Vidler Water Resources, Inc. (“Vidler”) announced today an alternative energy company has exercised its option to purchase 53,750 Long Term Storage Credits (“LTSC”) at the Company’s recharge facility in the Harquahala Valley, Arizona for $400 per LTSC. The Company expects the sale to close in 2021 and to generate revenue of approximately $21.5 million.
Vidler’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dorothy Timian - Palmer, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to enter into a sale and purchase agreement with this highly respected alternative energy producer for a significant quantity of our LTSC in the Harquahala basin in Arizona. With the prior sale of 1,250 LTSC to this purchaser earlier in the fourth quarter of 2021, we will have sold approximately 22% of our inventory of LTSC in our recharge facility in the Harquahala Valley for total revenue of $22 million. We have worked with the purchaser on certain of our properties in Nevada and Arizona, and we have found it to be an excellent partner with first rate innovative and sustainable energy solutions for the communities it serves. The purchaser’s parent company is actively involved in the Data Center and Green Hydrogen power space, and on the closing of the sale, our water will provide the purchaser with a resource required to manufacture clean energy. We look forward to other opportunities our business relationship with the purchaser may bring that could allow us, over time, to monetize some of our remaining Harquahala LTSC in the basin where they are stored.
“We are in active discussions with a number of commercial and residential developers and municipalities regarding the sale of our remaining 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 September 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 monetization in further development of existing assets, if we believe the returns on such reinvestment outweigh the benefits of a return of capital.
As of September 30, 2021, we had a market capitalization of $208.6 million, and 18,330,910 shares outstanding.
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