GameChange Solar Announces $150 Million Preferred Stock Investment From Koch Strategic Platforms

PVTIME – GameChange Solar Holdings Corp. (“GameChange Solar”, or “GameChange”), a leading provider of racking and tracker systems for utility scale solar power plants, announced on December 16 that Koch Strategic Platforms (“KSP”), a subsidiary of Koch Investments Group, has made a $150 million investment in GameChange to support the company’s strategic development goals.

GameChange Solar has grown significantly since its founding in 2012, from a regional provider of fixed tilt racking systems to a global provider of comprehensive utility and commercial scale solar mounting solutions, trackers and software to renewable developers and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) firms. The company was ranked as the 3rd largest solar tracker company domestically and the 6th largest vendor globally in 2020 by Wood Mackenzie. The investment by KSP will help fuel continued growth in 2022 and beyond.

GameChange’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Gibbens, said, “We are excited to be able to launch this next phase of our growth with the validation of a major investor in the energy transformation space. Koch offers not just the capital to grow, but the opportunity to mutually leverage the capabilities of each organization.”

KSP has focused on energy transformation investments as one of its core verticals, with strategic investments in companies with strong tailwinds that are disrupting the market. Most recently, KSP has announced investments in the battery value chain and new sources of energy storage and infrastructure.

“KSP is excited to invest in GameChange Solar as they bring their advantaged solar energy solutions to market,” said Jeremy Bezdek, managing director of Koch Strategic Platforms. “We believe these offerings will continue to positively disrupt the industry and look forward to helping accelerate that growth in the future.”

Transaction Highlights:

  • $150 million preferred stock investment which, if converted, would represent a minority stake in GameChange Solar;
  • Investment follows extensive due diligence into GameChange’s advanced solar mounting solutions, tracking and software, historical performance, and project pipeline; and
  • The parties continue to explore strategic partnerships in key areas of focus, supporting additional growth opportunities for GameChange Solar and Koch.

In addition to the new capital investment, GameChange, along with several Koch Industries subsidiaries, is committed to working collaboratively to explore strategic synergies across key companies, including KBX, which provides global transportation, logistics and technology solutions through high-tech tools and services, as well as Koch Engineered Solutions (“KES”).

The net proceeds of the investment will be used by GameChange Solar to pursue the following objectives:

  • Continue to expand its established market share in the United States and globally;
  • Accelerate product research and development, including margin-enhancing balance of system solutions, a new 2P tracker technology, a new fixed tilt system, and advanced tracker software;
  • Expand a high quality and diverse customer base; and
  • Expand international deployment and manufacturing presence.

Strategic Alignment with Koch Businesses

GameChange is exploring the opportunity to provide mutually beneficial alignment with several Koch Industries businesses. For example, several businesses within Koch could assist in the following ways:

  • Work to enhance the management of GameChange’s extensive global supply chain, leveraging the scale and sophistication of KBX;
  • Leverage advances in energy management software and solutions developed by Koch companies; and
  • Ensure that the company has visibility into the rapidly developing market for alternative energy solutions by leveraging the existing and future investments of Koch Strategic Partners.

Citi acted as sole placement agent and strategic advisor and Goodwin Procter acted as legal counsel to GameChange on the transaction. Jones Day acted as legal counsel to Koch.