With UK Pensions Awareness Day taking place on 15 September 2021, in this note, we explore the reasons why PE, and ICGT in particular, may be suitable for personal pensions. In summary, ICGT gives investors a liquid, managed option to replicate what professional pension fund managers and long-term investors do. It accesses above-market compounding returns, and diversifies risk. ICGT has strong corporate governance, good disclosure, and a simple structure. Its defensive growth strategy has consis
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Undoubtedly, renewable energy is a growth sector, albeit one where public subsidies are pivotal. Approximately 40% of UK electricity demand is now met by renewable energy, a figure that is set to rise further as coal-fired stations are decommissioned and nuclear power capacity, despite the Hinkley Point C project, falls.
Of the privatised electricity companies, SSE, by some way, is the key renewables player: it owns more than 3.8GW of renewables generation capacity. However, there are now
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Over the decades, investors’ ideas about how to build the perfect investment portfolio have evolved. Large independent pension fund investors have typically led the way, with consultants and smaller pension funds following, and then discretionary private client wealth managers followed by individual retail investors echoing trends as they trickle down. Markowitz is identified as the architect of modern portfolio theory and, to an extent, over time investors have been working with and adapting t
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We are entering a new economic era where the whole purpose of capitalism and the raison d’être of business are being debated. A lot of the recent focus has been on ESG and the part companies should play in achieving ESG aims, such as a netzero-carbon economy. In other words, some “stakeholders” believe businesses should not exist simply to generate profits, but expect them to contribute to broader goals. Whilst society looks to business with increasing expectations, it is increasingly evident th
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ICG Enterprise (ICGT) trust celebrates its 40th birthday this year, and five years since the move to ICG. In other ways too, 2021 is shaping up to be a banner year. Realisation activity is running at record levels, with £100m of cash received by the trust during Q1. Realisations have come at a 42% uplift to carrying value (35% average for past five years) and puts ICGT on track to deliver its 13th consecutive financial year of double-digit portfolio growth (net of management fees, but not includ
Since the late 17th century, when the National Debt – effectively today’s public sector net debt (PSND) – was virtually nil, it has fluctuated widely, with financing various wars being the key factor. PSND soared on the back of the Napoleonic Wars, before falling during much of the 19th century. But the onset of World War 1 (WWI) in 1914, and especially of World War 2 (WWII) in 1939, saw PSND reach record levels.
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AVO’s goal is to deliver an affordable and novel PT system, called LIGHT, based on state-of-the-art technology developed originally at the world-renowned CERN. Over the past two years, important technical milestones have significantly derisked the project. Now, AVO is working on the verification and validation phase, prior to LIGHT being used on the first patients to support CE marking. In its recent technical update, the company highlighted progress made over the past three months towards a ful
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We think the market expected that, to quote Michael Caine, ICGT would “only blow the bleeding doors off” in FY’21 with a known good uplift to NAV in 4Q from listed holdings. In the event, they blew the roof off with a 4Q 11.8% NAV total return (22.5% in the year against 15.9% five-year average). Portfolio returns (local currency) were 24.9% with the “High Conviction” (HC) portfolio generating 48.0% and third-party funds 22.4%. Underlying investee company revenue growth was 15%, reflecting ICGT’s
Demand for alternative assets has soared in recent years, as investors have sought yield and low NAV volatility outside the bond market in a low interest rate world. The investment trust sector has been a major beneficiary, with many closed-ended funds offering these characteristics through their ability to invest in illiquid assets. Historically, alternative assets have offered the potential for higher returns by (in technical terms) harvesting the illiquidity premium. In more natural language
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In the past few weeks, all the listed multi-national pharmaceutical companies have reported results for 2020, which has given us the opportunity to update our industry statistics and drug database. This report provides the first, snapshot publication of global and US rankings of the top 20 drug companies for 2020. Comparisons are made with historical data to show how different company strategies have evolved. In addition, summary analysis has been provided for the sales evolution of therapeutic
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In this note, we examine how ICGT’s approach to active portfolio construction and management adds value to its investors. ICGT has a focused, multi-stage approach, with a stringent filtering process, which starts with the whole private equity (PE) market but then narrows down investments to buyouts – in developed markets, mainly in the mid-market/larger deals, and through leading PE managers. Individual opportunities must then meet ICGT’s defensive growth strategy. Third-party manager relationsh
UK railway privatisation, which was launched in the mid-1990s, has finally turned full circle: the Department of Transport has recently confirmed that its controversial railway franchise system will be scrapped.
In this month's feature article, Nigel Hawkins, the Infrastructure analyst at Hardman & Co, examines the 25-year history of railway privatisation and chronicles its ups and its downs. The successes of railway privatisation, such as new rolling stock, are addressed, along with the ma
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ICG Enterprise (ICGT) recently announced its NAV as at 31 October. As we discuss in more detail in the Performance section, the portfolio showed good progress. With the managers indicating that strong momentum has continued into the final quarter of their financial year (ending 31 January), we look forward to more details in April when the trust publishes its annual results. ICGT invests in profitable, cash-generative private companies, primarily in Europe and the US. Overall, the portfolio app
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Revolution Beauty is a multi-brand, multi-category, multi-channel, mass beauty innovator with proven global scale. Since launch in 2014, the Group has grown rapidly (FY14 – FY19 CAGR of 99%) generating revenue of £137.5m in the 12m to 31 December 2020. Revolution has an established retail footprint of c.11,000 doors across leading retail chains in the UK, USA and internationally, driving global brand recognition. This is complemented by a fast-growing digital business (+81% in 2020) including it
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Litigation Capital Management has released its results for FY21, reflecting on a positive year for the group in very challenging market conditions. Although well flagged, these set of results highlight the strength of LCM's investment process as it's maturing balance sheet continues to deliver strong returns on capital as key cases settle.
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Oversubscription of Gore Street’s PrimaryBid offer is helpful although given the attractions of the energy storage market perhaps not surprising. The larger placing remains open with results announced at the end of the month. Together the c.£70m raise will provide the fund with ammunition to pursue its strong pipeline of storage opportunities.
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Following the successful completion of the Hawthorn disposal, towards the top-end of our £180-230m range, and the transformation to a pure retail property group we update forecasts and briefly set out our investment thesis ahead of the Group’s CMD. We estimate FFO for FY22F, FY23F and FY24F of 7.2p, 8.3p and 9.4p per share respectively; a 3-year CAGR of c35% over the 3.8p generated in FY21A. Post-Hawthorn, balance sheet metrics have markedly improved, flexibility enhanced, and refinancing risk r
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Gore Street continues to find good projects in the GB market and has today announced a 57MW project in Leicester. It is now more active in seeking projects beyond the UK and RoI in North America and Western Europe and we think there are significant opportunities in these geographies. The company now has a pipeline of 2.5GWh with 2GWh of that in new geographies and 160MWh of that under exclusivity. With these opportunities in mind the company has announced a placing at 107p.
Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Today's in-line results illustrate the financial impact from restrictions upon face-to-face Insurance sales over the past 15 months. However, they heavily mask the strategic momentum underway across the Group. Since the lifting of restrictions from June, Insurance is exhibiting a strong and accelerating rebound in demand, which should mark an inflection point for policyholder numbers and restore premium income to pre-pandemic levels over the medium-term. We expect the Group's other product lines
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Eurowag confirms its intention to undertake an initial public offering on the Main Market (Premium). The Offer would be expected to comprise both (i) new Ordinary Shares to be issued by the Company, raising gross proceeds of approximately EUR200m to support Eurowag's growth strategy and (ii) existing Ordinary Shares to be sold by existing Eurowag shareholders. Eurowag is a leading pan-European
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Poolbeg, Proposed AIM listing and demerger from Open Orphan (ORPH.L). Funds raised as part of Admission will be used primarily to fund the clinical trial costs associated with the development of the Company’s POLB 001 asset as a treatment for severe influenza and to acquire and develop new portfolio assets. Offer details and timing TBA
Wise, the Fintech and payments start-up is planning to pull the trigger on a direct listing on the London Stock Exchange as s
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Belvoir’s H1 2021 results are exceptionally strong, with adj. EPS up +50%. They were, of course, aided by a very buoyant housing market, but this does not detract from the strategic progress the group continues to make. The group’s growth strategy has supported 24 years of unbroken profit growth and, while 2022 will likely see cooler market conditions, there are increasing signs it will be a gradual return to more normal conditions. The acquisition of Nicholas Humphreys in H1 and The Nottingham
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Today's results include few surprises in terms of cash outcomes, which are in-line with our FY21E forecasts. These record results come despite the year being challenged by Covid-19, evidencing the resilience of Duke's operating model and royalty partners. Post-period, 4 new investments have been concluded, which should help drive cash results higher over FY22E, despite a further 2 exits from the portfolio. As the company approaches near full deployment by FY23E, we expect to see FCF p/s and DPS
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In-line interim results to 30 June 2021 show revenues up 93% to £8.5m, EBITDA up 118% to £2.4m and AUM up 15% to £1.1bn compared with the FTSE All Share, which grew 11.1%. DFM assets outperformed the All Share by almost 4x, increasing 40% to £606m. Recent acquisitions are all performing as initially expected, with the full opportunities that can be realised as a result of the network effects and joined up approach, likely yet to come. While EBITDA is performing very well, reaching 54% of our 202
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AfriTin* (ATM LN) – Conditional credit approval for Uis mine expansion
Altus Strategies* (ALS LN) - BUY – 125p – Numerous artisanal gold workings discovered on new licenses in Egypt
Botswana Diamonds (BOD LN) – Drilling results link two kimberlite ‘blows' at Thorny River
Caerus Mineral Resources (CMRS LN) – Raising £1.5m in placing and subscription
GoldStone Resources* (GRL LN) – Extension of Gold Loan
Rio Tinto (RIO LN) – Battery storage facility to be installed at Queensland mine
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