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Half-year Report for the six months ended 31 July 2017

Released 07:00 09-Oct-2017

Half-year Report for the six months ended 31 July 2017

9 October 2017

ICG ENTERPRISE TRUST PLC

UNAUDITED INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 JULY 2017

ICG Enterprise Trust plc ('ICG Enterprise' or the 'Company') presents its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 July 2017.

STRONG PERFORMANCE AND EXCELLENT PROGRESS AGAINST STRATEGIC GOALS

Performance to 31 July 2017* 6 months 1 year 3 year 5 year 10** year  
Net asset value per share (total return) +8.7% +20.1% +45.9% +77.4% +120.7%  
Share price (total return) +8.1% +29.5% +38.2% +116.0% +102.2%  
FTSE All-Share Index (total return) +7.1% +14.9% +25.7% +65.0% +70.4%  
*  All figures are on a Total Return basis
** As the Company changed its year end in 2010, the ten year figures are for the 121 month period to 31 July 2017.
 

Jeremy Tigue, Chairman, commented:

"These results continue your Company's excellent long-term performance, with both the net asset value and share price outperforming the FTSE All-Share Index over one, three, five and ten years.

"I have been a Board member of the Company for almost a decade and have observed first-hand the evolution of the investment portfolio and the significant shareholder value created by the team's excellent long-term track record and highly selective investment approach.

"The team's move to ICG early in 2016 has allowed ICG Enterprise Trust to further build on its flexible mandate. I am delighted with the excellent progress we have made against a number of strategic goals and believe that the strategic benefits of the team's move to ICG will continue to add significant shareholder value and drive outperformance of the wider market."

Emma Osborne, Head of Private Equity Fund Investments, ICG, commented:

"The portfolio is well positioned with strong underlying profit growth and realisation activity continuing to drive performance.

"Whilst reinvesting capital in the current market is challenging, our flexible strategy enables us to adapt the mix of investments to where we see best relative value.  In the half year our focus has been on high quality, defensive direct co-investments and secondary investments. We believe the portfolio is well positioned to continue to generate significant shareholder value."

Enquiries

Analyst / Investor enquiries:

Emma Osborne, Head of Private Equity Fund Investments, ICG:  +44 (0) 20 3201 7700
Nikki Edgar, Finance and investor relations, ICG:  +44 (0) 20 3201 7700

Media
Susan Tether, Acting Head of Corporate Communications, ICG:  +44 (0) 20 3201 7917
Tom Eckersley, Associate Partner, Maitland:  +44 (0) 20 7379 5151

Important notes:

  1. Included in this document are Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs"). APMs have been used if considered by the Board and the Manager to be the most relevant basis for shareholders in assessing the overall performance of the Company, and for comparing the performance of the Company to its peers and its previously reported results. The Glossary includes further details of APMs and reconciliations to IFRS measures, where appropriate.
  2. In the Chairman's Statement, Manager's Review and Supplementary Information, reference is made to the "Portfolio". This is an APM. The Portfolio is defined as the aggregate of the investment portfolios of the Company and of its subsidiary limited partnerships. The rationale for this APM is discussed in detail in the glossary.
  3. ICG Alternative Investment Limited, a regulated subsidiary of Intermediate Capital Group plc, acts as the Manager of the Company.
  4. In the Chairman's Statement, Manager's Review and Supplementary Information, all performance figures are stated on a total return basis (i.e. including the effect of re-invested dividends), which is defined in the glossary.
  5. Shares will trade without rights to the final dividend from 19 October 2017 ("ex-dividend date"). The last date for registering transfers to receive the dividend is 20 October 2017 ("record date").

Disclaimer

This report may contain forward looking statements. These statements have been made by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this report and should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying such forward looking information.

These written materials are not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom. The issuer has not and does not intend to register any securities under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and does not intend to offer any securities to the public in the United States. No money, securities or other consideration from any person inside the United States is being solicited and, if sent in response to the information contained in these written materials, will not be accepted. This report contains information which, prior to this announcement, was inside information.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

Strong performance and excellent progress against strategic goals

In my first interim report as Chairman, I am pleased to report that your Company has continued to build on its strong long-term performance and has made excellent progress against a number of strategic goals.

Continued outperformance

The growth in net asset value and share price has again outperformed the FTSE All-Share Index, with the net asset value per share increasing to 937p, a total return of 8.7%[1] and the share price generating a total return of 8.1%1.

This performance was driven by both our high conviction portfolio of co-investments, secondary investments and ICG managed funds, as well as our third-party private equity funds, with the investment portfolio as a whole reporting a total return of 9.8%, including 1.1% of favourable currency movements. Unsurprisingly, given the strong exit environment, it was a record period for distributions, with the portfolio benefiting from 28 full realisations at an aggregate uplift of 36% to carrying value and a multiple of 3.1x cost.

These results continue your Company's strong long-term performance, with the growth in both the net asset value and share price outperforming the FTSE All-Share Index over one, three, five and ten years.

Strategic benefits of the move to ICG continue to add significant value

I have been a Board member of the Company for almost a decade and have observed first-hand the evolution of the investment portfolio and the significant shareholder value created by the team's excellent long-term track record and highly selective investment approach.

Our flexible mandate allows the team to enhance returns through proactively adjusting the portfolio's weighting to specific investment opportunities, dependent on market conditions. These high conviction investments are underpinned by a portfolio of leading private equity funds, which not only provide a diversified base of strong returns, but also insights and deal-flow for the high conviction portfolio.

With the team's move to ICG early in 2016, your Company now has access to a significantly deeper investment opportunity set. Since joining ICG over £260m has been committed to new funds and co-investments of which more than 40% has been directly sourced from the wider ICG network. I expect this trend to continue. The team also now benefit from insights gained from interacting with the wider team at ICG, who are transacting with private equity managers or their portfolio companies worldwide on a regular basis through various strategies. These insights inform the management of the portfolio and give the team a competitive advantage when making new investments.

I am delighted with the progress we have made against a number of the strategic goals, including becoming more fully invested, broadening the geographic diversification and increasing the proportion of the portfolio directly managed by ICG.

I believe that the strategic benefits of the team's move to ICG will continue to add significant shareholder value and drive outperformance of the wider market.

Strong balance sheet

The record level of distributions in the first half has resulted in cash balances increasing to £75m, or 11% of net assets. Our long-term objective remains to be broadly fully invested through the cycle, but, as always, investment discipline is key and the team continues to be highly selective in adding new investments to the portfolio.

The Company made five new commitments in the first half and uncalled commitments stood at £346m at July 2017. We expect these commitments to be drawn down over the coming three to five years. We have a strong balance sheet and a highly cash generative portfolio and are well positioned to fund our uncalled commitments and investment pipeline. 

Accretive share buybacks

The Company bought back 882,437 shares at an average discount of 17.5%, adding 0.3% to the  net asset value per share. The Board believe the Company has a high-quality portfolio with strong growth prospects and will continue to purchase shares on an opportunistic basis.

Interim dividend in line with guidance

The Board recognise that a reliable source of income is an important consideration for shareholders.  Accordingly, an interim dividend of 10.0p per share will be paid on 3 November 2017. This is in line with the previously announced policy of paying a minimum dividend of 20.0p per share each year[2].

Well positioned to adapt to changing markets and capitalise on investment opportunities

Financial markets remain buoyant, notwithstanding macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties, with asset prices across many markets trading at record highs. As highlighted by the significant cash generation from our portfolio over recent years, private equity managers have taken advantage of these markets to realise assets and crystallise value. Whilst the current environment provides a fertile exit environment, maintaining investment discipline is key and our flexible investment mandate allows us to actively adapt to the market environment and focus on attractive investment opportunities across strategies and capital structures.

We have a portfolio of high quality assets, a disciplined and selective investment process, and an excellent track record of strong performance and conservative balance sheet management through multiple cycles. We are confident that we are well positioned to adapt to changing market conditions and capitalise on investment opportunities as they arise.

Jeremy Tigue
9 October 2017

MANAGER'S REVIEW

Performance overview

Strong growth across the portfolio

The portfolio has continued to deliver strong performance, rising in value by 9.8% in sterling, or 8.7% on an underlying local currency basis in the six months. These returns build on the average 15% p.a.[3] growth the portfolio has generated over the last five years and have been driven by both operating performance and realisation activity.

Our underlying portfolio companies are performing well. Strategic change and operational improvements remain a key driver of earnings growth, which combined with a modest increase in valuation multiples, have translated into strong write-ups across the portfolio. In particular, our largest 30 investments, which represent 45% of the portfolio, continue to report strong earnings growth of 15%[4] and as we look across the entire portfolio, the growth and valuation trends are similar, reflecting the high quality of the portfolio overall.

This strong growth has been augmented by our managers continuing to take advantage of the benign exit environment to crystallise value. Almost a third of portfolio write-ups in the six months were driven by realisation activity and sales completed in the period were at an aggregate uplift to carrying value of 36% and a multiple of 3.1x cost.

  Six months ended
  31 July 2017
£m
Opening Portfolio** 594.3
  Third-party funds portfolio drawdowns 29.9
  High conviction investments - ICG funds, secondary investments and co-investments 34.9
Total new investment 64.8
Realisation Proceeds (117.1)
Net cash inflow (52.3)
Underlying Valuation Movement*, 51.7
% underlying Portfolio growth 8.7%
Currency movement 6.7
% currency movement 1.1%
Closing Portfolio** 600.4

* In this interim report 91% of the Portfolio is valued using 30 June 2017 (or later) valuations.
** Refer to the Glossary for reconciliation to the portfolio balance presented in the unaudited results.

Portfolio overview

High conviction assets underpinned by portfolio of leading private equity funds

ICG Enterprise's portfolio is unique in the listed private equity sector in combining in-house directly controlled investments with those managed by third-parties, in each case both directly and through funds.

Our flexible mandate allows us to enhance returns through proactively taking overweight positions in attractive investment opportunities in our high conviction portfolio of ICG directly controlled investments, third party co-investments and secondary investments. The common theme in our high conviction portfolio is that we, or the wider ICG team, have made the decision to invest in the underlying company, unlike in a pure fund of funds model where the third-party managers make the underlying investment decisions. This is underpinned by a portfolio of leading private equity funds, providing a diversified base of strong returns and a valuable source of deal flow for our high conviction portfolio. 

We believe that our strategy leads to a portfolio which strikes the right balance between concentration and diversification. While diversification at both the manager and company level reduces risk, concentration in our high conviction portfolio ensures that individual winners can make a difference to performance. The portfolio has exposure to more than 450 underlying companies, of which the largest 30 represent 45% of the portfolio value. The balance of the investments provides valuable insights, which in turn inform the management of the portfolio. 

Investment category   % of portfolio
High conviction portfolio
ICG
   

14.1
Third party co-investments   21.3
Third party secondary investments   8.0
Total High Conviction investments   43.4

 
Third party funds' portfolio
Graphite Capital primary funds 
   

12.4
Third party primary funds
Total diversified fund investments
  44.2
56.6
Total   100.0%

High conviction portfolio of actively sourced investments

The high conviction portfolio accounted for 43% of value at the half year and our three to five-year target is to increase this weighting to around 50% to 60% of the portfolio. Almost a third of the portfolio is weighted towards third-party co-investments and secondary investments, which account for 21% and 8% respectively. These investments enhance returns through selectively investing in attractive investment opportunities, on an opportunistic basis.

The exposure to ICG managed investments increased to 14% in the first six months from less than 7% at the time ICG became Manager of the Company. Within the ICG weighting, we are invested in three of ICG's strategies with a focus on funds that have a bias to equity returns, targeting gross IRRs of at least 15% to 20% p.a. We would expect our exposure to ICG investments to increase to 20% to 30% over time as recent commitments are drawn and further funds added.

Portfolio of leading private equity funds

Our portfolio of private equity funds is made up of 38 leading private equity managers.  As mentioned above, this portfolio provides a base of strong diversified returns and is a source of co-investment and secondary investment deal flow for the high conviction portfolio. The funds portfolio has a bias to mid-market and large cap European private equity managers, with the remainder focused on the US private equity market, and the latter is likely to increase in the short to medium term.

Investment activity

Record period for realisations at significant uplifts to carrying value and cost

Our managers took advantage of current market conditions to successfully realise 28 portfolio companies in the six months, generating proceeds of £117m, or 20% of the opening portfolio value. Distributions were at a 36% uplift to carrying value, and a multiple of 3.1x cost. These significant uplifts are consistent with the portfolio's track record; over the last five years, realisations from the portfolio have generated average uplifts of 32% and a multiple of 2.1x cost.

The largest realisation in the six months was the sale of Micheldever, the UK tyre distributor, which completed in February 2017 generating £36m of proceeds.  Three other companies from the 30 largest underlying companies were also sold in the period: Quironsalud, Formel D and Proxes.  In addition the disposal of Standard Brands, the manufacturer of domestic fire lighting products, was announced in July 2017 but did not complete until September.

Largest realisations in the six months to 31 July 2017
Investment Manager Year of investment Realisation
Type
Proceeds
£m
Micheldever Graphite Capital 2006 Trade 36.0
Formel D Deutsche Beteiligungs 2013 Financial buyer 7.1
Proxes Deutsche Beteiligungs 2013 Financial buyer 6.4
Quironsalud CVC 2011 Trade 5.9
Parques Reunidos Arle Capital 2007 Public sell down post IPO 3.8
Xella PAI Partners 2008 Financial buyer 3.5
Cerba PAI Partners 2010 Financial buyer 3.5
Findis Activa 2011 Financial buyer 3.3
Autodata Bowmark 2014 Trade 2.9
Host Europe Group Cinven 2013 Trade 2.5
Total of 10 largest underlying realisations     74.9
Total realisations     117.1

Selective investment into compelling opportunities

As highlighted by the level of distributions from our portfolio, high pricing and intense competition for good quality assets has meant that the market for new investments is undoubtedly challenging. Our investment strategy allows us to be nimble. This gives us greater control over the portfolio, enabling us to increase exposure to companies we believe will outperform through the cycle, and the flexibility to adapt to market conditions and invest where we see the best relative value.  We favour more defensive businesses; companies that are relatively uncorrelated to economic cycles and highly cash generative.

As always, it is important to maintain discipline and despite this challenging market we have been able to identify  a number of attractive investment opportunities, investing a total of £65m in the first half compared with £128m in the year to January 2017.  Of the capital invested, 54% was invested in high conviction investments, up from 39% in the year to January 2017 and we are encouraged by the broader range of deal flow we have been able to access since joining ICG, including from in-house strategies, namely:

        
       Domus is our largest co-investment to date and is the third largest nursing home operator in Europe with leading market positions in France and Spain. The business and the management team were well known to ICG, which originally invested in the company in 2003. The business has delivered strong financial performance, with further organic growth underpinned by positive demographic and economic trends. The company has also demonstrated its ability to successfully execute significant acquisitions, creating a solid platform for further expansion across the fragmented European market.
        

As further outlined below, in addition to the investments in ICG strategies, we also completed £5m of third-party secondary investment in Oak Hill Funds II and III. 


Largest underlying new investments in the six months to 31 July 2017
Investment Description  

Manager
 

Country
Cost
£m
Domus Operator of retirement homes ICG France 17.5
Gerflor * Manufacturer of vinyl flooring ICG France 7.1
Cyxtera Operator of data centres BC Partners USA 2.3
Allegro Operator of online marketplace Cinven / Permira Poland 2.2
Stada Manufacturer of generic prescription drugs Cinven Germany 2.0
Park Holidays Operator of caravan parks ICG UK 1.9
Rough Country Provider of off-road suspension Gridiron USA 1.5
CCC Provider of auto collision software and service Advent / Oak Hill USA 1.4
Material Handling Systems Provider of e-commerce/logistics infrastructure Thomas H Lee USA 1.1
Checkers Operator of quick-service restaurants Oak Hill USA 1.1
Total of 10 largest underlying new investments     38.1
Total new investment     64.8

* Represents a secondary position via ICG Recovery Fund 2008B; Gerflor was already in the portfolio at 31 January.

Selective commitments to both ICG and third-party funds

We completed five new third-party fund commitments totalling £58m and increased the ICG Strategic Secondaries Fund commitment, resulting in a total of £66m of primary fund commitments.  Two of the new third-party funds were raised by managers we have backed successfully for many years (CVC Capital Partners and Hollyport) while three are new to the portfolio (New Mountain, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Hg Capital). 

All new commitments are to established managers with track records of investing and adding value through cycles. In the case of New Mountain and Oak Hill, these are both US mid to upper mid-market managers and the addition of these funds to the portfolio is consistent with our strategy of gaining more exposure to this part of the market.  The Oak Hill IV commitment had two pre-existing portfolio companies and, in addition, we were able to secure a secondary position in the manager's two predecessor funds which was completed concurrently with the new fund commitment.  Situations such as this suit our style of investment by applying our bottom-up, underlying company focused due diligence style and targeting opportunities with short term capital deployment opportunities alongside primary fund commitments.  Since joining ICG, we have completed 15 new fund commitments of which five were late primary investments.


New commitments during the six months to 31 July 2017
Fund Strategy Geography £m
Primary commitments    
CVC VII Large buyouts Europe/USA 20.9
Oak Hill IV Mid-market buyouts USA 12.0
New Mountain V Mid-market buyouts USA 11.5
ICG Strategic Secondaries II* Secondary fund recapitalisations USA/Europe 8.0
Hollyport VI Mature secondary portfolios Global 7.6
Hg Capital 8 Mid-market buyouts Europe 5.5
Total primary commitments   65.5
Commitments relating to co-investments and secondary investments   8.7
Total new commitments       74.2

*The new commitment to ICG Strategic Secondaries II increased the existing exposure to this fund to take the total commitment to £27m at the end of the period.

Portfolio analysis

Modest increase in valuation multiples

Within the largest 30 companies, the valuation multiple has increased to 10.6x, up from 9.7x at the year end. This increase has been driven by a combination of a change in the mix and overall weightings of the largest underlying companies and a modest increase in aggregate multiples overall. Looking across the wider portfolio, the aggregate valuation multiples are in-line with our largest 30 companies.

The net debt/EBITDA ratio of the largest 30 companies increased to 4.1x from 3.6x, a result of the change of mix and weightings of the underlying companies.

Focus on mid-market companies

Our strategy is focused exclusively on the buyout segment of the private equity market, in which target companies are almost invariably established, profitable and cash generative.  The portfolio is biased towards the mid-market (48%) and large deals (40%) which we view as more defensive, benefitting from experienced management teams and often leading market positions. The portfolio has no venture capital exposure.

Exposure to US increasing

The portfolio is focused on developed private equity markets: primarily continental Europe (39%), the UK and the US, with almost no emerging markets exposure.  In line with one of our strategic objectives, our weighting to the US increased to 23% from 14% at the time of the move to ICG 18 months ago while the UK bias has reduced to 37% from 45% over the same period. 

We expect both of these trends to gather pace as the benefits of being part of ICG's global alternative asset manager platform are further realised.  We have a three to five-year target to increase the US focus to 30% to 40% of the portfolio. The US is the largest and most developed private equity market in the world, and we believe will provide the portfolio with attractive returns and further geographic diversification.

Sector bias towards structural growth

The portfolio is weighted towards structural growth, with 22% of the portfolio invested in the healthcare and education sectors and 17% in business services. The remainder of the portfolio is broadly split across the industrial (16%), consumer goods and services (16%) and leisure (12%) sectors with smaller weightings to the TMT and financials sectors.

Attractive and well balanced vintage year exposure

The portfolio has an attractive maturity profile which balances near term realisation prospects with a strong pipeline of medium to longer term growth. 

Investments completed in 2014 or earlier, which are more likely to generate gains from realisations in the shorter-term, represent 57% of the portfolio. Against this, 43% of value is in investments made between 2015 and 2017, providing the portfolio with medium to longer term growth as value created within these businesses translates into gains.

Within the more mature holdings relatively little value remains in companies acquired prior to the financial crisis.  At the half year only 9% fell within this category and the recently announced sale of Standard Brands, will reduce this weighting further.

Balance sheet and financing

Strong balance sheet and positive financing outlook

The exceptionally high level of distributions of £117m far outweighed capital deployed of £65m, resulting in an increase in cash balances to £75m from £39m.

Undrawn commitments of £346m compares with total liquidity of £180m, including the undrawn bank facility of £105m. Commitments therefore exceeded liquidity by £166m, or 25% of net asset value, which remains within the Company's historical conservative parameters.

Of the total undrawn commitments, funds in their investment period represented £254m, providing the Company with a good medium-term investment pipeline.  Commitments are typically drawn down over a period of four to five years with approximately 10% to 15% retained at the end of the investment period to fund follow-on investments and expenses. If outstanding commitments were to follow a linear investment pace to the end of their respective remaining investment periods, we estimate that approximately £80m to £90m of commitments would be called over the next 12 months. 

Our objective is to be broadly fully invested through the cycle while ensuring that we have sufficient liquidity to be able to take advantage of attractive investment opportunities as they arise.   We do not intend to be geared other than, potentially, for short term working capital purposes.

Outlook

Continued investment activity since the period end

Since July 2017, the portfolio has continued to generate a net cash inflow with realisations of £40m exceeding new investment of £26m. The sale of Standard Brands completed in September and the sales of CPA Global and ista were recently announced. The latter two realisations are expected to complete before the year end.

On the investment front, we completed a £8m co-investment alongside ICG Europe VI in Visma, the provider of accounting software and business process outsourcing services. This new investment takes the proforma value of our holding in Visma to £17m. The transaction completed in September.

Portfolio well positioned to continue to generate significant shareholder value

The market outlook continues to favour realisations despite a number of continuing macro uncertainties.  Against this backdrop it is more challenging to redeploy the high levels of cash generated by the portfolio without diluting quality. Our strategy gives us the flexibility to adapt the mix of investment types according to where we see the best relative value. In the current market conditions, we remain focused on identifying new investment opportunities that we have a high conviction will generate superior returns through the cycle.

We have a high-quality portfolio, generating strong revenue and profit growth and we believe it is well positioned to generate significant shareholder value through the cycle.

Supplementary information

This section presents supplementary information regarding the Portfolio (see Manager's Review and the Glossary for further details and definitions).

The 30 largest underlying investments

The table below presents the 30 companies in which ICG Enterprise had the largest investments by value at 31 July 2017. These investments may be held directly or through funds, or in some cases in both ways. The valuations are gross and are shown as a percentage of the total investment Portfolio.

  Company Manager Year of investment Country Value as a % of Portfolio
1 City & County Healthcare Group        
  Provider of home care services Graphite Capital 2013 UK 3.2%
2 DomusVi+^        
  Operator of retirement homes

 
ICG 2017 France 3.0%
3 Standard Brands+-        
  Manufacturer of fire lighting products Graphite Capital 2001 UK 2.7%
4 Froneri+^        
  Manufacturer and distributor of ice cream products PAI Partners 2013 UK 2.2%
5 Gerflor^        
  Manufacturer of vinyl flooring

 
ICG 2017 France 2.1%
6 Education Personnel+^        
  Provider of temporary staff for the education sector ICG 2014 UK 2.1%
7 nGAGE        
  Provider of recruitment services Graphite Capital 2014 UK 2.0%
8 PetSmart+        
  Retailer of pet products and services

 
BC Partners 2015 USA 2.0%
9 David Lloyd Leisure+        
  Operator of premium health clubs

 
TDR Capital 2013 UK 1.8%
10 Frontier Medical+        
  Manufacturer of medical devices

 
Kester Capital 2013 UK 1.7%
11 Skillsoft+        
  Provider of off the shelf e-learning content

 
Charterhouse 2014 USA 1.6%
12 The Laine Pub Company+        
  Operator of pubs and bars Graphite Capital 2014 UK 1.6%
13 TMF^        
  Provider of management and accounting outsourcing services Doughty Hanson 2008 Netherlands 1.5%
14 CPA Global+        
  Provider of patent and legal services

 
Cinven 2012 UK 1.4%
15 Roompot+        
  Operator and developer of holiday parks

 
PAI Partners 2016 Netherlands 1.4%
16 System One+        
  Provider of specialty workforce solutions Thomas H Lee Partners 2016 USA 1.4%
17 Visma+        
  Provider of accounting software and business outsourcing services Cinven 2014 Norway 1.3%
18 ICR Group        
  Provider of repair and maintenance services to the energy industry Graphite Capital 2014 UK 1.3%
19 Beck & Pollitzer        
  Provider of industrial machinery installation and relocation Graphite Capital 2016 UK 1.2%
20 Swiss Education+        
  Provider of hospitality training Invision Capital 2015 Switzerland 1.2%
21 New World Trading Company        
  Operator of distinctive pub restaurants Graphite Capital 2016 UK 1.1%
22 Cambium        
  Provider of educational solutions and services ICG 2016 USA 1.1%
23 U-POL^        
  Manufacturer and distributor of automotive refinishing products Graphite Capital 2010 UK 1.0%
24 Cognito+        
  Supplier of communications equipment, software & services Graphite Capital 2002 UK 1.0%
25 Ceridian+        
  Provider of payment processing services Thomas H Lee Partners 2007 USA 0.9%
26 Algeco Scotsman        
  Supplier and operator of modular buildings

 
TDR Capital 2007 USA 0.8%
27 inVentiv Health        
  Provider of commercial solutions for healthcare companies Advent 2016 USA 0.7%
28 ista^        
  Provider of heat and water submetering services CVC 2013 Germany 0.7%
29 AVS Group        
  Manufacturer of traffic safety products Fynamore Advisers 2013 Germany 0.7%
30 Sky Betting and Gaming        
  Operator of digital Betting and Gaming websites CVC 2015 UK 0.7%
  Total of the 30 largest underlying investments     45.4%
           
  + All or part of this investment is held directly as a co-investment or other direct investment.
  ^ All or part of this investment was acquired as part of a secondary purchase.  
  - Sale completed in September 2017        

The 30 largest fund investments

The 30 largest funds by value at 31 July 2017 are:

  Fund Year of commitment Country/ region Value £m Outstanding commitment £m
1 Graphite Capital Partners VIII *        
  Mid-market buyouts 2013 UK 56.8 39.8
2 BC European Capital IX **        
  Large buyouts 2011  Europe 22.8 0.1
3 CVC European Equity Partners V **      
  Large buyouts 2008  Europe/USA 17.5 0.5
4 ICG Europe VI **        
  Mezzanine and equity in mid-market buyouts 2015  Europe 16.4 7.7
5 Fifth Cinven Fund        
  Large buyouts 2012  Europe 14.8 1.7
6 Graphite Capital Partners VII * / **        
  Mid-market buyouts 2007  UK 14.4 4.7
7 Thomas H Lee Parallel Fund VI        
  Large buyouts 2007  USA 13.8 1
8 CVC European Equity Partners VI        
  Large buyouts 2013  Global 11.7 8
9 PAI Europe VI        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2013  Europe 11.6 8.1
10 ICG Velocity Partners Co-Investor **      
  Mid-market buyouts 2016  USA 10.8 2.2
11 Bowmark Capital Partners IV        
  Mid-market buyouts 2007  UK 9.9 -
12 Deutsche Beteiligungs Fund VI        
  Mid-market buyouts 2012  Germany 9.8 1
13 Permira V        
  Large buyouts 2013  Europe 9.8 0.9
14 IK VII        
  Mid-market buyouts 2013  Europe 9.6 0.4
15 TDR Capital III        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2013  Europe 9.5 3.1
16 Thomas H Lee Equity Fund VII        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2015  USA 8.9 9.3
17 Doughty Hanson & Co V **        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2006  Europe 8.9 6.8
18 TDR Capital II        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2006  Europe 8.8 0.9
19 ICG Strategic Secondaries Fund II        
  Secondary fund recapitalisations 2016  Europe/USA 8.7 19.3
20 Nordic Capital Partners VIII        
21 Hollyport Secondary Opportunities V      
  Mature secondary portfolios 2015  Global 8.6 2.3
22 ICG Europe V **        
  Mezzanine and equity in mid-market buyouts 2012  Europe 8.6 1.2
23 Graphite Capital Partners VI **        
  Mid-market buyouts 2003  UK 8.2 2.1
24 ICG European Fund 2006 B        
  Mezzanine and equity in mid-market buyouts 2014  Europe 7.9 2.2
25 One Equity Partners VI        
  Mid-market buyouts 2016  USA/Europe 7.7 4.4
26 PAI Europe V **        
  Mid-market and large buyouts 2007  Europe 7.5 1.1
27 Steadfast Capital III        
  Mid-market buyouts 2011  Europe 7 0.2
28 Egeria Private Equity Fund IV        
  Mid-market buyouts 2012  Europe 6.7 2.9
29 Activa Capital Fund III        
  Mid-market buyouts 2013  France 6.5 7
30 Gridiron Capital Fund III        
  Mid-market buyouts 2016 USA  5.9 5.9
  Total of the largest 30 fund investments   357.8 148.0 
  Percentage of total investment Portfolio   59.6%  
   

* Includes the associated Top Up funds.
     
  ** All or part of an interest acquired through a secondary fund purchase.  

Portfolio analysis

Closing Portfolio by type

Portfolio by investment type   % of value of underlying investments
Large buyouts   40.4%
Mid-market buyouts   47.9%
Small buyouts   7.5%
Other   4.2%
Total   100.0%

 

Portfolio by calendar year of investment
  % of value of underlying investments
2017     9.8%
2016     19.7%
2015     13.9%
2014     20.3%
2013     15.4%
2012     5.3%
2011     2.6%
2010     3.2%
2009     1.2%
2008     2.4%
2007     2.5%
2006 and before     3.7%
Total     100.0%

Portfolio by sector   % of value of underlying investments
Healthcare and education   21.8%
Business services   17.1%
Consumer goods and services   16.5%
Industrials   16.1%
Leisure   12.1%
TMT   8.8%
Financials   4.9%
Other   2.7%
Total   100.0%

Portfolio by geographic distribution based on location of Company headquarters   % of value of underlying investments
UK   37.4%
North America   22.6%
Europe   38.7%
Rest of world   1.3%
Total   100.0%

Commitments analysis

The following tables analyse commitments at 31 July 2017. Original commitments are translated at 31 July 2017 exchange rates.

  Original commitment £m Outstanding commitment £m Average drawdown percentage  

% of total outstanding commitments
Investment period not commenced 34.6 34.6 0.0% 10.0%
Funds in investment period 478.6 253.8 47.0% 73.4%
Funds post investment period 691.3 57.3 91.7% 16.6%
  1,204.5 345.7 71.3% 100.0%


Movement in outstanding commitments in six months ended 31 July 2017
 

£m
As at 1 February 2017 300.3
New primary commitments 65.5
New commitments relating to co-investments and secondary purchases 8.7
Drawdowns (36.7)
Currency and other movements 7.9
As at 31 July 2017 345.7

Currency Exposure

  31 July 31 July 31 January 31 January
  2017 2017 2017 2017
  £m % £m %
Portfolio*        
 - Sterling 249.6 41.6% 269.1 45.3%
 - Euro 164.9 27.5% 156.5 26.3%
 - US dollar 127.0 21.1% 115.4 19.4%
 - Other European 47.0 7.8% 41.5  7.0%
 - Other 11.9 2.0% 11.8 2.0%
Total 600.4  100.0% 594.3  100.0%
*Currency exposure is calculated by reference to the location of the underlying Portfolio companies' headquarters.

  31 July 31 July 31 January 31 January
  2017 2017 2017 2017
  £m % £m %
Outstanding commitments        
 - Sterling 81.0 23.4% 77.5 25.8%
 - Euro 178.1 51.5% 166.2 55.4%
 - US dollar 84.6 24.5% 54.5 18.1%
 - Other European 2.0 0.6% 2.1 0.7%
Total 345.7 100.0% 300.3 100.0%

Unaudited Results for the Six Months to 31 July 2017

Income Statement

  Half year to 31 July 2017 Half year to 31 July 2016 Year to 31 January 2017
       (audited)
  Revenue return Capital return Total Revenue return Capital return Total Revenue return Capital return Total
£'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Investment returns          
Income, gains and losses on investments 16,536 38,588 55,124 4,560 48,436 52,996 9,892 105,194 115,086
Deposit interest 22 - 22 163 - 163 242 - 242
Other income - - - - - - 17 - 17
Foreign exchange gains and losses - 1,194 1,194 - 1,924 1,924 - 2,993 2,993
  16,558 39,782 56,340 4,723 50,360 55,083 10,151 108,187 118,338
          
Expenses          
Investment
management charges
(899) (2,697) (3,596) (736) (2,061) (2,797) (1,552) (4,657) (6,209)
Other expenses (1,042) (541) (1,583) (588) (567) (1,155) (1,638) (1,145) (2,783)
  (1,941) (3,238) (5,179) (1,324) (2,628) (3,952) (3,190) (5,802) (8,992)
          
Profit before tax 14,617 36,544 51,161 3,399 47,732 51,131 6,961 102,385 109,346
Taxation (2,086) 2,086 - (526) 526 - (1,184) 787 (397)
Profit for the period 12,531 38,630 51,161 2,873 48,258 51,131 5,777 103,172 108,949
          
Attributable to:          
Equity shareholders 12,531 38,630 51,161 2,873 48,258 51,131 5,777 103,172 108,949
          
Basic and diluted
earnings per share
   73.52p    71.7p    153.43p

The columns headed 'Total' represent the Income Statement for the relevant financial periods and the columns headed 'Revenue' and 'Capital' are supplementary information, in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice for investment trusts issued by the Association of Investment Companies in November 2014. There is no Other Comprehensive Income.

Balance Sheet

    31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January 2017
        (audited)
      £'000 £'000 £'000
Non-current assets          
Investments held at fair value          
- Unquoted investments     482,442 392,496 491,099
- Quoted investments     2,475 - 364
- Subsidiary investments     91,889 60,823 80,718
      576,806 453,319 572,181
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents     73,609 110,314 38,522
Receivables     3,276 2,763 2,384
      76,885 113,077 40,906
           
Current liabilities          
Payables     3,031 851 354
           
Net current assets     73,854 112,226 40,552
Total assets less current liabilities     650,660 565,545 612,733
          
Capital and reserves          
Share capital     7,292 7,292 7,292
Capital redemption reserve     2,112 2,112 2,112
Share premium     12,936 12,936 12,936
Capital reserve     614,109 530,392 581,753
Revenue reserve     14,211 12,813 8,640
Total equity     650,660 565,545 612,733
         
Net asset value per share (basic and diluted)     936.7p 798.0p 871.0p

Cash Flow Statement

     Half year to Half year to Year
to
   31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January
2017
     (audited)
    £'000 £'000 £'000
Operating activities        
Sale of portfolio investments     77,077 37,518 50,338
Purchase of portfolio investments     (42,242) (26,192) (102,621)
Interest income received from portfolio investments     12,329 3,134 7,263
Dividend income received from portfolio investments     4,185 513 2,629
Other income received     22 163 259
Investment management charges paid     (3,630) (2,726) (6,143)
Other expenses paid     (805) (622) (1,380)
Net cash inflow/ (outflow) from operating activities     46,936 11,788 (49,655)
        
Financing activities        
Bank facility fee     (876) (518) (1,089)
Purchase of shares into treasury     (5,207) (2,412) (6,201)
Equity dividends paid     (6,960) (4,280) (11,357)
Net cash outflow from financing activities     (13,043) (7,210) (18,647)
Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     33,893 4,578 (68,302)
        
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     38,522 103,831 103,831
Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     33,893 4,578 (68,302)
Effect of changes in foreign exchange rates    1,194 1,905 2,993
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period    73,609 110,314 38,522

Statement of Changes in Equity

  Share capital Capital redemption reserve Share premium Capital reserve Revenue reserve Total
shareholders' equity
  £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Six months to 31 July 2017       
Opening balance at 1 February 2017 7,292 2,112 12,936 581,753 8,640 612,733
Profit for the period and total
comprehensive income
- - - 38,630 12,531 51,161
Dividends paid or approved - - - - (6,960) (6,960)
Purchase of shares into treasury* - - - (6,274) - (6,274)
Closing balance at 31 July 2017 7,292 2,112 12,936 614,109 14,211 650,660

* 882,437 10p ordinary shares with an aggregate nominal value of £88,244 were purchased during the period and are held in treasury. Distributable reserves have been reduced by £6.3 million, being the consideration paid for these shares.

  Share capital Capital redemption reserve Share premium Capital reserve Revenue reserve Total
shareholders' equity
£'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Six months to 31 July 2016       
Opening balance at 1 February 2016 7,292 2,112 12,936 484,782 14,220 521,342
Profit for the period and total
comprehensive income
- - - 48,258 2,873 51,131
Dividends paid or approved - - - - (4,280) (4,280)
Purchase of shares into treasury* - - - (2,648) - (2,648)
Closing balance at 31 July 2016 7,292 2,112 12,936 530,392 12,813 565,545

*458,426 10p ordinary shares with an aggregate nominal value of £45,843 were purchased during the period and are held in treasury. Distributable reserves have been reduced by £2.6 million, being the consideration paid for these shares.

  Share capital Capital redemption reserve Share premium Capital reserve Revenue reserve Total
shareholders' equity
  £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Year to 31 January 2017 (audited)       
Opening balance at 1 February 2016 7,292 2,112 12,936 484,782 14,220 521,342
Profit for the year and total
comprehensive income
- - - 103,172 5,777 108,949
Dividends paid or approved - - - - (11,357) (11,357)
Purchase of shares into treasury* - - - (6,201) - (6,201)
Closing balance at 31 January 2017 7,292 2,112 12,936 581,753 8,640 612,733

* 982,345 10p ordinary shares with an aggregate nominal value of £ 98,235 were purchased during the period and are held in treasury. Distributable reserves have been reduced by £6.2 million, being the consideration paid for these shares.

Notes to the Interim financial report (Unaudited)

1 GENERAL INFORMATION

ICG Enterprise Trust plc (the 'Company') is registered in England and Wales and domiciled in England. The registered office is Juxon House, 100 St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BU. The Company's objective is to provide shareholders with long term capital growth through investment in unquoted companies, mostly through private equity funds but also directly.

2 UNAUDITED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

This interim financial report does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year to 31 January 2017 were approved by the Board of Directors on 4 May 2017 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

This interim financial report has not been audited.

3 BASIS OF PREPARATION

The interim financial report for the six months ended 31 July 2017, comprising the interim financial statements, has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

The interim financial report does not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year to 31 January 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as adopted by the European Union.

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year to 31 January 2017, as described in those annual financial statements. In order to reflect the activities of an investment trust company, supplementary information which analyses the Income Statement between items of a revenue and capital nature has been presented alongside the Income Statement. In analysing total income between capital and revenue returns, the directors have followed the guidance contained in the Statement of Recommended Practice for investment trusts issued by the Association of Investment Companies in November 2014 (referred to as the 'SORP').

4 RECEIVABLES

The Company has access to committed bank facilities, which are undrawn. The set up costs in relation to these were capitalised and are recognised over the lives of the facilities on a straight line basis. At 31 July 2017, £721,561 of bank facility costs are included within receivables. Of this, £360,367 is expected to be amortised in less than one year.

5 DIVIDENDS

   Half year to Half year
 to
Year to
   31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January 2017
    £'000 £'000 £'000
Final in respect of year ended 31 January 2016: 6.0p   - 4,280 4,280
Interim in respect of year ended 31 January 2017: 10.0p (PY: 5.0p) per share   - - 7,077
Final in respect of year ended 31 January 2017: 10.0p (PY: 6.0p) per share   6,960 - -
   6,960 4,280 11,357
     

An interim dividend for the year ended 31 January 2018 of 10 p per share will be paid on 3 November 2017.

6 SHARE CAPITAL

At 31 July 2017, 72,913,000 shares had been allocated, called up and fully paid. Of this total, the Company held 3,450,945 shares in treasury (31 July 2016: 2,044,589 and 31 January 2017: 2,568,508) leaving 69,462,055 shares not held in treasury, all of which have equal voting rights.

7 EARNINGS PER SHARE

    Half year to   Half year to Year to
      31 July
2017
  31 July
2016
31 January 2017
Revenue return per ordinary share    18.01p   4.0p 8.13p
Capital return per ordinary share    55.51p   67.7p 145.30p
Earnings per ordinary share (basic and diluted)    73.52p   71.7p 153.43p
Weighted average number of shares    69,585,722   71,290,770 71,010,218

The earnings per share figures are based on the weighted average numbers of shares set out above.

8 FAIR VALUES ESTIMATION

IFRS 7 requires disclosure of fair value measurements of financial instruments categorised according to the following fair value measurement hierarchy:

The valuation techniques applied to level 1 and level 3 assets are described in note 3 of the annual financial statements.  No investments were categorised as level 2.

The following table presents the assets that are measured at fair value at 31 July 2017. The Company had no financial liabilities measured at fair value at that date.

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
  £'000 £'000 £'000
Investments held at fair value    
Unquoted investments - indirect - - 370,079
Unquoted investments - direct - - 112,363
Quoted investments - direct 2,475 - -
Subsidiary undertakings - - 91,889
Total investments held at fair value 2,475 - 574,331
    

The following table presents the assets that are measured at fair value at 31 January 2017. The Company had no financial liabilities measured at fair value at that date.

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
  £'000 £'000 £'000
Investments held at fair value    
Unquoted investments - indirect - - 383,068
Unquoted investments - direct - - 108,031
Quoted investments - direct 364 - -
Subsidiary undertakings - - 80,718
Total investments held at fair value 364 - 571,817
    

All unquoted and quoted investments are valued at fair value in accordance with IFRS 13.

The following table presents the changes in level 3 instruments for the six months to 31 July 2017.

  Unquoted
investments (indirect) at fair value through profit or loss
Unquoted
investments (direct) at fair value through profit or loss
Subsidiary undertakings Total
Six months to 31 July 2017 (unaudited) £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Opening balance at 1 February 2017 383,068 108,031 80,718 571,817
Additions 32,149 9,617 6,161 47,927
Disposals (73,884) (9,989) - (83,873)
Gains and losses recognised in profit or loss 28,746 4,704 5,010 38,460
Closing balance at 31 July 2017 370,079 112,363 91,889 574,331
Total (losses)/ gains for the period included in income
statement for assets held at the end of the reporting period
(1,087) 7,356 5,010 11,279

The following table presents the changes in level 3 instruments for the six months to 31 July 2016.

  Unquoted
investments (indirect) at fair value through profit or loss
Unquoted
investments (direct) at fair value through profit or loss
Subsidiary undertakings Total
Six months to 31 July 2016 (unaudited) £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Opening balance at 1 February 2016 272,495 84,444 57,168 414,107
Additions 25,899 293 - 26,192
Disposals (22,976) (9,983) (2,457) (35,416)
Gains and losses recognised in profit or loss 28,770 13,554 6,112 48,436
Closing balance at 31 July 2016 304,188 88,308 60,823 453,319
Total gains for the period included in Income
Statement for assets held at the end of the reporting period
18,278 6,291 6,112 30,681

The following tables present the changes in level 3 instruments for the year to 31 January 2017.

  Unquoted
investments (indirect) at fair value through profit or loss
Unquoted investments (direct) at fair value through profit or loss Subsidiary undertakings Total
Year to 31 January 2017 (audited) £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Opening balance at 1 February 2016 272,495 84,444 57,168 414,107
Additions 94,116 8,365 12,097 114,578
Disposals (49,920) (11,889) - (61,809)
Gains and losses recognised in profit or loss 66,377 27,111 11,453 104,941
Closing balance at 31 January 2017 383,068 108,031 80,718 571,817
Total gains for the year included in Income Statement for  assets held at the end of the reporting period 45,734 19,838 11,453 77,025

9 INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CHARGES

The investment management charges for the periods ended 31 July 2017, 31 January 2017 and 31 July 2016 set out in the table below were payable to ICG Alternative Investment Limited. The Manager was a related party in those periods.

  Half year to
31 July 2017
Half year to
31 July 2016
Year to
31 January 2017
  Total Total Total
  £'000 £'000 £'000
Investment management charges 3,596 2,797 6,209
Irrecoverable VAT - - -
  3,596 2,797 6,209
    

Management fees amounted to 1.14% of the average net assets in the period. The management fee charged by the Manager is 1.4% of the value of invested assets and 0.5% of outstanding commitments to funds in their investment period, in both cases excluding funds managed by Graphite Capital (the 'Former Manager') and funds managed by ICG. No fee is charged on cash or liquid asset balances.

The allocation of the total investment management charges was unchanged in 2017 with 75% of the total allocated to capital and 25% allocated to income.

At 31 July 2017 management fees of £30,055 were accrued (31 July 2016: £70,847).

The table below sets out the management charges that the Company has borne in respect of its investments in funds managed by the Manager in periods when the Manager was a related party.

   Half year to 31 July 2017 Half year to
31 July 2016
Year to
31 January 2017
    £'000 £'000 £'000
ICG Europe Fund V   55 40 320
ICG Europe Fund VI   161 37 299
ICG Europe Fund 2006B   26 - 94
ICG Strategic Secondaries Fund II   341 51 185
ICG Velocity Partners Co-Investor   81 - 115
ICG Asia Pacific III   97 - 124
ICG Recovery Fund 2008B   25 - -
    786 128 1,137
     

10 RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Significant transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries are shown below:

   Half year to Half year to Year
to
   31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January
2017
Subsidiary Nature of transaction £'000 £'000 £'000
ICG Enterprise Trust Limited Partnership Increase / (decrease) in amounts owed to subsidiaries 6,383 (11) 3,338
  Income allocated 1,140 175 248
       
ICG Enterprise Trust (2) Limited Partnership Increase / (decrease) in amounts owed to subsidiaries 2,303 (2,445) 1,683
  Income allocated 1,021 738 1,080
       
ICG Enterprise Trust Co - Investment Limited Partnership Increase in amounts owed by subsidiaries 15,446 1 14,991
  Income allocated 8 - 204
       
  Amounts owed by subsidiaries   Amounts owed to subsidiaries  
  31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January 2017   31 July
2017
31 July
2016
31 January 2017  
Subsidiary £'000 £'000 £'000   £'000 £'000 £'000  
ICG Enterprise Trust Limited Partnership - - -   35,092 25,360 28,709  
ICG Enterprise Trust (2) Limited Partnership 36,939 33,233 36,939   5,247 - 2,944  
ICG Enterprise Trust Co - Investment Limited Partnership 30,437 1 14,991   - - -  

Amounts owed by subsidiaries represent funding provided by the Company to its subsidiaries to allow them to make investments. The balances will be repaid out of proceeds from their portfolios.

The value of subsidiary investments is shown net of an accrual for the interests of the Co-investors (ICG and certain of its executives, and, in respect of certain historic investments, the executives and connected parties of the Former Manager) in the co-investment incentive scheme. At 31 July 2017, £21.6m was accrued, an increase of £800,000 over the six months. During the six months, Co-investors invested £200,000 (six months to 31 July 2016: £63,000). Payments received by Co-investors amounted to £2,975,000, or 2.5% of £117.1m of proceeds received in the six months (six months to 31 July 2016: £882,000 or 1.9% of £45.5m proceeds received).

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT AND STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company for the second half of the financial year are substantially the same as those disclosed in the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 January 2017.

Going Concern

The factors likely to affect the Company's ability to continue as a going concern were set out in the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 January 2017. As at 31 July 2017, there have been no significant changes to these factors. Having reviewed the Company's forecasts and other relevant evidence, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the half-yearly financial statements.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The directors confirm that the interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union and that the business review includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

On behalf of the Board

Jeremy Tigue, Chairman
9 October 2017

GLOSSARY

Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs") are a term defined by the European Securities and Markets Authority as "financial measures of historical or future performance, financial position, or cash flows, other than a financial measure defined or specified in the applicable financial reporting framework".

APMs are used in this report if considered by the Board and the Manager to be the most relevant basis for shareholders in assessing the overall performance of the Company and for comparing the performance of the Company to its peers, taking into account industry practice. Definitions and reconciliations to IFRS measures are provided in the main body of the report or in this Glossary, where appropriate.

Co-investment incentive scheme accrual represents the estimated value of interests in the co-investment incentive scheme operated by the Company. At both 31 July 2017 and 31 January 2017, the accrual was estimated as the theoretical value of the interests if the Portfolio had been sold at its carrying value at those dates.

Drawdowns are amounts invested by the Company into funds when called by underlying managers in respect of an existing commitment.

EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, which is a widely used valuation measure in the private equity industry.

Enterprise value is the aggregate value of a company's entire issued share capital and net debt.

FTSE All-Share Index Total return is the change in the level of the FTSE All-Share Index, assuming that dividends are re-invested on the day that they are paid.

Full realisations are exit events (e.g. trade sale, sale by public offering, or sale to a financial buyer) following which the residual exposure to an underlying company is zero or immaterial.

Funds in investment period are those funds which are able to make new investments under the terms of their fund agreements, usually up to five years after the initial commitment.

ICG is ICG Alternative Investment Limited, a regulated subsidiary of Intermediate Capital Group plc and the Manager of the Company

Net asset value per share Total Return is the change in the Company's net asset value per share, assuming that dividends are re-invested at the end of the quarter in which the dividend was paid.

Net debt is calculated as the total short term and long term debt in a business, less cash and cash equivalents.

Overcommitment
In order to achieve full or near full investment, it is usual for private equity fund investors to make commitments exceeding the amount of cash immediately available for investment. This is described as "overcommitment". When determining the appropriate level of overcommitment, careful consideration needs to be given to the rate at which commitments might be drawn down, and the rate at which realisations will generate cash from the existing portfolio to fund new investment.

Portfolio
In the financial statements, in accordance with IFRS 10 'Consolidated Financial Statements', "Investments at fair value" are stated net of balances receivable from subsidiary partnerships and the accrual for the co-investment incentive scheme.

In the Chairman's Statement, Manager's Review and Supplementary Information, reference is made to the "Portfolio", which represents the aggregate of the investment Portfolios of the Company and of its subsidiary limited partnerships. This is an APM. This presentation is consistent with the commentary in previous annual and interim reports. The Board and the Manager consider that this is the most relevant basis for shareholders to assess the overall performance of the Company and comparison with its peers.

The closest equivalent amount reported on the balance sheet is "investments at fair value". A reconciliation of these two measures is presented below.

£m Investments at fair value as per balance sheet Cash held by subsidiary limited partnerships Balances receivable from subsidiary limited partnerships Co-investment incentive scheme accrual Portfolio
31 July 2017 576.8 (1.2) 3.2 21.6 600.4
31 January 2017 572.2 - 1.4 20.7 594.3

Post-crisis investments are defined as those completed in 2009 or later.

Pre-crisis investments are defined as those completed in 2008 or before, based on the date the original deal was completed, which may differ from when the Company invested if acquired through a secondary.

Realisation proceeds are amounts received by the Company in respect of the Portfolio, which may be in the form of capital proceeds or income such as interest or dividends.

Share price Total Return is the change in the Company's share price, assuming that dividends are re-invested on the day that they are paid.

Total Return is a performance measure that assumes the notional re-investment of dividends. This is a measure commonly used by the listed private equity sector and listed companies in general. In the Chairman's Statement, Manager's Review and Supplementary Information, all performance figures are stated on a total return basis

The tables below set out the share price and the net asset value per share growth figures for periods of one, three, five and ten years to the balance sheet date, on both an unadjusted basis (i.e. without dividends re-invested) and on a Total Return basis.

Unadjusted performance in years to  31 July 2017 1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year*
Net asset value per share 17.4% 37.5% 62.2% 93.4%
Share price 25.8% 28.2% 93.6% 70.4%
FTSE All-Share Index 10.7% 12.8% 38.2% 18.9%
     
Total Return performance in years to  31 July 2017 1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year*
Net asset value per share 20.1% 45.9% 77.4% 120.7%
Share price 29.5% 38.2% 116.0% 102.2%
FTSE All-Share Index 14.9% 25.7% 65.0% 70.4%

* As the Company changed its year end in 2010, the ten year figures are for the 121 month period to 31 July 2017.

Underlying valuation movement is the change in the valuation of the Company's Portfolio, before the effect of currency movements.

Undrawn commitments are commitments that have not yet been drawn down (see definition of drawdowns).

Uplift on exit represents the increase in gross value relative to the underlying manager's most recent valuation prior to the announcement of the disposal. Excludes a small number of investments that were public throughout the life of the investment. May differ from uplift in the reporting period in certain instances.



[1] Including dividend of 10p paid in June 2017

[2] Subject to always having sufficient revenue and capital reserves

[3] In local currency

[4] Last 12 months to 30 June 2017




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