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Albion Development VCT PLC: Interim Management Statement

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ALBION DEVELOPMENT VCT PLC

LEI Code 213800FDDMBD9QLHLB38
Interim Management Statement

Introduction
I am pleased to present Albion Development VCT PLC (the “Company”)’s interim management statement for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.

Performance and dividends

The Company's unaudited net asset value (NAV) on 31 March 2021 was £86.88 million or 84.07 pence per share (excluding treasury shares), an increase of 1.65 pence per share (2.0%) since 31 December 2020.

After accounting for the dividend of 2.06 pence per share to be paid on 28 May 2021 to shareholders on the register on 7 May 2021, the NAV is 82.01 pence per share.

Fundraising and share issues

During the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, the Company issued the following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny per share under the Albion VCTs Prospectus Top Up Offers 2020/21:

Date

Number of shares issued

Issue price per share (including costs of issue)

Net proceeds
£’000

26 February 2021

11,313,942

83.3p – 84.2p

9,288


Portfolio

The following investments have been made during the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021:

New investments

£000s

Activity

Threadneedle Software Limited (T/A Solidatus)

1,209

Provider of data lineage software to enterprise customers in regulated sectors, which allows them to rapidly discover, visualise, catalogue and understand how data flows through their systems

Total new investments

1,209


Further investments

£000s

Activity

Black Swan Data Limited

603

Predictive analytics for consumer brands

Healios Limited

577

Provider of an online platform delivering family centric psychological care primarily to children and adolescents

ePatient Limited (T/A Raremark)

54

Online community connecting people affected by rare diseases

Total further investments

1,234


Disposals

The following disposals were made during the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021:

Portfolio Company

£000s

OmPrompt Holdings Limited

2,276

Disposal of investment on a cost of £1.0 million realising a gain of £1.3 million on cost

SBD Automotive Limited

458

Disposal of investment on a cost of £220,000 realising a gain of £238,000 on cost

Total proceeds

2,734


Top ten holdings (on 31 March 2021)

Investment

Carrying value
£000s

% of net asset value

Activity

Egress Software Technologies Limited

7,593

8.7%

Encrypted email & file transfer service provider

Quantexa Limited

7,026

8.1%

Network analytics platform to detect financial crime

Proveca Limited

6,866

7.9%

UK based pharma company specialising in medicines for children.

Radnor House School (TopCo) Limited

2,689

3.1%

Independent school for children aged 2-18

Chonais River Hydro Limited

2,313

2.7%

Owner and operator of a 2 MW hydro-power scheme in the Scottish Highlands

The Street by Street Solar Programme Limited

2,256

2.6%

Owner and operator of photovoltaic systems on domestic properties in the UK

The Evewell (Harley Street) Limited

2,073

2.4%

Operator of a women’s health centre focusing on fertility

Regenerco Renewable Energy Limited

1,942

2.2%

Generator of renewable energy from roof top solar installations

Phrasee Limited

1,853

2.1%

AI platform that generates optimised marketing campaigns

Black Swan Data Limited

1,799

2.1%

Predictive analytics for consumer brands


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/AADV.

Share buy-backs

During the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, the Company did not buy back any shares.

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% discount to net asset value, so far as market conditions and liquidity permit.

Material events and transactions after the period end

After the period end, the Company had the following material investment transactions:

  • Investment of £492,000 in a new portfolio company, an open sources API management platform that enables enterprises to manage their APIs through their lifecycle (from design to publishing to controlling access and security); and

  • Investment of £370,000 in an existing portfolio company, Panaseer Limited, a provider of cyber security services.

Other than as described above, there have been no material events or transactions during the quarter and to the date of this announcement.

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/AADV.


Ben Larkin, Chairman

12 May 2021

For further information please contact:

Vikash Hansrani

Operations Partner

Albion Capital Group LLP

Telephone: 020 7601 1850


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