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HydrogenOne Q2 Valuation Up 2.6%; YoY Revenue Surges 170% From Portfolio Firms

By August 7, 2023 8   min read  (1461 words)

August 7, 2023 |

HydrogenOne Q2 Valuation Up 2.6 YoY Revenue Surges 170 from Portfolio Firms

HydrogenOne, the first London-listed fund investing in clean hydrogen for a positive environmental impact, today announces its quarterly net asset value and portfolio update for the three months ended 30 June 2023 (‘Q2-2023’ or the ‘quarter’).

Q2-2023 Key Highlights

  • Net Asset Value (‘NAV’) per share of the Company 100.70 pence; an increase of 0.7%. since 31 March 2023 and a 4.0% increase year on year from 30 June 2022
  • Positive progress on revenue growth from portfolio companies, delivering an aggregate £52.0 million in total revenue in the 12 month period to 30 June 2023, an increase of 170% compared to the 12 month period to 30 June 2022
  • Increased valuations in private assets more than offsetting declines from higher discount rates and in listed hydrogen assets
  • Follow-on investments of £2.6 million in the quarter to Thierbach and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
  • Cash and cash equivalents of £8.9 million, and £3.0 million of listed hydrogen companies at the end of the quarter
  • The Company has seen some £8 billion of industry investment in green hydrogen year-to-date,  underscoring the positive industry outlook and supportive regulatory regimes for clean hydrogen

 

Net Asset Value

At 30 June 2023, the unaudited NAV per share of the Company was 100.70 pence, representing a quarterly increase of 0.7% from 31 March 2023, and an increase of 4.0% from 30 June 2022. The Company had net assets of £129.7 million at 30 June 2023.

 The quarterly increase was driven primarily by valuation uplifts to the Company’s portfolio of private investments, positively contributing 2.24 pence (2.2%) per share to the NAV movement compared to 31 March 2023, and 8.27 pence (8.5%) per share to the NAV movement compared to 30 June 2022. 

 The portfolio weighted average discount rate at 30 June 2023 was 13.7% (30 June 2022: 12.4%; 31 March 2023: 12.8%), resulting in a 7.21 pence per share reduction in NAV between 31 March 2023 and 30 June 2023.

 

NAV Movements

Opening NAV per share at 31 March 2023            

100.00p

Portfolio valuation uplifts            

1.72p

Accrual for Investment Adviser carry     

1.05p

FX impacts         

(1.40)p

Company expenses       

(0.67)p

Closing NAV per share at 30 June 2023  

100.70p

 

 

Financial Summary

30 June 23

31 March 23

Change

30 June 22

Change

NAV

£129.7m

£128.8m

+0.7%

£124.8m

+3.9%

NAV per share

100.70p

100.00p

+0.7%

96.83p

+4.0%

Portfolio valuation

£120.5m

£117.4m

+2.6%

£95.9m

+25.7%

Portfolio fair value gain on cost

£11.6m

£11.0m

+5.5%

£2.5m

+364.0%

Other net assets (incl cash)

£9.2m

£11.4m

-19.3%

£28.9m

-68.2%

 

Investment Activity

  • The Company made £2.6 million of follow-on investment in two portfolio companies during the quarter

 The Company will invest £2.5 million (€2.8 million) in development activities at the Thierbach Project alongside other institutional investors and HH2E, of which the Company invested £0.8 million in Q1-2023, and a further £1.1 million in Q2-2023. Thierbach should reach Final Investment Decision (‘FID’) in H2-2023, subject to technical and commercial studies, and funding. Should the Thierbach Project take FID, and the Company elects to not participate, then its £2.5 million investment in the project will be returned by HH2E.

 The Company invested £1.5 million in Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd in Q2-2023, alongside Safran Corporate Ventures and the Strategic Development Fund

  • After the end of the quarter, the Company invested a further £0.96 million in UK hydrogen transport company NanoSUN to further improve its growth capacity, alongside Westfalen Group and NanoSUN management in a £1.5 million funding round
  • The Company had cash and cash equivalents of £8.9 million, and £3.0 million of listed hydrogen companies at the end of the quarter, and remains well funded for its day-to-day activities.

 

Portfolio Summary

  • At 30 June 2023, the Company is invested in ten private investments, in the UK and Europe, representing 97.0% of its invested portfolio by value.  Additional investment in strategic, global hydrogen listed equities in revenue generating businesses comprised 3.0% of the invested portfolio
  • The portfolio continues to perform in line with the expectations of the Investment Adviser, HydrogenOne Capital LLP
  • Eight of the Company’s ten private investments are revenue-generating, producing equipment and technology solutions for clean hydrogen production. The unaudited aggregate revenue from these investments was c. £52.0 million in the 12-month period to 30 June 2023, an increase of 170% compared to the 12 months to 30 June 2022, on a pro-forma basis.

 

Portfolio Company Updates

 Sunfire GmbH, the leading German industrial electrolyser producer: (20% of NAV)

  • The Bad Lauchstädt Energy Park, a consortium of Terrawatt, Uniper, VNG Gasspeicher, ONTRAS, DBI and VNG, in Central Germany, took Final Investment Decision on a 30MW green hydrogen facility with associated salt cavern storage. The €210 million project will use Sunfire electrolysers, and should replace grey hydrogen in the Leuna refinery and supply transport customers, commencing in 2025
  • Sunfire has successfully installed a 2.6MW solid oxide electrolyser, the world’s largest, at the Neste MultiPLHY hydrogen project, in Rotterdam. The electrolyser will be integrated into Neste’s refinery and will become part of the on-site production of renewable products. Once operational, the electrolyser will produce more than 60kg of green hydrogen per hour.

 

Strohm Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based hydrogen pipeline company: (15% of NAV)

  • Strohm was selected as partner for the Hydrogen Offshore Production for Europe (‘HOPE’) project. HOPE is an important milestone in the industry trend to produce green hydrogen in the offshore. The project is planned to be 10MW (4 tonnes of hydrogen per day), installed off the port of Ostend, in Belgium. The project has been selected by the European Clean Hydrogen Partnership, under which it has been awarded a €20.0 million grant. HOPE is being coordinated by Lhyfe, and implemented by eight European partners: Alfa Laval, Plug Netherland, Strohm, EDP NEW, ERM, CEA, POM-West-Vlaanderen and DWR eco
  • Strohm, alongside BW Offshore, Switch2, MARIN and TU Delft, have received a €3.0 million grant from the Dutch government for project OFFSET, an industrial scale floating green hydrogen and ammonia project, based on the proven concept of a floating production and offloading vessel (FPSO). The objective of the OFFSET project will be to demonstrate a decrease in the cost of green fuel production and thereby increase its accessibility
  • Strohm was awarded a contract by PRIO (formerly known as PetroRio) to provide its composite pipe solutions to support operations at its Frade field, in Brazil.

 

NanoSUN Limited, a UK-based developer of hydrogen distribution and mobile refuelling equipment: (10% of NAV)

  • NanoSUN appointed Dr. Graham Cooley, who was previously the CEO of ITM Power Ltd, as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Meike Schaeffler, from NanoSUN investor Westfalen, was appointed as a Board Member. Neil Tierney, who is the founder of ONZO, a home energy management company that was later acquired by SSE and GEO, and who has had senior roles at UBCO and PURE Electric, focusing on lightweight electric vehicles, was appointed as CEO
  • Westfalen and NanoSUN have deployed a Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station in German city Brühl, in the Cologne area, to fuel 6 new Solaris Hydrogen City Buses. The filling station was developed in cooperation between Westfalen Group and NanoSUN. The system will avoid emissions of 393 tons of CO2 and 0.55 tons of NOx per year. Filling a fuel cell bus with the Pioneer system less than 20 minutes
  • NanoSUN continued collaboration and contract manufacturing with TIS Manufacturing, in Aberdeen, UK, for NanoSUN’s Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Stations.

 

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd (‘CAeS’), a UK hydrogen flight innovator: (8% of NAV)

  • CAeS announced a Heads of Terms with Britten-Norman, manufacturers of the Islander aircraft, to merge and to create the world’s first fully integrated, zero-emissions aircraft, for entry into service in 2026. The proposed combination is subject to due diligence by the Company
  •  CAeS welcomed Evolito, a ground-breaking UK technology innovator onboard as the motor and inverter supplier for its hydrogen-powered aircraft demonstrator
  • CAeS celebrated 75 years of continuous Design Approvals, which have enabled the company to deliver world-leading complex modifications and underpin its future as a global leader in the development of zero-emissions aircraft.

 

Bramble Energy, a UK-based fuel cell and portable power solutions company: (7% of NAV)

  • Bramble Energy has secured £12.0 million UK Government funding to provide fuel cell technology to hydrogen buses. Bramble Energy’s innovative, low-cost printed circuit board fuel cell (‘PCBFC’) technology will power an all-new hydrogen double-decker bus, which will be developed in conjunction with Equipmake, Aeristech and the University of Bath.

 

Gen2 Energy, a Norwegian green hydrogen project developer: (3% of NAV)

  • Gen2 Energy received zoning plan approval for a large-scale, 100MW green hydrogen facility in Mosjøen, Norway
  • ·    Gen2 Energy AS and Provaris Energy Ltd signed a collaboration agreement, to study producing and supplying compressed green hydrogen from the Gen2 Energy hydrogen project in Åfjord, Norway, to European ports, using Provaris’ marine storage and shipping solutions. Provaris has developed a portfolio of hydrogen shipping and storage solutions, including two sizes of GH2 Carriers (H2Neo 26,000 m3 and H2Max 120,000 m3) and a floating storage (H2Leo), with a design capacity range of 300 – 600 tonnes hydrogen. The H2Neo, which is intended to be utilised in the Åfjord project, was granted Design Approval based on an extensive FEED package in December 2022, with final construction approval targeted for early 2024.

 

Further details on the Company’s private investments can be found on its website at https://hydrogenonecapitalgrowthplc.com/portfolio/private-investments.

 

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