SinglePoint Updates National Solar Opportunity to Expand and Deepen Existing Footprint by Targeting Accretive Acquisitions
Phoenix, Arizona--(Newsfile Corp. - July 22, 2020) - SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) a fully reporting public company with core holdings in solar energy and hemp consumer products intends to prioritize and reallocate company assets and business strategy around the emerging and growing market opportunities in residential and solar energy and specific hemp based consumer products. The company's long term strategy is to increase shareholder value first by targeting accretive deals that have the potential to increase profitability, cash flow and to improve the balance sheet by paying down high interest or unfavorable convertible notes. We will continue to look to access capital with more favorable terms and judiciously utilize our stock to facilitate transactions that meet our acquisition or growth criteria.
Company Positioned to take Advantage of Nearly National Solar Network by Leveraging Internal Market Insight, Experience and Relationships to Focus on Solar Acquisitions that will Strengthen our US Solar Footprint:
- Management unveils a residential and small commercial solar centric roll up strategy designed to increase market share, revenues and most importantly build a future business focused on profitability.
- Intends to grow by initially targeting specific installer or developer based solar related acquisitions identified by its subsidiary, Direct Solar America, to capitalize on the emerging consolidation trend in the Solar Industry as evidenced by the recently announced Sun Run and Vivint Solar combination to compete with Tesla.
- Solar Industry is rebounding from manufacturing (panel) tariffs while local and state mandates and credits and low cost of implementation position historic solar opportunity in anticipation of increased infrastructure and clean energy programs featuring solar.
- Company focused on the two most promising long term strategic initiatives Hemp and Solar: other non core businesses to operate autonomously while being positioned for sale or strategic partnerships.
Residential installations and Smaller Commercial Projects (<$20M) are rebounding from the effects COVID-19 had on the market as eco-conscious consumers look to take advantage of record low financing rates to lessen their impact on the planet while ensuring the ability to have power in these uncertain times. The company previously announced its first commercial project which fit the strategic commercial customer acquisition criteria developed by senior management to focus on small to mid-sized commercial projects that we feel are currently underserved in the market and represent a high growth potential. We are now utilizing this same criteria and applying it to identify known vendors and installers in our network to build our targeted acquisition pipeline. Targeting accretive acquisitions will propel the company to its goal of building a national solar installation network.
Direct Solar America ("DSA"), a wholly owned subsidiary (acquired on May 14, 2019) now operates in 34 states which is a leading if not the leading national solar sales brokerage company. In the past year DSA has added a commercial and a capital division. DSA has continued to build valuable referral and financing partnerships that enhance its deal flow and can improve margin and profitability on residential and commercial solar projects.
National Solar Network
The acquisition of Vivint Solar by Sun Run for $1.46B in stock and assumption of $1.8B in debt signaled to the market that the solar consolidation phase has begun. The Vivint-SunRun combination is estimated to control approximately 15% of the current residential solar market. This is a significant deal for solar and puts smaller providers in a precarious position as the economies of scale will be very difficult to maintain. SinglePoint believes that this deal solidifies management's plan to roll up targeted solar installation companies providing savings and enhancements related to sales acquisition costs and shared back office services. We intend to build a national solar installation network targeting acquisitions primarily within our existing solar sales footprint then expand into high growth potential areas. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report last updated June 11, 2020, the "supply chain, overhead and margin" are listed as over half of the average industry costs of $2.83 per installed watt.
In addition to the economies of scale, the planned vertical integration of our leading sales network and local installation will provide additional opportunities to create a network that has a multiplying effect on value creation and scale throughout the companies as opposed to simply having singular, siloed or "non-connected" solutions. Direct Solar America's early stage acquisition criteria is centered on multi-year installers that are doing between $5M - $15M in annual revenue. The current financial environment due to COVID-19 has impacted many businesses to the tune of 35% or more. Industry forecasts show that in 2020 the residential and non-residential markets will see 25% and 38% decreases in year-over-year installation volumes, respectively, as the segments face challenges posed by work stoppages, and permitting delays. We don't believe this to be a long term impact to solar as many leading industry outlets project a quick recovery and to resume projected growth in 2021. In fact, prior to the COVID-19 temporary slowdown, Solar has been growing quickly as overall prices have become affordable and competitive. Overall 2019 was a banner year for solar with nearly 40% of all new electricity was added by solar centric solutions.
The Solar+ Battery Storage opportunity
2021 and beyond represents a massive opportunity for solar as both parties have introduced or supported legislation earmarking billions of dollars towards infrastructure spending is a critical and essential tool to drive economic growth. Continued ESG focused investing alongside potential infrastructure and clean energy policies, including solar focused stimulus and incentives have the potential to provide sustainable tailwinds in the near future.
Excerpts from a recently published report (Morningstar Analyst Sees Potential for US Energy Independence with 100% Renewable Sources) by Travis Miller states that the country as a whole has a chance to make energy independence based on renewable sources: "Solar alone will never supply 100%. But when you combine solar with wind, with batteries and with some other non carbon or renewable energy sources, then I do think you can get to 100%. Solar already is at the top of the investment list for nearly all investors, from utilities to corporates, who want to expand their renewable energy profiles. Most of the market agrees that solar is the accepted choice for incremental renewable energy. It will only grow over the next decade as utilities and energy companies try to meet the demands from policymakers and corporates."
Direct Solar America - Residential Brokerage expands Nationally and adds Commercial and Capital Divisions and is now positioned to be a national solar provider capitalizing on the Solar+ Battery Storage market opportunity
In May 2019 SinglePoint completed the acquisition of Direct Solar of America, a solar energy brokerage business that helps its clients find and install the best available solar energy system for any building residential or commercial. From acquisition to year end 2019 the company surpassed $2,000,000 in revenue primarily in the Residential division, helping SinglePoint achieve its largest revenue year in the company history. Currently, Direct Solar America residential unit currently operates in 35 states being led by Texas, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina with plans to continue expansion. The 2020s has been labeled as the Solar+ decade as residential consumers and business owners continue to implement Solar+ Battery Storage solutions.
A Streamlined Focus on our most promising Core Business Assets
The past few years at SinglePoint have been focused on preparing the public company to become fully reporting and seeking out investments and capital partners to support the growth or acquisition of companies we felt had a high growth opportunity creating a diversified business platform with high risk and high reward possibilities. Moving forward we will concentrate a majority of our efforts to look for acquisitions or to make improvements in our go forward core business segments in the solar and hemp categories. Senior management is committed to continuing to look for accretive acquisitions, supported by favorable capital that will ultimately build profitable business units that with revenue growth in addition to utilizing future profits to pay down unfavorable term debt, improving cash flow, and the balance sheet. The Company filed a prospectus in June 2020 allowing for the resale of up to 320,000,000 shares of our common stock with a maximum value of $7,000,000 USD. The shares of common stock will be issued pursuant to the equity financing agreement with GHS Investments LLC. dated April 21, 2020. The equity financing agreement provides SinglePoint access to lower cost financing which will ultimately lessen dilution.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds for product development, repayment of debt, including less favorable convertible notes, sales and marketing, working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. The Company is committed to having the ability to access capital in order to maintain and grow its existing core business units and as a potential component utilized for acquisitions which will result in further dilution to the existing shareholders.
Our ultimate goal for our stakeholders and shareholders is to uplist to a higher exchange, we are positioning the Company for that eventuality but it will take improvements in revenue and profits, shareholder equity, price per share to get to a higher listed exchange. It is our belief that eventually uplisting on a higher exchange provides additional liquidity for our current shareholders and investment groups. We are committed to taking the appropriate actions at the appropriate times to continue to drive the company towards achieving its goals.
"Our unveiling of Direct Solar of America/SinglePoint acquisition strategy comes at a unique time following the combination of Vivint and Sun Run signaling a potential consolidation phase in the Solar Industry. We are focused on building a national installation network that leverages our recent expansion of our virtual sales network currently covering 34 states," states Wil Ralston, President SinglePoint. "We intend to take advantage of the slight downturn in the market caused by the Covid19 pandemic to bolster and build our market share through targeted acquisitions. We believe that we have a compelling opportunity to build a truly national solar network and the time is now for us as a Company as consumer demand for cleaner energy will continue and be enhanced by the historical proposed infrastructure spending that is on the horizon."
About SinglePoint, Inc.:
Founded in 2011 SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) invests in and acquires brands and companies that will benefit from injection of growth capital and the sales and marketing expertise of SinglePoint. The company portfolio currently includes solar, hemp and technology applications. SinglePoint is working to grow the company to a multinational brand.
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