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Half-year Report

Released 16:15 11-Jul-2018

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BB Healthcare Trust PLC
11 July 2018
 

BB HEALTHCARE TRUST PLC

LEGAL ENTITY IDENTIFIER ('LEI'): 213800HQ3J3H9YF2UI82

 

 

HALF YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT

For the six months ended 31 May 2018

 

Investment objective

The investment objective of the Company is to provide Shareholders with capital growth and income over the long term, through investment in listed or quoted global healthcare companies. The Company's specific return objectives are: (i) to beat the total return of the MSCI World Healthcare Index (in sterling) on a rolling 3 year period (the index total return including dividends reinvested on a net basis); and (ii) to seek to generate a double-digit total shareholder return per annum over a rolling 3 year period.

 

Financial information


 


As at 31 May 2018

 

Net asset value ("NAV") per Ordinary Share (cum income)

122.09p

 

Ordinary Share price

121.50p

 

Ordinary Share price discount to NAV1

0.5%

 



 



 

Performance summary


 


% change2,3

 

Share price total return per Ordinary Share1

+4.0%

 

NAV total return per Ordinary Share1

+7.5%

 

MSCI World Healthcare Index (GBP)

+1.7%

 

1 Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs')


 

2 Total returns in sterling for the six months to 31 May 2018, including dividends reinvested


 

3 Source: Bloomberg


 

 

Alternative performance measures ('APMs')


The financial information and performance summary data highlighted in the above footnote are considered to represent APMs of the Company. Definitions of these APMs together with how these measures have been calculated can be found below.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I am pleased to present BB Healthcare Trust's Half-yearly Report for the 2018 Financial Year.  It has been another period of positive progress, both in terms of the investment performance and continued growth through further share issuance, with a further 12.4 million Ordinary Shares issued since the end of the prior financial year.  At the time of writing, the Company's market capitalisation is in excess of £355 million.

Performance

In the period under review from 1 December 2017 to 31 May 2018, the Company's share price and net asset value ("NAV") have recorded total returns in sterling terms of 4.0% and 7.5% respectively. In comparison, the MSCI World Healthcare Index (GBP) delivered a total return of 1.7%. In the period since inception to 31 May 2018, the Company's share price and NAV have delivered total returns in sterling terms of 25.3% and 26.0% respectively. In comparison, the MSCI World Healthcare Index (GBP) delivered a total return of 16.4%.

In contrast to the prior year, the Company's share price has shown a greater level of volatility versus the evolution of the NAV. The premium has averaged only 1.0% during the period under review, and has traded at an average discount of 0.5% since the end of March 2018. This has not only negatively impacted the total return for Shareholders, but has also hampered our ability to grow the Company through share issuance, which can only take place when the shares are trading at a premium to NAV.  The Board continues to believe that further share issuance benefits all investors, through improved liquidity and a potential lower total expense ratio. 

The Ordinary Shares are subject to an annual redemption option at the discretion of the Board, offering a robust form of discount control.

Key market developments

The first half of 2018 has seen a continuation of the volatile macro-political environment that characterised the prior year, making a difficult climate for equity investors, that has seen indices make little progress. Moreover, the healthcare sector has again been caught up in US polemics.  In a divided country, common cause can be found in attacking the drug industry and health insurance companies, which are widely disliked by mistrustful voters.  With mid-term electioneering in full swing, sentiment is unlikely to improve markedly in the near-term. In such a context, allied to the fading earnings power of the large pharmaceutical companies that account for almost half the benchmark value in the quoted sector, it is not a surprise that healthcare underperformed the MSCI World Index by 1.6% during the period.

As the Brexit debacle rolls on, one should also highlight the extent to which sterling impacted the progression of the NAV. The Company has averaged more than 90% exposure to dollar-denominated assets since inception, creating a significant translational currency exposure in terms of the reported NAV, with a peak-to-trough move in the dollar of almost 8% during the period in review.

In spite of the sector's lacklustre performance over the period, we remain very optimistic regarding the investment return opportunity in healthcare. Indices reflect history and incumbency, whereas the future belongs to those whose innovations will improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

As society struggles to meet the growing needs of an ageing population, never has the need for improved services been so pressing. Our strategy focuses on companies helping to deliver that more efficient future.

Dividend

As announced in December 2017, the target dividend for the 2018 financial year is 4.0p per Ordinary Share. The Directors are pleased to declare an interim dividend for the Company of 2.0p per Ordinary Share, payable on 24 August 2018, to Shareholders on the register as at 27 July 2018.  The dividend will be funded mainly from the Company's capital reserves.

Gearing

The Company previously agreed a £30 million two-year multi-currency revolving bank facility with Scotiabank.  As at 31 May 2018, the aggregate amount drawn down from the facility was just below this £30 million limit, representing a gearing ratio of 9.0% (versus 3.9% at the end of November 2017). The facility has a commitment increase option and this was exercised in June 2018, raising the maximum facility amount to £40 million. The Board and the Portfolio Manager continue to believe that a high single digit gearing level is appropriate in current market conditions.

Outlook

Whilst the clamorous electioneering will continue in the US for some months yet, the lack of substantive proposals argues for the status quo, and the second half of the year should see a pivot back toward stock-specific fundamentals. As noted above, we are in the foothills of an unprecedented period of change for our industry that offers multitudinous new opportunities for investors.  All the while, valuations look undemanding in a number of healthcare sub-sectors and the need for healthcare products and services will continue to grow into the foreseeable future.

Professor Justin Stebbing

11 July 2018



PORTFOLIO MANAGER'S REPORT

Macro environment

During the first half of our financial year from 1 December 2017 to 31 May 2018, a number of macro-political themes emanating from the United States ("US") again dominated sentiment toward healthcare stocks. December 2017 saw a painful 'growth into value' transition, followed in January 2018 by a biotechnology rally spurred by hopes of tax reform fuelled Mergers & Acquisitions ("M&A"). This saw the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index up 11% before the month was out. It subsequently fell nearly 15% by April 2018, as it became clear that the uncertain environment was dissuading management teams from committing to widespread deal making.

Biotechnology looks well set to remain the axis of drug innovation and has gradually clawed its way back into positive territory for the year. In addition to the M&A induced volatility, drug stocks and the wider drug supply chain have been whipsawed by the twin spectres of Trump-driven pricing reform and Amazon-induced obsolescence.

As we noted in our February 2018 factsheet, you will struggle to find more fervent believers than us in the general notion that healthcare is an inefficient industry ripe for technology-led disruption. The recent PillPack acquisition not withstanding, we do not see the low margin, capital-intensive world of wholesale drug supply as the obvious target. Equally, we are acutely aware of the realpolitik that developed world healthcare spending growth is out of control and must be brought to heel. Our investment decisions consider this likely future reality, and we eschew companies where we feel that a robust economic case for the product or service on offer is lacking.

Drug prices in the US are undoubtedly part of the healthcare cost problem, albeit a small one. Until the ("US") has a leadership focused on the wider causes of spending growth, we think that the cost trend will continue to rise unabated. Although they are still evolving, we do not believe that the US Administration's current proposals represent a material change to the status quo. Despite this, there is a mid-term election for the politicians to win and a sell-side craving the volatility that drives share trading activity, so we have little hope that the noise around these false prophets of doom will die down in the short-term.

As was the case last year, Brexit anxieties have compounded the underlying volatility in our NAV progression with significant currency unpredictability. It is not obvious to us that the probability of a Brexit conclusion that is supportive of low friction trade and continued UK economic growth has become nearer but, at one stage during the period under review, sterling had appreciated nearly 7.7% against the US dollar. Overall, sterling has declined 0.7% since the end of our previous financial year and has appreciated more than 5.3% since the Company's inception.

Despite these multi-faceted challenges, we are pleased that the share price and the NAV have continued to develop positively and that we have materially outperformed our reference index over the first half of our financial year.

Discreet performance drivers

We use the MSCI World Healthcare Index ("the Index") in sterling as our reference index. Its parent index is the MSCI World Index. In sterling terms, the MSCI World Healthcare Index underperformed the broader MSCI World Index by around 1.6% in the six months to the end of May 2018, rising 0.8% (-0.8% in dollars), versus 2.4% (+0.8% in dollars). Healthcare performance for the six months ended 31 May 2018 by sub-sector is summarised in the table below; Generics, Dental, Diagnostics and Animal Health have been the notable positive performers, with the branded drug companies (Biotechnology, Conglomerates and Pharma) and Distributors the laggards, as discussed above.

Performance by Sub-sector breakdown


  USD

GBP

Biotechnology

-7.7%

-6.2%

Conglomerate

-8.0%

-6.5%

Dental

17.1%

19.0%

Diagnostics

15.7%

17.6%

Distributors

-4.3%

-2.7%

Facilities

11.9%

13.7%

Generics

23.0%

25.0%

Healthcare IT

-3.3%

-1.7%

Managed Care

0.9%

2.5%

Medical Technology

6.6%

8.4%

Other Healthcare/Animal Health

15.8%

17.7%

Pharmaceuticals

-2.2%

-0.6%

Services

5.5%

7.2%

Specialty Pharmaceuticals

4.7%

6.4%

Tools

6.3%

8.0%

Source: Bloomberg and Bellevue Asset Management (1 December 2017 to 31 May 2018).

Portfolio performance and evolution

During the period, the Company's NAV total return was 7.5%, compared to a total return in sterling terms of 1.7% for the Index. Our strategy thus materially outperformed the Index. The Company's share price total return was 4.0%, the under-performance versus the NAV arising from the share price premium to NAV as at 30 November 2017 moving to a small discount at the end of May 2018. The corresponding total return for the MSCI World Index was 2.5%, so we also delivered an above-market total return, despite the underperformance of healthcare against the MSCI World index and the Company's share price premium to NAV moving to a discount. The Company also paid a final dividend of 1.75p per Ordinary Share at the end of March 2018.

The top three positions in terms of a positive contribution to the development of the NAV (and their local currency share price performance) have been Align Technology (Dental, +27%), Dexcom (Healthcare Technology, +51%) and Teladoc (Healthcare IT, +37%). The three most significant detractors have been Esperion (Specialty Pharma, -37%), Celgene (Biotechnology, -22%) and Incyte (Biotechnology, -31%). All three of the latter investments were impacted by specific developmental setbacks relating to important pipeline products, although one can always debate the extent to which the market has reacted appropriately to a singular event.

In terms of our sub-sector allocations, the most notable trend over the first six months of the Company's financial year was a shift away from therapeutics (Pharma, Specialty Pharma and Biotechnology) and toward Healthcare IT and Healthcare Technology. Our combined exposure to therapeutics declined from 35.0% at the end of November 2017 to 28.6% by the end of May 2018. Conversely, exposure to Healthcare Technology and Healthcare IT rose from 5.9% to 13.4%

There were 27 companies in the portfolio at the end of November 2017. This rose to 30 by February 2018, but declined to 28 towards the end of the period. Our gross exposure rose from £312 million to £360 million through a combination of capital gains, share issuance and increased borrowings (the leverage ratio rose from 4.0% to 8.4% over the first half), offset by the payment of the £4.7 million dividend in March 2018. We continue to actively trade around our positions into news flow events and financial reporting, in order to manage short-term risk/return within our anticipated holding periods.

Outlook for the second half of the year and beyond

Healthcare provision is an emotive subject. Let us be honest, we will all need to use it at some point and access to these services is considered a basic human right in most of the developed world. Thus, the broad notion that the system in whatever country one inhabits is no longer fit for purpose or under intolerable strain is an unpalatable one, and calling for wholesale change has never been a sure-fire vote winner for politicians.

Nonetheless, change is coming and that represents a significant opportunity for both investors and society in the wider context. The Company was incepted recognising that such a prospect was finally upon us. One can of course talk ebulliently at any time about all manner of exciting innovations to come, and generally find an audience willing to listen, being as we are all so emotionally invested in the notion that scientific progress and human ingenuity can save us from suffering. This is not the same as making money, and alpha is generated by focusing on the ideas whose time has now come.

Whilst there have been a number of shorter-term headwinds since we began, our focus remains on the longer term outlook and those companies which we believe can improve care at an acceptable cost. As we move into the fourth quarter and the US mid-term election result becomes known, fundamentals should again come to the fore of the debate. Objectively, there are few things as certain as rising demand for healthcare, and we hope to ride the synchronous waves of innovation and demographic change for many years to come.

Paul Major, Brett Darke and Daniel Koller

Bellevue Asset Management

11 July 2018

 

PORTFOLIO




















TOP TEN HOLDINGS

% of net









As at 31 May 2018

asset value









Align Technology

9.6









Anthem

7.0









Illumina

6.4









Teladoc

6.2









Dexcom

5.6









Shire

5.4









Intuitive Surgical

5.0









Celgene

4.7









AmerisourceBergen

4.6









Lonza

4.3









Top ten holdings

58.8









Other net assets

41.2









Total

100.0



















SUB SECTOR BREAKDOWN

 %









Medical Technology

19.5









Biotechnology

15.4









Managed Care

9.7









Dental

8.9









Specialty Pharmaceuticals

8.6









Diagnostics

7.7









Health Technology

7.7









Healthcare IT

5.7









Pharmaceuticals

5.0









Distributors

4.2









Services

4.0









Other Healthcare

3.6









Total

100.0









 










Source: Bellevue Asset Management, 31.05.18.










 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT

The Directors are required to provide an Interim Management Report in accordance with the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ('DTR'). The Directors consider that the Chairman's Statement and the Portfolio Manager's Report of this Half-yearly Report, the following statement on related party transactions and the Statement of Directors' Responsibilities below, together constitute the Interim Management Report for the Company for the six months ended 31 May 2018.  The principal risks and uncertainties to the Company are detailed in the Company's Annual Report for the period ended 30 November 2017. The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company remain unchanged from those disclosed in the Annual Report for the period ended 30 November 2017. The outlook for the Company for the remaining six months of the year ending 30 November 2018 is discussed in the Chairman's Statement and the Portfolio Manager's Report. 

Related party transactions

Details of the amounts paid to the Company's Portfolio Manager and the Directors during the period are detailed in note 12 of the notes to the financial statements.

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE HALF-YEARLY REPORT

The Directors confirm to the best of their knowledge that:

·      The condensed set of interim financial statements contained within the Half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

 

·      The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R of the FCA's DTR.

 

Justin Stebbing

Chairman

11 July 2018

 

CONDENSED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

  




FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MAY 2018

 








Six months ended

31 May 2018

Period from 7 October 2016 to 31 May 2017

Period from 7 October 2016 to 30 November 2017^



Revenue

Capital

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Gains on investments


-

25,056

25,056

-

18,000

18,000

-

33,960

33,960

(Losses)/gains on currency movements


-

(590)

-

17

17

-

522

522

Net investment gains


-

24,466

24,466

-

18,017

18,017

-

34,482

34,482

Income


963

-

963

956

-

956

1,919

-

1,919

Total income


963

24,466

956

18,017

18,973

1,919

34,482

36,401

Portfolio management fees


(288)

(1,154)

(167)

(667)

(834)

(417)

(1,668)

(2,085)

Other expenses


(406)

-

(406)

(326)

-

(326)

(791)

-

(791)

Profit before finance costs and taxation


269

23,312

463

17,350

17,813

711

32,814

33,525

Finance costs


(67)

(270)

(337)

(11)

(45)

(56)

(43)

(170)

(213)

Operating profit before taxation


202

23,042

452

17,305

17,757

668

32,644

33,312

Taxation


(108)

-

(108)

(127)

-

(127)

(272)

-

(272)

Profit for the period


94

23,042

23,136

325

17,305

17,630

396

32,644

33,040

Return per Ordinary Share


0.04p

8.68p

8.72p

0.20p

10.75p

10.95p

0.21p

17.42p

17.63p











^ Audited

There is no other comprehensive income and therefore the 'Profit for the period' is the total comprehensive income for the period.












The total column of the above statement is the statement of comprehensive income of the Company. The supplementary revenue and capital columns, including the earnings per Ordinary Share, are prepared under guidance from the Association of Investment Companies.












All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations.

 

The notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

 

CONDENSED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION



 

AS AT 31 MAY 2018





 






 



31 May 2018

31 May 2017

 30 Nov 2017^

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Non-current assets





 

Investments held at fair value through profit or loss


360,035

197,707

312,238

 

Current assets





 

Cash and cash equivalents


4,512

904

842

 

Sales for future settlement


832

-

-

 

Income receivable


223

221

228

 



5,567

1,125

1,070

 

Total assets


365,602

198,832

313,308

 

Current liabilities





 

Bank loans payable


29,720

7,948

12,786

 

Purchases for future settlement


3,279

-

484

 

Other payables


547

215

425

 

Management Shares


-

13

-

 

Total liabilities


33,546

8,176

13,695

 

Net assets


332,056

190,656

299,613

 

Equity





 

Share capital


2,733

1,730

2,609

 

Share premium account


134,767

24,884

120,934

 

Special distributable reserve


138,705

146,412

143,355

 

Capital reserve


55,686

17,305

32,644

 

Revenue reserve


165

325

71

 

Total equity


332,056

190,656

299,613

 

Net asset value per Ordinary Share


122.09p

110.21p

115.43p

 

 

^ Audited

 

CONDENSED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MAY 2018












Share

Special




 



Share

premium

distributable

Capital

Revenue


 



Capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Opening balance as at 1 December 2017


2,609

120,934

143,355

32,644

71

299,613

 

Profit for the period


-

-

-

23,042

94

23,136

 

Issue of Ordinary Shares


124

13,984

-

-

-

14,108

 

Share issue costs


-

(151)

-

-

-

(151)

 

Dividend paid


-

-

(4,650)

-

-

(4,650)

 

Closing balance as at 31 May 2018


2,733

134,767

138,705

55,686

165

332,056

 









 

FOR THE PERIOD FROM INCORPORATION ON 7 OCTOBER 2016 TO 31 MAY 2017


 




Share

Special




 



Share

premium

distributable

Capital

Revenue


 



Capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Opening balance as at 7 October 2016


-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Profit for the period


-

-

-

17,305

325

17,630

 

Transfer to special distributable reserve


-

(146,412)

146,412

-

-

-

 

Issue of Ordinary Shares


1,730

173,661

-

-

-

175,391

 

Share issue costs


-

(2,365)

-

-

-

(2,365)

 

Closing balance as at 31 May 2017


1,730

24,884

146,412

17,305

325

190,656

 









 

FOR THE PERIOD FROM  INCORPORATION ON 7 OCTOBER 2016 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2017  (Audited)

 




Share

Special




 



Share

premium

distributable

Capital

Revenue


 



Capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Opening balance as at 7 October 2016


-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Profit for the period


-

-

-

32,644

396

33,040

 

Transfer to special distributable reserve


-

(146,412)

146,412

-

-

-

 

Issue of Ordinary Shares


2,596

271,014

-

-

-

273,610

 

Issue of Management Shares


13

-

-

-

-

13

 

Share issue costs


-

(3,668)

-

-

-

(3,668)

 

Dividend paid


-

-

(3,057)

-

(325)

(3,382)

 

Closing balance as at 30 November 2017


2,609

120,934

143,355

32,644

71

299,613

 



















CONDENSED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS



 

 

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MAY 2018





 






 



Six months ended

31 May 2018

Period from 7 October 2016 to 31 May 2017

Period from 7 October 2016 to 30 November 2017^

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Cash flows from operating activities





 

Income*


969

735

1,690

 

Management expenses


(1,889)

(978)

(2,520)

 

Purchase of investments**


(114,042)

(203,942)

(371,220)

 

Sale of investments**


93,251

24,235

93,426

 

Foreign exchange (losses)/gains


(590)

17

(204)

 

Taxation


(108)

(127)

(272)

 

Net cash flow used in operating activities


(22,409)

(180,060)

(279,100)

 

Cash flows from financing activities





 

Bank loans drawn


16,934

7,948

13,512

 

Finance costs paid


(162)

(10)

(130)

 

Dividend paid


(4,650)

-

(3,382)

 

Proceeds from issue of shares


14,108

175,391

273,610

 

Share issue costs


(151)

(2,365)

(3,668)

 

Net cash flow from financing activities


26,079

180,964

279,942

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents


3,670

904

842

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


842

-

-

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


4,512

904

842

 

^ Audited

* Cash inflow from dividends for the financial period was £961,000 (30 November 2017: £1,688,000).

 

** Sales proceeds and purchases costs have been classified as components of cash flows from operating activities as investing activities form part of the Company's operations.

 

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 


 

1. Reporting entity

 

BB Healthcare Trust plc is a closed-ended investment company, registered in England and Wales on 7 October 2016. The Company's registered office is Mermaid House, 2 Puddle Dock, London EC4V 3DB. Business operations commenced on 2 December 2016 when the Company's Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. The condensed interim financial statements of the Company are presented for the six months to 31 May 2018.

 

 

The Company invests in a concentrated portfolio of listed or quoted equities in the global healthcare industry. The Company may also invest in American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), or convertible instruments issued by such companies and may invest in, or underwrite, future equity issues by such companies. The Company may utilise contracts for differences for investment purposes in certain jurisdictions where taxation or other issues in those jurisdictions may render direct investment in listed or quoted equities less effective.

 


 

2. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

 


 

Statement of compliance

 

The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ('DTRs') of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements of the Company as at and for the period ended 30 November 2017. The financial statements of the Company as at and for the period ended 30 November 2017 were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB'). The accounting policies used by the Company are the same as those applied by the Company in its financial statements as at and for the period ended 30 November 2017. The financial information for the period from incorporation on 7 October 2016 to 30 November 2017 in the condensed interim financial statements has been extracted from the audited Annual Report and Accounts for that period.

 

 

When presentational guidance set out in the Statement of Recommended Practice ('SORP') for Investment Companies issued by the Association of Investment Companies ('the AIC') in November 2014 and updated in February 2018 is consistent with the requirements of 'IFRS', the Directors have sought to prepare the financial statements on a basis compliant with the recommendations of the SORP.

 


 

Going concern

 

The Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

 

The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate operational resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of approval of these financial statements.

 


 

Use of estimates and judgements

 

The preparation of the financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an on-going basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimates are revised and in any future periods affected. There have been no estimates, judgements or assumptions, which have had a significant impact on the financial statements for the period.

 


 

Functional and presentation currency

 

The financial statements are presented in sterling, which is the Company's functional currency. The Company's investments are denominated in multiple currencies. However, the Company's shares are issued in sterling and the majority of its investors are UK based. In addition all expenses are paid in GBP as are dividends. All financial information presented in sterling have been rounded to the nearest thousand pounds.

 


 

Investments

 

Upon initial recognition investments are held by the Company "at fair value through profit or loss". They are accounted for on the date they are traded and are included initially at fair value which is taken to be their cost. Subsequently quoted investments are valued at fair value which is the bid market price, or if bid price is unavailable, last traded price on the relevant exchange. Unquoted investments are valued at fair value by the Board which is established with regard to the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines by using, where appropriate, latest dealing prices, valuations from reliable sources and other relevant factors. The Company currently holds no unquoted investments.

 

 

Changes in the fair value of investments held at fair value through profit or loss and gains or losses on disposal are included in the capital column of the Statement of Comprehensive Income within "gains on investments".

 

 

Investments are derecognised on the trade date of their disposal, which is the point where the Company transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of the ownership of the financial asset. Gains or losses are recognised in the capital column of the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 


 

New standards and interpretations effective in the current financial period

 

In the opinion of the Directors, there are no new standards that became effective during the period that had a material impact on the financial statements. At the date of approval of these condensed interim financial statements, the following standard, which has not been applied in these financial statements, was in issue:

 

 

IFRS 9, 'Financial instruments', effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, specifies how an entity should classify and measure financial assets and liabilities, including some hybrid contracts. The standard improves and simplifies the approach for classification and measurement of financial assets compared with the requirements of IAS 39. Most of the requirements in IAS 39 for classification and measurement of financial liabilities were carried forward unchanged. The standard applies a consistent approach to classifying financial assets and replaces the numerous categories of financial assets in IAS 39, each of which had its own classification criteria.

 

 

The Board is currently considering the impact of the above standard. Based on its assessment, the standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's financial statements. The Company's portfolio of investments are held at fair value through profit or loss and, in accordance with IFRS 9, will continue to be classified as such based on the assessment so far.

 

 

3. Investment held at fair value through profit or loss

Financial instruments


Under IFRS 13 'Fair Value Measurement', an entity is required to classify investments using a fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of the inputs used in making the measurement decision.

 

The following shows the analysis of financial assets recognised at fair value based on:










Level 1
The unadjusted quoted price in an active market for identical assets or liabilities that the entity can access at the measurement date.










Level 2
Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable (i.e. developed using market data) for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.










Level 3
Inputs are unobservable (i.e. for which market data is unavailable) for the asset or liability.










The classification of the Company's investments held at fair value is detailed in the table below:











 As at 31 May 2018

 As at 31 May 2017


 Level 1

 Level 2

 Level 3

 Total

 Level 1

 Level 2

 Level 3

 Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Investments at fair value through profit and loss









- Quoted in UK

17,901

-

-

17,901

12,271

-

-

12,271

- Quoted overseas

342,134

-

-

342,134

185,436

-

-

185,436

Closing valuation

360,035

-

-

360,035

197,707

-

-

197,707











 As at 30 November 2017






 Level 1

 Level 2

 Level 3

 Total






£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000





Investments at fair value through profit and loss









- Quoted in UK

15,984

-

-

15,984





- Quoted overseas

296,254

-

-

296,254





Closing valuation

312,238

-

-

312,238














There were no transfers between levels during the six months ended 31 May 2018 (31 May 2017 and 30 November 2017: nil).

 

Financial instruments - risk profile

The principal risks relating to financial instruments held by the Company remain the same as at the Company's last financial period ended 30 November 2017.

 

4. Income





Period to 31 May 2018

Period to 31 May 2017

Period to 30 November 2017


£'000

£'000

£'000

Income from investments




Overseas dividends

848

826

1,778

UK dividends

108

130

139

Other income

7

-

2

Total income

963

956

1,919

 

5. Bank loans and finance costs




 

The Company agreed a multi-currency revolving credit facility with Scotiabank (Ireland) Designated Activity Company on 23 February 2017. During the period, under the terms of the facility, the Company could draw down up to an aggregate of £30 million. The facility has a commitment increase option and this was exercised in June, raising the maximum facility amount to £40 million.  The facility expires on 22 February 2019.

 

As at 31 May 2018, the Company's aggregate loans outstanding was £29,720,000 (comprising £6,700,000 and $30,600,000 - equivalent of £23,020,000).


Period to 31 May 2018

Period to 31 May 2017


Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

64

258

322

9

36

45

Other finance costs

3

12

15

2

9

11

Total finance costs

67

270

337

11

45

56









 Period to 30 November 2017





Revenue

Capital

Total





£'000

£'000

£'000




37

150

187




Other finance costs

6

20

26




Total finance costs

43

170

213




 

6. Taxation







 








 


Period to 31 May 2018

Period to 31 May 2017

 


Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

 


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Withholding tax expense

108

-

108

127

-

127

 

Total tax charge for the period

108

-

108

127

-

127

 

 

                                                                         Period to 30 November 2017

 

Revenue

Capital

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Withholding tax expense

272

-

272

Total tax charge for the period

272

-

272

 

7. Return per share










 

Return per share is based on the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the six months ended 31 May 2018 of 265,481,854  (31 May 2017: 161,030,037 and 30 November 2017: 187,377,682).

 











 


 Period to 31 May 2018

Period to 31 May 2017

 Period to 30 November 2017


 Revenue

 Capital

 Total

 Revenue

 Capital

 Total

 Revenue

 Capital

 Total

Profit for the period (£'000)

94

23,042

23,136

325

17,305

17,630

396

32,644

33,040

Return per Ordinary Share

0.04p

8.68p

8.72p

0.20p

10.75p

10.95p

0.21p

17.42p

17.63p

 

8. Share capital






  As at 31 May 2018

As at 31 May 2017


         Number of                        shares

£'000

      Number  of shares

£'000

Allotted, issued and fully paid:





Redeemable Ordinary Shares of 1p each ('Ordinary Shares')

271,979,768

2,720

172,991,767

1,730

Management Shares of £1 each

50,001

13

50,001

13

Total

272,029,769

2,733

173,041,768

1,743







    As at 30 November 2017




Number  of shares

£'000



Allotted, issued and fully paid:





Redeemable Ordinary Shares of 1p each ('Ordinary Shares')

259,569,268

2,596



Management Shares of £1 each

50,001

13



Total

259,619,269

2,609



 

 





The Company has 50,001 Management Shares of £1 each in issue of which £12,501 is fully paid up.


 

Share Movement





During the period to 31 May 2018, 12,410,500 Ordinary Shares (31 May 2017:  172,991,767 and 30 November 2017:  259,569,268) were issued raising aggregate proceeds of £14,108,666 (31 May 2017:  £175,391,000 and 30 November 2017: £273,610,000).

Since 31 May 2018, a further 2,147,794 Ordinary Shares have been issued raising aggregate proceeds of £2,719,000.






9. Net assets per Ordinary Share

 

Net assets per Ordinary Share as at 31 May 2018 is based on £332,056,000 of net assets of the Company attributable to the 271,979,768 Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares) as at 31 May 2018. £12,500 of net assets as at 31 May 2018 was attributable to the Management Shares.

 

 

10. Dividend









During the six months ended 31 May 2018, the Company paid a dividend of 1.75p per Ordinary Share in respect of the year ended 30 November 2017.

 

The Directors have declared an interim dividend for the six month period ended 31 May 2018 of 2.0p per Ordinary Share. The dividend will have an ex-dividend date of 26 July 2018 and will be paid on 24 August 2018 to Shareholders on the register at 27 July 2018. The dividend will be funded from the Company's distributable reserves as per note 11.

 

11. Distributable reserves



 

The Company's distributable reserves consist of the special distributable reserve, capital reserve and revenue reserve.

 

The Company can use its distributable reserves to fund dividends, redemptions of Ordinary Shares and share buy backs.

 

 

12. Related party transactions



Fees payable to the Portfolio Manager are shown in the Statement of Comprehensive Income. As at 31 May 2018, the fee outstanding to the Portfolio Manager was £251,000.





Since commencement of operations on 2 December 2016 fees have been payable at an annual rate of £27,500, with an additional fee of £12,500 to the Chairman, £5,000 to the Chair of the Audit Committee and £2,500 to the Chair of the Management Engagement Committee. Net fees payable to the Directors, other than the US resident Director, Siddhartha Mukherjee, are settled in Ordinary Shares quarterly, using the prevailing market price per share at the relevant quarter end.

 




The Directors had the following shareholdings in the Company, all of which are beneficially owned.


As at 31 May 2018

As at 30 November 2017

 

Professor Justin Stebbing

23,399

14,833

 

Josephine Dixon

44,057

37,318

 

Randeep Grewal

43,062

36,418

 

Paul Southgate

41,455

35,567

 

Siddhartha Mukherjee

25,000

25,000

 

 

13. Subsequent events

There are no subsequent events after the period end other than those disclosed in this report.

 

14. Status of this report

These interim financial statements are not the Company's statutory accounts for the purposes of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. They are unaudited. The unaudited Half-yearly financial report will be made available to the public at the registered office of the Company. The report will also be available in electronic format on the Company's website, http://www.bbhealthcaretrust.com.

 

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of section 838 of the Companies Act 2006 and constitute interim accounts for the purpose of justifying the payment of an interim dividend for the year ending 30 November 2018.


The Half-yearly financial report was approved by the Board of Directors on 11 July 2018.

 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES ('APMs')

Discount

The amount, expressed as a percentage, by which the share price is less that the Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share.

 

As at 31 May 2018  (Unaudited)



NAV per Ordinary Share (pence)

a

122.09

Share price (pence)

b

121.5

Discount

(b÷a)-1

0.5%

Gearing

A way to magnify income and capital returns, but which can also magnify losses. A bank loan is a common method of gearing.

 

As at 31 May 2018  (Unaudited)



Total assets less cash / cash equivalents (£'000)

a

361,776

Loan (£'000)

b

(29,720)

Net assets (£'000)

c=a-b

332,056




Gearing

a÷c-1

9.0%




Leverage

An alternative word for "Gearing" (see gearing for calculations).

 


Under AIFMD, leverage is any method by which the exposure of an AIF is increased through borrowing of cash or securities or leverage embedded in derivative positions.

 


Under AIFMD, leverage is broadly similar to gearing, but is expressed as a ratio between the assets (excluding borrowings) and the net assets (after taking account of borrowing). Under the gross method, exposure represents the sum of the Company's positions after deduction of cash balances, without taking account of any hedging or netting arrangements. Under the commitment method, exposure is calculated without the deduction of cash balances and after certain hedging and netting positions are offset against each other.

Ongoing charges

A measure, expressed as a percentage of average net assets, of the regular, recurring annual costs of running an investment company.

 

Six months ended 31 May 2018 (Unaudited)



Average NAV (£'000)

a

297,453

Annualised expenses (£'000)

b

3,706

Ongoing charges

b÷a

1.25%

 

Note: The ongoing charges as per the latest audited annual report for the period ended 30 November 2017 was 1.37%

Premium

The amount, expressed as a percentage, by which the share price is more than the Net Asset Value per share.

 

There is no calculation of premium shown as the shares were trading at a discount of 0.5% at the period end.

Total return

A measure of performance that includes both income and capital returns. This takes into account capital gains and reinvestment of dividends paid out by the Company into the Ordinary Shares of the Company on the ex-dividend date.

 

Six months ended 31 May 2018  (Unaudited)


Share price

NAV

Opening at 1 December 2017 (pence)

a

118.75

115.43

Closing at 31 May 2018 (pence)

b

121.50

122.09

Dividend adjustment factor

c

1.01646

1.01636

Adjusted closing (d = b x c)

d

123.50

124.09

Total return

(d÷a)-1

4.0%

7.5%

 

GLOSSARY

American Depositary Receipt or "ADR"

A negotiable certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing a specified number of shares in a foreign stock traded on a U.S. exchange.

AIC

Association of Investment Companies

Alternative Investment Fund or "AIF"

An investment vehicle under AIFMD. Under AIFMD (see below) the Company is classified as an AIF.

Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive or "AIFMD"

A European Union directive which came into force on 22 July 2013 and has been implemented in the UK.

Annual General Meeting or "AGM"

 

A meeting held once a year which shareholders can attend and where they can vote on resolutions to be put forward at the meeting and ask directors questions about the company in which they are invested.

Custodian

An entity that is appointed to safeguard a company's assets.

Depositary

Certain AIFs must appoint depositaries under the requirements of AIFMD. A depositary's duties include, inter alia, safekeeping of the Company's assets and cash monitoring. Under AIFMD the depositary is appointed under a strict liability regime.

Dividend

Income receivable from an investment in shares.

Ex-dividend date

The date from which you are not entitled to receive a dividend which has been declared and is due to be paid to shareholders.

Financial Conduct Authority or "FCA"

The independent body that regulates the financial services industry in the UK.

Gross assets

The Company's total assets adjusted for any leverage amount (outstanding bank loan).

Index

A basket of stocks which is considered to replicate a particular stock market or sector.

Investment company

A company formed to invest in a diversified portfolio of assets.

Investment Trust

An investment company which is based in the UK and which meets certain tax conditions which enables it to be exempt from UK corporation tax on its capital gains. The Company is an investment trust.

Large Cap

A company with a market capitalisation above $10 billion.

Liquidity

The extent to which investments can be traded at short notice

Management Shares

Non-redeemable preference shares of £1.00 each in the capital of the Company.

Mega Cap

A company with a market capitalisation above $50 billion.

Net assets

An investment company's assets less its liabilities.

Net asset value (NAV) per Ordinary Share

Net assets divided by the number of Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding any Shares held in treasury).

Net fees

The fees after estimated tax and other relevant charges have been deducted.

Ordinary Shares

The Company's redeemable Ordinary Shares of 1p each.

Portfolio

A collection of different investments held in order to deliver returns to shareholders and to spread risk.

Share buyback

A purchase of a company's own shares. Shares can either be bought back for cancellation or held in treasury.

Share price

The price of a share as determined by a relevant stock market.

Small Cap

A company with a market capitalisation less than $2 billion.

Treasury Shares

A company's own shares which are available to be sold by a company to raise funds.

Volatility

A measure of how much a share moves up and down in price over a period of time.

 

DIRECTORS, MANAGER AND ADVISERS

Directors

Portfolio Manager


Professor Justin Stebbing (Chairman)

Bellevue Asset Management AG


Josephine Dixon

Seestrasse 16


Randeep Grewal

CH-8700 Kusnacht / Zurich


Siddhartha Mukherjee

Switzerland


Paul Southgate




 

 

Investment Adviser


Broker


Peel Hunt LLP

Bellevue Advisors Limited


Moor House

32 London Bridge Street


120 London Wall

London SE1 9SG


London EC2Y 5ET




Secretary & Administrator


Depositary


CACEIS Bank, UK Branch

PraxisIFM Fund Services (UK) Limited


Broadwalk House

Mermaid House


5 Appold Street

2 Puddle Dock


London EC2A 2DA

London EC4V 3DB



Auditor


Registrar


Link Asset Services

Ernst & Young LLP


The Registry

25 Churchill Place


34 Beckenham Road

Canary Wharf


Beckenham

London E14 5EY


Kent BR3 4TU

AIFM




Legal Adviser

Mirabella Financial Services LLP


Stephenson Harwood LLP

130 Jermyn Street


1 Finsbury Circus

London


London EC2M 7SH

SW1Y 4UR





 

Registered Office*



Mermaid House



2 Puddle Dock



London EC4V 3DB



 

*Registered in England and Wales No. 10415235

Enquiries:

Anthony Lee/Ciara McKillop             020 7653 9690

PraxisIFM Fund Services (UK) Limited

 

The Half-yearly financial report will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at: http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM

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