Gore Street continues to show progress with a small increase in the first quarter NAV to 101p. Performance of the operating assets remains strong and opportunities in battery storage continue to look attractive in our view.
Companies: Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC
As at 30 June 2021, the NAV TR of Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) was 101p, rising marginally from 100.9p as at 31 March 2021. This follows an NAV TR of 14.1% for the previous year. The performance of operational assets continues to be strong. We note that per hour dynamic containment (DC) prices are still at £17 per MW. GSF expects DC prices to drop by c.20% in the quarter beginning October 2021 and substantially in the following quarter. The modest NAV increase reflects both the signific
Gore Street has had a strong year in our view with the portfolio more than doubling to 440MW against 189MW. Post year end this has increased to 520MW of which 210MW is operational. An 800MW pipeline with 300MW under exclusivity gives shareholders the prospect of continued asset growth and, with a wider geographic spread of sites, allows further diversification.
As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its Net Zero by 2050 roadmap. This confirms work by others showing high demand for renewable energy, storage, electric vehicles and hydrogen if we are to reach a position of global net zero emissions by 2050. Given historic criticism of the IEA for failing to recognise the role of renewable energy, we see this report as an important indicator of how far expectations are shifting in favour of clean energy.
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Gore Street continues to develop its portfolio with the acquisition of a 80MW project in the GB market and a 300MW expansion of its exclusive development pipeline. Extended revenue opportunity in Ireland and well optimised assets in the UK give us confidence that the company can maximise value from this larger portfolio.
Gore Street has raised £135m at a 2.4% premium to NAV almost doubling the size of the fund. With a project pipeline of 1.3GW we expect it to be able to deploy this capital effectively and we think this will allow the company to take its pick of some of the best sites.
Gore Street’s equity raise recognises the wealth of opportunities currently available in energy storage. We see a lot of activity here and to an extent there is a “land grab” for good storage sites, especially in the GB market. New funding can help Gore Street here in our view, taking the fund to a new level.
The UK market showed a continued recovery in the first quarter albeit the indices are still well short of their all-time peaks, unlike many of their international peers. The FTSE 100 has risen by 1,186 points (21.4%) since the end of October and the FTSE 250 by 4,304 points (25.0%). The comparable performance since the start of the year is less spectacular- the FTSE 100 has risen by 253 points (3.9%) and the FTSE 250 has risen by 1,070 points (5.0%). The factors behind the sustained rally are fa
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Energy storage assets are critical to grid stability as we move to a world where electricity generated from renewable sources is the dominant form of energy. Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) has, in our opinion, demonstrated its ability to grow by acquiring projects with high IRRs across various geographies and structures and complete them at attractive per MW costs. When acquiring operating assets in Great Britain, GSF has done so at a significantly lower per MW price than its peers. We be
Gore Street Energy Storage (GSF) has announced that its Northern Ireland (NI) assets are now operational (2x50MW). This nearly doubles GSF’s operational assets to 210MW. The highly lucrative DS3 cashflows coupled with the commissioning date should translate to IRRs that are significantly above 10% for these projects. In addition, GSF has announced an increased capacity on its Republic of Ireland (RoI) assets, which should also boost IRRs for these projects. GSF has also secured a £15m Revolving
Gore Street has announced the completion of its two projects in Northern Ireland in time to fully participate in the attractive uncapped DS3 programme. It has also announced a further expansion of capacity in the Republic of Ireland adding an additional 60MW. With a pipeline now standing at 1.3GW, and with financing options including a new revolving credit facility, Gore is making real progress and showing potential for more to come.
In this publication, Hardman & Co’s focus is on the 17 quoted Renewable Energy Infrastructure Funds (REIFs), as we update our publication of February 2020 – the stocks analysed are members of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). As a group, their combined market capitalisation is now ca.£10.6bn. The most valuable quoted funds are Greencoat UK Wind (£2.5bn) and TRIG (£2.4bn). Comparisons with the seven Infrastructure Investment Companies – a sector worth ca.£12.8bn – are also undertaken
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Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) has announced an NAV of 99.6p, which represents an NAV TR of c.4.5% for the quarter ending 31 st December 2020. We expect NAV TR to remain strong, particularly given developments since the year-end. GSF now expects the two 50MW projects in Northern Ireland to start receiving income from 1 st April 2021. GSF has also secured the grid connection rights necessary to increase the capacity of the Porterstown site from 30MW to 90MW. GSF should benefit from the hig
The Budget offered a clear picture of the state of the economy. Put simply, the economy will be 3% smaller in three years’ time than it would have been without the impact of the pandemic. However, it is forecast to return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022, six months earlier than previously thought. The OBR forecasts that the UK economy will grow by 4.1% in 2021, (lower than the 5.5% outlined in November 2020). It has set its GDP forecasts in 2022, 2023 and 2024 at 7.3%, 1.7% and 1.6%. Positive
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Altus has acquired an effective 0.418% NSR over the producing Caserones copper mine in Chile. Altus’ royalty interest was acquired for $34.1m in cash as part of a strategic 50:50 partnership with EMX Royalty Corp. The acquisition was part financed with a $29m loan facility from major shareholder, La Mancha. The royalty is immediately cash generative and Altus expects the NSR to generate post-tax royalty flows of US$3.2m pa. Caserones is a large open-pit copper porphyry in Chile, operated by JX N
Companies: Altus Strategies PLC
Agronomics has announced a follow-on investment in existing portfolio company, Formo (previously LegenDairy Foods). The company has invested €3.15m in Formo's Series A funding, and now holds c5.9% of the enlarged share capital. The fundraise has generated a 7.5x uplift for Agronomics original €1m investment (Dec-19) and values Formo at c€180m (post-money) versus c€16m post-money value following the Seed round. Formo now becomes Agronomics largest holding, c9.1% and has delivered a net uplift in
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A disappointing earnings release coupled with low transparency on the Sandringham Financial Partners acquisition have led M&G’s share price to return to its pre-crisis level. While our valuation suggests a positive recommendation considering the low point, momentum remains uncertain.
Companies: M&G Plc
NextEnergy Solar Fund’s investment in NextPower III ESG is delivering in terms of widening international exposure with NPIII following its recent project win in Spain with another in Poland. This is the first acquisition the vehicle has made in Poland and the project will be supported by a fifteen year CfD. We see NESF’s investment in NPIII ESG as delivering a diversified asset growth opportunity and so far this is proving to be the case.
Companies: Nextenergy Solar Fund
Deltic Energy has had a highly successful 2021 year-to-date, as indicated in the interim statement. The key events have been the well investment decision in March for the Pensacola Zechstein prospect and the farm-out deal with Cairn Energy (CNE.L) in August over five licences in the Carboniferous/Zechstein fairway, towards the northern margin of the Southern North Sea Basin (SNS). The farm-outs firstly with Shell in 2019 and then Cairn have validated Deltic’s strategic focus on the Carboniferous
Companies: Deltic Energy PLC
What’s new: Tatton has signed a 5 year distribution partnership with Fintel and agreed to acquire Fintel’s Verbatim Funds for £5.8m cash consideration of which £2.8m is on competition and £3.0m is subject to performance
Companies: Tatton Asset Management Plc
Tatton has acquired the Verbatim funds from Fintel for (up to) £5.8m adding £650m AuM – and pushing Tatton’s AuM through the £10bn milestone. A long term strategic partnership has also been formed allowing Tatton to market to Fintel’s significant intermediary client base. We upgrade our earnings forecasts by +4% for the part year contribution in FY22e and +11% FY23e (the first full year) – but make no assumption around the potentially material opportunity from the distribution partnership. Tatto
NextEnergy’s JV with storage specialist Eelpower is an important strategic development. Storage demand is set to grow if the UK is to move towards its net zero targets and the combined attributes of the JV partners make it well suited to succeed here. For NESF it opens up a new route to asset growth in our view.
NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF), which has the ability to invest up to 10% of its gross assets in energy storage, has announced a significant step into energy storage with the establishment of a £100m joint venture partnership with one of the leading battery storage specialists, Eelpower Limited (Eelpower). The joint venture is owned 70% by NESF and 30% by Eelpower. The partnership has also announced the signing of its maiden acquisition, a 50MW standalone battery storage project, which is ready to
Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Companies: Harworth Group PLC
In line interim results to 30 June 2021: reported revenue was £11.4m, down 3.4%, as a result of the trust disposals; and reported PBT was £0.9m, down 6.5% YoY also as a result of disposals as well as disappointing volumes in certain areas of new business, namely UK SIPPs and the flexible annuity product. Positively, however, higher-than-anticipated revenues came from UK workplace pensions, while recurring revenues improved, reaching 88% without the inclusion of transaction-driven income in the d
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