Stem, Inc., San Francisco, California, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven clean energy storage systems, and Star Peak Energy Transition Corp., Illinois, United States, (NYSE: STPK), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, have announced a definitive agreement for a business combination that will result in Stem becoming a public company. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Stem and remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “STEM.” The combined company will be led by John Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Stem.
Founded in 2009, Stem is an industry leading provider of AI-driven energy storage systems and market leader in the clean energy ecosystem. The Company generates revenue by providing customers with integrated energy storage systems, long-term recurring software services and energy market participation through its proprietary software platform, called Athena™, which enables AI-automated system operations. The Company empowers its customers and partners to optimize energy usage by automatically switching between battery power, onsite generation and grid power. Its storage solutions address a $1.2 trillion opportunity for leading fortune 500 companies, commercial and industrial customers, independent power producers and renewable asset owners, among others.
Stem’s smart energy storage technology solves many of the challenges facing today’s dynamic power market and is well positioned to manage the increasing decentralization and democratization of the electric grid, significantly accelerating renewable growth and virtual power plants. Stem’s network of energy storage systems supports utilities in reducing the dependency on conventional power sources. The network helps alleviate grid intermittency issues and promotes the adoption of renewable energy generation as a replacement for fossil fuels while supporting customers in meeting their ESG goals.
John Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Stem, commented, “This transaction is transformative for us and we expect it to significantly accelerate our growth. Stem is a market leader and our Athena™ software platform is proven in the U.S., Japan and Canadian markets, and this merger will enable expansion to several additional global markets. Our systems deliver value to our customers by lowering energy costs, enhancing renewable returns, and meeting ESG and sustainability goals, while increasing grid reliability. We are excited to partner with the Star Peak team and share a collective vision. The balance sheet strength of the combined company will empower Stem to expand its technological leadership and geographic reach. We look forward to creating long-term value for our customers, employees and shareholders as a public company.”
Mike Morgan, Chairman of Star Peak who will join Stem’s Board of Directors, said, “Stem is a leader in one of the fastest growing markets in clean energy and the first pure play smart energy storage company to go public. Stem and its highly experienced management team perfectly align with Star Peak’s mission to provide growth capital to a market-leading business focused on climate change initiatives, emissions reductions and energy efficiency. In support of global decarbonization objectives, the entire power grid is being decentralized and democratized. We believe Stem is at the epicenter of this clean energy transition and its AI-driven software systems will be critical in accelerating renewables adoption and addressing climate change.”
Eric Scheyer, Chief Executive Officer of Star Peak, commented, “Stem is an exceptional investment opportunity. We completed an extensive due diligence process and view Stem as a market leader in one of the most exciting segments of the clean energy ecosystem. The Star Peak team has significant experience investing in the broader energy infrastructure, renewables and technology sectors, and we believe Stem represents a highly compelling opportunity to capitalize on the scarcity of high-quality, public clean energy companies with attractive ESG characteristics, significant scale and visible growth.”
Stem Investment Highlights:
- Large addressable market and strong macroeconomic tailwinds – the global energy storage market is expected to increase approximately 25-fold by 2030, driven by the convergence of two technologies (i) low-cost renewable generation and (ii) rapid reduction in battery costs and improving efficiency. The energy storage market is expected to grow materially faster than solar and wind generation.
- Market and technology leader:
- More than 600 MWh of storage capacity commissioned since 2014.
- Over 900 systems operating or contracted with Stem’s proprietary Athena™ software platform, in more than 200 cities and representing approximately 1 GWh of storage capacity.
- 75% market share in the California commercial and industrial storage market, the largest energy storage market in the U.S.
- First mover AI software platform has operated globally with over 40 utilities and 16 million runtime hours across its customer base.
- Balance sheet supports significant market expansion – strong balance sheet with approximately $525 million of cash to fully finance all U.S. and international forecasted growth.
- Highly visible growth – strong backlog and long-dated recurring software revenue streams enhance near-term revenue visibility.
- Capital light business model – AthenaTM AI-driven software leads to strong operating leverage with low expected capital intensity.
- Pure play clean energy company with attractive ESG characteristics – Stem facilitates rapid adoption of renewables and supports customer sustainability goals.
The business combination values the combined company at a $1.35 billion pro forma equity value, at a price of $10.00 per Star Peak share and assuming no redemptions by Star Peak shareholders. The transaction will provide $608 million of gross proceeds to the company, assuming no redemptions, including a $225 million fully committed common stock PIPE at $10.00 per share anchored by existing and new investors, including funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Van Eck Associates Corporation, Adage Capital Management, L.P., Electron Capital Partners, and Senator Investment Group.
The Boards of Directors of each of Stem and Star Peak have unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction will require the approval of the stockholders of both Stem and Star Peak, and is subject to other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. All Stem shareholders will roll 100% of their equity holdings into the new public company.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Star Peak. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC are serving as joint capital markets advisors to Star Peak and serving as co-placement agents on the PIPE offering. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Star Peak. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as lead financial advisor to Stem, Nomura Greentech is serving as a financial advisor to Stem, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as well as Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati are serving as legal advisors to Stem.
Stem provides solutions that address the challenges of today’s dynamic energy market. By combining advanced energy storage solutions with Athena™, a world-class artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics platform, Stem enables customers and partners to optimize energy use by automatically switching between battery power, onsite generation and grid power. Stem’s solutions help enterprise customers benefit from a clean, adaptive energy infrastructure and achieve a wide variety of goals, including expense reduction, resilience, sustainability, environmental and corporate responsibility and innovation. Stem also offers full support for solar partners interested in adding storage to standalone, community or commercial solar projects – both behind and in front of the meter.
Headquartered in Millbrae, Calif., Stem is directly funded by a consortium of leading investors including Activate Capital, Angeleno Group, BNP Paribas, Constellation Technology Ventures, Copec, Iberdrola (Inversiones Financieras Perseo), GE Ventures, Magnesium Capital, Mithril Capital Management, Mitsui & Co. LTD., Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, RWE Supply & Trading, Temasek and Total Energy Ventures.
About Star Peak Energy Transition Corp.
Star Peak is a blank check company incorporated in Delaware for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Star Peak is led by a management team with extensive experience investing in the energy, energy infrastructure and renewables sectors, including Chairman, Michael Morgan and Chief Executive Officer, Eric Scheyer. Michael Morgan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Triangle Peak Partners LP and currently serves as a director of Sunnova Energy International (NYSE: NOVA) and lead director of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, a company he joined at its founding in 1997. Eric Scheyer is a Partner at Magnetar and has served as the Head of the Magnetar Energy and Infrastructure Group since its inception in 2005.