Real Goods Solar Completes Acquisition of Mercury Energy
Acquisition Expands Real Goods Solar's Presence in Northeast and Adds More
than $10 Million in Cash to Accelerate Growth in Key Markets Nationwide
LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for
residential, commercial, and utility customers, has acquired Mercury Energy in
a merger transaction.
Mercury Energy, more widely known as Mercury Solar Systems, has been
recognized as one of the top solar integrators on the East Coast, completing
well over 2,000 solar systems or 60 megawatts in total installations for
commercial, residential and utility customers since the company was founded in
"The addition of Mercury significantly increases the overall depth and breadth
of our capabilities," said Kam Mofid, CEO of Real Goods Solar. "In August of
last year, we acquired Syndicated Solar to strengthen our residential business
and it produced a significant increase in our homeowner engagements. Following
Mercury's integration over the next few weeks, we expect to likewise
accelerate our growth in the commercial sector."
"Our increased size and scale strengthens our commercial and residential sales
capabilities in key solar markets, and reinforces our ability to bring to our
customers more comprehensive end-to-end solutions, including attractive
project finance options," continued Mofid. "As an added benefit, Mercury
bolsters our balance sheet with an additional $12 million of net working
capital, including more than $10 million of cash, and without adding debt. We
plan to use these funds to further accelerate growth in key markets across the
Jared Haines, president of Mercury, commented: "The entire Mercury team is
very excited to be joining Real Goods Solar, a recognized pioneer and leader
in solar energy. Our combined resources and capabilities make us a very strong
national player and a more significant force in the industry."
Real Goods Solar acquired Mercury in an all-stock transaction totaling
approximately 8.3 million shares of Class A common stock, which recently
received shareholder approval. In addition to valuable physical assets,
operational systems and customer base, Mercury brings to Real Goods Solar more
than 50 employees, including three seasoned executives who have been appointed
to key positions:
*Jared Haines was appointed vice president of sales at RGS Energy, the
commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar. Haines, a cofounder
of Mercury, previously served as Mercury's president. He has had a
successful career in sales of commercial solar systems and was
instrumental in building the Mercury business and brand.
*Anthony Coschigano was appointed vice president of RGS Energy's northeast
operations. He will be responsible for integrating and improving all
facets of systems deployment and increasing productivity of the combined
organization. He co-founded Mercury and has years of solar project
management and construction experience.
*Andrew Zaref was appointed vice president of project finance at Real Goods
Solar. He will be responsible for implementing the company's residential
and commercial financing and asset management strategies. Zaref previously
served as Mercury's CFO and COO, and has more than 20 years of financial
management and capital markets experience. He has served as CFO of a
number of fast-growing public and private companies, and was also a
partner at KPMG LLP.
"Real Goods Solar has made tremendous progress over the past 18 months," said
Mofid. "We developed and deployed a precise roadmap that successfully
addressed a number of key issues and challenges, and this allowed us to
restart our growth engine on the back of improved productivity and results.
"With the Mercury transaction complete, Real Good Solar has become very
well-positioned in terms of leadership talent, geography, and internal
resources and capabilities. As we embark upon the next phase of our journey,
we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and taking the business to
the next level of growth and performance."
About Real Goods Solar, Inc.
Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL) is one of the nation's pioneering solar
energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers.
Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold to the public in
the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 16,000 solar power
systems representing well over 120 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy.
Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their
energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design,
financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and
support. As one of the nation's largest and most experienced solar power
players, the company has 17 offices across the West and the Northeast. It
services the commercial and utility markets through its RGS Energy division.
For more information, visit RealGoodsSolar.com or RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook
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materially different results include, among others, realizing synergies and
other benefits from the Mercury merger, introduction of new products and
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