First Solar and SunPower May Sell Their YieldCo, 8point3. How Much Is It Worth?

By [email protected] When SunPower (SPWR) and First Solar’s (FSLR) YieldCo, 8point3 Energy Partners (CAFD), went public two years ago, I used the financial nerd joke in 8point3’s ticker symbol as a launching point to explain what “cash available for distribution,” or CAFD, means.
In that article, I cautioned against the risks of using a short-term cash flow measure for long-term investing decisions. That risk is becoming more and more real for investors in 8point3 because the YieldCo is using short-term, interest-only financing to fund its long-term investments.

All of 8point3’s debt matures in 2020, and refinancing that debt will reduce its ability

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