 281 279
Wind
North America 2,969 2,713 3,556 3,169 223 219 163 157 94 93 (64 ) (18 )
Europe 904 677 996 764 95 73 67 57 48 38 (7 ) 5
Brazil 630 626 647 645 37 42 28 33 19 24 1 1
Asia 291 160 290 153 20 12 16 8 10 5 6 4
4,794 4,176 5,489 4,731 375 346 274 255 171 160 (64 ) (8 )
Solar 949 753 978 724 183 146 162 117 103 72 5 33
Storage & Other 374 519 -- -- 87 85 41 49 27 32 1 (2 )
Corporate -- -- -- -- -- -- 10 (16 ) (260 ) (259 ) (282 ) (260 )
Total 26,038 25,753 26,189 25,844 $ 2,021 $ 1,930 $ 1,444 $ 1,323 $ 761 $ 676 $ (59 ) $ 42

The following table reconciles the non-IFRS financial metrics to the most directly comparable IFRS measures. Net income attributable to Unitholders is reconciled to FFO and reconciled to Proportionate Adjusted EBITDA, and earnings per unit is reconciled to FFO per unit, both for the year ended December 31:

Per unit
(MILLIONS, EXCEPT AS NOTED) 2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income (loss) attributable to:
Limited partners' equity $ (34 ) $ 24 $ (0.19 ) $ 0.13
General partnership interest in a holding subsidiary held by Brookfield -- 1 -- --
Participating non-controlling interests - in a holding subsidiary - Redeemable/Exchangeable units held by Brookfield (25 ) 17 -- --
Net income attributable to Unitholders $ (59 ) $ 42 $ (0.19 ) $ 0.13
Adjusted for proportionate share of:
Depreciation 650 630 2.09 2.02
Foreign exchange and unrealized financial instruments loss (gain) 30 2 0.10 0.01
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (69 ) (85 ) (0.22 ) (0.27 )
Other 209 87 0.67 0.27
FFO $ 761 $ 676 $ 2.45 $ 2.16
Distributions attributable to:
Preferred limited partners' equity 44 38
Preferred equity 26 26
Current income taxes 35 17
Interest expense - borrowings 470 486
Management service costs 108 80
Proportionate Adjusted EBITDA 1,444 1,323
Attributable to non-controlling interests 895 900
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA 2,339 2,223
Weighted average units outstanding [(1)] 311.2 312.6

[(1) Includes GP interest, Redeemable/Exchangeable partnership units, and LP Units.]

Cautionary Statement Regarding Use of Non-IFRS Measures

This news release contains references to Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and FFO per Unit which are not generally accepted accounting measures under IFRS and therefore may differ from definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and FFO per Unit used by other entities. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and FFO per Unit are useful supplemental measures that may assist investors in assessing the financial performance and the cash anticipated to be generated by our operating portfolio. None of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO or FFO per Unit should be considered as the sole measure of our performance and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of our financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and FFO per Unit to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, please see "Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures - Three Months Ended December 31" and "Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures - Year Ended December 31" above and "Financial Performance Review on Proportionate Information - Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures" included in our Form 20-F.

References to Brookfield Renewable are to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. together with its subsidiary and operating entities unless the context reflects otherwise.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities regulations. The words "will", "intend", "should", "could", "target", "growth", "expect", "believe", "plan", derivatives thereof and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate future events, trends or prospects and which do not relate to historical matters identify the above mentioned and other forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding the quality of Brookfield Renewable's and its subsidiaries' businesses and our expectations regarding future cash flows and distribution growth. They include statements regarding the special distribution of BEPC's class A shares, BEPC's eligibility for index inclusion, BEPC's ability to attract new investors as well as the future performance and prospects of BEPC and Brookfield Renewable following the distribution of BEPC's class A shares, the expected proceeds from opportunistically recycling capital, as well as the benefits from acquisitions and Brookfield Renewable's global scale and resource diversity. Although Brookfield Renewable believes that these forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, you should not place undue reliance on them, or any other forward-looking statements or information in this news release. The future performance and prospects of Brookfield Renewable are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results of Brookfield Renewable to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by the statements in this news release include (without limitation) the fact that there can be no assurance that the stock exchanges on which BEPC intends to apply to list its class A shares will approve the listing of such shares or that BEPC will be included in any indices; weather conditions and other factors which may impact generation levels at facilities; economic conditions in the jurisdictions in which Brookfield Renewable operates; ability to sell products and services under contract or into merchant energy markets; changes to government regulations, including incentives for renewable energy; ability to complete development and capital projects on time and on budget; inability to finance operations or fund future acquisitions due to the status of the capital markets; health, safety, security or environmental incidents; regulatory risks relating to the power markets in which Brookfield Renewable operates, including relating to the regulation of our assets, licensing and litigation; risks relating to internal control environment; contract counterparties not fulfilling their obligations; changes in operating expenses, including employee wages, benefits and training, governmental and public policy changes, and other risks associated with the construction, development and operation of power generating facilities. For further information on these known and unknown risks, please see "Risk Factors" included in the Form 20-F of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. and other risks and factors that are described therein and that are described in the U.S. registration statement filed in connection with the distribution of BEPC's class A shares.

The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements represent our views as of the date of this news release and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. While we anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change, we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements, other than as required by applicable law.

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