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
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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
In the past two years, since Hardman & Co first started to target the IC sector, we have heard many managers of ICs and boards talk of the growth of the retail investor on their registers. Many have approached Hardman & Co for help in addressing this market, since we have a unique strength in this field relative to other providers.
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Although 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the most challenging years experienced during our lifetime, it will also likely be chronicled as one of the best years for the recognition and appreciation of science. As we entered 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy. However, it rapidly evolved through the exponential rise in infections and mortality globally. Much has been achieved during the past 12 months in the fight against COVID-19, but, as we enter 2021, there are consi
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2020 has not exactly been ‘topping’. Following a K-shaped recovery from COVID-19, the divergence between the haves and have nots has been stark. This trend is reflected in the graph below, which illustrates how dramatic the impact of COVID-19 has been on swathes of the equity market. The positive effect on consumer staples and technology has been almost as shocking as the negative impact COVID has had on the energy and financials sectors. The dispersion in returns has been staggering, with the
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President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful wh
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20 years ago, a young intern at a leading investment bank was asked for his views on the future of the media industry. His published thoughts included the suggestion that his generation never watched TV. This came as a complete shock to the older generation of analysts and fund managers. Could this apply to the car industry? The following article results from an interview between the Hardman & Co analyst, Derek Terrington, and his son, William (age 23). Derek is famous for his research note expo
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We called our 6 July initiation Outperformance through every stage of cycle. In this note, we explore ICGT’s resilience to a downturn in more detail. We first explain why private equity (PE) is so resilient, and then we deep dive into what ICGT has done to further reduce risk. Its performance through the initial stages of COVID19, earlier NAV returns through downturns and academic research all confirm our view of PE’s and ICGT’s market-beating resilience. For ESG investors, this aspect of ICGT s
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact globally in many areas. While primarily a health issue, it has had wide-ranging implications for stock markets, which have now rallied after the plunge in share prices in mid-March when the full severity of the emerging pandemic became more widely appreciated. Nonetheless, the FTSE 100 Index remains almost 20% off its late February 2020 figure.
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For this Monthly, we are delighted that Rooney Nimmo and 24Haymarket have allowed us to reproduce a recent report they jointly published, entitled An analysis of UK exits (2015-2019), which provides a granular analysis by sector of the activity in our dynamic private companies world. We hope you find the insights of interest.
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ICGT, the 39-year listed private equity (PE) investor, has delivered a total NAV return of 178% over 10 years (comparable FTSE All Share return 61%). Since Intermediate Capital became the manager in 2016, ICGT has earned mid-teen p.a. underlying returns every year. This has been achieved by leveraging the attractive PE market with incremental manager synergies. It has a concentrated portfolio of “high-conviction” investments (19% p.a. average returns over five years, 42% of portfolio, defensive
The market sell-off has not been kind to the listed private equity (LPE) sector. The share price of ICG Enterprise Trust (ICGT) has fallen more than most, and so we ask: do the fundamentals justify this treatment? ICGT invests in profitable, cash-generative unquoted companies, primarily in Europe and the US. Increasingly it does so by the team deciding on individual investments themselves (rather than committing to third-party managers). The ‘high conviction’ portfolio now represents 41% of the
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Agronomics is an investment company, making selective investments in early-stage alternative protein companies. We believe the combination of the conservative approach to calculating a reported net asset value (NAV) and growing interest in the broader alternative protein and cultured meat opportunities has resulted in Agronomics' shares trading at a c320% premium to its latest reported NAV per share value. Our analysis suggests that not only can this premium be justified but that upside exists b
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NextEnergy Solar’s NAV reflects a reduction in long term pricing offset by continued operating outperformance. While long term pricing remains an issue across the renewable yieldco sector, we continue to see NESF as better placed thanks to its non-amortising debt. It is also showing that its energy sales relationship with NextEnergy Capital is delivering strong hedging positions which should benefit the company going forward. On top of this the company has a range of opportunities to develop and
Companies: Nextenergy Solar Fund
NextEnergy Solar Fund’s (NESF) NAV has declined to 98.9p, as at 31 March 2021, from 100.7p as at 31 December 2020, after incorporating a further reduction in power price forecasts provided by NESF’s three independent consultants (-2.1p per share) and an expected rise in the UK corporation tax rate rising to 25% from 2023 (-1.8p per share). These were partly offset by NESF’s operating outperformance, the acquisition of the 100MW Camden portfolio which was financed by a drawdown on the existing cr
Gore Street continues to develop its portfolio with the acquisition of a 80MW project in the GB market and a 300MW expansion of its exclusive development pipeline. Extended revenue opportunity in Ireland and well optimised assets in the UK give us confidence that the company can maximise value from this larger portfolio.
Companies: Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC
In addition to successfully executing a high volume of transactions for clients in the first half, Numis continues to plan investment to strengthen and broaden its capabilities to support longer-term growth through market cycles. With over 60% of transaction fee income in H120 coming from outside the retained client base there is evidence that the company is succeeding in building a wider reputation.
Companies: Numis Corporation Plc
Today's news & views, plus announcements from CPG, DGE, FLTR, MSLH, PHP, TUI, UDG, ULE, RQIH, VTU
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Today's news & views, plus announcements from LAND, VOD, PHNX, BNZL, FOUR, BVIC, AGR, EBOX, AQX, WJG, BGO, HDD
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The key messages we take from RECI’s April’s quarterly investor updateand end-March 2021 factsheet are i) mark-to-market (MTM) writedowns in March 2020 proved overly conservative, and RECI has been making recoveries since, ii) with no defaults, RECI’s assets have proved highly resilient (this is no accident, but reflects the different way in which the assets are managed to other lenders, and iii) as expected, RECI’s bond portfolio provided significant liquidity at only a modest cost. Despite the
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Brewin Dolphin’s strategy to broaden its range of propositions and distribution channels to reach wider demographics has resulted in the delivery of a strong performance in 1H21. Adj. PBT of £47.0m was up 29% YoY driven by strong income growth and ongoing cost savings, leading to Adj. PBT margin of 23.5% (1H20:20.8%). The interim DPS is also up by 5% to 4.6p.Total discretionary fund inflows hit a record of £1.0bn in 2Q21 helped by the recent launch of Voyager funds while strong retention rates o
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We initiate coverage of Parsley Box with a 220p share price target, implying 14% potential upside. Parsley Box is a small, dynamic, fast-growing company that delivers quality ambient ready meals direct to its customers, targeting the growing number of older and wealthy people in the UK. We expect Parsley Box to break into EBITDA profit and be cash-generative in 2022 and to grow rapidly thereafter. We would expect the valuation discount will narrow as it continues to deliver.
Companies: Parsley Box Group PLC
Primary Health Properties (PHP) has issued a trading update covering the three months to 31 March 2021 (Q121). The existing portfolio continues to perform well, as expected, and while acquisition activity has been light amid a highly competitive investment market, progress continues with rent reviews and asset management projects, forward-funded developments and the recently acquired direct development pipeline.
Companies: Primary Health Properties PLC
Today's news & views, plus announcements from SGE, CRST, AVAP, WRKS, ASTO,ETX, MBOX
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Full-year results to 31 December 2020 show the value of recurring revenues amid the global pandemic, bolstered by technology investment permitting improved operational efficiency. The flexible annuity pipeline remains significant, though the pandemic has caused slow conversion of leads. A UK-focussed acquisition pipeline continues to form a key part of the investment thesis and a post-period exit from the trusts sector has freed up capital to allow the company to pursue this strategy with the re
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Secure Trust Bank (STB) announced in its Q120 trading update that new business lending rose 7.1% year-on-year and 2.4% quarter-on-quarter to £318.5m. Loan balances declined by 6.6% and 1.0% respectively, with lending still affected by the COVID pandemic lockdown. The loan balances of the Business Finance and Consumer Finance divisions were ‘static’, but the run-off of the closed Asset Finance and Consumer Mortgage books led to the 1% decline. Management viewed credit performance as ‘benign’. STB
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Semper Fortis Esports* recently announced its intention to IPO onto the Access Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Semper is a multi-operational Esports organisation focusing on gaming technology solutions, brand enhancement and high growth team infrastructures. The company plans to raise £2.5m to develop their three core areas of establishing an esports team, forming partnerships with brands for sponsorship and B2B consultancy services. The Board are highly experienced in sports
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