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1 18/05/10 Securitisation in Renewable Energy: Hercules or Hydra Jason Langley BEng ACA AMIMechE A Presentation for The London Accord Spring Conference – Structuring Cleantech Investment

2 2 Renewable Energy European Subsidies – Predictable Income Debt, the most senior & lowest risk ownership of a renewable energy plant should be suitable for institutional investors (Pension funds and Insurance companies) One reason for this is the subsidy systems in place: Feed in Tariff ROC system or similar These systems give renewable energy assets a predictable yearly income stream for over a decade (especially the Feed in Tariff). Mature technologies (wind & solar) are quite simple and together with predictable income produce a low risk real asset.

3 3 Renewable Energy Assets have a Suitable Cost Profile for Debt Finance Renewable Energy Nuclear Power Natural Gas (Thermal Power) Lifetime cost profile illustrations for 3 types of power plants Time Cost  High upfront cost  Very low variable cost (maintenance only)  High upfront cost  Low variable cost (fuel & maintenance)  Unknown final cost  Low upfront cost  High variable Cost (fuel & maintenance)  Fuel price inflation assumed in chart Time Cost  Wind is free  Fuel is not free  Risk of cost inflation ? This combination of predictable income and low variable costs means significant levels of debt can be used to finance the high upfront costs of the renewable energy plant

4 4 Renewable Energy Project Debt Profile and Plant Value Over Time Developers equity Time 15 years Loan to Value (£ or €) of Renewable Energy Asset Time in years Proof of asset 1 year Banks project development finance Institutional investors Long term debt profile matches long term liabilities of Institutional Investors Build Out Planning Warehouse Long term stable period of ownership Securitisation Banks capital free for new project lending However one project is too small to create a liquid bond suitable for fixed income institutional investors

5 5 The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) – An Old and Stable Model Equity Total Value of assets Aggregated loans to Housing Associations secured by property Increasing Seniority Bonds to market This Simple Aggregation Structure can be Replicated for Renewable Energy Debt Debt assets in Alignment of interests All bonds are the same seniority Vertical structure of notes Bonds tranches equal Term bonds of different maturities sold into the bond market Aggregation will allow large bond issuances that are listed on global benchmarks and are therefore liquid enough for Fixed Income Investors

6 6 Credit Ratings Inflation – The Perception of AAA Premier League Championship League One League Two Aggregated debt assets Total Value AAA A Super Senior Securitised debt trances League names changed to make the lower leagues more attractive Tranches Created Debt Assets In AA If the underlying assets are partially devalued the AAA is put underwater quite quickly by the presence of the Super Senior. Key principle should be AAA always means most senior

7 7 Untangling the Hydra – If things go wrong resolving issues is hampered by conflicting interests of note holders D C E A A Increasing Seniority B Impaired Value of Assets Investors A to E invest in notes of different seniority Underlying debt assets impaired Investor A is conflicted as it has taken a position in Junior and Senior notes The most senior note holders may want to close the structure and sell the assets The most junior notes want to hold the assets until maturity in case values recover In any restructuring negotiation there are many lawyers with conflicting briefs. Very significant time and legal expense to restructure the debt

8 8 Simple aggregation structure would work for a Green Investment Bank. The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) creates a secondary market for debt. This increases supply of money available for new lending. Freddie Mac is the same simple structure as THFC and demonstrates the importance of robust rules for the input debt assets. Equity Total Value of assets 1.Pass through bonds 2.Bullet and Call bonds of various maturities Large bond issuances listed on Fixed Income Benchmarks Aggregated debt assets Structure of notes Bonds to Market Debt Assets In Alignment of interests All bonds are the same seniority Robust rules for the underlying debt assets produce robust bonds

9 9 Green Investment Bank (GIB) Template Rules – Transparency Leads to Measurable Risk Template Rules 1.Min debt service coverage ratios 2.Max starting LTV’s 3.Proven technology list 4.Robust agency agreement Only debt within parameters Transparent bonds measurable risk These template rules would be clearly understood by Fixed Income Investors allowing them to more accurately measure the risk profile of the bonds A standardised template would give transparency through a clear and strictly enforced set of rules for a bank to be able to place its debt into the aggregation vehicle or (GIB)

10 10 Applications of this simple aggregation structure – Mature Technologies Horns-Rev Denmark 80 2MW wind turbines Debt funding to large scale wind farms Beneixama Spain 20MW of Solar PhotoVoltaic Debt funding to large scale solar plants

11 11 Applications of this simple aggregation structure – Regulated Assets and Loans Secured Against Property National Grid Proposal for HVDC Cable Rebuilding Security, Conservative Energy Policy Paper Offshore high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity cables North sea supper grid Home energy efficiency loans secured against residential property via your electricity supplier

12 12 Solvency 2 – Regulated Capital Charge for Institutional Investors - Defining the Amount of an Asset Type that can be Held CEIOPS – Debt portfolio risk weightings for structured credit (extract from industry consultation paper) Capital Allocation Required High Risk Low Risk OECD Government Bonds Venture Capital  The % of different types of debt in an aggregation vehicle gives the overall capital weighting of the bond. This gives the capital charge if debt is in a simple single tranche structure.  Tranching increases the capital charge to 100% for the riskier tranches

13 13 Conclusion – Key Principles if Securitisation is to Become a Hercules for Renewable Energy Simplicity – Fewer tranches – Ideally 1 –No tranche should be more senior than AAA Transparency – Clear & robust template for debt to be input and bonds to be output Large Size – Aggregation to allow large bond issuances that are listed on global benchmarks and are therefore liquid enough for mainstream Fixed Income investors BACK TO BASICS

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