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BSIF Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited

106.00
0.80 (0.76%)
21 Jun 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited LSE:BSIF London Ordinary Share GG00BB0RDB98 ORD NPV
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.80 0.76% 106.00 105.60 106.00 106.00 105.40 106.00 727,854 16:35:24
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Trust,ex Ed,religious,charty 49.07M 46.79M 0.0772 13.68 640.17M

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited Unaudited NAV and Second Interim Dividend

14/05/2024 7:01am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 2523O
Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited
14 May 2024
 

14 May 2024

 

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited

('Bluefield Solar' or the 'Company')

 

Unaudited NAV and Second Interim Dividend

 

Bluefield Solar (LON: BSIF), the London listed UK income fund focused primarily on acquiring and managing solar energy assets, announces its net asset value ('NAV') as at 31 March 2024, and the Company's second interim dividend for the current financial year, which ends on 30 June 2024. Unless otherwise noted herein, the information provided in this announcement is unaudited.

 

Unaudited Net Asset Value as of 31 March 2024




(pps)



Unaudited NAV as at 31 December 2023


136.0








Power prices


-0.3



Operational updates


-0.7



FY24 first interim dividend


-2.2



Share buyback accretion


0.1



Other movements


1.0








Unaudited NAV as at 31 March 2024


133.9







The NAV as at 31 March 2024 was £815.7 million, or 133.9 pence per Ordinary Share ('pps'), compared to the unaudited NAV of 136.0 pps as at 31 December 2023. This equates to a movement in the quarter of -1.5% and a NAV total return for the quarter of 0.07%.

 

The published power curves from the Company's three leading independent power forecasters all showed lower price forecasts at 31 March 2024 for the near term compared to the previously published power curves. However, due to the fact Bluefield Solar has over 92% of power sales hedged for FY2024 and 81% through FY2025, the Company's earnings are materially insulated from the impact of reductions in near term power prices, such that the downside impact was limited to 0.3 pps.

 

The decrease in operational updates reflects a slight revision to the cost of the Company's Revolving Credit Facility as well as the minor impact of inflation being slightly below earlier assumptions.

 

The Company launched its share buyback programme following the release of the interim report on 28 February 2024 and repurchased 2.45 million shares during the period to 31 March 2024, providing an additional 0.1 pps of NAV accretion to shareholders.

 

The completion of Phase One of the Strategic Partnership with GLIL Infrastructure ('GLIL'), an investment of £20 million of equity, alongside £200 million from GLIL, to fund the acquisition of a 247MW portfolio of UK solar assets, and movements in working capital all contributed to the 1.0 pps gain in the NAV over the quarter shown in the table above under Other movements.

 

Gearing

The Company's UK holding companies and subsidiaries have total outstanding debt of £598 million, with a leverage level of circa 42% of Gross Asset Value (31 Dec 2023: 41%).

 

Second Interim Dividend

The Second Interim Dividend of 2.20 pence per Ordinary Share (May 2023: 2.10 pence per Ordinary Share) will be payable to Shareholders on the register as at 24 May 2024, with an associated ex-dividend date of 23 May 2024 and a payment date on or around 24 June 2024.

 

Dividend Guidance Reaffirmed

The Board is pleased to reaffirm its guidance of a full year dividend of not less than 8.80 pence per Ordinary Share for the financial year ending 30 June 2024 (2023: 8.60 pence). This is expected to be covered by earnings and to be post debt amortisation.

 

- Ends -

 

For further information:

Bluefield Partners LLP (Company Investment Adviser)
James Armstrong / Neil Wood / Giovanni Terranova

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7078 0020
www.bluefieldllp.com

 


Deutsche Numis (Company Broker)
Tod Davis / David Benda / Matt Goss

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7260 1000
www.dbnumis.com

 


Ocorian
(Company Secretary & Administrator)
Chezi Hanford

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1481 742 742
www.ocorian.com

 


Media enquiries:
Buchanan (PR Adviser)
Henry Harrison-Topham / Henry Wilson

 


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
www.buchanan.uk.com
BSIF@buchanan.uk.com

About Bluefield Solar

 

Bluefield Solar is a London listed income fund focused primarily on acquiring and managing solar energy assets.  Not less than 75% of the Company's gross assets will be invested into UK solar assets.  The Company can also invest up to 25% of its gross assets into other technologies, such as wind and storage. Bluefield Solar owns and operates a UK portfolio of 834MW, comprising 776MW of solar and 58MW of onshore wind.

 

Further information can be viewed at www.bluefieldsif.com

 

About Bluefield Partners

 

Bluefield Partners LLP was established in 2009 and is an investment adviser to companies and funds investing in renewable energy infrastructure.  It has a proven record in the selection, acquisition and supervision of large-scale energy assets in the UK and Europe.  The team has been involved in over £6.7 billion renewable funds and/or transactions in both the UK and Europe, including over £1.3 billion in the UK since December 2011.

 

Bluefield Partners LLP has led the acquisitions of, and currently advises on, over 100 UK based solar photovoltaic assets that are agriculturally, commercially or industrially situated.  Based in its London office, it is supported by a dedicated and experienced team of investment, legal and portfolio executives.  Bluefield Partners LLP was appointed Investment Adviser to Bluefield Solar in June 2013.

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