107 kroner of this amount has been raised by existing shareholders, with the remainder coming from new investors, including Ronja Capital – the sister company of the world’s largest wellboat operator Sølvtrans.
The wellboat company, which now owns almost 20 percent of the fledgling salmon producer, highlighted the technology chosen in relation to growth opportunities, risk and return as the most important reasons for opting to become a shareholder.
“Low biological risk has been the biggest consideration for us in assessing investment opportunities in land-based aquaculture,” says Tore Tønseth, investment vice president at Ronja Capital.
“Our view of the company hasn’t changed, despite the fluctuations in the financial market over recent months. We’ve followed this project over a long time, and now want to contribute to the company’s continued development.”
The Salmon Evolution facility is set to produce 36,000 tonnes of salmon a year, when at capacity. Unlike most land-based salmon sites it will utilise flow-through technology – exploiting its coastal location – rather than adopting a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS).
It’s initial phase, which has required 1.3 billion kroner of investment, will allow it to produce 9,000 tonnes of salmon a year. The company plans to begin construction in Q2 of this year, stock its first smolts in Q4 2021 and harvest its first fish at the end of 2022.
The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon course
It is vital that fish farm operatives who are responsible for farmed fish are trained in their health and
welfare. This will help to ensure that fish are free from disease and suffering whilst at the same time
promote good productivity and comply with legislation.
“The decision by the present shareholders to provide us with further capital is a vote of confidence,” says Kristofer Reiten, chair of Salmon Evolution. “The experience and expertise possessed by the shareholder structure over the whole salmon value chain will make a big quality contribution to our future development.”
Odd Tore Finnøy, CEO of Salmon Evolution, is pleased at getting such an industrially strong ownership in place.
“We’re very gratified that we’ve attracted a number of industrial and well-capitalised shareholders with a clear foothold along the Norwegian coast and in our industry,” he says.
“Our success in securing this capital injection in the present financial climate is a clear confirmation of our robustness. A strong network, expertise and financial room for manoeuvre will contribute to very exciting progress for us.”