April 25, 2011 / 4:39 PM / 8 years ago

BrightSource Energy files for up to $250 mln IPO

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (Reuters) - Solar power company BrightSource Energy Inc filed with U.S. securities regulators for an initial public offering of up to $250 million, a major step toward what is likely to be one of the hottest clean technology market debuts of the year.

BrightSource, which is building a massive solar thermal power plant in the California desert, said it plans to use proceeds from the sale for capital expenditures and working capital.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, the Oakland, California-based company gave no details on how many shares it plans to sell or their expected price. Nor did it disclose the symbol it will trade under or the market where it will list the shares.

Goldman Sachs & Co, Citi and Deutsche Bank Securities would underwrite the IPO, the company said.

The amount of money a company initially says it plans to raise in its IPO is used to calculate registration fees. The final size of the IPO can be very different.

In the filing, BrightSource said it has lost $177.3 million since its inception through the end of 2010. For the year that ended Dec. 31, 2010, the company had a net loss of $71.6 million, while operating activities used cash of $51.4 million.

“We expect that our net losses and our negative operating cash flows will continue for the foreseeable future, as we increase our development activities and construct solar thermal energy projects,” BrightSource said.

Affiliates of venture capital firm VantagePoint Capital Partners hold a 24.9 percent stake in BrightSource, the filing said, while French power company Alstom (ALSO.PA) has a 17.8 percent stake. Morgan Stanley (MS.N) has a 10.5 percent stake, while affiliates of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson have a 6.7 percent stake.

The company’s founder, Arnold Goldman, holds 7.5 percent of BrightSource shares, while Chief Executive John Woolard has 1.6 percent. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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