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Monday 08 October, 2018

MavIncGroVCT4

Statement re Proposed Merger

RNS Number : 2018D
Maven Income & Growth VCT 4 PLC
08 October 2018
 

Maven Income and Growth VCT 4 PLC ("Maven VCT 4")

Maven Income and Growth VCT 2 PLC ("Maven VCT 2") 

(together the "Companies")

  

5 October 2018                   

 

Publication of a prospectus (the "Prospectus") and circulars (the "Circulars") in connection with recommended proposals to merge the Companies (to be effected pursuant to a scheme of reconstruction (the "Scheme" or "Merger") under section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986) 

 

On 13 September 2018, the boards of Maven VCT 4 and Maven VCT 2 (the "Boards") announced that they were in discussions to merge the Companies into one company (the "Enlarged Company").

 

The Boards are pleased to advise that discussions have now concluded and that the Companies have today issued the Circulars to set out the proposals for the Merger for consideration by their respective shareholders and a Prospectus relating to the Merger. Each of the Companies is managed by Maven Capital Partners UK LLP ("Maven").

 

The Boards propose that the Merger be effected by Maven VCT 2 being placed into members' voluntary liquidation pursuant to a scheme of reconstruction under section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986. Shareholders should note that the Merger will be outside the provisions of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.  Consequently, the Merger does not need to follow the timetable and disclosure requirements of the Code, but does need to comply with the Listing Rules and the Prospectus Rules which impose similar disclosure obligations.

 

The Merger will be implemented on a relative NAV basis, and this will feed into a calculation for determining the number of ordinary shares in Maven VCT 4 to be issued to the Shareholders of Maven VCT 2 under the Merger. 

 

Background

 

Maven VCT 4 was launched in 2004 with the aim of achieving long term capital appreciation and to generate income for Shareholders.  It has been managed by the Maven team since inception, initially at Aberdeen Asset Management plc (Aberdeen) until the senior team of the Aberdeen private equity and VCT business led a buyout to form Maven. Maven VCT 2 was launched in 2001 with a similar investment mandate and has been managed by the same Maven team since 2004.

  

The latest unaudited published NAV of Maven VCT 4, as at 30 June 2018, was 72.31p per ordinary share and the latest unaudited published NAV of Maven VCT 2, as at 31 July 2018, was 35.28p per ordinary share. The table below sets out the unaudited net asset values of the Companies and provides further detail on the investments in their portfolios as at these respective dates.

 

Company

Net Assets (unaudited) (£'000)

NAV per ordinary share (unaudited) (p) as at 30 June 2018 (Maven VCT 4) and 31 July 2018 (Maven VCT 2)

Number of venture capital investments

Carrying value of the venture capital investments (£'000)

NAV plus cumulative dividends paid (p)

Maven VCT 4

41,742

72.31

67

20,723

145.91

Maven VCT 2

14,160

35.28

58

12,549

97.56

 

Each of the Companies has the same investment policy, with an investment objective of achieving long term capital appreciation and to generate income for Shareholders by investing their funds in a broad spread of unquoted UK companies which meet the relevant criteria for VCTs.

 

In September 2004, the Merger Regulations were introduced allowing VCTs to be acquired by, or merge with, each other without prejudicing the VCT tax reliefs obtained by their shareholders. A number of VCTs have taken advantage of these regulations to create larger VCTs, without the loss of VCT tax reliefs.

 

With the above in mind, the Boards entered into discussions to consider a merger of the Companies to create a single, larger VCT with the potential to deliver improved shareholder value.

 

The Merger

 

The Merger is expected to bring a number of benefits to Shareholders including:

 

·      amalgamation of the Companies' portfolios, for efficient management and administration, with the same existing investment policy applying to the Enlarged Company's portfolio after the Merger;

 

·       participation in a larger VCT with a more diversified portfolio, thereby spreading portfolio risk; and

 

·      efficiencies in annual running costs for the Enlarged Company compared to the separate companies (anticipated to save approximately £200,000 p.a.).

 

The Scheme will, if effected, result in an Enlarged Company with net assets of just over £55.9 million.

 

The Scheme

The mechanism by which the Merger will be completed is as follows:

 

·       Maven VCT 2 will be placed into members' voluntary liquidation pursuant to a scheme of reconstruction under section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986; and

 

·       all of the assets and liabilities of Maven VCT 2 will be transferred to Maven VCT 4 in consideration for the issue by Maven VCT 4 of ordinary shares (the "Scheme Shares") to the Shareholders of Maven VCT 2.

 

The Scheme will be completed on a relative unaudited NAV basis, adjusted for the anticipated costs of the Scheme, and will be based on the latest unaudited valuations of the Companies' investments. The effect of the Scheme will be that Maven VCT 2 Shareholders will receive Scheme Shares with effectively the same aggregate net asset value as their Maven VCT 2 Shares.

 

The Scheme is conditional upon the approval by the Shareholders of resolutions to be proposed at the general meetings of each of the Companies, as well as other conditions set out in the Prospectus and Circulars.

 

As the Companies have the same investment manager and other common advisers, the Merger should be achievable without major cost or disruption to the Companies and the combined portfolio of investments.  The costs of the Merger are expected to be recovered from the anticipated costs savings within 25 months.

 

The aggregate anticipated cost of undertaking the Merger is approximately £429,000 including VAT, legal and professional fees, stamp duty and the costs of winding up Maven VCT 2. The Liquidators' fees are expected to be up to £15,000 (plus VAT). Maven will also be paid a merger administrative and secretarial services fee by the Companies (for an aggregate amount of £100,000) for services provided under the terms of their investment management agreements. The costs of the Merger will be split proportionately between the Companies by reference to their respective net asset values as at the Scheme Calculation Date (see the expected timetable below).

 

The portfolio of assets, which will be transferred from Maven VCT 2 to Maven VCT 4 as part of the Scheme, are all considered to be consistent with  Maven VCT 4's investment policy, particularly as both Companies have investments in predominantly the same companies (with only ten exceptions as at the date of this announcement). The extent of the liabilities (if any) which will be transferred from Maven VCT 2 to Maven VCT 4 as part of the Scheme will be those which are incurred in the ordinary course of business, and merger costs which remain unpaid at the time of transfer. Any such liabilities are expected to be nominal in comparison to the value of the assets.

 

Maven VCT 2 Shareholders who do not vote in favour of the resolution to be proposed at the Maven VCT 2 first General Meeting are entitled to dissent and have their shareholding purchased by the Liquidators at a price agreed between the dissenting Maven VCT 2 Shareholders and the Liquidators (or by arbitration), which would be expected to be at a significant discount to the net asset value of a Maven VCT 2 Share.

 

If the conditions of the Scheme are not satisfied, the Companies will continue in their current form and the Boards will continue to review all options available to them regarding the future of their Companies.

 

Clearance has been obtained from HMRC confirming that the Scheme meets the requirements of the Merger Regulations and, therefore, that the implementation of the Scheme should not affect the status of Maven VCT 4 as a VCT.

 

EXPECTED TIMETABLE

 

Expected Timetable for the Scheme

 

Maven VCT 4

 

Latest time for receipt of forms of proxy for the General Meeting

10.45 am on 30 October 2018

General Meeting

10.45 am on 1 November 2018

Scheme Calculation Date

After 5.00 pm on 14 November 2018

Scheme Effective Date for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of Maven VCT 2 to Maven VCT 4 and the issue of Scheme Shares

After 5.00 pm on 15 November 2018

Announcement of the results of the Scheme

After 5.00 pm on 15 November 2018

Admission of, and dealings in, Scheme Shares to commence

7.30 am on 16 November 2018

CREST accounts credited (if applicable)

16 November 2018

Certificates for Scheme Shares despatched to Maven VCT 2 Shareholders

Week commencing 19 November 2018

 

Maven VCT 2

 

Latest time for receipt of forms of proxy for the Maven VCT 2 First General Meeting

10.30 am on 30 October 2018

Maven VCT 2 First General Meeting

10.30 am on 1 November 2018

Latest time for receipt of forms of proxy for the Maven VCT 2 Second General Meeting

10.30  am on 13 November 2018

Final expected date of trading of the Maven VCT 2 Shares

14 November 2018

Scheme Record Date for Maven VCT 2 Shareholders' entitlements under the Scheme

5.00 pm on 14 November 2018

Scheme Calculation Date

After 5.00 pm on 14 November 2018

Dealings in Maven VCT 2 Shares suspended*

7.30 am on 15 November 2018

Maven VCT 2 register of members closed

7.30 am on 15 November 2018

Maven VCT 2 Second General Meeting

10.30 am on 15 November 2018

Scheme Effective Date for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of Maven VCT 2 to Maven VCT 4 and the issue of Scheme Shares

 After 5.00 pm on 15 November 2018

Announcement of the results of the Scheme

 After 5.00 pm on 15 November 2018

Cancellation of the Maven VCT 2 Shares' listing

7.30 am on 16 November 2018

 

* The final expected date of trading of the Maven VCT 2 Shares will be 14 November 2018. See the timetable for Maven VCT 4 with regard to admission, CREST accounts being credited and certificates being despatched in respect of the Scheme Shares.

 

Copies of the Prospectus and Circulars are available from Maven Capital Partners UK LLP at Kintyre House, 205 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2LW.

 

In accordance with the Listing Rules, the Prospectus and Circular have been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at:

 

www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.

 

Downloadable versions of the Prospectus and Circular will also be available from the each of the Companies' websites: http://www.mavencp.com/migvct2 and http://www.mavencp.com/migvct4.

 

Any enquiries in respect of the Merger should be directed to:

 

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Telephone: 0141 306 7400
 

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP
Secretary

 


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