SuperSeed Capital Ld - Statement re Fourth Quarter 2022 Results
RNS Number : 4131R
SuperSeed Capital Limited
01 March 2023

1 March 2023



("SuperSeed" or the "Company")






SuperSeed, (AQSE:WWW) a company established as a venture capital fund of funds for early-stage technology investments, announces unaudited results for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2022.



Investment Policy

The Company invests in B2B SaaS companies, primarily through funds managed by SuperSeed Ventures LLP (the "Manager") - a London-based venture capital firm. SuperSeed's investee companies help their customers drive revenue growth and efficiency savings using next-generation software and Artificial Intelligence (AI).




·      SuperSeed II LP (the "Fund") closed an investment into Intelligent AI in Q4.

·      Following the Intelligent AI investment, the Fund's portfolio is now eight SaaS companies.

·     Revenue in the Fund's portfolio companies was up 21% on an ARR basis for Q4, and 200% for 2022 as a whole, averaging 9.6% compound monthly growth. 

·    The main driver of the strong revenue growth is that businesses (in particular enterprise customers) are deploying AI-powered software to enable continued efficiency gains.

·      The Company reported earnings per share of £0.06 for Q4.

·      The Company's Net Asset Value is now £1.02 per share.



2022 in Review

2022 already seems distant memory, but it was a pivotal year for tech. Some of the key points:

·      Market crash. Especially for tech stocks.

·      War in Ukraine.

·      Crypto collapse.

·      Implosion of bad business models.

·      Layoffs at major tech firms.


But also:

·      Incredible advances in AI (ChatGPT, MidJourney).

·      A "back-to-basics" focus on building proper companies.

·      Start-up valuations looking more realistic as revenue multiples contract.



Fund Portfolio Commentary

2022 witnessed significant market volatility and economic uncertainty, resulting in significant falls in SaaS companies' valuations during the period. The BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index, designed to track the performance of emerging public companies primarily involved in providing cloud software to their customers, saw its median ARR multiple fall from 12.65x to 5.64x.


For the Fund's portfolio companies, however, robust revenue more than made up for the multiple contraction.


Companies in the Fund's portfolio more than tripled SaaS revenue over the course of 2022. Although tech companies generally saw declining multiples, SuperSeed's companies grew faster than revenue multiples declined. This delivered a performance for the portfolio was up more than 23% over the year. Net of costs and expenses, this led to an uplift of 16% on invested capital.



Outlook for 2023

Since the start of 2023, stocks (and in particular tech stocks) have rallied. S&P500 is up 4.2%, and Nasdaq 100 is up 10.7% YTD. We still see volatility on the horizon, but - so far - Q1 has been a positive for tech stocks.


In the context of the current market backdrop, there are many exciting investments lining up in 2023 - especially in AI.


Generative AI is a concept that has been building for years, but it really came to the forefront of the tech industry in 2022. Over the past decade, AI (/machine learning) has primarily been used for classification. Show an algorithm lots of data, and it can help figure out whether it is a cat or a dog; a working product or a defective product; a stock to buy or a stock to sell. Classification.


With generative AI, the field of AI is taking a great leap forward. It's no longer just about classifying things into neat categories but about creating new things. At first, as digital objects (e.g. a digital product design). But this now also extends to physical objects. An example of this is our portfolio company Ai Build which helps high-end manufacturers in automotive and aerospace use Ai and 3D printing to create new products, faster and more efficiently.


With the current economic and market backdrop, it is likely that wider sentiment towards the technology sector will remain subdued for some time yet, but we anticipate significant rerating when markets recover. The portfolio is well placed to continue to benefit from the increasing adoption of AI technology which continues apace, in spite of stock market volatility.


The outlook for the Fund's portfolio in 2023 is very encouraging. Revenue for the existing portfolio is expected to more than double over the course of the year before any new SaaS and AI companies are added to the portfolio.



New investment - Intelligent Ai


Key information 

Intelligent Ai ("IAI") enables insurance companies and asset owners, for the first time, to have a 360-degree view of risk. IAI's multi-layered platform delivers data to allow insurers, brokers and corporations the access they need to near real-time, location-based risk insights to make sure they have the correct insurance cover.


Investment name                                            Intelligent AI

Industry                                                              AI

Geography                                                         UK

Currency of investment                                  GBP

Stage of initial investment                             Seed



Investment Rationale

The Team - IAI has exceptionally deep industry knowledge. They have designed and delivered 6 of the top Insurers' Risk and Underwriting Platforms (RSA, AXA, XL Carlin, Aviva, MS Amlin and QBE).


Defensibility - The data held in the platform generates a significant defensible competitive moat.


Traction - The company already has five major insurers as clients and have analysed 20,000+ global properties with great results. IAI automatically reads bulk risk reports, augmenting them with Construction, Occupancy, Protection, Exposure (COPE) data. This can then integrate smoothly into an Underwriter's Workbench.



Other Fund Portfolio Highlights


Ai Build

Ai Build is a rapidly growing SaaS business that enables its clients to fully automate the additive manufacturing process from planning to printing, vastly improving the speed, quality and scalability across the entire enterprise.



·   Contracted SaaS revenue grew more than 8x in 2022.

·   The company has signed contracts with Global Tier 1 manufacturers.

·   The company has landed the first six-figure contracts with the expectation that the largest contracts will grow into 7-8 figures, annually.

·   The company has formed strategic partnerships with a number of large-format 3D printing hardware.



Leading Brand Advocacy SaaS platform that allows consumer brands to track, measure and coordinate thousands of their own advocates at scale, massively accelerating social commerce.



·   ARR increased 51% from December 2021 to December 2022.

·   Q4 2022 signed a large contract with a huge multinational brand in consumer goods.

·   In advanced talks with other leading fashion and beauty groups.

·   Projected to grow 2x ARR in 2023.

·   One leading jewellery design company has seen a revenue increase of +£1m annually directly attributable to deploying the Duel platform.



Integrated platform that enables manufacturers to set targets and track performance using sensors and manage the continuous performance improvement of manufacturing plants using digital workflows.



·   Grew contracted SaaS revenue +125% in 2022

·   Organic expansion in customer accounts led to the first 6-figure contracts signed in the year

·   Projected to more than double revenue again in 2023



Related Party Transactions

·   The Company has sold £1,000,000 of commitment in the Fund (representing 18.2% of the Company's interest in the Fund) to the Manager. This sale has taken place at the Net Asset Value, representing a profit of 12.4% above the purchase price. The sale is being settled in cash.


·   To align the Company's policies with normal market practice, it is now paying the Manager a 20% performance fee on successful investments. This is the industry standard, and it ensures that the Company will continue to benefit from access to the best investment opportunities going forward.


Having considered the matter carefully using skill and diligence, the independent directors Mr Andrew Hatton and Mr Joseph Truelove consider both matters to be fair and reasonable for the shareholders of the Company.


·   Further to the announcement made on 16 September 2022 in respect of the establishment of a £1,000,000 loan facility through the issue of convertible loan notes (the "Convertible Loan Notes") to the Manger, on 22 February 2023 the Company issued 50,000 Notes to the Manager for a Subscription Price of £50,000.



Appointment of Alternate Director

The board has appointed Mrs Colette Taylor as a permanent alternate non-executive director to Mr Andrew Hatton with effect from 27 February 2023. Mrs Taylor is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has more than twelve years' experience in the private equity sector.


In accordance with Rule 4.3 of the AQSE Growth Market Access Rulebook, it is confirmed that there are no additional details to be disclosed in relation to Mrs Taylor.



The directors of the Company accept responsibility for the content of this announcement.


For more information, please contact:



SuperSeed Capital Limited


+44(0) 203 405 3060

Mads Jensen, Investment Manager

Natasha Head, Investor Relations


VSA Capital - AQSE Corporate Adviser and Broker

+44(0) 203 005 5000

Corporate Finance: Andrew Raca, Richard Kauffer



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