ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 27, 2021, Fluence Energy, Inc. ("Fluence") announced the pricing of its initial public offering of Class A common stock, which valued Fluence at approximately $4.7 billion. Fluence, an AES joint venture with Siemens, originated from AES' work to conceive and test the world's first lithium-ion energy storage system connected to an electric grid in 2007. The Fluence shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on October 28, 2021, under the ticker symbol "FLNC." The initial public offering is expected to close on November 1, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
"Fluence energy storage supports the global green energy transition by enabling the broader adoption of renewables..."
"Almost 15 years ago, AES started working on developing lithium-ion battery systems to improve the efficiency and flexibility of the grid and enable the broader expansion of renewables," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. "In 2018, we joined together with Siemens to create Fluence to drive global adoption of energy storage systems. Today's transaction will further accelerate the growth of Fluence and its leadership in bringing new energy storage and AI-enabled bidding systems to the global market."
Fluence is a leading pure-play provider of energy storage technology globally, which helps customers achieve a higher standard of clean energy while meeting their sustainability commitments. Energy storage supports the global green energy transition by enabling the broader adoption of renewables and eliminating the need for new thermal power plants or transmission lines under certain conditions. Energy storage is a uniquely flexible asset that can provide multiple critical grid services, including energy shifting, peaking capacity, ancillary services, and transmission and distribution infrastructure functions.
Fluence is part of our scalable ecosystems that provide clean energy solutions to AES and our peers in the industry. Our other ecosystems include: Uplight, the leading provider of cloud-based customer energy solutions in the United States to reduce energy demand and improve the grid; 5B, an innovative solar technology business that is reinventing solar, making it faster, safer and cheaper to deploy panels for utility-scale projects; and Motor, a unique electric vehicle subscription service that simplifies and in turn accelerates customer adoption of electric vehicles through utilities.
Upon completion of Fluence's offering, AES will have an indirect economic interest in Fluence of approximately 35% (or approximately 34% if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional Class A shares). Fluence will be a "controlled company" within the meaning of the Nasdaq rules, and AES will have approximately 46% of the voting power in Fluence. AES will hold its economic interest through Fluence Energy, LLC.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global energy company accelerating the future of energy. Together with our many stakeholders, we're improving lives by delivering the greener, smarter energy solutions the world needs. Our diverse workforce is committed to continuous innovation and operational excellence, while partnering with our customers on their strategic energy transitions and continuing to meet their energy needs today. For more information, visit www.aes.com.
Fluence, an AES and Siemens company, is a global market leader in energy storage products and services and digital applications for renewables and storage. Fluence has more than 3.7 GW of energy storage deployed or contracted in 29 markets globally and more than 4.5 GW of wind, solar and storage assets optimized or contracted in Australia and California. Through Fluence's products, services and AI-enabled IQ platform, Fluence is helping customers around the world drive more resilient electric grids and a more sustainable future.
Copies of the prospectus relating to Fluence's offering may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, by telephone at 866-803-9204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014; Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 or by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (888) 603-5847; and BofA Securities, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of Fluence's securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
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