Fund managers line up for high-yielding energy company subsidiaries


www.sustainability.thomsonreuters.com | Published 10 October 2014

By David Randall

(Reuters) – The hunt for dividend yield is pushing U.S. fund managers into an unproven new offshoot of the alternative energy industry.

Yield companies – commonly called “yieldcos” – are spinoffs of alternative energy companies that own assets such as wind or solar farms and pay investors dividends out of the cash flow generated by long-term contracts to sell power to utility companies. Though many investors have never heard the term, yieldcos are popping up in the portfolios of some of the most widely-held mutual funds in the United States.


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