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Annual Financial Report

Released 07:00 25-Mar-2020

RNS Number : 4566H
Dunedin Enterprise Inv Trust PLC
25 March 2020
 

                                        25 March 2020

 

 

 

 

Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust PLC ("the Company")

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

 

Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust PLC, the private equity investment trust, announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

Financial Highlights:

 

·    Share price total return of 23.6% in the year to 31 December 2019

·    Net asset value total return of 14.4% in the year to 31 December 2019

·    Realisations of £8.9m in the year

·    £5.2m returned via B shares in June 2019

·    Final dividend of 5.0p per share proposed for the year ended 31 December 2019

·    Realisation of Kingsbridge post year end

 

Comparative Total Return Performance

 

Year to 31 December 2019

Net Asset value

Share price

FTSE

Small Cap

(ex Inv Cos)

Index

One year

14.4%

23.6%

17.7%

Three years

50.8%

134.7%

17.3%

Five years

54.8%

117.1%

49.1%

Ten years

113.0%

227.2%

182.2%

           

 

 

For further information please contact:

Graeme Murray

Dunedin LLP  

0131 225 6699

0131 718 2310           

07813 138367

Corinna Osborne / Emily Weston

Equity Dynamics

07825 326 440 / 07825326442

corinna@equitydynamics.co.uk

emily@equitydynamics.co.uk



Chairman's Statement

 

In the year to 31 December 2019 your Company's net asset value total return was 14.4%, generated principally from valuation uplifts.

 

The relative share price performance was pleasing with a total return to shareholders of 23.6%. This was boosted by a return of capital to shareholders of 25p per share in June and the payment of a 2.0p dividend.

 

The Company's net asset value per share increased from 412.9p to 444.4p during the year after taking account of the return of capital and dividends. Since 2012, following the change of investment policy, a total of £115m has been returned to shareholders.

 

The discount at which the shares trade was 15.4% at the end of the year, based on a net asset value per share of 444.4p and a share price of 376p.

 

The share price has suffered during the very severe dislocation in the stock market resulting from the coronavirus; the share price at the date of this statement was 255p.

 

Portfolio

No new investments were made during the year. There were follow-on investments made in GPS, CitySprint and EV. During the year a recapitalisation was undertaken at both FRA and Kingsbridge which resulted in proceeds being distributed to Dunedin Enterprise. There were two realisations from the Realza portfolio - Litalsa and Quimi Romar.

 

Overall the trading performance of our portfolio companies has been strong during the year. Unrealised valuation increases of £24.9m were partially offset by decreases of £12.8m. Valuation uplifts were achieved by FRA, RED, GPS, U-POL, Formaplex and EV, all of which are trading well as a result of strong organic growth. The most significant valuation reduction in the year to 31 December 2019 was the decline of £6.4m in the value of the holding in CitySprint.

 

Following the successful realisation of our investment in Kingsbridge (the provider of insurance services to contractors) in March this year, we have re-valued this investment as at 31 December 2019 at £10.4m being the expected proceeds from the sale.  This represents an uplift of £5.7m during the year after also taking account of the return of £3.2m on a re-financing in February 2019.  The investment was originally made in May 2016 at a cost of £4.2m.  Although the transaction includes a two year earn-out which may generate further proceeds for the Company, no value has been placed on this.  Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

 

Commitments & Liquidity

At the year end the Company had outstanding commitments to limited partnership funds of £22.2m, which consisted of £21.5m to Dunedin managed funds and £0.7m to Realza, the one remaining European fund. Assuming these funds are held to maturity, it is estimated that only some £12.2m of this total outstanding commitment will be drawn over the remaining life of the funds.

 

The investment periods of all funds to which the Company has made a commitment have now ended. In future we are only required to meet drawdowns for follow-on investments, management fees and ongoing expenses during the remainder of the life of the funds.

 

At 31 December 2019 the Company held cash balances of £12.3m. In addition, we renewed our revolving credit facility at the lower level of £5m; this was undrawn at 31 December 2019 and is available until 31 May 2020. The Board and the Manager keep the cash and commitment position under regular review. It is the Board's intention to extend the revolving credit facility by a further year.

 

B Share Scheme

Shareholders received a return of capital via the B Share Scheme during the year, representing £5.2m or 25p per share following the re-financings at FRA and Kingsbridge, and the realisation of Litalsa.

 

This was achieved by way of the issue of 25 B Shares of 1p for every one ordinary share held. The B shares were immediately redeemed and proceeds of £5.2m were distributed to shareholders on 26 June 2019.

 

Dividends

It is proposed that a final dividend of 5.0p per share be paid on 15 May 2020. This will distribute to shareholders the net profit generated by the Company during 2019.

 

Board

In view of his other commitments, Michael Meyer Jensen has decided not to stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting on 6 May 2020.  We are grateful to him for his significant contribution and wish him well for the future.

 

Outlook

Although the uncertainty created by the spread of the coronavirus will continue to cause significant dislocation, the extent of this remains unpredictable.  Our portfolio companies are making contingency plans wherever possible to address this threat.

 

Although the UK has formally left the EU there remains significant uncertainty regarding the ongoing relationship that the UK will have with the EU. While the Board does not expect there to be any significant impact from Brexit on the operations of the Company itself, each of our portfolio companies are preparing for the likely outcomes as Brexit negotiations continue.

 

More generally, the Board welcomes the continued strong trading performance of a number of portfolio companies during the year under review.  We also welcome the returns which have been delivered for shareholders by the underlying investment performance of the portfolio and the return of capital.  We will continue to return capital to shareholders whenever practicable following realisations of investments.

 

Duncan Budge

Chairman

25 March 2020

 

 



 

Manager's Review

 

The total net asset return to shareholders in the year to 31 December 2019 was 14.4%. This is stated after taking account of a final dividend for 2018 of 2p (paid in May 2019) and a B share redemption equivalent in total of 25p (paid in June 2019).

The net asset value per share in the year to 31 December 2019 increased from 412.9p to 444.4p.

The Company's net asset value increased from £85.2m to £91.7m over the year. As detailed below this movement is stated following a dividend payment of £0.4m and capital of £5.2m returned to shareholders via the issue and redemption of B shares in June 2019.

 


£m

Net asset value at 1 January 2019

85.2

Unrealised value increases

24.9

Unrealised value decreases

(12.8)

Realised gain over opening valuation

(0.8)

Net income and capital movements

0.8

Net asset value prior to shareholder distribution

97.3

Dividends paid to shareholders

(0.4)

B share redemption

(5.2)

Net asset value at 31 December 2019

91.7

 

Portfolio Composition

The investment portfolio can be analysed as shown in the table below.

 


Valuation at

1 January

2019

£'m

Additions

in year

£'m

Disposals

in year

£'m

Realised

movement

£'m

Unrealised

movement

£'m

Valuation at

31 December

2019

£'m

Dunedin managed

64.8

2.7

(3.4)

(0.8)

12.6

75.9

Third party managed

10.5

0.1

(5.5)

-

(0.5)

4.6

Investment portfolio

75.3

2.8

(8.9)

(0.8)

12.1

80.5

AAA rated money market funds

2.1

12.9

(6.4)

-

-

8.6


77.4

15.7

(15.3)

(0.8)

12.1

89.1

 

Investment Activity

In the year to 31 December 2019 a total of £2.8m was invested in portfolio companies. An investment of £1.0m was made in GPS, the market leader in payment processing technology, to facilitate further investment in GPS's payments processing platform. A further £0.7m was invested in CitySprint, the same day courier, to provide working capital support as the company faced increased competition in a low growth market.  There was also a follow-on investment of £0.3m made in EV, the provider of high performance ruggedised video cameras for the oil and gas industry, to support the ongoing development of EV's camera fleet.

 

A further £0.8m was drawn down by Dunedin and third-party managed funds to meet management fees and ongoing expenses.

 

Realisations

In the year to 31 December 2019 a total of £8.9m was realised from the portfolio of investments.

 

In January 2019 Litalsa, an investment held within the Realza portfolio, was realised. Litalsa is a leading independent provider of printing and varnishing services for metal can and closure manufacturers in Spain. Total proceeds from the sale amounted to £3.9m (€4.5m). The original cost of the investment in Litalsa was £1.4m (€1.9m) and, over its life, a total of £3.9m (€4.5m) will have been received by Dunedin Enterprise representing a 2.9 times return.

 

In August 2019, there was a further realisation from the Realza portfolio, Quimi Romar, the manufacturer of household cleaning and personal care products. Proceeds of £1.5m (€1.6m) were received which represent a return of 1.2 times original cost.

 

During the year there were two re-financings undertaken at portfolio companies following a period of strong trading. In January 2019 a re-financing of FRA, the provider of forensic accounting, data analytics and e discovery expertise, was completed. A total of £1.8m was received by Dunedin Enterprise consisting of £1.1m capital and £0.7m income. In February 2019 a re-financing of Kingsbridge, the provider of insurance services to contractors, was completed. A total of £3.2m was received by Dunedin Enterprise consisting of £2.3m capital and £0.9m income.

 

After the year end in February 2020 a further re-financing of FRA was completed. A total of £4.0m was received by Dunedin Enterprise, consisting of £3.5m capital and £0.5m income.

 

Following a successful realisation of the investment in Kingsbridge (the provider of insurance services to contractors) in March this year, this investment has been re-valued as at 31 December 2019 at £10.4m being the expected proceeds from the sale.  This represents an uplift of £5.7m during the year after also taking account of the return of £3.2m on a re-financing in February 2019.  The investment was originally made in May 2016 at a cost of £4.2m.  Although the transaction includes a two year earn-out which may generate further proceeds for the Company, no value has been placed on this.  Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

 

Unrealised valuation uplifts

In the year to 31 December 2019 there were valuation uplifts generated from the following investments: FRA (£6.7m), Kingsbridge (£5.7m), RED (£4.8m), GPS (£2.8m), U-POL (£2.3m), Formaplex (£1.9m) and EV (£1.2m).

 

FRA has achieved a 49% increase in maintainable EBITDA (maintainable EBITDA being EBITDA for the last twelve months adjusted for exceptional items) in the year. The company continues to experience a strong demand for its services with a robust pipeline of new projects. During 2019 FRA opened an office in Stockholm further expanding its global footprint.

 

Red, the supplier of SAP software experts on both a contract and permanent basis, has performed strongly in the year with a 59% increase in maintainable EBITDA. The contracting division continues to perform well in the UK, Germany and US markets. New business written in the current year is 18% up on the same period last year.

 

As noted above Kingsbridge was realised following the year end generating an uplift of £5.7m during the year.

 

During the year GPS showed significant growth in both revenue and maintainable EBITDA. Record levels of new business have been achieved and the global reach of the business has increased with expansion into both Singapore and Australia. The strong trading performance has allowed GPS to be valued on a revenue basis, whereas previously the investment was valued at cost.

 

U-Pol, the manufacturer of automotive refinish products including body fillers, coatings, aerosols, polishing compounds and components, has achieved an 18% increase in maintainable EBITDA during the year. Performance in the year has been boosted by a new UK sales team and sales to two significant US retailers.

 

Formaplex, the provider of tooling and lightweight components, has seen profits recover strongly in the year. This has been achieved by winning new contracts in the components division and improved cost control. The sales pipeline is strong with more than 90% of 2019/20 sales covered by confirmed orders. The improved maintainable EBTDA has allowed Formaplex to be valued on an earnings basis rather than a net assets basis.

 

Unrealised valuation reductions

The most significant valuation reduction in the year to 31 December 2019 was at CitySprint (£6.4m). There were also valuation reductions at Incremental (£1.5m) and Hawksford (£1.1m).

 

CitySprint, the same day courier, experienced difficult trading during 2019 due to increased competition in a low growth market and the loss of a significant customer. This has impacted maintainable EBITDA which reduced by 43% in the year. Both the company's new management team and the institutional investors are proactively taking steps to manage costs within the business and return CitySprint to historic levels of profitability.

 

Revenue at Incremental has shown an increase during the year. However, there has been accelerated investment in both billable and non-billable staff to support future growth in the business. A provision has been made against this investment reflecting the higher cost base in the business and fall in profitability.  The pipeline of new business is strong and the focus in 2020 is to convert the order pipeline into billable work. 

 

Hawksford continues to progress but has suffered from exceptional costs of change which has impacted valuation. These costs are not expected to continue.

 

Cash and commitments

The Company had outstanding commitments to limited partnership funds of £22.2m. The outstanding commitment position consisted of £21.5m to Dunedin managed funds and £0.7m to Realza, the one remaining European fund. Assuming these funds are held to maturity, it is estimated that only some £12.2m of this total outstanding commitment will be drawn over the remaining life of the funds.

 

The original investment periods of all funds to which the Company has made a commitment have now ended. In future the Company will only be required to meet drawdowns for follow-on investments, management fees and expenses during the remainder of the life of the funds.

 

The Company has a revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank of £5m which was undrawn at 31 December 2019 and is available until 31 May 2020. The Board and the Manager keep the cash and commitment position under regular review. It is the Board's intention to extend the revolving credit facility by a further year.

 

Coronavirus

The coronavirus is creating significant disruption around the world which, to varying degrees, will have an impact on each of the portfolio companies.  Your Manager has representation on the Board of each portfolio company.  Regular contact is being maintained with the portfolio companies to understand the impact of the coronavirus on their trading and financial stability. Each portfolio company is developing a contingency plan to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus.  These contingency plans will evolve as the impact of the coronavirus becomes clearer.   It is not possible at the date of this Manager's Review to fully assess the impact of the coronavirus on the portfolio companies.

 

Brexit

Your Manager has a representative on the Board of each Dunedin managed portfolio company. The board of each portfolio company meets regularly and continues to assess the impact of Brexit on their business, developing contingency plans to mitigate a variety of Brexit scenarios. These plans are kept under constant review as the outcome of the Brexit negotiations evolve.

 

Valuations and Gearing

The average earnings multiple applied in the valuation of the Dunedin managed portfolio was 9.1x EBITDA (2018: 9.6x). These multiples continue to be applied to maintainable profits.

 

Within the Dunedin managed portfolio, the weighted average gearing of the companies was 2.8x EBITDA (2018: 2.7x).

 

Analysing the portfolio gearing in more detail, the percentage of investment value represented by different gearing levels was as follows:

 

Less than 1 x EBITDA

33%

Between 1 and 2 x EBITDA

-%

Between 2 and 3 x EBITDA

18%

More than 3 x EBITDA

49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of the total acquisition debt in the Dunedin managed portfolio companies the scheduled repayments are spread as follows:

 

Less than one year

15%

Between one and two years

13%

Between two and three years

3%

More than three years

69%

 

Fund Analysis

The chart below analyses the investment portfolio by investment fund vehicle.

 

Dunedin Buyout Fund II

47%

Dunedin Buyout Fund III

45%

Equity Harvest Fund

3%

Third Party managed

5%

 

Portfolio Analysis

Detailed below is an analysis of the investment portfolio by geographic location as at 31 December 2019.

 

UK

95%

Rest of Europe

5%



Sector Analysis

The investment portfolio of the Company is broadly diversified. At 31 December 2019 the largest sector exposure of 44% remains to the diverse Support Services sector.

 

Automotive

3%

Consumer products & services

2%

Financial services

34%

Industrials

17%

Support services

44%



Valuation Method

Cost

17%

Earnings - uplift

47%

Revenue - uplift

11%

Assets basis

13%

Exit value

12%



Year of Investment

In the vintage year chart below, current value is allocated to the year in which either Dunedin Enterprise or the third-party manager first invested in each portfolio company.

 

<1 year

-%

1-3 years

33%

3-5 years

14%

>5 years

53%

 

Dunedin LLP

25 March 2020

 



 

Ten Largest Investments    

 

 

Approx.



Percentage

percentage

Cost of

Directors'

of net

of equity

investment

valuation

assets

%

£'000

£'000

%

 

FRA

 

5.4

 

4,894

 

18,398

 

20.1

Kingsbridge

12.4

1,852

10,373

11.3

GPS

8.5

7,338

10,148

11.1

Hawksford

17.8

6,746

10,067

11.0

Red

20.1

9,665

9,316

10.2

Weldex

15.1

9,505

9,198

10.0

U-POL

5.0

5,657

5,944

6.5

Realza

8.9

4,289

4,372

4.8

EV

10.6

8,321

3,643

4.0

Formaplex

19.4

3,235

3,607

3.9



61,502

85,066

92.9

 



 Income Statement




2019



2018

 


Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Investment income

1,390

-

1,390

778

-

778

Gains on investments

-

11,293

11,293

-

6,269

6,269

Total income

1,390

11,293

12,683

778

6,269

7,047

 

Expenses







Investment management fee

(15)

(46)

(61)

(49)

(148)

(197)

Other expenses

(390)

(39)

(429)

(448)

(113)

(561)








Profit before finance costs and tax

985

11,208

12,193

281

6,008

6,289

Finance costs

(27)

(80)

(107)

(66)

(197)

(263)








Profit before tax

958

11,128

12,086

215

5,811

6,026

Taxation

(25)

25

-

(38)

38

-








Profit for the year

933

11,153

12,086

177

5,849

6,026








Basic return per ordinary share







(basic & diluted)

4.52p

54.02p

58.54p

0.86p

28.33p

29.19p

 

The total column of this statement represents the Income Statement of the Group, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU. The supplementary revenue and capital columns are both prepared under guidance published by the Association of Investment Companies. All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations.

All income is attributable to the equity shareholders of Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust PLC.

 


 

Statement of Changes in Equity

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

 


 

Share

capital

£'000

 

Capital

redemption

reserve

£'000

Capital

Reserve

realised

£'000

Capital

reserve -

unrealised

£'000

Special

Distributable

Reserve

£'000

 

Revenue

account

£'000

Total

retained earnings

£'000

 

Total

equity

£'000

At 31 December 2018

5,161

23,409

58,063

(13,030)

6,312

5,320

56,665

85,235

Profit for the year

-

-

2,000

9,153

-

933

12,086

12,086

B shares issued during the year

5,161

(5,161)

-

-

-

-

-

-

B shares redeemed during the year

(5,161)

5,161

-

-

(5,161)

-

(5,161)

(5,161)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(413)

(413)

(413)

At 31 December 2019

5,161

23,409

60,063

(3,877)

1,151

5,840

63,177

91,747

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

 


 

Share

capital

£'000

 

Capital

redemption

reserve

£'000

Capital

Reserve

realised

£'000

Capital

reserve -

unrealised

£'000

Special

Distributable

Reserve

£'000

 

Revenue

account

£'000

Total

retained earnings

£'000

 

Total

equity

£'000

At 31 December 2017

5,161

23,409

57,936

(18,752)

26,956

6,278

72,418

100,988

Profit for the year

-

-

127

5,722

-

177

6,026

6,026

B shares issued during the year

20,644

(20,644)

-

-

-

-

-

-

B shares redeemed during the year

(20,644)

20,644

-

-

(20,644)

-

(20,644)

(20,644)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(1,135)

(1,135)

(1,135)

At 31 December 2018

5,161

23,409

58,063

(13,030)

6,312

5,320

56,665

85,235

 



 


Balance Sheet

As at 31 December 2019

 

                                                                                                                                   


31 December

2019

£'000

31 December

2018

£'000

Non-current assets



Investments held at fair value

89,105

77,431




Current assets



Other receivables

1,073

4,242

Cash and cash equivalents

3,735

3,645


4,808

7,887




Current liabilities



Other liabilities

(2,166)

(83)




Net assets

91,747

85,235




Capital and reserves



Share capital

5,161

5,161

Capital redemption reserve

23,409

23,409

Capital reserve - realised

60,063

58,063

Capital reserve - unrealised

(3,877)

(13,030)

Special distributable reserve

1,151

6,312

Revenue reserve

5,840

5,320

Total equity

91,747

85,235




Net asset value per ordinary share (basic and diluted)

444.4p

412.9p

 

 



Cash Flow Statement

for the year ended 31 December 2019

                                                                                                                                     


31 December

2019

£'000

31 December

2018

£'000

 

Cash flows from operating activities



Profit

Adjustments for:

12,086

6,026

Gains on investments

(11,293)

(6,269)

Interest paid

107

263

Decrease/(increase) in debtors

4,658

(4,699)

Increase in creditors

594

1,398

Net cash from operating activities

6,152

(3,281)

 

Cash flows from investing activities



Purchase of investments

(2,696)

(13,942)

Drawdown from subsidiary

(112)

(162)

Purchase of 'AAA' rated money market funds

(12,862)

(47)

Sale of investments

3,401

11,251

Distribution from subsidiary

5,480

1,014

Sale of 'AAA' rated money market funds

6,410

21,413

Net cash used in investing activities

(379)

19,527




Cash flows from financing activities



Redemption of B shares

(5,161)

(20,644)

Dividends paid

(413)

(1,135)

Interest paid

(107)

(263)


(5,681)

(22,042)




Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

92

(5,796)

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

3,645

9,441

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

(2)

-

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December

3,735

3,645




 



 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities in respect of the Annual Report and the Financial Statements

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Group and Parent Company financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the Directors to prepare Group and Parent Company financial statements for each financial year. Under that law they have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU and applicable law.

Under company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and of their profit or loss for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:

select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

state whether they have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU;

assess the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern; and

- use the going concern basis of accounting unless they either intend to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.  As explained in note 3, the Directors do not believe that it is appropriate to prepare these financial statements on a going concern basis.

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Parent Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and enable them to ensure that its financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Company and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

Under applicable law and regulations, the Directors are also responsible for preparing a Strategic Report, Directors' Report, Directors' Remuneration Report and Corporate Governance Statement that complies with that law and those regulations.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Responsibility statement of the Directors in respect of the annual financial report

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

- the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company taken as a whole; and

- the Strategic Report and Directors' Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that it faces.

We consider the annual report and accounts taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's position and performance, business model and strategy.

 

Duncan Budge

Chairman

25 March 2020



 

Notes to the Accounts

1. Preliminary Results

 

The financial information contained in this report does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2019 or 2018. The financial information for 2018 is derived from the statutory accounts for 2018 which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor has reported on those accounts. Their report was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The audit of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 is not yet complete. These accounts will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the Directors in this preliminary announcement and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's annual general meeting.

2.       Going Concern

The financial information for 2018 and 2019 has not been prepared on a going concern basis, since the Company's current objective is to conduct an orderly realisation of the investment portfolio and return cash to shareholders.  Following the Director's assessment, no adjustments were deemed necessary to the investment valuations or other assets and liabilities included in the financial information as a consequence of the change in the basis of preparation.

3.       Dividends


Year to 31

 December

2019

£'000

Year to 31

 December

2018

£'000




Dividends paid in the year

413

 

1,135

 




 

A final dividend of 5.0p per share for the year ended 31 December 2019 is proposed and if approved, will be paid on 15 May 2020 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 24 April 2020.  The ex-dividend date is 23 April 2020.

4.         Earnings per share


Year to

31 December

2019

 

Year to

31 December

2018

 

Revenue return per ordinary share (p)

4.52

0.86

Capital return per ordinary share (p)

54.02

28.33

Earnings per ordinary share (p)

58.54

29.19

Weighted average number of shares

20,644,062

20,644,062

The earnings per share figures are based on the weighted average numbers of shares set out above.  Earnings per share is based on the revenue profit in the period as shown in the consolidated income statement.

 



 

References to page numbers and notes in the disclosures below are to page numbers and notes to the annual report and accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

5.         Principal Risks and Uncertainties (Strategic Report page 25)

 

The principal risks and uncertainties identified by the Board which might affect the Company's business model and future performance, and the steps taken with a view to their mitigation, are as follows:

 

Coronavirus: the profitability of the Company's investments is adversely impacted due to an adverse economic impact on the UK and world economy from the Coronavirus.  Mitigation: A representative of your Manager, Dunedin LLP, sits on the Board of each portfolio company.  These companies hold regular board meetings at which the financial position of the company is monitored.  Between board meetings there is an ongoing dialogue between the Manager and the senior management of the portfolio company. Each portfolio company monitors all risks pertinent to their businesses including the coronavirus, the potential impact these risks may have on their businesses, and develop contingency plans where appropriate.  The Board and Manager keep under regular review the liquidity available to the Company, including bank facilities, required to meet the expected outstanding commitments that will be drawn and the ongoing expenses of the Company.  The Board are satisfied that the liquidity position of the Company is sufficiently strong to mitigate the threat.

 

Brexit: the profitability of the Company's investments is adversely impacted due to an adverse economic impact on the UK economy for a no-deal Brexit and restricted access to European markets.  Mitigation: Brexit has been an ongoing board agenda item for all our portfolio companies.  Each portfolio company has developed plans to cater for a variety of outcomes from the Brexit negotiations.  These plans will be continually revisited as the course of the Brexit negotiations becomes clearer.

 

Investment and liquidity risk: the Company's investments are in small and medium-sized unquoted companies, which by their nature entail a higher level of risk and lower liquidity than investments in large quoted companies. Mitigation: the Manager aims to limit the risk attaching to the portfolio as a whole by closely monitoring individual holdings, including the appointment of investor directors to the board of portfolio companies. The Board reviews the portfolio, including the schedule of projected exits, with the Manager on a regular basis with a view to ensuring that the orderly realisation process is progressing.

 

Portfolio concentration risk: following the adoption of the Company's revised investment policy in May 2016 the portfolio will become more concentrated as investments are realised and cash is returned to shareholders. This will increase the proportionate impact of changes in the value of individual investments on the value of the Company as a whole. The Directors' valuation of the Company's investments represents their best assessment of the fair value of the investments as at the valuation date and the amounts eventually realised from such investments may be more or less than the Directors' valuation. Mitigation: the Directors and Manager keep the changing composition of the portfolio under review and focus closely on those holdings which represent the largest proportion of total value.

 

Financial risk: most of the Company's investments involve a medium to long term commitment and many are relatively illiquid. Mitigation: the Directors consider it appropriate to finance the Company's activities through borrowing on a short-term basis. Accordingly, the Board seeks to ensure that the availability of cash reserves and bank borrowings match the forecast cash flows of the Company both on a base and stress case basis given the level of undraw commitments to limited partnership funds.

 

Economic risk: events such as economic recession or general fluctuations in stock markets and interest rates may affect the valuation of portfolio companies and their ability to access adequate financial resources, as well as affecting the Company's own share price and discount to net asset value. Mitigation: the Company invests in a diversified portfolio of investments spanning various sectors and maintains access to sufficient cash reserves to be able to provide additional funding to portfolio companies should this become necessary.

 

Credit risk: the Company holds a number of financial instruments and cash deposits and is dependent on counterparties discharging their commitment. Mitigation: the Directors review the creditworthiness of the counterparties to these investments and cash deposits and seek to ensure there is no undue concentration of credit risk with any one party.

 

Currency risk: the Company is exposed to currency risk as a result of investing in companies and funds denominated in euros. The sterling value of these investments can be influenced by movements in foreign currency exchange rates. Mitigation: Currency risk is monitored by the Manager on an ongoing basis and on a quarterly basis by the Board.

 

Internal control risk: the Company's assets could be at risk in the absence of an appropriate internal control regime. Mitigation: the Board regularly reviews the system of internal controls, both financial and non-financial, operated by the Company and the Manager. These include controls designed to ensure that the Company's assets are safeguarded and that proper accounting records are maintained.

 

6.         Related Party Transactions (Notes to the Accounts page 63, note 21)

 

The Company has investments in Dunedin Buyout Fund II LP, Dunedin Buyout Fund III LP, Dunedin Fund of Funds LP and Equity Harvest Fund LP. Each of these limited partnerships are managed by Dunedin. The Company has paid a management fee of £0.6m (2018: £0.7m) in respect of these limited partnerships. The total investment management fee payable by the Company to the Manager is therefore £0.7m (2018: £0.9m).

 

Since the Company began investing in Dunedin Buyout Funds ("the Funds") executives of the Manager have been entitled to participate in a carried interest scheme via the Funds. Performance conditions are applied whereby any gains achieved through the carried interest scheme associated with the Funds are conditional upon a certain minimum return having been generated for the limited partner investors. Additionally, within Dunedin Buyout Fund II LP and Dunedin Buyout Fund III LP the economic interest of the Manager is aligned with that of the limited partner investors by co-investing in this fund.

 

As at 31 December 2019 there is a provision made within Investments for carried interest of £8.0m (2018: £5.1m) relating to Dunedin Buyout Fund III LP and £1.4m (2018: £1.4m) relating to Equity Harvest Fund LP. Current executives of the Manager are entitled to 85% of the carried interest in Dunedin Buyout Fund III LP and 14% in Equity Harvest Fund LP.

 

 

ENDS


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