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About Us

monica-AECAdvanced Energy Capital (AEC) is a specialty finance firm dedicated to providing affordable and innovative financing solutions to the Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency industries, as well as the Retail Energy Provider industry (REP). AEC’s investments include capital placement geared towards platform and development companies as well as project finance.

In addition to investing its own capital, AEC maintains a partnership and origination conduit with a leading $1.5bn public pool of capital dedicated to the Green Energy industry as a whole. Further, through its strategic alliance with national energy wholesalers, AEC provides turn-key credit and supply solutions for REPs, both green and otherwise, targeted to both established and start-up energy providers. For those REPs seeking to grow aggressively, AEC offers mezzanine or “extended LTV” capital that can be layered over existing senior credit facilities—thereby providing REPs with the fuel needed to enter the next phase of growth.

For those REPs targeting territories where utilities are unwilling to purchase customer receivables, AEC offers “Synthetic POR” programs designed to augment REP cash flows. AEC assists clients with term loans, capital finding, mergers, and acquisitions consulting, as well.

The AEC Consulting Services Division assists REP startups from inception to growth. AEC’s management has financed over $400 million in energy sales and has managed over $1.3 billion in a variety of direct and indirect lending investment strategies.

ABOUT ADVANCED ENERGY CAPITAL

AEC is a New York-based energy and green finance company.

The AEC team has extensive experience in the energy and credit markets:

  • Principals have managed over $1.7bn in credit strategies and transactions;
  • Funded and managed over $500mm in direct loan transactions;
  • Financed over $400mm in energy sales;
  • 17+ years in the private credit and investment transaction space;
  • Access to lenders including strategic relationship with BP Energy.
  • Pioneering the financing of the Deregulated Energy Marketing industry
    • Financing for a top-five publicly traded REP
    • Hundreds of small and medium REP relationships
    • Spearheaded the creation of industry’s first “Incubator”

AEC maintains an extensive network of industry relationships:

  • Service providers
    • Hedging counterparties
    • Commodity suppliers
    • Nomination groups/Scheduling groups
    • Marketing providers; and
  • Organized first-ever NYC Retail Energy Provider Conference
    • February 2014 Event sold out – approximately 400 attendees
  • Organizer of Renewable Energy Marketing Conference for Retailers September 2014
  • Strategic partnership with Greenbacker Energy Group

AEC’S INVESTMENT FOCUS

Flexibility to Invest Throughout the Capital Stack

Regardless of where AEC GFS invests in the capital structure, the dependability of income and profits is based upon strong due diligence—both upfront and ongoing.

AEC’S INVESTMENT FOCUSSENIOR DEBT

MEZZANINE/SUBORDINATED DEBT

PREFERRED EQUITY

COMMON EQUITY/WARRANTS

AEC has the flexibility to invest throughout the corporate capital structure, a strength that helps it seek the best available risk-adjusted investment opportunities. Regardless of where AEC invests in the capital structure, the dependability of income is based upon contractual arrangements with creditworthy entities.

AEC’S INVESTMENT PROCESS

AEC’s disciplined investment process will identify, analyze, and manage potential investments.

Features:

AEC’S INVESTMENT PROCESSHighly Selective Investment Decisions

Emphasis on Capital Protection

Detailed Portfolio Monitoring

Focus on Return of Capital First

AEC’S RIGOROUS SCREENING PROCESS

  • origination
  • rigorous screening
  • Disciplined risk management
  • active portfolio management

PRELIMINARY SCREENING (1 WEEK)

  • Review of investment opportunity to ensure it fits investment criteria and minimum risk adjusted return requirements
  • Initial deal structuring and pricing

PRELIMINARY DILIGENCE (2-3 WEEKS)

  • Preliminary review of financial, legal, and credit analysis, project design, electricity production estimates, reports, counterparty credit analysis, etc.

COMPREHENSIVE DILIGENCE (3-4 WEEKS)

  • In depth diligence of all preliminary due diligence materials which may include site visits, third party verification of analyses and wind or solar studies, due diligence of all deal counterparties and optimization of structure from a risk, legal and accounting perspective

AEC’S DISCIPLINED RISK MANAGEMENT

  • origination
  • rigorous screening
  • Disciplined risk management
  • active portfolio management

BROAD DIVERSIFICATION

  • Geography
  • Asset type
  • Counterparties
  • Financial Instruments

CAREFUL STRUCTURING

  • Cash-flow modeling and contracted revenue analysis
  • Personal Guarantees where available
  • Tax return review
  • Budget analysis and review

RIGOROUS DUE DILIGENCE

  • Upfront and ongoing due diligence process
  • Systematic underwriting process
  • Third party expert analyses if applicable)
  • Careful review of borrower’s financials weekly and monthly
  • Reconciliation of all bank accounts
  • Direct verification from utilities

AEC’S ACTIVE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

  • origination
  • rigorous screening
  • Disciplined risk management
  • active portfolio management

RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT

  • Real time investment monitoring
  • Monthly financial and cash reconciliation analyses
  • Active monitoring
  • Frequent valuations
  • 360 Degree reporting
  • Trap all cash in lockboxes to ensure integrity
  • Secure liens on all collateral where available
  • Analysis of Borrower’s corporate documents and agreements

EXTERNAL CHECKS AND BALANCES

  • Independent valuations
  • Loan servicing
  • Fund transfer agent
  • Legal
  • Audit
  • Frequent Onsite Field Exams
  • Analysis and oversight of agreements between borrower and utilities include EDI transmissions