Survey: Investors Focus On More Diversified Cleantech

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Jefferies has announced the results of its recent Clean Technology Investor Survey, which was conducted at Jefferies' 11th Global Clean Technology conference in New York with more than 100 public and private presenting companies and 700 attendees, including strategic and financial investors, high-level policymakers and industry thought leaders.

The survey finds that investor focus on clean technology is becoming more diversified and that continued government subsidies and regulation also remain important for sustainable growth.

In a joint statement, Bruce Huber and Amy Smith, global co-heads of Jefferies' cleantech investment banking group, commented on the survey results:

‘We are seeing a more diversified set of investment themes across the clean technology landscape, including smart grid/energy efficiency, lighting, electric transport, solar, energy storage, wind and water. It's also clear that large conglomerates are starting to play an increasing role in this dynamic sector.’

Key findings of the survey include the following:

– Approximately two-thirds of investors surveyed believe that a full recovery of the initial public offering market for clean technology companies is likely to occur by the first half of 2012;

– More than three-quarters of investors surveyed believe that large company conglomerates are expected to begin consolidating the clean technology sector during or after 2012;

– In 2011, investors identified the most attractive investment themes, in order of importance, to be smart grid/energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics, energy storage, LED/lighting, electric vehicles and wind; and

– Stable government subsidies and regulation are seen as being the most important growth driver for the clean technology sector, a finding that is consistent with a similar survey conducted in November 2010.

SOURCE: Jefferies Group Inc.

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