Transactional Commercial Due Diligence Support for a Waste-to-Energy Portfolio Investment

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A global investment organisation with a focus on investments that drive climate action, acquired an operator of Waste-to-Energy facilities in North America, the UK and Ireland in 2021.

The organisation’s purpose-driven investment model presents several growth opportunities for the waste operator, whose business centres on sustainable waste processing and the advancement of the transition to a circular economy.

Annually, the operator reports the conversion of approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into electricity to power one million homes and recycle 600,000 tons of metal. The Waste-to-Energy, or Energy-from-Waste (EfW), process is a key contributor to landfill diversion, reducing methane emissions and recovering energy from waste.


Anthesis provided commercial due diligence support to the global investment organisation, to evaluate markets for the waste operator’s EfW plant portfolio. The focus of Anthesis’ work was to provide specialist insights and expertise on the individual EfW assets and their commercial viability, including analysis of gate fee assumptions and revenue forecasting for financial modelling, as well as contract reviews to ascertain the level of feedstock security. In addition, we provided recycling rate and EfW market and competition assessments to identify risks and opportunities for the portfolio as well as the individual assets. Anthesis also considered on-site expansions, co-location opportunities, implications of carbon taxation to advise on the expansion potential for value creation of the existing portfolio and the future pipeline. 


Deliverables included comprehensive due diligence reporting, including red flag reports, management meetings and QA. 

Our assessment included the identification of key risks and issues that potentially impact on business plan assumptions and a summary of key diligence findings.