Suntuity Renewables and Beard Energy Transition Acquisition Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement that would result in the combined company becoming publicly traded.
Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Suntuity Inc., and its Class A common stock and warrants are expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbols “STY” and “STY.WS,” respectively.
“Since 2017, Suntuity’s mission has been to support the transition to a 100% clean and renewable energy future by simplifying residential solar power,” said Dan Javan, president and CEO of Suntuity. “In taking this next step to become a publicly traded company, we intend to accelerate our growth, broaden our focus to include comprehensive home electrification solutions and services across the country, and establish ourselves as a significant industry participant in the renewable energy transformation. The Beard team shares our vision to support the clean energy transition infrastructure buildout, and we’ll be working with them to close this transaction and execute against our long-term growth plans.”
Suntuity is one of the largest end-to-end residential solar companies in the country with over 9,500 residential systems installations across 25 states as of April 2023. Since Suntuity’s residential solar expansion beginning in 2017, the company has originated opportunities representing over 200 MW and expanded its capabilities to include providing electrification solutions, installing power generation and storage systems, and arranging third-party financing solutions for residential customers.
Suntuity uses a mix of in-house and outsourced solutions and capabilities in an effort to help optimize growth, profitability, and service efficiency to scale in a fiscally responsible manner.
Pursuant to the business combination agreement, Beard will acquire Suntuity for a pre-money equity value of $190 million. In connection with the transaction, the combined company, New Suntuity, will issue 19 million new shares to current members of Suntuity.
Existing Suntuity members will exchange 100% of their equity interests in Suntuity for equity in New Suntuity. Cash proceeds will consist of cash from Beard’s trust account after redemptions by Beard’s public stockholders. In connection with the transaction, Suntuity has also already raised $15 million in funded debt financing.
The business combination has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both Beard and Suntuity and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Upon closing of the transaction, Suntuity’s senior management are expected to continue to serve in their existing roles. Current Suntuity members are expected to own approximately 40% of the combined company at close of the transaction, assuming no redemptions by Beard’s public stockholders.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. is serving as legal advisor to Beard. ROTH Capital Partners is serving as capital markets advisor, and Loeb & Loeb LLP is serving as legal advisor to Suntuity.
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