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Albion Development VCT PLC: Interim Management Statement

Albion Development VCT PLC - Ordinary Shares
·4-min read

Albion Development VCT PLC Interim Management Statement
LEI Code 213800FDDMBD9QLHLB38

Introduction
I am pleased to present Albion Development VCT PLC (the “Company”)’s interim management statement for the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Performance and dividends
The Company's unaudited net asset value (NAV) as at 30 September 2020 was £72.61 million or 78.36 pence per share (excluding treasury shares). After accounting for the dividend of 1.99 pence per share paid on 30 September 2020 to shareholders on the register on 11 September 2020, this is an increase of 1.05 pence per share (1.36 per cent.) since 30 June 2020.

Share issues
During the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020, the Company issued the following shares under the dividend reinvestment scheme (and are included in the net asset value figures for 30 September 2020 above):

Date

Number of shares issued

Issue price per share

Net invested £’000

30 September 2020

401,094

77.31 pence

294

Share buy-backs

During the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020, the Company purchased 364,722 Ordinary shares for £269,000 at an average price of 73.44 pence per Ordinary share. All of the shares are to be held in treasury.

It is the Board’s intention for such buy-backs to be at around a 5 per cent. discount to net asset value, so far as market conditions and liquidity permit.

Portfolio

The following investments have been made during the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020:

New investment

£’000

Activity

The Voucher Market Limited (T/A WeGift)

492

A cloud platform that enables corporates to purchase digital gift cards and to distribute them to employees and customers

Total new investments

492


Further investments

£’000

Activity

Quantexa Limited

1,374

Network analytics platform to detect financial crime

Phrasee Limited

301

AI platform that generates optimised marketing campaigns

uMotif Limited

234

A patient engagement and data capture platform for use in real world and observational research

Oxsensis Limited

112

A developer and producer of industrial sensors for use in ultra-high temperature environments

ePatient Network Limited (T/A Raremark)

54

Online community connecting people affected by rare diseases

The Evewell (Harley Street) Limited

47

Operator of a women’s health centre focusing on fertility

Total further investments

2,122

Top ten holdings as at 30 September 2020:

Investment

Carrying value
£’000

% of net asset value

Activity

Quantexa Limited

7,026

9.7%

Network analytics platform to detect financial crime

Egress Software Technologies Limited

6,447

8.9%

Encrypted email & file transfer service provider

Proveca Limited

5,838

8.0%

Reformulation of paediatric medicines

Radnor House School (TopCo) Limited

2,655

3.7%

Independent school for children aged 2.5-18

The Street by Street Solar Programme Limited

2,374

3.3%

Owns and operates photovoltaic systems on domestic properties in the UK

Chonais River Hydro Limited

2,298

3.2%

Owner and operator of a 2 MW hydro-power scheme in the Scottish Highlands

Regenerco Renewable Energy Limited

2,040

2.8%

Generator of renewable energy from roof top solar installations

G.Network Communications Limited

1,479

2.0%

Ultra-fast fibre optic broadband provider in central London

Oviva AG

1,439

2.0%

A technology enabled service business in medical nutritional therapy (MNT)

Alto Prodotto Wind Limited

1,232

1.7%

Owns and operates community scale wind energy projects on brownfield sites in the UK

Material events and transactions after the period end

After the period end, the Company undertook the following material investment transactions:

  • Our holding in SVS Albion OLIM UK Equity Income Fund was exited with proceeds of £3.95 million on cost of £4.99 million;

  • Proceeds of £844,000 received from the sale of Clear Review Limited on cost of £409,000;

  • Investment of £356,000 in a new portfolio company, Seldon Technologies Limited, a software company that enables enterprises to deploy Machine Learning models in production;

  • Investment of £128,000 in a new portfolio company, uMedeor Limited (T/A uMed), a middleware technology platform that enables life science organisations to conduct medical research programmes; and

  • Investment of £107,000 in an existing portfolio company, Arecor Limited, which develops biopharmaceuticals through the application of a formulation technology platform.

There have been no further significant events or transactions that the Board is aware of which would have a material impact on the financial position of the Company between 1 October 2020 and 4 November 2020.

Further information
The Company continues to offer a Dividend Reinvestment Scheme to existing shareholders. Details of this Scheme can be found on the Company’s webpage on the Manager’s website at www.albion.capital/funds/AADV.

Further information regarding historic and current financial performance and other useful shareholder information can be found on the Company’s webpage on the Manager’s website under www.albion.capital/funds/AADV.

Ben Larkin, Chairman
4 November 2020
For further information please contact:
Albion Capital Group LLP – Tel: 020 7601 1850