Microinverter specialist Enphase Energy has today announced the sale of $20 million worth of shares to a private investor from Chile.
The private equity deal sees Isidoro Quiroga, a Chilean entrepreneur, snap up 9,523,809 shares in Enphase Energy for a common stock price of $2.10 per share. Quiroga – or a designee affiliated with the entity to which the shares were sold – will be entitled to sit on Enphase’s board in an observer role once the deal is finalized on February 9.
Enphase has said that the funds raised will be used to boost “general corporate purposes”. According to the firm’s CEO Badri Kothandaraman, Enphase is making “solid progress” towards achieving its target 30-20-10 financial operation model by Q4 of this year.
Kothandaraman said: “We exited the fourth quarter of 2017 with a cash balance of approximately $29.0 million, and believe the additional liquidity provided by this investment will significantly strengthen our balance sheet and enable us to accelerate cost reductions and increase market share.”
Recent months’ activity have been largely positive for the California-headquatered firm after a couple of trying years between 2015 – 2016. Having slashed the costs of its flagship microinverters by 19%, Enphase has since rolled out its new IQ 6 and IQ 7 iterations, which have been quite well received in global markets.