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Half-year Report

Released 07:00 23-Aug-2019

RNS Number : 9893J
BMO Private Equity Trust PLC
23 August 2019
 

To: Stock Exchange

For immediate release:


23 August 2019

 

BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

LEI: 2138009FW98WZFCGRN66

 

Unaudited results for the half year to 30 June 2019

Financial Highlights

 

·      NAV of 388.05p per Ordinary Share reflecting a total return for the six months of 2.4% for the Ordinary Shares.

·      Share price total return for the six months of 13.7% for the Ordinary Shares.

·      Total quarterly dividends of 7.54p per Ordinary Share year to date.

·      Quarterly dividend of 3.73p paid on 31 July 2019

·      Quarterly dividend of 3.81p to be paid on 31 October 2019

·      Dividend yield of 4.3% based on the period end share price (1).

 

Chairman's Statement

 

As at 30 June 2019 the Net Asset Value ("NAV") of BMO Private Equity Trust PLC ("the Company") was £286.9 million giving a NAV per share of 388.05p. Taking account of dividends paid the NAV total return for the six-month period was 2.4%. In addition, with the share price discount having fallen to 9.0% at 30 June 2019 and 5.7% at the time of writing, compared to 17.9% at 31 December 2018, the share price total return for the period was an impressive 13.7%. 

 

In accordance with the Company's stated dividend policy, the Board declares a quarterly dividend of 3.81p per ordinary share, payable on 31 October 2019 to shareholders on the register on 4 October 2019 with an ex-dividend date of 3 October 2019. For illustrative purposes only, this dividend and that paid on 31 July 2019 represent an annualised yield of 4.3% based on the share price as at 30 June 2019. I would like to remind shareholders of our dividend re-investment plan, which can be a convenient and easy way to build up an existing holding.

 

On 19 June 2019, the Company entered into a new five-year unsecured facility agreement with The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited ("RBSI"). This facility is comprised of a €25 million term loan and a £75 million multi-currency revolving credit facility. This new facility replaced the Company's previous arrangements with Royal Bank of Scotland plc.   The previous facility comprised a €30 million term loan and a £45 million multi-currency revolving credit facility.

 

The Board is pleased to have secured this new, larger and cheaper facility which will allow the Company to maintain a moderately but flexibly geared structure with the ability to draw borrowings in multiple currencies.

 

As at 30 June 2019, the Company had cash of £6.7 million. With borrowings of £25.2 million under the new loan facility, net debt was £18.5 million, equivalent to a gearing level of 6.0%. The total of outstanding undrawn commitments at 30 June 2019 was £111.9 million and, of this, approximately £16.4 million is to funds where the investment period has expired.

 

There is a healthy two-way market in private equity internationally underpinned by increasing interest in the asset class over the longer term. In this reporting period the Company invested £28.0 million in new investments and we received through realisations and income £25.4 million. Most of the portfolio is invested in niche companies where there is a long-term growth thesis based around a specific market, product or service. These 'secular' growth characteristics can provide useful resilience when the background economic conditions are challenging. The broadly diversified nature of the Company's portfolio is also a source of strength.

 

Mark Tennant

Chairman

 

(1)   Calculated as dividends of 3.73p paid on 31 July 2019 and 3.81p payable on 31 October 2019 annualised divided by the Company's share price as at 30 June 2019.

 

Manager's Review

 

New Investments

 

In the first half of the year five new fund commitments and three new co-investments have been made. Most of this activity was in the first quarter.

 

£7 million has been committed to Kester Capital, a buy-out fund focusing on the UK lower mid-market. We have previously co-invested with Kester in Jollyes (pet shop chain) and CETA (caravan insurance). €7 million was committed to Silverfleet European Development Fund, a new initiative from this well-established firm focusing on lower mid-market buy-outs across Europe which lie in the size range with enterprise value between €25 and €75 million. SEK 40 million (£3.5 million) has been committed to Summa II, a Nordic focused buy-out fund with a sustainability angle.

 

In the second quarter two new fund investments were made in Inflexion Enterprise Fund V (£2.7 million) and Inflexion Supplemental Fund V (£6.0 million). These are the latest in a series of investments with this leading UK based mid-market buy-out group.

Three co-investments were made in the first half of the year, all of them in the first quarter. £2.9 million was invested in San Siro, the market leading funeral services company based in Milan, Italy. Led by Augens the plan is to build out a small chain of funeral parlours. €3.5 million has been invested in STAXS the Netherlands based provider of cleanroom consumables principally for the pharmaceuticals industry. The deal is led by Silverfleet. £2.1 million has been invested in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, Cyberhawk. Using the UAVs to inspect critical energy infrastructure Cyberhawk delivers the results to clients via its own cloud-based asset management software, iHawk. This deal is led by energy specialists Magnesium.

In the second quarter many of the funds in the portfolio have been active with a wide range of new investments being established. Total drawdowns in the quarter were £12.6 million bringing the total for new investments for the first half to £28.0 million. As is typical, the new investments cover a diverse range of industrial sectors and geographies. Some of the more notable ones illustrate this mix.

In the UK £2.4 million was drawn by deal leaders Buckthorn for a follow-on investment in oil services company Coretrax. This was for the acquisition of US company Mohawk, which designs, manufactures and operates a range of downhole tools which are complementary to Coretrax's suite of well bore cleanup and plug and abandonment products. August Equity IV called £0.8 million for veterinary imaging business Hallmarq.  SEP V called £0.6 million for Immedis, a cloud-based payroll and employment tax software provider.  Our co-investment in Apposite Capital led care provider Swanton made two follow-on acquisitions and an additional £0.5 million was called for these. RJD III called £0.7 million, of which £0.6 million was for new investment in Survey Solutions, a land and buildings survey company. The balance was for a refinancing of training company Babington. We also contributed £0.4 million to the refinancing of our co-investment in Babington.

In Continental Europe Silverfleet European Development Fund invested £0.6 million in Netherlands based cleanroom consumables company STAXS complementing our £3.0 million co-investment made in the company noted above. In France Montefiore IV invested £0.4 million in MCS Groupe, a credit management services company.

The US component of the portfolio has seen some new deals. Graycliff III called £0.9 million for Sweeteners Plus, a New York State based manufacturer and distributor of liquid and dry sweeteners which are sold into restaurants and the beverage, bakery, confectionary and pharmaceutical sectors. Bluepoint Capital IV called £0.3 million for W.A. Kendall, a Georgia based company providing vegetation management services to utilities, specifically to ensure the safety of powerlines. They also called £0.4 million for TAS Environmental Services, a Texas based company involved in specialised environmental and industrial cleaning and waste transportation. 

Realisations

 

Total realisations and income received in the first half amounted to £25.4 million. This was slightly behind the total of £29.9 million at the same point last year.

 

Earlier in the year the Company benefitted from a number of excellent exits from across the portfolio. Notable realisations included £4 million coming in from August Equity's sale of cyber security company SecureData (7.2x, 35% IRR). The further sell down by Argan Capital of Swedish healthcare company Humana returned £1.8 million bringing the return on this investment so far to 5x cost. Hutton Collins returned £0.9 million on the exit of restaurant chain Wagamama through its sale to the listed Restaurant Group (2.6x, 17% IRR). In Spain Corpfin IV sold perfume company Arenal to listed Portuguese company Sonae Group returning £0.8 million (1.8x, with potential to reach 2.4x and 32% IRR, through earn out).

 

The flow of realisations has continued more recently. The largest distribution in the second quarter came from the sale of shares in Eventbrite, which we had received as consideration for our holding in cloud enabled ticketing software company Ticketscript. Eventbrite was listed in New York in September 2018. After a strong debut the shares fell back and once the lock up had expired FPE, the deal leaders, were able to exit at $19.4, some way below the peak of $40. The net proceeds to us were £3.1 million, which meant that the final return for the total holding was 2.0x cost and an IRR of 17%. Collingwood, the Gibraltar based niche motor insurer, returned £1.9 million through repayment of loan notes along with interest and dividends. This was a result of a debt refinancing of the company and this repays 80% of the cost of the investment. Healthpoint Capital distributed £0.8 million following the sale of Orthospace, an Israel based company with disruptive technology for the treatment of rotator cuff injuries. The initial consideration may be doubled if certain performance milestones are met and this could result in a return of 3.7x cost and an IRR of 43%. The Italian fund NEM Impresse distributed £0.8 million following the sale of plastic packaging for household, personal care and cosmetics company Taplast. This represented 2.8x cost and an IRR of over 100% since our acquisition in January 2018. Portobello Capital III exited Iberconsa, the Spanish hake, shrimp and squid fishing business through the sale to Platinum Equity. Our proceeds were £0.7 million representing 3.6x cost and 50% IRR. In France Ciclad 5 had two good exits. £0.6 million came in from the sale of Slat&Infodis, a secure power supplies company (2.4x cost, 24% IRR). A further £0.6 million came from the sale of Val'Eco & Nord Coffrage, specialists in rental equipment for the building industry (2.6x, 31% IRR).

Valuation Movements

 

The valuation movements in the first half of the year were quite broadly spread. The largest uplift, of £2.9 million was from medical device company Accuvein, which is seeing strong revenue growth on the back of a new product launch. Our co-investment in US based electrical motors company Sigma was up by £2.7 million reflecting growth in revenues and EBITDA of 15% for the year ended March 2019. Dotmatics, the specialist software company was up by £1.9 million. Specialist Care provider Swanton was up by £0.5 million reflecting good progress with the roll out and in trading. Chequers Capital XV was up by £0.4 million due to the last remaining holding Thermocoax (temperature measurement systems) being sold after the quarter end to Spirax-Sarco plc.

 

There were some negative movements. Ambio was adjusted down by £1.3 million due to a weakening of sales momentum. Weird Fish was down by £0.7 million due to continuing trading difficulties in a weak market. Pinebridge New Europe Fund II was down by £0.6 million on the back of weak trading in some of its key remaining holdings and the lowish exit value of car battery recycler Orzel Bialy. In the US Camden Partners IV was down by £0.6 million mainly due a number of adverse portfolio movements driven by weaker trading. Lastly our holding in Environmental Technologies Fund was down by £0.5 million due to the administration of their longstanding holding in metals refiner, Metalysis.

Financing

 

As noted above on 19 June the Company entered into a new five-year unsecured facility agreement with The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBSI) comprising a €25 million term loan and a £75 million multi-currency revolving credit facility. At present the term loan is fully drawn (€25 million) with another £4 million of the revolver drawn. This leaves £71 million of the revolving credit facility potentially available, subject to compliance with the various covenants. The Company is therefore well placed to fund any gap between drawdown and realisations as well as having good scope for the acquisition of co-investments or secondaries.



 

Outlook

 

The economic and political background has deteriorated over the last few months with a resolution to the Brexit impasse appearing no nearer and the threat of 'no deal', or something close to it, rising in probability. Both the UK and German economies appear to be at real risk of dipping into recession and similar trends are seen elsewhere in Europe. Notwithstanding these challenges there is a very healthy amount of activity within the private equity market internationally. Our portfolio has recorded a slightly lower amount of exit activity in the first half of the year compared with last year, which was a record year, with total proceeds to date around 15% down. There has been exit activity in every section of the portfolio and the mature element of the portfolio is expected to continue to yield a healthy flow of realisations in the second half of the year. There are some companies in the portfolio facing challenges, but the general picture is one of good progress and the broadly-based rise in valuations underlines this.  Our dealflow in both funds and co-investments is strong and we expect to add a number of new investments over the remainder of the year. Our assessment is that there is excellent scope for further growth in shareholder value between now and the year end.

 

Hamish Mair

Investment Manager

BMO Investment Business Limited

 

 

 

 



BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income for the

half year ended 30 June 2019

 


Unaudited

 


Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Income




Gains on investments held at fair value

-

8,692

8,692

Exchange gains

-

95

95

Investment income

2,083

-

2,083

Other income

49

-

49

Total income

2,132

8,787

10,919





Expenditure




Investment management fee - basic fee

(138)

(1,244)

(1,382)

Investment management fee - performance fee

-

(1,624)

(1,624)

Other expenses

(414)

-

(414)

Total expenditure

(552)

(2,868)

(3,420)





Profit before finance costs and taxation

1,580

5,919

7,499





Finance costs

(85)

(767)

(852)





Profit before taxation

1,495

5,152

6,647





Taxation

(284)

284

-





Profit for period/total comprehensive income

1,211

5,436

6,647





Return per Ordinary Share

1.64p

7.35p

8.99p

 

The total column is the profit and loss account of the Company.

 

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

 



 

BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income for the

half year ended 30 June 2018

 


Unaudited

 


Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Income




Gains on investments held at fair value

-

8,387

8,387

Exchange gains

-

98

98

Investment income

495

-

495

Other income

40

-

40

Total income

535

8,485

9,020





Expenditure




Investment management fee - basic fee

(320)

(961)

(1,281)

Investment management fee - performance fee

-

(2,032)

(2,032)

Other expenses

(387)

-

(387)

Total expenditure

(707)

(2,993)

(3,700)





(Loss)/profit before finance costs and taxation

(172)

5,492

5,320





Finance costs

(210)

(631)

(841)





(Loss)/profit before taxation

(382)

4,861

4,479





Taxation

-

-

-





(Loss)/profit for period/total comprehensive income

(382)

4,861

4,479





Return per Ordinary Share

(0.52)p

6.58p

6.06p

 

The total column is the profit and loss account of the Company.

 

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



BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income for the

year ended 31 December 2018

 

 


(Audited)

 


Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

 

Income




Gains on investments held at fair value

-

36,966

36,966

Exchange gains

-

35

35

Investment income

2,340

-

2,340

Other income

81

-

81

Total income

2,421

37,001

39,422





Expenditure




Investment management fee - basic fee

(660)

(1,980)

(2,640)

Investment management fee - performance fee

-

(2,277)

(2,277)

Other expenses

(760)

-

(760)

Total expenditure

(1,420)

(4,257)

(5,677)





Profit before finance costs and taxation

1,001

32,744

33,745





Finance costs

(428)

(1,286)

(1,714)





Profit before taxation

573

31,458

32,031





Taxation

(109)

109

-





Profit for year/total comprehensive income

464

31,567

32,031





Return per Ordinary Share

0.63p

42.69p

43.32p

 



 

The total column is the profit and loss account of the Company.

 

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

 



BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Amounts Recognised as Dividends

 

 

 

 


Six months ended 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

£'000

Six months ended 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

£'000

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

(audited)

£'000

Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.55p per share for the quarter ended 30 September 2017


2,624

Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.57p per share for the quarter ended 31 December 2017

-

2,640

Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.57p per share for the quarter ended 31 March 2018



Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.57p per share for the quarter ended 30 June 2018

-

-

Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.58p per share for the quarter ended 31 September 2018

2,647

-

 

Quarterly Ordinary Share dividend of 3.65p per share for the quarter ended 31 December 2018

2,699



5,346

5,264

 

 



 

BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Balance Sheet

 


As at 30 June 2019

(unaudited)

As at 30 June 2018

(unaudited)

As at 31 December 2018

(audited)


£'000

£'000

 £'000

Non-current assets




Investments at fair value through profit or loss

308,737

286,352

295,242





Current assets




Other receivables

17

32

142

Cash and cash equivalents

6,693

7,017

21,335


6,710

7,049

21,477





Current liabilities




Other payables

(3,362)

(3,726)

(4,267)

Interest-bearing bank loan

(4,000)

-

(26,821)


(7,362)

(3,726)

(31,088)

Net current (liabilities)/assets

(652)

3,323

(9,611)

 
Non-current liabilities




Interest-bearing bank loan

(21,153)

(26,316)

-

Net assets

286,932

263,359

285,631





Equity




Called-up ordinary share capital

739

739

739

Share premium account

2,527

2,527

2,527

Special distributable capital reserve

15,040

15,040

15,040

Special distributable revenue reserve

31,403

31,403

31,403

Capital redemption reserve

1,335

1,335

1,335

Capital reserve

235,888

212,697

234,587

Revenue reserve

-

(382)

-

Shareholders' funds

286,932

263,359

285,631





Net asset value per Ordinary Share

388.05p

356.17p

386.29p

 



BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

           

Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

 

Share Premium Account

Special Distributable Capital Reserve

Special Distributable Revenue Reserve

 

Capital Redemption Reserve

 

 

Capital Reserve

 

 

Revenue Reserve

 

 

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 1 January 2019

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

234,587

-

285,631

Profit/(loss) for the period/total comprehensive income

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

5,436

 

1,211

 

6,647

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(4,135)

(1,211)

(5,346)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 30 June 2019

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

235,888

-

286,932

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 1 January 2018

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

213,100

-

264,144

Profit/(loss) for the period/total comprehensive income

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

4,861

 

(382)

 

4,479

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(5,264)

-

(5,264)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 30 June 2018

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

212,697

(382)

263,359

 

 

For the year ended 31 December 2018 (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 1 January 2018

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

213,100

-

264,144

Profit/(loss) for the year/total comprehensive income

 

-

 

                -

 

-

 

                  -

 

                     -

 

31,567

 

464

 

32,031

Dividends paid

-

 -

-

-

-

(10,080)

(464)

(10,544)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets at 31 December 2018

739

2,527

15,040

31,403

1,335

234,587

-

285,631

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



BMO Private Equity Trust PLC

 

Cash Flow Statement

 

 


Six months ended

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

Six months ended

30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended

31 December 2018

(audited)


£000

£000

£000





Operating activities




Profit before taxation

6,647

4,479

32,031

Gains on disposals of investments

(10,611)

(13,525)

(41,549)

Decrease/ (increase) in holding gains

1,919

5,138

4,583

Exchange differences

(95)

(98)

(35)

Interest income

(49)

(40)

(81)

Interest received

49

40

81

Investment income

(2,083)

(495)

(2,340)

Dividends received

2,083

495

2,340

Finance costs

852

841

1,714

Decrease/ (increase) in other receivables

103

(6)

(2)

(Decrease)/ increase in other payables

(676)

655

999

 

Net cash outflow from operating activities

 

(1,861)

 

(2,516)

 

(2,259)





Investing activities




Purchases of investments

(28,019)

(40,528)

(71,909)

Sales of investments

23,216

29,306

80,261

 

Net cash (outflow)/ inflow from investing activities

 

(4,803)

 

(11,222)

 

8,352

Financing activities




Drawdown of bank loans, net of costs

4,000

-

-

Arrangement cost from issue of loan facilities

(1,203)

-

-

Net movement in loan facilities

(4,457)

-

-

Interest paid

(967)

(743)

(1,310)

Equity dividends paid

(5,346)

(5,264)

(10,544)

 

Net cash outflow from financing activities

(7,973)

(6,007)

 

(11,854)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(14,637)

 

(19,745)

 

(5,761)

Currency (losses)/gains

(5)

(3)

331

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(14,462)

 

(19,748)

 

(5,430)

Opening cash and cash equivalents

21,335

26,765

26,765

 

Closing cash and cash equivalents

 

6,693

 

7,017

 

21,335





 

 



Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

 

The Directors believe that the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company include investment, strategic, external, regulatory, operational, financial and funding. The Company is also exposed to risks in relation to its financial instruments. These risks, and the way in which they are managed, are described in more detail under the heading Principal Risks and Uncertainties and Risk Management within the Business Model, Strategy and Policies Section in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018.  The Company's principal risks and uncertainties have not changed materially since the date of that report and are not expected to change materially for the remaining six months of the Company's financial year. 

 

Directors' Statement of Responsibilities in Respect of the Half Yearly Financial Report

 

In accordance with Chapter 4 of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

 

• the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with applicable International

Financial Reporting Standards on a going concern basis, and gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and net return of the Company;

 

• the half-yearly report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the Company and

important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the

financial statements;

 

• the Directors' Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties shown above is a fair review of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remainder of the financial year; and

 

• the half-yearly report includes a fair review of the related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the financial year.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

 

Mark Tennant

Chairman



 

Notes (unaudited)

 

1.   The condensed company financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard ('IFRS') IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018. The condensed financial statements do not include all of the information and disclosures required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, which were prepared under full IFRS requirements.

 

During the year to 31 December 2018, the management fee and bank loan interest were allocated 75 per cent to capital and 25 per cent to revenue. In accordance with the Board's expected long-term splits of returns in the form of capital gains and income, with effect from 1 January 2019 the allocation basis has been revised to 90 per cent to capital and 10 per cent to revenue.

 

2.   Earnings for the six months to 30 June 2019 should not be taken as a guide to the results for the year to 31 December 2019.

 

3.   Investment management fee:

 

 

 

Six months to

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

 

 

Six months to

30 June 2018

 (unaudited)

 

 

Year ended

31 December 2018

(audited)

 

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment management fee - basic fee

138

1,244

1,382

320

961

1,281

660

1,980

2,640

Investment management fee - performance fee

-

1,624

1,624

-

2,032

2,032

-

2,277

2,277

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

138

2,868

3,006

320

2,993

3,313

660

4,257

4,917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   Finance costs:

 

 

 

Six months to

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

 

 

Six months to

30 June 2018

(unaudited)

 

 

Year ended

31 December 2018

(audited)

 

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest payable on bank loans

85

767

852

 

210

631

841

428

1,286

1,714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.   The return per Ordinary Share is based on a net profit on ordinary activities after taxation of £6,647,000 (30 June 2018 - £4,479,000; 31 December 2018 - £32,031,000) and on 73,941,429 (30 June 2018 -73,941,429; 31 December 2018 -73,941,429) shares, being the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period.

 

 

6. The net asset value per Ordinary Share is based on net assets at the period end of £286,932,000 (30 June 2018 - £263,359,000; 31 December 2018 - £285,631,000) and on 73,941,429 (30 June 2018 - 73,941,429; 31 December 2018 - 73,941,429) shares, being the number of Ordinary Shares in issue at the period end.

 

 

7.  The fair value measurements for financial assets and liabilities are categorised into different levels in the fair value hierarchy based on inputs to valuation techniques used.  The different levels are defined as follows:

 

Level 1 reflects financial instruments quoted in an active market.

 

Level 2 reflects financial instruments whose fair value is evidenced by comparison with other observable current market transactions in the same instrument or based on a valuation technique whose variables includes only data from observable markets.

 

Level 3 reflects financial instruments whose fair value is determined in whole or in part using a valuation technique based on assumptions that are not supported by prices from observable market transactions in the same instrument and not based on available observable market data.







Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

30 June 2019










Financial assets

503

-

308,234

308,737

Investments

 

Financial liabilities

Interest-bearing bank loan

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(22,394)

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(22,394)






30 June 2018










Financial assets

800

-

285,552

286,352

Investments

 

Financial liabilities

Interest-bearing bank loan

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(26,539)

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(26,539)






31 December 2018










Financial assets





Investments

 

Financial liabilities

Interest-bearing bank loan

629

 

 

-

-

 

 

(26,932)

294,613

 

 

-

295,242

 

 

(26,932)











There were no transfers between levels in the fair value hierarchy in the period ended 30 June 2019. Transfers between levels of the fair value hierarchy are deemed to have occurred at the date of the event that caused the transfer.

 

Valuation techniques

Quoted fixed asset investments held are valued at bid prices which equate to their fair values. When fair values of publicly traded equities are based on quoted market prices in an active market without any adjustments, the investments are included within Level 1 of the hierarchy.  The Company invests primarily in private equity funds and co-investments via limited partnerships or similar fund structures.  Such vehicles are mostly unquoted and in turn invest in unquoted securities.  The fair value of a holding is based on the Company's share of the total net asset value of the fund or share of the valuation of the co-investment calculated by the lead private equity manager on a quarterly basis. The lead private equity manager derives the net asset value of a fund from the fair value of underlying investments. The fair value of these underlying investments and the Company's co-investments is calculated using methodology which is consistent with the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines ('IPEG'). In accordance with IPEG these investments are generally valued using an appropriate multiple of maintainable earnings, which has been derived from comparable multiples of quoted companies or recent transactions. The BMO private equity team has access to the underlying valuations used by the lead private equity managers including multiples and any adjustments. The BMO private equity team generally values the Company's holdings in line with the lead managers but may make adjustments where they do not believe the underlying managers' valuations represent fair value. On a quarterly basis, the BMO private equity team present the valuations to the Board. This includes a discussion of the major assumptions used in the valuations, which focuses on significant investments and significant changes in the fair value of investments. If considered appropriate, the Board will approve the valuations.

 

The interest-bearing bank loan is recognised in the Balance Sheet at amortised cost in accordance with IFRS.  The fair value of the loan is based on indicative break costs. The fair values of all of the Company's other financial assets and liabilities are not materially different from their carrying values in the balance sheet.

 

Significant unobservable inputs for Level 3 valuations

The Company's unlisted investments are all classified as Level 3 investments. The fair values of the unlisted investments have been determined principally by reference to earnings multiples, with adjustments made as appropriate to reflect matters such as the sizes of the holdings and liquidity. The weighted average earnings multiple for the portfolio as at 30 June 2019 was 8.9 times EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) (30 June 2018: 8.7 times EBITDA; 31 December 2018: 8.9 times EBITDA).

 

The significant unobservable input used in the fair value measurement categorised within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy together with a quantitative sensitivity analysis are shown below:

 

Period ended

        Input

Sensitivity used*

Effect on fair value £'000

30 June 2019

Weighted average earnings multiple

1x

49,796

30 June 2018

Weighted average earnings multiple

1x

52,064

31 December 2018

Weighted average earnings multiple

1x

47,260

* The sensitivity analysis refers to an amount added or deducted from the input and the effect this has on the fair value.

 

The fair value of the Company's unlisted investments are sensitive to changes in the assumed earnings multiples. The managers of the underlying funds assume an earnings multiple for each holding. An increase in the weighted average earnings multiple would lead to an increase in the fair value of the investment portfolio and a decrease in the multiple would lead to a decrease in the fair value.

 

The following table shows a reconciliation of all movements in the fair value of financial instruments categorised within Level 3 between the beginning and the end of the period:

 


30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018


£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at beginning of period

294,613

265,580

265,580

Purchases

28,019

40,528

71,794

Sales

(23,216)

(29,099)

(80,054)

Gains on disposal

10,611

13,525

41,549

Increase in holding losses

(1,793)

(4,982)

(4,256)

Balance at end of period

308,234

285,552

294,613

 

8.   In assessing the going concern basis of accounting the Directors have had regard to the guidance issued by the Financial Reporting Council.  They have considered the current cash position of the Company, the availability of the Company's loan facility and compliance with its covenants.  They have also considered forecast cash flows, especially those relating to capital commitments and realisations.

 

As at 30 June 2019, the Company had outstanding undrawn commitments of £111.9 million.  Of this amount, approximately £16.4 million is to funds where the investment period has expired, and the Manager would expect very little of this to be drawn.  Of the outstanding undrawn commitments remaining within their investment periods, the Manager would expect that a significant amount will not be drawn before these periods expire.

 

Based on this information the Directors believe the Company has the ability to meet its financial obligations as they fall due for a period of at least twelve months from the date of approval of the accounts.  Accordingly, the accounts have been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

 

9.   These are not statutory accounts in terms of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's auditors. The information for the year ended 31 December 2018 has been extracted from the latest published financial statements which received an unqualified audit report and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. No statutory accounts in respect of any period after 31 December 2018 have been reported on by the Company's auditors or delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Half-Year Report is available at the Company's website address, www.bmoprivateequitytrust.com.

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Hamish Mair (Fund Manager)

0131 718 1184

hamish.mair@bmogam.com

 

Scott McEllen (Company Secretary)

 

0131 718 1137

scott.mcellen@bmogam.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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