Scirocco Energy “in talks” over new acquisition of joint biogas venture
Due diligence is being undertaken by EAG on the special purpose vehicle (SPV) that owns the plant, which Scirocco said has been in production for seven years and generated underlying profits (EBITDA) of £567,000 (€657k) in its last financial year.
Scirocco expects EBITDA at the plant will rise to £725k (€840k) in the first year of EAG ownership.
Scirocco added the acquisition will require £3.8 million (€4.4m) of acquisition capital as well as approximately £200k (€231k) in closing costs and will be debt funded to approximately 70% of these costs. End-February 2023 is the target date for completion.
Scirocco said EAG’s strategy is to develop a pipeline of "bite-size" biogas acquisitions in the value range of £3m (€3.4m) - £4m (€4.6m) each.
A typical SPV of this size would generate around £850(€985k) EBITDA a year with an enterprise value (debt plus equity) in the range of £7.5m (€8.6m) - £8.5m (€9.8m) per plant, it added.
“Based on the strategic objectives and current deal flow pipeline being progressed by EAG, it is the intention that EAG will, subject to securing the necessary funding, acquire two plants through 2023 and a further two plants in 2024,” the company said.
Currently, the EAG portfolio comprises Greenan Generation (GGL) and its 0.5 MWe Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland. EAG estimates GGL has generated EBITDA to 30 September 2022 of £602k (€697k) (unaudited), after £375k (€434k) of costs.
In a statement, Tom Reynolds, Scirocco's chief executive, said: “The JV's initial acquisition of GGL last year demonstrates the low-risk and high-margin profitability of these assets and the value uplift that EAG provides upon completion.
“As detailed in the presentation we provide today, subject to financing being available as expected, the team is confident of building an asset base with enterprise value of up to £100m [€115m) by 2027.”