Report: $400M Investment in Water Innovation

Report Title:  Water Innovation in Extractive Industries

Report Author: London Environmental Investors Forum (LEIF)

Publish Date: May 11, 2012

Link to Report

Report Summary:

VC deal flow and corporate investment focused on water innovation in extractive industries has accelerated, with most activity taking place in North America and the number of deals are expected to rise.

Key Findings:

  • Mining and oil and gas companies will beat their competitors when they use water technology to increase their efficiency and meet regulatory demands and investors have switched on to their water needs
  • Increase in investment activity in the sector over the past five
    years – 18 companies have raised more than $400 million in equity and
    debt
  • The majority of activity is taking place in North America
  • Expect the number of water technology and services companies seeking
    finance to continue to rise
  • A handful of venture capital funds have focused on the sector and
    taken early positions: Energy Ventures, XPV Capital, Meidelinger
    Partners, Enertech Capital
  • Several corporate venture funds and corporate development units of
    large corporations have taken strategic positions: Teck Resources,
    Cenovus Energy, BASF Venture Capital, Total Energy Ventures
  • Water companies currently serving the municipal and other industry
    sectors are now applying – or looking to apply – their technologies
    and services to the resources markets

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