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Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC Pipeline & Portfolio Update

13/05/2021 7:00am

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Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC

13 May 2021

13 May 2021

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

(the "Company" or "Gore Street")

Attractive 80MW UK Acquisition

Pipeline and Portfolio Update

Gore Street, London's first listed energy storage fund supporting the transition to low carbon power, is pleased to announce the acquisition of an 80MW construction ready energy storage project (the "Project"), in Milton Keynes, England. The expected total capex for the Project is estimated to be c.GBP30m spread over the next 12 to 15 months.

The Company is also pleased to provide a further positive pipeline update that it has entered into exclusivity on over 300MW of assets which are currently subject to due diligence and are expected to close in the coming months.

80MW Acquisition

The Project, which has been acquired from RES, a leading renewable energy company with an exceptional track record of delivering high quality energy storage assets, consists of an 80MW energy storage system in Milton Keynes, for which all land rights, grid connections and planning consents have already been secured. The Project is currently scheduled to become operational in Q1 2023, though Gore Street is exploring timeline optimisation to potentially bring this target forward. At 80MW, this is one of the single largest energy storage assets in the UK.

Gore Street's investment manager, Gore Street Capital Limited (the "Investment Manager"), estimates the Project will have an unlevered IRR in-line with Gore Street's target range of 10-12%.

Pipeline Update

The Company is also pleased to announce that it has secured exclusivity on a further 300MW of assets in the UK, which are currently undergoing due diligence. These projects are with leading developers and present opportunities for acquiring assets at highly competitive prices. As with other assets under construction, capital expenditure requirements would be staggered over a 12-to-18-month period and are dependent on certain milestones being achieved. In total, the Company now has over 1.0GW in its pipeline across the UK, Europe and North America.

Portfolio Update

On 30 March 2021, EirGrid granted a 12-month extension to the lucrative DS3 contracts in Ireland, until April 2024. This extension is expected to provide significant additional revenue generation for all 4 sites located in Ireland, including Mullavilly and Drumkee which have been operational since March 2021.

During Q1 2021, in-line with the Investment Manager's approach to optimise value through the portfolio's ability to capitalise flexibly on the highest risk adjusted revenue available, the Company paused Dynamic Containment strategies on certain assets for short periods of time in order to capture particularly high trading revenues available in the market, providing increased profitability. This is a further confirmation that the Investment Manager is constantly assessing revenue options and profitability maximisation and remains a key aspect of Gore Street's revenue stacking strategy.

Although it remains the case that Grid Balancing contracts are currently more profitable than Trading most of the time, Gore Street has demonstrated its ability to participate in different markets and opportunistically capture market prices when attractive.

In addition to being the newest portfolio of assets available to a financial investor, over 75% of the Company's portfolio consists of 1 hour duration batteries. The Company believes these assets are the most cost-efficient energy storage assets available today and best suited to execute flexible revenue stacking services over the long term, as well as being part of a portfolio which is designed to be capable of upgrade to meet the changing needs of the market.

Alex O'Cinneide, CEO of Gore Street Capital, the Company's Investment Manager, commented:

"We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of this exceptionally high-quality 80MW construction ready project in the UK, which adds one of the UK's largest assets planned for development to our leading portfolio of energy storage assets. At 520MW ([1]) this is the largest portfolio available to a financial investor and one which has the youngest portfolio of assets, and most cost-effective acquisition history in the market. This latest Project again highlights the strength of our management team in being able to identify and secure exclusivity on important infrastructure assets at extremely competitive pricing, through our active asset management approach. In fact, the Company believes that GSF's installed cost per MW is close to half that of the closest peer that we have analysed. We believe this competitive acquisition pricing is the bedrock for continuing to deliver future compelling IRR returns to our shareholders.

Gore Street's 300MW in exclusivity represents an extraordinary opportunity for the Company to acquire nationally significant energy storage assets in the UK at a competitive price through the Investment Manager's leading contact network as a highly regarded first mover. We expect to update the market in due course with our further progress in relation to the pipeline and expanding our portfolio."

The Legal Entity Identifier of the Company is 213800GPUNVGG81G4O21.

The person responsible for releasing this announcement is Susan Fadil.

For further information:

 
Gore Street Capital Limited 
Alex O'Cinneide / Paula Travesso                             Tel: +44 (0) 20 3826 0290 
 
 
Shore Capital (Joint Corporate Broker and Joint Bookrunner) 
Anita Ghanekar / Hugo Masefield (Corporate Advisory)         Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4090 
 Henry Willcocks / Fiona Conroy (Corporate Broking) 
 
 
J. P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Corporate Broker 
 and Joint Bookrunner) 
William Simmonds / Jérémie Birnbaum  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 
 (Corporate Finance)                            4000 
 

Buchanan (Media enquiries)

 
Charles Ryland / Henry Wilson / George Beale  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000 
                                              Email: Gorestreet@buchanan.uk.com 
 
   JTC (UK) Limited, Company Secretary                                   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 0181 

Notes to Editors

About Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gore Street is London's first listed energy storage fund and seeks to provide shareholders with a significant opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of utility scale energy storage projects. In addition to growth through exploiting its considerable pipeline, the Company aims to deliver consistent and robust dividend yield as income distributions to its shareholders.

The Company targets an annual dividend of 7.0% of NAV per Ordinary Share in each financial year, subject to a minimum target of 7.0 pence per Ordinary Share. Dividends are paid quarterly.

Disclaimer

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[1] Includes the 120MW in expansion process; of which Manager has received the option to increase capacity of Porterstown from 30MW to 90MW, and has applied to increase Kilmannock from 30MW to 90MW

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