GRI Wind Towers

TRANSACTION OVERVIEW

Hulisani made an indirect acquisition of 25%, in GRI, a producer of wind towers to the global market for R82.5 million.

 

BACKGROUND

  •  Hulisani and Pele Green Energy (Pele) established an incorporated joint venture, Pele SPV13, held equally by each of them;
  • The joint venture company acquired a 25% shareholding in GRI for R82.5 million giving Hulisani an effective 12.5% equity stake in GRI valued at R41.25 million:
  • Pele’s 50% shareholding in Pele SPV13 was funded by Hulisani by way of preference share funding for R41.25 million; and
  • The preference shares were secured by a guarantee by Pele in favour of Hulisani guaranteeing the performance of PGE’s obligations under the Preference Share Subscription, a pledge and cession by Pele of its bank accounts and shares and shareholder loans in Pele SPV13 in favour of Hulisani.

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

  • GRI opened its first wind tower manufacturing plant in Atlantis, Cape Town in 2014;
  • In doing so, 300 jobs were created
  • GRI has the capacity to provide the global market with over 150 towers per year, some of which are exported;
  • GRI is the only operational wind tower manufacturing facility in South Africa, creating 340 jobs;
  • The renewable energy industry in South Africa and on the African continent is a rapidly growing sector; and
  • Creating manufacturing capability ensures local skills and reduces costs in the long term. 

PERFORMANCE

  • Our hands-on approach at GRI is starting to yield results and, in collaboration with our partners and Government, ensures that there is a manufacturing green economy in South Africa providing at least 40- 60% of locally produced components for the wind farms and creating sustainable quality skilled jobs;
  • Products were exported during the last financial year;
  • GRI provides Hulisani with vertical integration into the wind farm supply chain, as well as access to global demand for components for the wind generating industry;
  • The preference share funding enables further black participation in the manufacturing value chain; and
  • The plant has the capability to produce other components and with Government policy certainty, has significantly improved export potential.

Project Details

Country:

South Africa

Operational:

No

Purchase Price:

R82,500,000

Investment:

12.5%