Jefferies

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferies Survey Finds Investor Focus on Clean Technology is Becoming More Diversified
Continued Government Subsidies and Regulation Also Remain Important for Sustainable Growth

NEW YORK and LONDON, April 20, 2011 – Jefferies today announced the results of its recent Clean Technology Investor Survey, which was conducted at Jefferies’ 11th Global Clean Technology conference in New York with more than 100 public and private presenting companies and 700 attendees, including strategic and financial investors, high-level policymakers and industry thought-leaders.

Key findings of the survey include:
  • Approximately two-thirds of investors surveyed believe that a full recovery of the IPO market for clean technology companies is likely to occur by the first half of 2012.
  • More than three-quarters of investors surveyed believe that large company conglomerates are expected to begin consolidating the clean technology sector during or after 2012.
  • In 2011, investors identified the most attractive investment themes, in order of importance, to be smart grid / energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics, energy storage, LED / lighting and electric vehicles.
  • Stable government subsidies and regulation are seen as being the most important growth driver for the clean technology sector, a finding that is consistent with the similar survey conducted in November 2010.
  • North America, Europe and China together are expected to lead the deployment of smart grid infrastructure, a finding that is in slight contrast to the Jefferies Clean Technology Investor Survey conducted in November 2010, which found that Europe and North America would likely lead deployment.

In a joint statement, Bruce Huber and Amy Smith, Global Co-Heads of Jefferies’ CleanTech Investment Banking Group, commented: “We are seeing a more diversified set of investment themes across the clean technology landscape, including smart grid / energy efficiency, lighting, electric transport, solar, energy storage, wind and water. It’s also clear that large conglomerates are starting to play an increasing role in this dynamic sector.”

Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF), a global securities and investment banking firm, has served companies and investors for nearly 50 years.

For further information and to see the full survey results, please contact:

 

Tom Tarrant, Jefferies, 203 708 5989, ttarrant@jefferies.com
Desiree Maghoo, Jefferies, 44 20 7029 8085, dmaghoo@jefferies.com