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Us Solar Fund Plc LSE:USF London Ordinary Share GB00BJCWFX49 ORD USD0.01
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 1.025 1.01 1.04 1.025 1.02 1.025 250,626 16:11:06
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Equity Investment Instruments 3.2 0.3 0.2 512.5 340

US Solar Fund PLC Results analysis from Kepler Trust Intelligence

16/03/2021 7:13pm

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US Solar Fund PLC

16 March 2021

US Solar Fund (USF)

16/03/2021

Results analysis from Kepler Trust Intelligence

-- Today US Solar Fund (USF) released its annual results for the period ending 31 December 2020. As at 31 December 2020, USF's NAV was $194.2 million, a 0.7% increase from the $192.9 million reported at 30 June 2020 and a 0.1% decrease from 31 December 2019.

-- USF paid a dividend of 0.50 cents per share in February 2021 for the quarter ending 30 September 2020, totalling 1.00 cent per share for the six-month period, representing an annualised dividend of 2% when measured against the initial issue price of $1.00 per share. With all projects now operating, USF expects to cover the remaining 2020 dividend with operating cash flows and confirms its 2021 annual dividend target of 5.5 cents per share to be covered with operating cash flows.

-- Looking forward, the chairman continues to believe that USF's core business is resilient and that the trust is well-positioned for future growth. The managers have now committed all the IPO proceeds and have successfully achieved a fully operating portfolio, with 41 projects acquired and generating revenue.

Kepler view

2021 should be an exciting time for US Solar Fund (USF) and its investors. The managers have now fully invested the proceeds of the IPO, comprising 443MWDC of capacity across 41 projects. This means that USF now expects to meet its full dividend target of 5.5% of the IPO price in 2021, and cover it by cash income, in line with its intentions at launch.

Once achieved, this dividend is expected to grow by 1.5% to 2% a year. USF fixes its future cash inflows via forward power purchase agreements which means revenues do not depend on fluctuating power prices. When the acquisition of MS2 is concluded in March, cash flow income will be secured for a weighted average period of 15.4 years.

We believe investing in the US offers valuable diversification for the UK renewables investor, and is likely to see structural growth thanks to the political drive to 'net zero' and to raise spending on infrastructure. The US market for solar is already many times larger than the UK's, and forecasts predict rapid expansion.

Currently USF is trading on a premium of 7.3%, in comparison to a sector weighted average of 10.6%. Given the significant upside potential the US solar market offers, and the dependable income the board anticipates delivering, we see this premium as justified, and wonder if it the potential to increase further.

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