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Original-Research: Advanced Blockchain AG (von GBC AG)

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Original-Research: Advanced Blockchain AG - von GBC AG Einstufung von GBC AG zu Advanced Blockchain AG Unternehmen: Advanced Blockchain AG ISIN: DE000A0M93V6 Anlass der Studie: Research Report (Initial Valuation) Empfehlung: BUY Kursziel: 23.32 EUR Kursziel auf Sicht von: 31/12/2022 Letzte Ratingänderung: - Analyst: Julien Desrosiers, Matthias Greiffenberger, Felix Haugg Easy access to DeFi, Crypto & Web 3.0. Significant upside potential due to the high-growth portfolio. Successful partial divestments and financing rounds confirm the Group's investment approach. With this research update we provide a preliminary assessment. The full Annual Report 2021 is expected to be published soon. Subsequently, we will update the valuation again and, if possible, include further projects in the valuation. Advanced Blockchain AG invests and participates through three areas: (1) Investments, (2) Holdings and (3) Incubations. In the area of holdings and incubations, Advanced Blockchain AG works closely with the companies. Here, the company tries not to spread the investments broadly, but to focus specifically on a smaller number of investments. The higher focus is intended to achieve a higher probability of success. Advanced Blockchain AG not only provides support here in the form of financial resources, but also helps to successfully implement blockchain processes. Here, companies benefit from the extensive expertise of the Advanced Blockchain team and their numerous industry contacts. As spin-offs are also frequently supported, the Advanced Blockchain Group is also associated with established companies with a high profile. In addition to external spin-offs, Advanced Blockchain Group also supports its own spin-off projects and subsidiaries in the blockchain and decentralization industry. Through internal support and foundation, numerous processes can be implemented in a more straightforward manner, while the aforementioned advantages for the companies continue to exist. Advanced Blockchain Group relies on extensive internal analysis for its startups and investments. For example, the company has an investment and research team of more than ten people who are constantly looking for new projects. There is also a symbiotic relationship with numerous external professional investors who can contribute feedback. Provided a potential project has been identified and the technology behind it has been analyzed, a meeting will be arranged with the founding team. The Advanced Blockchain Group can provide extensive support, from providing technical resources, launch support, audits, investor access, and access to its own research group. In addition, Advanced Blockchain Group acts as a venture capitalist through its subsidiaries. In this area, investments are made not only in startups, but in all types of companies that seek to use blockchain and decentralization technology to develop solutions to widespread problems faced by large, established companies. Furthermore, Advanced Blockchain invests in blockchain technology companies offering crypto tokens through its subsidiaries. Thus, consulting services are partly paid in the form of tokens. In the incubation space, we have currently identified the following investments/shareholdings: Bribe, Quasar, Angular, Panoptic, Instrumental, Pendulum and Warp. We have examined the valuation approaches of the company with regard to the individual items and consider them to be comprehensible. In the area of incubations, valuations were made according to current financing rounds or according to the last transaction. Furthermore, tokens for consulting and software services were issued, which correspond to a valuation approach according to the initial issue. In our opinion, the current fair value of the incubations (after safety discounts) is around EUR 12 million. There are 31 different positions in Investments: namely, Maverick, Sentinel, Alluo, Myso, Etherscore, Polymer, Fractal, Neon Labs, Mekatek, Fragcolor, Element Finance, Zcloak, Fei Protocol, Backd, Arweave, Obol, Forest Park, Component, NEAR Protocol, Sigmadex, Composable, Permanent Ventures, Manta, Light, Moxy, Polkadot, Talisman, SDGX, Contango, Ithil, Peaq and Apricot. The most popular may have been the great success of the Polkadot investment. Thus, in 2017, the company invested for an average of well below EUR 1 per token and most recently realized most of it. In the meantime, the price stood at around EUR 47 and according to the management, the sales were carried out near the highest price. We have discussed the valuation methods of the investment portfolio with the management and consider them to be comprehensible. In our opinion, numerous investment projects are still in the early stages and still show enormous potential for the future. We currently estimate the value of the investment portfolio (after risk discounts) at around EUR 35 million. In the area of holdings, we identified 12 holdings, namely: FinPro AG,, FinPro GmbH, Peaq GmbH, Stela Labs Ltd, Tracebloc, Cliso Ltd., Brain Network Ltd., Peaq Ltd, Incredulous Ltd., ADVANCED BLOCKCHAIN LABS (DMCC) and ADVANCED BLOCKCHAIN LABS (FZCO). We currently see Peaq as the main value driver of the Holdings portfolio and estimate the portfolio to be worth EUR 43 million. Many of the portfolio positions are still at the beginning and have a great potential to develop dynamically. In addition, according to our assessment, there are still unpublished portfolio positions, which can also have a value-enhancing effect. According to the management, the annual holding costs are just below EUR 2 million, which we deduct from our portfolio valuation according to the NAV approach. In total, we have calculated an enterprise value of around EUR 88 million according to NAV. With 3.77 million shares outstanding, this corresponds to a value per share of EUR 23.32. Against the background of the high upside potential, we assign a BUY rating in our initial valuation. Note: As soon as the 2021 Annual Report is available, we will expand this Initial Valuation to the Initial Coverage Study with an updated valuation. Die vollständige Analyse können Sie hier downloaden: Kontakt für Rückfragen GBC AG Halderstraße 27 86150 Augsburg 0821 / 241133 0 +++++++++++++++ Offenlegung möglicher Interessenskonflikte nach § 85 WpHG und Art. 20 MAR. Beim oben analysierten Unternehmen ist folgender möglicher Interessenkonflikt gegeben: (5a,11); Einen Katalog möglicher Interessenkonflikte finden Sie unter: +++++++++++++++ Date and time of completion of this research: 28/04/2022 (10:10 am); German Version: 26/04/2022 (04:45 pm) Date and time of first distribution: 28/04/2022 (11:30 am); German Version: 27/04/2022 (09:30 am) Validity of the target price: until max. 31/12/2022 -------------------übermittelt durch die EQS Group AG.------------------- Für den Inhalt der Mitteilung bzw. Research ist alleine der Herausgeber bzw. Ersteller der Studie verantwortlich. Diese Meldung ist keine Anlageberatung oder Aufforderung zum Abschluss bestimmter Börsengeschäfte.
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