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ALBION VENTURE CAPITAL TRUST PLC

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Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC: Half-yearly Financial Report

12/07/2022 | 07:34am EST

Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC

LEI Code: 213800JKELS32V2OK421

As required by the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 4.2, Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC today makes public its information relating to the Half-yearly Financial Report (which is unaudited) for the six months to 30 September 2022. This announcement was approved by the Board of Directors on 7 December 2022.

The full Half-yearly Financial Report (which is unaudited) for the period to 30 September 2022 will shortly be sent to shareholders and will be available on the Albion Capital Group LLP website by clicking www.albion.capital/funds/AAVC/30Sep2022.pdf.

Investment policy

The Company is a Venture Capital Trust and the investment policy is intended to produce a regular and predictable dividend stream with an appreciation in capital value.

The Company will invest in a broad portfolio of smaller, unquoted growth businesses across a variety of sectors including higher risk technology companies. Investments may take the form of equity or a mixture of equity and loans.

Allocation of funds will be determined by the investment opportunities which become available but efforts will be made to ensure that the portfolio is diversified both in terms of sector and stage of maturity of company. Funds held pending investment or for liquidity purposes will be held as cash on deposit.

Risk diversification and maximum exposures

Risk is spread by investing in a number of different businesses within venture capital trust qualifying industry sectors. The maximum amount which the Company will invest in a single portfolio company is 15% of the Company's assets at cost, thus ensuring a spread of investment risk. The value of an individual investment may increase over time as a result of trading progress and it is possible that it may grow in value to a point where it represents a significantly higher proportion of total assets prior to a realisation opportunity being available.

Gearing

The Company's maximum exposure in relation to gearing is restricted to 10% of the adjusted share capital and reserves.

Financial calendar

Record date for second interim dividend
6 January 2023
Payment date of second interim dividend31 January 2023
Financial year end 31 March

Financial highlights

 Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022 (pence per share)Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021 (pence per share)Audited year ended 31 March 2022 (pence per share)
Opening net asset value53.3873.1373.13
Capital return0.602.475.38
Revenue return0.24 0.05 0.39 
Total return0.842.525.77
Impact from share capital movements0.01(0.02)(0.22)
Dividends paid (1.33) (16.83) (25.30)
Net asset value52.9058.8053.38


 Ordinary shares (pence per share)
Total dividends paid to 30 September 2022190.67
Net asset value as at 30 September 202252.90
Total shareholder value to 30 September 2022243.57

A more detailed breakdown of the dividends paid per year can be found at www.albion.capital/funds/AAVC under the ‘Dividend History’ section.

The financial summary above is for the Company, Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC Ordinary shares only. Details of the financial performance of the C shares and Albion Prime VCT PLC, which have been merged into the Company, can be found on the Company’s webpage at www.albion.capital/funds/AAVC under the ‘Financial summary for previous funds’ section.

The Directors have declared a second interim dividend of 1.32 pence per share for the year ending 31 March 2023, which will be paid on 31 January 2023 to shareholders on the register on 6 January 2023.

Interim management report

Introduction

In the six months to 30 September 2022, the Company generated a total return of 0.84 pence per share, representing a 1.6% uplift on the opening net asset value. Following the payment of the first interim dividend of 1.33 pence per share paid to shareholders on 29 July 2022, the net asset value (“NAV”) at 30 September 2022 was 52.90 pence per share (31 March 2022: 53.38 pence per share). Despite the many challenges currently faced by all companies, including rising interest rates, high levels of inflation and the war in Ukraine, our portfolio companies continue to show resilience.

Investment performance and progress

The total gain on investments for the six months to 30 September 2022 was £1.2 million (30 September 2021: gain of £2.9 million). The key upward movements in the period include: a £1.1 million uplift in the valuation of Threadneedle Software Holdings (T/A Solidatus), after a strong period of trading; and a £0.4 million uplift in the valuation of The Voucher Market (T/A WeGift), which was as a result of a successful externally led Series B fundraising.

The challenging economic environment has resulted in falling valuations in some technology and healthcare companies which has consequently led to some write-downs in our portfolio. The largest of these has been Elliptic Enterprises (loss of £0.4 million) in line with a fall in market multiples, and Concirrus (loss of £0.3 million), due to a change in market conditions.

Our top 3 portfolio companies now account for 16.2% of the Company’s NAV (30 September 2021: 14.7%; 31 March 2022: 15.4%).

Further details of the portfolio of investments and investment realisations can be found below.

Dividends

In line with our dividend policy, targeting a dividend around 5% of NAV per annum, the Company paid a first interim dividend of 1.33 pence per share during the period to 30 September 2022 (30 September 2021: 1.83 pence per share first interim dividend plus a 15.00 pence per share special dividend). The Company will pay a second interim dividend for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 of 1.32 pence per share on 31 January 2023 to shareholders on the register on 6 January 2023, being 2.5% of the 30 September 2022 NAV.

This will bring the total regular dividends paid for the year ending 31 March 2023 to 2.65 pence per share, which equates to a 5.0% yield on the opening NAV of 53.38 pence per share.

Investment activity

During the period the Company has invested £3.1 million into new portfolio companies, comprising:

  • £0.8 million into Toqio FinTech Holdings, a provider of embedded FinTech solutions;
  • £0.6 million into PeakData, a provider of insights and analytics to pharmaceutical companies about therapeutic areas;
  • £0.5 million into GX Molecular (T/A CS Genetics), a developer of single-cell sequencing solutions;
  • £0.4 million into Ophelos, an autonomous and ethical debt resolution platform;
  • £0.4 million into OutThink, a SaaS platform to measure and manage human risk for enterprises; and
  • £0.4 million into Neurofenix, a neurorehabilitation platform.

A further £2.5 million was invested in existing portfolio companies, the largest being £0.7 million into Gravitee TopCo (T/A Gravitee.io), an API management platform, and £0.7 million into The Voucher Market (T/A WeGift), a cloud platform that enables corporates to purchase digital gift cards and to distribute them to employees and customers.

Investment portfolio by sector

The pie chart at the end of this announcement shows the different sectors in which the Company’s assets, at carrying value, were invested at 30 September 2022.

Share buy-backs

It remains the Board’s primary objective to maintain sufficient resources for investment in new and existing portfolio companies and for the continued payment of dividends to shareholders. The Board’s policy is to buy-back shares in the market, subject to the overall constraint that such purchases are in the Company’s interest. It is the Board’s intention for such buy-backs to be in the region of a 5% discount to net asset value, so far as market conditions and liquidity permit. The Board continues to review the use of buy-backs and is satisfied that it is an important means of providing market liquidity for shareholders.

Transactions with the Manager

Details of the transactions that took place with the Manager during the period can be found in note 5. There are no other related party transactions or balances that require disclosure.

Principal and emerging risks

In addition to the risks around Covid-19, which have been a major factor for the past two years, the UK is experiencing its highest level of inflation in decades, as well as the uncertainty over the future course and global impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our investment portfolio, while concentrated mainly in the renewable energy, technology and healthcare sectors, remains diversified in terms of both sub-sector and stage of maturity.

In accordance with DTR 4.2.7, the Board confirms that the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company have not materially changed from those identified in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022. The Board considers that the present processes for mitigating those risks remain appropriate.

The principal risks faced by the Company are:

  • Investment, performance and valuation risk;
  • VCT approval and regulatory change risk;
  • Regulatory and compliance risk;
  • Operational and internal control risk (including cyber and data security);
  • Economic and political risk;
  • Liquidity risk; and
  • Environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risk.

A detailed explanation of the principal risks facing the Company can be found in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022 on pages 16 to 18, copies of which are available on the Company’s webpage on the Manager’s website at www.albion.capital/funds/AAVC under the ‘Financial Reports and Circulars’ section.

Albion VCTs Top Up Offers

Your Board, in conjunction with the boards of the other five VCTs managed by Albion Capital Group LLP, launched a prospectus top up offer of new Ordinary shares for subscription in the 2022/23 and 2023/24 tax years on 10 October 2022. The prospectus is available online at www.albion.capital/vct-hub/current-offers.

The proceeds will be used to provide support to our existing portfolio companies and to enable us to take advantage of new investment opportunities, six of which are detailed above. The first allotment of shares under the Offer was on 2 December 2022 and further details can be found in note 10.

Outlook and prospects

The Board is encouraged by the performance of the portfolio as a whole and the prospects for its portfolio companies against a backdrop of multiple macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties. Our focus on technology and healthcare, whilst minimising exposure to discretionary consumer expenditure, is designed to help the Company weather uncertain times. The Manager is progressing a strong pipeline of new investment opportunities and, importantly, the Company has the cash resources to capitalise on these exciting opportunities and to support the existing portfolio.

Richard Glover

Chairman

7 December 2022

Responsibility statement

The Directors Richard Glover, Ann Berresford, Neeta Patel and Richard Wilson are responsible for preparing the Half-yearly Financial Report. In preparing these condensed Financial Statements for the period to 30 September 2022 we, the Directors of the Company, confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

(a) the condensed set of Financial Statements, which has been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 104 “Interim Financial Reporting”, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit and loss of the Company as required by DTR 4.2.4R;

(b) the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

(c) the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties’ transactions and changes therein).

This Half-yearly Financial Report has not been audited or reviewed by the Auditor.

For and on behalf of the Board

Richard Glover

Chairman

7 December 2022 

Portfolio of investments

Fixed asset investments% voting rights As at 30 September 2022 Change in value for the period**
Cost*
£’000
Cumulative movement in value
£’000
Value
£’000
 
Chonais River Hydro9.2%3,0741,2134,287 (91)
Cantab Research (T/A Speechmatics)2.6%2,2341,3243,558 298
Radnor House School (TopCo)6.9%1,2591,1942,453 (35)
The Evewell Group5.2%1,2721,1652,437 11
Threadneedle Software Holdings (T/A Solidatus)2.1%1,2621,0752,337 1,075
Seldon Technologies4.6%2,212-2,212 -
Elliptic Enterprises1.4%1,9132752,188 (438)
Gravitee TopCo (T/A Gravitee.io)3.7%1,5243911,915 167
The Voucher Market (T/A WeGift)2.3%1,4294261,855 426
Gharagain River Hydro11.5%1,3634731,836 (48)
NuvoAir Holdings2.3%9435741,517 229
TransFICC2.9%1,0252711,296 -
The Street by Street Solar Programme6.5%6765251,201 (22)
MHS 114.8%1,026611,087 230
Beddlestead9.1%1,142(79)1,063 (212)
Healios2.4%6783391,017 -
uMotif3.9%1,078(190)888 (114)
Toqio FinTech Holdings1.2%83829867 29
Alto Prodotto Wind7.4%486329815 (35)
Kew Green VCT (Stansted)45.2%1,234(455)779 182
Regenerco Renewable Energy4.5%451279730 -
Brytlyt3.4%634-634 -
Accelex Technology3.6%632-632 -
PeakData1.3%56452616 52
Erin Solar18.6%5205525 105
PerchPeek1.7%503-503 -
uMedeor (T/A uMed)3.2%5012503 2
GX Molecular (T/A CS Genetics)1.7%496-496 -
Ophelos1.7%433-433 -
OutThink1.6%410-410 -
Arecor Therapeutics PLC0.6%204206410 (211)
Dragon Hydro7.3%250154404 (15)
Neurofenix1.7%351-351 -
Harvest AD0.0%30730337 32
AVESI7.4%24279321 1
Imandra1.3%175109284 (163)
Limitless Technology1.8%471(236)235 (120)
Premier Leisure (Suffolk)9.9%17530205 41
Greenenerco3.9%9965164 (6)
Regulatory Genome Development1.0%146-146 -
Symetrica0.3%83(17)66 -
Forward Clinical (T/A Pando)1.2%149(147)2 -
Concirrus2.0%1,072(1,072)- (319)
Total fixed asset investments 35,5368,47944,015 1,051

*The cost includes the original cost from Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC and the carried over value on merger from Albion Prime VCT PLC as at 25 September 2012.

** As adjusted for additions and disposals during the period.

Fixed asset investment realisations during the period to 30 September 2022Cost*
£’000
Opening carrying value
£’000
Disposal proceeds
£’000
Total realised gain
£’000
Gain/(loss) on
opening value
£’000
Disposals:     
Arecor Therapeutics PLC4513510661(29)
Avora75018-(750)(18)
      
Loan stock repayments and other:     
Alto Prodotto Wind2330307-
Dragon Hydro141414--
Greenenerco4662-
      
Escrow adjustments and other**--149149149
Total realisations836203305(531)102

*The cost includes the original cost from Albion Venture Capital Trust PLC and the carried over value on merger from Albion Prime VCT PLC as at 25 September 2012.

**These comprise fair value movements on deferred consideration on previously disposed investments and expenses which are incidental to the purchase or disposal of an investment.

Total change in value of investments for the period1,051
Movement in loan stock accrued interest(71)
Unrealised gains sub-total980
Realised gains in current period102
Finance income from the unwinding of discount on deferred consideration125
Total gains on investments as per Income statement1,207

Condensed income statement

  Unaudited
six months ended
30 September 2022
Unaudited
six months ended
30 September 2021
Audited
year ended
31 March 2022
 NoteRevenue
£’000
Capital
£’000
Total
£’000
Revenue
£’000
Capital
£’000
Total
£’000
Revenue
£’000
Capital
£’000
Total
£’000
Gains on investments3-1,2071,207-2,9402,940-6,5536,553
Investment income4607-607412-4121,037-1,037
Investment management fee5(59)(528)(587)(158)(472)(630)(122)(1,097)(1,219)
Other expenses (217)-(217)(193)-(193)(411)-(411)
Profit on ordinary activities before tax 3316791,010612,4682,5295045,4565,960
Tax (charge)/credit on ordinary activities (46)46-(11)11-(97)981
Profit and total comprehensive income attributable to shareholders 2857251,010502,4792,5294075,5545,961
Basic and diluted return per share (pence)*70.240.600.840.052.472.520.395.385.77

*adjusted for treasury shares

The accompanying notes below form an integral part of this Half-yearly Financial Report.

Comparative figures have been extracted from the unaudited Half-yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2021 and the audited statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022.

The total column of this Condensed income statement represents the profit and loss account of the Company. The supplementary revenue and capital columns have been prepared in accordance with The Association of Investment Companies’ Statement of Recommended Practice.

Condensed balance sheet

 NoteUnaudited 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited 31 March 2022
£’000
Fixed asset investments 44,01534,59537,604
     
Current assets    
Trade and other receivables 2,2192,1441,926
Cash and cash equivalents 17,90124,12524,668
  20,12026,26926,594
     
     
Total assets 64,13560,86464,198
     
Payables: amounts falling due within one year    
Trade and other payables (508)(877)(261)
Total assets less current liabilities 63,62759,98763,937
     
Equity attributable to equity holders    
Called-up share capital81,3811,1921,369
Share premium 11,12143,06110,047
Capital redemption reserve 312522
Unrealised capital reserve 8,1636,3556,550
Realised capital reserve 6,8054,8167,693
Other distributable reserve 36,1264,53838,256
Total equity shareholders’ funds 63,62759,98763,937
Basic and diluted net asset value per share (pence)* 52.9058.8053.38

*excluding treasury shares

The accompanying notes below form an integral part of this Half-yearly Financial Report. 

Comparative figures have been extracted from the unaudited Half-yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2021 and the audited statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022.

These Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 7 December 2022, and were signed on its behalf by

Richard Glover

Chairman

Company number: 03142609

Condensed statement of changes in equity

 Called-up share capitalShare premiumCapital redemption reserveUnrealised capital reserveRealised capital reserve*Other distributable reserve*Total
 £’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000
At 1 April 20221,36910,047226,5507,69338,25663,937
Return/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the period---980(255)2851,010
Transfer of previously unrealised losses on realisations of investments---633(633)--
Purchase of shares for cancellation(9)-9--(455)(455)
Purchase of shares for treasury-----(346)(346)
Issue of equity211,094----1,115
Cost of issue of equity-(20)----(20)
Net dividends paid (note 6)-----(1,614)(1,614)
At 30 September 20221,38111,121318,1636,80536,12663,627
At 1 April 20211,16540,66873,58821,8295,43172,688
Return/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the period---2,775(296)502,529
Transfer of previously unrealised gains on realisations of investments---(8)8--
Purchase of shares for cancellation(17)-17--(943)(943)
Issue of equity442,410----2,454
Cost of issue of equity-(17)----(17)
Net dividends paid (note 6)----(16,724)-(16,724)
At 30 September 20211,19243,061256,3554,8164,53859,987
At 1 April 20211,16540,66873,58821,8295,43172,688
Return and total comprehensive income for the year---3,7841,7704075,961
Transfer of previously unrealised gains on realisations of investments---(822)822--
Purchase of treasury shares(39)-39--(2,013)(2,013)
Issue of equity24312,694----12,937
Cost of issue of equity-(254)----(254)
Reduction of share premium and capital redemption reserve-(43,061)(24)--43,085-
Net dividends paid (note 6)----(16,728)(8,654)(25,382)
At 31 March 20221,36910,047226,5507,69338,25663,937

*Included within these reserves is an amount of £23,008,000 (30 September 2021: £9,355,000; 31 March 2022: £26,804,000) which is considered distributable. Over the next three years an additional £17,018,000 will become distributable. This is due to the HMRC requirement that the Company cannot use capital raised in the past three years to make a payment or distribution to shareholders.

Condensed statement of cash flows

 Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited year ended 31 March 2022
£’000
Cash flow from operating activities   
Loan stock income received411403978
Deposit interest received3424
Dividend income received9177
Investment management fee paid(431)(790)(1,434)
Other cash payments(253)(220)(389)
UK Corporation tax refund/(paid)-97(42)
Net cash flow from operating activities(148)(501)(876)
    
Cash flow from investing activities   
Purchase of fixed asset investments(5,849)(4,180)(7,771)
Disposal of fixed asset investments4231914,649
Net cash flow from investing activities(5,426)(3,989)(3,122)
    
Cash flow from financing activities   
Issue of share capital822-8,941
Cost of issue of equity(2)(17)(35)
Dividends paid*(1,336)(14,256)(21,589)
Purchase of own shares (including costs)(677)(674)(2,213)
Net cash flow from financing activities(1,193)(14,947)(14,896)
    
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(6,767)(19,437)(18,894)
Cash and cash equivalents at start of period24,66843,56243,562
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period17,90124,12524,668

*The equity dividends paid in the cash flow is different to the dividends disclosed in note 6 due to the non-cash effect of the Dividend Reinvestment Scheme.

Notes to the condensed Financial Statements

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable United Kingdom law and accounting standards, including Financial Reporting Standard 102 (“FRS 102”), Financial Reporting Standard 104 – Interim Financial Reporting (“FRS 104”), and with the Statement of Recommended Practice “Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts” (“SORP”) issued by The Association of Investment Companies (“AIC”). The Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

The preparation of the Financial Statements requires management to make judgements and estimates that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. The most critical estimates and judgements relate to the determination of carrying value of investments at fair value through profit and loss (“FVTPL”). The Company values investments by following the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation (“IPEV”) Guidelines as updated in 2018 and further detail on the valuation techniques used are outlined in note 2 below.

Company information can be found on page 2 of the Half-yearly Financial Report.

2. Accounting policies

Fixed asset investments

The Company’s business is investing in financial assets with a view to profiting from their total return in the form of income and capital growth. This portfolio of financial assets is managed and its performance evaluated on a fair value basis, in accordance with a documented investment policy, and information about the portfolio is provided internally on that basis to the Board.

In accordance with the requirements of FRS 102, those undertakings in which the Company holds more than 20% of the equity as part of an investment portfolio are not accounted for using the equity method. In these circumstances the investment is measured at FVTPL.

Upon initial recognition (using trade date accounting) investments, including loan stock, are classified by the Company as FVTPL and are included at their initial fair value, which is cost (excluding expenses incidental to the acquisition which are written off to the Income statement).

Subsequently, the investments are valued at ‘fair value’, which is measured as follows:

  • Investments listed on recognised exchanges are valued at their bid prices at the end of the accounting period or otherwise at fair value based on published price quotations;
  • Unquoted investments, where there is not an active market, are valued using an appropriate valuation technique in accordance with the IPEV Guidelines. Indicators of fair value are derived using established methodologies including earnings multiples, the level of third party offers received, cost or price of recent investment rounds, net assets and industry valuation benchmarks. Where price of recent investment is used as a starting point for estimating fair value at subsequent measurement dates, this has been benchmarked using an appropriate valuation technique permitted by the IPEV guidelines.
  • In situations where cost or price of recent investment is used, consideration is given to the circumstances of the portfolio company since that date in determining fair value. This includes consideration of whether there is any evidence of deterioration or strong definable evidence of an increase in value. In the absence of these indicators, the investment in question is valued at the amount reported at the previous reporting date. Examples of events or changes that could indicate a diminution include:
    • the performance and/or prospects of the underlying business are significantly below the expectations on which the investment was based;
    • a significant adverse change either in the portfolio company’s business or in the technological, market, economic, legal or regulatory environment in which the business operates; or
    • market conditions have deteriorated, which may be indicated by a fall in the share prices of quoted businesses operating in the same or related sectors.

Investments are recognised as financial assets on legal completion of the investment contract and are de-recognised on legal completion of the sale of an investment.

Dividend income is not recognised as part of the fair value movement of an investment, but is recognised separately as investment income through the Income statement when a share becomes ex-dividend.

Current assets and payables

Receivables (including debtors due after more than one year), payables and cash are carried at amortised cost, in accordance with FRS 102. Debtors due after more than one year meet the definition of a financing transaction held at amortised cost, and interest will be recognised through capital over the credit period using the effective interest method. There are no financial liabilities other than payables.

Investment income

Equity income

Dividend income is included in revenue when the investment is quoted ex-dividend.

Unquoted loan stock

Fixed returns on non-equity shares and debt securities are recognised when the Company’s right to receive payment and expect settlement is established. Where interest is rolled up and/or payable at redemption then it is recognised as income unless there is reasonable doubt as to its receipt.

Bank interest income

Interest income is recognised on an accruals basis using the rate of interest agreed with the bank.

Investment management fee, performance incentive fee and other expenses

All expenses have been accounted for on an accruals basis. Expenses are charged through the other distributable reserve except the following which are charged through the realised capital reserve:

  • 90% of management fees and 100% performance incentive fees, if any, are allocated to the realised capital reserve; and
  • expenses which are incidental to the purchase or disposal of an investment are charged through the realised capital reserve.

Taxation

Taxation is applied on a current basis in accordance with FRS 102. Current tax is tax payable (refundable) in respect of the taxable profit (tax loss) for the current period or past reporting periods using the tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted at the financial reporting date. Taxation associated with capital expenses is applied in accordance with the SORP.

Deferred tax is provided in full on all timing differences at the reporting date. Timing differences are differences between taxable profits and total comprehensive income as stated in the Financial Statements that arise from the inclusion of income and expenses in tax assessments in periods different from those in which they are recognised in the financial statements. As a VCT the Company has an exemption from tax on capital gains. The Company intends to continue meeting the conditions required to obtain approval as a VCT in the foreseeable future. The Company therefore should have no material deferred tax timing differences arising in respect of the revaluation or disposal of investments and the Company has not provided for any deferred tax.

Share capital and reserves

Called-up share capital

This reserve accounts for the nominal value of the shares.

Share premium

This reserve accounts for the difference between the price paid for shares and the nominal value of the shares, less issue costs and transfers to the other distributable reserve.

Capital redemption reserve

This reserve accounts for amounts by which the issued share capital is diminished through the repurchase and cancellation of the Company’s own shares.

Unrealised capital reserve

Increases and decreases in the valuation of investments held at the period end against cost are included in this reserve.

Realised capital reserve

The following are disclosed in this reserve:

  • gains and losses compared to cost on the realisation of investments, or permanent diminutions in value (including gains recognised on the realisation of investment where consideration is deferred that are not distributable as a matter of law);
  • finance income in respect of the unwinding of the discount on deferred consideration that is not distributable as a matter of law;
  • expenses, together with the related taxation effect, charged in accordance with the above policies; and
  • dividends paid to equity holders where paid out by capital.

Other distributable reserve

The special reserve, treasury share reserve and the revenue reserve were combined in 2012 to form a single reserve named other distributable reserve.

This reserve accounts for movements from the revenue column of the Income statement, the payment of dividends, the buy-back of shares and other non-capital realised movements.

Dividends

Dividends by the Company are accounted for in the period in which the dividend is paid or approved at the Annual General Meeting.

Segmental reporting

The Directors are of the opinion that the Company is engaged in a single operating segment of business, being investment in smaller companies principally based in the UK.

3.        Gains on investments

 Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited year ended 31 March 2022
£’000
Unrealised gains on fixed asset investments9802,7753,784
Realised gains on fixed asset investments102582,546
Unwinding of discount on deferred consideration125107223
 1,2072,9406,553

4.        Investment income

 Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited year ended 31 March 2022
£’000
Loan stock interest4824031,026
Dividend income9177
Bank interest3424
 6074121,037

5.        Investment management fee

        Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited year ended 31 March 2022
£’000
Investment management fee charged to capital5284721,097
Investment management fee charged to revenue59158122
 5876301,219

Further details of the Management agreement under which the investment management fee and any performance incentive fee is paid are given in the Strategic report on page 13 of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022.

During the period, services of a total value of £617,000 (30 September 2021: £658,000; 31 March 2022: £1,274,000), were purchased by the Company from Albion Capital Group LLP; this includes £587,000 (30 September 2021: £630,000; 31 March 2022: £1,219,000) of investment management fee and £30,000 (30 September 2021: £28,000; 31 March 2022: £55,000) of secretarial and administration fee. At the financial period end, the amount due to Albion Capital Group LLP in respect of these services disclosed within payables was £301,000 (30 September 2021: £199,000; 31 March 2022: £144,000).

Albion Capital Group LLP is, from time to time, eligible to receive arrangement fees and monitoring fees from portfolio companies. During the period to 30 September 2022, fees of £104,000 attributable to the investments of the Company were received pursuant to these arrangements (30 September 2021: £98,000; 31 March 2022: £155,000).

Albion Capital Group LLP, its partners and staff held a total of 1,357,300 shares in the Company on 30 September 2022.

6.        Dividends

 Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2022
£’000
Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2021
£’000
Audited year ended 31 March 2022
 £’000
First interim dividend of 1.33p per share paid on 29 July 2022 (30 July 2021: First interim and first special dividend of 16.83p per share)1,61416,72816,728
Second special dividend of 7.00p per share paid on 31 December 2021--7,141
Second interim dividend of 1.47p per share paid on 31 January 2022--1,523
Unclaimed dividends-(4)(10)
 1,61416,72425,382

The Directors have declared a second interim dividend for the year ending 31 March 2023 of 1.32 pence per share (total approximately £1,725,000), payable on 31 January 2023 to shareholders on the register on 6 January 2023.

7.        Basic and diluted return per share

 Unaudited
six months ended
30 September 2022
Unaudited
six months ended
30 September 2021
Audited
year ended
31 March 2022
 RevenueCapitalRevenueCapitalRevenueCapital
Return attributable to equity shares (£’000)285725502,4794075,554
Weighted average shares in issue (adjusted for treasury shares)120,975,277100,483,335103,265,706
Return attributable per equity share (pence)0.240.600.052.470.395.38

The weighted average number of shares is calculated after adjusting for treasury shares of 17,848,388 (30 September 2021: 17,153,431; 31 March 2022: 17,153,431).

There are no convertible instruments, derivatives or contingent share agreements in issue so basic and diluted return per share are the same.

8.        Called-up share capital

Allotted, called-up and fully paid shares of 1 penny eachUnaudited 30 September 2022Unaudited 30 September 2021Audited 31 March 2022
Number of shares138,135,653119,164,991136,927,633
Nominal value of allotted shares (£’000)1,3811,1921,369
Voting rights (number of shares net of treasury shares)120,287,265102,011,560119,774,202

During the period to 30 September 2022 the Company purchased 914,702 Ordinary shares (nominal value of £9,147) to be cancelled and 694,957 Ordinary shares (nominal value of £6,950) to be held in treasury (30 September 2021: 1,743,454 shares for cancellation; 31 March 2022: 3,919,566 shares for cancellation) at a total cost of £801,000 (30 September 2021: £943,000; 31 March 2022: £2,013,000) representing 1.2% of the shares in issue as at 30 September 2022.

The total number of Ordinary shares held in treasury as at 30 September 2022 was 17,848,388 (30 September 2021: 17,153,431; 31 March 2022: 17,153,431) representing 12.9% of the share capital as at 30 September 2022.

Under the terms of the Dividend Reinvestment Scheme Circular dated 10 July 2008, the following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny per share were allotted during the period:

Date of allotment
Number of shares allotted
Aggregate nominal value of shares
Issue price
Net invested
Opening-market price on allotment date
(£’000)(pence per share)(£’000)(pence per share)
29 July 2022525,971552.0527249.55

The following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny each were allotted under the Albion VCTs Prospectus Top Up Offers 2021/22 during the period:

Date of allotment Number of shares allotted Aggregate nominal value of sharesIssue priceNet consideration received Opening market price on allotment date
(£’000)(pence per share)(£’000)(pence per share)
11 April 2022446,260452.3023048.60
11 April 202223,806-52.501248.60
11 April 20221,126,6851152.8058048.60
 1,596,751  822 

9.         Commitments and contingencies

As at 30 September 2022, the Company had no financial commitments (30 September 2021 and 31 March 2022: £nil).

There are no contingencies or guarantees of the Company as at 30 September 2022 (30 September 2021 and 31 March 2022: £nil).

10.        Post balance sheet events

The following are the material post balance sheet events since 30 September 2022:

  • Investment of £1,207,000 in a new portfolio company, an employee digital healthcare platform;
  • Investment of £839,000 in an existing company, Healios, a provider of an online platform delivering family centric psychological care primarily to children and adolescents;
  • Investment of £343,000 in a new portfolio company, an AI for code testing/writing platform;
  • Investment of £286,000 in a new portfolio company, a veterinary engagement and communications platform;
  • Investment of £229,000 in a new portfolio company, a bite-sized workplace learning platform;
  • Investment of £227,000 in a new portfolio company, a software platform automating revenue and customer forecasting.

The following new Ordinary shares of nominal value 1 penny each were allotted under the Albion VCTs Prospectus Top Up Offers 2022/23 after 30 September 2022:

Date of allotment
Number of shares alloted
Aggregate nominal value of sharesIssue priceNet consideration receivedOpening market price on allotment date
(£'000)(pence per share)(£'000)(pence per share)
2 December 20222,520,6302553.801,33650.00
2 December 2022575,473654.0030550.00
2 December 20227,301,0497354.303,86550.00
 10,397,152  5,506 

11.         Related party transactions

Other than transactions with the Manager as described in note 5, there are no other related party transactions.

12.         Going concern

The Board has conducted a detailed assessment of the Company’s ability to meet its liabilities as they fall due. Cash flow forecasts are updated and discussed quarterly at Board level and have been stress tested to allow for the forecasted impact of the current economic climate and increasingly volatile geopolitical backdrop. The Board has revisited and updated their assessment of liquidity risk and concluded that it remains unchanged since the last Annual Report and Financial Statements. Further details can be found on page 70 of those accounts.

The portfolio of investments is diversified in terms of sector and the major cash outflows of the Company (namely investments, dividends and share buy-backs) are within the Company’s control. Accordingly, after making diligent enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate cash and liquid resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing this Half-yearly Financial Report and this is in accordance with the Guidance on Risk Management, Internal Control and Related Financial and Business Reporting issued by the Financial Reporting Council in September 2014, and the subsequent updated Going concern, risk and viability guidance issued by the FRC due to Covid-19 in 2020.

13.        Other information

The information set out in this Half-yearly Financial Report does not constitute the Company’s statutory accounts within the terms of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 for the periods ended 30 September 2022 and 30 September 2021 and is unaudited. The information for the year ended 31 March 2022 does not constitute statutory accounts within the terms of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 but is derived from the audited statutory accounts for the financial year, which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Auditor reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under s498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

14.        Publication

This Half-yearly Financial Report is being sent to shareholders and copies will be made available to the public at the registered office of the Company, Companies House, the National Storage Mechanism and also electronically at www.albion.capital/funds/AAVC, where the Report can be accessed as a PDF document in the ‘Financial Reports and Circulars’ section.

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