Blue Sphere buys biogas facilities in Italy
January 6, 2016 - Blue Sphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, recently announced that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has completed the acquisition of four operating biogas facilities in Italy, a major milestone in the company’s history.
Blue Sphere has acquired 100 per cent of the stock of Agricerere, S.R.L., Agrielektra, S.r.L., Agrisorse, S.r.L. and Gefa, S.r.L. Individually, each fully operational facility generates one megawatt of electricity per hour which is sold to Gestore del Servizi Energetici GSE, S.p.A., a state owned company that promotes and supports renewable energy sources in Italy, under a power purchase agreement (PPA) that runs through December 31, 2027.
The four biogas facilities combined are expected to generate approximately EUR 8,400,000 (Euros) or the equivalent of approximately US$9,240,000 in annual revenue. The four biogas facilities combined will generate a minimum of EUR 3,760,000 (Euros) or the equivalent of approximately US$4,136,000 in annual EBITDA. The annual EBITDA of each biogas facility is guaranteed by Austep, S.p.A, our operating partner and a global leader in waste to energy technology and management. The Austep, S.p.A financial guarantee is further backed by an insurance policy underwritten and issued by a leading insurance provider. Pursuant to its agreements with Austep, S.p.A., Blue Sphere expects to receive the annual guaranteed EBITDA, and Austep, S.p.A. will receive any revenues in excess of the guaranteed EBITDA.
The enterprise value of these four facilities as stated by Innovatec, S.p.A, is approximately EUR 24,000,000 (Euros) or the equivalent of approximately US$26,400,000.
The company paid EUR 5,200,000 (Euros) or the equivalent of approximately US$5,720,000, plus closing costs to acquire all four biogas facilities including the assumption of certain debt associated with the acquisition of each facility. Fifty percent of the cash component of the purchase price plus closing costs was paid at closing, with the balance due three years from the closing date. Blue Sphere was provided with EUR 2,900,000 (Euros) or the equivalent of approximately $3,190,000 of capital from Helios Energy Investments to complete these acquisitions.
These acquisitions represent only four transactions of a pipeline of 25 biogas facilities that the company is evaluating for acquisition in Italy alone. With these transactions Blue Sphere has developed a network of brokers, consultants, legal and accounting experts that will allow for further expansion into the European marketplace.
“We are very excited to complete these acquisitions as they represent major milestones and proof of concept in the execution of our model of acquiring, building and operating waste to energy projects around the world,” said Shlomi Palas, the company’s CEO. “We are very pleased to announce that with the completion of these transactions, we have completed 100 per cent of the company’s goals for 2015.”
For more detailed information, please refer to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 17, 2015.
About Blue Sphere Corporation
Blue Sphere Corporation operates in the fast growing clean-tech sector as a waste-to-energy project integrator. Blue Sphere develops waste-to-energy and other renewable energy projects. The Company aspires to become a key player in the global waste-to-energy and renewable energy markets. For further information, please visit the company’s website: www.bluespherecorporate.com.
About Helios Energy Investments
Helios Energy Investments is a group of infrastructure funds investing in distributed power generation and renewable energy plants, managing over EUR 150 million. Helios’ investment portfolio includes more than 80 MW of solar PV, bio-gas, bio-mass and waste to energy power plants located in Europe and Israel. Helios enjoys a strong group of limited partner investors, including a number of the leading insurance companies and pension funds in Israel, as well as high net worth individuals and corporations from Israel and North America.
About Austep, S.p.A.
Austep is a twenty-year old global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in Milan, Italy. Austep specializes in waste-water treatment and the design, implementation and control of biogas facilities world wide. Austep operates in ten countries and has built nearly two hundred and fifty facilities around the globe.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are subject to risks and uncertainties and may change at any time. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including, without limitation, (i) uncertainties regarding general economic and market conditions, (ii) uncertainties regarding changes in the Clean tech sector, (iii) uncertainties regarding implementation of the Company’s business strategy, and (iv) other risk factors as outlined in the Company’s periodic reports, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, there is no assurance that the initiatives described in this press release will be successfully implemented or meet expectations. Forward-looking statements in this document speak only as of the date on which such statements were made, and we undertake no obligation to update any such statements that may become untrue because of subsequent events.
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