Ceres Power revenues on strong upward path
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Quick facts: Ceres Power Holdings PLC
Price: 1116 GBX
Market Cap: £2.12 billion
About the company
Ceres Power Holdings Plc is a world-leading developer of next-generation solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and electrochemical technology. Its asset-light, licensing model has seen it establish partnerships with some of the world's largest engineering and technology companies, such as Weichai in China, Bosch in Germany, Miura in Japan, and Doosan in South Korea, to develop systems and products that address climate change and air quality challenges for transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living. Ceres is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) (AIM:CWR) and is classified by the LSE Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies that derive more than 50% of their activity from the green economy.
How it is doing
Hargrove, who was technical director and lately CTO at McLaren as part of a 12-year association with the sister company of the McClaren Formula 1 team, has been a non-executive director at Ceres for three years.
She will take over as CTO from Mark Selby, who will move to a newly created position of chief innovation officer.
The company highlighted Hargrove's "extensive experience in growing and managing technical teams in fast-moving innovative environments and commercialising new technologies across a range of high growth sectors and applications".
Run by the UK Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the £23mln initiative will aid 55 projects focused on the development of zero-emission vessels by 2025.
A UK hydrogen investment fund is raising £1bn ahead of the Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow this year to speed up the production and supply of green hydrogen.
HyCap has been set up by Jo Bamford, heir of the JCB diggers empire, and Vedra Partners, a boutique private equity firm.
Insight: Hydrogen investment 101: what's all the excitement, how will it work, which...
Shares prices in hydrogen-focused companies have finally begun to make serious headway this year as governments have started to set out concrete zero-carbon targets.
As we're only in the early stages of the hydrogen journey there's still likely to be significant opportunities for investors who want to dive deeper into this sub-sector.
What the brokers say
Liberum rates Ceres as a ‘buy’ with a 1,460p price target, suggesting close to 25% upside to the current price of 1,179p.
Analyst Adam Collins highlighted, in a note, the opportunities for the company in regards to fuel cells and electrolysis which he estimates are worth 700p and 620p per share respectively to the company - the remainder of the analysis accounts for the other 140p per share of cash on the books.
What management says
Caldwell says it is the right time, to capitalise on the 'great momentum' as well as accelerate the development of its hydrogen electrolysis and fuel cell technology.
Caldwell says it's the 'right time to grow into a world class player and this capital raise really enables us to do that'. He adds, 'we're now in great shape for the future'.
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