Eco Investor Update
A Weekly News Update for Environmental Investors
April 2013 - No 123
This is the final edition of Eco Investor Update in its current format. From now on it will be refolded back into Eco Investor magazine, and the magazine will revert to be being published monthly instead of every second month. Thus the news will again be available through the magazine, as was the case before the first Eco Investor Update in September 2010.
The changes do not affect subscriptions.
Among other reasons, the change will enable our resources to be better focused on higher value analysis and comment than straight news which is widely available. There will be more discussion on the changes in the upcoming issue of Eco Investor magazine. Meanwhile I thank all of you for supporting Eco Investor Update over the past two and a half years and 123 editions.
DUET Group has continued its two year rising trend with its security price reaching a new two year high of $2.32 on 28 March.
The most recent rise is while major security holders Macquarie Bank and AMP have sold down from 12.6 to 11.5 per cent. (ASX: DUE)
A six month rising streak saw ERM Powers share price hit a new all time high of $2.73 on 28 March.
Deputy chairman Trevor St Barker has indirectly disposed of 670,000 shares in an off market trade at $2.46 per share. Also in an off market trade, managing director Philip St Barker has acquired 371,053 shares at $2.46 per share. (ASX: EPW)
Unlisted Share Funds
Australian Ethical Smaller Companies Trust
Australian Ethical has invited applications for Community Grants program that will make available over $100,000 to not for profit organizations and community projects.
Applications are open for three months from 1 April 2013.
Australian Ethical said that the last few years have seen almost 1,000 applications and this year it hopes to set a new record.
Weve been working with the not for profit sector for over a decade and we know that for many organizations obtaining funds is more challenging than it has ever been, said Paul Smith, General Manager Strategy and Communications.
Australian Ethical donates 10 per cent of its annual profit every year through the grants program, one of the highest percentages in corporate giving in Australia. Since the inception 12 years ago, the program has provided over $1.3 million.
Australian Ethical manages the Australian Ethical Smaller Companies Trust, Australian Ethical Advocacy Fund and Australian Ethical International Equities Trust, among other funds.
Shares in Carbon Conscious have lost 90 per cent of their value since November 2011, falling from 40 cents to a new all time low of 3.9 cents on 26 March. The price is also below its recent share purchase plan at 5 cents per share. (ASX: CCF)
Recently listed energy efficiency company Ecosave Holdings has seen a big run up in its share price which was $1.40 in early March and $1.80 on 27 March, a post IPO high. There has been no recent news. (ASX: ECV)
Unlisted Investment Companies
The general pick up in the stock market since June 2012 together with significant improvements in the value of the green investments has seen a turnaround in the value of August Investments portfolio, said managing director, Damien Lynch.
After steady declines in the value of our portfolio since the Global Financial Crisis, this trend has now been reversed.
We are constantly on the lookout for investments which provide environmental and social benefits. Some of these have performed very well, including Tassal Group, Energy Action and Blackmores. (Others, such as CBD Energy and Carnegie Wave have been less impressive.)
Unfortunately, there are not a large number of such green investments with a positive financial position to be found. We have therefore looked at two sectors which are expected to provide positive benefits in the medium term. These are I.T. and Telecommunications share investments.
Within these sectors we have been able to identify individual investments which have already provided us with exceptional value through increasing profits, increasing dividends and growth in share values. The Telco sector has an ever growing market based on consumer demand and the implementation of the National Broadband Network. Such investments include TPG Telecom, My Net Fone, M2 Telecommunications and Amcom Telecommunications.
In the IT sector we have investments in Technology One and Hansen Technologies. The latter provides software for smart meters, which facilitate energy savings for consumers. This makes Hansen a light green investment for us.
August Investments share price has increased 11.6 per cent in the nine months from June 2012. To take advantage of the trend, August is looking at a rights issue in the near future.
Micro Cap Companies
AFT Corporation sold as many solar panels in 2012 as it did in 2011, but its revenue was down due to substantial falls in world panel prices, says director John Zhang in the companys annual report to 31 December 2012.
The company has a four point strategy to grow but does not expect to see any substantial revenue growth from these until 2014, he said. (ASX: AFT)
Ceramic Fuel Cells
Ceramic Fuel Cells and Energy Services Company (ESCo) iPower Energy (iPower) have received the go ahead for their first housing association project - with Housing Solutions, a housing association in Maidenhead, England. This follows the January distribution agreement between the two companies.
Initially 10 BlueGen units will be deployed with each unit serving on average five flats. The tenants will enjoy cheaper, lower carbon electricity and a minimum discount of 10 per cent against the best locally available standard electricity tariff.
iPower expects to replicate the project with housing associations around the country.
Ceramic Fuel Cells said the agreement with iPower reflects its increased emphasis on BlueGens in the social housing market, where the cost savings can have most effect, particularly in blocks of flats where the electrical output from one BlueGen can be shared between flats. (ASX: CFU)
Green Invest has provided what it calls preliminary projections for its Green Plumbers Green City program in the United States. The company said there is accelerating uptake by municipalities and utilities and the model for the program has now been sufficiently quantified for preliminary projections.
The program gives a route to market for manufacturers and the suite of products will be increased by association with non competing manufacturers.
Year 1 projections are for Membership and Client Service fees of US$499,900, Green City Project Revenues of $2.569 million, and Other Revenues of US$242,500 for Total Revenues of $3.311 million.
Total Expenses are projected at US$367,100 to give Net Revenue of $2.944 million. (ASX: GNV)
Phoslock Water Solutions
Phoslock Water Solutions has completed the application of 125 tons of phoslock to three UK lakes, with the projects having a total value of $500,000.
Two of the applications were part of a major project by the Englands Environment Agency and the Natural Environment Research Councils Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to assess phosphorus capping techniques to reduce eutrophication in lakes. (ASX: PHK)
Shares in Dart Energy fell to a new all time low of 10 cents on 27 March. There were no ASX announcements; however the next day the company made the national news when residents of Fullerton Cove, north of Newcastle, protested the dismissal of their court bid for a more rigorous environmental assessment of coal seam gas exploration in the area.
The residents had told the Land and Environment Court the exploration will affect part of Newcastle's drinking water. But the Court lifted an injunction preventing Dart Energy from sinking exploratory wells around Fullerton Cove.
The ABC reported a resident saying there are 85 homes within a two kilometre radius of the Fullerton Cove wells, with the nearest home only 400 metres away.
It reported Dart Energy saying that despite the court win there was no time frame for drilling to begin. We have to actually assess the recent announcement by the New South Wales Government before we proceed to go further with the project," it said. (ASX: DTE)
Micro Cap Companies
Actinogen said it has discovered actinomycetes that produce plant growth hormones. Tests in pot trials recorded significant extra root and leaf growth in broad bean plants, and independent trials have been set up to further test their performance.
The trials will test the growth hormones on wheat and peas and measure the amount of root, leaf and stem growth. The results will be available in six to seven weeks. (ASX: ACW)
Algae.Tec managing director Peter Hatfull has indirectly acquired 31,197 shares at 24.4 cents each. (ASX: AEB)
Shares in AnaeCo fell to a new all time low of 1.1 cents on 28 March.
Patrick Kedemos, managing director and CEO, said the companys $21.4 million fully underwritten rights issue attracted new shareholders through the underwritten component, many of whom are institutional and sophisticated investors. (ASX: ANQ)
Carnegie Wave Energy
Carnegie Wave Energy chairman Grant Mooney and director Jeff Harding participated in the companys recent share purchase plan. (ASX: CWE)
Enerjis second customer, an ASX top 200 company with a gold mine in the Asia Pacific, has placed an order for installation preparation of a waste heat to power system (WHPS).
For an agreed initial fee, Enerji is undertaking the first stages of design and planning and preparing a construction contract. The WHPS should save over a million litres of diesel and thousands of tonnes of CO2 each year. Enerji said the company considers many other off grid mining sites would benefit from similar opex reductions.
Site visits, a viability assessment and commercial negotiations have taken several months.
Enerji said its pipeline of new project targets includes three possible further projects with this same customer as well as other mining companies with remote operations.
Enerji has also submitted a detailed bid for another mine site in WA that has been well received and is awaiting reassessment of the mine life before proceeding.
Some further preliminary site assessment work has also been conducted for an Australian industrial site with significant potential for an Enerji WHPS. This is a more sophisticated application involving potentially five units.
Cash starved Enerji anticipates it will receive $1.2 million as an R&D tax incentive cash refund for 2011-12. Meanwhile the company has raised $144,000 in a placement at 0.6 cents per share. (ASX: ERJ)
Geodynamics shares plunged over 20 per cent leading up to and on the announcement by Origin Energy that it will withdraw from the Innamincka Deeps Joint Venture effective 30 June.
In August last year Origin ceased funding its joint venture share of the costs to complete the Habanero 4 well and had earlier decided not to participate in the proposed 2012-13 Work Program and Budget to complete the testing program and trial operations of the 1 MW Habanero Pilot Plant at Innamincka.
Geodynamics managing director and chief executive officer Geoff Ward said Origins support since joining the joint venture in 2007 allowed Geodynamics to significantly progress the development and demonstration of an Enhanced Geothermal System in Australia.
With the successful completion of the Habanero 4 well in September 2012 we have demonstrated one of, if not the, highest productivity EGS tests performed in the world achieving a significant improvement on earlier well results. We look forward to the successful trial operation of the 1 MW Habanero Pilot Plant, commencing in April, continuing these positive results.
The development of EGS geothermal resources in Australia remains a long term challenge requiring significant capital investment and extension of infrastructure; however we remain convinced that these resources will play a material role in Australias long term energy economy as a reliable supplier of large scale, continuous, predictable, controllable energy. (ASX: GDY)
Panax Geothermal will not proceed with its previously announced rights issue that was to follow its share consolidation, and is now considering other capital raising options. (ASX: PAX)
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