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Half-year Report

Released 10:54 08-Aug-2019

RNS Number : 4194I
Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT PLC
08 August 2019
 

Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT plc

 

 

Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT plc, ("MIG4", the "Company", or the "Fund") is a Venture Capital Trust ("VCT") advised by Mobeus Equity Partners LLP ("Mobeus"), investing primarily in established, unquoted companies.

 

Company Objective

 

The Objective of the Company is to provide investors with a regular income stream by way of tax-free dividends and to generate capital growth through portfolio realisations which can be distributed by way of additional tax-free dividends, while continuing at all times to qualify as a VCT.

 

Financial Highlights

Results for the six months ended 30 June 2019

Net assets: £59.50 million

Net Asset Value("NAV") per share: 88.02 pence

 

-Net Asset Value ("NAV") Total Return per share was 8.5% for the six months.

 

-Share price total return per share was 5.3% for the six months.

 

-The Company has declared an interim dividend in respect of the current year of 13.00 pence per share, to be paid to shareholders on 20 September 2019.

 

-The Company realised investments for a total of £6.82 million, a gain of £1.52 million for the six months.

 

-The Company invested £1.79 million into two new growth capital investments.

 

 

Performance Summary

The longer-term trend of performance on this measure is shown in the chart below:

 

Period

Net asset value (NAV) per share

Cumulative dividends paid per share to date

Cumulative total shareholder return per share (NAV basis) since launch*


(p)

(p)

(p)

As at 30 June 2019

88.02

109.20

197.22

As at 31 December 2018

84.79

105.20

189.99

As at 31 December 2017

86.57

101.20

187.77

As at 31 December 2016

107.57

73.20

180.77

As at 31 December 2015

117.89

62.20

180.09

As at 31 December 2014

118.21

52.20

170.41

 

The chart above shows the recent past performance of the original funds raised in 1999.  The original subscription price was 200p per share before the benefit of income tax relief.  Subscription prices from subsequent fundraisings and historic performance data from 2008 are shown in the Investor Performance Schedule on the Company's website at: www.mig4vct.co.uk, where they can be accessed by clicking on "table" under "Reviewing the performance of your investment" on the home page.

 

On 31 July 2006, Mobeus became sole Investment Adviser to the Company.  The cumulative NAV total return at this date was 122.51 pence.

 

Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to present the Company's Half Year Report for the six months ended 30 June 2019.

 

Overview

The half-year has again seen good progress and a positive return for the period. This is detailed in the Performance and the Investment Portfolio sections of my statement below.

 

During the period under review, the Company achieved two profitable realisations and made two new growth capital investments. Sixteen growth capital investments have now been completed since the 2015 VCT Rule change totalling £15.09 million.

 

The Investment Adviser continues to report an interesting pipeline of growth capital opportunities. Meanwhile, the existing more mature portfolio constructed under the previous rules continues to provide a healthy income yield.

 

Performance

The Company's NAV total return per share was 8.5% for the six months to 30 June 2019 (2018: 0.6%). The total share price return was 5.3% (2018: 2.6%). At 30 June 2019, and before taking into account this half year result, your Company was ranked 19th out of 40 generalist VCTs, over the last five years, in the Association of Investment Companies' ("AIC") analysis of NAV Cumulative Total Return for each VCT.

 

Dividends

On 28 May 2019, following shareholder approval at the annual general meeting, the Company paid a final dividend of 4.00 pence per ordinary share, in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2018.

 

After taking into account the availability of surplus revenue, the realisation of capital gains, the adequacy of distributable reserves, cash flow forecasts and the need to maintain VCT qualifying ratios, the Board is pleased to declare an interim dividend of 13.00 pence per share in respect of the current financial year.  This dividend will be payable to shareholders, whose names appear on the register on 23 August 2019, on 20 September 2019.

 

The Company's target of paying a dividend of at least 4.00 pence per share in respect of each financial year has been reached or exceeded in each of the last nine years. While the Board has not changed the dividend target, ordinary dividend payments are more likely to be volatile and, at least over the medium-term, may be lower than have been paid in the recent past.

 

Investment portfolio

The portfolio has performed well during the period, increasing in value by 12.7% (2018: 0.8%) of the opening value. The portfolio achieved a net increase of £3.08 million in unrealised gains and £1.52 million in realised gains over the six-month period. The portfolio was valued at £36.09 million at the period-end (31 December 2018: £36.30 million).

 

During the six-months under review, the Company invested a total of £1.79 million (2018: £3.06 million) into two (2018: three new, three follow-on) new businesses: Arkk Consulting, a regulatory and reporting requirement service provider; and Parsley Box, a supplier of home delivered ambient ready meals for the elderly.

 

Shortly after the period end, a follow-on investment of £0.45 million was made into existing portfolio company MPB Group, which is a leading online marketplace for used camera and video equipment. The investment was part of a £9.00 million funding round led by Acton Capital at a higher valuation which reflects the considerable growth already achieved by this business as well as its future growth potential.

 

The Company also realised its investments in Plastic Surgeon and ASL Technology during the six months under review. £1.38 million was received from the realisation of Plastic Surgeon, generating a gain of £0.39 million in the period and contributing to a multiple on cost of 5.6x over the life of the investment, and £3.40 million was received from the realisation of ASL Technology, generating a gain of £1.08 million and a multiple on cost of 2.2x.

 

The Company also received cash proceeds of £2.04 million during the period, comprising a part disposal of Master Removers Group generating £0.39 million, loan stock repayments from investee companies of £1.35 million,  deferred consideration of £0.25 million arising from realisations which occurred in a previous year and preference share repurchases of £0.05 million.

 

Details of this investment activity and the performance of the portfolio are contained in the Investment Review and the Investment Portfolio Summary.

 

Planned Fundraising

As announced recently, the Board intends to launch offers for subscription for new ordinary shares in the 2019/20 tax year.  The Board expects to convene a general meeting of shareholders to seek the necessary authority to allot shares and disapply pre-emption rights in connection with the fundraising and will send shareholders a circular in September confirming the amount to be raised and the purposes for which the funds will be used.

 

If shareholder approval is obtained, the Board expects to be in a position to launch the offer for subscription in October, full details of which will be contained in the prospectus that will be sent to all registered shareholders.

 

Share buy-backs

During the six months under review, the Company bought back and cancelled 678,262 of its own shares, representing 1.0% (2018: 0.9%) of the shares in issue at the beginning of the period, at a total cost of £0.51 million (2018: £0.46 million) inclusive of expenses.

 

With effect from 1 August 2019, the Board changed its share buyback policy objective of maintaining the discount to NAV at which the Company's shares may trade in the market from approximately 10% or less, to approximately 5% or less.

 

In pursuing this policy, the Board's priority will remain to ensure that it is acting prudently and in the interests of the remaining shareholders of the Company.

 

Share buybacks will continue to be entirely at the Board's discretion and will be subject to the Company having sufficient funds and distributable reserves available for such a purpose.  They will also continue to be subject to prevailing market conditions, the Listing Rules and any applicable law and regulatory restrictions at the relevant time.  Shares bought back in the market will ordinarily be cancelled.

 

Dividend Investment Scheme

The Board has the operation of the Dividend Investment Scheme ("the Scheme"), which is presently suspended, under review. 

 

It expects to conclude this review and announce a decision in respect of the Scheme before the next AGM in May 2020.

 

Liquidity

Cash or near cash resources held by the Company as at 30 June 2019 was £23.53 million or 39.6% of net assets.  After the period end, following the investment into MPB and the payment of the interim dividend in September 2019, the pro forma level of liquidity will be £14.30 million or 28.2% of net assets.

 

Shareholder communications

May I remind you that the Company has its own website which is available at www.mig4vct.co.uk.

 

The Investment Adviser held its most recent annual Shareholder Event in February 2019 which, from the feedback submitted, was well received by shareholders. The event included presentations on the investment activity and performance of all the Mobeus VCTs. I would like to thank those shareholders who attended for helping to make it a success. The next Event will take place in February 2020 and shareholders will be sent further details and an invitation nearer the time.

 

The Board

Following nearly nine years of service, Andrew Robson decided to resign from the Board at the last AGM. Again, we are all indebted to Andrew for his very significant contributions during his tenure as a Director. The Board is pleased to welcome the appointment of Graham Paterson, an experienced investment and financial services professional, to the Board; he has also taken up the position of Chair of the Audit Committee. In line with the Board's succession planning arrangements, the process of identifying a chairperson to take over from me is now under way.

 

Outlook

Your Board considers that your Company is well positioned, with the portfolio being comprised of a strong foundation of more mature investments providing an income return, and a younger, growth capital portfolio of early stage companies seeking to achieve scale. The result achieved during the period reflects growth and valuation increases in both elements of the portfolio, underpinned by two profitable realisations.

 

The growth capital investment market is active. It is worth noting that the amount of capital available for investment in this sector is substantial. This is causing increased competition and higher entry valuations for the most attractive investment opportunities.

 

The Board and Investment Adviser have carried out an analysis of the possible impact of Brexit on the investment portfolio. The portfolio as a whole is predominantly UK centric and the greatest risk from Brexit is from the broader impact on the UK economy caused by delay and uncertainty. Some value impact is possible; but in the longer-term good companies will survive and grow. Mobeus believes that the portfolio companies have appropriate plans in place and are as well prepared for Brexit as they can be at this point.

 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity once again to thank all shareholders for their continued support.

 

Christopher Moore

Chairman

 

8 August 2019

 

Investment Policy

 

The Investment Policy is designed to meet the Company's objective.

 

Investments

The Company invests primarily in a diverse portfolio of UK unquoted companies. Investments are made selectively across a number of sectors, principally in established companies. Investments are usually structured as part loan stock and part equity in order to produce a regular income stream and to generate capital gains from realisations.

 

There are a number of conditions within the VCT legislation which need to be met by the Company and which may change from time to time. The Company will seek to make investments in accordance with the requirements of prevailing VCT legislation.

 

Asset allocation and risk diversification policies, including the size and type of investments the Company makes, are determined in part by the requirements of prevailing VCT legislation. No single investment may represent more than 15% (by VCT tax value) of the Company's total investments at the date of investment.

 

Liquidity

The Company's cash and liquid funds are held in a portfolio of readily realisable interest bearing investments, deposit and current accounts, of varying maturities, subject to the overriding criterion that the risk of loss of capital be minimised.

 

Borrowing

The Company's articles of association permit borrowings of amounts up to 10% of the adjusted capital and reserves (as defined therein). However, the Company has never borrowed and the Board would only consider doing so in exceptional circumstances.

 

Investment Review

 

Demand for growth capital investment remains strong and there is a significant pipeline of investment opportunities. It is expected that the current pace and quantum of new and follow-on investments will continue in the short to medium-term.

 

Portfolio Review

The portfolio's activity in the six months to 30 June 2019 is summarised as follows:

 


2019

£m

2018

£m

Opening portfolio value

36.52*

31.48

New and follow-on investments

1.79

3.06

Disposal proceeds

(6.82)

(0.42)

Net realised gains

1.52

0.14

Valuation movements

3.08

0.12

Portfolio value at 30 June

36.09

34.38

* Adjusted for deferred consideration recognised in previous period.

 

The six months to 30 June 2019 has seen further good progress. The Company made two new growth capital investments of £1.12 million into Arkk Consulting and £0.67 million into Parsley Box. Arkk Consulting is a regulatory and reporting requirement service and product provider and Parsley Box is a supplier of home delivered ambient ready meals for the elderly.

 

The Company also realised its investments in Plastic Surgeon and ASL Technology during the period, receiving a total of £4.78 million, which contributed to total receipts of £6.82 million during the period, in proceeds from these realisations.

 

The investment and divestment activity during the period has increased the proportion of the portfolio comprised of all growth capital investments by value to 62.0% at the period end (including AIM and Legacy).

 

At the period end, the value of the growth portfolio is £22.42 million (current cost: £18.41 million).

Shareholders should note that these figures include investments that are growth in nature, but were made before the new VCT regulations in 2015.

 

After the period end, the Company invested £0.45 million into MPB Group, an existing portfolio company. MPB is Europe's leading online marketplace for used camera and video equipment and has more than doubled revenue every year since your Company invested in 2016. This brings the total invested in those growth capital investments made since the introduction of the new VCT regulations in 2015 to £15.54 million.

 

The portfolio's contribution to the overall results of the VCT is summarised as follows:

 

Investment Portfolio Capital Movement

2019

£m

2018

£m

Increase in the value of unrealised investments

4.63

2.73

Decrease in the value of unrealised investments

(1.55)

(2.61)

Net increase in the value of unrealised investments

3.08

0.12

Realised gains

1.52

0.14

Realised losses

-

-

Net realised gains in the period

1.52

0.14

Net investment portfolio movement in the period

4.60

0.26

 

Valuation changes of portfolio investments still held

The principal contributors to the valuation increases of £4.63 million were Auction Technology Group: £1.08 million; MPB Group: £0.89 million and Proactive Group: £0.84 million.

 

Auction Technology Group, which the VCT part realised in 2014, is trading well ahead of budget with growth showing in all areas of its business. MPB Group has grown its revenues substantially and, in July, secured a £9.00 million further investment at a higher valuation, of which £2.00 million was provided by the Mobeus-advised VCTs. Proactive Group is focusing on achieving scale through its revenues and is expected to become profitable in the near future.

 

A small number of new growth investments have shown initial uplifts from cost, due in large part to the structure of the Company's investment, but, in some cases, also due to the underlying investee company's performance.

 

The main reductions within total valuation decreases of £(1.55) million, were Bourn Bioscience £(0.44) million; Wetsuit Outlet £(0.37) million and SuperCarers £(0.24) million. Bourn has now opened its new facility in Essex but this will take time to reach normal trading levels. Over the medium-term the company has a strong brand and retains a strategic position in its markets.  Wetsuit Outlet continues to have a disappointing period post investment, although it is anticipated that measures recently implemented to restore margins will soon begin to improve profitability. SuperCarers is performing behind plan and in response is undertaking a restructure of its cost base.

 

Realised gains and deferred consideration receipts

The Company realised its investments in ASL Technology and Plastic Surgeon during the period under review, generating gains in the period of £1.08 million and £0.39 million respectively from these realisations. These contributed to a multiple of original cost of 2.2x for ASL Technology and 5.6x for Plastic Surgeon over the life of the investments. The Company also made a part disposal of Master Removers Group realising £0.39 million proceeds and a gain of £0.03 million. Finally, the Company received a gain from deferred consideration receipts of £0.02 million arising from disposals in a previous year.

 

Investment portfolio yield and capital repayments

In the period under review, the Company recognised the following amounts in interest and dividend income:

 

Investment Portfolio Yield

2019

£m

2018

£m

Interest receivable in the period

0.98

0.83

Dividends receivable in the period

0.07

0.11

Total portfolio income in the period1

1.05

0.94

Portfolio value at 30 June

36.09

34.38

Portfolio Income Yield (Income as a % of Portfolio value at 30 June)

2.9%

2.7%

1 Total portfolio income in the period is generated solely from investee companies within the portfolio. See Note 4 of the Financial Statements for all income receivable by the Company.

 

 

In addition to realisation proceeds and deferred consideration receipts outlined earlier, the Company also received loan stock repayments of £1.35 million (as the investments in the five companies preparing to trade repaid the final loan stock sums still payable), and preference share repurchases of £0.05 million, both at cost.

 

New investments in the half year

The Company made two new investments totalling £1.79 million during the period, as detailed below:

 

Company

Business

Date of investment


Amount of new investment (£m)

Arkk Consulting

Regulatory and reporting requirement service provider

May 2019


1.12

Arkk Consulting (trading as Arkk Solutions) provides services and software to enable organisations to remain compliant with regulatory reporting requirements. Arkk was established in 2009 and currently has over 800 clients across 20 countries.  These include more than 80 of the FTSE 350, and half of the largest 20 accountancy firms in the UK. The investment will build on Arkk's reputation and customer base, to target the cloud-based period end reporting market by building the sales and marketing team. The company's audited accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 show turnover of £3.18 million and a profit before interest, tax and amortisation of goodwill of £0.52 million.

Parsley Box

Home delivered ambient ready meals for the elderly

May 2019


0.67

Parsley Box is a UK direct to consumer supplier of home delivered ambient ready meals for the elderly. Founded in 2017, Parsley Box has grown rapidly and has developed a unique meal delivery solution for its customers. The company supplies a diverse range of ambient meals via next day delivery which are easy to store and aim to contribute to a more independent and healthier lifestyle. The investment will scale the company's marketing strategy, enable it to process larger order volumes and continue to build out its team. The company's unaudited accounts for the period ended 31 March 2018 show revenues of £0.25 million and a loss before interest, tax and amortisation of goodwill of £(0.21) million.

 

Realisations in the half year

The Company realised two investments during the period, as detailed below:

Company

Business

Period of investment


Total cash proceeds over the life of the investment / Multiple over cost

Plastic Surgeon

Supplier of snagging and finishing services

April 2008 to May 2019


£2.56 million

5.6 times cost

The Company sold its remaining investment in Plastic Surgeon to Polygon Group for £1.38 million.  Over the eleven years this investment was held, it generated proceeds of £2.56 million compared to an original investment cost of £0.46 million, which is a multiple on cost of 5.6x and an IRR of 20.5%.

ASL Technology

Printer and photocopier services

December 2010 to June 2019


£4.22 million

2.2 times cost

The Company sold its investment in ASL Technology for £3.40 million.  Over the eight and a half years this investment was held, it generated proceeds of £4.22 million compared to an original investment cost of £1.93 million, which is a multiple on cost of 2.2x and an IRR of 12.6%.

 

Follow-on investment in existing portfolio company after the period-end

After the period end, the Company made one follow-on investment of £0.45 million into an existing portfolio company, as detailed below:

Company

Business

Date of investment


Amount of new investment (£m)

MPB Group

Online marketplace for used camera and video equipment

July 2019


0.45

MPB is Europe's leading online marketplace for used camera and video equipment. Based in Brighton, its custom-designed pricing technology enables MPB to offer both buy and sell services through the same platform and offers a one-stop shop for all its customers. Having expanded into the US (opening a New York office) and German markets as part of the initial VCT investment round, this follow-on investment, alongside funds provided by two other third-party investors, is to support its continued growth plan. Having doubled its sales over the prior year, this investment will help drive the company's objective to create a £100m+ revenue, internationally diverse and profitable re-commerce business. The company's latest audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 show turnover of £21.71 million and a loss before interest, tax and amortisation of goodwill of £(2.00) million.

 

 

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Investment Adviser

8 August 2019

 

Investment Portfolio Summary

at 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Total cost at

30 June

2019

£

 

Total valuation at 31 December

2018

£

Total valuation

at 30 June

2019

£

 

% of equity held

 

% of portfolio by value

Tovey Management Limited (trading as Access IS)

Provider of data capture and scanning hardware

2,469,013

3,013,724

2,987,545

9.7%

8.3%

Turner Topco Limited (trading as Auction Technology Group

SaaS based online auction market place platform

 

1,529,075

1,255,082

2,333,016

3.8%

6.5%

Preservica Limited

Seller of proprietary digital archiving software

1,585,773

2,082,403

2,361,166

11.0%

6.5%

MPB Group Limited

Online marketplace for photographic and video equipment

1,032,187

1,402,016

2,294,789

5.6%

6.4%

Virgin Wines Holding Company Limited

Online wine retailer

1,930,813

2,372,306

2,214,938

9.7%

6.1%

Pattern Analytics Limited (trading as Biosite)

Workforce management and security services for the construction industry

1,338,539

1,978,710

2,057,804

5.6%

5.7%

EOTH Limited (trading as Equip Outdoor Technologies)

Branded outdoor equipment and clothing

951,471

1,976,902

2,054,474

1.7%

5.7%

Media Business Insight Holdings Limited

A publishing and events business focussed on the creative production industries

2,722,760

1,871,714

2,003,810

15.7%

5.6%

Proactive Group Holdings Inc

Provider of media services and investor conferences for companies primarily listed on secondary public markets

755,340

1,060,873

1,900,421

2.6%

5.3%

Vian Marketing Limited (trading as Red Paddle Co)       

Design, manufacture and sale of stand-up paddleboards and windsurfing sails

899,074

1,378,902

1,509,800

7.1%

4.2%

CGI Creative Graphics International Limited

Vinyl graphics to global automotive, recreation vehicle and aerospace markets

1,449,746

1,439,959

1,439,959

6.3%

4.0%

Manufacturing Services Investment Limited (trading as Wetsuit Outlet)

Online retailer in the water sports market

2,333,102

1,651,280

1,278,483

6.4%

3.5%

Master Removers Group 2019 Limited (formerly Master Removers Group) (trading as Anthony Ward Thomas, Bishopsgate and Aussie Man & Van)

A specialist logistics, storage and removals business

348,641

1,426,419

1,322,817

7.2%

3.7%

My Tutorweb Limited

Digital marketplace connecting school pupils seeking one-to-one online tutoring

1,307,644

1,306,644

1,307,644

7.2%

3.5%

Tharstern Group Limited

Software based management information systems to the print sector

1,091,886

1,070,871

1,151,406

12.2%

3.2%

Arkk Consulting Limited

Regulatory and reporting requirement service provider

1,118,490

-

1,118,490

7.5%

3.1%

Ibericos Etc. Limited (trading as Tapas Revolution)

Spanish restaurant chain

1,044,869

1,135,102

1,002,228

5.8%

2.8%

Buster and Punch Holdings Limited

Industrial inspired lighting and interiors retailer

530,392

687,347

858,247

4.5%

2.4%

Rota Geek Limited

Workforce management software

437,000

685,092

690,921

3.7%

1.9%

Parsley Box Limited

Home delivered ambient ready meals for the elderly

668,400

-

668,400

5.6%

1.9%

Kudos Innovations Limited

Online platform that provides and promotes research dissemination

328,950

328,950

657,900

3.2%

1.7%

RDL Corporation Limited

Recruitment consultants within the pharmaceutical, business intelligence and IT industries

1,000,000

478,719

577,788

9.1%

1.6%

Vectair Holdings Limited

Designer and distributor of washroom products

24,732

360,155

421,537

2.1%

1.2%

Redline Worldwide Limited

Provider of security services to the aviation industry and other sectors

838,377

521,616

417,340

6.7%

1.2%

Blaze Signs Holdings Limited

Manufacturer and installer of signs

190,631

286,967

280,451

5.7%

0.8%

Bourn Bioscience Limited

Management of In-vitro fertilisation clinics

1,132,521

687,046

250,863

7.7%

0.7%

Omega Diagnostics Group plc1

In-vitro diagnostics for food intolerance, auto-immune diseases and infectious diseases.

200,028

208,344

161,675

1.3%

0.4%

Veritek Global Holdings Limited

Maintenance of imaging equipment

1.620,086

9,953

132,707

11.9%

0.4%

Jablite Holdings Limited

Manufacturer of expanded polystyrene products.

376,083

122,422

122,422

9.1%

0.3%

Super Carers Limited

Online platform that connects people seeking home care from experienced independent carers.

485,730

364,298

121,432

4.3%

0.3%

BG Training Limited

City-based provider of specialist technical training.

10,625

5,313

5,313

0.0%

0.0%

Hollydale Management Limited2

Company was seeking to carry on a business in the food industry

453,600

438,200

-

11.0%

0.0%

Backhouse Management Limited2

Company was seeking to carry on a business in the motor sector

453,600

226,800

-

11.3%

0.0%

Barham Consulting Limited2

Company was seeking to carry on a business in the catering sector

453,600

226,800

-

11.3%

0.0%

Creasy Marketing Services Limited2

Company was seeking to carry on a business in the textile sector

453,600

226,800

-

11.3%

0.0%

McGrigor Management Limited2

Company was seeking to carry on a business in the pharmaceutical sector

453,600

226,800

-

11.3%

0.0%

Racoon International Group Limited

Supplier of hair extension, hair care products and training

484,347

-

-

0.0%

0.0%

CB Imports Group Limited (trading as Country Baskets)

Importer and distributor of artificial flowers, floral sundries and home décor products

175,000

-

-

5.8%

0.0%

H Realisations (2018) Limited (formerly Hemmels Limited) (in liquidation)

Company specialising in the sourcing, restoration, selling and servicing of high price, classic cars

23,250

-

-

0.0%

0.0%

The Plastic Surgeon Holdings Limited (formerly TPSFF Holdings Limited)

Supplier of snagging and finishing services to the domestic and commercial property markets

-

1,046,666

-

0.0%

0.0%

ASL Technology Holdings Limited

Printer and photocopier services

-

2,327,966

-

0.0%

0.0%

Total

35,339,312

36,053,195

35,868,795


99.4%

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Cashfac Limited

Provider of virtual banking application software solutions to

corporate customers

260,101

245,465

223,941

2.9%

0.6%

Sift Group Limited

Developer of business-to-business internet communities

135,391

-

-

1.3%

0.0%

Total

395,492

245,465

223,941

-

0.6%

Total Investment Portfolio

35,734,804

36,298,660

36,092,736

-

100.0%

Portfolio split by type






Growth Focussed Portfolio

18,407,407

19,291,443

22,421,844

-

62.0%

MBO Focussed Portfolio

17,327,397

17,007,217

13,670,892

-

38.0%


35,734,804

36,298,660

36,092,736

-

100.0%

Notes

1 - Quoted on AIM.

2 - An application to strike off each of these companies from the Register of Companies has been applied for, as each has been unable to identify suitable opportunities in which to invest.

3 - The Growth focussed portfolio contains all investments made after the change in the VCT regulations in 2015 plus some investments that are growth in nature made before this date.  The MBO focussed portfolio contains investment made prior to 2015 as part of the previous MBO strategy and also includes five companies preparing to trade (see note 2 above).

 

Statement of the Directors' Responsibilities

 

Responsibility statement

In accordance with Disclosure and Transparency Rule (DTR) 4.2.10, Christopher Moore (Chairman), Graham Paterson (Chairman of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee) and Helen Sinclair (Chairman of the Investment Committee), being the Directors of the Company confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

 

(a)     the condensed set of financial statements, which has been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 104 "Interim Financial Reporting" gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Company, as required by DTR 4.2.10;

 

(b)     the Half-Year Management Report which comprises the Chairman's Statement, Investment Policy, Investment Review and the Investment Portfolio Summary includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7, being an indication of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements;

 

(c)     a description of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company for the remaining six months is set out below, in accordance with DTR 4.2.7; and

 

(d)     there were no related party transactions in the first six months of the current financial year that are required to be disclosed, in accordance with DTR 4.2.8.

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

In accordance with DTR 4.2.7, the Board confirms that the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company have not materially changed from those identified in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 ("the Annual Report"). 

 

The principal risks faced by the Company are:

•       loss of approval as a Venture Capital Trust;

•       economic and political risk;

•       investment risk;

•       regulatory risk;

•       financial and operating risk;

•       market risk;

•       asset liquidity risk;

•       market liquidity risk; and

•       counterparty risk.

 

A detailed explanation of the principal risks can be found in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, copies of which are available on the Investment Adviser's website, www.mobeus.co.uk or by going directly to the VCT's website, www.mig4vct.co.uk.

 

Going Concern

The Board has assessed the Company's operation as a going concern.  The Company's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Half-Year Management Report. The Directors have satisfied themselves that the Company continues to maintain an adequate cash position. The majority of companies in the portfolio are well funded and the portfolio taken as a whole remains resilient and well-diversified.  The major cash outflows of the Company (namely investments, buybacks and dividends) are within the Company's control.

 

The Board's assessment of liquidity risk and details of the Company's policies for managing its financial risks and capital are shown in Notes of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.  Accordingly, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the half-year report and annual financial statements.

 

Cautionary Statement

This report may contain forward looking statements with regards to the financial condition and results of the Company, which are made in the light of current economic and business circumstances. Nothing in this report should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

 

Christopher Moore

Chairman

8 August 2019

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Income Statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 



Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Notes

Revenue

Capital


Total

Revenue

Capital


Total

Revenue

Capital


Total



£

£


£

£

£


£

£

£


£

Unrealised gains on investments held at fair value

9

-

3,083,824


3,083,824

-

123,530


123,530

-

1,294,148


1,294,148

Realised gains/(losses) on investments held at fair value

9

-

1,518,499


1,518,499

-

139,762


139,762

-

(363,572)


(363,572)

Income

4

1,110,499

-


1,110,499

1,004,281

-


1,004,281

2,263,918

-


2,263,918

Investment Adviser's fees

5

(156,858)

(470,574)


(627,432)

(157,985)

(473,954)


(631,939)

(311,111)

(933,333)


(1,244,444)

Other expenses


(214,353)

-


(214,353)

(213,555)

-


(213,555)

(378,431)

-


(378,431)

Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before taxation


739,288

4,131,749


4,871,037

632,741

(210,662)


422,079

1,574,376

(2,757)


1,571,619















Tax on profit/(loss) on ordinary activities

6

(129,463)

89,409


(40,054)

(98,956)

90,052


(8,904)

(243,837)

177,334


(66,503)

Profit/(loss) and total comprehensive income


609,8245

4,221,158


4,830,983

533,785

(120,610)


413,175

1,330,539

174,577


1,505,116















Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share

7

0.90p

6.20p


7.10p

0.78p

(0.18)p


0.60p

1.95p

0.25p


2.20p

 

The revenue column of the Income Statement includes all income and expenses. The capital column accounts for the unrealised gains and realised gains/(losses) on investments and the proportion of the Investment Adviser's fee charged to capital.

 

The total column is the Statement of Total Comprehensive Income of the Company prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standards ("FRS"). In order to better reflect the activities of a VCT and in accordance with the 2014 Statement of Recommended Practice ("SORP") issued by the Association of Investment Companies ("AIC") and updated in January 2017, supplementary information which analyses the Income Statement between items of a revenue and capital nature has been presented alongside the Income Statement. The revenue column of profit attributable to equity shareholders is the measure the Directors believe appropriate in assessing the Company's compliance with certain requirements set out in Section 274 Income Tax Act 2007.

          

All the items in the above statement derive from continuing operations of the Company. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period.

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Balance Sheet








as at 30 June 2019











30 June 2019


30 June 2018


31 December 2018




(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(audited)


Notes


£


£


£









Fixed assets








Investments at fair value

9


36,092,736


34,379,152


36,298,660









Current assets








Debtors and prepayments



210,928


181,149


529,190

Current asset investments

10


16,875,554


20,410,681


18,830,389

Cash at bank

10


6,658,998


2,608,920


2,541,058




23,745,480


23,200,750


21,900,637









Creditors: amounts falling due within one year



(335,763)


(365,729)


(303,513)









Net current assets



23,409,717


22,835,021


21,597,124









Net assets



59,502,453


57,214,173


57,895,784









Capital and reserves








Called up share capital



676,047


688,365


682,830

Share premium reserve



31,474,977


31,474,978


31,474,977

Capital redemption reserve



33,040


20,722


26,257

Revaluation reserve



3,118,129


612,630


1,848,472

Special distributable reserve



12,367,414


16,436,383


14,784,518

Realised capital reserve



10,148,396


6,514,849


6,815,730

Revenue reserve



1,684,450


1,466,246


2,263,000









Equity shareholders' funds



59,502,453


57,214,173


57,895,784









Basic and diluted net asset value:








Basic and diluted net asset value per share

11


88.02p


83.12p


84.79p









 

Unaudited Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 



Non-distributable reserves

Distributable reserves




Called up

share

capital

Share

premium

reserve

Capital

redemption

reserve

Revaluation

reserve

Special

distributable

reserve

Realised

capital

reserve

Revenue

reserve

Total











(Note a)

(Note b)

(Note b)


For the six months ended 30 June 2019

Notes

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£











At 1 January 2019


682,830

31,474,977

26,257

1,848,472

14,784,518

6,815,730

2,263,000

57,895,784

Comprehensive income for the period










Profit for the period


-

-

-

3,083,824

-

1,137,334

609,825

4,830,983

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

-

-

3,083,824

-

1,137,334

609,825

4,830,983











Contributions by and distributions to owners










Shares bought back (Note c)


(6,783)

-

6,783

-

(508,028)

-

-

(508,028)

Dividends paid

8

-

-

-

-

(1,527,911)

-

(1,188,375)

(2,716,286)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners


(6,783)

-

6,783

-

(2,035,939)

-

(1,188,375)

(3,224,314)











Other movements










Realised losses transferred to special reserve (Note a)


-

-

-

-

(381,165)

381,165

-

-

Realisation of previously unrealised gains


-

-

-

(1,814,167)

-

1,814,167

-

-

Total other movements


-

-

-

(1,814,167)

(381,165)

2,195,332

-

-











At 30 June 2019


676,047

31,474,977

33,040

3,118,129

12,367,414

10,148,396

1,684,450

59,502,453

a): The cancellation of the share premium reserve and capital redemption reserve in past years has increased the Company's special distributable reserve. The purpose of this reserve is to fund market purchases of the Company's own shares, write off any existing and future losses and for any other corporate purpose. All of this reserve arose from shares issued before 5 April 2014.

b): The Realised capital reserve and the Revenue reserve together comprise the Profit and Loss Account of the Company. c): During the period, the Company repurchased 678,262 of its own shares at the prevailing market price for a total cost (including stamp duty) of £508,028, which were subsequently cancelled. This is less than the figure shown in the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows by £63,503, which was included in creditors at the previous year end.

 

Unaudited Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 



Non-distributable reserves

Distributable reserves




Called up

Share

Capital


Special

Realised





share

premium

redemption

Revaluation

distributable

capital

Revenue




capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

For the six months ended 30 June 2018

Notes

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£











At 1 January 2018


674,751

29,895,865

14,589

517,952

20,029,787

6,346,235

932,461

58,411,640

Comprehensive income for the period










Profit/(loss) for the period


-

-

-

123,530

-

(244,140)

533,785

413,175

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

-

-

123,530

-

(244,140)

533,785

413,175











Contributions by and distributions to owners










Shares issued via Offer for Subscription


11,863

1,003,505

-

-

(10,787)

-

 -

1,004,581

Issue of shares under Dividend Investment Scheme


7,884

575,608

-

-

-

-

-

583,492

Shares bought back


(6,133)

-

6,133

-

(464,370)

-

-

(464,370)

Dividends paid

8

-

-

-

-

(2,734,345)

-

-

(2,734,345)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners


13,614

1,579,113

6,133

-

(3,209,502)

-

-

(1,610,642)











Other movements










Realised losses transferred to special reserve


-

-

-

-

(383,902)

383,902

-

-

Realisation of previously unrealised gains


-

-

-

(28,852)

-

28,852

-

-

Total other movements


-

-

-

(28,852)

(383,902)

412,754

-

-











At 30 June 2018


688,365

31,474,978

20,722

612,630

16,436,383

6,514,849

1,466,246

57,214,173

The composition of each of these reserves is explained below:

 

Called up share capital - The nominal value of shares originally issued increased for subsequent share issues either via an Offer for Subscription or Dividend Investment Scheme or reduced due to shares bought back by the Company.

 

Capital redemption reserve - The nominal value of shares bought back and cancelled is held in this reserve, so that the company's capital is maintained.

 

Share premium reserve - This reserve contains the excess of gross proceeds less issue costs over the nominal value of shares allotted under recent Offers for Subscription and the Company's Dividend Investment Scheme.

 

Revaluation reserve - Increases and decreases in the valuation of investments held at the period end are accounted for in this reserve, except to the extent that the diminution is deemed permanent.

 

In accordance with stating all investments at fair value through profit and loss, all such movements through both revaluation and realised capital reserves are shown within the Income Statement for the period.

 

Special distributable reserve - The cost of share buybacks is charged to this reserve. In addition, any realised losses on the sale or impairment of investments (excluding transaction costs), and 75% of the Investment Adviser fee expense, and the related tax effect, are transferred from the realised capital reserve to this reserve. The cost of any IFA facilitation fee payable as part of the Offer for Subscription is also charged to this reserve.

 

Realised capital reserve - The following are accounted for in this reserve:   

 

• Gains and losses on realisation of investments;

 

• Permanent diminution in value of investments;

 

• Transaction costs incurred in the acquisition and disposal of investments;

 

• 75% of the Investment Adviser fee expense and 100% of any performance incentive fee payable, together with the related tax effect to this reserve in accordance with the policies; and

 

• Capital dividends paid.

 

Revenue reserve - Income and expenses that are revenue in nature are accounted for in this reserve together with the related tax effect, as well as income dividends paid that are classified as revenue in nature.

 

The notes to the unaudited financial statements form part of these Half-Year Financial Statements.      

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Statement of Cash Flows





for the six months ended 30 June 2019







Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018







Notes

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)



£

£

£

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit for the financial period


4,830,983

413,175

1,505,116

Adjustments for:





Unrealised gains on investments


(3,083,824)

(123,530)

(1,294,148)

Realised (gains)/losses on investments


(1,518,499)

(139,762)

363,572

Tax charge for the current year

6

40,054

8,904

66,503

Decrease in debtors


145,503

227,082

104,935

Increase/(decrease) in creditors and accruals


55,699

30,185

(35,677)

Net cash inflow from operations


469,915

416,054

710,301

Corporation tax paid


-

-

(117,456)

Net cash inflow from operating activities


469,916

416,054

592,845






Cash flows from investing activities





Sale of investments

9

6,767,896

3,183,830

4,531,646

Purchase of investments

9

(1,786,890)

(3,056,872)

(5,882,806)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investing activities


4,981,006

126,958

(1,351,160)






Cash flows from financing activities





Share issued as part of Offer for Subscription (net of issue costs)


-

1,004,581

1,004,580

Equity dividends paid

8

(2,716,286)

(2,150,853)

(2,150,852)

Purchase of own shares


(571,531)

(719,909)

(1,066,736)

Net cash outflow from financing activities


(3,287,817)

(1,866,181)

(2,213,008)











Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


2,163,105

(1,323,169)

(2,971,323)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


19,371,447

22,342,770

22,342,770

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


21,534,552

21,019,601

19,371,447






Cash and cash equivalents comprise:





Cash at bank and in hand

10

6,658,998

2,608,920

2,541,058

Cash equivalents

10

14,875,554

18,410,681

16,830,389






 

Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

1.

Company information


 


Mobeus Income and Growth 4 VCT plc is a public limited company incorporated in England, registration number 3707697. The registered office is 30 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4EX.

 








2.

Basis of preparation of the financial statements


 


These Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting policies consistent with Financial Reporting Standard 102 ("FRS102"), Financial Reporting Standard 104 ("FRS104") - Interim Financial Reporting, with the Companies Act 2006 and the 2014 Statement of Recommended Practice, 'Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts' ('the SORP') (updated in January 2017) issued by the Association of Investment Companies. The Financial Statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis except for the modification to a fair value basis for certain financial instruments as specified in Note 9.

 










The Half-Year Report has not been audited, nor has it been reviewed by the auditor pursuant to the Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) guidance on Review of Interim Financial Information.

 









3.

Principal accounting policies


 


The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the period. Full details of principal accounting policies will be disclosed in the Annual Report, while the policy in respect of investments is included within an outlined box at the top of Note 10 on investments.

 

4.

Income

 



Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018


 



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


 


Income from investments

£

£

£


 


Dividends

68,462

                  111,922

290,937


 


Loan stock interest

957,809

832,801

1,824,903


 


Money-market funds

62,648

43,206

101,193


 


Bank deposit interest

19,585

16,352

34,179


 


Interest on preference share dividend arrears

1,995

-

11,061


 


Other income

-

-

1,645


 


Total income

1,110,499

1,004,281

2,263,918


 







 

5.

Investment Adviser's fees and performance fees

 


25% of the Investment Adviser's fees are charged to the revenue column of the Income Statement, while 75% is charged against the capital column of the Income Statement. This is in line with the Board's expected long-term split of returns from the investment portfolio of the Company. 100% of any performance incentive fee payable for the year would be charged against the capital column of the Income Statement, as it is based upon the achievement of capital growth.

 

 



Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018


 



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


 



Total

£

Total

£

Total

£


 


Allocated to revenue return: Investment Adviser's fees

156,858

157,985

311,111


 


Allocated to capital return: Investment Adviser's fees

470,574

473,954

933,333


 


Total

627,432

631,939

1,244,444


 







 


Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, the Investment Adviser's fee upon the net funds raised from the use of the over-allotment facility of £5 million under the 2017/18 Offer was reduced to 1% from 2% per annum, for one year.

 



 

6

Taxation

 



Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018

 



Revenue

£

Capital

£

Total

£

Revenue

£

Capital

£

Total

£

Revenue

£

Capital

£

Total

£

 


a) Analysis of tax charge: UK Corporation tax on profits/(losses) for the period

129,463

(89,409)

40,054

98,956

(90,052)

8,904

243,837

(177,334)

66,503

 


Total current tax charge/(credit)

129,463

(89,409)

40,054

98,956

(90,052)

8,904

243,837

(177,334)

66,503

 


Corporation tax is based on a rate of 19.0% (2018: 19.0%)










 


b) Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before tax

739,288

4,131,749

4,871,037

632,741

(210,662)

422,079

1,574,376

(2,757)

1,571,619

 


Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities multiplied by rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19.0%. (2018: 19.0%)

140,465

785,033

925,498

120,221

(40,026)

80,195

299,131

(523)

298,608

 


Effect of:










 


UK dividends

(13,008)

-

(13,008)

(21,265)

-

(21,265)

(55,278)

-

(55,278)

 


Unrealised gains not taxable

-

(585,927)

(585,927)

-

(23,471)

(23,471)

-

(245,889)

(245,889)

 


Realised (gains)/losses not taxable / allowable

-

(288,515)

(288,515)

-

(26,555)

(26,555)

-

69,078

69,078

 


Overprovision in prior period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(26)

-

(26)

 


Unrelieved expenditure

2,006

-

2,006

-

-

-

10

-

10

 


Actual current tax charge

129,463

(89,409)

40,054

98,956

(90,052)

8,904

243,837

(177,334)

66,503

 












 

7.

Basic and diluted earnings per share

The basic earnings, revenue return and capital return per share shown below for each period are respectively based on numerators i)-iii), each divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue in the period - see iv) below

 



Six months ended 30 June 2019

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018


 



(unaudited)

£

(unaudited)

£

(audited)

£


 


i) Total earnings after taxation

4,830,983

413,175

1,505,116


 


Basic and diluted earnings per share (pence) (Note a)

7.10p

0.60p

2.20p


 


ii) Revenue earnings from ordinary activities after taxation

609,824

533,785

1,330,539


 


Basic and diluted revenue earnings per share (pence) (Note b)

0.90p

0.78p

1.95p


 







 


Net unrealised capital gains on investments

3,083,825

123,530

1,294,148


 


Net realised capital gains/(losses) on investments

1,518,499

139,762

(363,572)


 


Capital Investment Adviser's fees less taxation

(381,165)

(383,902)

(755,999)


 


iii) Capital earnings

4,221,159

(120,610)

174,577


 


Basic and diluted capital earnings per share (pence) (Note c)

6.20p

(0.18)p

0.25p


 


iv) Weighted average number of shares in issue in the period

68,007,404

68,342,769

68,499,583


 







 

Notes:





 

a)

Basic earnings per share is total earnings after taxation divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue.

 

b)

Basic revenue earnings per share is the revenue earnings after taxation divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue.

 

c)

Basic capital earnings per share is the capital earnings after taxation divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue.

 



 

8.

Dividends paid

 


Dividend

Type

For the year ended 31 December

Pence per share

Date Paid

Six months ended 30 June 2019

 

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

 

 







(unaudited)

£

 

(unaudited)

£

 

(audited)

£

 


Interim

Capital

2018

4.00p**

19 June 2018

-

2,734,345

2,734,344

 


Final

Income

2018

1.75p

28 May 2019

1,188,375

-

-

 


Final

Capital

2018

2.25p**

28 May 2019

1,527,911

-

-

 


Total dividends paid*



2,716,286

2,734,345

2,734,344

 


*For the period ended 30 June 2018: £2,734,344; 31 December 2018: £2,734,344) disclosed above differs to that shown in the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows of £2,150,852; 31 December 2018: £2,150,852) due to £583,492 (31 December 2018: £583,492) of new shares issued under the Company's Dividend Investment Scheme ('DIS').

 


** These dividends were paid out of the Company's special distributable reserve.

 


Shareholders should note that the DIS scheme is suspended until further notice, as explained in the Chairman's Statement.

 



 

9.

Summary of movement on investments during period

 


The most critical estimates, assumptions and judgements relate to the determination of the carrying value of investments at "fair value through profit and loss" (FVTPL). All investments held by the Company are classified as FVTPL and measured in accordance with the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation ("IPEV") guidelines, as updated in December 2018. This classification is followed as the Company's business is to invest in financial assets with a view to profiting from their total return in the form of capital growth and income.

 

 


Purchases and sales of unlisted investments are recognised when the contract for acquisition or sale becomes unconditional. For investments actively traded on organised financial markets, fair value is generally determined by reference to Stock Exchange market quoted bid prices at the close of business on the balance sheet date. Purchases and sales of quoted investments are recognised on the trade date where a contract of sale exists whose terms require delivery within a time frame determined by the relevant market where the terms of the disposal state that consideration may be received at some future date and, subject to the conditionality and materiality of the amount of deferred consideration, an estimate of the fair value, discounted for the true value of money, may be recognised through the Income Statement. In other cases, the proceeds will only be recognised once the right to receive payment is established and there is no reasonable doubt that payment will be received.

 

 


Unquoted investments are stated at fair value by the Directors at each measurement date in accordance with appropriate valuation techniques, which are consistent with the IPEV guidelines:-

 


(i) Each investment is considered as a whole on a 'unit of account' basis, alongside consideration of:-

 


The price of new investments made, if deemed to be made as part of an orderly transaction, are considered to be at fair value at the date of the transaction. At subsequent measurement dates, the inputs that derived the investment price are reconsidered for any changes in light of more recent events or changes in the market performance of the investee company such that the valuation bases used are the following: -

 


  -    a multiple basis. The shares may be valued by applying a suitable price-earnings ratio, revenue or gross profit multiple to that company's historic, current or forecast pre-tax earnings before interest and amortisation, or revenue, or gross profit (the ratio used being based on a comparable sector but the resulting value being adjusted to reflect points of difference identified by the Investment Adviser compared to the sector including, inter alia, scale and liquidity).

 


or:-

 


    -   where a company's underperformance against plan indicates a diminution in the value of the investment, provision against the price of a new investment is made, as appropriate.

 


(ii) Premiums, to the extent that they are considered capital in nature, and that they will be received upon repayment of loan stock investments are accrued at fair value when the Company receives the right to the premium and when considered recoverable.

 


(iii) Where a multiple or the price of recent investment less impairment basis is not appropriate and overriding factors apply, a discounted cash flow, net asset valuation or realisation proceeds basis may be applied.

 

 


Capital gains and losses on investments, whether realised or unrealised, are dealt with in the profit and loss and revaluation reserves and movements in the period are shown in the Income Statement.

 

 


All investments are initially recognised and subsequently measured at fair value. Changes in fair value are recognised in the Income Statement.

 

 


A key judgement made in applying the above accounting policy relates to investments that are permanently impaired. Where the value of an investment has fallen permanently below the price of recent investment, the loss is treated as a permanent impairment and as a realised loss, even though the investment is still held. The Board assesses the portfolio for such investments and, after agreement with the Investment Adviser, will agree the values that represent the extent to which an investment loss has become realised. This is based upon an assessment of objective evidence of that investment's future prospects, to determine whether there is potential for the investment to recover in value.

 

 


The methods of fair value measurement are classified into hierarchy based on the reliability of the information used to determine the valuation.

 

 


 - Level 1 - Fair value is measured based on quoted prices in an active market.

 


 - Level 2 - Fair value is measured based on directly observable current market prices or indirectly being derived from market prices.

 


 - Level 3 - Fair value is measured using valuation techniques using inputs that are not based on observable market data.

 

 
















Traded

Unquoted


Unquoted

Unquoted

Total







on AIM

equity


preference

Loan Stock









shares


shares









Level 1

Level 3


Level 3

Level 3








£

£


£

£

£

















Valuation at 31 December 2018


208,344

15,812,770


339,383

19,938,163

36,298,660





Purchases at cost


-

1,339,490


447,400

-

1,786,890





Sales - proceeds


-

(3,208,008)


(328,654)

(3,284,369)

(6,821,031)





           - realised gains


-

980,338


-

538,161

1,518,499





Unrealised (losses)/gains on investments in the period


(46,669)

3,153,323


-

203,064

3,309,718





Valuation at 30 June 2019


161,675

18,077,913


458,129

17,395,019

36,092,736

















Book cost at 30 June 2019


200,028

17,685,121


460,271

17,389,384

35,734,804





Unrealised (losses)/gains at 30 June 2019


(38,353)

3,065,357


(2,142)

93,273

3,118,129





Permanent impairment of investments


-

(2,672,559)


-

(87,638)

(2,760,197)





Valuation at 30 June 2019


161,675

18,077,913


458,129

17,395,019

36,092,736

















Gains on investments


-

2,116,993


328,143

887,530

3,332,666





Less amounts recognised as unrealised gains in previous years


-

(1,136,655)


(328,143)

(349,369)

(1,814,167)





Realised gains based on carrying value at 31 December 2018


-

980,338


-

538,161

1,518,499

















Net movement in unrealised (depreciation)/appreciation in the period


(46,669)

3,153,323


-

203,064

3,309,718

















(Losses)/gains on investments for the six months ended 30 June 2019


(46,669)

4,133,661


-

741,225

4,828,217

















Net unrealised gains above of £3,309,718 differ to that shown in the Income Statement of £3,083,824. The difference of £225,894 is deferred consideration in relation to the sale of Entanet Holdings that was recognised at the previous year end and was subsequently received during this half year.  A further sum of £250,994 was paid on 2 August 2019. As there were conditions attached to this deferred consideration such that the amount receivable was uncertain, which had not ben satisfied at the period end, it has not been recognised in these financial statements.

 


Sales proceeds above of £6,821,031 are more than that shown in the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows of £6,767,896 by £53,135. This amount is cash proceeds not yet received arising from the part disposal of Master Removers Group.

 


There has been no significant change in the risk analysis as disclosed in Note 15 of the Financial Statements in the Company's Annual Report. The increase in unrealised valuations of the loan stock investments above reflect the changes in the entitlement to loan premiums, and/or in the underlying enterprise value of the investee company. The increase does not arise from assessments of credit or market risk upon these instruments.

 


Level 3 unquoted equity and loan investments are valued in accordance with IPEV guidelines as follows:

 




as at



as at


as at







30 June 2019



30 June 2018


31 December 2018







(unaudited)



(unaudited)


(audited)







£



£


£ 




Valuation methodology











Cost (reviewed for impairment)


284,441



453,607


527,332




Discounted realisation proceeds


5,313



5,313


5,313




Net asset value


122,422



229,783


122,422




Recent investment price


2,444,790



6,322,062


1,674,350




Multiple of earnings, revenues or gross margin, as appropriate


33,074,095



27,176,826


33,760,899

















35,931,061



34,187,591


36,090,316















Current asset investments and cash at bank













as at



as at


as at






30 June 2019



30 June 2018


31 December 2018






(unaudited)



(unaudited)


(audited)






£



£


£




OEIC Money market funds


14,875,554



18,410,681


16,830,389




Cash equivalents per Statement of Cash Flows


14,875,554



18,410,681


16,830,389




Bank deposits that mature after three months


2,000,000



2,000,000


2,000,000




Current asset investments


16,875,554



20,410,681


18,830,389















Cash at Bank


6,658,998



2,608,920


2,541,058















Net asset value per share

As at 30 June 2019



As at 30 June 2018

As at 31 December 2018






(unaudited)



(unaudited)

(audited)





Net assets

 £59,502,453



 £57,214,173

 £57,895,784





Number of shares in issue

67,604,732



68,836,512

68,282,994





Net asset value per share (pence)

88.02p



83.12p

84.79p
















12.

Post balance sheet events



On 10 July 2019, a further £0.45 million was invested into MPB Group Limited, an existing portfolio company.

 


On 30 July 2019, by the order of the Court at that date, the Company cancelled its share premium reserve and capital redemption reserve.  The balance on these reserves has been transferred to the Company's special reserve.

 


On 2 August 2019, £0.25 million of contingent consideration was received as part of the sale of Entanet Holdings in August 2017.



13.

Financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018


The financial information for the period ended does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor has reported on the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 and that report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.



14.

Half-Year Report


This Half-Year Report will shortly be made available on our website: www.mig4vct.co.uk and will be circulated by post to those shareholders who have requested copies of the Report. Further copies are available free of charge from the Company's registered office, 30 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4EX or can be downloaded via the website.




Contact details for further enquiries:

Robert Brittain at Mobeus Equity Partners LLP (the Company Secretary) on 020 7024 7600 or by e-mail on vcts@mobeus.co.uk

 

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