SOURCE: Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group

July 14, 2015 10:00 ET

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Down Slightly at $5.9 Billion in Q2 2015, Project Acquisitions Soar to $2.9 Billion, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Record $1.93 Billion Raised by Residential and Commercial Solar Funds

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Jul 14, 2015) - Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the second quarter of 2015.

Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing raised by public companies, decreased to $5.9 billion, compared to $6.4 billion in Q1 2015.

Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group, commented, "Overall corporate funding was down slightly this quarter. Yieldcos had a significant impact on the financial activity in the sector and raised $1.6 billion in public markets, about $800 million in debt, and accounted for almost a third of all large-scale project acquisitions. Residential and commercial solar funds continue to attract record funding as the ITC expiration deadline approaches."

Chart: Solar Corporate Funding Q2 2014-Q2 2015

VC funding dipped to $142 million in 24 deals, compared to $195 million in 27 deals in Q1 2015. Solar downstream companies continued to attract most of the VC funding with $60 million in 13 deals.

Among the Top 5 VC deals in Q2 2015, the largest was the $40 million raised by Applied Solar Technologies. Solexel raised $29.5 million, Solantro Semiconductor raised $11, Flisom raised $10.7 million, and Persimmon Technologies raised $8.9 million.

Chart: Solar Top 5 VC Deals in Q2 2015

A total of 28 VCs invested in Q2 2015, with Clean Energy Venture Group participating in two deals.

Public market financing was a record $2.3 billion. There was one IPO this quarter: 8point3 Energy Partners raised $420 million and was listed on NASDAQ.

Debt financing fell this quarter to $3.4 billion.

Announced large-scale project funding came to $1.9 billion in 26 deals.

Residential and commercial solar funds raised by third-party solar finance companies totaled $1.93 billion in five deals, the highest quarter to date. Of this total, $775 million went to three loan funds and $1.2 billion went to two lease or PPA funds.

There were 17 corporate M&A transactions in the solar sector this quarter, compared to 29 transactions in Q1 2015. Solar downstream companies accounted for 10 of these M&A transactions.

The largest disclosed M&A transaction was the acquisition of RBI Solar, Rough Brothers Manufacturing, and affiliates (collectively RBI) for $130 million by Gibraltar Industries.

There were 66 large-scale solar project acquisitions totaling $2.9 billion with about 3.5 GW changing hands. Project developers acquired 1.7 GW of large-scale solar projects followed by yieldcos with 1.1 GW.

Chart: Solar Top 5 Project Acquisitions by Megawatts in Q2 2015

Mercom also tracked 209 new large-scale project announcements in various stages of development worldwide in Q2 2015 representing 10.4 GW.

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