Amidst the looming recession and banking crisis, there has been a significant decline in both the deal volume and deal value in the energy industry. Capital remains scarce in the current economic environment and companies are facing problems when trying to draw capital for new deals. This is being compounded by challenges at the end of the investment cycle, as the liquidity markets were almost closed at the beginning of the last quarter of 2008. Exit options have been limited for investors to generate liquidity. Deal numbers and total Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) value in the sector as a whole declined significantly in 2009 but the decline in deals for renewables was much less marked than in the conventional sector. 2010 is set up to be another tough year as financing conditions remain constrained. Signals suggesting a sustainable recovery are staying mixed and, indeed, there remains a significant concern that recovery could stall, inhibiting deals in this sector. However, despite the credit crisis, the situation is not all bad, as is evident from a slew of investments by private investors such as Good Energies, Draper Fisher, Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Khosla Ventures, RockPort Capital Partners, and Quercus Trustcompanies. Opportunities are still available for companies with innovative technology, which can provide value several times higher than its revenue. In combination with the lower valuations of companies, this is a good time for energy companies with cash or surplus capital to seek out opportunities in all sectors, especially renewable technologies. Furthermore, policy makers, particularly in South Korea, China, the US, among others, have taken measures to provide fiscal incentives for utilities in their stimulus plans.
Impact of Recession on the Global Power Industry
Conventional Energy Deals
Renewable Energy Deals
Effect of decline in Equity Funding and De-Stocking of the Supply Chain
Strategic Evaluation of Funding and Investment Opportunities
Opportunity Strategy Evaluation Grid for Top Technologies
Recommendations to facilitate investment in energy domain
Venture Capital Funding in Energy Industry
Reasons to Buy
Identify key growth and investment opportunities in the global energy market
Position yourself to gain the maximum advantage of the industry’s growth potential across different technologies
Facilitate decision-making based on upcoming market developments across technologies in the power domain.
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