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Thursday 04 August, 2016

Funding Circle SME

Performance Update

RNS Number : 2965G
Funding Circle SME Income Fund Ltd
04 August 2016
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION OR PUBLICATION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OR TO US PERSONS.

 

Guernsey, 4 August 2016

 

FUNDING CIRCLE SME INCOME FUND LIMITED

Performance Update

 

The Board notes recent market commentary on Funding Circle loan performance and reiterates guidance that the Company's portfolio of Credit Assets, randomly allocated to it through each of the Funding Circle marketplaces, continues to perform in line with expectations.

The Company's US Credit Assets are projected to return in excess of 8% per annum on a net unlevered basis - consistent with historic performance observed on the Funding Circle US marketplace.

The Company's UK Credit Assets are projected to return in excess of 7% per annum on a net unlevered basis - consistent with historic performance observed on the Funding Circle UK marketplace.

The Company is on track to deliver its dividend target of 6-7 pence per share per annum and total NAV return target of 8-9% per annum once fully deployed and levered.

The Company is committed to maximising sustainable shareholder returns. The Company does not charge a management or performance fee and operates with conservative leverage compared to its peers, differentiating it from multi-platform funds with higher fee loads and levels of gearing. These funds require substantially higher levels of returns from assets to deliver the same level of dividend yield as the Company targets.

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Richard Boleat, Chairman
+44 (0) 1534 615 656
[email protected]

 

Secretary and Administrator
Sanne Group (Guernsey) Limited
+44 (0) 1481 739810

[email protected]

Media Contact

Natasha Jones

+44 (0) 20 3667 2211

[email protected]

 

Corporate Brokers
Goldman Sachs International
Daniel Martin

Chris Emmerson
+44 (0) 20 7774 1000

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

Numis Securities
Nathan Brown
+44 (0) 20 7260 1000
[email protected]

 

Website www.fcincomefund.com

 

ABOUT FUNDING CIRCLE SME INCOME FUND

 

The Company is a registered closed-ended collective investment scheme registered pursuant to the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987, as amended and the Registered Collective Investment Scheme Rules 2015 issued by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (''GFSC'').

 

The Company's investment objective is to provide shareholders with a sustainable and attractive level of dividend income, primarily by way of investment in Credit Assets as defined in the Company's Prospectus. 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

This announcement contains "forward-looking" statements, beliefs or opinions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and all of which are based on its directors' current beliefs and expectations about future events. Forward-looking statements are sometimes identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes", "expects", "may", "will", "could", "should", "shall", "risk", "intends", "estimates", "aims", "plans", "predicts", "projects", "continues", "assumes", "positioned" or "anticipates" or the negative thereof, other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, goals, future events, assumptions or intentions. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. They appear in a number of places throughout this announcement and include statements regarding the intentions, beliefs or current expectations of the Board or the Company with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's business concerning, amongst other things, the financial performance, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies of the Company. These forward-looking statements and other statements contained in this announcement regarding matters that are not historical facts involve predictions. No assurance can be given that such future results will be achieved; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks and uncertainties facing the Company. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to vary materially from the future results indicated, expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as of the date of this announcement. Nothing in this announcement is, or should be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which such statements are based unless required to do so by applicable law, the Prospectus Rules, the Listing Rules or the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the FCA. No statement in this announcement is intended as a forecast or profit estimate.

 

 

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