Great result in the Canadian bioeconomy. Enerkem Inc., a world leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer headquartered in Montréal, completed a C$280 million investment round–its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing.
“We are very pleased to welcome new investors along with the support of our longstanding existing investors,” said Enerkem’s President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Chornet. “This new and significant financing will help accelerate our growth and further expand project development and implementation. Now that we have launched the world’s first commercial-scale bioethanol operation in Edmonton, we can focus our efforts on building a strong circular economy for communities around the world by deploying new facilities that address the growing challenges related to waste management and sustainable mobility.”
“BlackRock is pleased to join the investment group on behalf of our clients and to help facilitate the launch of innovative waste-to-biofuel facilities worldwide,” said David Trucano, Portfolio Manager, BlackRock Global Credit team, which invested in the company’s senior notes.
Existing Enerkem investors include Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Waste Management of Canada, Investissement Québec, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Cycle Capital, Fondaction, The Westly Group, and the National Bank of Canada.
BlackRock is a global leading investment management corporation, managing close to six trillion dollars in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. It operates globally with 70 offices in 30 countries and clients in 100 countries.
Sinobioway is a leading Chinese company engaged in the bio-economy. This industrial group, affiliated with Peking University, primarily invests in bio-energy, bio-environmental protection, bio-medicine, bio-agriculture, bio-service, bio-manufacturing, and bio-intelligence. National Bank Financial Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc. served as financial advisors to Enerkem.
Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its disruptive proprietary technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemicals. The company operates a full-scale commercial facility in Alberta as well as an innovation centre in Quebec. Its facilities are built as prefabricated systems based on the company’s modular manufacturing infrastructure that can be deployed globally.