Duke Energy assumes full ownership of California-based REC Solar

Duke EnergyDuke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the U.S., announced today it has acquired full ownership of California-based REC Solar, a provider of renewable energy solutions for commercial customers throughout the country. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Duke Energy first acquired a majority interest in REC Solar in February of 2015.

REC Solar is a nationwide provider of complete commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions, founded in 1997. The company offers all design, engineering, financing and maintenance services in house, allowing for a simple customer experience.

“REC Solar complements our strengths in forming strategic partnerships with customers of all sizes,” said Chris Fallon, vice president Duke Energy Renewables and Commercial Portfolio. “Energy solutions specifically tailored to the commercial consumer will expand renewable energy opportunities for enterprise, municipal, educational and business customers, large and small.”

USA, Charlotte, NC, San Luis Obispo, CA

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E.On to acquire UK energy management and efficiency firm Matrix

German utility E.On has agreed to acquire UK energy management and efficiency firm Matrix. the terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction needs the go-ahead from Austrian competition watchdogs and is expected to close next month.

Founded in 2003, Matrix helps businesses reduce their electricity consumption in offices and other commercial buildings by up to 40 per cent by using data stored in its energy management centre.

The energy management centre, which is located in Glasgow, creates a virtual image of the company based on this information which is then analysed to pre-empt any wastage, and currently has 31,000 data connections to customer sites in 22 countries globally.

Matrix employs around 340 staff throughout nine sites in the UK, including its headquarters in Bury.

Herve Touati, chief executive of E.On Connecting Energies which is making the acquisition on behalf of its parent, observed that in addition to expanding its presence in the energy efficiency market, the acquisition bolsters its existing portfolio of services.

He went on to say: “We see tremendous opportunities from the combination of Matrix’s deep data-led building energy expertise with our capital-led energy efficiency and on-site generation capabilities. This will allow us to provide our customers in the UK and continental Europe much greater control of their energy cost.”

In May last year there were media reports that Matrix investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) was looking at selling its stake in the company valued somewhere between GBP 60.00 million and GBP 80.00 million. At the time, the Bury-based business had earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of around GBP 8.00 million, according to sources.

LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, bought a stake in Matrix for GBP 10.00 million in 2010 when the firm was known as Green Sky Energy.

Germany, Düsseldorf & UK, Bury

IHS acquires PFC Energy

ihs_logo_mpInformation company IHS has acquired PFC Energy, a global consulting firm specialising in the oil and gas industry. Its clients are oil and gas operators, national oil companies, service companies, investors, governments and other stakeholders. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PFC Energy was founded in 1984 and focuses exclusively on the energy sector, covering all phases of the energy value chain, and the pfc energyassets and activities of key countries and companies. It has 130 professional staff and is based in Washington, D.C. and also maintains offices in Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Paris, Beijing and Singapore.

“The acquisition of PFC Energy brings energy information and research depth and strengthens our presence in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East,” said Scott Key, IHS president and chief executive officer. “For more than 25 years, PFC Energy has built a solid reputation as an integrated information, research and advisory firm covering the oil and gas value chain. This gives us the opportunity to expand the IHS presence in high-growth markets, and to leverage the skills and expertise of regionally located research colleagues who will support the growth of critical IHS energy solutions.”

USA, Englewood, CO & Washington, DC

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Ameresco acquires UK energy management business ESP

amerescoAmeresco, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company based in Framingham, MA, has acquired ESP, an energy management consulting company consisting of The Energy Services Partnership and ESP Response, located in Castleford, UK. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2009, ESP is a  provider of  energy management solutions, including energy supply, invoice management and demand response services for commercial, industrial, manufacturing and utility customers.

“ESP is an exciting addition to the Ameresco family and will expand our enterprise energy management services to help support our multi-national customers that have additional requirements in the United Kingdom,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ameresco. “With this acquisition, we add local expertise to our EEM team and extend Ameresco’s energy supply and information services for our commercial, industrial and manufacturing customers with offices and requirements outside of North America. We look forward to working with the talented ESP team to further develop and cultivate growth opportunities serving not only Ameresco’s multi-national customers’ needs in the United Kingdom, but also ESP’s clients with offices and facilities in North America.”

“The entire ESP team is very pleased with the opportunity to enhance our delivery of sustainable services to our customers as part of Ameresco and to provide our expertise and services to Ameresco’s EEM customers in the United Kingdom,” said Derek Dixon, Chief Executive, ESP. “This acquisition also provides a great opportunity for our customers to benefit from the additional services and resources offered by Ameresco, a leading provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy services.”

Framingham, MA & UK, Castleford, West Yorkshire

Ameresco’s acquisition history

  • In July 2012, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Ameresco Canada Inc. acquired FAME, a privately held company offering infrastructure asset management solutions serving both public and private sector customers primarily in western Canada. The Company made a cash payment of $4,486,950 to acquire all of the outstanding stock of FAME.
  • In December 2011, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary AIS acquired the xChange Point and energy projects businesses, including automated demand response, from EPS. The Company made an initial cash payment of $4,497,141 to acquire these assets. The purchase price is subject to post-closing adjustments for pro-ration of certain revenue and expense items and for certain indemnity obligations of EPS.
  • In August 2011, the Company acquired Ameresco Southwest (then known as APS Energy Services, Inc.) from Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. The Company made a cash payment of $50,057,113 to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Ameresco Southwest.
  • In July 2011, the Company acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of AEG for an initial cash payment of $11,993,236. The former stockholders of AEG, all of whom are now employees of the Company, may be entitled to receive up to $5,000,000 in additional consideration if AEG meets certain financial performance milestones.
  • In August 2010, the Company acquired Quantum Engineering and Development Inc. (“Quantum”) for an initial cash payment of $6,150,000. During April 2011, the Company made an additional payment of $1,956,366 in accordance with certain provisions of the stock purchase agreement with the former shareholders of Quantum.

Utilitywise plc to acquire Energy Information Centre Limited for £15.5 million

utilitywiseUtilitywise plc, a utility cost management consultancy, is to acquire  Energy Information Centre Limited (“EIC”) for a total equity consideration of £15.5 million. Plus they will clear EIC’s mortgage debt.

To fund the transaction, Utilitywise are placing new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each by finnCap Limited to raise £5 million and a secondary placing of existing Ordinary Shares by finnCap Limited on behalf of certain directors and Hub Capital Partners to raise £17.2 million at a price of 100 pence .

In 2007,on behalf of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Fusion Corporate Partners sold EIC to Broadfern Partners. Then in 2009 Broadfern rebranded as EIC.

Transaction highlights:

Total equity consideration of £15.5 million, to be satisfied by:eic

  • £10.5 million in cash
  • £5 million in new Utilitywise shares
  • In addition, Utilitywise will repay EIC’s existing mortgage debt of £1.94 million
  • Placing of £5 million in new Utilitywise shares to part fund cash consideration. Placing at 100p per share, representing a discount of 6.5% to the closing mid price as at 12 June 2013
  • The consideration represents historic EV/EBITDA* multiple of 6.7x

Geoff Thompson, CEO of Utilitywise, commented: “The acquisition of EIC creates an energy procurement and consultancy firm of real scale and adds further products and expertise to our already impressive portfolio. EIC’s strength lies predominantly in the larger, Industrial & Commercial segment of the market, an area which we had identified as a strategic area of growth, which combined with our market leading position in the SME segment gives us a strong foothold across the market and an excellent platform for growth. Utilising our outstanding proprietary IT and business analysis systems and our combined product range, we believe that we can identify and target a much greater portion of the I&C market, maximise the strength of the EIC brand and, thereby, the return on this investment for our shareholders.

“Since Utilitywise listed on AiM we have carefully added strategic, complementary offerings to our business through the acquisitions of Clouds (energy management) and Aqua Veritas (water consultancy). With the addition of EIC we now have an extremely compelling portfolio of products and services to meet the diverse energy needs of clients of all sizes and the expertise to deliver them. I would like to thank shareholders for their continued support as we continue to look to the future with great confidence.”

A circular will be sent today to shareholders giving notice of a general meeting of Utilitywise to be held on 2 July 2013 at 9.00 a.m. at the offices of finnCap Limited, 60 New Broad Street, London EC2M 1JJ. A copy of the circular can be found on the Company’s website http://www.utilitywise.com.

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Smart Metering Systems plc – results for the year ended 31 December 2012

Smart Metering Systems plc, a metering services company has announced final results for the 12 months to 31 December 2012.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased by 32% to £21.0m (2011: £16.0m)
  • Recurring meter rental increased by 40% to £9.3m (2011: £6.6m) representing 44% of total revenue
  • Gross profit increased by 50% to £13.3m (2011: £8.9m)
  • Gross profit margin increased by 8% to 63%
  • Adjusted EBITDA* increased by 59% to £9.0m (2011: £5.7m)
  • EBITDA margin increased by 7% to 43%
  • Basic earnings per share increased by 77% to 5.18p (2011:2.93p)
  • Final dividend of 1.15p per ordinary share making 1.65p for the full year
  • New banking club arrangement announced on 2 August 2012 for £45.0m with Barclays Bank PLC (lead bank), Clydesdale Bank PLC and Lloyds Bank PLC, replacing all existing facilities
  • Available cash resources of £31.1m at 31 December 2012

(*Excluding exceptional items and fair value adjustments).

Operational Highlights

  • Total meter portfolio increased by 34% to 341,000 (2011: 254,000) of which 95% are domestic, with substantial growth since half year (H1 2012: 283,275) and currently over 365,000
  • Increase of 74% in capital investment in meter assets to £16.0m (2011: £9.2m) an increase in average monthly run rate of meter installations to £1.3m investment in 2012 (2011: £0.76m)
  • Increase in annualised recurring meter rental revenue as at 31 December 2012 of 42% to £10.8m (2011: £7.6m) and at 28 February 2013 £11.5m.
  • Increase of 26% in Asset installation revenue to £11.8m (2011: £9.4m) of which Gas Connection business increased turnover by 10% to £6.5m (2011: £5.9m)

Alan Foy, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “In our second year since our AiM admission we have delivered another strong set of results against our strategy of ongoing accumulation of meter assets and the introduction of our smart meter technology ADM™. Our second half performance in particular has been very pleasing building on contracts won in 2011 and 2012. We continue to strengthen our team and our financial resources and look to 2013 for another successful year.”

More information here.

UK, Scotland, Glasgow

Inspired Energy plc trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2012

inspiredenergyInspired Energy plc trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2012

Inspired Energy, an energy procurement consultant to UK corporates, has provided a trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2012.

Revenues for the full year are expected to be marginally ahead of market expectations whilst profit before tax, excluding deal costs and amortisation of intangible assets associated with the acquisition of Direct Energy Purchasing Limited (“DEP”), is anticipated to be broadly in line with forecasts.  Net Debt is expected to be approximately £1.8 million.

Trading remains strong with the contracted order book of Inspired Energy Solutions Limited rising to £6.3 million as at 31 December 2012 (31 December 2011: £4.3 million).  DEP’s order book has also grown substantially in the period since its acquisition to £2.6 million (31 December 2011: £1.7 million), taking the Group’s aggregate current, contracted, order book to £8.9 million as at 31 December 2012.

Janet Thornton, Managing Director of Inspired Energy, commented: “We have a strong contracted order book and the Board is confident of the Group’s outlook. We look forward to continued organic growth in the year ahead, alongside the pursuit of further earnings enhancing acquisitions.”

Inspired Energy expects to announce its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2012 on 21 March 2013.

UK, Kirkham, Lancashire

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Utilitywise – maiden report

Utilitywise, a company that specialises in energy procurement and energy management services for businesses, has announced its first annual report since launching as a new company on AIM in June this year.

Financial highlights

  • Proforma revenue increased by 25% to £14.6 million (2011: £11.7 million)
  • Proforma EBITDA increased by 25% to £4.7 million (2011: £3.7 million)
  • Proforma PBT increased by 23% to £4.3 million (2011: £3.5 million)
  • Proforma EPS increased by 39% to 6.4p (2011: 4.6p)
  • Net cash at the year end of £8.2 million (2011: £0.2 million)
  • Maiden dividend of 1p proposed–ahead of schedule

Corporate highlights

  • Acquisition of EcoMonitoringUtility Systems Limited in January 2012
  • Acquisition of Clouds EnvironmentalConsultancy Limited (post reporting period)
  • Listing on AIM on 12 June 2012 raising £6.9million (before expenses)
  • New contracted meters grew to 20,013 at 31 July 2012 from 15,006 at 31 July 2011
  • Energy consultancy headcount increased to 188 at 31 July 2012 from 131 at 31 July 2011

Read the full report here.

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Energy Assets Group acquires Gazprom Global Energy Solutions

Energy Assets, a large independent provider of gas metering services to the UK Industrial and Commercial market, is to acquire Gazprom Global Energy Solutions Limited (GGES) for an enterprise value of £13.5m. GGES is a wholly owned subsidiary Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd. The deal comprises of an initial cash consideration of £6.0m, potential cash earn-out payment of £3.0m (payable dependent upon the level of data logger installations carried out by Energy Assets) and existing GGES debt of £4.5m that is to be refinanced upon acquisition.

Based in Manchester, GGES is part of the Gazprom group, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and provides fully integrated Metering, Automated Meter Reading (“AMR”) and Siteworks services to gas suppliers and blue-chip clients across the I&C sector. GGES manages a portfolio of approximately c.27,000 data points across gas, water and electricity sectors. When combined with Energy Assets’ existing portfolio of c.21,000 data loggers.

Completion of the GGES acquisition will significantly enhance each of the Energy Assets business divisions, providing additional scale and expertise to the Group whilst formalising the metering and technical services’ relationship built with Gazprom Energy over time. The acquisition brings with it GGES’s AMR technology for both gas and water applications, low power radio data collection technology and a range of products and IP. Gazprom will retain the rights to use the IP in the AMR technology in Russia, Germany and the FSU countries.

The acquisition of GGES also includes a Meter Asset Management (MAM) agreement that will see Energy Assets appointed as the primary Meter Asset Manager for Gazprom Energy’s UK portfolio. The deal also provides Energy Assets with an exclusivity period during which it will install new metering assets and undertake meter exchanges across Gazprom Energy’s existing and new UK portfolio as it seeks delivery of its advanced metering strategy in line with the Department of Environment and Climate Change proposals and its customers’ energy management needs.

Energy Assets currently manages a portfolio of c.53,000 meters in the I&C sector, and as such, completion of this metering programme has the potential to more than double the current Energy Assets portfolio.

In addition to the metering agreement, the acquisition provides for Gazprom Energy and Energy Assets to work in partnership to provide both AMR and Siteworks through a separate, exclusive, AMR and Siteworks agreement.

Transaction consideration will be funded from the £11.7m of net proceeds raised from the Group’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange in March this year, in line with the stated IPO strategy of pursuing attractive opportunities such as this large-scale meter installation programme.

For the year to 31 December 2011, GGES generated revenues of £5.1m and profit before tax of £0.2m, which is reported after the deduction of intra-group charges. The directors believe that combining the resources of both businesses will further enhance earnings expectations for financial year 2013/14 onwards.

At that date GGES had gross assets of £6.5m.

Phil Bellamy-Lee, Chief Executive of Energy Assets, said, “I am delighted to announce the acquisition of Gazprom Global Energy Solutions from Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd, one of the fastest growing energy companies in Europe. This transaction provides Energy Assets with a fantastic opportunity to continue the development of the long standing relationship between the two companies and is a significant step in the delivery of Energy Assets’ strategy to increase meter asset management and ownership as set out at the time of the IPO.

UK, Scotland, Livingston