Energy Portfolios, 2 Years 11 Months: Sustainable Energy Up 129.5%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 29.6%

by L J Furman, MBA on November 23, 2015

in Climate Change, Connecting the Dots, Counterterror, Solar, Sustainable Investing, Wind Power

PLPort.1511On Dec. 21, 2012, I put $16 Million imaginary dollars in equal imaginary investments in 16 real energy companies; $8.0 in the Sustainable Energy space and $8.0 in the fossil fuel space. Excluding the value of dividends and transaction costs, but including the bankruptcy or crash of three companies in the sustainable energy space,

As of the close of trading on November 20, 2015:

  • The Fossil Fuel portfolio was worth $5.63 Million, down 29.57% overall, down 10.44% on an annualized basis.
  • The Sustainable Energy portfolio was worth $18.0 Million, up 129.50%, overall and 45.71% on an annualized basis.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 36.15% overall and 10.44% on an annualized basis, from 13,091 on 12/21/12 to close at 17,824 on 10/21/15.
  • The S&P 500 is up 46.10% overall and 16.27% on an annualized basis, from 1,430 on 12/21/12 to close at 2,089 on 10/21/15.

It’s not a war on coal. It’s a paradigm shift.Think about it. We don’t use whale oil or kerosene for street lamps. We did, 100 years ago.

This of course, has geopolitical ramifications. It’s not just carbon dioxide, which is changing the climate and acidifying the oceans. Like Al Queda, Hamas and Hezbollah, ISIS finances its operations with petrodollars. (The difference is that Hamas is supported by Emirates and Kuwait, Hezbollah by Iran, Al Queda by our friends the Saudis, while ISIS has its own oil wells.) Earlier this year NJ’s Honorable Governor Chris Christie, a candidate for President, gave Exxon a $9 Billion gift (which is being challenged in the courts). BP was the beneficiary of the 1953 coup by the US under President Eisenhower and the UK which toppled the democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Mohammed Mossagedgh of Iran and propped up the Shah until the revolution in 1979.  Shell has spent something like $12 Billion in failed attempts to drill the Arctic. BP, Transocean and Halliburton brought us the Deepwater Horizon; Halliburton also profited from the US Led war in Iraq.

The Sustainable Energy portfolio is composed of Cree (CREE) and Lighting Sciences (LSCG) in the LED space, GT Advanced Tech (GTAT), which at the time made solar ovens for cooking PV wafers. First Solar (FSLR) and Sunpower Corp. (SPWR) in the solar space, Vestas (VWSYF), a wind company, Solazyme (SZYM) a biofuel company and Next Era Energy (NEE), a utility.

The fossil fuel companies are the oil companies British Petroleum (BP), Chevron Texaco (CVX), Conoco Phillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and RD Shell (RDS.A), the coal company Peabody Coal (BTU), and Haliburton (HAL) and Transocean (RIG), companies in the offshore oil and oil and gas drilling service industries.

The data are summarized beginning in Table 1, below.

Summary Data
Portfolio 12/21/12 11/20/15 Delta % Annualized
Sustainable Energy 8,000,000 18,360,080 10,360,080 129.50% 45.71%
Fossil Fuel 8,000,000 5,634,690 -2,365,310 -29.57% -10.44%
DJI 13,091 17,824 4,733 36.15% 12.76%
S&P 500 1,430 2,089 659 46.10% 16.27%
Table 1

The stock price data for the Sustainable Energy portfolio are in Table 2, below.

Sustainable Energy Portfolio – Stock Prices
Item Company Symbol 12/21/12 11/20/15 Delta Delta %
1 Cree CREE 34.0 25.7 -8.34 -24.53%
2 First Solar FSLR 31.0 45.4 14.44 46.58%
3 GT Adv. Tech. GTAT 3.0 0.2 -2.78 -92.60%
4 Lighting Science LSCG 0.8 0.1 -0.61 -81.33%
5 Next Era Energy NEE 70.0 101.0 31.02 44.31%
6 Sun Power SPWR 5.4 23.2 17.77 327.26%
7 Solazyme SZYM 8.3 3.0 -5.34 -64.03%
8 Vestas VWS 6.3 61.9 55.55 880.35%
Note that GTAT is currently in bankruptcy protection.
Table 2

The stock price data for the Fossil Fuel Portfolio are in Table 3, below.

Fossil Fuel Portfolio – Stock Prices
Item Company Symbol 12/21/12 11/20/15 Delta Delta %
1 BP BP 42.1 34.4 -7.68 -18.23%
2 Chevron Texaco CVX 109.7 89.0 -20.71 -18.88%
3 Conoco Philips COP 58.6 52.9 -5.67 -9.68%
4 Exxon Mobil XOM 87.2 79.8 -7.47 -8.56%
5 Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A 69.3 49.7 -19.61 -28.30%
6 Haliburton HAL 34.7 38.0 3.30 9.51%
7 Transocean RIG 45.6 13.9 -31.73 -69.52%
8 Peabody Coal BTU 395.3 11.3 -383.93 -97.14%
Table 3

The valuation data for the Sustainable Energy Portfolio are in Table 4, below.

Sustainable Energy Portfolio – Valuation
    Value Delta
Item Company Symbol 12/21/12 11/20/15 Delta Delta %
1 Cree CREE 1,000 755 -245 -24.53%
2 First Solar FSLR 1,000 1,466 466 46.58%
3 GT Adv. Tech. GTAT 1,000 74 -926 -92.60%
4 Lighting Science LSCG 1,000 187 -813 -81.33%
5 Next Era Energy NEE 1,000 1,443 443 44.31%
6 Sun Power SPWR 1,000 4,273 3,273 327.26%
7 Solazyme SZYM 1,000 360 -640 -64.03%
8 Vestas VWS 1,000 9,803 8,803 880.35%
total 8,000 18,360 10,360 129.50%
Values in thousands.
Table 4

The valuation data for the Fossil Fuel Portfolio are in Table 5, below.

Fossil Fuel Portfolio – Valuations
Value Delta
Item Company Symbol 12/21/12 11/20/15 Amount Per Cent
1 BP BP 1,000 818 -182 -18.23%
2 Chevron Texaco CVX 1,000 811 -189 -18.88%
3 Conoco Philips COP 1,000 903 -97 -9.68%
4 Exxon Mobil XOM 1,000 914 -86 -8.56%
5 Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A 1,000 717 -283 -28.30%
6 Haliburton HAL 1,000 1,095 95 9.51%
7 Transocean RIG 1,000 305 -695 -69.52%
8 Peabody Coal BTU 1,000 29 -971 -97.10%
total 8,000 5,592 -2,408 -30.10%
Values in thousands.
Table 5

The market capitalization data for the Sustainable Energy Portfolio are in Table 6.

Sustainable Energy Portfolio
Market Capitalization (Billions)
Item Company 12/21/12 11/20/15
1 Cree 3.90 2.64
2 First Solar 2.69 5.49
3 GT Adv. Tech. 0.36 0.00
4 Lighting Science 0.15 0.00
5 Next Era Energy 29.60 46.52
6 Sun Power 0.88 3.17
7 Solazyme 0.52 0.24
8 Vestas 1.48 13.86
total 39.58 71.93
Table 6

The market capitalization data for the Fossil Fuel Portfolio are in Table 7.

Fossil Fuel Portfolio – Market Capitalization
Market Capitalization (Billions)
Item Company 12/21/12 11/20/15
1 BP 133.8 106.75
2 Chevron Texaco 214.7 167.52
3 Conoco Philips 71.2 65.35
4 Exxon Mobil 397.7 332.29
5 Royal Dutch Shell 216.8 161.03
6 Haliburton 32.2 32.51
7 Transocean 16.4 5.09
8 Peabody Coal 6.37 0.21
total 1089.2 870.75
Table 7

Posts in this series

  1. L. Furman, 12/21/12, Popular Logistics Sustainable Energy Portfolio
  2. L. Furman, 2/8/13, Nega-Watts, Nega-Fuel-Watts, Mega-Bucks
  3. L. Furman, 2/9/13, Gold Bricks and Sink-Holes – The Risk & Reward of Fossil Fuel, Solar & Wind
  4. L. Furman, 3/2/13, Sustainable Energy Portfolio UP 16% & Fossil Fuel Portfolio Up 1.7% – Since Dec.21, 2012
  5. L. Furman, 3/23/13, Portfolio Simulation At 3 Months: Sustainable Energy: Up 22%. Fossil Fuels: 3%
  6. L. Furman, 4/26/13, Earth Day, 2013. Oil Spills, Explosions, Fracking Business As Usual & The Stock Market Response
  7. L. Furman, 5/13/13, Popular Logistics Energy Portfolios: The Trend Continues.
  8. L. Furman, 6/24/13, Popular Logistics Energy Portfolios: At 6 months
  9. L. Furman, 7/22/13, Popular Logistics Energy Portfolios: Sustainable Energy Doubles. Fossil Fuels increase 5.4%
  10. L. Furman, 8/22/13, Popular Logistics Energy Portfolios: An Exercise in Climate Capitalism
  11. L. Furman, 9/20/13, Energy Portfolios – Investing for the Future
  12. L. Furman, 10/21/13, Sustainable Investing – Green Energy, Green Economy
  13. L. Furman, 11/22/13, Energy Portfolios: Minor Corrections, Overall Results In Line With the Trend
  14. L. Furman, 12/23/13, Energy Portfolios at One Year Sustainable Energy up 140%. Fossil Fuels up 9.85%
  15. L. Furman, 12/26/13, Energy Portfolios and Reference Indices, 2013 Summary.
  16. L. Furman, 1/22/14, Energy Portfolios: 13 Months, Sustainable Energy up 167.4%, Fossil Fuels up 9.44%
  17. L. Furman, 2/24/14, Energy Portfolios: 14 Months: Sustainable Energy up 184.4%, Fossil Fuels up 8.7%
  18. L. Furman, 3/23/14, Energy Portfolios: 15 Months: Sustainable Energy up 222.6, Fossil Fuel up 7.3%
  19. L. Furman, 4/22/14, Energy Portfolios, 16 Months: Sustainable Energy up 204.25%, Fossil Fuel up 15.38%
  20. L. Furman, 5/21/14, Energy Portfolios, 17 Months: Sustainable Energy up 211.6%, Fossil Fuels up 18.5%
  21. L. Furman, 6/24/14, Energy Portfolios, 18 Months: Sustainable Energy up 257%, Fossil Fuels up 24.6%
  22. L. Furman, 6/26/14, Energy Portfolios: 18 Months, Analysis
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  24. L. Furman, 8/23/14, Energy Portfolios: 20 Months: Sustainable Energy up 229%, Fossil Fuels up 18.4%
  25. L. Furman, 8/29 /14, Energy Portfolios: 20 Months: Conclusion & Observations
  26. L. Furman, 10/1/14, The Paradigm Is Shifting; Fossil Fuels Are Becoming Fossils
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  36. L. Furman, 6/21/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 Years 6 Months: Sustainable up 128%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 18%.
  37. L. Furman, 7/23/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 Years 7 Months: Sustainable up 121%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 24%.
  38. L. Furman, 8/22/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 Years 8 Months: Sustainable up 102%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 34.3%.
  39. L. Furman, 8/26/15, Energy Portfolios and “The Correction“.
  40. L. Furman, 10/1/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 Years 9 Months: Sustainable up 111.3%, Fossil Fuels DOWN 33.5%.
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An analyst with Popular Logistics, I hold a BS and an MBA in “Managing for Sustainability” from Marlboro College, and over 20 years experience in Information Technology. Available as a speaker and consultant, I can be reached at “L Furman” at Popular Logistics . com”.  Investments in equities are risky.  I do NOT hold a Series 7 license from the SEC or any other corresponding credential from any other agency. I am NOT a licensed stock broker, investment adviser or financial adviser and this should n0t be considered “Financial Advice” or “Investment Advice.” I am simply an observant fellow with access to the Internet.

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