3rd June, London, UK: ADM Capital Europe, the London-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce that its Cibus Fund (“Cibus”) has led a USD 5m funding round for Moleaer, acquiring a minority stake in the leading manufacturer of industrial-scale nanobubble generators.
Moleaer’s nanobubble generators super-saturate virtually any gas into any liquid and produce trillions of nanobubbles, each less than 200 nm in diameter. Bubbles of this size exhibit extraordinary properties including neutral buoyancy, high oxygen transfer efficiency, a strong negative surface charge, and an enormous surface area per unit volume. These unique properties are proven to help farmers grow more crops, oil and mining companies recover more valuable resources, and industries efficiently treat water and wastewater.
The new funding will enable Moleaer to scale up its production to meet the demand from the food, energy, and water industries, which represent a total available target market in excess of $12bn, as well as further its commercial expansion across Europe and the Americas.
Cibus is a unique, global agribusiness investment strategy, investing in companies powering the agricultural revolution. To date, Cibus has made seven investments in sustainable food processing and production companies.
The funding round also included existing investor Energy Innovation Capital.
Commenting, Alastair Cooper, Senior Investment Director at the Cibus Fund said: “Cibus Fund is excited to work with Moleaer and support the Company’s efforts to solve the challenges that the world’s food sector faces. Moleaer has already demonstrated that their nanobubble technology enables farmers to grow crops in a more efficient and sustainable way, positively impacting the food sector’s ability to sustain a growing global population. Cibus Fund’s relationships within agriculture and food production will help Moleaer expand their presence within these industries through improved irrigation water quality for indoor and outdoor farming, better respiration for fish and mollusks in aquaculture, and all-natural treatment for food safety.”
Nick Dyner, CEO of Moleaer, said: “Moleaer strives to help customers within the Water, Energy, Food nexus, the global interconnection of water, energy, and food. In just two years of commercial activity, Moleaer has demonstrated the value of nanobubbles with over 200 systems installed in commercial greenhouses, wastewater treatment plants, produced water treatment facilities, and mining operations. With this new funding and Cibus Fund’s expertise in agriculture and the global food supply chain, we will continue to expand our capability to support agriculture customers, and venture into new applications where nanobubbles create significant value.”
Kevin Skillern, Energy Innovation Capital, said: “Moleaer continues to demonstrate the enormous potential for nanobubble technology to transform how the Energy, Wastewater and Ag industries tackle their toughest water challenges. We look forward to continuing to support Moleaer’s growth into new applications and markets.”
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About ADM Capital
ADM Capital is a Hong Kong and London-based private credit and private equity fund manager and adviser. Founded in 1998, ADM Capital manages or advises USD 1.70bn across a range of funds. With over 38 people operating out of 4 international offices ADM Capital manages closed-end, open-ended and managed accounts. With its long track record, and particular expertise in Asia, ADM Capital focuses on off-market private transactions accessed via its extensive, proprietary network. ADM Capital recently launched the Cibus Fund, focussed on investing growth capital into next generation global food and agriculture opportunities.
About the Cibus Fund
The Cibus Fund focusses on mid-market investment opportunities in sustainable food processing and production companies, primarily across Europe and Australasia with a secondary mandate for early stage high-growth investments. The Fund takes advantage of the significant investment opportunities presented by global demographic changes, shifting trade patterns and the inability of the world’s fastest growing economies to meet rapidly increasing regional demand for high-value foods driven by burgeoning middle classes. Cibus targets companies with strong management teams that are active in one or more stages of high-value food chains and looks for companies that are established category champions with a demonstrable technological advantage. Investments are also evaluated on their environmental sustainability as a key determinant of value creation.
In October 2018, The Cibus Fund was the first fund to be given ‘Guernsey Green Fund’ status by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. The Guernsey Financial Services Commission launched the Guernsey Green Fund in July 2018 and it is only awarded to those funds which meet strict eligibility criteria designed to reassure investors that funds are invested in line with appropriate environmental standards. Cibus has been granted this status in recognition of the fact it regards environmental sustainability as a key determinant of value creation.
Moleaer develops industrial-scale nanobubble generators that enhance processes to enable radical change in the economics of indoor farming, metal separation, wastewater treatment and oil recovery. The Company’s nanobubble technology enables customers to responsibly increase productivity by fundamentally changing how gases are utilized to enhance industrial systems, eliminate chemicals, save energy and treat water. Moleaer’s plug-and-play nanobubble generator has proven to help farmers grow more crops, oil and mining companies recover more valuable resources, and industries efficiently treat water and wastewater. For more information, visit moleaer.com
About Energy Innovation Capital
Energy Innovation Capital is the premier capital provider for innovators serving the energy industry. EIC provides early and growth-stage funding for visionary entrepreneurs tackling global energy challenges with transformative, market-leading solutions. EIC’s team brings more than three decades of experience investing in energy technologies and we leverage our industry expertise, networks and a collaborative approach to help talented entrepreneurs push the boundaries of what’s possible and build great companies. For more information, visit energyinnovationcapital.com