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Proposed Acquisition of SIMEC Green Highland Renewables

23 November 2018

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited

(“Atlantis” or the “Company”)

Proposed Acquisition of SIMEC Green Highland Renewables


Transaction Highlights

  • Atlantis has conditionally agreed to acquire SIMEC Green Highland Renewables (“SIMEC GHR”) at an agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million from the SIMEC group, part of the GFG Alliance.
  • Agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million which reflects that SIMEC GHR will be acquired with up to £95 million of long-term project financing already in place on terms satisfactory to Atlantis. In addition, GHR will benefit from a c.£24 million capex facility to fund all planned future capex needs as well as a c. £2 million revolving credit facility.
  • Taking into account the long-term project financing of up to £95 million, it is expected that at Completion of the Acquisition a maximum amount of £29.7 million will be paid for SIMEC GHR comprising: (i) a cash amount of £14.85 million for the shares of SIMEC GHR and the partial repayment of existing SIMEC GHR debt; and (ii) in the event that such repayment is to be funded by an equity fundraising, Atlantis will issue such number of Ordinary Shares so that the SIMEC group will, following Completion of the Acquisition, continue to own approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital (such equity value not to exceed £14.85 million), thus resulting in an agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million.
  • SIMEC GHR has developed a portfolio of operational, cash generating, hydro-electric assets benefitting from long-term renewable energy support. The portfolio has a total operational capacity of c.20MW, producing c.87GWh p.a. All projects within the portfolio benefit from 20 year fixed price feed-in-tariff (“FiT”) payments from commercial operations date (“COD”) which are indexed annually to the Retail Price Index.
  • In addition, there is one project under construction and one project in development (which will, together, increase capacity by c.8MW).
  • On Completion, the Acquisition is expected to be both immediately earnings and cash flow accretive to Atlantis with strong revenue growth expected between 2019 and 2021.
  • Completion of the Acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions precedent, including the completion by Atlantis of its due diligence on SIMEC GHR. The Board expects the Acquisition to complete in Q1 2019.

Atlantis is pleased to announce today that it has reached agreement to conditionally acquire SIMEC GHR. The Acquisition represents a further step towards the transformation of Atlantis into a diversified energy company of scale owning a broad spectrum of sustainable energy assets.

SIMEC GHR has developed an attractive portfolio of operational, cash generating, hydro-electric assets benefitting from long-term renewable energy support. The portfolio consists of 11 operational projects encompassing 15 schemes with a combined capacity of c.20MW (attributable to both SIMEC GHR and third party interests), one project under construction of c.2MW and one project at the development stage (comprising three schemes) of c.5.9MW. Of the total capacity, including the assets under construction and development, SIMEC GHR has an interest in c.24.9MW of capacity, with the balance being attributable to third party interests under joint ventures in relation to three projects.

The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd (the “Buyer”) has signed a conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement to effect the Acquisition and pursuant to which it has conditionally agreed to acquire SIMEC GHR by way of the purchase of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC GHR Acquisitions MidCo Limited. The counterparty to the Sale and Purchase Agreement from which the Buyer is proposing to acquire SIMEC GHR is SIMEC GHR Acquisitions TopCo Limited (the “Seller”), a member of the GFG Alliance and an associate of the Company’s largest Shareholder, SIMEC UK Energy Holdings Limited (“SIMEC”). The Acquisition follows the Company’s acquisition of SIMEC Uskmouth Power Limited (“SUP”) from SIMEC earlier this year and illustrates the benefits and inherent value to the Company of its access to the GFG Alliance’s pipeline of renewable power assets.

The agreed enterprise value attributed to SIMEC GHR is £124.7 million which reflects that SIMEC GHR will be acquired with up to £95 million of long-term project financing in place on terms satisfactory to Atlantis, comprising (subject to the agreement of documentation) two new term loans. GHR is also expected to benefit from a c.£24 million capex facility as well as a c.£2 million revolving credit facility, neither of which will be drawn down at Completion of the Acquisition. Taking into account the long-term project financing of up to £95 million, it is expected that the Buyer will pay £29.7 million to the Seller for SIMEC GHR comprising: (i) a cash amount of £14.85 million for the shares of SIMEC GHR and the partial repayment of existing SIMEC GHR debt; and (ii) in the event that such repayment is funded by an equity fundraising, Atlantis will issue such number of Ordinary Shares so that SIMEC will (at the Seller’s direction), following Completion of the Acquisition, continue to own approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital (such equity value not to exceed £14.85 million), thus resulting in an agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million.

The proposed Acquisition is classified as a related party transaction under the AIM Rules for Companies since it involves a transaction with a related party of the Company, the Seller which is an associate of SIMEC, a substantial shareholder of the Company (the substantial shareholder being the Company’s largest Shareholder (which, as at the date of this announcement, owns approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital)). Accordingly, the Independent Directors of Atlantis (comprising John Neill (Non-Executive Chairman), Tim Cornelius (Chief Executive Officer), Andrew Dagley (Chief Financial Officer), John Woodley (Non-Executive Director) and Ian MacDonald (Non-Executive Director)), having consulted the Company’s Nominated Adviser, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, consider that the terms of the proposed Acquisition are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company’s Shareholders are concerned.

Shareholders should be aware that, whilst a binding Share Purchase Agreement has been executed, the Acquisition is conditional and Completion of the Acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions precedent, including the completion by Atlantis of its due diligence. In addition, further transaction documentation in respect of the Acquisition is required to be agreed between the Buyer and the Seller and Completion of the Acquisition will be subject to, inter alia, the agreement and execution of those transaction documents. Accordingly, there can be no certainty that all of the terms of the transaction documents will be concluded to the satisfaction of the Buyer or the Seller, or that all of the conditions precedent will be fulfilled and that Completion will take place. If the Acquisition is not going to proceed for any reason or the Share Purchase Agreement is terminated, Atlantis will make an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service at the relevant time. The Company also intends to make further announcements in relation to the Acquisition through a Regulatory Information Service at appropriate times.

Tim Cornelius, CEO of SIMEC Atlantis Energy commented: “This proposed acquisition is one of the most exciting developments in the recent history of Atlantis. The management team at SIMEC GHR are world renowned for their mini-hydro development, construction, operations and maintenance capabilities. They have built a unique portfolio of operating assets in the UK that cannot be replicated due to recent changes in legislation. Not only will this acquisition have a positive cash flow positive impact on our group in the first year and deliver generation diversification, it validates the Atlantis relationship with our strategic shareholder, SIMEC, and it gives us access to one of the most accomplished and respected hydro development teams in the UK. Our combined goal is to now support the SIMEC GHR management to continue to replicate this success in other jurisdictions worldwide where we believe we can deliver superior risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. This is yet another material step towards establishing Atlantis as a leading independent power generator in the UK.”

Stephen Hutt, Managing Director of SIMEC Green Highland Renewables commented: “We are delighted that Atlantis has made the decision to acquire SIMEC GHR and we look forward to working with management to build on our previous success and to diversify our development pipeline into new geographical locations. The team at Atlantis has a long history of working on greenfield development projects in Scotland and we look forward to exploiting the many synergies that exist between our development and O&M teams and the wider Atlantis portfolio of projects. This is an exciting day for our team and we are delighted to be playing an important part in the Atlantis growth story.”

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Notes to Editors

SIMEC Atlantis Energy

Atlantis is the global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects with a diverse portfolio of more than 1,000MW in various stages of development. This includes a 77% stake in the world’s largest tidal stream power project, MeyGen, and the conversion of the 220MW Uskmouth Power Station.

In 2017 Atlantis entered into a strategic partnership with SIMEC, a member of the GFG Alliance, to convert the Uskmouth Power Station to use an end-of-waste energy pellet as fuel. The plant is expected to enter commercial operations in 2020 and will sell its power to GFG Alliance companies under two 20-year power purchase agreements. A successful conversion will tackle the pressing issue of non-recyclable waste in the UK and will form the blue-print for other large-scale conversion projects across the globe.

This Acquisition follows the Company’s entry into a strategic partnership with SIMEC and is a further step towards the transformation of Atlantis into a diversified energy company of scale, owning development and generating assets across the sustainable energy spectrum in Europe, Asia and Australia, complementing our existing UK pipeline.

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  1. INTRODUCTION

Atlantis is pleased to announce today that it has reached agreement to conditionally acquire SIMEC GHR. SIMEC GHR has developed an attractive portfolio of operational, cash generating, hydro-electric assets benefitting from long-term renewable energy support. The Acquisition represents a further step towards the transformation of Atlantis into a diversified energy company of scale owning a broad spectrum of sustainable energy assets.

The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd as the Buyer, has signed a conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement to effect the Acquisition and pursuant to which it has conditionally agreed to acquire SIMEC GHR by way of the purchase of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC GHR Acquisitions MidCo Limited. The counterparty to the Sale and Purchase Agreement from which the Buyer is proposing to acquire SIMEC GHR is SIMEC GHR Acquisitions TopCo Limited as the Seller, a member of the GFG Alliance and an associate of the Company’s largest Shareholder, SIMEC.

Further details of the Sale and Purchase Agreement is set out below under the heading “Principal Terms of the Acquisition and Documentation” in this announcement.

The agreed enterprise value attributed to SIMEC GHR is £124.7 million which reflects that SIMEC GHR will be acquired with up to £95 million of long-term project financing in place on terms satisfactory to Atlantis, comprising (subject to the agreement of documentation) two new term loans. GHR is also expected to benefit from a £24 million capex facility as well as a £2 million revolving credit facility, neither of which will be drawn down at Completion. Taking into account the long-term project financing of up to £95 million, it is expected that the Buyer will pay £29.7 million to the Seller for SIMEC GHR comprising: (i) a cash amount of £14.85 million for the shares of SIMEC GHR and the partial repayment of existing SIMEC GHR debt; and (ii) in the event that such repayment is funded by an equity fundraising, Atlantis will issue such number of Ordinary Shares so that SIMEC will (at the Seller’s direction), following Completion of the Acquisition, continue to own approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital (such equity value not to exceed £14.85 million), thus resulting in an agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million.

Shareholders should be aware that, whilst a binding Share Purchase Agreement has been executed, the Acquisition is conditional and Completion of the Acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions precedent, including the completion by Atlantis of its due diligence. Further details of these conditions precedent are set out below under the heading “Principal Terms of the Acquisition and Documentation” in this announcement. In addition, further transaction documentation in respect of the Acquisition is required to be agreed between the Buyer and the Seller and Completion of the Acquisition will be subject to, inter alia, the agreement and execution of those transaction documents. Accordingly, there can be no certainty that all of the terms of the transaction documents will be concluded to the satisfaction of the Buyer or the Seller, or that all of the conditions precedent will be fulfilled and that Completion will take place. If the Acquisition is not going to proceed for any reason or the Share Purchase Agreement is terminated, Atlantis will make an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service at the relevant time.

The proposed Acquisition is classified as a related party transaction under the AIM Rules for Companies since it involves a transaction with a related party of the Company, the Seller which is an associate of SIMEC, a substantial shareholder of the Company (the substantial shareholder being the Company’s largest Shareholder (which, as at the date of this announcement, owns approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital)). Accordingly, the Independent Directors of Atlantis (comprising John Neill (Non-Executive Chairman), Tim Cornelius (Chief Executive Officer), Andrew Dagley (Chief Financial Officer), John Woodley (Non-Executive Director) and Ian MacDonald (Non-Executive Director)), having consulted the Company’s Nominated Adviser, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, consider that the terms of the proposed Acquisition are fair and reasonable insofar as the Company’s Shareholders are concerned.

The Acquisition, as a related party transaction of the Company, is not subject to the approval of the Company’s Shareholders and, as at the date of this announcement, Shareholder approval in respect of the Acquisition is not considered to be required. If as a result of the Company deciding to carry out an equity fundraising (or otherwise) Shareholder approval is subsequently determined as being required for the Acquisition, the Company will make a further announcement through a Regulatory Information Service at the relevant time. The Company also intends to make further announcements in relation to the Acquisition through a Regulatory Information Service at appropriate times.

  1. BACKGROUND TO AND REASONS FOR THE ACQUISITION

In June 2018, Atlantis completed the acquisition of SUP from SIMEC which was intended to be the first of a number of acquisitions to transform the Company into a diversified energy company of scale. In connection with the acquisition of SUP, the Company entered into a Relationship Agreement with SIMEC which, amongst other things, provided Atlantis with investment rights through a right of first offer to a pipeline of renewable power assets owned or subsequently acquired by the GFG Alliance of which both the Seller and SIMEC are members.

The Acquisition of SIMEC GHR would be the first acquisition by Atlantis which illustrates the benefits and inherent value to the Company of its access to the GFG Alliance’s pipeline of renewable power assets as was envisaged by the Relationship Agreement. Specifically in the case of the Acquisition of SIMEC GHR, the Company’s access to that pipeline of assets has facilitated the opportunity to acquire an attractive portfolio of operational, cash generating, hydro-electric assets benefitting from long-term renewable energy support.

The portfolio consists of 11 operational projects encompassing 15 schemes with a combined capacity of c.20MW (attributable to both SIMEC GHR and third party interests), one project under construction of c.2MW and one project at the development stage of c.5.9MW. Of the total capacity, including the assets under construction and development, SIMEC GHR has an interest in c.24.9MW of capacity, with the balance being attributable to third party interests under joint ventures in relation to three projects. All projects receive fixed RPI-linked FiT payments for generation for a period of 20 years from commissioning and, in addition, receive revenues for the export of the generated electricity. Hydropower assets of this type typically achieve a premium to the average baseload wholesale electricity prices primarily because generation from hydropower assets is highest in cold and wet conditions when electricity demand is higher. The Company is proposing to acquire the portfolio through its wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd as the Buyer, by way of the purchase of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC GHR Acquisitions MidCo Limited from the Seller, which as stated above is a member of the GFG Alliance and an associate of the Company’s largest Shareholder, SIMEC.

The Board of Atlantis believes that, if completed, the Acquisition of SIMEC GHR will be an important milestone in the development of the Company and provides it with the following key benefits:

  • Immediate operating earnings and cash flow: SIMEC GHR is expected to provide an immediate contribution to the Company of earnings and cash flow generated by a sizeable operational hydro-electric portfolio of assets;
  • Earnings accretion: on Completion, the Acquisition is expected to be immediately earnings accretive to the Company;
  • Visible minimum contracted cash flows: SIMEC GHR provides long-term visibility on earnings and cash flow generation, with both being underpinned by attractive RPI-linked FiT payments for 20 years from the commissioning of each project;
  • Upside from wholesale power prices: SIMEC GHR has historically benefited from upside linked to wholesale electricity prices whilst also being protected by FiT payments which ensure a minimum level of contracted earnings and cash flow;
  • Efficient project capital structure: SIMEC GHR is proposed to be acquired with long-term project financing of up to £95 million in place, comprising (subject to the agreement of documentation) two new term loans. GHR is also expected to benefit from a £24 million capex facility as well as a £2 million revolving credit facility, neither of which will be drawn down at Completion;
  • Experienced management: the Acquisition will allow the Company to supplement its existing management expertise with the addition of SIMEC GHR’s highly regarded and experienced management team;
  • In-house expertise: the Acquisition will enhance the existing skill base within the Company. The Directors believe that SIMEC GHR is a best-in-class operator of hydro-electric plants in the United Kingdom which allows it to generate ancillary income through the provision of operations and maintenance services to 30 third party sites, and is also a leading developer of hydroelectric schemes in the United Kingdom with its in-house team having successfully consented 60 projects since its formation in 2007;
  • Platform for further growth: establishment of a leading hydro-electric platform of scale providing opportunities for the Company to pursue both organic growth and complementary bolt-on acquisitions; and
  • Value of access to the GFG Alliance’s pipeline of renewable power assets and the support of SIMEC: the Acquisition illustrates the benefits and inherent value to the Company of its access to the GFG Alliance’s pipeline of renewable power assets as was envisaged by the Relationship Agreement. It also demonstrates the commitment of SIMEC as the Company’s largest Shareholder to supporting Atlantis in its aim of establishing itself as a diversified energy company of scale.

The Board of Atlantis believes that the Acquisition of SIMEC GHR is fully aligned with the Company’s strategy. It accelerates the development of Atlantis and its aim to become a diversified energy company of scale and, in the process, provides a clear demonstration of the continued support that it receives from SIMEC as its largest Shareholder.

  1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON SIMEC GHR

SIMEC GHR is the largest independent hydro developer in the United Kingdom. It has developed and operates a portfolio of hydro-electric generation assets with a total capacity of c.27.9MW. SIMEC GHR also provides asset management and operations and maintenance services to its own projects, its joint venture projects and hydro-electric projects owned by third parties.

Overview of the portfolio

The portfolio consists of 11 operating projects encompassing 15 schemes with a combined capacity of c.20MW (attributable to both SIMEC GHR and third party interests), one asset under construction of c.2MW and one asset at the development stage (comprising three schemes) of c.5.9MW. Of the total capacity, including the assets under construction and development, SIMEC GHR has an interest in c.24.9MW of capacity, with the balance being attributable to third party interests under joint ventures in relation to three projects. In addition, SIMEC GHR has an option to acquire the remaining 50.25 per cent. stake in the 1.5MW Allt Garbh project that it does not already own with such option being exercisable from 2 February 2019 until 1 October 2019. Exercise of this option would increase the combined net capacity of the portfolio attributable to SIMEC GHR’s interest in the portfolio to 25.7MW.

The P50 weighted average load factor of the SIMEC GHR operating assets is c.50 per cent., based on gross annual electricity generation of c.87GWh, which consists of c.10GWh of P50 generation attributable to third party interests under joint venture projects, and net annual electricity generation attributable to SIMEC GHR’s interest in the portfolio of c.77GWh. Once the two projects under construction or development are also operational, and assuming the remaining 50.25 per cent. stake in the Allt Garbh joint venture project which SIMEC GHR does not already own is acquired, the P50 weighted average load factor for the SIMEC GHR operating assets reduces to c.47 per cent., based on gross annual electricity generation of c.114GWh, which consists of c.8GWh of P50 generation attributable to third party interests under joint venture projects, and net annual electricity generation attributable to SIMEC GHR’s interest in the portfolio of c.106GWh.

An overview of the portfolio is set out in Table 1 below. The assets are all located in the Scottish Highlands, in the Perth and Kinross council regions.

Table 1

Asset Commissioning year Gross capacity (MW) SIMEC GHR ownership (%) Capacity net to SIMEC GHR (MW) Gross P50 generation (MWh) Average load factor

(%)

FiT (2018 p/kWh)
Generation tariff Export tariff
   
Operating
Keltneyburn 2010 2.0(1) 100.0% 2.0 8,193(1) 47% 14.07 5.24
Roroyere 2011 0.8 100.0% 0.8 1,922 28% 14.07 5.24
Achnacarry 2015 0.7

0.5

1.2

49.7% 0.4

0.2

0.6

2,198

2,286

5,391

34%

52%

50%

14.07

18.00

14.07

5.24

5.24

5.24

Ceannacroc 2016
2016
0.5

1.3

100.0% 0.5

1.3

1,881

4,350

43%

40%

15.39

12.02

5.24

5.24

Allt Mullardoch 2016 0.5 100.0% 0.5 1,743 40% 15.39 5.24
Allt Garbh 2017 1.5 49.8% 0.7 4,608 35% 10.69 5.24
Loch Eilde Mor #1 2017 2.0 100.0% 2.0 17,222 98% 10.69 5.24
Loch Eilde Mor #2 2018 3.0 100.0% 3.0 16,591 63%
Shenval 2017 0.5 100.0% 0.5 1,963 45% 13.68 5.24
Gleann Nam Fiadh 2017 2.0 100.0% 2.0 7,474 43% 10.69 5.24
Coulags 2017 1.5 100.0% 1.5 4,969 39% 10.69 5.24
Coiltie 2017 2.0 50.0% 1.0 6,009 34% 10.69 5.24
Total operating(2)   20.0   17.0 86,800 50%    
Under construction
Nathrach 2019e 2.0 100.0% 2.0 6,929 40% 6.48 5.24
In development
Glen Kinglass 2020e 5.9 100.0% 5.9 20,160 39% 5.24
Total   27.9   24.9 113,889 47%
           


(1) Includes impact of remedial work to allow scheme to operate at 2MW (currently 1.8MW) and with 300 MWh

(2) Totals may not equal the sum of the above values due to rounding

Portfolio development

Two of the SIMEC GHR assets (Roroyere and Keltneyburn) were purchased by SIMEC GHR once operational. Development and construction of all of the other assets was managed by SIMEC GHR’s in-house development and construction management teams. The development team at SIMEC GHR has the in-house capability to take a project from initial feasibility through environmental appraisal, securing licences and financial modelling to final design, working closely with local communities and other stakeholders throughout the process. SIMEC GHR typically enters into fixed price contracts with third-party civil engineering contractors to build each project. SIMEC GHR has long-term and established relationships with a number of leading civil engineering and electrical contractors. The portfolio employs technology from four established turbine manufacturers: Kössler, Gilkes, Newmills and Canyon.

Each project comprises a water intake system, a pressure pipeline, a powerhouse with a turbine, generator and control equipment, a tailrace and an outfall pipe (to return water from the turbine to the watercourse), electrical and metering systems, access tracks and monitoring and communication systems.

The Company intends to continue to develop and construct the Nathrach and Glen Kinglass assets which are expected to be commissioned in Q2 2019 and Q4 2020 respectively, and to be connected to the grid for commercial operations in Q3 2019 and Q4 2021 respectively.

Offtake arrangements

The 11 operational SIMEC GHR projects are made up of 15 schemes, of which 14 are accredited under the UK Government’s FiT subsidy regime which provides 20 years of subsidy support for each project and an RPI linked minimum power price. Under the FiT regime, accredited assets receive an individual, RPI-linked generation tariff for all electricity produced. The projects are also eligible to receive a 5.24p/kWh (real, 2018) RPI-linked export tariff for all electricity exported to the grid. The projects can, on an annual basis, elect either to receive the export tariff or to sell their electricity independently via a power purchase agreement and receive the prevailing wholesale power price, if higher. This means that the export tariff effectively provides a guaranteed minimum “floor” price to each project. All operating projects are currently selling power to the grid under fixed-price power purchase agreements. The Nathrach scheme, which is currently in construction, is pre-accredited for the FiT and the same pre-accreditation will be sought for the Glen Kinglass scheme once the necessary conditions, including award of planning permission, have been met.

The portfolio currently consists of 11 operational projects and has limited exposure to any single asset or location. Mainly due to the historical correlation between electricity generation across the portfolio and periods of high electricity demand in the United Kingdom (e.g. during periods of wetter and colder weather), the portfolio has in the past sold power at a premium of c.15 per cent. to the UK baseload power price.

Operations and maintenance capabilities

SIMEC GHR has an established operational team which undertakes all operations and maintenance activities across the portfolio, including scheduled maintenance, site maintenance, responding to faults, corrective maintenance, monitoring and reporting. The scope of the services is generally common to all schemes and includes routine inspections of various components, removing debris from the intake, greasing and maintenance works, abstraction monitoring and environmental reporting.

SIMEC GHR also provides asset management and operations and maintenance services to third-party projects. SIMEC GHR currently has contracts with 30 third-party sites representing 21MW of capacity. These contracts contributed revenue of c.£0.8 million in 2017. Given the potential for the operations and maintenance business to realise operating efficiencies by servicing more densely located projects, SIMEC GHR management sees the addition of further contracts as an attractive growth opportunity for SIMEC GHR. SIMEC GHR management is in active discussions with third-parties and is currently targeting the addition of a further 15 to 20 schemes over the medium term.

Further information about SIMEC GHR

SIMEC GHR is a Scottish company with its head office in Perth and an operations and management office in Dingwall. It has been developing hydro-electric schemes since 2007, from initial concept through to consent, construction, commissioning and generation. SIMEC GHR employs 21 people who provide in-house capabilities across planning, development, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as operations and maintenance. Since 2007, SIMEC GHR has consented 60 projects with total capacity of c.37MW.

  1. FINANCIAL INFORMATION ON SIMEC GHR

Set out below is a summary of the consolidated financial results for the SIMEC GHR group including the nine months to 30 June 2018 and the two preceding financial years ended 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2016, respectively. The accounts for SIMEC GHR are prepared under UK GAAP. As SIMEC GHR has not historically prepared consolidated accounts, the 2017 and 2016 figures below are provided for the Seller, whose only investment is in SIMEC GHR.

9 months ended 30 June Year ended 30 September
2018 2017 2016
SIMEC GHR Seller Seller
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
£’000 £’000 £’000
Revenue 6,609 5,744 4,821
Cost of sales (2,985) (2,338) (1,961)
 
Gross profit 3,623 3,406 2,860
 
Administrative expenses (958) (2,551) (4,478)
Exceptional administrative expenses (707) (366) (357)
Other operating income 56 29 14
 
Operating profit/(loss) 2,013 518 (1,960)
 
Share of joint venture profits 19 (96) (316)
Finance costs (3,524) (6,225) (6,764)
Taxation (153) (152) (1,770)
 
Net profit/(loss) for the period (1,645) (5,955) (10,811)
 
Total assets 51,615 53,752 42,683
 
Total liabilities 80,760 77,604 53,244

 

  1. PRINCIPAL TERMS OF THE ACQUISITION AND DOCUMENTATION

Atlantis (through its wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd as the Buyer) and SIMEC GHR Acquisitions TopCo Limited as the Seller have signed a conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement to effect the Acquisition of SIMEC GHR. Details of the Sale and Purchase Agreement are set out below.

Pursuant to the Sale and Purchase Agreement, the Buyer has conditionally agreed to acquire SIMEC GHR by way of the purchase of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC GHR Acquisitions MidCo Limited from the Seller, a member of the GFG Alliance and an associate of the Company’s largest Shareholder, SIMEC.

The agreed enterprise value attributed to SIMEC GHR is £124.7 million which reflects that SIMEC GHR will be acquired with up to £95 million of long-term project financing in place on terms satisfactory to Atlantis, comprising (subject to the agreement of documentation) two new term loans. GHR is also expected to benefit from a £24 million capex facility as well as a £2 million revolving credit facility, neither of which will be drawn down at Completion. Taking into account the long-term project financing of up to £95 million, it is expected that the Buyer will pay £29.7 million to the Seller for SIMEC GHR comprising: (i) a cash amount of £14.85 million for the shares of SIMEC GHR and the partial repayment of existing SIMEC GHR debt; and (ii) in the event that such repayment is funded by an equity fundraising, Atlantis will issue such number of Ordinary Shares so that SIMEC will (at the Seller’s direction), following Completion of the Acquisition, continue to own approximately 49.99 per cent. of the Company’s issued Ordinary Share capital (such equity value not to exceed £14.85 million), thus resulting in an agreed enterprise value of £124.7 million. The Sale and Purchase Agreement also includes certain adjustment mechanisms in respect of working capital and indebtedness.

Pending Completion, the Seller has given a number of undertakings to the Buyer to the effect that the business of SIMEC GHR will be run in the ordinary course. The Seller has also given the Buyer a number of warranties and indemnities that are broadly customary for a transaction such as the Acquisition, subject to certain customary limitations of liability.  As a condition precedent (and as also further referred to below), each of the Buyer and the Seller have further agreed to negotiate with each other in good faith with a view to settling the terms of any transaction documentation required for the Acquisition.

The Sale and Purchase Agreement is conditional, inter alia, upon the fulfilment of a number of conditions precedent including, but not limited to, the following matters:

  • completion of due diligence satisfactory to Atlantis in respect of SIMEC GHR;
  • the agreement and execution of a number of transaction documents in a form satisfactory to the parties;
  • a Buyer funding condition and, if the Company decides to carry out an equity fundraising, the completion of such fundraising and admission of any new Ordinary Shares of the Company to trading on AIM; and
  • SIMEC GHR project financing of up to £95 million, comprising (subject to the agreement of documentation) two new term loans, in addition to a £24 million capex facility as well as a £2 million revolving credit facility, being in place and each of which being in a form satisfactory to Atlantis.

Completion shall take place on the date on which the last condition precedent is fulfilled.

The Sale and Purchase Agreement contains certain termination rights for each of the Parties.

SIMEC Group is also a party to the Sale and Purchase Agreement for the purpose of guaranteeing the Seller’s obligations under the agreement and certain other transaction documents.

Definitions and glossary

The following definitions apply throughout this announcement unless the context requires otherwise:

“Acquisition” the proposed acquisition by the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd as the Buyer, of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC GHR from the Seller on the terms of the Sale and Purchase Agreement
“AIM” AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange
“AIM Rules” the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers, as applicable
“AIM Rules for Companies” the rules for AIM companies published by the London Stock Exchange, as amended or re-issued from time to time
“AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers” the rules for nominated advisers to AIM companies published by the London Stock Exchange, as amended or re-issued from time to time
“Board” the board of directors of the Company as constituted from time to time
“Buyer” Atlantis Projects Pte. Ltd, a company incorporated in the Republic of Singapore with registration number 200608802H
“Cantor Fitzgerald Europe” Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, acting as nominated adviser and broker to the Company
“Company” or “Atlantis” or “SIMEC Atlantis Energy” SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited, a company incorporated in the Republic of Singapore with registration number 200517551R
“Completion” completion of the Acquisition on the terms of the Sale and Purchase Agreement
“Directors” the current directors of the Company including the Independent Directors and the SIMEC Nominated Directors
“Evercore” Evercore Partners International LLP, acting as financial adviser to the Company
“Financial Conduct Authority” or “FCA” the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom
“FSMA” the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) including any regulations made pursuant thereto
“GFG Alliance” the alliance between Parduman Gupta and Sanjeev Gupta and each of their associated companies
“SIMEC Green Highland Renewables” or “SIMEC GHR” SIMEC GHR Acquisitions MidCo Limited, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom with company number 09454127
“Group” the Company, its subsidiary undertakings from time to time and all of them and each of them as the context admits
“Independent Directors” the current directors of the Company other than the SIMEC Nominated Directors, such Independent Directors of the Company comprising John Neill (Non-Executive Chairman), Tim Cornelius (Chief Executive Officer), Andrew Dagley (Chief Financial Officer), John Woodley (Non-Executive Director) and Ian MacDonald (Non-Executive Director)
“London Stock Exchange” London Stock Exchange plc
“Ordinary Shares” the ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the Company
“Regulatory Information Service” a regulatory information service authorised by the London Stock Exchange to receive, process and disseminate information in respect of AIM quoted companies
“Relationship Agreement” the relationship agreement between the Company and SIMEC dated 21 May 2018 in respect of the Company
“Sale and Purchase Agreement” the conditional agreement between the Buyer, the Seller and SIMEC Group dated 23 November 2018 in relation to the Acquisition
“Seller” SIMEC GHR Acquisitions TopCo Limited, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom with company number 09454126
“Shareholders” holders of Ordinary Shares from time to time
“SIMEC” SIMEC UK Energy Holdings Limited, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands with company number 1801240
“SIMEC Group” SIMEC Group Limited, a company incorporated in Hong Kong with company number 1651874
“SIMEC Nominated Directors” the current directors of the Company nominated by SIMEC, such SIMEC Nominated Directors comprising Mark Elborne (Non-Executive Director and SIMEC nominee) and Jay Hambro (Non-Executive Director and SIMEC nominee)
“SUP” SIMEC Uskmouth Power Limited, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom with company number 05104786
“United Kingdom” or “UK” the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“United States”, “United States of America” or “US” the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any states of the United States of America and the District of Columbia and all other areas subject to its jurisdiction
“US Securities Act” the United States Securities Acts of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder

The following technical terms apply throughout this announcement unless the context requires otherwise:

“COD” commercial operations date
“FiT” feed in tariff
“GWh” gigawatt hour
“MW” megawatts
“MWh” megawatt hour
“P50” 50 per cent. probability of output exceeding estimate
“RPI” retail price index