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Monday 12 July, 2021

Gresham House Energy

Result of Placing and Total Voting Rights

RNS Number : 8320E
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund
12 July 2021
 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION .

 

12 July 2021

 

 

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC

(the "Company" or "GRID")  

Result of Placing and Total Voting Rights

Further to its announcement of 1 July 2021, the Directors of GRID are pleased to announce that the Company has raised gross proceeds of £100 million through the issue of 89,285,714 Ordinary Shares of 1 pence each in the capital of the Company (the "New Ordinary Shares") (the "Placing"). The Issue Price per New Ordinary Share was 112.0 pence. The Placing was significantly oversubscribed and a scaling back exercise has been undertaken.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Placing to finance the construction of the two remaining BESS Projects from the Current Pipeline totalling 150MW (Grendon and Penwortham) and 90MW from the Subsequent Pipeline (Stairfoot and Project Y).*

Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies") acted as sole global coordinator, bookrunner and financial adviser to the Company.

John Leggate CBE, Chair of Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC said:

"Strong investor demand means we can commit to further developing our pipeline thereby creating greater diversification and scale for our shareholders, while maintaining capital discipline. We are extremely grateful to our investors for their trust in GRID, and excited about the value that our installed capacity and growth strategy is expected to deliver."

 

Ben Guest, Lead Fund Manager and Head of Gresham House New Energy, commented:

 

"We're delighted to reach this milestone which unlocks further significant pipeline. This capacity allows us to accelerate our plans to roll out additional critical, flexible energy infrastructure. As always, I would like to thank our existing and significant new investors for their backing."

 

Admission of New Ordinary Shares

A total of 89,285,714 New Ordinary Shares will be issued (subject to Admission) pursuant to the Placing. Application has been made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange's main market. Admission is expected to occur and dealings in the New Ordinary Shares to commence at 8.00 a.m. (London time) on 14 July 2021.

The New Ordinary Shares, when issued, will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of Admission.

Immediately following Admission, the Company will have 437,842,078 Ordinary Shares in issue and therefore the total voting rights in the Company will be 437,842,078. This figure may be used by Shareholders 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 interests in the Company.

Capitalised terms used in this announcement shall, unless the context otherwise requires, bear the meanings given to them in the prospectus published on 10 November 2020, as supplemented by the supplementary prospectus published on 20 May 2021 and the announcement issued by the Company on 1 July 2021, all of which can be found on the Company's website at https://greshamhouse.com/real-assets/new-energy-sustainable-infrastructure/gresham-house-energy-storage-fund-plc/ .

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of EU Regulation 596/2014, as it forms part of the laws of England and Wales by virtue of the EUWA and as amended by UK legislation. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Dealing codes

 

Ticker

GRID

ISIN for the Ordinary Shares

GB00BFX3K770

SEDOL for the Ordinary Shares

BFX3K77

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)

213800MSJXKH25C23D82

 

 

 

For Further Information

 

Gresham House New Energy

Ben Guest

Rupert Robinson

 

T: +44 (0) 20 3837 6270

 

Jefferies International Limited

Stuart Klein

Gaudi Le Roux

 

 

T: +44 (0) 20 7029 8000

 

KL Communications

Charles Gorman

Will Sanderson

Millie Steyn

T: +44 (0) 20 3995 6673

E: [email protected]

 

*Note: The acquisition of BESS Projects forming part of the Current Pipeline and the Subsequent Pipeline is subject to completion of satisfactory legal, technical and financial due diligence. There can be no guarantee that the Company will invest in, or commit to, these projects.

About the Company and the Manager:

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc seeks to provide investors with an attractive and sustainable dividend over the long term by investing in a diversified portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (known as BESS) located in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, the Company seeks to provide investors with the prospect of capital growth through the re-investment of net cash generated in excess of the target dividend in accordance with the Company's investment policy.

The Company will target dividend payments of 7.0p per Ordinary Share in the financial year ending 31 December 2021 and in financial periods thereafter. The Company targets an unlevered Net Asset Value total return of 8% per annum, calculated net of the Company's costs and expenses. Once certain further asset management activities are completed and leverage is introduced to the Portfolio, the Company targets a levered Net Asset Value total return of 15% per annum, calculated net of the Company's costs and expenses**.

The current portfolio has a total capacity of 425MW. The Company is managed by Gresham House Asset Management Limited under the leadership of Ben Guest. The Company was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (Specialist Fund Segment) on 13 November 2018 (the "IPO") having raised £100 million of gross proceeds from investors. Since IPO, the Company has raised a total of approximately £458 million of gross proceeds from investors.

Gresham House Asset Management Limited is the FCA authorised operating business of Gresham House plc, a London Stock Exchange quoted specialist alternative asset manager. Gresham House is committed to operating responsibly and sustainably, taking the long view in delivering sustainable investment solutions.

www.greshamhouse.com

Definition of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS)

Utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the enabling infrastructure that will support the continued growth of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, essential to the UK's stated target to reduce carbon emissions. They store excess energy generated by renewable energy sources and then release that stored energy back into the grid during peak hours when there is increased demand.

** These are targets only and are based on current market conditions as at the date of this Announcement and are not profit forecasts. There can be no assurance that these targets will be met or that the Company will make any distributions at all. These targets should not be taken as an indication of the Company's expected or actual current or future results. The Company's actual return will depend upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the amount raised pursuant to the Placing, the Company's net income and the Company's ongoing charges figure. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on these targets in deciding whether to invest in Ordinary Shares or assume that the Company will make any distributions at all. Potential investors should decide for themselves whether or not the return is reasonable or achievable in deciding whether to invest in the Company.

DISCLAIMERS

This announcement has been prepared for information purposes only. It is issued and is the sole responsibility of the Company.

 

This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy New Shares in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, or any Member State of the European Economic Area, or any of their respective territories or possessions, or in any other jurisdiction where such offer or sale would be unlawful. No action has been taken by the Company or Jefferies that would permit an offering of any shares in the capital of the Company or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and Jefferies to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

 

This communication is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America. This communication is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold, resold, transferred or delivered directly or indirectly in the United States, or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. Persons, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States.

 

The Company has not been and will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "Investment Company Act") and, as such, holders of the Ordinary Shares will not be entitled to the benefits of the Investment Company Act. No offer, sale, resale, pledge, delivery, distribution or transfer of the Ordinary Shares may be made except under circumstances that will not result in the Company being required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. 

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This announcement may not be used in making any investment decision in isolation. This announcement on its own does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision and investors should ensure that they obtain all available relevant information before making any investment. This announcement does not constitute or form part of and may not be construed as an offer to sell, or an invitation to purchase or otherwise acquire, investments of any description, nor as a recommendation regarding the possible offering or the provision of investment advice by any party. No information in this announcement should be construed as providing financial, investment or other professional advice and each prospective investor should consult its own legal, business, tax and other advisers in evaluating the investment opportunity. No reliance may be placed for any purposes whatsoever on this announcement or its completeness.

 

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Potential investors should be aware that any investment in Company is speculative, involves a high degree of risk, and could result in the loss of all or substantially all of their investment. Results can be positively or negatively affected by market conditions beyond the control of the Company or any other person. Any data on past performance contained herein is no indication as to future performance and there can be no assurance that any targeted or projected returns will be achieved or that the Company will be able to implement its investment strategy or achieve its investment objectives. Any target returns published by the Company are targets only. There is no guarantee that any such returns can be achieved or can be continued if achieved, nor that the Company will make any distributions whatsoever. There may be other additional risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause the returns generated by the Company to be materially lower than the target returns of the Company.

 

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Jefferies International Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting only for the Company in connection with the matters described in this announcement and is not acting for or advising any other person, or treating any other person as its client, in relation thereto and will not be responsible for providing the regulatory protection afforded to clients of Jefferies or advice to any other person in relation to the matters contained herein. Neither Jefferies nor any of its directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for this announcement, its contents or otherwise in connection with it or any other information relating to the Company, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic format.

 

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