Foresight Solar Fund Limited : Proposed Issue of Equity under the Placing Programme

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This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, or to buy shares in any jurisdiction.
 
This announcement is neither an advertisement, a prospectus nor a financial promotion.  Any investment in any shares referred to in this announcement may be made only on the basis of information in the prospectus (the "Prospectus") published by Foresight Solar Fund Limited on 25 September 2014, in connection with a placing programme (the "Placing Programme") for ordinary shares of no par value each ("Ordinary Shares"), to be admitted to the Premium Listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange.
Proposed Placing under the Placing Programme
 
The Board of Foresight Solar Fund Limited (the "Company") is pleased to announce a proposed further placing of new Ordinary Shares under the Placing Programme announced on 25 September 2014 in accordance with the Prospectus (the "Placing"). 
 
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The Placing price will be based on an updated NAV per Ordinary Share to be announced on 1 June 2015 plus a premium to cover the costs of the Placing.  New Ordinary Shares to be issued under the Placing will carry an entitlement to the first quarterly dividend of 1.52 pence, as announced on 27 April 2015, in respect of the period from 1 January to 31 March 2015, which will be paid on 30 June 2015.
 
Unless otherwise defined herein, terms used in this announcement shall have the same meanings as those defined in the Prospectus.
 
Investment Update
  • Following financial completion of the Kencot asset and Wymeswold extension, the Company has invested a further £50 million since the £36.1 million raised during March 2015 under the Placing Programme. 
  • The Company has secured exclusivity over a pipeline of assets totalling more than 100MW, including a 51MW operational portfolio which was connected to the Grid in Q1 2015 and thus qualifies for the 1.4 Renewable Obligation Certificate ("ROC”) rate. 
  • The successful acquisition of all of the exclusive pipeline would represent an increase in capacity of c. 50% for the Company.  
  • The proceeds from the Placing will therefore be used towards repaying the existing acquisition facility and enabling the Company to take advantage of this exclusive pipeline of assets.  
  • Performance of the portfolio remains in line with the expectations of the Investment Manager.
Timetable
 
The expected timetable is as follows but is subject to change at the discretion of the Company, Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited ("Stifel") and J.P. Morgan Cazenove.  
Event Date
Announcement of NAV and Placing price 1 June 2015
Placing Opens 1 June 2015
Latest time and date for receipt of Placing commitments 12:00pm on 11 June  2015
Results of Placing announced 12 June 2015
Admission and Settlement 16 June 2015
Crediting of CREST in respect of New Shares 8.00am on 16 June 2015
Share certificates in respect of New Shares despatched (if applicable) On or around 23 June 2015
ENDS
 
For further information, please contact:
Foresight Group
Elena Palasmith                               epalasmith@foresightgroup.eu 
+44 (0)20 3667 8100
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Sponsor and Joint Bookrunner)
+44 (0)20 7710 7600
Mark Bloomfield
Neil Winward
Tunga Chigovanyika
J.P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Bookrunner)
William Simmonds+44 (0)20 7742 4000
 
Notes to Editors
 
About Foresight Solar Fund Limited ("The Company" or "FSFL")
 
FSFL is a Jersey-registered closed-end investment company. The Company invests in ground based UK solar power assets to achieve its objective of providing Shareholders with a sustainable and increasing dividend with the potential for capital growth over the long-term.  The Company's 233MW, ten asset portfolio is fully operational.
The Company raised proceeds of £150m through an initial public offering ("IPO”) of shares on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in October 2013, and a further £96.2m through issues under the Placing Programme in October 2014 and March 2015.
About Foresight Group
Foresight Group was established in 1984 and today is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager with over £1.3 billion of assets under management. As one of the UK’s leading solar infrastructure investment teams Foresight funds currently manage c. £1 billion in over 40 separate operating Photovoltaic ("PV”) plants in the UK, the USA and southern Europe.  
In May 2013 Foresight executed an innovative refinancing of its existing UK solar assets through the issue of a £60m London Stock Exchange listed index-linked Solar Bond. 
Foresight Group has offices in London, Nottingham, Guernsey, Rome and San Francisco. 
www.foresightgroup.eu 
This announcement is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia) (the "United States"), Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa. This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa. The securities of the Company have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended and may not be offered or sold directly or indirectly in or into the United States or to or for the account or benefit of any US Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act). The securities referred to herein have not been registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered or sold within Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa or to any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa.
This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by, Stifel or J.P. Morgan Cazenove or by any of their respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or their advisers and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.
Stifel, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as sponsor to the Company and is acting for no-one else in connection with the Placing and the contents of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of Stifel nor for providing advice in connection with the Issues and the contents of this announcement or any other matter referred to herein.
J.P. Morgan Cazenove which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority and Stifel (together, the "Joint Bookrunners"), are each acting exclusively for the Company and no-one else in connection with the Placing or the matters referred to in this announcement, will not regard any other person as their respective client in relation to the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the Placing or any transaction or arrangement referred to in this announcement.