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Tuesday 04 June, 2019

Albion Tech&Gen VCT

Albion Technology & General VCT PLC - Ordinary Shares : Interim Management Statement

Albion Technology & General VCT PLC - Ordinary Shares : Interim Management Statement

Albion Technology & General VCT PLC
Interim Management Statement
LEI code: 213800TKJUY376H3KN16

Introduction
I am pleased to present Albion Technology & General VCT PLC (the “Company”)’s interim management statement for the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019.

Performance and dividends
The Company’s unaudited net asset value (NAV) as at 31 March 2019 was £80.3 million or 78.6 pence per share (excluding treasury shares), an increase of 1.2 pence per share or 1.6 per cent. since 31 December 2018.

Share buy-backs
During the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019, the Company purchased 993,000 shares for £736,000 including stamp duty, at an average price of 73.73 pence per share. All of the shares are to be held in treasury.

It remains the Board’s policy to buy back shares in the market, subject to the overall constraint that such purchases are in the Company’s interest, including the maintenance of sufficient resources for investment in existing and new portfolio companies and the continued payment of dividends to shareholders. It is the Board’s intention for such buy-backs to be at around a 5 per cent. discount to the most recently announced net asset value, so far as market conditions and liquidity permit.

Portfolio
The following material investment has been made during the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019:

New investment£000sActivity
Avora Limited400Developer of software to improve decision making through augmented analytics & machine learning

Top ten holdings as at 31 March 2019:

InvestmentCarrying value
£’000
% of net asset valueActivity
Radnor House School (Holdings) Limited11,45214.3Independent schools for children aged 5-18
Process Systems Enterprise Limited5,3356.6Process modelling software and services
Chonais River Hydro Limited4,1665.2Owner and operator of a 2 MW hydro-power scheme in the Scottish Highlands
Bravo Inns II Limited3,4794.3Owner and operator of freehold pubs
Mirada Medical Limited3,2624.1Developer of medical imaging software using Deep Learning
Quantexa Limited3,2024.0Network analytics platform to detect financial crime
Earnside Energy Limited2,5263.1Anaerobic digestion and composting plant located in Scotland
Proveca Limited2,2902.9Reformulation of medicines for paediatric use
G.Network Communications Limited2,2712.8Ultra-fast fibre optic broadband provider in central London
Gharagain River Hydro Limited2,1972.7Owner and operator of a 1 MW hydroelectricity plant in the Scottish Highlands

A full breakdown of the Company’s portfolio can be found on the Company’s webpage on the Manager’s website at www.albion.capital/funds/AATG, by following the ‘Portfolio of Investments’ link under the ‘Fund reports’ section.

Material events and transactions after the period end

Portfolio
After the period end, the Company undertook the following transactions:

  • Disposal of Earnside Energy for £2.5 million;
  • Investment of £455,000 in an existing portfolio company, Proveca, which develops drugs specifically formulated for children;
  • Investment of £380,000 in a new portfolio company, Limitless Technology, which provides a customer service platform powered by crowd and machine learning technology; and
  • Investment of £151,000 in a new portfolio company, Imandra, which provides automated software testing and an enhanced learning experience for artificial neural networks.

Albion VCTs prospectus Top Up Offers
The Board announced on 5 April 2019 that the Company had reached its £8 million limit under its offer pursuant to the Prospectus dated 7 January 2019, and so was closed. The proceeds of the Offer will be used to provide further resources at a time when a number of attractive investment opportunities are being seen.

The following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny per share were allotted under the Albion VCTs prospectus Top Up Offers 2018/19 after 31 March 2019:

Date of allotmentNumber of shares issuedAggregate nominal value of shares £’000Issue price per share (including costs of issue)Net proceeds £’000
1 April 2019 7,904,5077978.6p to 79.4p6,120
5 April 2019 1,795,8021879.4p1,390
12 April 2019 379,988478.6p to 79.4p294
Total  10,080,297 101 7,804

Material events and transactions
There have been no further significant events or transactions between 1 April 2019 and 4 June 2019 that the Board is aware of which would have had a material impact on the financial position of the Company.

Further information
Further information regarding historic and current financial performance and other useful shareholder information can be found on the Company’s webpage on the Manager’s website at www.albion.capital/funds/AATG.


Dr. Neil Cross, Chairman
4 June 2019
For further information please contact:
Albion Capital Group LLP – tel: 020 7601 1850


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