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NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited
09 September 2016
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT, IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA, ANY MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (OTHER THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, THE NETHERLANDS AND SWEDEN) OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE SAME WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR RESTRICTED BY LAW (COLLECTIVELY, "RESTRICTED JURISDICTIONS") OR TO US PERSONS (WITHIN THE MEANING OF REGULATION S UNDER THE US SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED).

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE, OR ANY SOLICITATION OF ANY OFFER TO PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR, ANY SECURITIES IN THE COMPANY IN ANY RESTRICTED JURISDICTION, NOR SHALL IT (OR ANY PART OF IT OR THE FACT OF ITS DISTRIBUTION) FORM THE BASIS OF, OR BE RELIED ON IN CONNECTION WITH, ANY CONTRACT THEREFOR OR INVESTMENT DECISION IS RESPECT OF ANY SUCH SECURITIES.  WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE FOREGOING GENERALITY, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A RECOMMENDATION REGARDING ANY SECURITIES.

SAVE IN RELATION TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, THE NETHERLANDS AND SWEDEN, NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE COMPANY OR ANY OF THE JOINT BOOKRUNNERS THAT WOULD PERMIT AN OFFERING OF NEW SHARES OR POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, ANY OTHER PUBLICITY MATERIAL OR ANY OFFERING MATERIAL RELATING TO SUCH SHARES IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE ACTION FOR THAT PURPOSE IS REQUIRED.  PERSONS INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OR ANY OTHER SUCH MATERIALS COMES SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT, AND OBSERVE, ANY SUCH RESTRICTIONS.  ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY SUCH RESTRICTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY SUCH JURISDICTION.

UNLESS THE CONTEXT REQUIRES OTHERWISE, WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS DEFINED IN THE COMPANY'S "NET ASSET VALUE UPDATE AND PROPOSED TAP ISSUANCE PROGRAMME" ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASED ON 15 JULY 2016 HAVE THE SAME MEANINGS WHEN USED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

9 September 2016

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

Issue of Shares Pursuant to Tap Issuance Programme

·           £9.5m raised following seventh issue pursuant to Tap Issuance Programme announced on 15 July 2016.

·           Seventh tap issue was significantly oversubscribed.

·           NESF has now utilised fully its ability to issue further shares in the near future without first publishing a new prospectus and obtaining the requisite shareholder approval.

·           Having regard to ongoing demand for its shares, its strong pipeline of new investment opportunities and benefits to shareholders of increasing its size through further share issues, NESF is proposing to seek shareholder approval to establish, pursuant to a prospectus, a new share issuance programme in respect of new ordinary shares and/or C shares up to 350 million shares in total.

In response to investor demand, the Board is pleased to announce the issue of a further 9,215,926 New Shares at 103.25p per share (the "Additional Shares") pursuant to the Tap Issuance Programme announced on 15 July 2016 (the "Issue").  This is the seventh issue under the Tap Issuance Programme.  

Applications have been made to the FCA for the Additional Shares to be admitted to the premium segment of the Official List and to the London Stock Exchange for such shares to be admitted to trading on its main market for listed securities ("Admission").  Admission is expected to become effective, and dealings in the Additional Shares are expected to commence, at 8.00 a.m. on 15 September 2016.  Following Admission, the Additional Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing issued ordinary shares, save that the New Shares will not be entitled to the interim dividend of 1.5775p per share for the quarter ended 30 June 2016, which was declared on 15 August 2016 and is payable on 30 September 2016 to shareholders on the register as at close of business on 26 August 2016.

Immediately following Admission, the Company's issued share capital will comprise 342,058,031 ordinary shares, none of which will be held in treasury.  Each ordinary share carries the right to one vote and, therefore, the total number of voting rights in the Company on Admission will be 342,058,031.  This figure 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 Guidance and Transparency Rules.

The Issue was significantly oversubscribed.  However, the Company was unable to increase the size of the Issue as, following the issue or sale from treasury of 64,100,926 New Shares pursuant to the Tap Issuance Programme since it was announced on 15 July 2016 (including the New Shares to be issued pursuant to the Issue), the Company has exhausted its ability to issue further ordinary shares in the near future without first publishing a new prospectus.  In addition, the Company's existing shareholder authority to issue shares on a non pre-emptive basis is limited. Accordingly, having regard to the ongoing demand for the Company's shares, the Company's strong pipeline of new investment opportunities and the benefits to shareholders of increasing the size of the Company through further share issues, the Company is proposing to  establish, pursuant to a prospectus, a new share issuance programme in respect of up to 350 million new ordinary shares and/or C shares (the "Share Issuance Programme"), and is therefore proposing to seek shareholder approval to disapply pre-emption rights in respect of issues pursuant to that Share Issuance Programme.  Further details of the Share Issuance Programme will be announced shortly.

For further information:

NextEnergy Capital Limited

020 3239 9054

Michael Bonte-Friedheim

 

Aldo Beolchini

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

020 7894 7667

Sue Inglis

 

Fidante Capital

020 7832 0900

Robert Peel


Justin Zawoda-Martin


Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

020 3037 2000

Ken Fleming


Nick Stamp


Shore Capital

020 7408 4090

Bidhi Bhoma


Anita Ghanekar


MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

Andrew Leach / Jamie Ricketts / Gina Bell

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 approximately £350m since its initial public offering on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in April 2014.  It also has credit facilities of £242.5m in place (Macquarie and Santander: £120m, MIDIS: £55.0m, Bayersiche 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.  NextPower II is NEC Group's private equity fund with initial commitments of €150m, investing in operating solar power plants and focused on consolidating the substantial, highly fragmented Italian solar market.

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

Important Notice

Each of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, Fidante Capital, Macquarie Capital and Shore Capital is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA and acting as a joint bookrunner for the Company in connection with the matters described in this announcement.  Persons receiving this announcement should note that none of Cantor Fitzgerald, Fidante Capital, Macquarie Capital or Shore Capital will be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to customers of Cantor Fitzgerald, Fidante Capital, Macquarie Capital or Shore Capital, or for advising any other person on the matters described in this announcement.


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