Natureo Finance is pleased to announce that Ionics, a Belgium JV between Wallon industrial companies and research center Materia Nova, has acquired Quertech, the world leader in ion-implantation equipment for surface treatment. Quertech’s technology allows to alter the surface chemical, physical and electrical properties of materials such as glass, metals, polymer and catalyst, with applications in automotive, aeronautics, electronics and healthcare.
Natureo Finance advised Quertech's management team as well as financial investor GO CAPITAL during this transaction (press release).
Natureo Finance is pleased to announce that Chinese company Supratec has entered into Aqualabo Group, the largest French manufacturer of water instruments for control and measurement.
Natureo Finance advised Aqualabo management team as well as financial investor Demeter Partners to exit (press release).
Aqualabo is expected to leverage upon the strengths of a strong industrial and capital partner to extend its product offering into Asia, in particular China.
AMP (Aquaponic Management Project), the first and sole French premium salmon producer with sustainable farming techniques and ethics, has finalized its first institutional fund raising with LOG Investment, investment fund of L’Occitane’s holding (press release).
AMP targets the highest production quality: full traceability, sustainable and superior farming techniques, and exceptional final products. AMP’s salmons and sea trouts are breed in its exceptional sea farm site located in Cherbourg, Normandy, France. AMP is going to launch a complete brand of fresh and smoked products under the name Saumon de France.
LOG Investment will support AMP in its development in the French and international markets.
Natureo Finance structured AMP’s fund raising and advised the Company over the last two years in its corporate finance and business strategy.
Natureo Finance acted as sole advisor to ERGOSUP in its € 5.2 m fund raising – ERGOSUP's press release is attached.
ERGOSUP has developed an innovative technology enabling the production of hydrogen under high pressure and safely, ideally suitable for "zero-emission" mobility applications.
In addition to its advisory role, Natureo Finance has supported ERGOSUP in establishing a strategic partnership with AIR LIQUIDE.
These will allow ERGOSUP to accelerate the technology development phase and the deployment of demonstrators over the next two years.
Both advisory services and business development support builds on in-depth sector and financial expertise which Natureo Finance has accumulated over years.
Natureo Finance Research has released its Renewables Integration Newsletter. The new research product will frequently comment on key events around industries, companies and technologies which are driving the integration of renewable energies into grids and markets and hence are enabling the renewable energy transition.
Covered themes are Grid Storage, Behind-the-Meter Storage, Grid Edge Power Electronics, Swarm Storage, Virtual Power Plants, Smart Grid, Power-to-Gas, Green Hydrogen, Hydrogen Refueling … and more.
The launch of this Newsletter builds on in-depth knowledge in this field which Natureo has accumulated over years. In the past, Natureo published Solar, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency Newsletters; these were launched in 2011 and have been released more than 200 times.
We are pleased to announce that Natureo Finance has become today Listing Sponsor on Alternext Paris.
The pan-European Listing Committee (the European Listings Board) ruled favorably on the request for approval of Natureo Finance.
Our intention is to guide our corporate clients to select the most suitable financial strategy from private placement to listing companies. Should the Euronext markets be the best option, we intend to guide our corporate clients not only to the road of a fully compliant and successful IPO, but also to the roads of a “too often neglected” successful post IPO.
After having advised Mobivia Group to acquire competitor CityzenCar in June 2013, allowing Mobivia’s subsidiary Buzzcar to consolidate its position in the peer-to-peer car rental company further, Natureo Finance now contributes to the acquisition of Buzzcar by Drivy. Natureo Finance also advised Mobivia Group in its participation in the capital increase of € 8 million in Drivy.
Christophe Rouvière, co-founder of Natureo Finance, says:“We are extremely pleased to have supported Buzzcar and Mobivia Group over the last three years. The sector is still in its infancy and we have contributed to the sector consolidation”.
Now Drivy hasemerged as the world’s leading peer-to-peer car rental company and can rely upon first class investors, including strategic investor Mobivia Group (viaID), alongside BPI France, Index Ventures and Alven Capital.
Yann Marteil, member of Mobivia Group’s executive committee comments: “They are obvious synergies with Mobivia’s Group, in car maintenance businesses as in new services and we are quite excited to participatein the rapid emergence of a major player”.
Buzzcar CEO Nicolas Le Douarec also welcomes the merger: "In unity there is strength. The time has come for a genuine leader in our sector to emerge. Buzzcar’s 100,000 users, and 7,000 cars for rent as well as our team’s expertise and dedication are definite assets for Drivy to write the next chapter in peer-to-peer car rental."
Natureo Finance is pleased to welcome Bruno Combe as Senior Advisor. Bruno will bring his extensive corporate finance and international management experience acquired throughout his career in Europe and the United States.
Natureo Finance attends the Recycling Event « Filières et Recyclage de l’Ademe » (Paris, October 14th /15th) and discusses about the current hurdles to finance innovation in France, focusing on the recycling industry.
The corporate finance advisory firm, Natureo Finance, has announced that Leosphere, an established and recognized global leader in the laser radar remote sensors (LIDAR) market has just finalized the second tranche of a €20 million equity transaction. The second tranche was closed with Electranova Capital, the venture capital fund managed by Idinvest Partners and sponsored by EDF, the world’s second largest utility company. The first tranche of €10.5 million had been concluded in December 2012 with Oraxys.
LEOSPHERE, an established and recognized global leader in the laser radar remote sensors market (LIDAR), has finalized a 10M€ fundraising, the second tranche of a €20 million equity transaction. This second tranche was closed with Electranova Capital, the venture capital fund managed by Idinvest Partners and sponsored by EDF, the world’s second largest utility company. The first tranche had been concluded in December 2012 with Oraxys.
Natureo Finance Research issued an 82-page sector report on the PV storage technology market for residential & small commercial applications. Three regions are showing tangible evidence for their emergence as behind-the-meter PV storage markets and have the highest near-term storage system sales potential: Japan, Germany, California (US). We gauge the evolution of these regional markets until 2020 (unit sales, MWh storage capacity, value), look at market growth drivers & catalysts, evaluate the economics of PV storage adoption and identify relevant technology suppliers along the energy storage system (ESS) value chain.
Our technology analysis puts emphasis on power electronics (in particular inverters) which are key determinants of a storage system’s performance and total cost of ownership making them crucial differentiating factors for ESS vendors. For technology suppliers, the behind-the-meter PV storage opportunity can be summarized as follows:
- Tier-two/newcomer PV inverter makers: an opportunity to gain market share,
- Established PV inverter suppliers: a must to protect their position
- Innovative battery inverter makers: a springboard to position as takeover targets for
established players in the power electronics industry,
- Battery industry: a bonanza as it is a new and likely high-margin market,
- System integrators: a bonanza as it is a new market, but a sustainable business case requires
AC focus, access to cutting edge power electronics and battery technologies as well as effective
The sector report is available in the Natureo Finance Research webstore store.natureofinance.com
Natureo Finance Research has released its Energy Efficiency Newsletter which will frequently comment on key events affecting Gas-to-Power and Power-to-Gas industry valuations. The first edition has a special focus on Combined Heat & Power (CHP).
The launch of this Newsletter derives from the accumulated knowledge in this field and follows the publications of sector reports such as Combined Heat & Power: Driving the Prosumer Energy Generation Trend (September 2013), Stationary Fuel Cells: Addressing the Need for Clean Distributed Generation and Massive Grid Storage (July 2013), Green Gas Technologies: Natural Gas Trends and their Clean Profiteers (May 2013).
Natureo also frequently publishes Solar and Energy Storage Newsletters; these were launched in 2011 and have been published about 90 times each.
TerraNova, a new player in the printed circuit board recycling (e-scrap recycling) industry, was acquired by Metallica Commodities Corp. (MCC), a US based commodities group, on the 4th of December 2013. Having advised TerraNova in its previous financing round of 2009, Natureo Finance counselled again TerraNova during this critical transaction.
Natureo Finance Research issued a 73-page sector report on Combined Heat & Power Generation (September 2013). The report's focus is on natural-gas-fed CHP technologies (established versus new/emerging), their country-specific economics (LCOE, payback period, ROI analysis) and their suppliers. This report follows two other major sector research notes on Green Gas Technologies: Natural Gas Trends and their Clean Profiteers (May 2013; 145 pages) and Stationary Fuel Cells; Addressing the Need for Clean Distributed Generation and Massive Grid Storage (July 2013; 42 pages).
We are delighted to inform our readers that all our Research Publications are NOW AVAILABLE on our web site, http://store.natureofinance.com. Sector and Company Research Reports as well as weekly Newsletters can be purchased using a simple and secured payment scheme.
Leosphere, an established and recognized global leader in the laser radar remote sensors market (LIDAR), has finalized its first institutional fund raising. The first part of a total fund raising of €20 million was closed with Oraxys, a leading European cleantech private equity firm for an investment exceeding €10 million. The second part of this transaction will be completed in 2013.
The corporate finance advisory boutique, Natureo Finance, has announced that it has successfully secured an investment of GBP 15 million (USD 24 million) from the South African strategic investor Sasol New Energy for the British based company OXIS Energy Ltd.
Natureo Finance was the exclusive financial advisor for the sale of Sun Development, a company of 10 solar power farm projects generating 9MW, which will reach commercial operation by the end of 2011 in the French oversea territories.
FORCE-A, a pioneer in plant diagnostic tools and services for sustainable agriculture founded in 2004, has finalized a new fundraising led by GoGreen Capital and Amundi Private Equity Funds. This funding round will acelerate the commercialization of its real-time diagnostic solutions, particularly in the grapevine and large crop segments.
Boralex and Cube Infrastructure Fund announced today the acquisition of three wind farms in France, increasing Boralex's installed wind power capacity in Europe to 170 MW. ... Boralex was advised throughout the process by Simmons & Simmons, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Natureo Finance.