Press Release from Zenergy Power llc
The Board of Zenergy, a leading developer of superconducting technology, announces that it has completed a review of the Group’s business and strategic options which involved the Group’s main business lines and an assessment of the long term viability of the Group’s overall strategy.
The Company has created a patented portfolio of IP in the area of High Temperature Superconductivity (“HTS”) which has been incorporated into a number of industrial power applications which have achieved significant firsts in their respective markets. These included the first industrial HTS product, the Magnetic Billet Heater, and the first HTS Fault Current Limiter installed in the US electrical grid. These achievements and the interest they have generated coupled with trends in the energy sector, such as the shift towards “smart grids”, have led the Board to conclude that there is significant value in the Group’s superconductor technology solutions.
HTS Wire (2G)
The Company’s HTS wire process offers the potential to reduce significantly the cost of HTS wire production through the use of a continuous chemical process which, when scaled-up, can deliver industrial quantities of wire at low cost, thus facilitating and stimulating the adoption of superconducting equipment generally.
The Board previously announced that the investment required to scale-up the technology to commercialisation is too great for Zenergy to fund on its own.
Fault Current Limiter (“FCL”)
The Board believes that the FCL product has a large long term potential market and is part of the transition to “smart grids” and distributed power generation. However, it is the Board’s view that it is likely to be a number of years before FCL will have achieved significant market penetration. Furthermore, the FCL is a specialist component of the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) equipment market and as such would benefit from the greater resources of a larger T&D equipment supplier.
Magnetic Billet Heaters (“MBH”)
Sales of MBH have been at lower volumes and on a significantly more protracted timescale than the Board had originally hoped. Whilst this business may in due course cover its costs and make a contribution towards central costs, the Board has concluded that it will not be of sufficient scale to be the main driver of Zenergy’s growth.
Generators and motors
The Company has also developed and supplied superconducting coils for use in generators and motors, where it has engaged with potentially interested industry players in wind, hydro and marine propulsion.
The funding required to finance Zenergy through the period of commercialising its technology would be substantial and there can be no certainty that the Group would be able to secure such funding.
The Board has, therefore, concluded that Zenergy’s business can best be developed as part of a larger group with access to the necessary funding and commercial relationships to enable commercialisation of Zenergy’s unique IP and products. Accordingly, the Board has appointed Matrix Corporate Capital LLP and Woodside Capital Partners to seek a purchaser for the Group. As a result, the Company has entered into an offer period for the purposes of the Takeover Code.
Following recent changes to the composition of the Board, the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers has confirmed that it considers Zenergy’s place of central management and control to be in the United Kingdom. Accordingly, Zenergy is now subject to the provisions of the Takeover Code.
In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the Code, Zenergy confirms that it has in issue and admitted to trading on AIM 69,059,368 ordinary shares of 1p each under International Securities Identification Number GB00B19HBR28.
Zenergy will make a further announcement in due course, as appropriate.
Enquires: Stephen Mischler · Matrix Corporate Capital LLP · T + 44 20 3206 7203 Mike Powell · Woodside Capital Partners (UK) LLP · T + 44 208 144 5139
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