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MAJOR REPORT: Alternative Energy – Which ones have Emperor’s new clothes?

The alternative energy sector is the broad term I use for non-oily & gassy energy listed companies. The sector has been hot all year and starts next year on some spectacular valuations. In many ways all valuations in the sector are bonkers, but which ones are most bonkers? And which companies are wearing Emperor’s new clothes? Here’s my meandering views on 6 leading contenders.

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AFC Energy – new idea, same crap; 'H PowerTM'. SELL

After 12 years and 9 months on the AIM market doing what almost appears to be random things with fuel cells other than burn cash, AFC Energy (AFC) showcased its latest product - the H PowerTM Electric Vehicle (EV) charger - to retail investors back in December. This is clearly delivery of the IPO statement “The Company has a sole focus on producing commercially viable fuel cells”, or perhaps not – over 12 years to achieve no material sales?! Given the lack of success of its prior commercialisation ideas, and more importantly the operating costs associated with its latest ideas, I do not foresee a wonderfully wealthy future for shareholders. In fact I see nothing positive at all...

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AFC Energy – “pleased to announce” FY18 numbers - with a death spiral and further funding needs?

It is some three years since Evil Banksta covered AIM-listed AFC Energy (AFC) on this site with his piece In the long run, AFC Energy is a zeroThe shares were then 14.5p. Last night they were 3.775p and now they are 3.39p. I guess we are 76.5% there, then! This morning we were told that the company was pleased to announce its results – but should it be?

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In the long run, AFC Energy is a zero

AIM-listed AFC Energy (AFC) released its results last week with a fanfare, highlighting “successful testing”, “increased income”, MOUs, and “strategic partnerships. What they didn’t highlight though was (i) the company has been “testing” since 2006 and despite lots of “successful tests” has never achieved a single commercial sale, (ii) AFC’s principle sources of income were EU grants and income from selling its shares via a complicated equity swap, (iii) the company signs up to MOUs and strategic partnerships with the same appetite that a pubescent teenager devours (and dumps) new partners.

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