In July REWS (Renewable Energy Waste Solutions) plc filed its accounts for the period ending December 2018.
Back in August 2018 REWS were anticipating bringing their waste recycling facility online by the end of 2018, allowing it to start generating the revenue it needed to repay the £2.8 million it had borrowed from investors.
Bad news is that hasn’t happened (or not as at June 2019 when the accounts were published).
Good news is that REWS has borrowed another £10 million. Well, good assuming it eventually gets its facility online, naturally. Otherwise good news becomes much worse news.
The directors describe 2018 as “exciting but challenging”. Due to “delays in the delivery of some key electrical components” the date for bringing its facility for turning waste into renewable energy was pushed back from the end of 2018 to “the latter part of quarter 2 in 2019”. This is also the month before the company’s first 2 year bonds became repayable.
As with the last fundraise, about a quarter of the money REWS raised via its bonds was paid out in issue costs, which would include the commission it paid to its introducers. The accounts show unamourtised issue costs grew to about £3.4 million against a total of £13.2 million outstanding to creditors.
REWS raised funds via 2 year bonds paying 8-12% per year and 4 year bonds paying 10-12% per year. A relatively small amount in bonds paying 20% per year (£159k) will mature in 2019.
Its published net assets now stand at minus £3.6 million and its auditors have noted the material uncertainty over whether the company will continue as a going concern, which will depend on whether it can belatedly get its rubbish power plant up and running, and generating returns of up to 12% per year after costs. (Including the cost of paying a quarter of funds raised out in issue costs.)
Its next accounts are due in June 2020.