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Gore Street’s UK battery storage asset revenues increase nearly 70% year-on-year

By Molly Lempriere

UK battery storage player Gore Street saw its net income increase by 191% over the year to 31 March 2022, whilst the EBITDA of its operational portfolio surged 704%.

The London Stock Exchange-listed battery energy storage fund saw its income grow to £42.5 million (US$51.71 million) for the last financial year from £14.6 million as of 31 March 2021, and its EBITDA to £23.3 million from £2.9 million.

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Its operational portfolio grew over the period, increasing from 380MW as of March 2021 to 628.54MW as of 31 March 2022. It had 12 assets producing income over the last year, with a total capacity of 231.7MW, just a one project increase from the previous year when it had a capacity of 209.7MW.

This is expected to continue to expand at pace over the coming year, with 37% of Gore Street’s portfolio operational and 63% at the construction/pre-construction stage.

All of the company’s operating assets performed strongly it stated, with the average revenue per MW for its British assets over 68% higher than the 2021 fiscal year average and 18.3% higher than internally forecasted for the period.  

“Our active asset management approach continues to optimise Capex of the portfolio’s assets, which increases both performance and profitability, providing greater returns for shareholders,” said CEO of Gore Street Capital, the investment adviser to the company, Alex O’Cinneide.

“Additionally, the company has had great success to date with keeping construction on time and within budget, even in this period of supply chain challenges; as well as carefully designing each asset to be optimised for maximum efficiency once operational.”

During the 2021/22 period, Gore Street completed its first acquisition in mainland Europe with a 22MW operational asset in Germany, as well as acquiring two assets in Britain: Stony (79.9 MW) and Enderby (57MW).

Additionally, it secured the rights to expand one of its assets in the Republic of Ireland, with an additional 90MW to be added to its Kilmannock project. Along with a 50MW expansion grant for its Porterstown asset, this will take the company’s total portfolio size in the country to 210MW.

Since the end of the period it has continued to expand its portfolio, including acquiring a portfolio of eight energy storage assets in Texas, its first in the US. It is currently reviewing a range of opportunities in Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, North America and Australia it noted, with a total pipeline of c.1.7GW or 3.6GWh.

During the FY 2021/22 period, Gore Street raised £208.6 million in two oversubscribed issuances, increasing its issued share capital from 143.9 million shares to 345.0 million shares.

“We … successfully raised, through oversubscribed fundraises, £135 million in April 2021 and a further £73.6 million in October 2021, with an additional £150 million raised post-period end,” continued O’Cinneide.

“The substantial increase of investible capital has given the company additional headroom to continue our strategy of expanding into other geographies, with our first acquisition in Germany, during the period, and in the United States post-reporting period, which add a layer of geographical and revenue diversity to our already highly diverse portfolio of energy storage assets, de-risking Gore Street further for our shareholders.”

Gore Street’s net asset value (NAV) increased 154% to £369.6 million from £145.1 million in the previous year. Its NAV per share grew by 6% to 107.1p from 100.0p, bringing its NAV total return to 13%.

Its total share returns for the period were 11% since 31 March 2021 and 37% since inception.

This story first appeared on Solar Power Portal.

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