Renewable energy mergers and acquisition activity escalated last year as confidence returned to the market and sellers priced assets more realistically, the global accounting firm PwC said.
The number of deals including biofuels and wind, solar and hydroelectric power climbed by two-thirds to 530 in 2010 from 319 the previous year, PwC said today in an e-mailed report. At the same time, renewable energy deals were smaller, with total value falling to $33.4 billion from $48.8 billion.
“There’s relatively strong confidence coming back to the renewables market,” Ronan O’Regan, London-based director of renewables at PwC, said in a phone interview. “There was a clear gap in 2008 and 2009 between sellers’ expectations and buyers’ view of value, and people have become more realistic on value.”
While deal activity picked up, renewable energy shares slumped in 2010, with the Wilderhill New Energy Index declining 15 percent and the FTSE Renewable and Alternative Energy Index falling 8.4 percent as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average both rose.