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Wednesday 30 November, 2016

NextEnergy SolFnd Ld

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 4815Q
NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited
30 November 2016
 

30 November 2016

 

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited

 

HALF YEAR RESULTS

 

Strong progress and positive outlook

 

NextEnergy Solar Fund ("NESF" or the "Company"), a specialist investment company that invests in operational solar power plants in the UK, announces its half year results for the period ended 30 September 2016.

 

Highlights for the period

 

•    Investment portfolio at 30 September 2016 of 33 solar Photovoltaic ("PV") plants for a total of c.414MW installed capacity in operation

•    With total capital invested of c.£481.4m the Company is the largest listed renewable energy fund on the London Stock Exchange in terms of installed solar capacity

•    Focus was on-boarding of last year's acquisitions and generation of a new pipeline of acquisition opportunities.

•    Energy generated from the portfolio amounted to 284.4GWh - 3.2% higher than budgeted as a result of positive asset management

•    Net Assets grew from £273.8m to £350.1m. NAV per share increased from 98.5p on 31 March 2016 to 102.0p as at 30 September 2016

•    Reported profit for the period ended 30 September 2016 was £25.3m and earnings per share were 8.46p

•    Total shareholders return of 13.1%, NAV total return of 8.3%

•    Drawn debt facilities of c.£164.3m

•    NESF is on track to achieve a target of  6.31p total dividend distribution for the full year ending 31 March 2017, in quarterly instalments

•    The Company paid a first quarterly dividend of 1.5775 pence per share for the three months to 30 June 2016 on 30 September 2016.

•    A second quarterly dividend of 1.5775 pence per share for the period ended 30 September 2016 was declared which is to be paid at the end of December 2016

 

Post period end

 

•    In September the Company announced a proposed 350m share issuance programme and to date has successfully issued 110.3m New Ordinary Shares raising gross proceeds of £115.3m

•    On 22nd November announced a further acquisition that increased portfolio to a total 419MW of installed capacity

•    Strong pipeline of 170MW near-term acquisition opportunities and a further 430MW under consideration

 

Financial highlights

As at 30 September 2016

 

NAV                                           £350.1m

Number of shares in issue         343.2m

NAV per share                           102.0p

Share price at 30 Sept 2016     106.35p

Market capitalisation                 £365.0m

Total shareholder return           13.1% (based on dividends paid and share price)

NAV total return                        8.3% (based on dividends paid and NAV per share)

 

Kevin Lyon, Chairman of NESF, commented:

 

"NESF has continued to make major financial and operational progress during the first half of the year with significant operating asset outperformance.

 

"We have completed further capital raisings and grown NAV and profits during the period and our total shareholder return, including dividends paid, was 13.1%."

 

"The decision by the UK to leave the European Union has not negatively impacted the Company so far and we continue to monitor the impact of Brexit on power prices."

 

"Recently we have seen a reverse in the trend of declining market prices for electricity which began in 2015 and have revised our power price forecasts to take current market conditions into account."

 

"Our new share issuance programme gives us considerable headroom to pursue appropriate acquisition opportunities and with an attractive pipeline we expect to increase the portfolio of assets during the remainder of the financial year."

 

"We also remain confident of meeting our 6.31p total dividend distribution target for the full delivered in quarterly instalments."

 

 

Dividend declaration

A second quarterly dividend of 1.5775p per Ordinary Share was declared on 10 November 2016, totaling £ 5.4m for payment on 30 December 2016 to all shareholders on the register on 18 November 2016.

Half-Year Report

A copy of the half-year report has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM. The half-year report will also be available on the Company's website at www.nextenergysolarfund.com where further information on the Company can also be found.

 

There will be a conference call at 8.30am this morning for analysts. To register for the call please contact [email protected]

 

For further information:

 

NextEnergy Capital Limited

020 3239 9054

Michael Bonte-Friedheim


Aldo Beolchini




Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

020 7894 7667

Sue Inglis




Shore Capital

020 7408 4090

Bidhi Bhoma


Anita Ghanekar




Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

020 3037 2000

Ken Fleming


Nick Stamp




MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

Andrew Leach / Jamie Ricketts

 




Notes to Editors:

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

NESF is a specialist investment company that invests in operating solar power plants in the UK.  Its objective is to secure attractive shareholder returns through RPI-linked dividends and long-term capital growth.  The Company achieves this by acquiring solar power plants on agricultural, industrial and commercial sites.

NESF has raised equity proceeds of approximately £465m since its initial public offering on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in April 2014.  At 30 September 2016, NESF also had credit facilities of £209.8m in place (Macquarie and Santander: £88.5m, of which £43.0m is drawn; MIDIS: £54.7m; Bayerische Landesbank: £44.9m; and NIBC: £21.7m).

 

NESF is differentiated by its access to NextEnergy Capital Group (NEC Group), its Investment Manager, which has a strong track record in sourcing, acquiring and managing operating solar assets.  WiseEnergy is NEC Group's specialist operating asset management division, providing solar asset management, monitoring and other services to over 1,250 utility-scale solar power plants with an installed capacity in excess of 1.7 GW.

 

Further information on NESF, NEC Group and WiseEnergy is available at www.nextenergysolarfund.com, www.nextenergycapital.com and www.wise-energy.eu.

 

Corporate Summary

 

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited (the "Company or NESF") is a closed-ended investment company limited by shares, registered and incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended, on 20 December 2013, with registration number 57739. The Company is a Registered Closed-ended Collective Investment Scheme regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the "GFSC") pursuant to the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1987, as amended ("POI Law"). The Company's 343,197,405 shares in issue are admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority ("UKLA") and are traded on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities under the ticker "NESF". The Company makes its investments through intermediate holding companies (the "UK HoldCos") and underlying Special Purpose Vehicles ("SPVs") which are ultimately wholly-owned by the Company. The UK HoldCos were registered and incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act, 2006, as amended:

 

•    NextEnergy Solar Holdings Limited, incorporated on 24 March 2014, with registration number 08956168

•    NextEnergy Solar Holdings II Limited, incorporated on 13 February 2015, with registration number 09438822

•    NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited, incorporated on 20 July 2015, with registration number 09693016

•    NextEnergy Solar Holdings IV Limited, incorporated on 16 March 2016, with registration number 10066420

 

The Company controls the investment policy of each of the UK HoldCos and its wholly-owned SPVs to ensure that each will act in a manner consistent with the investment policy of the Company.

 

The Investment Manager is NextEnergy Capital IM Limited (the "Investment Manager"), a company incorporated in Guernsey with registered number 57740 licensed under the POI Law and regulated by the GFSC. The Investment Manager has appointed NextEnergy Capital Limited (the "Investment Adviser/NEC"), a company incorporated in England and Wales on 23 October 2006 with registered number 05975223, to provide investment advice, pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement.

 

Chairman's Statement

 

Introduction

 

I am pleased to present, on behalf of the Board, the Interim Report for NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited (the "Company" or "NESF") for the period ended 30 September 2016.

 

The Company acquires and owns operating solar power projects exclusively in the UK. Our investment strategy is driven by our belief that solar power projects have significantly less operating and financial risk than other renewable energy technologies, while regulatory risk in the UK continues to be lower relative to other geographical markets. We target equity returns of between seven and nine percent, an attractive yield for this low risk profile.

 

As at 30 September 2016, the Company's portfolio comprised 33 assets amounting to c.414MW installed solar capacity and an invested capital of c.£481.4m. At the Date of Distribution of this Interim Report, the Company was the largest listed renewable energy fund on the London Stock Exchange in terms of installed solar capacity.

 

Financial Results and Performance

 

Over the period to date the Company has continued to deliver a strong set of results despite the challenging power price trading environment.

 

Financial Results

 

The Company has prepared its accounts for the period to 30 September 2016 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). In accordance with these accounting policies, the Company prepares its financial statements considering the fair value of its investments. Reported profit is £25.3m (2015: £8.6m) with earnings per share of 8.46p (2015: 3.56p). NAV total return was 8.3% and total shareholders return was 13.1%.

 

Portfolio Performance

 

We continue to be pleased with the operational performance of the portfolio. Overall, energy generated by our plants was 284.4GWh, approximately 3.2% above our budget. During the Company's third financial year we have continued to achieve energy generation outperformance relative to budget. The energy generation from our portfolio is equivalent to a saving of 118,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and sufficient to power some 58,000 households during the same period.

 

During the period, solar irradiation across the portfolio was in line with our expectations. The principal driver for our continued outperformance continues to rest with the structure and quality of our operating asset manager organisation, WiseEnergy.

 

Net Asset Value

 

At the period end, the Company's NAV was c.£350.1m, equivalent to 102.0p per share (March 2016: NAV of £273.8m, 98.5p per share).

 

During the previous financial year the Company was affected by the continuing decline of the market price for electricity which began in 2015, however in the current financial period prices started increasing, signaling a potential improvement in the power price market in the future.

 

We have revised our power price forecasts to take current market conditions into account, increasing our forecasts by an average 4.5% over the forecasting term. The weighted average discount rate remains unchanged at 30 September 2016 being 7.7%. Further details on the Company's NAV and discount rate are included in the Financial Review section below.

 

Portfolio Growth

 

The Company's Investment Adviser carefully reviews acquisition targets that are identified in the market. There has been significant activity in the UK solar sector in terms of assets being offered for sale. The Investment Adviser pursues only a small proportion of opportunities it identifies. In the current financial year the Company is pursuing new capital in the form of a 350m share issuance program and long-term structured debt which together are expected to provide a balance of new financing to support the ambitious pipeline of new acquisitions targeted to grow the NAV per share.

 

Capital Raising and Financing

 

In the current period the Company continued to secure support from its shareholders to pursue its growth strategy. During July, August and September 2016 the Company issued 65.2m shares increasing the number of voting shares to 343.2m. Subsequent to the period end, the Company issued 110.3 new shares pursuant to a new 350m share issuance program, bringing the total number of voting shares to 453.5m.

 

During the previous financial year, the Company took advantage of the strong interest of institutional debt providers and banks to lend to the UK solar sector to put in place a mix of short and long-term debt. At the year-end, the Company had total financial debt outstanding of £216.6m on a pro-forma look-through basis including project level debt which decreased to £164.3m as at 30 September 2016 (as seen in the table on the Investment Manager's Report). Of the total financial debt, £99.5m was long-term fully amortising debt, while the remainder of £64.7m was drawn by the Company's subsidiaries using short-term credit facilities. The subsidiaries sourced their financial debt from a number of different providers, carefully selected to ensure competitive terms and conditions. During the period £64.7m of new equity raised was used to repay the short-term credit facility. The Company as at the Date of Distribution of this Interim Report has significantly progressed the refinancing of the short-term credit facility with a long-term fully amortising debt (debt which repays both capital and interest on a periodic basis over the life of the facility) for £155.0m which will provide the Company, through its subsidiaries, with financing to meet existing and future capital expenditure and target acquisitions.

 

Dividend and Dividend Growth

 

The Company continues to achieve all of its dividend and dividend growth objectives for the period under consideration. In July 2016 the Company paid its second interim dividend of 3.125 pence per share for the year ended 31 March 2016. After moving to a quarterly dividend schedule the Company paid out a total interim dividend of 1.5775 pence per share in a first quarterly dividend for the period ended 30 June 2016 paid on the 30 September 2016. The Company will pay the following quarterly dividend of 1.5775 pence per share for the period ended 30 September 2016 at the end of December 2016 and currently intends to continue paying quarterly dividends thereafter.

 

Outlook

 

The decision by the UK to leave the European Union in the referendum held on 23 June 2016 has not negatively impacted the Company so far. We believe any future impact upon UK climate change policies will be limited because the policy so far has been determined in the United Kingdom, and was not derived from a wider European climate change policy. We will continue to monitor the impact of Brexit on power prices, sector regulation and growth opportunities closely.

 

The risk-return characteristics of acquisition opportunities we are reviewing continue to be attractive and in line with our investment objectives. We expect to increase the portfolio of assets during the remainder of the financial year.

 

During the second half of the financial year, we expect to deploy the recently raised capital in the attractive pipeline of identified opportunities. In parallel, we will continue to focus on maximising the operating performance of the assets currently owned and exploring further value-enhancing opportunities around the existing portfolio.

 

Kevin Lyon

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

29 November 2016

 

Investment Manager's Report

 

About NextEnergy Capital

 

The Investment Manager and Investment Adviser are both members of the NextEnergy Capital Group. The NextEnergy Capital Group is a specialist investment and operating asset manager focused on the solar energy sector, with a 67-strong team of which 27 are focused on the UK solar market. Through its operating asset management division, WiseEnergy, the NextEnergy Capital Group manages and monitors over 1,250 utility-scale solar plants and approximately 3,000 solar rooftop installations (comprising an installed capacity of approximately 1.7GW and an estimated £3.5 billion asset value) for a client base which includes leading European banks and equity investors (including private equity funds, listed funds and institutional investors). The NextEnergy Capital Group also manages NextPower II LP, a €150m private equity fund dedicated to solar PV investments in Italy.

 

Investment Objective

 

The Company seeks to provide investors with a sustainable and attractive dividend that increases in line with RPI over the long term. In addition, the Company seeks to provide investors with an element of capital growth through the reinvestment of net cash generated in excess of the target dividend in accordance with the Company's investment policy.

 

Investment Policy

 

The Company intends to achieve its investment objective by investing exclusively in solar PV plants located in the UK.

 

The Company intends to continue to acquire solar PV plants that are primarily ground-based and utility-scale and which are on sites that may be agricultural, industrial or commercial. The Company may also acquire portfolios of residential or commercial building-integrated installations. The solar PV plants that will be targeted are anticipated to generate stable cash flows over their asset lifespan.

 

The Company will typically seek to acquire sole ownership of individual solar PV plants through SPVs, but may enter into joint ventures or acquire majority interests, subject, in each case, to the Company maintaining a controlling interest. Where an interest of less than 100% in a particular solar PV plant is acquired, the Company intends to secure controlling shareholder rights through shareholders' agreements or other legal arrangements.

 

The Company has built up a diversified portfolio of solar PV plants and its investment policy contains restrictions to ensure risk diversification. No single investment (or, if an additional stake in an existing investment is acquired, the combined value of both the existing and the additional stake) by the Company in any one solar PV plant will constitute, at the time of investment, more than 30% of the Gross Asset Value. In addition, the four largest solar PV plants will constitute, at the time of investment, not more than 75% of the Gross Asset Value.

 

The Company will, primarily, continue to acquire operating solar PV plants, but may also invest in solar PV plants under development (that is, at the stage of origination, project planning or construction) when acquired. Such assets will constitute (at the time of investment) not more than 10% of the Gross Asset Value in aggregate. As at period end, the Company has not invested directly in solar PV plants under development.

 

The Company may also agree to forward-fund by way of secured loans the construction costs of solar PV plants where it retains the right (but not the obligation) to acquire the relevant solar plant once operational. Such forward-funding will not fall within the 10% restriction above but will be restricted to no more than 25% of the Gross Asset Value (at the time such arrangement is entered into) in aggregate and will only be undertaken where supported by appropriate security (which may include financial instruments as well as asset-backed guarantees).

 

A significant proportion of the Company's income is expected to result from the sale of the entirety of the electricity generated by the solar PV plants within the terms of power purchase agreements ("PPA") to be executed from time to time. These are expected to include the sale of ROC's, other regulated benefits and the sale of electricity generated by the plants. Within this context, the Investment Manager expects to conclude PPAs with creditworthy counterparties at the appropriate time.

 

The Company will continue to diversify its third party suppliers, service providers and other commercial counterparties, such as developers, engineering and procurement contractors, technical component manufacturers, PPA providers and landlords.

 

In pursuit of the Company's investment objective, the Company may employ leverage, which will not exceed (at the time the relevant arrangement is entered into) 50% of the Gross Asset Value in aggregate. Such leverage will be deployed for the acquisition of further solar PV plants in accordance with the Company's investment policy. The Company may seek to raise leverage at any of the SPV, UK Holdco or Company levels. The Company has a preference for medium to long-term amortising debt financing.

 

The Company intends to invest with a view to holding its solar PV plants until the end of their useful life. However, assets may be disposed of or otherwise realised where the Investment Manager determines, in its discretion, that such realisation is in the best interest of the Company. Such circumstances may include (without limitation) disposals for the purposes of realising or preserving value, or of realising cash resources for reinvestment or otherwise. The Company will seek to optimise and extend the lifespan of its assets and may invest in their repowering and/or integration of ancillary technologies (e.g. energy storage) on its solar PV plants to fully utilise grid connections and balance the electricity grid with a view to generating greater revenues. The Company expects to re-invest any cash surplus (in excess of that required to meet the Company's dividend target and on-going operating expenses) in further investments, thereby supporting its long-term net asset value ("NAV").

 

The Company may invest cash held for working capital purposes and pending investment or distribution in cash or near-cash equivalents, including money market funds. The Company may (but is not obliged to) enter into hedging arrangements in relation to interest rates and/or power prices.

 

Portfolio Highlights and Performance

 

Since inception the Company had announced the acquisition of 33 separate solar PV plants for a total investment cost of up to c.£481.4m, representing 138% of the equity proceeds raised to date. The 33 solar PV plants amount to an installed capacity of c.414MW in operation. In the current period the Company has focused on completing acquisitions of assets that had been previously announced at the previous year end.

 

The NextEnergy Capital Group has actively led the completion process of all the acquisitions made by the Company. The completion process is subject to the satisfaction of several conditions set in the interests of the Company, including the plant satisfactorily passing strictly-defined technical and performance tests. The details of these tests, and whether they refer to the delivery of preliminary, intermediate or final acceptance certificates (or PAC, IAC, FAC as they are known) vary across the portfolio but in general terms these are required by the Investment Manager to ensure that the Company settles the majority of the acquisition consideration only as and when the target solar PV plants demonstrate the desired level of quality and ability to obtain and exceed the expected technical performances in the long run.

 

The operational performance of the portfolio during the period was satisfactory. The Investment Manager is providing in this report details of the actual performance compared to expectation for 31 of the total 33 solar PV plants, specifically only those plants that have been managed and monitored by the NextEnergy Capital Group for at least three months at the period end (at the period end Green Farm was yet to complete acquisition and Ellough Phase 2 had been held by the Company for less than three months). As a result of the Company's operating asset management strategy, this sub-portfolio of 31 solar PV plants generated an outperformance of 3.2% above the budgeted generation values, for a total generation of 284.4GWh. Solar irradiation across the sub‑portfolio was in line with budget.

 

Typically, energy generation of a solar PV asset is directly correlated with the level of solar irradiation received by the PV plant itself, such that a higher level of solar irradiation by any percentage should normally result in a higher energy generation by the same percentage. Active asset management practices and technical improvements can positively affect the technical performance of PV plants and thus impact this direct correlation (as well as unplanned outages or technical issues can negatively impact it). NESF defines Asset Management Alpha as the difference between the delta of energy generation vs. budget and the delta of solar irradiation vs. budget. The table below summarises this analysis for the relevant periods since IPO:

 

The Asset Management Alpha allows the Company to identify a "real" outperformance of the solar portfolio due to active management having neutralised the effects of variation in solar irradiation. The nominal outperformance is calculated as GWh generated by the portfolio vs. the GWh expected in the assumptions used at the time of acquisition. In this light, the "nominal" outperformance of the Company's portfolio during the period ended 30 September 2016 was 3.2% and the Asset Management Alpha was also 3.2% during the period representing the "real" outperformance due to active asset management. As a way of comparison, during the first half of period ended 31 March 2016 the Asset Management Alpha was 2.8%.

 

The budgeted electricity generation and solar irradiation are derived from the financial models prepared at acquisition of each solar power plant and used to value and acquire such plant. An on-going operating outperformance versus the acquisition budget is expected to result in higher asset returns, other things being equal.

 

Period

Assets monitored

Solar Irradiation

(delta vs budget)

Power Generation

(delta vs. budget)

Asset Management Alpha

Full Year 2014/15

6

(0.4%)

+4.8%

+5.2%

First Half 2015/16

17

+2.9%

+5.7%

+2.8%

Full Year 2015/16

23

+0.4%

+4.1%

+3.7%

First Half 2016/17

31

+0.0%

+3.2%

+3.2%

Cumulative from IPO to September 2016

31

+1.0%

+4.1%

+3.1%

 

Investment Portfolio

 

The Investment Manager achieved a high level of diversification in the Company's portfolio: the 33 solar PV plants are located across 17 different counties of England and Wales, the largest one represents 9% of the total installed capacity and the four largest solar PV plants represent together 28% of the total installed capacity. In addition, the portfolio is diversified across 16 non-connected contractors, 12 different Tier 1 solar panel manufacturers and eight Tier 1 inverter manufacturers. This spread of counterparties effectively diversifies the Company's key counterparty risks.

 

Below is a summary of the overall investment portfolio with various relevant breakdown analysis:

 

Power plant

Location

Announcement Date

Regulatory Regime(1)

Status(2)

Plant Capacity (MWp)

Investment (£M)

% of Equity Proceeds

Higher Hatherleigh

Somerset

01/05/2014

1.6

Completed

6.1

7.3

2.1%

Shacks Barn

Northants

09/05/2014

2.0

Completed

6.3

8.2

2.3%

Gover Farm

Cornwall

23/06/2014

1.4

Completed

9.4

11.1

3.2%

Bilsham

Sussex

03/07/2014

1.4

Completed

15.2

18.9

5.4%

Brickyard

Warwickshire

14/07/2014

1.4

Completed

3.8

4.1

1.2%

Ellough

Suffolk

28/07/2014

1.6

Completed

14.9

20.0

5.8%

Poulshot

Wiltshire

09/09/2014

1.4

Completed

14.5

15.7

4.4%

Condover

Shropshire

29/10/2014

1.4

Completed

10.2

11.7

3.3%

Llywndu

Ceredigion

22/12/2014

1.4

Completed

8.0

9.4

2.7%

Cock Hill Farm

Wiltshire

22/12/2014

1.4

Completed

20.0

23.3

6.7%

Boxted Airfield

Essex

31/12/2014

1.4

Completed

18.8

20.6

5.9%

Langenhoe

Essex

12/03/2015

1.4

Completed

21.2

22.9

6.5%

Park View

Devon

19/03/2015

1.4

Completed

6.5

7.7

2.2%

Croydon

Cambridgeshire

27/03/2015

1.4

Completed

16.5

17.8

5.1%

Hawkers Farm

Somerset

13/04/2015

1.4

Completed

11.9

14.5

4.1%

Glebe Farm

Bedfordshire

13/04/2015

1.4

Completed

33.7

40.5

11.5%

Bowerhouse

Somerset

18/06/2015

1.4

Completed

9.3

11.1

3.2%

Wellingborough

Northants

18/06/2015

1.6

Completed

8.5

10.8

3.1%

Birch Farm

Essex

21/10/2015

FiT

Completed

5.0

5.3

1.5%

Thurlestone Leicester

Leicestershire

21/10/2015

FiT

Completed

1.8

2.3

0.7%

North Farm

Dorset

21/10/2015

1.4

Completed

11.5

14.5

4.1%

Ellough Phase 2

Suffolk

03/11/2015

1.3

Completed

8.0

8.0

2.3%

Hall Farm

Leicestershire

03/11/2015

FiT

Completed

5.0

5.0

1.4%

Decoy Farm

Lincolnshire

03/11/2015

FiT

Completed

5.0

5.2

1.5%

Green Farm(3)

Essex

26/11/2015

FiT

Operational(6)

5.0

5.8

1.7%

Fenland(3)(4)

Cambridgeshire

11/01/2016

1.4

Completed

20.4

23.9

6.8%

Green End(3)(4)

Cambridgeshire

11/01/2016

1.4

Completed

24.8

29.0

8.3%

Tower Hill(3)(4)

Gloucestershire

11/01/2016

1.4

Completed

8.1

8.8

2.5%

Branston(3)(5)

Lincolnshire

05/04/2016

1.4

Completed

18.9

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Great Wilbraham(3)(5)

Cambridgeshire

05/04/2016

1.4

Completed

38.1



Berwick(3)(5)

Sussex

05/04/2016

1.4

Completed

8.2

97.9

28.0%

Bottom Plain(3)(5)

Dorset

05/04/2016

1.4

Completed

10.1



Emberton(3)(5)

Buckinghamshire

05/04/2016

1.4

Completed

9.0



Total





413.7

481.4

137.5%

 

(1)  An explanation of FiT/ROC Regime is available at www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes.

(2)  As at the Date of Distribution of this interim report.

(3)  Investment excludes debt drawn down included in cost.

(4)  Part of the Three Kings portfolio.

(5)  Part of the Radius Portfolio.

(6)  Green Farm is operational but the transaction has not yet completed as at 30 September 16.

 

Higher Hatherleigh

 

Higher Hatherleigh was NESF's first acquisition, which took place in May 2014. The site is located near Wincanton in Somerset and has a capacity of 6.1MW. The site has performed well since it became operational in April 2013 and during the period from acquisition to 30 September 2016 the plant produced 16.0 GWh (+4.5% vs budget). The acquisition cost was £7.3m and the investment value at period end was £7.2m, which is 1.8% of the portfolio value.

 

Higher Hatherleigh


Location

Somerset

Capacity

6.1MW

Regulatory Regime

1.6 ROCs

EPC

Moser Baer/Daylighting Power

Panels

JA Solar

Inverter

Power-One

Operational Since

Apr-13

                                                                            


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

4,172

16,026

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(5.9%)

(0.8%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(3.1%)

+4.5%

 

Shacks Barn

 

Announced shortly after the Higher Hatherleigh acquisition, Shacks Barn, located near Silverstone in Northamptonshire, was also acquired by the Company in May 2014. This 6.3MW plant has been operational since March 2013. Since acquisition to 30 September 2016, the site has produced 16.4 GWh (+ 9.8 % vs budget). The acquisition cost was £8.2m and the investment value at period end was £8.1m, which is 2.1% of the portfolio value.

 

Shacks Barn

Location

Northants

Capacity

6.3MW

Regulatory Regime

2.0 ROCs

EPC

Moser Baer/Daylighting Power

Panels

JA Solar

Inverter

Power-One

Operational Since

Mar-13

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

4,397

16,400

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(3.4%)

+1.4%

Energy Generation vs Budget 

+4.5%

+9.8%




Gover Farm

 

Gover Farm is the Company's most south-westerly asset, located near to Truro in Cornwall. The acquisition was announced at 9.4MW in June 2014. From acquisition to 30 September 2016, the plant produced 18.1 GWh (+4.0% vs budget). The acquisition cost was £11.1m and the investment value at period end was £11.4m, which is 2.9% of the portfolio value. As part of the Company's commitment to biodiversity, the site is in the NextEnergy grazing programme ensuring that the land is dual-purpose and remains employed in food production.

 

Gover Farm


Location

Cornwall

Capacity

9.4MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Moser Baer

Panels

BYD

Inverter

ABB

Operational Since

Oct-14

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

6,348

18,074

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.0%)

+0.9%

Energy Generation vs Budget

(5.3%)

+4.0%

 

Bilsham

 

Bilsham is located near Bognor Regis in Sussex, close to the southern coast of the UK. The plant was delivered to the Company in two phases with an initial phase of 12.7MW followed by an extension of 2.5MW in March 2015. The site produced 29.8 GWh (+3.5% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £18.9m and the investment value at period end was £18.3m, which is 4.6% of the portfolio value.

 

Bilsham

Location

Sussex

Capacity

15.2MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

GDF Suez

Panels

Renesola

Inverter

ABB

Operational Since

Nov-14

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

11,587

29,814

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.5%)

(0.4%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+2.2%

+3.5%

 

Brickyard

 

Brickyard is a site located near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and has a capacity of 3.8MW. Since acquisition to 30 September 2016, Brickyard produced 6.9 GWh (+5.8% vs budget). The acquisition cost was £4.1m and the investment value at period end was £4.0m, which is 1.0% of the portfolio value.

 

Brickyard


Location

Warwickshire

Capacity

3.8MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Moser Baer

Panels

BYD

Inverter

ABB

Operational Since

Nov-14

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

2,673

6,853

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+0.0%

+1.4%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.6%

+5.8%

 

Ellough

 

Ellough is a solar plant located on a disused airfield near Ellough in Suffolk and has been operational since March 2014. The 14.9MW site has produced 33.7 GWh (+5.1% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £20.0m and the investment value at period end was £19.3m, which is 4.9% of the portfolio value. The Company has committed to acquire a second phase to this project which has already been constructed and commissioned.

 

Ellough


Location

Suffolk

Capacity

14.9MW

Regulatory Regime

1.6 ROCs

EPC

Lark Energy

Panels

Hanwha

Inverter

Free Sun

Operational Since

Mar-14

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

11,116

33,737

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.7%)

(1.8%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.9%

+5.1%

 

Poulshot

 

The Poulshot plant is located near Trowbridge in Wiltshire and has a capacity of 14.5MW. The plant was acquired in September 2014 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 18.5 GWh (+1.6% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £15.7m and the investment value at period end was £16.4m, which is 4.1% of the portfolio value.

 

Poulshot


Location

Wiltshire

Capacity

14.5MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Moser Baer/Daylighting Power

Panels

BYD

Inverter

ABB

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

10,202

18,491

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(2.3%)

(3.5%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.0%

+1.6%

 

Condover

 

Condover is located near Shrewsbury in Shropshire and has a capacity of 10.2MW. The plant was acquired in October 2014 has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 14.2GWh (+0.7% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £11.7m and the investment value at period end was £11.0m, which is 2.8% of the portfolio value. The Plant has been installed around two existing rocky outcrops on the site. These add an interesting dimension to the layout and provide sheltered habitat for local wildlife.

 

Condover

Location

Shropshire

Capacity

10.2MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Zaragoza Group

Panels

Canadian Solar

Inverter

Free Sun

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

6,741

14,197

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.5%)

(2.4%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(3.0%)

+0.7%

 

Llwyndu

 

Currently Llwyndu is the only asset owned by the Company that is not in England. This site is located in Mid-Wales and has a capacity of 8.0MW. The plant was acquired in December 2014 and has been operational since February 2015. This site has produced 9.5GWh (‑1.6% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £9.4m and the investment value at period end was £9.1m, which is 2.3% of the portfolio value. It is the most westerly plant that the Company has acquired in the mid-country sector, close to the Ceredigion coast.

 

Llwyndu

Location

Ceredigion

Capacity

8.0MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Greencells

Panels

BYD

Inverter

Hauwei

Operational Since

Feb-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

5,409

9,524

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(7.0%)

(7.1%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(3.2%)

(1.6%)

 

Cock Hill Farm

 

Cock Hill Farm is located near Trowbridge in Wiltshire and has a capacity of 20.0MW. The plant was acquired in December 2014 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 24.8GWh (+0.7% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £23.6m and the investment value at period end  was £22.3m, which is 5.6% of the portfolio value.

 

Cock Hill Farm

Location

Wiltshire

Capacity

20.0MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Greencells

Panels

Jinko

Inverter

Huawei

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

14,231

24,833

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(2.1%)

(4.2%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+1.2%

+0.7%

 

Boxted Airfield

 

Boxted site is located north of Colchester in Essex on the now disused Boxted Airfield. Boxted has a capacity of 18.8MW and was acquired in March 2015, after it became operational. The site has produced 32.9GWh (+4.1% vs. budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £20.6m and the investment value at period end was £21.1m, which is 5.3% of the portfolio value. The site has been sympathetically installed and benefits from wildflower seeding which has been specifically designed to enhance the local wildlife population.

 

Boxted Airfield


Location

Essex

Capacity

18.8MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Yingli

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

14,255

32,887

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+1.8%

+0.4%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+5.6%

+4.1%

 

Langenhoe

 

Langenhoe is located near Colchester in Essex and has a capacity of 21.2MW. The plant has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 38.5GWh (+7.7% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £22.9m and the investment value at period end was £22.8m, which is 5.7% of the portfolio value. The site overlooks the Mersey estuary and has innovative wildlife enhancement measures incorporated in to its design and operation with specific support for both local bird and bumblebee populations. The construction works also energised three previously off-grid properties.

 

Langenhoe

Location

Essex

Capacity

21.2MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Yingli

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

16,645

38,544

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+3.9%

+3.2%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+8.9%

+7.7%

 

Park View

 

Park View is located near Ashburton in Devon, situated at the top edge of a valley with a capacity of 6.5MW. The site has produced 8.1GWh (-4.3% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition of Park View was first announced in March 2015. The acquisition cost was £7.7m and the investment value at period end was £7.7m, which is 1.9% of the portfolio value.

 

Park View

Location

Devon

Capacity

6.5MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Ethical

Panels

Astronergy

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

4,510

8,091

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(8.0%)

(7.9%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(6.5%)

(4.3%)

 

Croydon

 

Croydon is a plant located in South Cambridgeshire and has a capacity of 16.5MW. The plant was acquired and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 27.5GWh (+5.6% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £17.8m and the investment value at period end was £17.7m, which is 4.5% of the portfolio value. The site also forms part of the Company's biodiversity drive after being sown with wildflower seed mix. The site will provide lengthy foraging seasons for bumblebees, a vital and declining species.

 

Croydon

Location

Cambridgeshire

Capacity

16.5MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Yingli

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

11,990

27,535

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+4.0%

+3.1%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+9.7%

+5.6%

 

Hawkers Farm

 

Hawkers Farm is a site located near Theale in Somerset with a capacity of 11.9MW. The plant was acquired in April 2015 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 15.7GWh
(-1.3% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The asset is located on a dairy farm and the site itself is being grazed by sheep ensuring that the land stays in food production. The acquisition cost was £14.5m and the investment value at period end was £14.6m, which is 3.7% of the portfolio value.

 

Hawkers Farm

Location

Somerset

Capacity

11.9MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Greencells

Panels

Jinko

Inverter

Huawei

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

8,211

15,684

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(4.2%)

(4.3%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(4.3%)

(1.3%)

 

Glebe Farm

 

Located not far from Wellingborough and partially on the old airfield land that is now taken up by the Santa Pod Raceway, Glebe Farm is one of the largest solar plants acquired by the Company with a capacity of 33.7MW. The acquisition was completed in May 2015. The plant has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 50.6GWh (+9.3% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £40.5m and the investment value at period end was £40.5m, which is 10.2% of the portfolio value.

 

Glebe Farm

Location

Bedfordshire

Capacity

33.7MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Bejulo

Panels

Canadian Solar

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

24,522

50,555

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+3.7%

+2.8%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+8.5%

+9.3%

 

Bowerhouse

 

Bowerhouse is located near Banwell in Somerset and has a capacity of 9.3MW. The plant was acquired in June 2015 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 11.5GWh (-1.2% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost  was £11.1m and the investment value at period end £11.0m, which is 2.8% of the portfolio value.

 

Bowerhouse

Location

Somerset

Capacity

9.3MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Ethical

Panels

LDK

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

                                              


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

6,569

11,505

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.4%)

(3.0%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(0.9%)

(1.2%)

 

Wellingborough

 

Wellingborough is located near the town of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire and has a capacity of 8.5MW. The plant was acquired in June 2015 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 11.6GWh (+3.7% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £10.8m and the investment value at period end was £10.0m, which is 2.5% of the portfolio value.

 

Wellingborough

Location

Northants

Capacity

8.5MW

Regulatory Regime

1.6 ROCs

EPC

Lark Energy

Panels

LDK

Inverter

Free Sun

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

5,980

11,558

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(0.6%)

(1.8%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.8%

+3.7%

 

Birch Farm

 

Birch Farm is a 5.0MW site located near Colchester in Essex. The plant was acquired in September 2015 and has been operational since June 2015. The site has produced 5.3GWh (+3.0% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £5.3m and the investment value at period end was £5.5m, which is 1.4% of the portfolio value. The site also enabled an energy supply to be created at an adjoining recycling facility.

 

Birch Farm

Location

Essex

Capacity

5.0MW

Regulatory Regime

FiT

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Yingli

Inverter

Ingeteam

Operational Since

Jun-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

3,747

5,337

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+2.1%

+0.9%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+4.6%

+3.0%

 

Thurlestone Leicester

 

Thurlestone Leicester is located in Leicestershire and has a capacity of 1.8MW. The plant was acquired in October 2015 and has been operational since April 2013. The site has produced 0.3GWh (-3.0% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost  was £2.3m and the investment value at period end was £2.5m, which is 0.6% of the portfolio value. This asset is the only rooftop component of the Company's portfolio providing green energy to tenants of Social housing.

 

Thurlestone Leicester

Location

Leicestershire

Capacity

1.8MW

Regulatory Regime

FiT

EPC

Stepnell

Panels

Znshine Solar

Inverter

Power-One

Operational Since

Apr-13

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

1,028

1,343

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

N/A

N/A

Energy Generation vs Budget

(1.7%)

(2.3%)

 

 North Farm

 

North Farm is a 11.5MW site located in Dorset. The plant was acquired in October 2015 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 11.5GWh (-6.8% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £14.5m and the investment value at period end was £14.3m, which is 3.6% of the portfolio value.

 

North Farm

Location

Dorset

Capacity

11.5MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

British Solar Renewables

Panels

Jinko

Inverter

Gamesa

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

8,434

11,531

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(8.5%)

(10.2%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(5.7%)

(6.8%)

 

Ellough Phase 2

 

Ellough Phase 2 is located in Suffolk and has a capacity of 8.0MW. The transaction was completed in August 2016 and has been operational since March 2016. The site has produced 1.8GWh (+9.8% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. The acquisition cost was £8.0m and the investment value at period end was £9.1m, which is 2.3% of the portfolio value.

 

Ellough Phase 2

Location

Suffolk

Capacity

8.0MW

Regulatory Regime

1.3 ROCs

EPC

Lark Energy

Panels

Hanwha

Inverter

Free Sun

Operational Since

Mar-16

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

1,768

1,768

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+12.7%

+12.7%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+9.8%

+9.8%

 

Hall Farm

 

Hall Farm is located in Leicestershire and has a capacity of 5.0MW. The plant was acquired in November 2015 and has been operational since May 2016. The site has produced 0.4GWh (-1.2% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016.The acquisition cost was £5.0m and the investment value at period end was £5.6m, which is 1.4% of the portfolio value.

 

Hall Farm

Location

Leicestershire

Capacity

5.0MW

Regulatory Regime

FiT

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Hanwha

Inverter

Ingeteam

Operational Since

May-16

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

395

395

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(5.9%)

(5.9%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(1.2%)

(1.2%)

 

Decoy Farm

 

Decoy Farm is a 5.0MW site located near Colchester in Essex. The plant was acquired in November 2015 and has been operational since January 2016. The site has produced 0.4GWh (-9.9% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016.The acquisition cost was £5.2m and the investment value at period end was £5.6m, which is 1.4% of the portfolio value.

 

Decoy Farm

Location

Lincolnshire

Capacity

5.0MW

Regulatory Regime

FiT

EPC

Push Energy

Panels

Hanwha Q Cells

Inverter

Ingeteam

Operational Since

Jan-16

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

372

372

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(8.5%)

(8.5%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

(9.9%)

(9.9%)

 

Green Farm

 

Green Farm is located in Essex and has a capacity of 5.0MW. The plant was acquired in November 2015 and has been operational since December 2015. The acquisition cost was £5.8m and the investment value at period end £5.8m, which is 1.5% of the portfolio value.

 

Green Farm

Location

Essex

Capacity

5.0MW

Regulatory Regime

FiT

EPC

Moser Baer/Daylighting Power

Panels

Atersa

Inverter

Power Electronics

Operational Since

Dec-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

N/A

N/A

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

N/A

N/A

Energy Generation vs Budget

N/A

N/A

 

Fenland

 

Fenland is located in Cambridgeshire and has a capacity of 20.4MW. The plant was acquired in January 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 18.4GWh (+7.8% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. Fenland is part of the Three Kings portfolio which has project level debt, the equity acquisition cost was £7.6m and the investment value at period end was £8.4m, which is 2.1% of the portfolio value.

 

Fenland

Location

Cambridgeshire

Capacity

20.4MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Hanwha Q Cells

Panels

Hanwha Q Cells

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

15,220

18,397

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+1.5%

+2.6%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+7.1%

+7.8%

 

Green End

 

Green End is a 24.8MW site located in Cambridgeshire. The plant was acquired in January 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 21.7GWh (+4.8% vs budget)  since  acquisition  to 30 September 2016. Green End is part of the Three Kings portfolio which has project level debt, the equity acquisition cost was £9.2m and the investment value at period end was £10.1m, which is 2.6% of the portfolio value.

 

Green End

Location

Cambridgeshire

Capacity

24.8MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Hanwha Q Cells

Panels

Hanwha Q Cells

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

17,805

21,713

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+0.9%

+1.8%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.2%

+4.8%

 

Tower Hill

 

Tower Hill is located in Gloucestershire and has a capacity of 8.1MW. The plant was acquired in January 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 7.1GWh (+4.7% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. Tower Hill is part of the Three Kings portfolio which has project level debt, the equity acquisition cost was £3.0m and the investment value at period end was £3.5m, which is 0.9% of the portfolio value.

 

Tower Hill

Location

Gloucestershire

Capacity

8.1MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Hanwha Q Cells

Panels

Hanwha Q Cells

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

5,875

7,114

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.9%)

(0.9%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+3.3%

+4.7%

 

Branston

 

Branston is located in Lincolnshire and has a capacity of 18.9MW. The plant was acquired in March 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 13.6GWh (+7.0% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. This solar PV plant is part of the Radius portfolio whose acquisition of £47.5m was financed with project level debt and whose equity investment value at period end was £54.1m, which is 13.6% of the portfolio value.

 

 

Branston

Location

Lincolnshire

Capacity

18.9MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Goldbeck

Panels

REC

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

13,648

13,648

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+3.7%

+3.7%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+7.0%

+7.0%

 

Great Wilbraham

 

Great Wilbraham is a 38.1MW site located in Cambridgeshire. The plant was acquired in March 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 27.1GWh (+2.8% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. This solar PV plant is part of the Radius portfolio whose acquisition of £47.5m was financed with project level debt and whose equity investment value at period end was £54.1m, which is 13.6% of the portfolio value. This site is the largest in the Company's portfolio.

 

Great Wilbraham

Location

Cambridgeshire

Capacity

38.1MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Abakus Bouygues

Panels

REC

Inverter

Schneider

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

27,145

27,145

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+1.7%

+1.7%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+2.8%

+2.8%

 

Berwick

 

Berwick is located in Sussex and has a capacity of 8.2MW. The plant was acquired in March 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 6.6GWh (+5.4% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. This solar PV plant is part of the Radius portfolio whose acquisition of £47.5m was financed with project level debt and whose equity investment value at period end was £54.1m, which is 13.6% of the portfolio value. The site has an adjoining community flower meadow and boards displaying information about the site for use by local residents and school.

 

Berwick

Location

Sussex

Capacity

8.2MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Abakus Bouygues

Panels

Renesola

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

6,587

6,587

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+2.9%

+2.9%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+5.4%

+5.4%

 

Bottom Plain

 

Bottom Plain is a 10.1MW site located in Dorset. The plant was acquired in March 2016 and has been operational since December 2014. The site has produced 7.8GWh (+0.4% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. This solar PV plant is part of the Radius portfolio whose acquisition of £47.5m was financed with project level debt and whose equity investment value at period end was £54.1m, which is 13.6% of the portfolio value.

 

Bottom Plain

Location

Dorset

Capacity

10.1MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Abakus Bouygues

Panels

Renseola

Inverter

SMA

Operational Since

Dec-14

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

7,843

7,843

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

(1.8%)

(1.8%)

Energy Generation vs Budget

+0.4%

+0.4%

 

Emberton

 

Emberton is located in Buckinghamshire and has a capacity of 9.0MW. The plant was acquired in March 2016 and has been operational since March 2015. The site has produced 6.4GWh (+2.0% vs budget) since acquisition to 30 September 2016. This solar PV plant is part of the Radius portfolio whose acquisition of £47.5m was financed with project level debt and whose equity investment value at period end was £54.1m, which is 13.6%.

 

Emberton

Location

Buckinghamshire

Capacity

9.0MW

Regulatory Regime

1.4 ROCs

EPC

Goldbeck

Panels

REC

Inverter

Schneider

Operational Since

Mar-15

 


PE September

Since


2016

Acquisition

MWh Generated

6,358

6,358

Solar Irradiation vs expectations

+1.6%

+1.6%

Energy Generation vs Budget

+2.0%

+2.0%

 

Current and Long Term Power Prices

 

During the Company's interim period, the wholesale power market in the UK experienced an upward movement which has increased revenues from the sale of electricity generated by the portfolio. Electricity spot prices rose from c.£34/MWh in March 2016 to c.£40/MWh (Source: Inenco Group) in September 2016 (UK baseload - day ahead). At the Date of Distribution, electricity prices for Winter 2016 have further increased (to over £70/MWh for December 2016 and January 2017), but the indications derived from forward prices are that these prices are expected to come down significantly for Summer and Winter 2017 (to c.£45/MWh and c.£50/MWh respectively). The Investment Manager continuously reviews multiple inputs from market contributors and the Company's appointed independent market consultants and adjusts the Company's power price forecasts periodically to reflect the latest market developments.

 

The Company's current long-term power price forecast implies an average growth rate of approximately 2.1% in real terms over the 20-year period starting October 2016. This power price curve is higher by 4.5% compared to the one assumed for the March 2016 NAV.

 

Dividends

 

During the period the Company paid the second interim dividend for the financial period ended 31 March 2016 of 3.1250 per Ordinary Share and the first interim quarterly dividend for the period ended 30 June 2016 of 1.5775 per Ordinary Share. For the quarter ended 30 September 2016 a second interim quarterly dividend of 1.5775p per Ordinary Share totaling £5,413,939 will be paid to shareholders in December 2016. As a result, the Company is on track to pay a total dividend of 6.31p for the full year ending 31 March 2017. The summary of all dividends paid by the Company until the Date of Distribution of this interim report is set out in the table below.

 

During the period the Company generated investment income of £17.0m and had net operating costs of £2.0m. As a result, the net dividend cover for the period was 1.2x. The table below provides additional details and metrics.

 

Dividend

Month of Payment

Amount per
Ordinary Share (p)

Total Amount
(£m)

First interim for year 14/15

December 2014

2.625

4,635,750

Second interim for year 14/15

July 2015

2.625

6,309,188

First interim for year 15/16

December 2015

3.125

8,686,160

Second interim for year 15/16

July 2016

3.125

8,686,160

First quarterly dividend for year 16/17

September 2016

1.5775

4,058,499 (1)

Total (Cash Dividends paid to date)



32,375,757

Second quarterly dividend for year 16/17

Dec 2016

1.5775

5,413,939

Total (Dividends to be paid)



16,241,817





Investment Income

Total (£)



Investment Income for 6 months to 30 September 16

17,038,776



Net operating costs for 6 months to 30 September 16

(2,020,827)



Net Investment Income

15,017,949

Gross Dividend Cover

Net Dividend Cover

Dividends paid during period

12,744,658 (2)

1.3 x

1.2 x

Dividends in relation to the period

9,472,438 (3)

1.8 x

1.6 x

 

1    A scrip dividend payment was elected by some shareholders for 1,139,374 shares resulting in lower total cash dividend payout. The total amount to be paid out before the scrip dividend was £5,387,414.

2    This amount is post scrip dividend take out. If the shares from the scrip dividend were included the total amount paid during the year would be £14,073,574. The Gross dividend cover would have been 1.2x and the net would have been 1.1x.  Dividends paid during period include the second and final semiannual dividend for year 15/16 and the first quarterly interim for year 16/17 (as such they relate to a 9-month period)

3    This amount is post scrip dividend take out. If the shares from the scrip dividend were included, the total amount paid during the period would be £10,801,353. The Gross dividend cover would be 1.6x and the net dividend cover would be 1.4x.

 

As stated in the Chairman's Statement the Company is targeting a dividend of 6.31p per share for the financial year ending 31 March 2017.

 

Following the Board's decision to move to a quarterly dividend, as announced in April 2016, the quarterly forward looking dividend calendar is set out in the table below:

 

Dividend for year 16/17

Date of Expected Payment

Amount per Ordinary Share (p)

Second interim

December 2016

1.5775

Third interim

March 2017

1.5775

Fourth interim

July 2017

1.5775

Total


4.7325

 

Operating Costs and Profits for the Year

 

The operating costs of the Company amounted to £2.0m, in line with expectations. The profit before tax for the year ended 30 September 2016 was £25.3m and the earnings per share were 8.46p, positively impacted by an increase in the fair value of investments.

 

Valuation of the Investment Portfolio

 

The Investment Manager is responsible for carrying out the fair market valuation of the Company's underlying investment portfolio, as described in Note 12. The resulting fair market value of the Company's investment portfolio is presented to the Company's Board of Directors for their review and approval. The valuation is carried out at least quarterly or more often if capital increases or other relevant events arise. The valuation principles used are based on a discounted cash flow methodology, and take into account Invest Europe (formerly European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) guidelines.

 

The Investment Manager reviews multiple sources and inputs in determining the fair market value of the underlying investments, including analysing recently announced solar transactions in the UK as well as undertaking a discounted cash flow analysis of each investment made by the Company. The Investment Manager exercises its judgement based on its expertise in the UK solar PV market and in assessing the expected future cash flows from each investment. In the discounted cash flow analysis, the fair value for each operating asset is derived from the present value of the investment's expected future cash flows, using reasonable assumptions and forecasts for revenues and operating costs, and an appropriate discount rate.

 

For solar PV plants not yet operational or where the completion of the acquisition is not imminent at the time of valuation, the acquisition cost is used as an approximate estimate of fair value.

 

The Board reviews the operating and financial assumptions, including the discount rates, used in the valuation of the Company's underlying portfolio and approves them based on the recommendation of the Investment Manager. The 'valuation' process comprises the analysis of multiple factors, all relevant to ascertain the fair value of the portfolio, including:

 

•    Discount rates applicable for other comparable infrastructure assets classes or regulated energy sectors

•    CAPM ("Capital Asset Pricing Model") analysis and risk premium over relevant risk free rates

•    Discount rates publicly disclosed by the Company's peers in the UK solar sector

•    Discount rates implied in the price at which comparable transactions have been announced or completed in the UK solar sector

 

Based on all of the above, the Company continues to adopt a 7.5% discount rate for unlevered operating solar assets and started to adopt a discount rate up to 8.5% for solar assets with project level debt at the previous year end which remains unchanged as at 30 September 2016. At each year-end, PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP ("PwC CI") reviews investment valuations as part of its overall audit of the Company.

 

For those operating solar assets with fully-amortising long-term project level debt (the Radius portfolio comprising Branston, Berwick, Bottom Plain, Emberton and Great Wilbraham, and the Three Kings portfolio comprising Fenland, Green End and Tower Hill) the Company adopted a higher discount rate to capture the greater level of risk associated with the cash flows available to equity investors after debt service. The appropriate level of risk premium due to project level debt was evaluated taking into account various factors for each specific asset including level of financial gearing, maturity profile and cost of debt. As a result, the discount rates applied to these projects range up to 8.5%.

 

The resulting weighted average discount rate for the Company's portfolio is 7.7%.

 

As a way of comparison, the Company's pre-tax WACC ("Weighted Average Cost of Capital") as of 30 September 2016 was 6.1%.

 

The DCF methodology implemented in the Portfolio Valuation assumes a valuation time-horizon capped to the current terms of the lease on the properties where each individual solar PV asset is located. As of 30 September 2016, the remaining weighted average lease duration of the Company's portfolio was 25.2 years.

 

The Company's NAV is calculated on a quarterly basis based on the valuation of the investment portfolio determined by the Investment Manager and the overlay of other net assets provided by Ipes (Guernsey) Limited (the"Administrator"). It is then reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. All variables relating to the performance of the underlying assets are reviewed and incorporated in the process of identifying relevant drivers for the discounted cash flow valuation.

 

The Company experienced NAV growth during the period driven mainly by the issuance of new capital in July, August and September 2016 totaling £64.7m. As a result, NAV grew over the year from £273.8m to c.£350.1m as at 30 September 2016.

 

The increase in NAV per share in the period from 98.5p to 102.0p was mainly driven by the following factors:

 

•    There was a 4.5% increase in the forecasts for long-term power prices adopted by the Investment Manager compared to 31 March 2016;

 

•    An increase in long-term RPI inflation rate estimates from 2.5% to 2.75%

 

•    The operating results achieved by the Company's solar PV plants; and

 

•    The dividends paid in July 2016 and September 2016 and the Company's operating costs.

 

NAV Bridge (Movement)

(GBPm)

Opening NAV (March 2016)

273.8

Further Capital Raising

64.7

Capital Raising Costs

(1.0)

Dividends Paid to Investors

(12.7)

Income from Investments

17.0

Change in Fair Value of Investments

10.3

Net Fund Costs

(2.0)

Closing NAV (September 2016)

350.1

 

Another important driver for the growth in NAV was revaluation of the Investments which accounted for £10.3m. The portfolio revaluation bridge chart below highlights the main factors driving the portfolio revaluation and reconciles the total revaluation for the period. The revaluation is summarised in the net changes in financial assets at fair value in the Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

The Company's investment portfolio through its directly held subsidiaries is valued at £397.1m, comprising 28 investments valued through discounted cash flow methodology and 1 investment valued at acquisition cost. Among the 29 investments, Radius is considered as one portfolio consisting of five solar PV plants. The valuation of the investment portfolio is net of the project level debt: £44.9m outstanding advanced by Bayerische Landesbank for the 53MW Three Kings portfolio comprising Fenland, Green End and Tower Hill, acquired by the Company in January 2016; and £54.9m outstanding arranged by Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions ("MIDIS") in conjunction with the acquisition of the 84MW Radius portfolio signed by the Company in March 2016.

 

Investments which are valued at acquisition cost are those solar PV plants for which the relevant milestones and technical tests had not yet been finalised at period end, and as such their completion was not deemed imminent. As at 30 September 2016, only Green Farm was held at acquisition cost.

 

Investment (£)

Directors' Valuation
31 March 2016
(GBP)

Directors' Valuation
30 September 2016 (GBP)

Higher Hatherleigh

6,907,206

7,165,736

Shacks Barn

7,993,437

8,145,869

Ellough

18,780,284

19,288,849

Condover

10,451,176

11,003,050

Langenhoe

21,517,834

22,750,345

Boxted

20,059,008

21,109,909

Llwyndu

9,010,754

9,132,051

Hawkers Farm

13,841,456

14,573,954

Cock Hill Farm

22,214,893

22,277,395

Bilsham

17,573,137

18,326,651

Poulshot

15,347,350

16,441,358

Gover Farm

11,390,789

11,449,637

Brickyard

3,729,258

3,989,927

Croydon

16,958,191

17,742,291

Park View

7,341,299

7,655,350

Glebe Farm

38,832,745

40,450,309

Wellingborough

9,911,957

9,977,427

Bowerhouse

10,519,042

10,975,787

Birch

5,508,836

5,514,607

North Farm

13,884,261

14,300,945

Thurlestone - Evo

2,713,983

2,514,590

Fenland(3)

8,437,289

8,439,694

Green End(3)

10,091,867

10,148,418

Tower Hill(3)

3,507,200

3,544,093

Decoy Farm

5,557,217

5,615,492

Ellough Phase 2

8,047,967

9,071,938

Green Farm(1)

5,775,461

5,775,461

Hall Farm

4,980,825

5,603,646

Project Radius(3)

51,448,533

54,147,237

Total Investment Portfolio

382,333,255

397,132,016

Residual Net Assets of NESH

(43,788,593)

(29,185,246)

Residual Net Assets of NESH II

(23,147,238)

(21,927,579)

Residual Net Assets of NESH III

69,255

26,692

Residual Net Assets of NESH IV

-

2,302,947

Total Investment in Holding Companies(2)

315,466,679

348,348,830

 

(1)  These investments were not yet completed as at 30 September 2016.

(2)  A summary of the total investment in Holding Companies is provided in note 5 (Investments) of the Financial Statements.

(3)  These investments have financial leverage at project level.

 

Sensitivity Analysis

 

Sensitivities on the Company's NAV and detailed disclosure on the asset valuation methodologies are provided below and in note 12 (Financial instruments) of the Financial Statements.

 

Sensitivity on energy yield is usually a P10/P90 probability analysis on solar irradiation over 10 years since it is a technical standard employed across the broader renewable energy asset class and is particularly relevant for Wind assets given the significant volatility of Wind energy sources year on year. The Investment Manager, based on its experience, considers that for solar PV assets more appropriate and meaningful information is provided by the sensitivity analysis of the aggregated effect of solar irradiation and technical performance (in a reasonable range of -/+ 5% over the life of the DCF valuation horizon). For reference purposes, the sensitivity based on P10/P90 would have resulted in a -/+9.6% impact on portfolio valuation.

 

In addition to the above sensitivities on NAV, the Investment Manager has performed further sensitivities on actual cash generation. This analysis takes into account the impact of selected changes in valuation assumptions over the twelve months to September 2017. In this analysis, should energy prices fall by 10% from current forecasts, NESF would experience a reduction of 4.5% in its net operating cashflows, such impact being mitigated by the fixed price PPAs in place over the period. Also, should the portfolio achieve an over performance of 5% throughout the twelve months to September 2017 (whether due to higher solar irradiation or asset management), total operating cashflows would increase by 14.3%. Conversely, these sensitivities on cash generation would have similar but opposite results in their respective inverted scenario.

 

Since the Company's IPO in April 2014 the long-term power price forecast used by the Company was revised nine times (August 2014 to October 2016) with a cumulative reduction of c.27%. For sake of illustration, had the power price forecasts remained in line with those at the time of the IPO, the Company's NAV would be 127.5p per share.

 

Summary of Capital Raising and Capital Deployment

 

At the period end, the Company had completed seven capital raisings since inception: its IPO of 85.6m New Ordinary Shares in April 2014, a second issue of 91.0m New Ordinary Shares in November 2014, a placing of 4.0m New Ordinary Shares in December 2014, 59.8m New Ordinary Shares in February 2015, a placing of 37.6m New Ordinary Shares in September 2015, 54.9m New Ordinary Shares in July and August 2016, and a further 9.2m New Ordinary Shares in September 2016.

 

On 30 September 2016, the Company made a scrip dividend issue of 1,139,374 New Ordinary Shares at a price of 104.6p per Share.

 

Following the scrip issue outlined above, the Company's issued share capital comprised 343,197,405 Ordinary shares. The figure of 343,197,405 may be used by Shareholders and other investors as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules. During the current period the Company announced a 350m share issuance program and post period end successfully issued 110.3m new shares. The proceeds of this initial issue will allow the Company to pursue acquisitions targeted in the current financial year.

 

Below is a capital deployment table that outlines the timing of the equity raising and speed of the capital deployment which, in conjunction with the debt financing raised, allowed the Company to rapidly grow its investment portfolio since inception.

 

Date

Equity Raised
(£m)

Equity Invested

Time to Deployment

April 2014

85.6

c.95% by September 2014

c.4 months

November/December 2014

99.6

c.95% by January 2015

c.6 weeks

February 2015

61.4

c.100% by April 2015

c.6 weeks

September 2015

38.8

c.100% by November 2015

c.6 weeks

July/August 2016

55.2

Capital used to pay down debt facility

Immediate

September 2016

9.5

Capital used to pay down debt facility

Immediate

 

Date

Debt Raised (£m)

Lender

Amount Deployed

July 2015

22.7

NIBC

c.100%

November 2015

100.0

Macquarie

c.74.5%

January 2016

45.4

Bayern Landesbank

c.100%

March 2016

55.0

Arranged by MIDIS

c.100%

May 2016

20.0

Macquarie

c.0%

 

Share Price Development

 

During the period the share price increased from 97.75p to 106.13p.

 

NESF shares are included in the FTSE All-Shares Index as well as the FTSE Small Cap Index. Without taking into accounts dividends paid, NESF shares outperformed its FTSE All-Shares benchmark on 83.3% of days during the period and on 83.7% of days since IPO. During the period, NAV total return was 8.3% and total shareholders return was 13.1% (respectively 6.2% and 7.9% since IPO).

 

Financing and Cash Management

 

As of 30 September 2016 and the Date of Distribution of this interim report, the Company had a total of £64.7m in short-term financial debt outstanding at Holdco level, resulting from the following:

 

•    £43.0m drawn under the two-year revolving credit facility ("RCF") advanced by Macquarie Bank Limited on 17 September 2014 (and subsequently syndicated for 40% to Santander). The current value of the total facility is £88.5m of which £45.5m is available to draw down.

 

•    £21.7m drawn under the debt facility advanced by NIBC Bank B.V ("NIBC") to finance the acquisition of two assets (Cock Hill and Llwyndu).

 

As at 30 September 2016 the Company had executed the extension of the NIBC facility for a further 3 years to 4 July 2019. NIBC previously financed the construction of the two projects for the vendor. The upfront costs to the Company favorably reflected NIBC's previous involvement in and knowledge of the two projects and the remaining terms of the facility are in line with current market conditions. During the period the Company began executing the refinancing of the short-term debt provided by Macquarie with fully amortising long-term debt which will provide the Company with additional capital to meet current obligations and targeted acquisitions for the future. The refinancing is expected to complete before the Company's year end.

 

As a result, the total pro-forma debt position of the Company on a look-through basis as of 30 September 2016 is £164.3m. This represents a gearing of 33% in terms of total debt vs. Gross Asset Value (which is equal to NAV plus total financial debt outstanding). The corresponding average cost of debt is 3.1%. The table below provides detailed information on the total debt outstanding as of 30 September 2016:

 

Facility

Type

Borrowing Platform

Tranches

Current
Facility Size
(£m)

Amount Outstanding (£m)

Termination

Applicable Rate

Macquarie & Santander

Revolving Credit Facility

NextEnergy
Solar Holdings I

RCF - Tranche A

-

-

17/09/2016

N/A

RCF - Tranche B

68.5

43.0

17/06/2017

1m Libor + (1.95-2.50)%

RCF - Tranche C

20.0

-

19/11/2017

1m Libor + (1.95-2.50)%

NIBC

Acquisition Facility

NextEnergy
Solar Holdings II


21.7

21.7

04/07/2019

3m Libor + 2.20%

Bayern LB

Fully-amortising long-term debt and short term debt facility

NextEnergy
Solar Holdings III
(Three kings portfolio)


44.9

44.9

From 30/06/2020 to 30/06/2033-

3.73% (Average Rate)

MIDIS

Fully-amortising long-term debt

NextEnergy
Solar Holdings IV
(Radius portfolio)

Inflation Linked Tranche

27.2

27.2

30/09/2034

RPI index + 1.44%

Fixed Tranche

27.5

27.5

30/09/2034

4.11%

Total




209.8

164.3



 

The Investment Manager has not charged any fees to the Company in conjunction with the structuring, execution and monitoring of any of these financial debt facilities.

 

As at 30 September 2016 the Company's total assets includes cash totaling £1.8m split between Barclays Bank PLC and Lloyds Bank PLC.

 

Outlook

 

The Company believes that there remains a material pipeline of opportunities for growth which is supported by the continued equity raising achieved during the period and current refinancing opportunities presented in the market. The NEC Group continues to leverage its long-standing experience as an investor and leading asset manager in the solar sector to focus on reducing solar investment and operating costs to meet a decreasing support and no-support market in the future.

 

The Company will benefit from the pipeline of opportunities identified by the Developer, ranging from large industrial scale plants in operation and benefiting from the previous ROCs and FiT regimes, or under construction and benefiting from the 1.2 ROCs regime as well as portfolios of residential and commercial rooftops. At the Date of Distribution of this interim report the Investment Manager, together with the Developer, have identified a pipeline of over c.170MW of short-term acquisition targets and are actively developing c.430MW of further opportunities.

 

In addition to these further growth opportunities, in the mid to long-term period the Investment Manager intends to add value to the Company's portfolio by optimising the technical and financial performances of its assets and by extending the useful lifespan of its plants. Furthermore, the Investment Manager remains fully engaged in monitoring technological change in the energy sector and is already exploring the feasibility of the application of energy storage facilities to the Company's portfolio of solar PV plants. Consequently, the Company is well-positioned to incorporate the continuing innovation in energy technology and benefit from the associated incremental returns and/or cost reductions in solar energy generation and storage.

 

Description of the Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

The Company has in place risk management procedures and internal controls to monitor and mitigate the main risks faced as well as a process to review the effectiveness of those controls. The Investment Manager assists the Company in regularly identifying, assessing and mitigating those risk factors likely to impact the financial or strategic position of the Company. The Company's Risk Matrix is regularly reviewed on at least a semi-annual basis, and includes:

 

•    External and Market Risks

 

•    Investment Strategy

 

•    Investment Process and Management of Assets

 

•    Monitoring Process

 

•    Valuation Process

 

•    Financial and Accounting Process

 

•    Governance, Tax and Regulatory Compliance

 

Based on the Board's assessment, the main risks faced by the Company are likely to be related to the following areas, the other ones being less likely or less significant:

 

•    Uncertainty for the future regulatory framework for solar PV in the UK and risk that as a consequence further planned acquisitions do not take place, affecting the Company's growth potential, or that regulatory changes may affect the profitability and valuation of the current portfolio

 

•    Risk that the heightened competition for solar assets will make it more difficult for the Company to continue acquiring assets at attractive values. This increased competition may be fueled by investors with aggressive financial structures seeking lower returns than the Company for the same solar PV assets

 

•    Exposure to the wholesale energy market impacts the prices received for energy generated and revenues forecasted by the operating assets of the company. This also exposes the company to a risk of further reduction in forward price curves

 

•    The UK government held a referendum on 23 June 2016 for the UK to vote either to remain in or leave the European Union. As a result of the referendum, the majority of those voting elected to leave the European Union ("Brexit"). The Investment Manager believes Brexit is likely to have a very limited negative effect, if any at all, on the Company's financial and operating prospects. The UK's 2008 Climate Change Act enshrines the Government's commitment to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent compared to 1990 levels, and we do not think government will introduce primary legislation to reverse this commitment as a result of Brexit. Given the pending decision on triggering Article 50 there is uncertainty in the market around future impact of Brexit, however the Investment Manager currently has no reason to expect the availability of debt financing in the UK solar sector to be affected significantly following Brexit. In addition, the Company's exclusive focus on the solar sector in the UK protects it from any adverse foreign currency fluctuations emerging as a result of Brexit. At the other end, the Company is positively exposed towards potential increases in power prices and RPI inflation that may indirectly come from a Brexit scenario (also due to weakening of sterling versus other currencies and its impact on UK power prices).

 

Post Period-End Update

 

Since 30 September 2016, the following relevant events occurred:

 

•    On 10 November 2016, the Company announced an interim dividend of 1.5775 pence per Ordinary Share for the quarter ending 30 September 2016, to be paid on 30 December 2016 to shareholders on the register as at close of business on 18 November 2016.

 

•    On 15 September 2016 the Company announced a 350m share issuance program and post period end successfully issued 110.3 new shares. The proceeds of this issue will allow the Company to pursue acquisitions targeted in the current financial year.

 

•    On 22 November 2016, the Company announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire the 5MWp Kentishes solar plant.

 

NextEnergy Capital IM Limited

 

29 November 2016

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

 

To the best of their knowledge, the directors of NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited confirm that:

 

(a) The Interim Report and Condensed Half-Yearly Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting;

 

(b) The Interim Report, comprising the Chairman's Statement and the Investment Manager's Report, meets the requirements of an interim management report and includes a fair review of information required by:

 

(i)   DTR 4.2.7R of the UK Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the period from 01 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 and their impact on the Condensed Half-Yearly Financial Statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

 

(ii)  DTR 4.2.8R of the UK Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the period from 01 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company during that period, and any material changes in the related party transactions disclosed in the last Annual Report; and

 

(c)  The Condensed Half Yearly Financial Statements give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Company as required by DTR 4.2.4R of the UK Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

The Company's Directors believe that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Note 12 to the Annual Report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016 includes the Company's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives; details of its financial instruments and its exposure to credit risk and liquidity risk. The Directors have undertaken a rigorous review of the Company's ability to continue as a going concern including reviewing the level of the Company's assets and significant areas of financial risk including the timing of future investment transactions, expenditure commitments and forecast income and cashflows. As a result, the Directors have, at the time of approving these condensed financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to meet its liabilities and continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. The Directors have therefore concluded that it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing these interim financial statements.

 

By order of the Board

 

For NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited

 

Patrick Firth           

 

Director      

 

29 November 2016

 

Condensed Financial Statements

 

Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 


Notes

Unaudited
1 April 2016 to
30 September 2016
(GBP)

1 April 2015 to
31 March 2016
(GBP)

Unaudited
1 April 2015 to
30 September 2015
(GBP)

Income





Investment income


17,038,776

24,046,160

6,400,000

Net changes in fair value of financial assets





at fair value through profit or loss

5

10,267,502

(18,503,991)

3,895,737

Total net income


27,306,278

5,542,169

10,295,737

Expenditure





Legal and professional fees


230,777

490,324

287,242

Administration fees


129,108

201,152

120,752

Audit fees


109,828

75,000

42,637

Directors' fees

17

61,500

123,000

61,500

Insurance


27,125

31,194

31,194

Regulatory fees


21,505

72,652

42,074

Sundry expenses


2,278

6,595

2,736

Management fees

14

1,438,706

2,615,662

1,242,304

Total expenses


2,020,827

3,615,579

1,830,439

Operating profit


25,285,451

1,926,590

8,465,298

Finance income


4,518

108,111

93,888

Profit and comprehensive income for the period/year


25,289,969

2,034,701

8,559,186

Earnings per share

9

8.46p

0.78p

3.56p

 

There were no potentially dilutive instruments in issue at 30 September 2016.

 

All activities are derived from ongoing operations.

 

There is no other comprehensive income or expense apart from expenditure that is disclosed above and consequently a Statement of Other Comprehensive Income has not been prepared.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Condensed Statement of Financial Position

 

As at 30 September 2016

 

Non-current assets

Notes

Unaudited
30 September 2016
(GBP)

31 March 2016
(GBP)

Unaudited
30 September 2015
(GBP)

Investments

5, 12

348,348,830

315,466,679

248,490,669

Total non-current assets


348,348,830

315,466,679

248,490,669

Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


1,846,373

5,937,663

29,503,244

Trade and other receivables


10,561

13,000

11,264,214

Total current assets


1,856,934

5,950,663

40,767,458

Total assets


350,205,764

321,417,342

289,258,127

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


151,462

137,825

236,605

Investment payable

6

-

47,468,639

-

Total current liabilities


151,462

47,606,464

236,605

Net assets


350,054,302

273,810,878

289,021,522

Equity





Share Capital and Premium

8

347,762,824

314,956,625

282,872,625

Treasury shares

8

-

(32,084,000)

-

Reserves


2,291,478

(9,061,747)

6,148,897

Total equity attributable to shareholders


350,054,302

273,810,878

289,021,522

Net assets per share - (pence)

11

102.0p

98.5p

104.0p

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

The interim financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 29 November 2016, and signed on its behalf by:

 

Patrick Firth            

 

Director

 

Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

 

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 


Share Capital
and Premium
(GBP)

Treasury
shares
(GBP)

Retained
earnings
(GBP)

Total Equity
(GBP)

For the period 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 (Unaudited)





Shareholders' equity at 1 April 2016

314,956,625

(32,084,000)

(9,061,747)

273,810,878

Profit and comprehensive income for the period

-

-

25,289,969

25,289,969

Shares issued

32,806,199

-

-

32,806,199

Shares issued from treasury

-

32,084,000

-

32,084,000

Dividends paid

-

-

(13,936,744)

(13,936,744)

Shareholders' equity at 30 September 2016

347,762,824

-

2,291,478

350,054,302






For the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016





Shareholders' equity at 1 April 2015

244,459,639

-

3,898,899

248,358,538

Profit and comprehensive income for the year

-

-

2,034,701

2,034,701

Shares issued

70,496,986

(32,084,000)

-

38,412,986

Dividends paid

-

-

(14,995,347)

(14,995,347)

Shareholders' equity at 31 March 2016

314,956,625

(32,084,000)

(9,061,747)

273,810,878

For the period 1 April 2015 to
30 September 2015 (unaudited)





Shareholders' equity at 1 April 2015

244,459,639

-

3,898,899

248,358,538

Profit and comprehensive income for the period

-

-

8,559,186

8,559,186

Shares issued

38,412,986

-

-

38,412,986

Dividends paid

-

-

(6,309,188)

(6,309,188)

Shareholders' equity at 30 September 2015

282,872,625

-

6,148,897

289,021,522

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Condensed Statement of Cash Flows

 

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

Cash flows from operating activities

Notes

1 April 2016 to
30 September 2016
(GBP)

1 April 2015 to
31 March 2016
(GBP)

1 April 2015 to
30 September 2015
(GBP)

Profit and comprehensive income for the period/year


25,289,969

2,034,701

8,559,186

Adjustments for:





Movement in investment cost


(22,614,649)

(128,341,159)

(86,434,060)

Movement in investment payable


(47,468,639)

-

-

Change in fair value on investments

5

(10,267,502)

18,503,991

(3,895,737)

Finance income


(4,518)

(108,111)

(93,888)

Operating cash flows before movements in





working capital


(55,065,339)

(107,910,578)

(84,864,499)

Changes in working capital





Movement in trade receivables


2,439

56,482

(11,194,732)

Movement in trade payables


13,637

48,883

147,663

Net cash used in operating activities


(55,049,263)

(107,805,213)

(92,911,568)

Cash flows from investing activities





Finance income


4,518

108,111

93,888

Net cash generated from investing activities


4,518

108,111

93,888

Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of shares

8

31,614,114

38,412,986

38,412,986

Proceeds from treasury shares

8

32,084,000

-

-

Dividends paid

10

(12,744,659)

(14,995,347)

(6,309,188)

Net cash generated from financing activities


50,953,455

23,417,639

32,103,798

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents during period/year


(4,091,290)

(84,279,463)

(60,713,882)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period/year


5,937,663

90,217,126

90,217,126

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period/year


1,846,373

5,937,663

29,503,244

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Notes to the Unaudited Financial Statements

 

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

1. General Information

 

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited ("the Company") was incorporated with limited liability in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended, on 20 December 2013 with registered number 57739, and is regulated by the GFSC as a registered closed-ended investment company. The registered office and principal place of business of the Company is 1, Royal Plaza, Royal Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2HL.

 

On 16 April 2014, the Company announced the results of its initial public offering, which raised net proceeds of £85.6 million. The Company's ordinary shares were admitted to the premium segment of the UK Listing Authority's Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange as part of its initial public offering which completed on 25 April 2014. Subsequent fundraisings also took place, details of which can be found in note 8.

 

The Company seeks to provide investors with a sustainable and attractive dividend that increases in line with the retail price index over the long-term by investing in a diversified portfolio of solar Photovoltaic ("PV") assets that are located in the UK. In addition, the Company seeks to provide investors with an element of capital growth through the reinvestment of net cash generated in excess of the target dividend in accordance with the Company's investment policy.

 

The Company currently makes its investments through holding companies (the "HoldCo's") and Special Purpose Vehicles ("SPVs"), which are wholly-owned by the Company. The Company controls the investment policy of each of the holding companies and its wholly-owned SPV's in order to ensure that each will act in a manner consistent with the investment policy of the Company.

 

The Company has appointed NextEnergy Capital IM Limited as its Investment Manager ("the Investment Manager") pursuant to the Management Agreement dated 18 March 2014. The Investment Manager is a Guernsey registered company, incorporated under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, with registered number 57740 and is licensed and regulated by the GFSC and is a member of the NextEnergy Capital Group. The Investment Manager is licensed and regulated by the GFSC and will act as the Alternative Investment Fund Manager of the Company.

 

The Investment Manager has appointed NextEnergy Capital Limited as its Investment Adviser ("the Investment Adviser") pursuant to the Investment Advisory Agreement. The Investment Adviser is a company incorporated in England with registered number 05975223 and is authorised and regulated by the FCA.

 

The financial statements are presented in pounds sterling because that is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Company operates.

 

2. Significant accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

 

The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual report and audited financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

 

Seasonal and cyclical variations

 

The Company's results vary during reporting periods as a result of the spread of irradiation during the year.

 

Segmental reporting

 

The Board, as a whole, has been determined as constituting the chief operating decision maker of the Company. The key measure of performance used by the Board to assess the Company's performance and to allocate resources is the Company's profit and NAV, calculated under IFRS.

 

For management purposes, the Company is engaged in a single segment of business, being investment in UK solar energy infrastructure assets via SPVs, and in one geographical area, the UK.

 

Going concern

 

The Directors have reviewed the current and projected financial position of the Company making reasonable assumptions about future performance. The key areas reviewed were:

 

•    Timing of future investment transactions

 

•    Expenditure commitments

 

•    Forecast income and cashflows

 

The Company has cash and short-term deposits as well as projected positive income streams and an available credit facility (see note 18) and as a consequence the Directors have, at the time of approving the financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly they have adopted the going concern basis of preparation in preparing the financial statements.

 

3. New and revised standards

 

The following accounting standards and interpretations which have not been applied in these financial statements were in issue but not yet effective:

 

IFRS 7 (amendments)         Financial Instrument: Disclosure

IFRS 9                                 Financial Instruments (revised, early adoption permitted)

IFRS 15                               Revenue from Contracts with Customers

IFRS 16                               Leases

IAS 7                                  Additional disclosure of changes in liabilities arising from financial activities

 

The Directors do not expect that the adoption of the accounting standards, amendments and interpretations listed above will have a material impact on the financial statements of the Company in future periods.

 

The following accounting standards and interpretations where adopted during the period:

 

IFRS 10 and IAS 28            Sale or Contribution of Assets between an Investor and its Associate or Joint Venture

IFRS 12                               Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities

IAS 1                                  Disclosure Initiative

IAS 16 and IAS 38              Clarification of Acceptable Methods of Depreciation and Amortisation

IAS 27                                Equity Method in Separate Financial Statements

 

The adoption of the above standards has not had a material impact on the financial statements.

 

4. Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

 

The Company makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and based on historic experience and other factors believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

a)  Investments at fair value through profit or loss

 

The Company's investments are measured at fair value for financial reporting purposes. The Board of Directors has appointed the Investment Manager to produce investment valuations based upon projected future cashflows. These valuations are reviewed and approved by the Board. The investments are held indirectly through UK Holdco's. A list of subsidiaries is included in note 7.

 

IFRS 13 establishes a single source of guidance for fair value measurements and disclosures about fair value measurements. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The Board bases the fair value of the investments on the information received from the Investment Manager.

 

The investments at fair value through profit or loss, whose fair values include the use of Level 3 inputs, are valued by discounting future cash flows from investments to the Company at a discount rate when the assets are operational. The weighted average discount rate applied in the 30 September 2016 valuation was 7.7% (31 March 2016: 7.5%). The discount rate is a significant level 3 input and a change in the discount applied could have a material effect on the value of the investments. Investments in solar PV plants that are not yet operational are held at fair value, where the cost of the investment is used as an appropriate approximation of fair value.

 

Level 3 investments amount to £348,348,830 (31 March 2016: £315,466,679) and consist of 33 investments in solar PV plants (held indirectly through the HoldCo's) (31 March 2016: 33), all of which have been valued on a look through basis based on the discounted cash flows of the solar PV plants and the residual value of net assets at the HoldCo level, apart from Green Farm which is valued at acquisition cost at period end. Level 3 valuations are reviewed regularly by the Investment Manager who reports to the Board of Directors on a periodic basis. The Board considers the appropriateness of the valuation model and inputs, as well as the valuation result.

 

b)  Significant judgement: consolidation of entities

 

The Company, under the Investment Entity Exemption rule, holds its investments at fair value.

 

The table below sets out information about significant unobservable inputs used at 30 September 2016 in measuring financial instruments categorised as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy. Unlisted investments reconcile to the Closing Investment Portfolio Value as per the Investments table in note 5.

 

Description

Fair value at
30 September 2016 (GBP)

Valuation technique

Unobservable input

Input value

Sensitivity to change in significant unobservable inputs

Unlisted investments

391,356,555

Discounted cash flows based on underlying valuation of residual assets at the four hold cos.

Discount rate

7.70%

The estimated fair value would increase if the discount rate was lower and vice versa.

Investments held at cost

5,775,461

Cost

n/a

n/a

n/a

Residual value of net assets at HoldCo's

(48,783,186)

Adjusted net asset value attributable to the Company at fair value

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

348,348,830


n/a

n/a

n/a

 

The only investment held at cost is Green Farm, this is due to the transaction not being completed at period end.

 

5. Investments

 

The Company owns the Investment Portfolio through its investments in NextEnergy Solar Holdings Limited, NextEnergy Solar Holdings II Limited, NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited and NextEnergy Solar Holdings IV Limited. This is comprised of the Investment Portfolio and the Residual Net Assets of the Holding Companies. The Total Investments at fair value are recorded under Non-Current Assets in the Statement of Financial Position.

 


Period ended
30 September 2016
(GBP)

Year ended
31 March 2016
(GBP)

Total Investments



Brought forward cost of investments

323,400,117

147,590,319

Total investment acquired in the period/year

22,614,649

175,809,798

Carried forward cost of investments

346,014,766

323,400,117

Brought forward unrealised (losses)/gains on valuation

(7,933,438)

10,570,553

Movement in unrealised gains on valuation

10,267,502

(18,503,991)

Carried forward unrealised gains/ (losses) on valuation

2,334,064

(7,933,438)

Total Investments at Fair Value

348,348,830

315,466,679

 

The total change in the value of the investments in the Holding Companies are recorded through profit and loss in the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

6. Investment payable

 


As at
30 September 2016
(GBP)

As at
31 March 2016
(GBP)

Radius investment payable

-

(47,468,639)

Total investment payable

-

(47,468,639)

 

On 31 March 2016 the Company agreed the purchase of Project Radius. The acquisition is part funded by a debt facility between NextEnergy Solar Holding IV Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited for £55.0m. On 11 April 2016 the above amount was settled by a combination of equity and loan payments.

 

7. Subsidiaries

 

The Company holds investments through subsidiary companies which have not been consolidated as a result of the adoption of IFRS 10: Investment entities exemption to consolidation.

 

Below are the legal entity names for the Holding Companies and the legal entity names of those companies owned indirectly through the Holding Companies. All are incorporated in the UK which is also their principal place of business.

 

Name

Country of Incorporation

Direct or Indirect Holding

Principal
Activity

Ownership at
September 2016

Ownership at
March 2016

Berwick Solar Park Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

BL Solar 2 Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Bottom Plain Solar Park

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Bowerhouse Solar Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Branston Solar Park Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Ellough Solar 2 Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

0%

Emberton Solar Park Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Empyreal Energy Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

0%

0%

ESF Llwyndu Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Fenland Renewables Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Glebe Farm SPV Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Glorious Energy Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Great Wilbraham Solar Park Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Green End Renewables Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Greenfields (A) Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Hanwha UK Solar 1 Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NESF - Ellough LTD

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NextEnergy Solar Holding II Limited

UK

Direct

HoldCo

100%

100%

NextEnergy Solar Holding III Limited

UK

Direct

HoldCo

100%

100%

NextEnergy Solar Holding IV Limited

UK

Direct

HoldCo

100%

100%

NextEnergy Solar Holding Limited

UK

Direct

HoldCo

100%

100%

NextPower Ellough LLP

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NextPower Gover Farm Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NextPower Higher Hatherleigh Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NextPower Radius Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

NextPower Shacks Barn Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

North Farm Solar Park Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Push Energy (Birch) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Push Energy (Boxted Airfield) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Push Energy (Croydon) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Push Energy (Decoy) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Push Energy (Hall) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

0%

Push Energy (Langenhoe) Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

SSB Condover Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

ST Solarinvest Devon 1 Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Sunglow Power Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Thurlestone-Leicester Solar Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Tower Hill Farm Renewables Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Trowbridge PV Ltd

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

Wellingborough Solar Limited

UK

Indirect

SPV

100%

100%

 

8. Share capital and reserves

 

Share Issuance

Number of
shares

Gross amount
raised (GBP)

Issue costs
(GBP)

Share capital
and premium
(GBP)

Issued on 20 December 2013

1

1

-

1

Issued on 25 April 2014

85,600,000

85,600,000

-

85,600,000

Cancellation of founder's share on 24 October 2014

(1)

(1)

-

(1)

Issued on 19 November 2014

91,000,000

95,459,000

(1,399,246)

94,059,754

Issued on 19 December 2014

4,000,000

4,120,000

(43,565)

4,076,435

Issued on 27 February 2015

59,750,000

61,405,075

(681,625)

60,723,450

Issued on 30 September 2015

37,607,105

38,848,139

(435,153)

38,412,986

Issued on 6 November 2015

30,850,000

32,084,000

-

32,084,000

Total issued at 31 March 2016

308,807,105

317,516,214

(2,559,589)

314,956,625

Sale of treasury shares (see below)

(30,850,000)

(32,084,000)

-

(32,084,000)

Issued on 27 July 2016

41,991,242

42,159,207

(649,635)

41,509,572

Issued on 27 July 2016

1,822,656

1,829,947

(28,202)

1,801,745

Issued on 4 August 2016

4,254,855

4,297,404

(64,461)

4,232,942

Issued on 4 August 2016

1,040,690

1,051,097

(15,766)

1,035,330

Issued on 9 August 2016

5,775,557

5,833,313

(87,500)

5,745,813

Issued on 9 September 2016

9,215,926

9,515,444

(142,732)

9,372,712

Scrip Dividend - 30 September 2016

1,139,374

1,192,085

-

1,192,085

Total issued at 30 September 2016

343,197,405

351,310,710

(3,547,885)

347,762,824

 

The Company currently has one class of ordinary share in issue. All the holders of the ordinary shares, which total 343,197,405 are entitled to receive dividends as declared from time to time and are entitled to one vote per share at meetings of the Company.

 

Treasury shares

 

On 6 November 2015 the Company issued 30,850,000 new ordinary shares which the Company then purchased at a price of 104.0p per share. The shares purchased were placed in treasury. The Treasury shares were not entitled to receive dividends and did not hold any voting rights. On 22 July 2016 the Treasury shares were sold, as part of the capital issuance programme at a price of 100.4 pence per share.

 

Retained reserves

 

Retained reserves comprise the retained earnings as detailed in the Statement of Changes in Equity.

 

9. Earnings per share

 


Period ended
 30 September 2016

Year ended
31 March 2016

Profit and comprehensive income for the period/year (GBP)

25,289,969

2,034,701

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

298,764,797

259,256,304

Earnings per ordinary share - pence

8.46p

0.78p

 

10. Dividends

 


Period ended
30 September 2016
(GBP)

Year ended
31 March 2016
(GBP)

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders:



Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2015 of 2.625p per share, paid on 30 July 2015

-

6,309,188

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 September 2015 of 3.125p per share, paid on 18 December 2015

-

8,686,159

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2016 of 3.125p per share, paid on 22 July 2016

8,686,160

-

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 June 2016 of 1.5775p per share, paid on 30 September 2016

5,250,584

-

Total

13,936,744

14,995,347

 

11. Net assets per ordinary share

 


As at
30 September 2016

As at
31 March 2016

Shareholders' equity (GBP)

350,054,302

273,810,878

Number of ordinary shares (excluding Treasury shares)

343,197,405

277,957,105

Net assets per ordinary share - pence

102.0p

98.5p

 

12. Financial instruments

 

Valuation methodology

 

The Directors have satisfied themselves as to the methodology used, the discount rates and key assumptions applied, and the valuation. All completed investments are at fair value through profit or loss and are valued using a discounted cash flow methodology. Investments which are not yet completed are held at fair value, where the cost of the investment is used as an appropriate approximation of fair value.

 

Discount rates

 

The discount rates used for valuing each renewable infrastructure investment are based on both the industry discount rate and on the specific circumstances of each project. The risk premium takes into account risks and opportunities associated with the investment earnings.

 

The discount rates used for valuing the investments in the Portfolio are as follows:

 


30 September
 2016

31 March
2016

Weighted Average discount rate

7.70%

7.70%

 

A change to the weighted average discount rate by plus or minus 0.5% has the following effect on the valuation.

 

Discount rate

+0.5% change

Total Portfolio
value

-0.5% change

Directors' valuation at 30 September 2016 (GBP)

(15.6m)

397.1m

16.7m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(3.9%)


4.2%

Directors' valuation at 31 March 2016 (GBP)

(14.6m)

382.3m

15.7m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(3.8%)


4.1%

 

Power price

 

NEC Group continuously reviews multiple inputs from market contributors and leading consultants and adjusts the inputs to the power price forecast when a conservative approach is deemed most appropriate. Current estimates imply an average rate of growth of electricity prices of approximately 2.1% in real terms and a long term inflation rate of 2.75%.

 

A change in the forecast electricity price assumptions by plus or minus 10% has the following effect on the valuation.

 

Power price

-10% change

Total Portfolio
value

+10% change

Directors' valuation at 30 September 2016 (GBP)

(22.6m)

397.1m

22.4m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(5.7%)


5.6%

Directors' valuation at 31 March 2016 (GBP)

(19.7m)

382.3m

19.6m 

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(5.2%)


5.1%

 

Energy generation

 

The Portfolio's aggregate energy generation yield depends on the combination of solar irradiation and technical performance of the solar PV plants.

 

A change in energy generation by plus or minus 5% has the following effect on the valuation:

 

Energy generation

5% Under performance

Total Portfolio
 value

5% Out performance

Directors' valuation at 30 September 2016 (GBP)

(25.4m)

397.1m

25.1m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(6.4%)


6.3%

Directors' valuation at 31 March 2016 (GBP)

(24.6m)

382.3m

24.3m 

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(6.4%)


6.4%

 

Inflation rates

 

The Portfolio valuation assumes long-term inflation of 2.75% per annum for investments (based on UK RPI). A change in the inflation rate by plus or minus 0.5% has the following effect on the valuation:

 

Inflation rate

-0.5% change

Total Portfolio value

+0.5% change

Directors' valuation at 30 September 2016 (GBP)

(21.2m)

397.1m

22.5m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(5.3%)


5.7%

Directors' valuation at 31 March 2016 (GBP)

(16.7m)

382.3m

17.6m 

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(4.4%)


4.6%

 

Operating costs

 

The table below shows the sensitivity of the Portfolio to changes in operating costs by plus or minus 10% at project company level:

 

Operating costs

+10% change

Total Portfolio value

-10% change

Directors' valuation at 30 September 2016 (GBP)

(5.9m)

397.1m

5.9m

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(1.5%)


1.5%

Directors' valuation at 31 March 2016 (GBP)

(6.3m)

382.3m

6.3m 

Directors' valuation - percentage movement

(1.6%)


1.6%

 

Tax rates

 

The UK corporation tax assumption for the Portfolio valuation was 20% until 31 March 2017, 19% until 31 March 2020 and 17% thereafter in accordance with the UK Government announced reductions.

 

13. Financial assets and liabilities not measured at fair value

 

Cash and cash equivalents are level 1 items on the fair value hierarchy. Current assets and current liabilities are Level 2 items on the fair value hierarchy. The carrying value of current assets and current liabilities approximates fair value as these are short-term items.

 

14. Management fee

 

The Investment Manager is entitled to receive an annual fee, accruing daily and calculated on a sliding scale, as follows below:

 

•    for the tranche of NAV up to and including £200m, 1% of the Net Asset Value ("NAV") of the Company.

 

•    for the tranche of NAV above £200m and up to and including £300m, 0.9% of NAV.

 

•    for the tranche of NAV above £300m, 0.8% of NAV.

 

For the period ending 30 September 2016 the Company has incurred £1,438,706 in management fees of which £nil was outstanding at 30 September 2016. For the year ending 31 March 2016 the Company incurred £2,615,662 in management fees of which £nil was outstanding at 31 March 2016. For the period ending 30 September 2015 the Company incurred £1,242,304 in management fees of which £17,401 was outstanding at 30 September 2015.

 

15. Related parties

 

The Investment Manager, NextEnergy Capital IM Limited, is a related party due to having common key management personnel with the subsidiaries of the Company. All management fee transactions with the Investment Manager are disclosed in note 14.

 

The Investment Adviser, NextEnergy Capital Limited, is a related party due to sharing common key management personnel with the subsidiaries of the Company. There are no advisory fee transactions between the Company and the Investment Adviser.

 

The Operating Asset Manager, WiseEnergy (GB) Limited, is a related party due to sharing common key management personnel with the subsidiaries of the Company. Each of the operating subsidiaries of the Company entered into an asset management agreement with WiseEnergy (GB) Limited. The total value of recurring and one-off services paid to the Operating Asset Manager during the reporting period amounted to £1,172,737 (31 March 2016: £1,374,373).

 

NextPower Development Limited is a related party due to sharing common key management personnel with the subsidiaries of the Company. There are no advisory fee transactions between the Company, its subsidiaries and NextPower Development Limited.

 

16. Controlling party

 

In the opinion of the Directors, on the basis of shareholdings advised to them, the Company has no immediate or ultimate controlling party.

 

17. Remuneration of the Directors

 

The remuneration of the Directors was £61,500 for the period (for the year to 31 March 2016: £123,000, for the period to 30 September 2015: £61,500) which consisted solely of short-term employment benefits. With effect from 1 October 2016 total fees were increased to £137,500 per annum.

 

18. Revolving credit and debt facilities

 

In September 2014, NextEnergy Solar Holding Limited entered into a revolving credit facility with Macquarie Bank Limited (subsequently 40% of which was syndicated to Santander) for up to £31.5m and extended to £100.0m and then to £120.0m. In September 2016, the £31.5m tranche was cancelled and as at 30 September 2016 £43.0m of the facility was drawn (31 March 2016: £51.5m). As part of the revolving credit facility agreement Macquarie Bank Limited and Santander hold a charge over the assets of NextEnergy Solar Holding Limited.

 

In July 2015, NextEnergy Solar Holdings II Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, agreed a loan with NIBC Bank N.V. ("NIBC") for £22.7m ("NIBC Facility"). In July 2016, £1.0m was repaid and the remaining outstanding amount as at 30 September 2016 was £21.7m.

 

In January 2016, NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, acquired a portfolio of three operating plants totalling 53MWp for £61.7m which had a long term fully-amortising project financing of £45.4m in place. As at 30 September 2016 the outstanding amount was £44.9m.

 

On 31 March 2016 NextEnergy Solar Holdings IV Limited, a subsidiary of the Company agreed the purchase of Project Radius. The portfolio of five operating plants totalling 84.3MWp was acquired for £47.5m with long term fully-amortising project financing of £55.0m in place. As at 30 September 2016 the outstanding amount was £54.7m.

 

19. Taxation

 

Under the current system of taxation in Guernsey, the Company is exempt from paying taxes on income, profit or capital gains. Therefore, income from investments in UK solar PV plants is not subject to any further tax in Guernsey, although these investments are subject to corporate tax in the UK.

 

20. Events after the reporting period

 

Since 30 September 2016 the following relevant events occurred:

 

On 10 November 2016, the Company announced an interim dividend of 1.5775 pence per Ordinary Share for the quarter ending 30 September 2016, to be paid on 30 December 2016 to shareholders on the register as at close of business on 18 November 2016.

 

On 15 September 2016, the Company announced a 350m share issuance program and on 21 November 2016 issued 110.3m new shares, raising total gross proceeds of £115.3m.

 

On 22 November 2016, the Company announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire the 5MWp Kentishes solar plant.

 

Independent review report to NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited

 

Introduction

 

We have been engaged by NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited ("the Company") to review the condensed unaudited set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2016, which comprises the Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Statement of Financial Position as at 30 September 2016, the Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity, the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows and related notes. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

Directors' responsibilities

 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Company are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. The condensed unaudited set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting".

 

Our responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the Company for the purpose of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. We do not, in producing this report, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

 

Scope of review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2016 are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP

 

Chartered Accountants

 

Guernsey, Channel Islands

 

29 November 2016


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