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JLEN Jlen Environmental Assets Group Limited

85.70
-1.10 (-1.27%)
24 May 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Jlen Environmental Assets Group Limited LSE:JLEN London Ordinary Share GG00BJL5FH87 ORD NPV
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -1.10 -1.27% 85.70 85.50 86.50 86.80 85.00 86.80 1,117,518 16:35:15
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Investment Advice 108.45M 98.3M 0.1486 5.79 568.92M

JLEN Environmental Assets Group Ltd Net Asset Value and Dividend

16/02/2024 7:00am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 3513D
JLEN Environmental Assets Group Ltd
16 February 2024
 

16 February 2024

JLEN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS GROUP LIMITED

("JLEN" or the "Company")

 

Net Asset Value and Dividend Announcement

 

Net Asset Value

 

JLEN Environmental Assets Group Limited ("JLEN" or the "Company"), the listed environmental infrastructure fund, announces that its unaudited Net Asset Value ("NAV") at 31 December 2023 was £777.7m (117.6 pence per share). This reflects a decrease of 2.1 pence per share since 30 September 2023 after paying the quarterly dividend of 1.9 pence per share.

 

Highlights in the period

 

·    Solid operational performance with continued strong cash generation from investments

·    Near term price fixes achieved in excess of valuation assumptions, partially mitigating downward movements from updated power price forecasts and actual inflation

·    Continued focus on asset enhancements in the portfolio to increase operational efficiencies

·    Acquisition of the remaining 30% shareholding in Bio Collectors Holdings Limited creating the potential for JLEN to deliver operational synergies across its portfolio of food waste anaerobic digestion plants

·    Steady progress on development and construction assets in line with expectations

·    Prudent balance sheet management maintaining low levels of gearing

 

Summary of changes in NAV:

Item

Pence per share movement

NAV at 30 September 2023

119.7p

Dividends paid in the period

-1.9p

Power prices (downward revision from forecasts offset by value accretive price fixes)

-1.5p

Battery storage revenue forecasts

-0.6p

Actual inflation

-0.7p

Other movements (including actual performance)

+2.6p

NAV at 31 December 2023

117.6p


Valuation factors

 

Key valuation movements include the negative impact from reductions in independent power forecasts (-2.3p), partially offset by the subsequent Electricity Generator Levy movement and favourable price fixes secured in the period (+0.8p). In addition to this, reductions in the gross margin forecasts for battery storage assets, prompted by independent consultants reappraising the available revenue opportunities, led to a -0.6p reduction. Lastly, there was also downward revision from the recognition of actual quarterly inflation finishing the calendar year below forecasts (-0.7p). The Investment Manager continues to monitor macroeconomic markers, including UK gilt yields, and consequently discount rates remain unchanged this period.

 

Gearing

At 31 December 2023 project level gearing was 17% and overall fund gearing was 30%, with the Company's Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF") £148.1m drawn from a total facility size of £200m. The Company continues to maintain sufficient headroom in its RCF to finance its firm commitments relating to construction assets held within the portfolio and earmarked follow-on investments.


Capital allocation
strategy

The Investment Manager continues to make good progress on selective asset disposals with several credible opportunities being pursued, in line with the Company's capital allocation strategy.

 

As stated in previous announcements, surplus capital generated from the portfolio and from asset sales will be prioritised towards existing commitments, compelling follow-on investments and value enhancements, alongside managing the RCF to maintain a robust balance sheet and the potential for share buybacks.

 

Dividend

The Company also announces a quarterly interim dividend of 1.9 pence per share for the quarter ended 31 December 2023, in line with the dividend target of 7.57p per share for the year to 31 March 2024, as set out in the 2023 Annual Report.

 

Dividend timetable

 

Ex-dividend date:    29 February 2024

Record date:            1 March 2024

Payment date:         22 March 2024

 

This announcement contains information that is inside information for the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

For further information, please contact: 

 

Foresight Group

Chris Tanner
Edward Mountney 
Wilna de Villiers

+44(0)20 3667 8100



institutionalir@foresightgroup.eu

Winterflood Securities Limited

Neil Langford 

 +44(0)20 3100 0000

 

SEC Newgate

Elisabeth Cowell
Alice Cho
Harry Handyside 

+44 (0)20 3757 6882

Jlen@secnewgate.co.uk

 

Sanne Fund Services (Guernsey) Limited

Matt Falla
Gemma Berry 

+44 (0)20 3530 3600

 

About JLEN

JLEN's investment policy is to invest in a diversified portfolio of Environmental Infrastructure. Environmental Infrastructure is defined by the Company as infrastructure assets, projects and asset-backed businesses that utilise natural or waste resources or support more environmentally friendly approaches to economic activity, support the transition to a low carbon economy or which mitigate the effects of climate change. Such investments will typically feature one or more of the following characteristics:

· long-term, predictable cash flows, which may be wholly or partially inflation-linked cash flows;
· long-term contracts or stable and well-proven regulatory and legal frameworks; or
· well-established technologies, and demonstrable operational performance. 

JLEN's aim is to provide investors with a sustainable, progressive dividend per share, paid quarterly and to preserve the capital value of the portfolio over the long term on a real basis. The target dividend for the year to 31 March 2024 is 7.57 pence per share1.   

JLEN is an Article 9 fund under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and has a transparent and award winning approach to ESG. 

Further details of the Company can be found on its website www.jlen.com

 LEI: 213800JWJN54TFBMBI68

 (1) These are targets only and not profit forecasts.  There can be no assurance that these targets will be met or that the Company will make any distributions at all.

 

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