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Puma VCT 13 PLC (PU13)

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Friday 27 November, 2020

Puma VCT 13 PLC

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 7862G
Puma VCT 13 PLC
27 November 2020
 
 
 
Puma VCT 13 plc

Interim Report

 

For the period ended 31 August 2020

 

 

 

Officers and Professional Advisers

 

 

Directors

Auditor

David Buchler (Chairman)

Stephen Hazell-Smith

Graham Shore

 

RSM UK Audit LLP

Chartered Accountants

25 Farringdon Street

London EC4A 4AB

Secretary

Eliot Kaye

 

Registered Number

10376236

 

 

Sponsors and Solicitors

Howard Kennedy

No 1 London Bridge

London SE1 9BG

 

Registered Office

Cassini House

57 St James's Street

London

SW1A 1LD

 

Investment Manager

Puma Investment Management Limited

Cassini House

57 St James's Street

London

SW1A 1LD

 

Administrator

PI Administration Services Limited

Cassini House

57 St James's Street

London

SW1A 1LD

 

Registrar

SLC Registrars

Elder House

St. Georges Business Park

Brooklands Road

Weybridge

Surrey

KT13 0TS

 

Bankers

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

London City Office

PO Box 412

62-63 Threadneedle Street

London

EC2R 8LA

 

VCT Tax Advisor

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1 Embankment Place

London WC2N 6RH

 

 

Custodian

Pershing Securities Limited

1 Canada Square

London

E14 5AL

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

-  Strong performance within the portfolio leading to an 11% increase in NAV

-  Largest single period NAV uplift of the Company's life, despite impact of Covid-19

-  New fund raising now underway following 97.6% shareholder approval

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Your Board is pleased to present the half-yearly report for Puma VCT 13 plc ('the Company') for the period to 31 August 2020.

 

Fundraising

 

We are happy to report that following the period end, shareholder approval was received to allow the VCT to raise further funds. This will allow the VCT to spread fixed costs over a wider base, add further diversification and, crucially, exploit the post-Covid investment environment. This VCT is now open for fund raising and the market reaction to date has been very positive.

 

Investment Portfolio

 

Since the last report and accounts the Company has made one new investment of £1,850,000 into health and wellness engagement business Tictrac and a small follow-on investment into cycling apparel business Le Col (both alongside other Puma managed funds).  The Company has over 90% of its current NAV invested in qualifying investments, however, with additional funds now being raised the Company will be in a position to take advantage of 'post-Covid' opportunities. 

 

Within the portfolio, Pure Cremation and Le Col in particular have both enjoyed an impressive year of trading, which has contributed to the gains in the Company's Net Asset Value ("NAV") being reported. These gains have more than compensated for the inevitable negative impact of the pandemic elsewhere in the portfolio.

 

Net Asset Value

 

The Company's NAV stood at 111.59p at the period end of 31 August 2020. The Company recorded a profit for the period of £1,764,000, arising from revaluations upwards of the holdings in Pure Cremations and Le Col, mentioned above. The Company continues to hold a small proportion of its NAV in listed equities. Allocation of non-qualifying holdings will continue to be considered by the Investment Manager as the economic outlook and global policy response to the Covid-19 crisis continue to evolve.

 

VCT qualifying status

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") provides the Board and the Investment Manager with advice on the ongoing compliance with HMRC rules and regulations concerning VCTs and has reported no issues in this regard for the Company to date.  PwC and other specialist advisors will continue to assist the Investment Manager in establishing the status of potential investments as qualifying holdings. PwC will continue to monitor rule compliance and maintaining the qualifying status of the Company's holdings in the future. As at 31 August 2020, over 80% of the portfolio (as measured by HMRC rules) was invested in VCT-qualifying investments as reviewed and confirmed by PwC therefore achieving the current VCT-qualifying threshold.

 

Life of the Fund Extended, now Evergreen

 

The Company did not have a fixed life but had initially envisaged a shareholders' vote on its own continuation after 8 to 10 years. Following approval by shareholders, the Company will no longer put a resolution to shareholders to vote on the Company's continuance but instead will turn into an 'evergreen' VCT.

 

As a result, the performance incentive structure for the Investment Manager has been revised from 20% of all amounts above 105p per share, payable once shareholders have received distributions above 105p per share. Per the resolutions passed, a 20% fee is payable, in relation to each accounting period, subject to performance value per share exceeding the High Water Mark (being the higher of 110p and the highest Performance Value per Share at the end of any previous accounting period). By increasing the hurdle at which a fee becomes payable from 105p to 110p, we believe this further incentivises the Manager to achieve strong performance for the benefit of shareholders. Full details can be found in the Circular dated 9 October 2020.

 

Outlook

 

The opportunity now is to be proactive as the economy and society recover, probably changed forever.  Notwithstanding the considerable uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented policy measures put in place to contain it, we do look to the future with confidence - and not only due to the promising vaccine results currently being announced.  The UK benefits from an active and dynamic sector of small and medium enterprises. As this Company's own portfolio shows, whilst there will be losers from the pandemic and its aftermath there will also be winners. 

 

The Manager has a strong reputation as a provider of capital to well managed later-stage businesses and at the time of writing we are encouraged by the flow of prospective qualifying

investments which are under consideration. The investment team are in execution phase with three further potential investments so we take comfort that we will continue to make good progress in executing our investment strategy and, of course, in meeting our ongoing qualifying deployment tests as a VCT. 

 

 

David Buchler

Chairman

27 November 2020

 

 

 

 

INVESTMENT MANAGER'S REPORT  

 

Introduction 

 

During the period covered by these interim results, and following, economic activity has continued to be dominated by the policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented times which have disrupted personal and working life for almost everyone.  Crucially they have also disrupted consumption patterns, giving the potential to lead to significant shifts in market share from incumbents to newer players.  

 

Since the pandemic's onset we have drawn on our own skills and experience to support our management teams. Using our in-house professionals and outside experts, we were able to provide specialist guidance to investee companies on key topics such as employment law, UK government support schemes and cyber-security. This enabled management teams to focus on more immediate developments arising from the pandemic, with the hopes of minimising its negative effects where possible. 

 

We have continued to work with our portfolio companies to protect shareholder value but have also increasingly looked to new opportunities.  As ever, the ability for companies to innovate is vital and a number of our portfolio management teams have proven themselves adept at expanding or pivoting their offering to meet new needs arising from the crisis.  

 

The Company's objective is to provide funding to growing SMEs in the UK, aiming to give investors exposure to quality operating businesses with strong management teams in sectors providing structural support for growth. Through its sector agnostic mandate, it seeks to provide funding to assist the growth of a diversified portfolio of investments, which should allow the Company to capture significant upside from individual positions but also provide resilience in the event of an economic downturn. Having been put to the test as a result of the pandemic, this approach has proven reassuringly successful and we remain positive in our outlook for the Company. 

 

Investments

 

Qualifying Investments

 

Open House London Limited - London based food and beverage offer

In February 2019, the Company invested £1.8 million (as part of a £5 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Open House London, a company which owns and operates two popular dining and drinking venues in London: The Lighterman in King's Cross; and Percy & Founders in Fitzrovia. Open House is due to launch its third unit, an anchor building in the new TV Centre development in London's White City, in Spring / Summer 2021.  Open House was launched in 2015 by the team behind Cubitt House, a group of highly successful gastropubs in central London which were later sold to a private equity group.

 

In line with UK government guidance, the two current Open House units closed during the first Covid-19 lockdown from March to July. Open House benefited from various sector-focused government support schemes, including Rates Relief and the Job Retention Scheme, as well as significant support from the landlords of both units. We worked closely with the business throughout the period, supporting on employment matters, cash management and strategy, which secured a successful reopening of The Lighterman and good trade through the summer.

 

Following further government announcements, the units were again all closed on 5th November; however, the business remains robust, well capitalised, and well positioned to exploit opportunities arising from challenges the wider sector is facing. The Directors believe a valuation broadly in line with cost is reasonable in current circumstances and so this position (whose value had previously been written up on the back of good trading performance) has been marked down in the period.

 

Dymag Group Limited - High performance wheel manufacturer

In December 2018, the Company invested £583,000 (as part of a £3.6 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Dymag Group Limited. In January 2020 a second investment of £725,000 was made (as part of a £1.2 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) to enable further growth. Dymag is a British designer and manufacturer of carbon hybrid automotive wheels. These are high end, lightweight wheels for performance use. Dymag continued to operate throughout the first Covid-19 lockdown with a skeleton staff, the remaining staff either working from home or furloughed.

 

Immediately pre-Covid-19, the global market for carbon automotive wheels was growing strongly, with several major production programmes announced from larger Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs"). During the crisis, and in line with the rest of the automotive sector, the company's revenue levels were impacted, with aftermarket automotive wheel sales in particular being below forecast levels. In light of these trading challenges, the Directors have decided to reduce the carrying value of the holding, generating an unrealised loss in the period of £449,000.

 

The longer-term prospects of the technology and its adoption by mainstream car manufacturers remain highly promising. Dymag has enjoyed strong customer engagement over the summer and has entered into agreements to be featured on a number of upcoming hyper- and super-car projects.  On 10th October 2020, Dymag wheels were used on an SSC Tuatara car to set a new land-speed record for production cars, reaching 331mph.

 

The focus will now be on 2021 sales to OEMs and the aftermarket.

 

Tictrac Limited - Health Engagement Platform

In March 2020, the Company invested £1.85 million (as part of a £5 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Tictrac Limited. Tictrac offers an advanced health and wellness app for insurance companies and corporate clients to provide to their user bases. The app integrates data from wearable technology, delivering it to end users in a digestible format to drive up levels of engagement and increase customer loyalty.

 

Tictrac has an impressive client base that ranges from globally recognised insurance providers such as Aviva, Allianz and Prudential to government health bodies, having established strong relationships across the industry. Created in 2010, its founders have assembled a strong management team to propel the business' future growth.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed renewed emphasis on employers to focus on the health and wellbeing of all employees. While continuing to work with its existing clients on roll-out, during the crisis the company has offered its employee wellbeing platform on a free trial basis to UK employers to support their workforce, a number of which have now converted to paying clients.

 

MyKindaCrowd Limited - Human Resources Technology

In August 2019, the Company invested £1.8 million (as part of a £2.75 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into MyKindaCrowd, (trading under the name MyKindaFuture ("MKF")). MKF whose clients include BT, Deloitte, Cisco and Burberry, is the UK's largest "emerging talent" specialist. Focusing its recruitment on young people, MKF aims to help students from a range of backgrounds develop employability skills and succeed in the workplace, whilst also supporting employers with their recruitment needs - from work experience and apprenticeships through to graduate programmes.

 

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, MKF has continued to work closely with its customer base to help them manage HR engagement challenges. The company adapted its Connectr 2.0 platform, launched in February 2020, to create a product specifically focused on engaging with furloughed employees and in some cases to provide training. The company has also launched a partnership with Grant Thornton to offer shared expertise and skills to clients looking to support and reintegrate employees during this period.

 

Reflecting the growth in digital revenues, together with the advantageous investment structure that had been agreed, the Company has increased the carrying value of the holding. This generated an unrealised gain in the period of £1,267,000.

 

Pure Cremation Holdings Limited - Crematorium and Direct Cremations

In November 2018, the Company invested £1.3 million (as part of a £7.35 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Pure Cremation Holding Limited, a leading provider of direct cremations meeting the needs of a growing number of people in the United Kingdom who want a respectful cremation arranged without any funeral, leaving them free to say farewell how, where and when is right for them. The company's revenue has grown consistently during Puma's period of hold, and the business has moved into profitability. Puma's investment has enabled marketing activity, increasing awareness of the business' direct cremations and prepaid funeral plans. The investment also helped the company build its own bespoke crematorium facility, driving down per-unit costs and providing a platform for considerable further growth. Pure Cremation's experienced management team has delivered impressive growth in a sector poised for rapid expansion.

 

The business experienced very high demand during the Covid-19 crisis and was able to continue operating safely. It also donated TV advertising space to Marie Curie to help the charity raise much needed funds for its emergency appeal. The sale of 'pre-need' (i.e. purchase of a funeral plan providing committed funding for a direct cremation) and 'at-need' services have remained strong throughout the crisis, and the business is expanding to cover mainland Scotland given the growing traction in this region. As the business continues to deliver consistent growth in revenue and EBITDA, the Company has reflected an increase in the carrying value of the holding, generating an unrealised gain of £1,754,000.

 

Influencer Limited - Technology

In August 2019, the Company invested £1.8 million (as part of a £3 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Influencer Limited, a leading influencer marketing platform run by entrepreneurs, Ben Jeffries and Caspar Lee, and chaired by renowned sector entrepreneur Adam Ludwin. Launched in 2017, Influencer's proprietary technology simplifies the influencer marketing process for both brands and creators. Its data-driven, end-to-end platform provides brands around the world with access to a network of premium social media influencers who are vetted for authenticity, quality and creativity. The platform empowers these businesses to make smarter decisions on their influencer activities by combining the discovery and relationship management of creators, along with campaign management, campaign reporting and rich actionable insights. Although a slowdown in activity has been noted across the sector, during the crisis the company has signed a number of new clients while continuing to work with its existing clients. Several successful partnerships are driving new activity and projects, such as one with the public relations and advertising firm, Ogilvy. The company continues to explore international expansion opportunities, and further investment into its technology platform.

 

Le Col Holdings Limited - Sports Apparel

In late 2019 and early 2020, the Company invested a total of £1.03 million (as part of a £4.85 million investment, £2.5 million of which came as a second tranche, alongside other Puma funds) into Le Col Holdings Limited, a leading British performance cycling clothing brand, founded by ex-professional cyclist Yanto Barker. Le Col uses the latest technology to provide high-performance kit with a quality formerly reserved for professionals.

 

During Puma's period of hold, Le Col's growth has been significant. In 2018, its revenues more than doubled and online sales grew six-fold, year-on-year, and it exported product to approximately 50 countries worldwide. In 2019, revenue grew by 70%. The investment has helped the company continue to develop its marketing strategy. This has driven growth in online sales, supported retail partnerships with e-tailers such as Wiggle and build high-profile partnerships including sponsorship of World Tour cycling's Team Bahrain McLaren. Among these numerous partnerships, the brand has gained further recognition through its collaboration with Sir Bradley Wiggins, who developed a signature range, Le Col by Wiggins, which has gone from strength to strength.

 

Since then, Le Col has also secured further partnerships including with Eurosport and Colnago. With increased focus on exercise during the Covid-19 crisis, online sales have continued to grow very strongly. Stock was carefully manged as the company's Italian factory closed briefly during the first lockdown, but no material interruptions were experienced by customers. The company recently won 'Best Leisure, Fitness & Outdoor Ecommerce' at the eCommerce Awards 2020. Le Col is now building on the marketing insights gained during this period and considering options for further expanding its market reach. The Company has increased the carrying value of its holding further, generating an unrealised gain of £715,000 in the period.

 

Knott End Pub Company Limited - Pubs with Microbreweries

In December 2018, the Company invested £847,000 (as part of a £7.3 million investment, alongside other Puma funds) into Knott End Pub Company (Knott End) which has entered into a franchise agreement with Brewhouse & Kitchen Limited ("B&K") to roll out a portfolio of pubs offering on-site craft micro-brewing activities and good quality food. B&K is an award winning national branded operator, which now has 24 sites offering craft brewing activities, and is run by an experienced management team. Knott End operates two pubs, one in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and the other in Horsham, West Sussex.

 

In line with the rest of the industry Knott End had to close both units during the first lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The business took advantage of government support packages including the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) and Rate Reliefs, VAT reductions of food (July 2020 extended to March 2021) and the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme for August 2020.

 

The company and the B&K brand platform are innovating its offering to adapt to the current environment. One example of this is its investment into technology, resulting in B&K rapidly rolling out their new order and payment platform, 'B&K On Tap'. This will provide customers with comfort around social distancing, and deliver staff efficiencies, adding extra robustness to the operating model. These digital solutions will facilitate the company in understanding their customer base in more detail.

 

Whilst the business is well funded, uncertainty due to Covid-19 remains and there is yet to be clarity on potential restrictions over the festive period, a key period for pubs. On this basis, and given the downward pressure on pub valuations as a result of the pandemic, the Company has made a further reduction in the carrying value of the holding, generating an unrealised loss of £433,000 in the period.

 

Liquidity management investments

 

To manage the Company's liquidity, a portion of the Company's funds are invested in a diverse portfolio of listed equities.

 

Puma VCT 13's Listed Equities portfolio is managed by the Investment Manager's in-house Listed Equities team led by Investment Director Justin Waine. Justin is an award-winning manager (Winner of the Best AIM Investment Manager 2016 and 2017 at the Growth Investor Awards) with 20 years' experience analysing UK and European small and mid-sized companies. Prior to working at Puma, he was a Fund Manager of the European Forager Fund at Polar Capital Partners and also worked as a research analyst for small and mid-sized companies at Cazenove &Co.

 

In keeping with the VCT 13 mandate, the listed equity portfolio held is focussed on UK centric stocks which are listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange. The portfolio is entirely invested in stocks with a market capitalisation of over £100m spread into 15 different companies. Around 47% of the portfolio as it stands is invested into stocks with a market cap greater than £4bn.

 

As previously reported, the Company's portfolio experienced high levels of volatility and material falls in value following the outbreak out Covid-19, reflecting weak stock markets. At the date of writing the portfolio had substantially recovered from its low point, but further market volatility should be expected.

 

Investment Strategy

 

We are pleased to have invested the Company's funds in a diverse range of businesses to date. With the re-opening of the fund raise, we hope to further diversify the portfolio and exploit the post-Covid investment environment over the coming months. We remain focused on generating strong returns for shareholders, whilst balancing these returns with maintaining an appropriate risk exposure. Overall, we remain confident that our portfolio is well-positioned to deliver positive returns to shareholders.

 

Puma Investment Management Limited

27 November 2020

 

Income Statement (unaudited)

For the period ended 31 August 2020

 

 

 

Period ended
 31 August 2020

Period ended
 31 August 2019

Year ended
 29 February 2020

 

Note

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Gain/(loss) on investments

 

-

2,017

2,017

-

(43)

(43)

-

2,094

2,094

Income

 

12

-

12

58

-

58

118

-

118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

2,017

2,029

58

(43)

15

118

2,094

2,212

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment management fees

4

(65)

(120)

(185)

(35)

(104)

(139)

(70)

(209)

(279)

Other expenses

 

(80)

-

(80)

(134)

-

(134)

(217)

(9)

(226)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(145)

(120)

(265)

(169)

(104)

(273)

(287)

(218)

(505)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

 

(133)

1,897

1,764

(111)

(147)

(258)

(169)

1,876

1,707

Taxation

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the period

 

(133)

1,897

1,764

(111)

(147)

(258)

(169)

1,876

1,707

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return/(loss) per Ordinary Share (pence)

2

(0.85p)

12.17p

11.32p

(0.71p)

(0.94p)

(1.65p)

(1.08p)

12.04p

10.95p

 

 

 

The total column of this statement is the profit and loss of the Company.  All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations.  No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period.

 

Balance Sheet (unaudited)

As at 31 August 2020

 

 

 

Note

As at
31 August 2020

As at
31 August 2019

As at
29 February 2020

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Fixed Assets

 

 

 

 

Investments

6

17,079

11,560

13,433

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

Prepayments

 

97

3

203

Cash

 

397

2,236

2,093

 

 

494

2,239

2,296

Creditors - amounts falling due within one year

 

(184)

(128)

(95)

 

 

 

 

 

Net Current Assets

 

310

2,111

2,201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

 

17,389

13,671

15,634

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and Reserves

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

10

12

10

Share premium account

 

14,843

14,852

14,852

Capital reserve - realised

 

(838)

(39)

(649)

Capital reserve - unrealised

 

3,888

(831)

1,802

Revenue reserve

 

(514)

(323)

(381)

 

 

 

 

 

Equity Shareholders' Funds

 

17,389

13,671

15,634

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share

3

111.59p

87.73p

100.33p

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share

3

111.59p

87.73p

100.33p

 

Cash Flow Statement (unaudited)

For the period ended 31 August 2020

 

 

 

 

Period ended
 31 August 2020

Period ended
 31 August 2019

Year ended
 29 February 2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax

1,764

(258)

1,707

(Gain)/loss on investments

(2,017)

45

(2,094)

Decrease/(increase) in debtors

106

2,848

820

(Decrease)/increase in creditors

89

(48)

(35)

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from/(used for) operating activities

(58)

2,587

398

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of investments

(1,952)

(4,172)

(5,897)

Proceeds from disposal of investments

323

438

2,430

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,629)

(3,734)

(3,467)

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds received from issue of ordinary share capital

-

-

1,826

Expenses paid for issue of share capital

(9)

-

(46)

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from financing activities

(9)

-

1,780

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(1,696)

(1,146)

(1,289)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

2,093

3,382

3,382

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

397

2,236

2,093

 

 

 

 

Statement of Changes in Equity (unaudited)

For the period ended 31 August 2020

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

Share premium account

Capital reserve - realised

Capital reserve - unrealised

Revenue reserve

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 1 March 2019

12

14,852

(173)

(550)

(212)

13,929

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

134

(281)

(111)

(258)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 31 August 2019

12

14,852

(39)

(831)

(323)

13,671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares cancelled in the period

(2)

-

-

-

-

(2)

Reserve movement

-

-

(430)

430

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(180)

2,203

(58)

1,965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 29 February 2020

10

14,852

(649)

1,802

(381)

15,634

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expense of share issue

-

(9)

-

-

-

(9)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(189)

2,086

(133)

1,764

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 31 August 2020

10

14,843

(838)

3,888

(514)

17,389

 

Notes to the Interim Report

For the period ended 31 August 2020

 

1.  Accounting Policies

 

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, modified to include the revaluation of fixed asset investments, and in accordance with applicable Accounting Standards and with the Statement of Recommended Practice, "Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts" ("SORP") and in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard 102 ("FRS102").

2.  Return per Ordinary Share

 

The total profit per share of 11.32p is based on the profit for the period of £1,764,000and the weighted average number of shares in issue as at 31 August 2020 of 15,583,338 calculated from the date of the first receipt of proceeds from the issue of ordinary share capital.

 

3.  Net asset value per share

 

 

As at
31 August 2020

As at
31 August 2019

As at
29 February 2020

Net assets

17,389,000

13,671,000

15,634,000

Shares in issue

15,583,338

15,583,338

15,583,338

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per share

 

 

 

Basic

111.59p

87.73p

100.33p

Diluted

111.59p

87.73p

100.33p

 

4.  Management fees

 

The Company pays the Investment Manager an annual management fee of 2% of the Company's net assets.  The fee is payable quarterly in arrears.  The annual management fee is allocated 75% to capital and 25% to revenue.

 

 

5.  Financial information provided

The financial information for the period ended 31 August 2020 has not been audited and does not comprise full financial statements within the meaning of Section 423 of the Companies Act 2006. The interim financial statements have been prepared on the same basis as will be used to prepare the annual financial statements.

 

6.  Investment portfolio summary

 

Valuation

Cost

Gain/(loss)

Valuation as a % of Net Assets

As at 31 August 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Investments

 

 

 

 

Dymag Group Limited

859

1,308

(449)

5%

Knott End Limited

160

847

(687)

1%

Open House London Limited

1,812

1,800

12

10%

Pure Cremation Holdings Limited

4,342

1,297

3,045

25%

Influencer Limited

1,800

1,800

-

10%

Le Col Holdings Limited

2,139

1,028

1,111

12%

Mykindacrowd Limited

3,067

1,800

1,267

18%

Tictrac Limited

1,850

1,850

-

11%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Qualifying Investments

16,029

11,730

4,299

92%

 

 

 

 

 

Liquidity Management Investments

 

 

 

 

Barclays Plc

72

116

(44)

0%

Chemring Group Plc

82

70

12

0%

Diageo Plc

82

89

(7)

0%

Discoverie Group Plc

97

63

34

1%

Dixons Carphone Plc

62

109

(47)

0%

Headlam Group Plc

75

121

(46)

0%

ITV Plc

46

82

(36)

0%

Legal & General Group Plc

80

97

(17)

0%

Lloyds Bank Plc

43

74

(31)

0%

Provident Financial Plc

49

119

(70)

0%

Prudential Plc

93

133

(40)

1%

PZ Cussons Plc

95

108

(13)

1%

Royal Dutch Shell Plc

53

124

(71)

0%

Volution Group Plc

76

88

(12)

0%

WPP Plc

45

67

(22)

0%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liquidity Management Investments

1,050

1,460

(410)

6%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Investments

17,079

13,190

3,889

98%

Balance of Portfolio

307

307

-

2%

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

17,386

13,497

3,889

100%

 

 

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