Information  X 
Enter a valid email address

NextEnergy SolFnd Ld (NESF)

  Print   

Friday 06 November, 2015

NextEnergy SolFnd Ld

Issue of Equity, NAV Update & Extension of RCF

RNS Number : 7879E
NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited
06 November 2015
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE SAME WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR TO US PERSONS (WITHIN THE MEANING OF REGULATION S UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED).

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT A PROSPECTUS OR FINANCIAL PROMOTION.  THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER TO ISSUE OR SELL, OR ANY SOLICITATION OF ANY OFFER TO SUBSCRIBE OR PURCHASE, ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY IN ANY JURISDICTION.

UNLESS THE CONTEXT REQUIRES OTHERWISE, WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS DEFINED IN THE PROSPECTUS PUBLISHED BY THE COMPANY ON 10 NOVEMBER 2014 (AND ANY SUPPLEMENT THERETO, INCLUDING THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROSPECTUS PUBLISHED BY THE COMPANY ON 19 AUGUST 2015) IN CONNECTION WITH ITS PLACING PROGRAMME HAVE THE SAME MEANINGS WHEN USED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT . 

6 November 2015

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited (the "Company" or "NESF")

Proposed Issue of New Ordinary Shares and Repurchase into Treasury, NAV Update and Extension of Credit Facilities

Highlights

·          Proposed issue and repurchase into treasury of 30,850,000 New Ordinary Shares to provide NESF with flexibility to raise additional capital in an efficient and cost-effective manner in due course (the issue and repurchase will not affect the NAV per Share currently in issue or NESF's net cash position).

·          Shares will be sold out of treasury at premium to NAV to meet market demand and provide NESF with additional capital to enable it to take advantage of new investment opportunities.

·          Proposed issue price is based on the preliminary unaudited NAV per Share at 30 September 2015 of 104.0p (31 August 2015: 101.5p per share).

·          NESF's unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2015 to be announced on or around 30 November 2015.

·          Increase of Revolving Credit Facility (the "RCF") from £31.5 million to £100.0 million with term of new RCF portion of £68.5 million to May 2017.

Proposed Issue of Equity and Repurchase into Treasury

The Board intends to issue today 30,850,000 New Ordinary Shares under the Placing Programme to Cantor Fitzgerald at a price of 104.0p per Share (the "Latest Issue").  Following Admission, the New Ordinary Shares will be immediately repurchased by the Company, at the same price, to be held in treasury (the "Repurchase").  The Latest Issue and Repurchase are being undertaken to provide the Company with flexibility to raise additional capital in an efficient and cost-effective manner in due course.  The NAV per Share currently in issue and the net cash position of the Company will not be affected by the Latest Issue and Repurchase.  

Following the Repurchase and the passing of the resolution at the general meeting of the Company referred to below, the Shares held in treasury will be available to be sold out of treasury on a non-pre-emptive basis to meet future market demand.  The net proceeds of any sales of Shares out of treasury will provide the Company with additional capital to enable it to take advantage of new investment opportunities.  Shares will only be sold out of treasury at a premium to the then prevailing NAV per Ordinary Share.

Applications have been made to the FCA for admission of the New Ordinary Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities (''Admission'').  It is expected that Admission will become effective and that unconditional dealings in the New Ordinary Shares will commence at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 9 November 2015.

NAV Update

The Board is pleased to announce the preliminary unaudited NAV per Share as at 30 September 2015 of 104.0p and an increase in the Company's NAV to £289.0 million from £243.9 million as at 30 August 2015.  The overall increase in the Company's NAV is largely attributable to the net proceeds of the issue of 37.6 million new Shares in September 2015.

The increase in the NAV per Share is principally a result of higher operating results achieved across the portfolio compared to the acquisition case assumptions, such results now flowing through to the effective working capital position of each individual asset, as well as updated operating and financial analyses undertaken on the portfolio assets post-acquisition and integration under the investment and asset management of the NEC Group.  In addition, NESF has undertaken a further downward revision of power price forecasts as a result of updated analyses provided by its external market consultant and other relevant energy market information.

Details on the evolution of the NAV will be provided in the interim accounts to be announced on or around 30 November 2015.

Increase in RCF

NESF has increased its RCF with Macquarie Bank Limited from £31.5 million to £100.0 million.  The new tranche of £68.5 million expires in May 2017.

The increased RCF will allow NESF to acquire further solar power plants from its pipeline of opportunities amounting to c.250MW in respect of which it has entered into letters of intent containing exclusivity provisions or is in advanced negotiation.

The Company expects to refinance the entire RCF with further equity issuance, new debt facilities or a combination of both.

General Meeting

The sale on a non-pre-emptive basis of the 30,850,000 Shares held in treasury following the Repurchase requires Shareholder approval.  The requisite special resolution will be proposed at a general meeting of the Company that has been convened for 2.00 pm on 30 November 2015 and will be held at 1 Royal Plaza, Royal Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2HL (the "General Meeting").  A circular to Shareholders containing the notice convening the General Meeting will be posted to Shareholders later today.  Following publication, copies of that circular will, be available on the Company's website at www.nextenergysolarfund.com and shortly thereafter at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/nsm. 

Compliance with Model Code

Pursuant to Listing Rule 15.5.1 R (compliance with the Model Code) the Company hereby announces that the close period of the Company commenced on 30 September 2015 and is anticipated to end following the release of its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2015 on or around 30 November 2015. 

In accordance with Listing Rule 15.5.1 (4), the Company confirms that, at the time of this announcement, the Directors and the Company are not in possession of any additional price sensitive information that has not been notified to an RIS.  Accordingly the Company will continue to adopt the Model Code during the close period with the exception of the following activities, which may be undertaken:

·           dealings by persons discharging managerial responsibilities in the Company;

·           purchases by the Company of its own securities;

·           issues by the Company of securities; and

·           sales of treasury shares for cash or transfers.

If, in the period leading up to the announcement of the final results, the Directors or the Company come into possession of any inside information, this will be notified to an RIS before any transactions are undertaken.

For Further Information:

NextEnergy Capital Limited

020 3239 9054

Michael Bonte-Friedheim

 

Aldo Beolchini

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Financial Adviser and Joint Lead Bookrunner)

020 7894 7667

Sue Inglis (Corporate Finance)

 

Andrew Worne / Andrew Davey / Tom Dixon (Sales)

 

Shore Capital (Sponsor and Joint Bookrunner)

020 7408 4090

Bidhi Bhoma


Anita Ghanekar


Patrick Castle


Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited (Joint Lead Bookrunner)

020 3037 2000

Ken Fleming


Nick Stamp


MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

Andrew Leach


Jamie Ricketts


Gina Bell


Additional Important Notices

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. 

The information contained in this announcement is given at the date of its publication, is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete.  No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Company, the Manager, the Investment Adviser, the Joint Bookrunners, the Sponsor or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.  Accordingly, no reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. 

Cantor Fitzgerald, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting exclusively for the Company in connection with the Latest Issue and Repurchase and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Cantor Fitzgerald or for advising any such person in connection with the Latest Issue and Repurchase or related matters.  This does not limit or exclude any responsibilities which Cantor Fitzgerald Europe may have under FSMA or the regulatory regime established thereunder.

Notes to Editors

NextEnergy Solar Fund

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 £285.4m since its initial public offering on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in April 2014.  Its credit facilities comprise the £100m RCF from Macquarie and a £22.7 million facility from NIBC. 

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 1,200 utility-scale solar power plants with an installed capacity in excess of 1.5 GW.

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


This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
 
END
 
 
IOEDDBDBLDGBGUU

a d v e r t i s e m e n t