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Full Year Results 2017

Released 07:00 14-Mar-2018

RNS Number : 6352H
Burford Capital
14 March 2018
 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

14 March 2018

 

BURFORD CAPITAL MORE THAN DOUBLES INCOME AND PROFIT IN 2017

AND MORE THAN TRIPLES NEW INVESTMENT COMMITMENTS

 

Burford Capital Limited ("Burford" or "the Company"), a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law, announces its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Financial Highlights[1]

 

·   Net profit after tax up 130% to $264.8 million (2016: $115.1 million)

o Operating profit up 132% to $289.0 million (2016: $124.4 million)

o 37.4% return on equity (2016: 21.1%)

·   Income up 109% to $341.2 million (2016: $163.4 million), driven by 127% increase in income from investments to $318.2 million (2016: $140.2 million)

o Realized gains from investments also more than doubled

o 20 different investments contributed to 2017's realized net gains

o Unrealized gains remained generally consistent with prior year levels at 53% of income

(2016: 54%) and 36% of investments (2016: 31%) notwithstanding Petersen impact

·   Strong growth in earnings per share, up 126% to 127¢ (2016: 56¢)

·  Record investment recoveries; robust organic cash generation of $362 million (2016: $230 million)

·   20% increase in annual dividend proposed, to total FY17 dividend of 11.0¢ per share (2016: 9.15¢); final dividend of 7.95¢ payable on 22 June 2018 with record date of 1 June 2018

·  Persistent demand for Burford's capital reflected in record new investment commitments of $1.34 billion (2016: $378 million), sowing seeds for future profits

o Burford now has $3.3 billion invested in and available for investment in legal finance in a widely diversified portfolio

·   Assets under management in Burford's investment management business increased to $1.7 billion (2016: $1.3 billion) and additional fundraising anticipated in 2018

·  Active start to 2018, with $128.5 million committed to 12 new investments in the first two months of the year compared to a single $1 million investment in the same period last year

·   Secondary market sale of Teinver investment agreed in March 2018 for $107 million in cash - a $94.2 million investment gain and a 736% return on invested capital.

 

Sir Peter Middleton, Chairman of Burford, commented:

 

"Burford has experienced another record year, its eighth consecutive year of significant growth. Burford continues to lead its growing and evolving industry and looks forward to continuing to innovate to meet its clients' ever-expanding needs. The Board is grateful for the continued support of our shareholders and bondholders and is delighted to propose another increase in the dividend."

 

Christopher Bogart, Chief Executive Officer of Burford, added:

 

"The past year saw an explosion of demand for Burford's capital from clients around the world, including from our expansions into Asia and Europe. We met that demand by raising incremental capital on our balance sheet and by making robust use of our new investment management business. We grew our team by 23 people so that we now field a team of more than 90, including more than 40 experienced lawyers, and we have by far the largest capital base in the business. We are excited to continue to lead the legal finance industry into the future."

 

Financial Summary

A financial summary is set out below. The 2017 figures exclude third-party interests in Burford's consolidated funds. Burford's complete annual report and audited accounts are available at  http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/6352H_1-2018-3-13.pdf or from the Burford website: www.burfordcapital.com/investors.

 

US$ '000

 

12 months ended

31 December 2017

 

12 months ended

31 December 2016

% change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income

 

318,234

 

140,187

127%

Investment management income

 

15,626

 

647

 

Insurance income

 

7,613

 

12,923

 

New initiatives income

 

2,968

 

8,849

 

Other income

 

(3,199)

 

797

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total income

 

341,242

 

163,403

109%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses - investments

 

(33,540)

 

(26,017)

 

Operating expenses - investment management

 

(7,159)

 

(443)

 

Operating expenses - insurance

 

(2,001)

 

(1,696)

 

Operating expenses - new initiatives

 

(2,271)

 

(4,895)

 

Operating expenses - corporate

 

(7,298)

 

(5,975)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit*

 

288,973

 

124,377

132%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

(24,251)

 

(14,108)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax*

 

264,722

 

110,269

140%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

123

 

4,817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax*

 

264,845

 

115,086

130%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Income, operating profit, profit before tax and profit after tax exclude the impact of amortisation of intangible asset and non-recurring acquisition costs relating to the acquisition of GKC Holdings, LLC, investment banking and brokerage fees and also exclude third-party interests in consolidated funds.

 

Investor and Analyst Conference Call

 

Management will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 2:00pm (GMT) / 10.00am (EDT) on Wednesday 14 March 2018.   Burford encourages investors and analysts to pre-register for dedicated access via:  http://www.incommuk.com/customers/burfordcapitalregistration

The dial-in number for the conference call is +44 (0)20 3936 2999 / +1 845 709 8568 / (Toll free +44 (0)800 640 6441 / +1 855 979 6654) and the access code is 984216.

An accompanying presentation will be available on the Burford website:

http://www.burfordcapital.com/investors

A replay facility will be available until Wednesday 28 March 2018 by dialling +44 (0)20 3936 3001 / +1 845 709 8569 with the replay code 624376.

 

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Elizabeth O'Connell, Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Burford Capital Limited

 

Elizabeth O'Connell, CFA, Chief Financial Officer

+1 212 235 6825

 

 

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited - NOMAD and Joint Broker

+44 (0)20 3037 2000

Jonny Allison

 

Nicholas Harland

 

 

 

Liberum Capital Limited - Joint Broker

+44 (0)20 3100 2222

Richard Crawley

 

Jamie Richards

 

 

 

Numis Securities Limited - Joint Broker

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

Charlie Farquhar

 

Harry Trueman

 

 

 

Neustria Partners - Financial Communications for Burford Capital

+44 (0)20 3021 2580

Robert Bailhache [email]                                            

 

Charles Gorman [email]

 

Nick Henderson [email]

 

 

 

About Burford Capital

Burford Capital is a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago and Singapore.

For more information about Burford: www.burfordcapital.com 

This release does not constitute an offer of any Burford fund.  Burford Capital Investment Management LLC ("BCIM"), which acts as the fund manager of all Burford funds, is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The information provided herein is for informational purposes only.  Past performance is not indicative of future results.  The information contained herein is not, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities (including, without limitation, interests or shares in the funds).  Any such offer or solicitation may be made only by means of a final confidential Private Placement Memorandum (a "PPM") and other offering documents.

 

[1] Figures for income, operating profit, profit before tax and profit after tax in this release exclude the impact of amortisation of intangible asset and non-recurring acquisition costs relating to the acquisition of GKC Holdings, LLC, investment banking and brokerage fees and also exclude third-party interests in consolidated funds and are shown to assist in understanding the underlying performance of the Company. Without those adjustments, profit after tax would have been $249.3 million, and the increase over 2016 would have been 129%.


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