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Yu Group Plc LSE:YU. London Ordinary Share GB00BYQDPD80 ORD GBP0.005
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 67.50 65.00 70.00 67.50 67.50 67.50 0.00 08:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Electricity 80.6 -9.6 -42.0 - 11

Yu Group PLC New Energy Trading Arrangement

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Yu Group PLC

16 December 2019

16 December 2019

Yü Group PLC

(the "Group")

New Energy Trading Arrangement

Yü Group PLC (AIM; YU.), the independent supplier of utilities to the UK corporate sector, is delighted to announce that it has entered into a new structured trading agreement ("Hedging Facility") with SmartestEnergy Limited ("Smartest").

The Group has, until now, relied on a number of trading arrangements to access wholesale electricity and gas commodity markets. Such arrangements enable the Group to hedge its position through the forward purchase of energy commodity volume to balance against the forecasted demand of its customer contracts. These arrangements mitigate the Group's risk but require the Group to post cash collateral to support the forward contracts (the main reason for the Group listing), absorbing material levels of the Group's existing available cash balance.

The Hedging Facility with Smartest will currently provide a variable credit facility up to GBP13 million, to support the Group's hedging position, leading to a corresponding benefit to the Group's cash position. The Hedging Facility is structured so that the credit line grows in line with the business as it scales. This has a material benefit in reducing the working capital requirement of the Group, allowing the Board to focus the deployment of available funds to drive the Group's growth and enhance shareholder value.

The Group will exclusively purchase energy commodity from Smartest, at market competitive and transparent prices, so as to meet its customers' requirements over the five-year term of the Hedging Facility, and has provided certain security and commitments, following an extensive period of due diligence, in order to benefit from the new credit facility.

As announced in the Group's FY 2018 annual report and subsequently, a key strategic priority of the Board has been to reduce cash volatility, to enable a focus on other investment areas to drive growth, whilst accessing competitive trading arrangements.

Following a detailed review of various market opportunities with major energy players, the Board is pleased to have concluded this new structured arrangement which represents a major new milestone in the Group's evolution.

It is expected that the Group will transfer existing outstanding forward trades so that it releases the cash benefit during FY 2020, up to an amount of GBP13 million.

Robert Groves, SmartestEnergy's CEO commented: "SmartestEnergy is delighted to have entered into a wholesale trading partnership with Yü Energy, one of the fastest growing and most exciting challengers in the business energy supply market. After an extensive period of due diligence, we were impressed with the breadth of management team, the strategy in place to scale the business and the available opportunities for the business. Through this partnership, SmartestEnergy will support Yü Energy in managing the complex risks associated with volatile and challenging market conditions. We look forward to working together with the leadership team at Yü Energy as they continue to grow their business."

Bobby Kalar, Chief Executive Officer of Yü Group, commented: "Traditional trading arrangements create significant cash collateral requirements in a declining energy commodity market, and overcoming this barrier was the main reason the business listed in 2016. Removing cash volatility with trading counterparties removes the need for the Group to ring fence cash. This agreement means we no longer have a need to tie up our cash and instead use our position to unlock new opportunities whilst scaling our customer base. Our industry has seen some turbulent times recently and this strategic partnership with Marubeni's UK subsidiary SmartestEnergy supports the Company as it pursues its growth ambitions.

"I am delighted that we have concluded this new arrangement to unlock a multi-million cash benefit with such a well-respected strategic partner whose ambitions are in line with ours. Having considered several options, SmartestEnergy's ethics, flexibility and always putting the customer first made them the obvious choice. The agreement is also future proof, so that the credit facility grows with the business, enabling us to scale this business more quickly and profitably. This agreement signals the start of long and beneficial relationship between two businesses who share growth ambitions. I look forward to providing further updates in H1 2020 after we realise the benefit in our cashflow from this major new partnership, and after we further leverage our strong balance sheet to drive business growth."

For further information please contact:

 
 Yü Group PLC    +44 (0) 115 975 8258 
 Bobby Kalar 
 Paul Rawson 
 
 Shore Capital        +44 (0) 20 7408 4090 
 Edward Mansfield 
 Anita Ghanekar 
  James Thomas 
 
 Alma PR              +44 (0) 20 3405 0205 
 John Coles 
 Hilary Buchanan 
 Helena Bogle 
 

Notes to Editors

About Yü Group PLC

Yü Group PLC, trading as Yü Energy, is an independent supplier of gas, electricity and water focused on servicing the business sector throughout the UK. It has no involvement in the domestic retail market. The Group was listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in March 2016.

About SmartestEnergy:

SmartestEnergy is a next generation energy company with a unique business model built on strong customer relationships and trading expertise in the gas and power markets. As the UK's leading purchaser of independent generation, and a licensed electricity supplier to more than 2,500 Industrial and Commercial (I&C) businesses, it is experienced in providing commercial agreements for a range of businesses across different sectors. It also provides access to the wholesale market, providing structured credit solutions to independent suppliers, building long term relationships by sharing the trading and risk management expertise to underpin long term success.

SmartestEnergy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni, a Japanese corporation listed in the Fortune Global 500 Company (No. 130 | MARUY 718.5 JPY).

smartestenergy.com

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