Main author: Nicholas Dimmock BA MBA (CASS), Director of Investor Relations, 350 PPM Ltd.
HEADLINES IN ORDER OF FUNDING (EXCEPT WITH SUBSIDUARIES)
Weathers Storm Corona Virus Creates. Looks to expand activities in Mexico and LATAM. Watch The latest PAPA One Video here.
Progresses Takeover of Investment Management Company and development of Fintech Base to develop platform and aid to European expansion post Brexit finalisation.
EIS Certificates finally arrive with Storelectric, one year after raise completed. Watch The Latest Storelectric Video here.
Seeks additional sites for development. Liaises with institutional team from 350 PPM in regard to raising own construction funding. Progresses SEIS / EIS Claims. Watch latest WES Video here.
Progresses development of its Smart Energy Plants, hires Corporate Finance Advisor.
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Introduction – “Cheer Up, It May Never Happen”
For the first time the report below is going to be written by myself in its entirety. Previously, we have had some significant issues with client companies not wishing to release updates every quarter, wishing to delay publication or wishing to distribute their own news to their investors. Omissions are clearly damaging, and some form of update is better than none at all.
I appreciate that this is the first update for a while, and we have missed Spring and Summer updates mainly due to Corona Virus concerns, developments, and ramifications. This report is for the benefit of Shareholders of 350 PPM and provides details of the companies we have championed since 2017. This is because in many cases 350 PPM owns / has been awarded shares in these companies.
We now provide a facility whereby the companies we have championed, can report to their shareholders via systems completely independently of 350 PPM Ltd. Thus we expect them to be providing their own full reports to you in due course and then quarterly from there.
Even though we are in one of the best sectors to weather the Corona Virus storm, we have still been affected.
Principally, 350 PPM, our co-workers and the companies that we have worked with have been affected by the secondary effects of the Corona Virus: delays and frayed nerves leading to some relatively significant disagreements.
The majority of these have been dealt with but it has been a rather unpleasant time.
SOLAR 350 LTD / PAPA ONE LTD
Starting Price: £2.50 per share
Current Price: £18 per share
Solar 350 is working with 350 PPM’s Corporate Finance Team in order to capitalise on further opportunities within the Solar Sector. However, most of the development is occurring in a subsidiary of Solar 350, namely PAPA ONE LTD.
Rather counter-intuitively, renewable energy companies have not done very well over the last 4-5 years since lucrative government subsidies were removed. Many new participants have also entered the market which creates a lower GDP / Entity (Capita) ratio. This is like GDP / Capita but for companies competing in a sector. This is detailed in our report which should be on our Renewable Money Blog now: Listed Environmental Investments
The bet now is twofold:
- That the commitments of The Paris Agreement force further incentivisation and further innovation reduces costs of generation and brings new technologies to the fore reducing MWh costs further. All or any of this increases profitability of the sector.
- Institutional Investors increasingly insist on investments qualifying for Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/) or creating emission reductions or similar – the most profitable of which should be renewable energy.
This in turn should create a huge boom for Solar developers like Solar 350. John Doer of Sequoia Capital, one of the largest VC’s in the US, compares starting a business to surfing: bobbing up and down in shark filled water waiting to catch the wave. Solar 350 had done a fair amount of bobbing up and down, but we can see the wave coming.
Ultimately, Solar 350’s calculations point to us needing 5* as much Solar Development as is occurring now. So, this is a very considerable tail wind.
If you are one of the 12 investors caught in HMRC’s EIS trap, after 5 years, I believe you will now be getting your EIS certificates.
For further information or for contact please visit: www.solar350.co.uk
PAPA ONE LTD (circa 70% of which is owned by Solar 350 Ltd)
Starting Price: £0.20 per share
Current Price: £0.26 per share
Luis and Adam have done exceptionally well to identify and contract to an exceptionally strong partner in Mexico. They bravely turned their back on the initial arrangement they had worked out before their launch. Now they are partnering with a major construction company, which amongst other things, builds mirror manufacturing sites for foreign businesses keen to manufacture in Mexico.
The arrangement is a true partnership with each party investing roughly the same amount and PAPA ONE just edging ownership at 51%. The strategy that 350 has always utilised, of working with strong local partners has again proved invaluable. This is because at present, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO as he is known is attempting to block utility scale renewable energy plants which are due to be developed and owned by foreign Independent Power Producers (IPP’s).
This is a populist measure as historically there has been considerable pride in CENACE and CFE, the national grid and grid regulator. Although in reality, having your energy system dominated and controlled by foreign forces is not the cleverest thing to do, nor is it particularly palatable to the general population.
Because of our respectful structure (a partnership with a Mexican company), PAPA ONE avoids these conflicts and because of these conflicts we expect less generational capacity to come online, which in turn will lead to higher electricity prices, which of course benefits us.
Obviously there have been delays due to Covid, but the necessary funds are ringfenced so there should be no cash call. Adam and Luis and their partners have also amassed a number of utility scale projects close to shovel ready / ready to build and are now engaging with 350 PPM’s Corporate Team. I am hoping at some point soon we get the first 100 MW financed and ready to build and then after that things get a lot easier. They are still keen to target a GW of development in Mexico and other opportunities in LATAM.
For information please contact: https://www.papa-one.com/contact-us
Starting Price: £0.125 per share (post-split)
Current Price: £4.20 per share (post-split)
Principally, the way I have chosen to manage 350 PPM is as follows: operate on introducer fees, expand on equity and profit on shares.
To expand on this further, and it can’t be exact, we operate on the cash the business develops; offices, research, due diligence, wages, contractors, IT etc; we utilise equity sales to raise additional cash to expand the business; and we record profits from the acquisition of equity in companies we have championed, invested in or introduced to.
Regardless, with a strategy of aligning our objectives with the companies we work with and the investors that invest in those companies, it is fairly important that we build out our capabilities to provide the finance they require.
The steps that we have established are as follows:
- Technology: any environmental innovation will need considerable funding.
- Incubation: any company seeking to exploit the commercial potential of any environmental technology (not just ones we have financed) will need some early financing, to identify environmental projects.
- Pre-Construction Development: once a series of suitable projects have been identified, the project developer will need funding to develop the projects from green/brownfield through to ready to build / shovel ready / oven ready.
- Construction: based on the projects reaching ready to build, construction equity and debt is now needed to build out the project. Of course, the other option is for the project developer to sell the Ready to Build project.
- Asset Management / YieldCo: once the project is operational it should produce a relatively stable cashflow for at least 25 years, accordingly, we either need to have funds ready to buy the operational asset or access to pension and infrastructure funds that can purchase the performing asset.
Our current focus is Section 3, although we are keen to build our capabilities across other areas of the value chain in due course.
Below is our pipeline of businesses we are working with:
Having directed our focus on Pre-Construction Development and having achieved the market / product fit that Silicon Valley Investors deem so important (basically that our offerings are attractive to investors), we are now looking to scale our operations and by next year, we should have a regulated fintech base established and have taken over an asset management company in the UK. Although things are slow at present.
For further information please register on the website here: www.350ppm.co.uk
Starting Price: £0.25 per share (post 1:100 share split)
Current Price: £1.50 per share (post 1:100 share split; latest model price £1.53)
We estimate that for every 10 GW of wind power, you need 3 GW of storage. This is absolutely impossible utilising current battery technology or any other technology that we are aware of.
Storelectric’s simple solution to what is the holy grail of renewables is a complete gamechanger and one of the reason’s 350 PPM got into this business in the first place. The challenge is to now construct the first site.
The reassuring factor in all of this is that all the engineering groups Storelectric are working with agree that they have the solution. In reality, I can see 350 PPM raising the required finance for Storelectric, but we need the UK GOVT to come forward with some utility scale energy storage subsidies first. This is likely, because although they keep barking on about not using coal during May because it was sunny and windy, they fail to mention that there was little industry occurring due to Covid 19.
In short, to avoid blackouts or a working week when the wind dictates when the machines and cars can run, we need cheap utility scale storage that is relatively emission free to set up and take down (unlike batteries).
Storelectric’s EIS Certificates are on their way to investors. For further information or to contact: https://www.storelectric.com/
WASTE TO ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD
Starting Price: £0.08 per share
Current Price: £0.25 per share
WES has a great strategy of developing and in time constructing medium scale Waste to Energy Plants around the country.
Large waste processing facilities tend to fall victim to planning / not in my back yard (NIMBY) planning restrictions. Yet Council’s or district waste processing facilities tend to avoid this as people acknowledge their waste should be disposed of / handled locally. Effectively it is a necessary evil.
On top of this WES’s plants can produce heat (vital for manufacturing, industry, and district heating) as well as electricity, so all in all it’s a winning formula. For those wishing to claim SEIS / EIS, there has been a delay, but WES is now pursuing this through their new accountants.
For further information or to contact please visit: www.wastetoenergysolutions.co.uk
PLASTIC GREEN POWER LTD
Starting Price: £0.08 per share
Current Price: £0.29 per share
PGP have been insistent on re-negotiating our agreement with them. They claim that the Share Claw Call Option Clause (Syco clause), is deterring other groups from investing and also will affect their ability to claim SEIS /EIS reliefs on behalf of investors.
Accordingly, the new agreement does not include this clause and our ability to access the SCCO clause has ceased. To send them on their way and to provide a bonus for all investors, 350 PPM has transferred 250,000 of its shares to Mark Christensen, who is a new addition to the team and partner to Sean Lindgren. Sean has also transferred Mark, 10% of his holding.
Thus, this anti-dilutionary event, which preserves existing investors a 20% dilution, which they would normally have experienced should make up for the beneficial effects of the SCCO Clause, if it was ever to be needed.
For further information or to contact: https://plasticgreenpowerltd.co.uk/
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