Capital for Colleagues plc - Quarterly Investment Update PR Newswire

Capital for Colleagues plc / EPIC: CFCP / Market: AQSE / Sector: Investment

28 June 2022

CAPITAL FOR COLLEAGUES PLC

(‘Capital for Colleagues’, ‘CFC’, or the ‘Company’)

QUARTERLY INVESTMENT UPDATE

Capital for Colleagues, the investment vehicle focused on opportunities in the Employee Owned Business (‘EOB’) sector, announces an investment update in respect of the quarter ended 31 May 2022. 

Key Statistics for the quarter:

  • Portfolio comprised of 13 unquoted EOBs at the end of the quarter (28 February 2022: 14)
  • Net Asset Value (‘NAV’) of £13,132,540 (28 February 2022: £12,645,859)
  • NAV per share increased to 71.02 pence in the quarter (28 February 2022: 68.38  pence per share)

Key Developments in the quarter:

  • The Company disposed of its investment in Merkko Group Limited (‘Merkko’), which was sold on the retirement of its owner and major shareholder.
  • Capital for Colleagues’ original investment in Merkko, made in 2015, was redeemed in 2020 for a profit of 100%, at which time the Company re-invested £150,000 of the proceeds to subscribe for ordinary shares in Merkko. These ordinary shares have now been sold for cash consideration of approximately £378,000, a profit of around 150%.

The Company currently has cash balances of £4.393 million. The Company has no debt.

Further information on the Company’s investment portfolio is set out below.

UNQUOTED INVESTMENTS

As at 31 May 2022, the Company’s portfolio of unquoted investments was valued at £8,550,050 and comprised 13 companies operating across a range of sectors, as set out below:

Industrials (value: £3,113,722; 36.42% of Portfolio)
Construction and Materials
Ecomerchant Natural Building Materials Limited
Employee Owners Group Limited
TPS Investment Holdings Limited

Industrial Transportation
Place 2 Place Logistics Limited
Support Services
Hire and Supplies Limited
Flow Control Company Limited
The Security Awareness Group Limited

 

Leisure & Travel (value: £581,591; 6.80% of Portfolio)

Recreational Services

South Cerney Outdoor Limited


Media (value: £482,926; 5.65% of Portfolio)
Exhibition Centres
The Homebuilding Centre (Holdings) Limited

 

Technology (value: £4,371,811; 51.13% of Portfolio)
Software & Computer Services
2C Services Limited
Bright Ascension Limited
Computer Application Services Limited
Craft Prospect Limited

The loans and investments made by the Company to unquoted EOBs are aimed at delivering equity-like returns.  Each loan or investment is tailored to the individual investee company’s operating performance and specific working capital needs.

The Directors believe that the unquoted EOBs in the Company’s portfolio currently generate total turnover of around £39.6 million (£55.7 million) per annum and support approximately 322 (350)  jobs. 

Total Unquoted Investments (including short-term loans) as at 31 May 2022

Cost: £5,535,226

Valuation (including capitalised costs): £8,550,050

BASIS OF VALUATION

Each of the unquoted investments is included at the Directors’ assessment of fair value, in accordance with International Private Equity and Venture Capital Guidelines.

Account is taken of any potential taxation liability in respect of the increase in value of investments on a quarterly basis.

**ENDS**

For further information, please visit www.capitalforcolleagues.com or contact:


CAPITAL FOR COLLEAGUES PLC
Richard Bailey, Chairman
Alistair Currie, Chief Executive

01985 201 980
PETERHOUSE CAPITAL LIMITED
Mark Anwyl
020 7469 0930

Capital for Colleagues

Capital for Colleagues is an investment company focused on the UK EOB sector. The Company has a proven management team, with a wide network of contacts and affiliates, as well as established access to investment opportunities, enabling the Company to execute its strategy and capitalise on EOB-focused investment opportunities. In addition, the Company educates and assists companies that are looking to launch employee ownership schemes, advising them, amongst other things, on how to secure investment and achieve their objectives.

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation EU 596/2014 as it forms part of retained EU law (as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).