More and more companies are creating renewable energy initiatives to lower their electricity bills, cash in with tax credits, and contributions to their ESG objectives. Stem has emerged as a leader in clean energy storage and distribution, forging deep customer relationships with many Fortune 500 companies. Sometime early in 2021, Stem will go public via a reverse merger with Star Peak Energy Transition Corp (NYSE:STPK) — and the combined company seems likely to beat the market for three crucial reasons.
Why do customers choose Stem?
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind face a vital problem: intermittency. Weather changes, the sun rises and sets, and the power they produce just isn’t available all the time. Stem’s battery storage systems address that problem, storing energy as it’s made and distributing it in those moments of intermittency. Customers such as Apple, Amazon.com, UPS, Alphabet, Facebook, Home Depot, and Walmart have all lowered their electricity costs and benefited from tax credits due to using Stem’s battery storage systems.
Let’s review the three crucial reasons that could lead Stem toward market-beating results.
1. Patented smart energy software
Athena, Stem’s patented AI and machine learning software, determines intelligently when and where to distribute the energy from the batteries. Athena provides businesses, utility companies, and power generation companies the flexibility to buy energy at the cheapest times, to use more renewable energy, to sell energy at the best price, or to switch to backup power during a grid outage.
2. Diverse customer expansion
Stem has multiple growing customer bases that benefit from its Athena AI software, including corporate businesses, utility companies, and power generation companies. Stem has partnerships with 40 utility companies, including large-scale power companies Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, to help them reduce the volatility of their energy spikes and support local grid capacity needs. Stem has 900 systems in 200-plus cities, and it’s continuing to expand its different customer bases.
Stem has the technology and first-mover advantage in this market, but it also has an experienced leadership team and hypergrowth revenue results. Founder John Carrington serves as CEO alongside a leadership team that combines 150-plus years of experience in the energy and technology markets. Stem doubled its revenue in 2020 to $36 million, and it’s expecting to grow in the next five years at a compounded annual rate of 51% to $944 million. The business is not free cash flow-positive yet, but it expects to reach this milestone by 2023.
What’s the risk?
Energy stocks can be slow-growing, with low margins, and subject to political policy risk. But, Stem has accelerated revenue growth, expanding gross margins, and a current Presidential administration creating policies to support renewable energy and…