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Atlantica Yield plc

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis

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Company Description

Atlantica Yield plc is a global renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure company headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 2013, Atlantica Yield develops, owns, and operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure assets in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company’s main products and services include solar, wind, transmission lines, and water desalination facilities. Atlantica Yield primarily serves the energy, water, and transportation markets.

Industry Overview

Atlantica Yield plc operates in the energy industry, specifically in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. The total market size for the energy industry is estimated at $3.3 trillion US Dollars. The industry employs over 8 million people worldwide across a variety of positions ranging from engineering and technical to management and administrative. Employees are based in countries around the world including the United States, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and India.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged Atlantica Yield plc as a business operating within the Electricity industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: Process for controlling a wind turbine power output
Patent ID: 10,743,636
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Method for fault detection in wind turbines
Patent ID: 10,743,633
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Wind turbine
Patent ID: 10,743,632
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Method and system for controlling a wind turbine
Patent ID: 10,743,631
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for monitoring and controlling wind turbines
Patent ID: 10,743,627
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Wind turbine fault detection
Patent ID: 10,743,622
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Method and system for providing a control signal
Patent ID: 10,743,620
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Method for controlling a wind turbine
Patent ID: 10,743,619
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Wind turbine fault detection system
Patent ID: 10,743,615
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: Control system for a wind turbine
Patent ID: 10,743,611
Date: May 26, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for controlling wind turbines
Patent ID: 10,743,606
Date: May 26, 2020

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Solar Energy: Atlantica Yield develops and operates utility-scale solar photovoltaic plants and wind farms.
  • Hydropower: Atlantica Yield develops, builds and operates hydropower plants.
  • Natural Gas and Energy Storage: Atlantica Yield develops and operates natural gas and energy storage plants.
  • District Heating and Cooling: Atlantica Yield develops, builds, and operates district heating and cooling systems.
  • Transmission and Distribution: Atlantica Yield develops and operates transmission and distribution networks.
  • Advisory & Structuring Services: Atlantica Yield provides advisory services for the development and operation of renewable energy projects.

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • NextEra Energy Inc
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.
  • Pattern Energy Group Inc
  • TerraForm Power Inc
  • SunPower Corporation
  • Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc
  • Invenergy LLC
  • NRG Energy Inc
  • Avangrid Inc
  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Investors

2. Customers

3. Employees

4. Suppliers

5. Regulators

6. Local Communities

7. Shareholders

8. Partners

9. Banks and Financial Institutions

10. Government Authorities

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like Atlantica Yield plc different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand Atlantica Yield plc and its position within the marketplace.

Atlantica Yield plc is a yieldcos, a type of investment company that invests in debt and equity securities of companies with strong credit ratings. The company's goal is to provide its shareholders with attractive returns while minimizing risk.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Diversified Assets: Atlantica Yield plc has an impressive portfolio of renewable energy, natural gas, and water assets located in multiple countries. This diversification provides the company with a competitive advantage as it is able to spread risk across a variety of sources and benefit from different regulatory and macroeconomic conditions in different markets.

Long-Term Contracts: Atlantica Yield plc’s portfolio is composed of long-term contracts with blue-chip customers, providing the company with a steady revenue stream. Long-term contracts also provide a competitive advantage as they guarantee revenue and provide the company with a degree of predictability.

Experienced Management Team: Atlantica Yield plc is managed by a highly experienced team, which provides the company with a competitive advantage as experienced management is essential in order to successfully manage the complexity of the company’s portfolio.

Low Cost of Capital: Atlantica Yield plc has a strong and stable balance sheet, which provides the company with access to low-cost capital. This low cost of capital allows the company to invest in new projects and acquisitions with minimal risk.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Institutional investors
  • Retail investors
  • High net worth individuals
  • Family offices
  • Pension funds
  • Mutual funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Investment banks
  • Insurance companies

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Increased Competition: With the rise of renewable energy across the globe, competition in the energy market is increasing. This could make it difficult for Atlantica Yield plc to remain competitive and maintain their current market share.

Political Uncertainty: Political uncertainty in the markets where Atlantica Yield plc operates can have a significant impact on the company’s operations and profits. This could lead to delays in project approvals, decreased demand for energy, or other unforeseen risks.

Technological Advances: Advances in technology are rapidly changing the energy market. This could mean that new and more efficient solutions are available to customers, which could further increase competition and reduce Atlantica Yield plc’s market share.

Changing Regulatory Environment: Changes in the regulatory environment can also have a major impact on Atlantica Yield plc. This could mean that the company has to contend with new taxes, regulations, or other requirements that could affect its operations and profitability.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for Atlantica Yield plc include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement


Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

Data Analytics and Reporting Services: Atlantica Yield plc could create a service that provides analysis and reporting on the energy and infrastructure assets that it manages. This would give customers insights into the performance of their assets and allow them to make better decisions.

Engineering Services: Atlantica Yield plc could offer engineering services to design and implement energy and infrastructure projects. This would provide customers with the expertise to ensure their projects are designed and implemented in the most efficient manner.

Renewable Energy Solutions: Atlantica Yield plc could develop renewable energy solutions such as solar and wind power to help customers reduce their carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of their operations.

Asset Management Solutions: Atlantica Yield plc could develop asset management solutions to help customers monitor and manage their energy and infrastructure assets. This would allow customers to ensure their assets are functioning optimally and that they are getting the most value from them.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Siemens AG
2. EDF Energy
3. Schneider Electric SE
4. Duke Energy Corporation
5. AES Corporation
6. NRG Energy, Inc.
7. Engie SA
8. NextEra Energy, Inc.
9. SunPower Corporation
10. Orsted A/S

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries
The Porters 5 forces for Atlantica Yield plc are as follows:

1. Suppliers: There are a limited number of suppliers for Atlantica Yield plc, which gives the company some bargaining power. However, the company does have to compete for contracts with other companies in the same industry.

2. Buyers: There are a large number of buyers for Atlantica Yield plc, which gives the company little bargaining power.

3. substitutes: There are a limited number of substitutes for Atlantica Yield plc, which gives the company some bargaining power.

4. barriers to entry: There are HIGH barriers to entry for Atlantica Yield plc, which gives the company a competitive advantage.

5. competitive rivalry: There is MODERATE competitive rivalry for Atlantica Yield plc, which gives the company a competitive advantage.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: Atlantica Yield plc provides energy infrastructure solutions to a variety of customers including utilities, industrial, commercial and residential customers.

Actors: The actors include the customers, employees, government, regulators, suppliers, and shareholders of Atlantica Yield plc.

Transformation process: Atlantica Yield plc is a global renewable energy infrastructure company that acquires, owns, and operates renewable energy, power generation and electric transmission lines. The company develops, constructs, acquires and operates assets that produce long-term, stable and predictable cash flow.

World view: Atlantica Yield plc is committed to clean energy and sustainability. The company’s mission is to provide reliable and sustainable energy to meet the growing needs of the world.

Owners: Atlantica Yield plc is a publicly traded company with shareholders who own the company.

Environmental constraints: Atlantica Yield plc is subject to environmental regulations and laws. It must also adhere to industry-specific regulations and standards. The company must also work within the limits of its resources to provide energy solutions that are both sustainable and cost-effective.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Atlantica Yield plc business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. Atlantica Yield is a leading global renewable energy infrastructure company with a diversified portfolio of high-quality assets across geographies and technologies.

2. The company has a strong track record of operational excellence and has a disciplined approach to capital allocation.

3. Atlantica Yield has a diversified shareholder base and a committed management team with a long-term view.

4. The company has a disciplined financial strategy and a robust risk management framework.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Invest in renewable energy sources: Atlantica Yield plc should invest in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power in order to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and reduce its environmental impact. This would also provide the company with a reliable and cost-effective source of energy, which would lead to increased profits.

2. Expand into new markets: Atlantica Yield plc should consider expanding into new markets, such as Africa and Latin America, in order to capitalise on growing demand for energy in those regions. This would allow the company to tap into untapped markets and potentially increase their customer base and revenue.

3. Increase customer engagement: Atlantica Yield plc should focus on increasing customer engagement through digital channels such as social media, email campaigns, and customer loyalty programs. This will allow the company to better understand their customers’ needs and develop targeted marketing strategies that will increase sales.

4. Improve operational efficiency: Atlantica Yield plc should focus on improving operational efficiency in order to reduce costs and increase profits. This could include streamlining processes, automating tasks, and implementing new technologies such as AI and machine learning. This will help the company remain competitive and increase its profits.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. Lack of Diversification: Atlantica Yield is heavily reliant on the income from a small number of key projects. This lack of diversification leaves the company exposed to project-specific risks which could have a material impact on its financial performance.

2. High Cost of Capital: Atlantica Yield has a high cost of capital which results in lower returns on equity. This could limit the company's ability to invest in new growth opportunities and make it more difficult to generate shareholder value in the long-term.

3. Execution Risk: There is a risk that Atlantica Yield will not be able to execute its growth strategy successfully. This could result in the company missing out on opportunities to create value for shareholders.

4. Regulatory Risk: The regulatory environment in which Atlantica Yield operates is complex and constantly changing. This creates uncertainty and risk for the company, which could have a negative impact on its financial performance.


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Increasing competition from renewable energy sources: As renewable energy sources become more cost effective, Atlantica Yield plc may face increased competition from alternative energy sources, leading to a decrease in demand for their traditional energy sources.

2. Political and regulatory risks: Changes in public policies and regulations, such as taxes, subsidies, and other financial incentives, can have a significant impact on the company’s operations and bottom line.

3. Volatile commodity prices: The prices of commodities, such as oil and gas, can be highly volatile, which may lead to increased costs or reduced revenue for Atlantica Yield plc.

4. Technological disruptions: Technological advancements, such as the rise of electric vehicles and the increasing use of distributed energy resources, may disrupt traditional energy sources and create new competition for Atlantica Yield plc.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for Atlantica Yield plc. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to Atlantica Yield plc, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: Atlantica Yield plc is a renewable energy company that is focused on creating low-carbon energy solutions. They own, operate and develop renewable energy plants and infrastructure in North America, South America and Spain. They are a publicly-traded company that is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Collaborators: Atlantica Yield works with a variety of partners and collaborators to develop and operate their renewable energy plants. These include financial institutions, investors, local governments, and other renewable energy companies.

Customers: Atlantica Yield’s customers are primarily utilities and large energy consumers. They are focused on providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy solutions to these customers.

Competitors: Atlantica Yield’s main competitors are other renewable energy companies, including those in the solar, wind, and water sectors.

Content: Atlantica Yield is committed to providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy solutions. They are focused on developing and operating renewable energy plants and infrastructure, and they strive to make their solutions as efficient and cost-effective as possible. They also strive to create economic opportunities in the communities where they operate.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged Atlantica Yield plc as having an innovation score of B3.


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The changelog for this report can be found below, complete with the next scheduled update:

v1.1: Initial load of report
Date: 1st March 2023

Key Financials added (BETA)
Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 25th April 2023

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