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TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/15/2019
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our ability to realize the expected benefits from Brookfield's sponsorship on our business and results of operations;
any adverse consequences arising out of our separation from SunEdison and of the SunEdison Bankruptcy;
the timing of our ability to complete our audited corporate and project-level financial statements;
risks related to our ability to file our annual and quarterly reports with the SEC on a timely basis and to satisfy the requirements of the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”);
our ability to integrate acquired assets and realize the anticipated benefits of these acquired assets;
counterparties’ to our offtake agreements willingness and ability to fulfill their obligations under such agreements;
price fluctuations, termination provisions and buyout provisions related to our offtake agreements;
our ability to enter into contracts to sell power on acceptable terms as our offtake agreements expire;
delays or unexpected costs during the completion of construction of certain renewable energy facilities we intend to acquire;
our ability to successfully identify, evaluate and consummate acquisitions;
government regulation, including compliance with regulatory and permit requirements and changes in market rules, rates, tariffs and environmental laws;
operating and financial restrictions placed on us and our subsidiaries related to agreements governing our indebtedness and other agreements of certain of our subsidiaries and project-level subsidiaries generally;
our ability to borrow additional funds and access capital markets, as well as our substantial indebtedness and the possibility that we may incur additional indebtedness going forward;
our ability to compete against traditional and renewable energy companies;
hazards customary to the power production industry and power generation operations such as unusual weather conditions, catastrophic weather-related or other damage to facilities, unscheduled generation outages, maintenance or repairs, interconnection problems or other developments, environmental incidents, or electric transmission constraints and the possibility that we may not have adequate insurance to cover losses as a result of such hazards;
our ability to expand into new business segments or new geographies;
seasonal variations in the amount of electricity our wind and solar plants produce, and fluctuations in wind and solar resource conditions; and
our ability to operate our businesses efficiently, manage capital expenditures and costs tightly, manage litigation, manage risks related to international operations and generate earnings and cash flow from our asset-based businesses in relation to our debt and other obligations.

As a result of all these factors, we cannot guarantee that we will have sufficient cash generated from operations to pay a specific level of cash dividends to holders of our Class A common stock. Furthermore, holders of our Class A common stock should be aware that the amount of cash available for distribution depends primarily on our cash flow, and is not solely a function of profitability, which is affected by non-cash items. We may incur other expenses or liabilities during a period that could significantly reduce or eliminate our cash available for distribution and, in turn, impair our ability to pay dividends to holders of our Class A common stock during the period. We are a holding company and our ability to pay dividends on our Class A common stock is limited by restrictions on the ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends or make other distributions to us, including restrictions under the terms of the agreements governing project-level financing. Our project-level financing agreements prohibit distributions to us unless certain specific conditions are met, including the satisfaction of financial ratios and the absence of payment or covenant defaults.

Furthermore, we issued additional equity securities in connection with acquisition of our European Platform, and we may issue additional equity securities in connection with any other acquisitions or growth capital expenditures. The payment of dividends on these additional equity securities may increase the risk that we will be unable to maintain or increase our per share dividend. There are no limitations in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation (other than a specified number of authorized shares) on our ability to issue equity securities, including securities ranking senior to our Class A common stock. The incurrence of bank borrowings or other debt by Terra Operating LLC or by our project-level subsidiaries to finance our growth strategy will result in increased interest expense and the imposition of additional or more restrictive covenants which, in turn, may impact the cash distributions we distribute to holders of our Class A common stock.

Finally, dividends to holders of our Class A common stock will be paid at the discretion of our Board.

Our payout ratio has recently exceeded our long-term target and, in some periods, our CAFD. If this were to continue, it could impact our ability to maintain or grow our dividends.

TerraForm Power’s payout ratio is a measure of its ability to make cash distributions to stockholders. TerraForm Power targets a long-term payout ratio of 80 to 85% of CAFD. From time to time, TerraForm Power’s payout ratio may exceed 100%, during periods of lower generation or lower merchant power prices or combination thereof. Because our business is