11 August 2008
Eddie O’Connor’s new venture plans major fundraiser later this year
The Board of Mainstream Renewable Power, a leading renewable energy company, has announced the successful closing of a €40 million equity fundraising in which Barclays Capital have invested €20 million for a 14.6% stake in the company. The Board, management and staff of Mainstream, as well as close associates of the company have invested an additional €20 million.
Together with the initial seed capital of €32 million, this brings the total equity raised to date to €72 million.
The company is planning a major fundraiser later this year, with Barclays Capital committing to invest a further substantial amount at that stage. As part of the deal, Mark Brown, Head of Barclays Capital Commodities Principal Investment team has been appointed to the Board of Mainstream. The company has raised this second round of finance to fund international development opportunities which have accelerated in recent months.
The money raised both now and later this year, will be used to fund the company’s ambitious international expansion plans across Europe, North and South America and Australia. In June, Mainstream announced its plans to build an initial pipeline of 240MW of projects in Chile with its partner Andes Energy. The company is at advanced stages in the negotiation of large-scale projects in the US. The funds will also be used to secure the supply of turbines to be delivered in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Commenting on the deal, Mainstream’s Chairman, Fintan Drury said, “We are delighted to welcome Barclays Capital as an investor. Barclays Capital’s standing in this sector means that the investment marks a strong endorsement of our plans to deliver significant value to our shareholders over the coming years. There are lots of opportunities out there and we’re selecting what we believe to be the best ones. Our plan is to go to investors with a series of commercial opportunities later this year and to raise enough equity to develop them. There are exciting times ahead for Mainstream and we are very pleased to have the support of Barclays Capital as well as our other investors.”
Head of Barclays Capital Commodities Principal Investment team, Mark Brown said, “Barclays Capital is delighted to have the opportunity to make this investment in Mainstream. Eddie O’Connor and his management team are recognised as world leaders in the renewable energy industry and they have demonstrated their ability to identify the best opportunities globally and put the most effective people in place to deliver them.”
Mainstream has appointed Dolmen Corporate Finance in Dublin to lead its next fundraising, with NCB appointed as Joint Corporate Finance Advisor & Placement Agent. They expect strong interest from private clients, institutions and renewable energy funds.
For further information, please contact:
Emmet Curley, Mainstream Renewable Power
Telephone: +353 (0)85 734 9946
Simon Eaton, Corporate Communications, Barclays Capital
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3134 2111
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