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Thursday 24 June, 2010


RNS Number : 1946O
British Smaller Companies VCT PLC
24 June 2010
 



BRITISH SMALLER COMPANIES VCT PLC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Annual financial report announcement for

the year to 31 March 2010, Portfolio announcement and Allotment of shares

 

 

British Smaller Companies VCT plc ("the Company") today announces its audited results for the year to 31 March 2010.

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I am pleased to present to Shareholders the Annual Report of the Company for the year ended 31 March 2010.

 

Your Company recorded a good performance with an overall increase in Net Asset Value to 94.4 pence per share from 85.7 pence per share at 31 March 2009.  Total return (Net Asset Value plus cumulative dividends) rose to 144.4 pence per share from 130.7 pence per share at 31 March 2009. This represents an increase of 10.5% over the twelve month period to 31 March 2010 which compares to growth in the FTSE SmallCap® Index of 64.3% and the FTSE AIM All-Share® Index of 70.4% over the same interval.

 

However it should be noted that the quoted markets have had a prolonged period of turmoil, with some very large swings in indices over the period. If the two-year period from 31 March 2008 is considered the Company's total return has increased by 1.6%, whereas the FTSE AIM All-Share® Index and the FTSE SmallCap® Index have dropped by 26.7% and 5.5% respectively.

 

Growth was achieved despite the challenges arising from the difficult economic environment prevailing in the UK and Europe. Notwithstanding the continuing uncertainty, there has been an upturn in performance for some businesses, with quoted multiples improving and your Fund Manager reporting an increase in new investment activity.

 

Dividends paid in the year amounted to 5.0 pence per share (including a 2.0 pence interim dividend) compared to 5.0 pence per share to March 2009.  Your Board is recommending that the level of dividends be maintained, and proposes a final dividend of 3.0 pence per share in respect of the year to March 2010. If approved, this dividend will be paid on 28 September 2010 to Shareholders on the register at 3 September 2010. The final dividend has not been recognised in the accounts under IFRS as the contractual obligation did not exist at the balance sheet date.

 

In addition a special dividend of 1.25 pence per share is to be paid to Shareholders on the register at 3 September 2010 following the profit generated from the sale of the Company's shares in Sheet Piling (UK) Limited. As this is a Special Dividend the dividend re-investment scheme is being dis-applied to this dividend payment.

 

Investment Portfolio

During the year the Company disposed of investments generating proceeds of £1.49 million, the most significant being in Sheet Piling (UK) Limited which generated proceeds of £1.29 million.  Since the Company's original investment in 2001, Sheet Piling had grown to become one of the UK market leaders in the driven steel piling sector. The sale of the company's shares back to management results in an uplift over March 2009 value of £0.54 million (1.8 pence per share) and a total return over the life of the investment equivalent to 3.7x the original investment cost of £0.50 million.

 

This year has also seen further progress made by a number of portfolio companies.  A follow-on investment of £0.12 million was made into Fishawack in December 2009 as part of a £0.60 million funding round to support the acquisition of its US partner.  Five new investments totalling £4.60 million have also been made since December.  These include a £1.00 million investment into the £3.5 million buyout of Deep-Secure Limited which provides advanced IT security solutions for defence and governmental bodies around the world and a £0.60 million investment in the management buyout of Lightmain, a manufacturer of playground equipment managed by a team we have known for some years. 

 

The Company invested £1.00 million in North Western Investments Limited, backing a successful turnaround manager to acquire underperforming businesses in North West England. An investment of £1.00 million into 4G Capital Limited was made supporting a proven entrepreneur to acquire companies moving into new areas of web based software. Finally an investment of £1.00 million was made into Adex Bridge Investments Limited to back a highly experienced manager to invest in underperforming and turnaround situations particularly in the Midlands area.

 

A strong unrealised gain was also seen from the portfolio of £3.83 million (2009: a loss of £4.16 million), which comprises a gain of £3.24 million derived from unquoted investments and a gain of £0.59 million from quoted investments.  The biggest single increase by some margin was from Go Outdoors (£3.32 million) where significant progress has been made in rolling out new stores with historic stores contributing to strong profit growth.

 

The portfolio also generated income during the year of £0.47 million (2009: £0.38 million) in the form of interest and dividend payments, resulting in a total portfolio return for the year before administrative fees of £4.79 million (2009: loss of £3.64 million).

 

Financial Results

The result for the financial year ended 31 March 2010 was a pre-tax profit of £4.2 million which comprised profits in respect of capital and revenue of £3.6 million and £0.6 million respectively, as compared to pre-tax loss of £3.27 million in 2009 (which comprised a capital loss of £3.94 million and a revenue profit of £0.68 million).

 

The pre-tax profit for the year has been impacted by the apparent increase in administrative expenses from £0.80 million to £0.90 million. However the 2009 figures benefited from a one-off VAT recovery of £0.27 million. Excluding this underlying costs were £1.07 million in 2009 which compares with £0.90 million to 2010.

 

The movement in Net Asset Value in the year has been:


Pence/share

31 March 2009

85.7

Dividends paid in year

(5.0)

Net increase in value

13.7

31 March 2010

94.4

 

Cash and gilt investments at the end of the year amounted to £11.56 million (representing 39.9% of Net Asset Value). A further £1.94 million was received after the year end in respect of the successful fundraising Offers noted below.   Your Board notes the recent increase in the rate of investment but nonetheless considers that in the short term this is sufficient to take advantage of selective new investment opportunities and support the current portfolio with a view to maximising value. 

 

Shareholder Communications and Fundraising

Shareholders will be aware that, on 4 March 2010, your Board published proposals offering existing investors the opportunity to subscribe for up to 2,050,000 million new Ordinary shares in the Company at an offer price of 97.25 pence per share. These proposals were by way of two Offers closing on 5 April 2010 and 30 April 2010 respectively. I am delighted to report that the Offers were fully subscribed and raised a total of £1.94 million before expenses and £1.83 million after expenses.

 

Your Board continues to run Shareholder workshops where investors are invited to meet members of the Board, representatives from YFM Private Equity Limited, the Company's Fund Manager, and the CEOs of one or more of our investee companies.  We were delighted to welcome over 100 Shareholders to the most recent workshop held in February 2010 at the Natural History Museum. Your Board remains committed to these events which we believe are useful in increasing the knowledge of the Company's activities for Shareholders.

 

The Board also remains committed to the objective of achieving a consistent dividend stream. This policy has been continued with your Board proposing that a final dividend of 3.0 pence per share will be paid on 28 September 2010 to Shareholders on the register as at 3 September 2010. A special dividend of 1.25 pence per share in relation to the disposal of Sheet Piling will be paid to Shareholders on the same date.

 

The Company purchased a total of 331,882 shares during the year at an average price of 73.6 pence per share (2009: 298,153 at an average price of 89.0 pence per share). The existing buy-back authority which currently expires on the 21 September 2010 is proposed to be extended until the date of the 2011 Annual General Meeting or fifteen months, whichever is the earlier. A resolution to this effect will be proposed at the Company's AGM on 21 September 2010.

 

Furthermore the Company issued 244,184 shares at an average price of 81.0 pence per share pursuant to its dividend reinvestment scheme.

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at 11:30 am on 21 September 2010 at 33 St James Square, London, SW1Y 4JS.

 

Other matters

Your Board continues to monitor regulatory developments, in particular the proposed EU regulation in respect of the management of  Alternative Investment Funds. These proposals remain in draft form but are in an advanced stage of finalisation at EU level. Your Company continues to support the activities of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) in its consideration and review of these proposals.

 

As reported last year the Board composition has been reviewed in relation to new requirements of the Listing Rules (effective from September 2010) which restricts the number of Directors who may sit on more than one Board managed by the same Fund Manager.  In the light of these changes Richard Last and Robert Pettigrew will be resigning from the Board at the AGM on 21 September 2010.  I would like to record my thanks to them for their very significant contribution over many years.  Further changes to the Board will be announced in due course.

 

In September 2009 The International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Board issued revised guidelines on the valuation of unquoted investments in order to promote consistency with established and emerging International Financial Reporting Standards. These have been adopted by the Company in the current year and the Board has reviewed the methodologies applied in reaching appropriate valuations. Determining the value of an unquoted company requires information on earning multiples for comparable quoted companies and sectors, suitably adjusted for differences between the comparator company and the company being valued. Some other investments are valued at the price of recent investment, reviewed for impairment. Quoted investments continue to be valued at bid price.

 

Outlook

The portfolio has endured challenging economic conditions during the year with many actions being taken to improve efficiency and enhance sales propositions.  Moreover, the strong individual performance of a small number of investments has resulted in another good overall return.  Some of our investee companies are focused on acquisitions and the Company will continue to support value growth opportunities.

 

In the light of the outcome of the General Election of 6 May there is still uncertainty regarding economic growth and the speed with which the United Kingdom will fully emerge from recession. Notwithstanding this, the Board believes that, with an investment strategy focused on medium to longer term capital growth, that the upcoming period should present a number of good investment opportunities, both for the existing portfolio businesses and for new investments. An increase in the volume and quality of new investment opportunities under consideration over recent months also supports this view. 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shareholders for their continued support.

 

 

 

Helen Sinclair

Chairman

24 June 2010

 

Portfolio announcement

Further to the  announcement that was made on 1 March 2010  regarding  a number of indicative proposals that had been received by a portfolio company to purchase part of its share capital the Directors confirm that whilst a number of indicative proposals were considered none proceeded to completion.



Fund Manager's Review

Name of Company

Date of Initial Investment

Location

Industry Sector

Original  Cost

 

 

 

£000

Realised proceeds to date *

 

 

£000

Investment Valuation

at 31 March

2010

£000

Realised and Unrealised to Date

 

 £000









Current Investments:
















GO Outdoors  Limited

May-98

Sheffield

Consumer Products

556

460

4,835

5,295

Connaught plc

Nov-98

Sidmouth

Support Services

460

943

786

1,729

Waterfall Services Limited

Feb-07

Warrington

Support Services

1,000

-

1,617

1,617

Deep-Secure Ltd

Dec-09

Reading

Software

1,000

-

1,000

1,000

Adex Bridge Investments Limited

Mar-10

Midlands

Turnaround

1,000

-

1,000

1,000

4G Capital Limited

Mar-10

North-West

Software

1,000

-

1,000

1,000

North Western Investments Limited

Feb-10

North-West

Turnaround

1,000

-

1,000

1,000

Fishawack Limited

Jan-08

Knutsford

Communications

618

-

709

709

Hargreaves Services plc

Dec-07

Durham

Industrial

469

-

614

614

Lightmain Company Limited

Mar-10

Rotherham

Manufacturing

600

-

600

600

Pressure Technologies plc

Jun-07

Sheffield

Industrial

425

-

579

579

Mattioli Woods plc

Nov-05

Leicester

Support Services

326

-

555

555

RMS Group Holdings Limited

Jul-07

Goole

Industrial

1,050

60

383

443

Harvey Jones Holdings Limited

May-07

London

Manufacture

777

-

417

417

Primal Pictures Limited

Mar-01

London

Healthcare

500

62

345

407

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Apr-08

Colne

Software

402

-

378

378

Straight plc

Feb-04

Leeds

Industrial

341

64

286

350

Payzone plc

Jun-02

Dublin

Consumer Products

318

311

-

311

Denison Mayes Group Limited

Aug-98

Leeds

Industrial

700

275

25

300

Tikit Group plc

Jun-01

London

Software

226

-

290

290

Ellfin Home Care Limited

Dec-07

Oldham

Healthcare

769

-

211

211

Freshroast Coffee Co. Limited

Jul-96

Elland

Consumer Products

160

166

30

196

Patsystems plc

Oct-07

London

Software

222

-

185

185

Brulines plc

Oct-06

Stockton-on- Tees

Software

163

-

165

165

Darwin Rhodes Group Limited

Apr-08

London

Recruitment

444

-

105

105

Harris Hill Holdings Limited

Jun-07

Kingston-upon-Thames

Recruitment

600

-

100

100

Belgravium Technologies plc

Oct-05

Bradford

Software

200

-

41

41

Hexagon Human Capital plc

Feb-07

London

Support Services

200

-

-

-

Cambridge Cognition Limited

May-02

Cambridge 

Software

325

-

-

-













15,851

2,341

17,256

19,597









Full realisations since March 2002




10,132

14,956

-

14,956

Full realisations prior to March 2002




6,394

3,246

-

3,246

Total realised and unrealised to date




32,377

20,543

17,256

37,799

 

* Proceeds include premium and profits on loan repayments and preference redemptions

 

In spite of difficult market conditions, this year has seen strong progress made by several portfolio businesses and realisations at values in excess of the carrying value.

 

GO Outdoors has continued its store roll out programme, now having twenty-three stores across the UK and capitalising on weak property markets to secure good lease terms on new facilities.  Other progress includes growth in both the education and care home divisions of Waterfall Services and a repositioning of Primal Pictures as a provider of education materials rather than a reference source.

 

A further investment was made into Fishawack to support the acquisition of its US partner as part of the strategy to build a diversified international business.  The new investment into Deep-Secure enabled us to back a strong team who we have worked with before in a sector which should now see significant growth.  Lightmain has a stable profit stream, with growth plans underpinned by orders from a charitable trust.  The Company also made three other investments (Adex Bridge Investments, 4G Capital and North Western Investments) where the management teams have also been known to the Fund Manager.

 

The sale of the Company's holding in Sheet Piling during the year enabled the Company to achieve a good profit over cost and carrying value.

 

Cash and gilt investments at 31 March 2010 were £11.56 million representing 39.9% of net assets.  This compares to £16.15 million and 61.2% at 31 March 2009.  A further £1.94 million was received after the year end in respect of the successful fundraising Offers providing additional liquidity and the Company remains in a strong cash position to meet anticipated future investment opportunities and pay dividends in the year ahead.

 

Investment Activity

During the year investments were made in six companies.

 


£000

Follow-on Investments


Fishawack Limited

118



New Investments


Deep-Secure Limited

Adex Bridge Investments Limited

4G Capital Limited

North Western Investments

Lightmain Company Limited

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

600



Total

4,718

 

Although it has been difficult to find good opportunities to invest during 2009, there are encouraging signs that this position is improving with Deep-Secure and Fishawack completing in December and the remaining four investments since the New Year.

 

It is encouraging that there has not been a significant need for further funding into the portfolio during the economic downturn.  We will continue to invest into the portfolio where we see good opportunities for value growth, either via the provision of working capital, funding portfolio businesses to make acquisitions or enabling a restructuring of existing stakeholders.

 

Realisations

In March 2010, the Company realised its entire holding in Sheet Piling (UK) Limited. This deal generated proceeds to the Company of £1.29 million, an uplift over carrying value at 31 March 2009 of £0.54 million and over original cost of £1.18 million.  This equates to an IRR of 20.18% and a cash multiple of 3.7x over the nine year life of this investment.

 

In December 2009, the Company sold its remaining investment in Images at Work Limited for £0.05 million to a trade buyer prepared to fund essential working capital requirements, crystallising a loss of £0.08 million compared to the carrying value at 31 March 2009.

 

In March 2010 a £0.50 million payment was made by Primal Pictures Limited from its growing surplus cash balance to partially redeem institutional preference shares and associated redemption premiums, of which the Company received £0.06 million.

 

Portfolio Performance

Whilst this year has undoubtedly produced a number of challenges in terms of trading, the portfolio as a whole has generally proved resilient. There is limited financial gearing across the portfolio businesses and in the main businesses are well funded going into the year ahead.  We have seen some progress through increases in earnings from a number of investments in spite of the global recession. In a number of cases there has been pressure on profitability which has currently reduced valuations. However should these investments continue to be resilient profitability levels could well recover in line with economic conditions.

 

There has been an overall increase in the value of the quoted and unquoted portfolio of £3.83 million and adding the realised gains of £0.49 million this is equivalent to 44.5% of the opening value of the opening portfolio value at 31 March 2009.

 

This valuation gain is split between the quoted and unquoted portfolio as follows:

 


£000

%

Unquoted

3,242

59.8

Quoted

587

18.2

 

By far the biggest valuation movement in the year was due to GO Outdoors, where growth of £3.32 million was experienced.  Waterfall Services Limited also saw value growth of £0.35 million.  However these gains were partially offset by a value fall of £0.61 million on Ellfin Home Care Limited where actions are being taken to reverse the underperformance versus original plans.  The quoted portfolio benefited from an improvement in market confidence with growth of £0.25 million from Hargreaves Services plc, £0.20 million from K3 Business Technology Group plc and £0.16 million from Straight plc only partially offset by a drop of £0.18 million from Connaught plc.

 

In accordance with IFRS 7 a sensitivity analysis has been undertaken on the assumptions used to value investments in unquoted companies.  This indicated that a 10% decrease in the discounts applied would have increased the net assets attributable to the Company's Shareholders and the total profit for the year by £1,110,000. An equal change in the opposite direction would have decreased net assets attributable to the Company's Shareholders and the total profit for the year by £1,110,000.

 

Summary and Outlook

The year under review has seen challenging market conditions for the entire portfolio.  We have been actively supporting the investee companies through these challenges and are pleased to still show a strong level of value growth and profit on disposals during the year.

 

The Company's cash reserves remain strong and we are optimistic that the coming year will see improving market conditions for the portfolio as well as generating some good opportunities for new investment.  The Company remains well placed to meet the upcoming investment needs and maximise opportunities which arise.

 

 

 

David Hall

YFM Private Equity Limited

24 June 2010

 

 

 

Principal risks, risk management  and regulatory environment

The Board believes that the principal risks faced by the Company are:

 

Investment and strategic - quality of enquiries, investments, investee company management teams and monitoring, the risk of not identifying investee underperformance might lead to under performance and poor returns to Shareholders.

 

Loss of approval as a Venture Capital Trust - The Company must comply with Chapter 3 part 6 of the Income Tax Act 2007 which allows it to be exempted from capital gains tax on investment gains. Any breach of these rules may lead to the Company losing its approval as a VCT, qualifying Shareholders who have not held their shares for the designated holding period having to repay the income tax relief they obtained and future dividends paid by the Company becoming subject to tax.  The Company would also lose its exemption from corporation tax on capital gains. As such one of the key performance indicators monitored by the Company is the compliance with legislative tests.  See below for more detail.

 

Regulatory - the Company is required to comply with the Companies Acts, the rules of the UK Listing Authority, International Financial Reporting Standards and the Statement of Recommended Practice. Breach of any of these regulatory rules might lead to suspension of the Company's Stock Exchange listing, financial penalties or a qualified audit report.

 

Reputational - inadequate or failed controls might result in breaches of regulations or loss of Shareholder trust.

 

Operational - failure of the Fund Manager's accounting systems or disruption to its business might lead to an inability to provide accurate reporting and monitoring.

 

Financial - inadequate controls might lead to misappropriation of assets.  Inappropriate accounting policies might lead to misreporting or breaches of regulations.

 

Market Risk - Lack of liquidity in both the venture capital and public markets.  Investment in AiM-traded and unquoted companies, by their nature, involve a higher degree of risk than investment in companies trading on the main market.  In particular, smaller companies often have limited product lines, markets or financial resources and may be dependent for their management on a smaller number of key individuals.  In addition, the market for stock in smaller companies is often less liquid than that for stock in larger companies, bringing with it potential difficulties in acquiring, valuing and disposing of such stock.

 

Liquidity Risk - The Company's investments may be difficult to realise.  The fact that a share is traded on AiM does not guarantee its liquidity.  The spread between the buying and selling price of such shares may be wide and thus the price used for valuation may not be achievable.

 

The Board seeks to mitigate the internal risks by setting policy, regular review of performance and monitoring progress and compliance. The key performance indicators measure the Company's performance and its compliance with legislative tests.  In the mitigation and management of these risks, the Board rigorously applies the principles detailed in Financial Reporting Council - Revised Internal Control: Guidance for Directors on the Combined Code.

 

 

Responsibility statements of the directors in respect of the annual financial report

The Annual Report and Accounts contains the following statements regarding responsibility for the management report and financial statements included in the Annual Report and Accounts from which the information in this Announcement has been extracted (references in the following statements are to sections of the Annual Report and Accounts).

 

The directors confirm, to the best of their knowledge:

 

that the financial statements, prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Company; and

 

the business review included within the Chairman's Statement, Fund Manager's Review and Directors' Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

 

 

Approved by the Board on 24 June 2010 and signed on its behalf by:

 

 

Helen Sinclair

Chairman

 



Income statement for the year ended 31 March 2010


 

 

 


 

 

 

2010

 

 

 

2009

 




Revenue

 

Capital

Total

 

Revenue

 

Capital

 

Total

 


Notes


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000










Gain on disposal of investments



-

357

357

-

110

110

Gains (losses) on investments held at fair value



-

3,606

3,606

-

(3,748)

(3,748)

Income

2


1,129

-

1,129

1,173

-

1,173

Administrative expenses:









     Fund management fee



(136)

(407)

(543)

(164)

(494)

(658)

     VAT recovery



-

-

-

83

189

272

     Other expenses



(347)

-

(347)

(415)

-

(415)




(483)

(407)

(890)

(496)

(305)

(801)










Profit (loss) before taxation



646

3,556

4,202

677

(3,943)

(3,266)










Taxation

3


(100)

100

-

(121)

121

-










Profit (loss) for the year attributable to equity Shareholders



546

3,656

4,202

556

(3,822)

(3,266)










Total Comprehensive Income for the year attributable to equity Shareholders



546

3,656

4,202

556

(3,822)

(3,266)










Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

5


1.77p

11.88p

13.65p

1.81p

(12.43)p

(10.62)p

 

 

Balance sheet at 31 March 2010

 


 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

 

2009

 


Notes

£000

£000

Assets








Non-current assets




Investments


17,256

9,706

Fixed income government securities


9,740

12,455

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss


26,996

22,161





Current assets




Trade and other receivables


319

672

Fundraising amounts not yet received


1,736

-

Cash and cash equivalents


1,820

3,697







3,875

4,369

Liabilities




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


(237)

(130)

Fundraising accrual (net)

9

(1,626)

-





Net current assets


2,012

4,239





Net assets


29,008

26,400









Shareholders' equity




Share capital


3,212

3,187

Share premium account


15,398

15,236

Capital redemption reserve


221

221

Treasury share reserve


(1,175)

(931)

Capital reserve


93

-

Valuation gains (losses)


1,558

(1,389)

Special reserve


2,408

2,408

Retained earnings


7,293

7,668





Total Shareholders' equity


29,008

26,400





Basic and diluted net asset value per Ordinary share

6

94.4p

85.7p







Statement of changes in equity for the year ended 31 March 2010

 


Share capital

£000

Share premium account

£000

Capital redemption reserve

£000

Treasury share

Reserve

£000

Capital reserve

£000

Investment holding gains and (losses)

£000

Special reserve

£000

Retained earnings

£000










Balance at 31 March 2008

2,642

10,502

221

(666)

847

2,543

2,408

7,701

26,198

Revenue return for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

556

556

Capital expenses

-

-

-

-

(184)

-

-

-

(184)

Loss on investments held at fair value

-

-

-

-

-

(3,748)

-

-

(3,748)

Realisation of prior year investment holding gains

-

-

-

-

184

(184)

-

-

-

Gain on disposal of investments in the year

-

-

-

-

110

-

-

-

110

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

110

(3,932)

-

556

(3,266)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(957)

-

-

(589)

(1,546)

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(265)

-

-

-

-

(265)

Issue of Ordinary share capital

538

4,979

-

-

-

-

-

-

5,517

 Issue of share capital on DRIS*

7

53

-

-

-

-

-


60

Issue costs of Ordinary shares

-

(298)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(298)











Balance at 31 March 2009

3,187

15,236

221

(931)

-

(1,389)

2,408

7,668











Revenue return for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

546

546

Capital expenses

-

-

-

-

(307)

-

-

-

(307)

Gain on investments held at fair value

-

-

-

-

-

3,606

-

-

3,606

Realisation of prior year investment holding gains

-

-

-

-

659

(659)

-

-

-

Gain on disposal  of investments in the year

-

-

-

-

357

-

-

-

357

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

709

2,947

-

546

4,202

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(616)

-

-

(921)

(1,537)

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(244)

-

-

-

-

(244)

Issue of share capital on DRIS*

25

162

-

-

-

-

-


187











Balance at 31 March 2010

3,212

15,398

221

(1,175)

93

1,558

2,408

7,293

29,008

 

* DRIS being the dividend reinvestment scheme.

 

 



Cash flow statement for the year ended 31 March 2010


 

 

 

Notes

 

 

2010

 

£000

 

 

2009

 

£000





Net cash inflow from operating activities


654

 

166





Cash flows used in investing activities




Purchase of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss


(6,389)

(6,714)

Proceeds from sale of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss


5,517

6,148





Net cash used in investing activities


(872)

(566)





Cash flows from financing activities








Issue of Ordinary shares


   -

5,436

Cost of Ordinary share issue


(76)

(244)

Purchase of own Ordinary shares


(244)

(339)

Dividends paid


(1,339)

(1,486)





Net cash (used in) from financing activities


(1,659)

3,367





Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 


(1,877)

2,967

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year


3,697

730

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year


1,820

 

3,697





 

 

Reconciliation of Profit (Loss) before Taxation to Net Cash Inflow from Operating Activities


2010

£000

2009

£000




Profit (loss) before tax

4,202

(3,266)

Increase in prepayments and accrued income

(1,382)

(276)

 Increase in accruals and other creditors

1,797

70

Profit on realisation of investments in the year

(357)

(110)

Revaluation of investments in the year

(3,606)

3,748




Net cash inflow from operating activities

654

166

 

Notes

 

1. Basis of Accounting

 

This announcement of the annual results of the Company for the year ended 31 March 2010 has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with those adopted in the full audited financial statements which have been prepared on a going concern basis and in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), as adopted by the European Union and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRSs.

 

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the measurement of investments and quoted Government Securities at fair value through profit or loss.

 

In addition where guidance set out in the Statement of Recommended Practice 'Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts' issued by the Association of Investment Companies in January 2009 (SORP) is consistent with the requirements of IFRSs, the financial statements have been prepared in compliance with the recommendations of the SORP. 

 

Segmental reporting has been determined by the directors based upon the reports reviewed by the Board. The directors are of the opinion that the Company has engaged in a single operating segment - investing in equity and debt securities within the United Kingdom - and therefore no reportable segmental analysis is provided.

 

 

2. Income


 

 

2010

£000

 

 

2009

£000

Income from investments:



  Dividends from unquoted companies

78

24

  Dividends from AiM quoted companies

94

77

 

172

101

  Interest on loans to unquoted companies

295

274

  Fixed interest Government securities

609

748

Income from investments held at fair value through profit or loss

1,076

1,123

Interest on VAT recovered in 2009

16

-

Interest on deposits

37

50





1,129

1,173

 

 

 

3. Taxation


2010

2009

 


Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

 

Capital

 

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000








Profit (loss) before taxation

646

3,556

4,202

677

(3,943)

(3,266)

Profit (loss) before taxation multiplied by standard small company rate of corporation tax in UK of 21% (2009: 21%)

136

746

882

142

(828)

(686)

Effect of:







UK dividends received

(36)

-

(36)

(21)

-

(21)

Non taxable (profits) losses on investments

-

(832)

(832)

-

764

764

Excess management expenses

-

(14)

(14)

-

(57)

(57)

Tax charge (credit)

100

(100)

-

121

(121)

-

 

The Company has no provided or unprovided deferred tax liability in either year.

 

Deductible temporary differences for which no deferred tax asset has been recognised amount to £270,000 calculated at 21% (2009: £284,000 calculated at 21%) in respect of unrelieved management expenses. These have not been recognised as management do not currently believe that it is probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available against which the assets can be recovered.

 

Due to the Company's status as a venture capital trust, and the continued intention to meet the conditions required to comply with the Chapter 3 part 6 of the Income Tax Act 2007, the Company has not provided for deferred tax on any capital gains or losses arising on the revaluation or realisation of investments.

         

4.  Dividends

         


2010

2009

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

£000

 

 

Capital

 

£000

 

 

Total

 

£000

 

 

Revenue

 

£000

 

 

Capital

 

£000

 

 

Total

 

£000








Interim dividend for the year ended 31 March 2010 - 2.0p per Ordinary share; paid 7 January 2010 (2009: 2.0p per Ordinary share)

 

-

616

616

-

615

615

Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2009 - 3.0p per Ordinary share; paid 13 August 2009 (2008: 3.0p per Ordinary share)

921

-

921

589

342

931


921

616

1,537

589

957

1,546

 

The interim dividend of 2.0p per share was declared on 20 November 2009 and paid on 7 January 2010 to Shareholders on the register at 4 December 2009.

 

A final dividend of 3.0p per share in respect of the year to 31 March 2010, amounting to £983,000, is proposed. This has not been recognised in the year ended 31 March 2010 as the obligation did not exist at the balance sheet date. If approved, this dividend will be paid on 28 September 2010 to Shareholders on the register at 3 September 2010 (the record date) and accordingly the ex-dividend date will be 1 September 2010.

                                  

A special dividend of 1.25 p per share is to be paid on 28 September 2010 to Shareholders following the profit generated from the sale of Sheet Piling (UK) Limited in March 2010.

 

5. Basic and Diluted) Earnings (Loss per Ordinary Share and Movements in Share capital

 

The basic and diluted earnings (loss) per Ordinary share is based on the profit after tax attributable to equity Shareholders of £4,202,000 (2009: £3,266,000 loss) and 30,774,418 (2009: 30,760,716) shares, being the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

 

The basic and diluted revenue return per Ordinary share is based on the revenue profit for the year attributable to equity Shareholders after tax of £546,000 (2009: £556,000) and 30,774,418 (2009: 30,760,716) shares being the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

 

The basic and diluted capital return per Ordinary share is based on the capital profit for the year after tax attributable to equity Shareholders of £3,656,000 (2009: £3,822,000 loss) and 30,774,418 (2009: 30,760,716) shares being the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

 

During the year the Company issued 244,184 Ordinary shares. The Company also repurchased 331,882 of its own shares, which are held in treasury.

 

The 1,382,837 treasury shares have been excluded in calculating the weighted average number of Ordinary shares during the year (2009: 1,050,955). The Company has no securities that would have a dilutive effect in either period and hence the basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share are the same.

 

After the year end the Company issued 2,048,221 shares. If these shares had been issued on 31 March 2010 the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year would have been 30,780,030 and there would have been no change in the basic and diluted earnings per Ordinary share figures shown at the foot of the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

6. Basic and Diluted Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share

 

The basic and diluted net asset value per share is calculated on attributable assets of £29,008,000 (2009: £26,400,000) and 30,732,194 (2009: 30,819,892) shares in issue at the year end, excluding treasury shares.

 

The treasury shares have been excluded in calculating the number of Ordinary shares in issue at 31 March 2010. The Company has no securities that would have a dilutive effect in either period and hence the basic and diluted net asset values per share are the same.

 

7. Total Return per Ordinary Share

 

The Total return per share is calculated on cumulative dividends paid of 50.0 pence per Ordinary share (2009: 45.0 pence per Ordinary share) plus the net asset value as calculated per note 6.

 

8. Related Party Transactions

 

The Company has not entered into any related party transactions that have had a material impact on its financial position or performance in the year to 31 March 2010. Full details of related party transactions are shown in note 17 to the Annual Report and Accounts, which can be obtained as described in note 11.

 

9. Events after the Balance Sheet Date

 

On 4 March 2010, your Board published proposals offering existing investors the opportunity to subscribe for up to 2,050,000 million new Ordinary shares in the Company at an offer price of 97.25 pence per share. The Offer in respect of 2009/10 tax year opened and closed by 31 March 2010. As the Offer had closed by the year end yet the fundraising proceeds could not be recognised as cash and cash equivalents until the shares were issued the Company has recognised the monies to be received on issue of Ordinary shares of £1,736,000 within debtors on the balance sheet while the capital to be issued of £1,626,000, being proceeds less associated fundraising costs, is reflected within creditors.

 

On 1 April 2010 the Company issued 1,784,967 Ordinary shares at a price of 97.25p per share in respect of the tax year 2009/10 Offer. On 6 April 2010 the Company issued a further 263,254 Ordinary shares in respect of the tax year 2010/11, again at a price of 97.25p per share. In aggregate these two issues of shares raised £1.94 million before expenses.

 

There have been no investments approved by the Board of Directors at 31 March 2010 that have not been reflected in the accounts (2009: one).  Since the year end three further investments totalling £482,000 have been approved by the Board (2009: one) and two of these, both follow-on investments, have completed.

 

10. Financial Information

 

The financial information set out here for the year ended 31 March 2010 does not constitute full statutory financial statements as defined in section 435 of the Companies Act 2006 but has been extracted from the Company's financial statements for that period. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's Annual General Meeting on 21 September 2010. Those accounts were reported upon without qualification by the independent auditors and their report was reported on without qualification and did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

11. Annual Report and Accounts

 

A copy of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 will shortly be available on our website at www.yfmprivateequity.co.uk. These will be distributed by post to Shareholders and will be available thereafter to members of the public from the Company's registered office.

 

12. Directors

 

The directors of the Company are: Ms H Sinclair, Mr PS Cammerman, Mr RM Pettigrew and Mr R Last.

 

13. Annual General Meeting

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at 33 St James Square, London, SW1Y 4JS, on 21 September 2010 at 11.30am.

 

Share Allotment

 

British Smaller Companies VCT plc ("the Company") announces that on 22 June 2010 it allotted 77 ordinary shares of 10 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") to shareholders of the Company at a price of 97.25 pence per share.

 

Following such allotment the Company's issued share capital consists of 32,780,492 Ordinary shares with voting rights ("Voting Capital") and 1,382,837 shares held in Treasury.

 

The above statement of Voting Capital may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company under the FSA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

David Hall                                 YFM Private Equity Limited                   Tel:  0161 832 7603

Jeff Keating                               Singer Capital Markets                         Tel:  0203 205 7500


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