Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Greencoat Uk Wind Plc LSE:UKW London Ordinary Share GB00B8SC6K54 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -1.00 -0.68% 146.40 146.20 146.40 147.60 145.00 147.60 1,126,447 13:36:26
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Alternative Energy 232.2 200.7 18.5 7.9 2,222

Greencoat Uk Wind Share Discussion Threads

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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
10/10/2013
12:30
Sorry - I don't understand what you mean by "geared up the VCT". I haven't read anything about that.
jonwig
10/10/2013
12:28
No idea about solar foresight solar. Is it the same as Greencoat buying already finished and running wind farms (but solar)?
metier9
10/10/2013
12:25
Anyone have any views on the foresight solar float ? Not too keen on way they have geared up the VCT , good for thier fees but increses investor risk
hindsight
07/9/2013
13:51
Thought this might be of interest Potential 40% improvement in profitability for wind/solar power generators Could REDT's Vanadium Redox Batteries be the 'holy grail' energy storage technology for Wind and Solar power generators / Utilities REDT is a JV investment by AIM-listed Camco Clean Energy (CCE) CCE has a Market Cap of £7m. Net Cash is £7m. PPE is £16m. REDT is a 'hidden asset' within CCE. REDT are working with SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy - a �15 billion company) And DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) are showing interest in Vanadium Flow Tech... "...vanadium redox flow battery storage system developer REDT. Company co-founder, Sir John Samuel, discussed some performance data from an off-grid pilot for a 30 kWh installation of REDT�s technology at a remote base transceiver station (BTS). The company is in the process of developing a utility-scale stack in preparation for a project with UK utility SSE. REDT is getting ready to ride the wave of an ambitious renewables expansion in Scotland, where remote areas in the highlands and islands are limited by a weak grid. In a design study for DECC the company has shown that flow battery energy storage enables around 30% enhanced wind or solar generation productivity in a typical island site." http://energystoragejournal.com/review-of-first-uk-energy-storage-event/
stockologist
25/8/2013
08:01
Pointers for full year results and after: • Revenue is actually 4 months, despite accounting period being effectively 27/03 to 30/06. • Depreciation is 5% for "wind farms", 20% for "wind farm equipment". presumably the physical turbines are classed as farms not equipment? If so, is 5% enough? • Check on progress at Tappaghan, which had outages. • Cash generation easily covers dividend, but if depreciation ends up eroding assets or if future purchases are over-funded (ie. more raised than actually used to purchase farms) this could hide over-payments in dividends - we'd be getting back our capital! All needs a close eye!
jonwig
19/8/2013
09:49
The results presentation: hxxp://www.greencoat-ukwind.com/media/6182/greencoat_uk_wind_interim_presentation_-_19_august_2013.pdf Seems to have been well-received.
jonwig
19/8/2013
06:39
H1 results here: http://www.investegate.co.uk/greencoat-uk-wind--ukw-/rns/half-yearly-results-and-dividend-announcement/201308190727599376L/ In view of the risk factors listed in the prospectus, this is the bit I'm looking for: Good operating performance achieved in the period with asset availability, power generation, income and cash flow all in line with management expectations Any change in this would reduce the dividend capability and write down asset value.
jonwig
14/8/2013
07:32
Maiden numbers will be published next Monday. I'm expecting greater transparency to develop about the pros and cons of this new form of investment from that point on.
ygor706
07/8/2013
06:14
OK - I am a subscriber and have just read it within my log-in. (That's why I'm sensitive.) I'll take your word that it's a free-to-view article.
jonwig
06/8/2013
22:42
Jonwig. I understand your viewpoint but its not a "subscriber only". Some articles are free to view. Feel free to click on link to see.
cyfran101
06/8/2013
06:01
cyfran - that's a subscriber-only article and you shouldn't really be posting more than the link and a brief snippet. Would you care to remove it, please?
jonwig
05/8/2013
22:36
The Big Theme Renewables ITs target attractive yields http://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/2013/07/31/funds-and-etfs/the-big-theme/renewables-its-target-attractive-yields-EwbgJHQaZx593GcKbu1zJK/article.html Among the initial public offerings (IPOs) from investment trusts this year, three have come from a new sub sector in the infrastructure sector: renewables. All three issues were very popular, with Greencoat UK Wind (UKW) raising £260m, Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) raising £130m and The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) raising £300m. And more IPOs from investment trusts focused on this area are expected during 2013, with names in the frame reported to include Foresight, which already runs a venture capital trust and Enterprise Investment Scheme focused on solar power. The renewable infrastructure funds are targeting high yields with an element of inflation protection. Greencoat has a target dividend yield of 6 per cent, Bluefield is targeting a dividend of 7p to 9p a year linked to retail prices index (RPI) inflation, starting at 4p in the first financial year, and Renewables Infrastructure is targeting an annualised dividend of 6p a share with the aim of increasing it in line with inflation over the medium term. Compared with bonds, these levels of income look attractive, especially as they have some inflation protection. Their revenue typically comes from three sources: long-term electricity contracts, short-term excess supply sold on the wholesale market and long-term pre-agreed subsidies from the government. The government subsidies for the foreseeable future mean that cash flows should be stable. "Typical dividends of between 5 and 6 per cent a year are below the expected internal rate of return, so excess cash can be reinvested to boost future income generation and provide some protection from uncertainties over the residual values once existing contracts and subsidies run out," says Nick Sketch, senior investment director at Investec Wealth & Investment. Solar and wind energy are relatively low-tech, which eliminates some risk, and are low-cost once they are in place. Although this is a new investment trust sector, Ian Barrass, manager of Henderson Value Trust (HVTR), which invests in alternative assets, adds that green energy is not a new area. "This is a proven way of generating electricity and cash flows," he says. "A lot have performed quite well and this area is becoming mature." Read our interview with Ian Barrass Greencoat UK Wind only invests in operational assets, and The Renewables Infrastructure Group will have most of its assets in operational assets, reducing construction risk. "We buy wind farms that have been operating for some time as it is important we know what they actually produce, rather than rely on modelled production," says Stephen Lilley, investment manager of Greencoat UK Wind. "We also wouldn't buy a wind farm in construction because we need it to produce income. Our youngest wind farm is two years old and the average age is five years." Infrastructure also provides portfolio diversification away from mainstream equities, although as the trusts are listed vehicles their share prices could be affected by the direction of the market. Value Like many investment trusts with an attractive yield these investment trusts are now trading on a premium to net asset value (NAV). However, they trade at premiums of around 2-3 per cent so are still a lot smaller than the premiums on older infrastructure funds, a number of which trade at premiums of around 10 per cent or more. "Two to 3 per cent is not excessive if you take a long-term view on these trusts," says Charles Cade, head of investment companies research at Numis. He says it is also likely that the existing green infrastructure trusts may do more capital-raisings. This could provide an opportunity to buy in at a slightly lower premium. However, Mick Gilligan, head of research at broker Killik, adds that it is not clear when and if these will come to market and that the issues could be structured for the benefit of existing shareholders, so if you are interested in these trusts it could be worth buying the shares on the secondary market at a slight premium. The renewables trusts have some other attractions versus the established infrastructure investment trusts. Typically they have invested less debt in their underlying investments, while the prices of some secondary private finance initiative (PFI) and public private partnership (PPP) schemes, which some of the older trusts focus on, have been bid up to less attractive levels, according to Mr Cade. "The renewables funds have to manage greater revenue volatility, but will offer slightly higher yield and Better Capital preservation," argues Richard Crawford, director of environmental infrastructure at Infrared Capital Partners, which manages Renewable Infrastructure Group. "This is because they can generate cash at levels well above the dividend in average and good weather years, which if reinvested, can maintain or enhance NAV. There is generally lower leverage in renewables while offtake contracts and government renewable incentives provide good security of cash flows. But the sector reflects more of a commercial type of risk versus the typical government or quasi-government tenant credit in PFI and PPP projects." The green infrastructure trusts will be increasingly subject to market pricing, making them riskier than trusts invested in PFI and PPP schemes. But the sort of projects trusts such as HICL Infrastructure (HICL) invest in, for example public sector accommodation and NHS hospitals, have proved themselves. The established trusts are also typically well diversified, and they are large so their shares are easy to buy and sell. The renewable infrastructure trusts are focused on a single sector, which increases risk. Performance data as at 30 July 2013 Risks One of the main risks of investing in renewable infrastructure trusts is regulation, as a good portion of their revenues are based on government subsidies. However, it is unlikely that any changes to the UK subsidy regime would be retrospective, ie wouldn't affect the projects the trusts already invest in. But when there is enough installed capacity and these types of project are more established, the subsidies may be reduced and eventually stopped for projects going forward. "Some investments offer less certainty over the subsidy aspect, for example some solar investments in 2012," says Mr Sketch. "Generally, existing assets with existing subsidy deals can be trusted, but those still to be built or still to be signed may well face risks. Some have particularly low visibility on what the assets will be worth when the pre-agreed subsidy runs out: most specialists say this is a larger risk for solar assets, but it is hard to generalise. Some have overly generous fees or likely poor ongoing liquidity, while others have greater uncertainty over how much ongoing capital expenditure will be required to keep the assets current, and over how up to date they will be in 10 or 20 years." Wind revenues, meanwhile, vary from year to year, which could put the dividend at risk in a given year. Solar is more stable: a study carried out by German research centre DLR found that, over a 22-year period, the minimum/maximum deviation of annual radiation was within +/- 5 per cent of the long-term average over the period: significantly lower volatility than wind power. The Renewables Infrastructure Group has investments outside the UK which also incurs currency risk. Mr Barrass is also concerned that, if many more renewables funds launch, there will not be enough assets to go around, and that prices will be driven up because there are limited projects. However Mr Lilley argues otherwise, adding that around £40bn of assets will emerge in the next three to four years, mostly from utilities. If bond yields were to rise the yields on these trusts would not seem as attractive. FUNDS Mr Gilligan suggests investors should only have a small exposure to this area, with not more than 1 per cent of their assets in any one trust. Overall exposure to the sector could be up to 5 per cent for a medium-risk investor, and 5-10 per cent for a higher-risk investor. Low-risk investors should cap their exposure at 3 per cent. He suggests Greencoat UK Wind because the UK government is the cornerstone investor and it has an experienced management team. The trust also has no debt. "A benefit of this is that in poor wind years we are still able to pay a dividend," says Mr Lilley. "If we had substantial project debt we would need to pay this first and the dividend might be in question." However, the trust may use bank debt going forward to make acquisitions and subsequently refinance it in the equity markets. "Greencoat UK Wind is well placed to benefit from the requirement of utility companies to actively sell operational wind assets in order to recycle capital back into development projects as the UK works to meet its legally binding obligation to ensure that 15 per cent of primary energy is derived from renewable sources by 2020," adds Mr Gilligan. "This offering should be an attractive diversifier for a small portion of an income portfolio." Greencoat UK Wind's cash flow is of a sufficient size that it can pay a 6p dividend and increase it with inflation. But Greencoat has exposure to offshore wind farms, which have higher operational risk than onshore ones, and has now moved out to a premium of nearly 6 per cent. Read more on Greencoat UK Wind With more renewables trusts expected to come to market Mr Barrass says it is important to focus on the quality of their assets and experience of their managers, and not to invest in funds that may have overpaid for assets or injected too much debt. He also advises against investing in trusts that are very small and whose shares are not easy to buy and sell. He adds that the three existing trusts are all good quality and should grow and become more liquid, with Greencoat UK Wind and The Renewables Infrastructure Group already a good size. Of the existing infrastructure trusts GCP Infrastructure Investments (GCP) has a mixed portfolio, which includes renewable energy, with rooftop solar accounting for 26 per cent of its assets and commercial solar 5 per cent. However this trust trades at a premium to NAV of more than 10 per cent and it puts debt rather than equity into its underlying investments. There are also venture capital trusts (VCTs) and enterprise investment schemes (EIS) that invest in the sector, including Foresight Solar VCT and Foresight Solar EIS Fund 3. These offer generous tax breaks including 30 per cent income tax relief if the shares are held for a certain period and, in the case of VCTs, tax-free dividends. However, these also tend to be fairly high risk and require higher minimum investments, for example in the case of Foresight Solar VCT £3,000.
cyfran101
29/7/2013
10:45
Yep, I watched Greencoat sag as Trig launched and wondered if there was a bit of indigestion in this sector. Frankly I don't really care, these just sit in my ISA and pay a tax free gross income and that's that. PS Thanks
daveofdevon
29/7/2013
10:13
Here you are Dave: http://uk.advfn.com/cmn/fbb/thread.php3?id=30176547 Now I'm the truly stupid one, as I noted the deadline for applications then went out and forgot all about it. I'm wondering whether this might have dampened interest in UKW and Bluefield Solar. Or maybe there just isn't much enthusiasm for these renewables.
jonwig
29/7/2013
08:41
Jonwig Could you do the honours and open a thread for TRIG which started trading today, I am far to old and stupid to have any idea how to do it !!!
daveofdevon
24/7/2013
12:26
TRIG - Renewables infrastructure Group announce IPO oversubscribed http://uk.advfn.com/news/RNSNON/2013/article/58527898
daveofdevon
14/7/2013
14:56
New wind farms built after 2017 will find a 25% lower subsidy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/10177891/Wind-farm-subsidies-cut-by-25-per-cent.html No direct portfolio impact, but new investments eventually less profitable.
jonwig
12/7/2013
06:54
Bluefield Solar first day. Thread if anyone interested: http://uk.advfn.com/cmn/fbb/thread.php3?id=30084909
jonwig
10/7/2013
06:28
Quick link to the new factsheet (You might have to tick some boxes on the way.) hxxp://www.greencoat-ukwind.com/media/5487/greencoat_uk_wind_factsheet_-_june_2013.pdf This might be worth highlighting: The Company will generally avoid using non-recourse debt at the asset level; total short-term acquisition financing and long-term debt at Company level will not be more than 40% of GAV at drawdown It suggests fairly regular share tap issues and even open offers to repay short-term acquisition debt.
jonwig
09/7/2013
19:37
Yes, I've got the document and will be subscribing.
topvest
09/7/2013
15:30
Can subscribe to TRIG via Hargreaves Lansdown: The minimum subscription amount is £1,000 with £100 increments thereafter. As you are only able to place an instruction via telephone then the usual Vantage telephone dealing commissions will apply. This is a 1% charge subject to a minimum of £20, and a maximum of £50. You are able to apply for shares in a Vantage Fund & Share Account, an ISA and a SIPP. The deadline to place an instruction via the IPO is 12 noon on Thursday 18 July.
jonwig
09/7/2013
06:01
Thanks tanneg
defcon3
09/7/2013
05:51
tanneg - thanks. So admission on 29/07. Some brokers will act for PIs to subscribe, but I don't know which yet.
jonwig
09/7/2013
05:26
Here is the link hxxp://www.trig-ltd.com/
tanneg
08/7/2013
20:32
If anyone does find out more info regarding the IPO above - please can you post it here. Cheers. Still can't find anything other than news articles about it.
defcon3
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