Energy Portfolios, 2 years 5 Months: Sustainable Energy Up 137%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 13.7%

by L J Furman, MBA on May 21, 2015

in Connecting the Dots, Solar, Sustainable Investing, Wind Power

PLPort.1505On 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.

  • The Fossil Fuel portfolio is now worth $6.95 Million, down 13.1%.
  • The Sustainable Energy portfolio is now worth $18.98 Million, up 137.3%.
  • Both Fossil Fuel and Sustainable Energy are down slightly in the last month.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 39.7%, from 13,091 on 12/21/12 to close at 18,286 on 5/21/15.
  • The S&P 500 is up 49%, from 1,430 to 2,131.

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 05/21/15 Delta %
Sustainable Energy 8,000,000 18,984,275 10,984,275 137.30%
Fossil Fuel 8,000,000 6,954,492 -1,045,508 -13.07%
DJI 13,091 18,286 5,195 39.68%
S&P 500 1,430 2,131 701 49.02%
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 05/21/15 Delta Delta %
1 Cree CREE 34.0 30.6 -3.44 -10.12%
2 First Solar FSLR 31.0 55.9 24.89 80.29%
3 GT Adv. Tech. GTAT 3.0 0.3 -2.75 -91.53%
4 Lighting Science LSCG 0.8 0.2 -0.53 -70.67%
5 Next Era Energy NEE 70.0 102.2 32.16 45.94%
6 Sun Power SPWR 5.4 32.3 26.86 494.66%
7 Solazyme SZYM 8.3 3.1 -5.20 -62.35%
8 Vestas VWS 6.3 51.3 44.94 712.20%
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 05/21/15 Delta Delta %
1 BP BP 42.1 42.9 0.78 1.85%
2 Chevron Texaco CVX 109.7 105.5 -4.22 -3.85%
3 Conoco Philips COP 58.6 65.6 6.98 11.91%
4 Exxon Mobil XOM 87.2 87.2 -0.02 -0.02%
5 Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A 69.3 62.3 -6.99 -10.09%
6 Haliburton HAL 34.7 46.2 11.45 32.99%
7 Transocean RIG 45.6 20.1 -25.55 -55.98%
8 Peabody Coal BTU 26.4 3.8 -22.60 -85.77%
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 05/21/15 Delta Delta %
1 Cree CREE 1,000 899 -101 -10.12%
2 First Solar FSLR 1,000 1,803 803 80.29%
3 GT Adv. Tech. GTAT 1,000 85 -915 -91.53%
4 Lighting Science LSCG 1,000 293 -707 -70.67%
5 Next Era Energy NEE 1,000 1,459 459 45.94%
6 Sun Power SPWR 1,000 5,947 4,947 494.66%
7 Solazyme SZYM 1,000 376 -624 -62.35%
8 Vestas VWS 1,000 8,122 7,122 712.20%
total 8,000 18,984 10,984 137.30%
Note that the values are 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 05/21/15 Amount Per Cent
1 BP BP 1,000 1,019 19 1.85%
2 Chevron Texaco CVX 1,000 962 -38 -3.85%
3 Conoco Philips COP 1,000 1,119 119 11.91%
4 Exxon Mobil XOM 1,000 1,000 0 -0.02%
5 Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A 1,000 899 -101 -10.09%
6 Haliburton HAL 1,000 1,330 330 32.99%
7 Transocean RIG 1,000 440 -560 -55.98%
8 Peabody Coal BTU 1,000 144 -856 -85.58%
total 8,000 6,912 -1,088 -13.60%
Note that the values are 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 05/21/15
1 Cree 3.90 3.3
2 First Solar 2.69 5.5
3 GT Adv. Tech. 0.36 0.0
4 Lighting Science 0.15 0.0
5 Next Era Energy 29.60 46.3
6 Sun Power 0.88 4.2
7 Solazyme 0.52 0.3
8 Vestas 1.48 11.2
total 39.58 70.67
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 05/21/15
1 BP 133.8 128.0
2 Chevron Texaco 214.7 197.9
3 Conoco Philips 71.2 79.9
4 Exxon Mobil 397.7 364.3
5 Royal Dutch Shell 216.8 195.9
6 Haliburton 32.2 38.3
7 Transocean 16.4 7.0
8 Peabody Coal 6.37 1.0
total 1089.2 1012.3
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
  23. L. Furman, 7/22/14, Energy Portfolios: 19 Months: Sustainable Energy up 222%, Fossil Fuels up 25%
  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
  27. L. Furman, 10/7/14, Cree: Strong Financials, But …
  28. L. Furman, 10/21/14, Energy Portfolios: 22 Months: Sustainable Energy Up But Dropping.
  29. L. Furman, 11/27/14, Energy Portfolios: 23 Months: Sustainable Energy DOUBLED, Fossil Fuel Down (slightly)
  30. L. Furman, 12/28/14, Energy Portfolios: 24 Months: Sustainable Energy Up 91%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 10%
  31. L. Furman, 1/27/15, Energy Portfolios: 2 Years, 1 Month, Sustainable Up 85%, Fossil Fuels DOWN 15%
  32. L. Furman, 2/23/15, Energy Portfolios: 2 Years, 2 Months, Sustainable Up 109%, Fossil Fuels DOWN 12%
  33. L. Furman, 3/21,15, Energy Portfolios, 2 years 3 Months: Sustainable up 128%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 16%
  34. L. Furman, 4/21/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 years 4 Months: Sustainable up 138%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 12%
  35. L. Furman, 4/21/15, Energy Portfolios, 2 years 4 Months: Sustainable up 137%, Fossil Fuel DOWN 13.7%

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 Furman Group . net”.  The goal in these posts is to present and discuss phenomena which I find interesting and which appear indicative of systemic shifts in the economy. Investments in equities of various companies are risky.  I do NOT hold a “Series 6″ or “Series 7″ license from the SEC or any similar license from any other licensing body. I am NOT a licensed stock broker, investment adviser or financial adviser and this should n0t be considered “Financial Advice” or “Investment Advice.” Having said that, however, it appears evident that investing in sustainable energy may be a good long term strategy.

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