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Atlassian billionaire Scott Farquhar and his venture capitalist wife Kim Jackson appear to gain control of ASX-listed Genex Power after raising its takeover bid for the renewable energy company.

The board of Genex (ASX: GNX) rejected a bid of $0.23 cents per share made in late July on August 1, but left the door open to a revised offer.

Farquhar in a consortium controlled by Skip Capital, the family VC run by Jackson, with backing from US-based alternative asset manager Stonepeak Partners, increased the offer by 8.6% to $0.25 cents – a premium of 85% off the company’s closing price on July 22, before the Skip Essential Infrastructure Fund’s first offer was lobbied.

That raised the acquisition price by $28 million to $348 million.

In a statement to the ASX today, Genex’s board said it would now give the consortium the opportunity to conduct a confirmatory due diligence investigation into a binding proposal they would accept for $0.25 cents.

“If the Consortium makes a binding proposal with respect to the Proposed Scheme of not less than A$0.250 in cash per Genex share to the Board of Directors, subject to entering into an agreement to execute the Scheme that acceptable to the Board and no higher proposal is forthcoming, it is the Board’s current intention to recommend unanimously to Genex Shareholders to vote in favor of the Proposed Scheme (in the absence of a superior proposal and subject to an independent expert concluding (and continues to conclude) that the Proposed Scheme is in the best interests of Genex Shareholders,” the statement said.

The assets of the 11-year-old renewable energy producer include the five-year-old Kidston Solar Project, which generates up to 50 MW of power. The company has also converted the Kidston Gold Mine into a 250 MW pumped-storage plant. Government Renewable Energy Agency ARENA has pledged $47 million for that project.

Genex also runs the 50MW Jemalong Solar Project at Forbes in western NSW, and has a deal with Tesla for its 50MW battery storage project near Rockhampton, Queensland. Last week, the company announced that it was also acquiring the 400 MW/1,600 MWh Bulli Creek solar and battery project in Queensland.

The Skip Capital offer for Genex is subject to various conditions and must also be approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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