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Crown Place VCT PLC : Interim Management Statement

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Crown Place VCT PLC
Interim Management Statement
LEI Code: 213800SYIQPA3L3T1Q68

Introduction
I am pleased to present Crown Place VCT PLC’s (the “Company”) interim management statement for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.

Performance and dividends
The Company’s unaudited net asset value (NAV) as at 31 March 2021 was £70.96 million or 31.59 pence per share (excluding treasury shares). After accounting for a dividend of 0.78 pence per share which was paid on 31 March 2021 to shareholders on the register on 5 March 2021 the NAV has increased by 1.24 pence per share (4.09%) since 31 December 2020.

Fundraising and share issues
During the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, the Company issued the following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny per share under the Albion VCTs Prospectus Top Up Offers 2020/21:

Date

Number of shares issued

Issue price per share (including costs of issue)

Net proceeds
£’000

26 February 2021

26,967,479

31.7p to 32.0p

8,414

The Company also issued the following shares under the dividend reinvestment scheme which are included in the net asset value figures for 31 March 2021 above:

Date

Number of shares issued

Issue price per share

Net invested £’000

31 March 2021

976,922

30.35 pence

295

The Company continues to offer a Dividend Reinvestment Scheme to existing shareholders. Details of this Scheme can be found at www.albion.capital/funds/CRWN.

Share buy-backs
During the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, the Company purchased 1,304,353 shares for £388,000 including stamp duty, at an average price of 29.57 pence per share. All of the shares are to be held in treasury.

It remains the Board’s policy to buy back shares in the market, subject to the overall constraint that such purchases are in the Company’s interest, including the maintenance of sufficient resources for investment in existing and new portfolio companies and the continued payment of dividends to shareholders.

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 January 2021 to 31 March 2021:

New investments

£’000

Activity

Threadneedle Software Limited (T/A Solidatus)

1,239

Provider of data lineage software to enterprise customers in regulated sectors, which allows them to rapidly discover, visualise, catalogue and understand how data flows through their systems

Total new investments

1,239


Further investments

£’000

Activity

Healios Limited

486

Provider of an online platform delivering family centric psychological care primarily to children and adolescents

Black Swan Data Limited

262

Predictive analytics for consumer brands

ePatient Limited (T/A Raremark)

46

Online community connecting people affected by rare diseases

Total further investments

794

The following disposals were made during the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021:

Portfolio Company

Cost
£’000

Proceeds
£’000

Shinfield Lodge Care Limited

2,140

4,580

Active Lives Care Limited

1,620

2,874

Ryefield Court Care Limited

1,275

2,374

SBD Automotive Limited

220

379

OmPrompt Holdings Limited

153

350

Total

5,408

10,557

In March 2021, the Company completed the sale of its three care homes for the elderly; Active Lives Care Limited, Ryefield Court Care Limited, and Shinfield Lodge Care Limited. The purpose-built residential care homes situated across the South of England, offer luxury living with all-inclusive service and an excellent level of care. The homes were trading at mature occupancy levels.

The first investments in the homes were made over 5 years ago and the sale generated a 2.5x return on cost (including interest received), an excellent result for the Company.

Top ten holdings as at 31 March 2021:

Investment

Carrying value
£’000

% of net asset value

Activity

Quantexa Limited

4,768

6.7

Network analytics platform to detect financial crime

Proveca Limited

3,596

5.1

UK based pharma company specialising in medicines for children

Chonais River Hydro Limited

3,114

4.4

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

Radnor House School (TopCo) Limited

2,743

3.9

Independent school for children aged 2-18

The Evewell (Harley Street) Limited

1,728

2.4

Operator of a women’s health centre focusing on fertility

Gharagain River Hydro Limited

1,676

2.4

Owner and operator of a 1 MW hydro-power scheme in the Scottish Highlands

Phrasee Limited

1,606

2.3

AI platform that generates optimised marketing campaigns

Threadneedle Software Holding Limited (T/A Solidatus)

1,239

1.7

Provider of data lineage software to enterprise customers in regulated sector

Healios Limited

1,081

1.5

Provider of an online platform delivering family centric psychological care primarily to children and adolescents

Egress Software Technologies Limited

996

1.4

Encrypted email and file transfer service provider

Material events and transactions after the period end
After the period end, the Company had the following material investment transactions:

  • Investment of £608,000 in a new portfolio company, an open sources API management platform that enables enterprises to manage their APIs through their lifecycle (from design to publishing to controlling access and security); and

  • Investment of £168,000 in an existing portfolio company, Panaseer Limited, a provider of cyber security services.

Other than as described above, there have been no material events or transactions during the quarter and to the date of this announcement.

Further information
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 at www.albion.capital/funds/CRWN.

Penny Freer, Chairman
crownchair@albion.capital

17 May 2021

For further information please contact:
Vikash Hansrani
Operations Partner
Albion Capital Group LLP
Telephone: 020 7601 1850


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