Daniel Foggo, chief govt of Plenti, stated there was a young course of and accused opponents of spreading misinformation out there.
“We understand we were in a competitive process,” he stated on Wednesday. “We absolutely weren’t the only party that presented to them. However, we put our best foot forward, offered real value to both the customer and the government and we believe we won that contract on our own merits,” he stated.
“The answer is there’s nothing to see here.”
The four-months lengthy audit was carried out by unbiased consulting agency RSM Australia and probed the corporate’s relationship with the CEFC whereas in search of proof of improper therapy. Minister Taylor’s workplace has obtained the report however is but to launch its findings publicly.
Mr Foggo stated he was contacted by the RSM auditors however couldn’t bear in mind the character of the investigation or any of the questions requested.
“I can’t recall, it was a long time ago,” he stated. “From our dialog with them, I feel we had been assured there’s nothing to see right here. We gained this system in South Australia on the premise of our credentials.
“I feel it’s actually a query for the South Australian authorities.”
Concern has additionally been raised over the involvement of Federation Asset Management investor Stephen Panizza, who labored because the CEFC’s chief threat officer and is now a significant investor in Plenti.
Asked whether or not Mr Panizza’s investments in Plenti added to hypothesis the CEFC had engaged in favouritism in the direction of Plenti, Mr Doggo stated: “I’m undecided the way you imply, sorry.”
When approached for remark, Mr Panizza stated he had not been contacted by RSM auditors in relation to the federal government’s inquiry however added he had beforehand disclosed all related conflicts.
We put our greatest foot ahead, supplied actual worth to each the client and the federal government and we imagine we gained that contract on our personal deserves.
Plenti CEO Daniel Foggo
The non-bank lender offers automotive and private loans however considers “inexperienced vitality” loans because the fastest-growing a part of its enterprise. The IPO floated 20 per cent of the enterprise to boost $55 million from buyers to spice up the corporate’s coffers after it reported a $16 million loss within the final monetary 12 months.
Mr Doggo stated demand for renewables would proceed to rise, however he would not weigh into the general public debate over whether or not the federal authorities ought to set a internet zero by 2050 goal or make investments extra in battery storage expertise.
“We assume our function is to be an excellent companion for many who have made the precise selections moderately than driving coverage selections,” he stated.
Mr Doggo did not provide a view on the long run vitality mixture of Australia or the function of fossil fuels, however stated the market had naturally embraced photo voltaic.
“We’re in a really privileged place of getting so many sunshine hours that we’re a pure market to have excessive penetration for photo voltaic,” he said. “We’ve seen report funding in dwelling enchancment this 12 months via the COVID pandemic and that has included folks investing in photo voltaic panels and residential batteries. So it’s a rising market as it’s.”
The Plenti prospectus cautioned buyers in regards to the potential for the federal government’s investigation to launch opposed findings that might have a cloth affect on the corporate.
“If Plenti was partially or totally changed in its function in relation to the Home Battery Scheme or the Empowering Homes Program, or the packages had been terminated, Plenti could expertise a discount in future renewable vitality mortgage volumes, which is a cloth a part of its enterprise. This might have a cloth opposed impact on the income, development and profitability of Plenti’s enterprise and the worth of the shares,” the share sale doc warned.
Charlotte is a reporter for The Age.