RNS Announcements

2020

Launch of Placing via Accelerated Bookbuild

04 February 2020

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc (ticker: GSF), London's first listed energy storage fund investing in income producing assets in the UK and internationally, today announces a proposed placing of new Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Company's placing programme as set out in the prospectus published by the Company on 16 July 2019.  

The Proposed Placing

The Board is pleased to announce that following inbound investor interest, it is proposing an issue of new Ordinary Shares at 95.5 pence per share (the "Placing Price"), by way of a non-pre-emptive placing pursuant to the Company's Placing Programme (the "Placing"). The Placing is being supported by two new investors who are specialist ESG funds, who will together subscribe for a total of £1.5 million. An Accelerated Bookbuild is simultaneously being launched today as part of the Placing to enable any existing or other investors to participate under the same terms.

As at 31 January 2020, the Company had successfully committed the proceeds from its placing of new ordinary shares in October 2019 and is fully committed having created the largest portfolio of international energy storage projects available to a financial investor at 189MW.

It is intended that the net proceeds of the Placing will be used to fund investment opportunities from the Investment Adviser's considerable pipeline of energy storage projects in the UK and internationally, in accordance with the Company's investment policy and return profile. 

The Company pays dividends on a quarterly basis and the new shares issued in the Placing will be eligible for any dividend in respect of the period from 1 October to 31 December 2019, expected to be announced in due course.

Details of the Placing

A placing price of 95.5 pence per Ordinary Share, being the last published NAV as at 30 September 2019 (before dividend payment), the closing price as at 3 February 2020 and represents a discount of 0.9% to the last 30-day volume weighted average price of 96.4 pence per Ordinary Share.

The Placing will take place through the Company's broker, Shore Capital, and is open with immediate effect following this announcement. Investors are invited to apply for new Ordinary Shares pursuant to the Placing by contacting Shore Capital. The timing for the close of the bookbuild will be at the absolute discretion of Shore Capital.

The Placing, and an investor's participation in it, is subject to the terms and conditions of the Placing set out in part 9 of the Prospectus and the Placing and Offer Agreement, details of which are set out in Paragraph 7.1 of Part 12 of the Prospectus.  Copies of the Prospectus may, subject to any applicable law, be obtained from the Company's registered office, on the Company's website (www.gsenergystoragefund.com) or via the National Storage Mechanism (www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM).

Applications will be made to the FCA for admission of the new Ordinary Shares to the Premium Listing segment of the Official List and to the London Stock Exchange for admission to trading on the main market for listed securities (''Admission''). It is expected that Admission will become effective and that unconditional dealings in the new Ordinary Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. (GMT) on 11 February 2020. The new Ordinary Shares will, when issued, rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares.

Expected Timetable

Placing opens

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Latest time for receipt of Placing commitments

3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4 February 2020

The timing for the close of the Bookbuild will be at the absolute discretion of Shore Capital

Result of Placing announced

7.00 a.m. Wednesday 5 February 2020

Admission becomes effective and dealings in new Ordinary Shares on London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities commence

8.00 a.m. on Tuesday 11 February 2020

Dividend Policy

The Company is targeting an annual dividend of 7.0 per cent. of Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share in each financial year subject to a minimum target of 7.0 pence per Ordinary Share commencing from the current financial year ending 31 March 2020.

The Legal Entity Identifier of the Company is 213800GPUNVGG81G4O21.

This Announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 ("MAR").

*The dates and times specified above are references to GMT and are subject to change, in which event details of the new times and dates will be notified, as required, through an RIS.  

For further information:

Gore Street Capital Limited

 

Alex O'Cinneide

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3826 0290

 

 

Shore Capital

 

Anita Ghanekar / Hugo Masefield (Corporate Advisory)

Henry Willcocks / Fiona Conroy (Corporate Broking)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7601 6128

 

Media enquiries:

Buchanan

 

Charles Ryland / Steph Watson / Henry Wilson

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.   

Important Notices and Disclaimers

Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing. This announcement and the terms and conditions referred to herein are directed in the United Kingdom only at persons selected by Shore Capital who are "investment professionals" falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "FPO") or "high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc" falling within Article 49(2) of the FPO, or persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). This announcement and the terms and conditions referred to herein must not be acted on or relied on in the United Kingdom by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, persons in the United Kingdom who are Relevant Persons.

The new Ordinary Shares that are the subject of the Placing are not being offered or sold to any person in the European Union, other than to "qualified investors" as defined in the Prospectus Regulation. All offers of new Ordinary Shares will be made pursuant to the Prospectus. In the United Kingdom, this announcement is being directed solely at persons in circumstances in which section 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) does not apply. This announcement does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, any offer or invitation or inducement for sale, transfer or subscription of, or any solicitation of any offer or invitation to buy or subscribe for or to underwrite, any share in the Company or to engage in investment activity (as defined by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in any jurisdiction nor shall it, or any part of it, or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or investment decision whatsoever, in any jurisdiction. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation regarding any securities.

The material set forth herein is not intended, and should not be construed, as an offer of securities for sale or subscription in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Any purchase of Ordinary Shares should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Prospectus. This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia), Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The Company will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. In addition, the Ordinary Shares referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or under the securities laws of any state of the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to or for the account or benefit of US persons absent registration or pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable State securities laws. The offer and sale of Ordinary Shares referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of any state, province or territory of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. Subject to certain exceptions, the Ordinary Shares referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. There will be no offer of the Ordinary Shares in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan.

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited ("Shore Capital") is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and acting only for the Company in connection with the Placing, the Placing Programme and Admission.  Persons receiving this announcement should note that Shore Capital will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to customers of Shore Capital, or for advising any other person on the matters described in this announcement.

The information contained in this announcement is given at the date of its publication (unless otherwise indicated), is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete.  No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Company, the Adviser or Shore Capital or by any of their respective affiliates partners, directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents as to, or in relation to, the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form and howsoever transmitted or made available, or any loss howsoever arising from any use of this announcement or its contents or otherwise in connection with it. 

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements which are based on the Company's expectations, intentions and projections regarding its future performance, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Given these risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  The information contained in this announcement is subject to change without notice and none of the Company, the Adviser or Shore Capital assumes any responsibility or obligation to update publicly or review any of the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement.

The value of investments may go down as well as up, and all of the value of an investor's investment in the Company will be at risk. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and the information in this announcement or any documents relating to the Placing (including, without limitation, the Prospectus) cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.  Any persons needing advice should contact a professional adviser.

Accessing this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law.  Persons accessing this announcement must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so under any applicable securities laws of the jurisdiction in which they access this announcement.  The Company assumes no responsibility in the event there is a violation by any person of any such restrictions.

 

Information to Distributors

Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Ordinary Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Ordinary Shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Ordinary Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Placing Programme.  Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Shore Capital will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Ordinary Shares.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Ordinary Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.