UK Acquisition, International Pipeline Update and Proposed Placing and Retail Offer
20 September 2021
Existing financial resources now significantly committed following new UK acquisition, and up to £72.6 million being raised to execute on accretive international project pipeline
Gore Street, London's first listed energy storage fund supporting the transition to low carbon power, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 57MW construction-ready energy storage project (the "Project"), in Leicester, England. With this acquisition, the Company's portfolio now consists of 577MW of operating or under construction projects in the UK and Ireland.
As previously indicated and in-line with its existing mandate, the Company's pipeline includes opportunities in new markets - North America and Western Europe, which the Company has been developing and tracking for over a year and which present investment opportunities the Company believes add diversification and strong returns to its existing portfolio.
The Company's current financial resources are now largely committed following this 57MW acquisition and Gore Street is proposing an issue of new Ordinary Shares to fund its ambitious portfolio expansion plan.
57MW UK Acquisition
The Project consists of a 57MW energy storage system in Leicester, for which all land rights, grid connections and planning consents have already been secured. The Project is currently scheduled to become operational in 2023.
The Project will be connected to National Grid's main transmission network rather than the local distribution network, which means that it will operate without an intermediary distribution network operator. This will reduce capex and operating costs and will be Gore Street's first transmission connected site.
Gore Street's Investment Manager, Gore Street Capital Limited (the "Investment Manager"), estimates the Project will have an unlevered IRR in-line with Gore Street's target.
The expected total capex for the Project is estimated to be c.£22million over the next 12 to 18 months.
The Company's investment policy allows up to 40% of the Company's portfolio to be invested in projects outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This provides the Company with access to other high growth markets within the energy storage sector and enables better diversification of the portfolio.
Accordingly and as previously announced, in addition to its UK pipeline and assets in the Republic of Ireland, the Company has over the last year stepped up its coverage of the North American and Western European storage markets. These are markets that are now beginning to grow, where competition is lower, and which can provide complementary and diversified revenue streams to the Company's existing portfolio of assets. The Investment Manager is therefore actively assessing ready-to-build projects in geographies with competitive acquisition prices in diverse and comprehensive energy storage markets, which satisfy the Company's return targeting North America and Western Europe, and the Company looks forward to updating the market in due course.
In total, the Company now has over 1.0GW / 2.5GWh in its overall pipeline, including a 2GWh active pipeline across North America and Western Europe, of which 160MWh is currently under exclusivity.
With this latest acquisition, Gore Street has substantially committed all of its most recently raised capital. Therefore, to continue the Company's growth and to take advantage of the Company's deep and growing pipeline of opportunities Gore Street is proposing an issue of new Ordinary Shares at a price of 107.0 pence per share (the "Issue Price"), by way of a non-pre-emptive placing (the "Placing").
The Placing consists of the remaining balance of new Ordinary Shares which can be issued under the Company's Placing Programme (the "Placing Programme Issue") and of new Ordinary Shares which can be issued under shareholder authorities granted at the Company's Annual General Meeting on 6 September 2021 and for which no prospectus is required (in accordance with the Prospectus Regulation) to be published (the "Additional Issue").
Under the Placing, the Company is proposing to issue up to 67,883,824 new Ordinary Shares, consisting of 57,647,059 new Ordinary Shares under the Placing Programme Issue and 10,236,765 new Ordinary Shares under the Additional Issue.
- The Issue Price represents a discount of approximately 7.8% to the closing share price of 116.0 pence per share on 17 September 2021 and a premium of approximately 5.9% to the last reported NAV of 101.0 pence as at 30 June 2021.
- The Placing will be managed and conducted by the Company's Joint Corporate Brokers and Joint Bookrunners Shore Capital and J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove).
- The Placing is open with immediate effect. Investors are invited to apply for new Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Placing ("Placing Shares") by contacting Shore Capital or J.P. Morgan Cazenove.
- Proceeds from the proposed capital raise will be deployed towards the Company's significant development pipeline of attractive accretive opportunities.
- The Placing Shares will be entitled to the discretionary dividend for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.
Latest time for receipt of Placing commitments
3.00 p.m. on 29 September
Result of Placing announced
7.00 a.m. on 30 September
Admission becomes effective and dealings in the Placing Shares on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities commence
8.00 a.m. on 4 October
*The dates and times specified above are references to London times and are subject to change, in which event details of the new times and dates will be notified, as required, through an RIS.
The Placing, and an investor's participation in it, are subject to the terms and conditions which are set out in Part 9 of the Prospectus and the Placing and Offer Agreement, as amended, details of which are set out in Paragraph 6.1 of Part 12 of the Prospectus. Copies of the Prospectus and the Supplementary Prospectus may, subject to any applicable law or restrictions, be obtained from the Company's registered office, on the Company's website (www.gsenergystoragefund.com) or via the National Storage Mechanism (https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism).
In addition to the Placing, the Company intends to make an offer of new Ordinary Shares at the Issue Price available on the PrimaryBid platform, in which retail investors will be invited to participate (the "PrimaryBid Offer"). A separate announcement will be made by the Company shortly regarding the PrimaryBid Offer.
The Company is relying on its existing shareholder authorities and an available exemption from the need to publish a prospectus approved by the Financial Conduct Authority in connection with the PrimaryBid Offer.
Applications will be made to the FCA for admission of the Placing Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to the London Stock Exchange for admission to trading of the Placing Shares on the main market for listed securities ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will become effective and that unconditional dealings in the Placing Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. (BST) on 4 October 2021. The Placing Shares will, when issued, rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares, save for any dividends or other distributions declared, made or paid on the existing Ordinary Shares by reference to a record date prior to the allotment of the Placing Shares.
Alex O'Cinneide, CEO of Gore Street Capital, the Company's Investment Manager, commented:
"This UK acquisition is a further significant development for the Company, which offers opportunities for value creation as construction progresses and once operational, will be accretive to our income generating assets. This particular asset also benefits from being transmission connected providing attractive running cost savings which will provide an additional tailwind to our positive cash flow. This is another example of Gore Street's preeminent position in the development of the energy storage market where we have continually been a first mover at scale to the benefit of our shareholders. The acquisition will take Gore Street's portfolio to 577MW across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, the most geographically diverse energy storage portfolio available to a financial investor today. We are delighted to have won this important competitive acquisition due to our strong transactional track record and sector leading reputation.
Gore Street's significant international pipeline spanning North America and Western Europe enhances the Company's position to capitalise on the continued priority for all markets to support the transition to a low carbon economy through the increased use of renewable energy. While the GB and Ireland have been the pre-eminent markets for energy storage investment, other more nascent markets offer enormous potential growth opportunities and complementary revenue streams which we see as extremely attractive. We expect to update the market in due course with our pipeline progress.
The proposed Placing and retail offer will progress our ambitious portfolio growth plans and we look forward to leveraging our experience and proven capital discipline, to find the best opportunities to generate further shareholder value following the rapid and successful deployment of a significant portion of the £135 million raised in April 2021."
The Legal Entity Identifier of the Company is 213800GPUNVGG81G4O21.
For further information:
Gore Street Capital Limited
Alex O'Cinneide / Paula Travesso
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3826 0290
Shore Capital (Joint Corporate Broker and Joint Bookrunner)
Anita Ghanekar / Patrick Castle / Rose Ramsden (Corporate Advisory)
Fiona Conroy / Henry Willcocks (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4090
J. P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Corporate Broker and Joint Bookrunner)
William Simmonds / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 4000
Buchanan (Media enquiries)
Charles Ryland / Henry Wilson / George Beale
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Email: [email protected]
JTC (UK) Limited, Company Secretary Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 0181
Notes to Editors
About Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc
Gore Street is London's first listed energy storage fund and seeks to provide shareholders with a significant opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of utility scale energy storage projects. In addition to growth through exploiting its considerable pipeline, the Company aims to deliver consistent and robust dividend yield as income distributions to its shareholders.
The Company targets an annual dividend of 7.0% of NAV per Ordinary Share in each financial year, subject to a minimum target of 7.0 pence per Ordinary Share. Dividends are paid quarterly.
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