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Tuesday 19 April, 2011


RNS Number : 1389F
Oakley Capital Investments Limited
19 April 2011
 



19 April 2011

 

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

("the Company")

 

Preliminary results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2010

 

Oakley Capital Investments Limited (AIM : OCL, "OCIL"), the AIM-listed company established to provide investors with access to the investment strategy being pursued by Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. (the "Limited Partnership") announces its preliminary results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2010.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

· Net asset value of £1.68 per share at 31 December 2010 up from £1.41 last year, an increase of 19%

· Sale of Host Europe resulting in the distribution of £73 million in cash to the Company plus the repayment of £20 million of 

     mezzanine loans giving a money multiple of 1.9x and a 140% return of the funded commitment at the time of disposal

· Continued strong performance of the portfolio companies has added £35 million to the NAV in the year

· Acquisitions of Time Out and BDO Wealth Management by the Limited Partnership in the period and Emesa in March

     2011 provide exciting growth potential

 

Peter Dubens, Director, commented:

 

I am pleased to report that 2010 was a very good year for the Company, both with regard to the performance of the company portfolio and deal flow.  The good work in 2009 regarding driving operational improvement across the portfolio continued in 2010, leading to an attractive return derived from the disposal of Host Europe and an increase in the net asset value of the remaining companies in the portfolio.   

 

Over the past few months, the Investment Advisor's pipeline of potentially attractive investment opportunities has improved notably.  This was reflected in the two transactions completed in the last quarter of 2010 and the investment made post the year end.  The Limited Partnership is well placed to capitalise on other attractive investment opportunities as and when they are identified, leaving the Board encouraged about the prospects for 2011.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

+44 20 7766 6900

Peter Dubens (Director)




Financial Dynamics

+44 20 7831 3113

Edward Bridges / James Macey White / Tracey Bowditch




Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

+44 20 3100 2000

Steve Pearce / Steven Tredget






 

About Oakley Capital Investments Limited

 

The Company was established to provide investors with access to the investment strategy being pursued by the Limited Partnership.

 

The primary objective of the Limited Partnership is to invest in a diverse portfolio of private mid-market UK and European businesses, aiming to provide investors with significant long-term capital appreciation. 

 

The investment strategy of the Limited Partnership is to focus on companies with the scope for performance improvement operating within industries with growth or consolidation potential. In addition, the Limited Partnershipseeks to invest in companies with the potential to achieve scale, thereby commanding a premium on exit.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

I am pleased to report that 2010 was another strong year for the Company. The Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P.'s ("Limited Partnership") portfolio businesses continued to perform well and the Limited Partnership made its first full realisation with the sale of Host Europe Corporation Limited ("Host Europe").  The result of these developments was the lifting of the Company's net asset value per share from £1.41 at 31 December 2009 to £1.68 at 31 December 2010, an improvement of 19%. Following the disposal of Host Europe, on 10 November 2010 the Limited Partnership distributed £72.7 million of proceeds to the Company representing 45% of total commitments and 140% of the funded commitment at the time of disposal. In addition, the mezzanine loan of £16.9 million, plus interest of £3.0 million, due to the Company by Host Europe was repaid in full. As a consequence of the disposal, the Company received £92.6 million in cash generating a money multiple return on its total investment in Host Europe of 1.9x.

 

Also in November 2010, the Limited Partnership issued a capital call of €13.1 million representing 7% of the Company's total commitments of €187 million. The total funded commitment to 31 December 2010 was €77.6 million representing 41.5% of the Company's total commitments.

 

The Company's investment in the Limited Partnership at 31 December 2010 has been reduced following the sale of Host Europe and the subsequent cash distribution. The investment value at the end of 2009 was £104.4 million and this compares to £74.0 million for 2010. Adding back the distribution received, of £72.7 million, to the 31 December 2010 net asset value ("NAV") produces an adjusted NAV of £146.7 million, an increase of 41% in the year.

 

The Limited Partnership's focus on driving operational improvements reported in 2009 has continued in 2010. This has been reflected in increasing EBITDA in its portfolio companies resulting in an attractive return derived from the sale of Host Europe and an increase in net asset values of the remaining portfolio investments. As well as the strong performance in the underlying investments, the Limited Partnership continues to employ low levels of leverage in its businesses which has meant that the Limited Partnership has been well positioned in the face of tight credit markets.

The Limited Partnership made two direct investments during 2010, both taking place in the last quarter of calendar 2010. In the first, the Limited Partnership acquired 84.4% of Fitzwilliam Holdings Limited ("BDO Wealth Management"), the UK-wide independent provider of investment advice and solutions to private equity individuals and corporates, from BDO LLP, a leading firm of accountants in the UK. The transaction valued BDO Wealth Management at £14.2 million with the Limited Partnership providing equity of £6.95 million and the Company providing £6.0 million in mezzanine loans. The second investment was the acquisition of 50% of Time Out Group Limited ("Time Out"), the international and iconic multi-channel publisher. The transaction valued Time Out at £13.4 million, with the Limited Partnership providing equity of £4.7 million and the Company providing £5.0 million in senior loan notes and £5.7 million in mezzanine loans.

 

In early 2010, the Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser reported a significant improvement in both the quantity and quality of investment opportunities it was investigating.  This led to the acquisitions made in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a further investment completed in the post-balance sheet period with the acquisition of Emesa B.V., a leading e-commerce company active in the Dutch online leisure market.



 

PERFORMANCE

 

Net asset value in the year, increased by £34.8 million to £214.9 million as at 31 December 2010. Of this increase, £74.4 million was in cash as a result of the proceeds of £92.6 million received following the sale of Host Europe. At 31 December 2010, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of £120.9 million.

 

This cash distribution to the Company gave rise to a corresponding decrease in the value of its investment in the Limited Partnership, which fell by £30.4 million, mitigated by an unrealised gain on the revaluation of Verivox Holdings Limited ("Verivox") and a capital call.

 

Of the total net asset value of £214.9 million, £74.0 million represents investments made by the Company into the Limited Partnership and £19.7 million made directly to the Limited Partnership's portfolio companies. The Limited Partnership had total commitments of €288 million at 31 December 2010 of which the Company's commitment was €187 million or 65% of the total amount raised; 41.5% of commitments had been drawn down.

 

Whilst the Company does not generally invest directly in the Limited Partnership's portfolio companies, it is possible to "see through" the Limited Partnership to understand the impact of the performance of those portfolio companies on the investment value attributed to the Limited Partnership in the Company.

 

The total value of the portfolio company investments have seen an increase in their fair value both from inception and within the year, approximately 65% of which gets reflected in the Company (through its investment in the Limited Partnership). Fair values as at 31 December 2010 have been established in accordance with The International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines.

 

The Limited Partnership's previous largest portfolio company, Host Europe, was sold on 28 October 2010 to Montagu Private Equity after a holding period of 31 months. Total consideration for the sale was £222 million.  The consideration was used to repay third party debt and to meet the costs of the transaction and to repay debt due to the Company of £19.9 million, leaving net proceeds of £111.9 million. Of this, £72.7 million was distributed to the Company, excluding the debt repayment.  This represents a money multiple on the equity investment through the Limited Partnership of 2.3x.

 

Prior to the sale of Host Europe, the shares it held in Daisy Group plc ("Daisy") were extracted and continue to be held by the Limited Partnership.  These 36.25 million shares, representing 14% of Daisy, were acquired as part of the consideration for the disposal of Vialtus in July 2009.  Including the value of the retained holding in Daisy, the money multiple in the Limited Partnership on the Host Europe disposal is lifted to 3x.

 

A 51% interest in Verivox was acquired by the Limited Partnership on 4 December 2009. There has been an impressive unrealised gain attributable to the Company from the investment in Verivox since 31 December 2009 of £24.4 million which has arisen from a combination of acquiring the business on an attractive multiple and a strong trading performance by Verivox in 2010.

 

In addition to its investments in the Limited Partnership, the Company has provided debt finance directly to a number of the Limited Partnership's portfolio companies. These typically take the form of mezzanine loans with fixed interest rates in the range 15% to 15.25%. The Company occasionally provides secured senior debt to the portfolio companies at interest rates around 8.5%. The investments in loan instruments reduced by £8.7 million from £28.5 million as at 31 December 2009 to £19.7 million due to the Host Europe mezzanine loan of £16.9 million and a  loan of £4.4 million from Verivox both being repaid in full. Three new loans were issued in 2010 with a total value of £16.7 million.

 

The increase in net asset value is reflected in an improvement in net asset value per share, of 27p over the 12 month period to £1.68.

 

The Company held cash and cash equivalents of £120.9 million at 31 December 2010.  On 28 October 2010, the Company made a capital commitment in the amount of £86 million in a successor fund to the Limited Partnership.  To-date there have been no capital calls in respect of this commitment.

 

INVESTMENTS

 

The Limited Partnership undertook two direct acquisitions in the year; acquiring 50% of Time Out Group Limited ("Time Out") and 84.4% in Fitzwilliam Holdings Limited ("BDO Wealth Management"), both transactions taking place in November 2010. In addition, one of the Limited Partnership's portfolio companies, Headland Media Limited ("Headland Media") invested in Newslink Services Limited ("Newslink") in April 2010.  In the post-balance sheet period the Limited Partnership acquired 68% of Emesa BV ("Emesa"), a Dutch e-commerce business.

 

Time Out

On 25 November 2010, it was announced that the Limited Partnership had acquired 50% of Time Out, the international multi channel publisher at an enterprise value of £13.4 million.

 

Time Out was founded in 1968 and publishes in over 30 countries around the world.  With its incredible brand heritage, Time Out is uniquely positioned to provide services across traditional print, digital channels and live events.  The Time Out brand currently delivers entertainment, cultural guidance and information to people through a distribution network which incorporates city magazines, a comprehensive online presence, mobile, travel guides, events and partnerships.  Time Out has a worldwide audience of over 17 million per annum across all these channels and continues to grow its digital presence, with global unique users up 38% year on year to 7.5 million, of which 2 million are in London.

 

BDO Wealth Management

On 4 November 2010, the Limited Partnership announced that it had acquired 84.4% of BDO Wealth Management, the UK-wide independent provider of investment advice and solutions to private individuals and corporates, from BDO LLP.  The transaction values BDO Wealth Management at an enterprise value of £14.2 million.

 

With offices throughout the UK, BDO Wealth Management has over £2 billion of funds under management and advice and employs approximately 200 people.  BDO Wealth Management has two main divisions; corporate pensions and benefits, and private clients.  David Pitman, who was the former CEO of Close Wealth Management, has taken on the CEO role at BDO Wealth Management along with a new CFO and COO.

 

Headland Media

On 30 April 2010 Headland Media acquired Newslink. Newslink primarily provides news digest services to the maritime industry. The acquisition was funded through an equity investment of $2.4 million provided by the Limited Partnership.

 

2011 Acquisition

On 25 March 2011, the Limited Partnership announced its acquisition of a significant majority stake in Emesa B.V. ("Emesa"), a leading e-commerce company active in the Dutch online leisure market.

 

Emesa was ranked as the fourth fastest growing technology company in the Netherlands in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50.  It is a leading online consumer auction platform in the European leisure industry which enables online customers to find and book leisure deals. The Limited Partnership believes Emesa is well-positioned to achieve further growth in the Netherlands and expand into other European markets.

 

OUTLOOK

 

The Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser continues to source opportunities from its own network of contacts including corporates looking to divest non-core assets, accountants, corporate finance practitioners, industry sources, lawyers and banks seeking to restructure underperforming assets. The Limited Partnerships' focus continues to be on the turnaround of underperforming assets in consolidating or growth industries or within sectors which are subject to structural change and high growth.  During 2010 the Investment Adviser reported an improvement in its prospects pipeline which is manifested in the three investments made by the Limited Partnership over the last two quarters and which provides a positive backdrop for the remainder of 2011.

 

It is expected that, in aggregate, the established portfolio companies will continue with their strong operational performance in 2011 and the Limited Partnership may contemplate further realisations if the Investment Adviser judges that the conditions are conducive for an exit from an investment.  The newly acquired businesses provide exciting opportunities for the future. 

 

 

 

James Keyes

Chairman

19 April 2011



MANAGER'S REPORT

 

THE COMPANY AND THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

The Company provides investors with exposure to Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. (the "Limited Partnership"), an unlisted UK and European mid-market private equity fund with the aim of providing investors with significant long term capital appreciation.

 

Oakley Capital (Bermuda) Limited (the "Manager"), a Bermudian company, has been appointed manager to the Company and the Limited Partnership. The Manager has appointed Oakley Capital Limited (the "Investment Adviser") as the investment adviser to the Manager. The Investment Adviser is primarily responsible for advising the Manager on the investment of the assets of the Limited Partnership and the Company.

 

The Limited Partnership's investment strategy is to invest in sectors that are growing or where consolidation is taking place.  Within the core sector interests, the Limited Partnership invests in both performing and under-performing companies, supporting buy and build strategies, business encountering rapid growth, or businesses undergoing significant operational or strategic change.   Investing in a diverse range of portfolio companies, the Limited Partnership's objective is to work proactively with the portfolio companies management teams, together with other stakeholders, in order to create substantial shareholder value.

 

The Limited Partnership looks to acquire a controlling interest in companies with an enterprise value of between £20 million and £150 million, though companies with a lower enterprise value are considered where the Manager believes that anticipated returns justify the investment. The Limited Partnership aims to deliver in excess of 25% gross internal rate of return (IRR) per annum on investments. The life of the Limited Partnership is expected to be approximately 10 years, which includes a five year investment period.

 

MARKET BACKGROUND

 

The European economic recovery in 2010 has been at best patchy.  In the UK, following four quarters of positive growth, economic growth fell back in the fourth quarter by 0.6%. Sharp rises in global commodity prices towards the end of the year have raised concerns that, against a background of ultra-accommodative monetary policies, cost increases could set off an inflationary spiral.  Assuming that the recent increase in oil prices is semi-permanent rather than a temporary spike there must be adverse consequences for the global economy. Higher fuel prices are likely to squeeze business profitability and add to the already considerable pressures on debt-laden households.

 

Against this backdrop the Investment Adviser has seen a significant improvement in the number and quality of opportunities presented to it and is therefore positive in its sentiment towards 2011, whilst remaining cautious in its review and analysis of these opportunities.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Assets at:


31.12.07

31.12.08

31.12.09

31.12.10

% change 2010/2007









Net assets (£m)


99.4

99.9

180.1

214.9

116%

Net assets per share (£)


0.99

1.08

1.41

1.68

69%

Share price (mid-market) (p)


101.6

63.5

95.0

145.5

43%

FTSE AIM Index


3,287

2,209

2,751

3,063

(7%)

FTSE Small-Cap Index


3,418

1,854

2,777

3,229

(6%)









Operational performance







Increase in net assets resulting from operations £m


(0.6)

5.1

55.0

34.8


Net gain per share


(0.01)

0.06

0.47

0.27




ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENTS IN NET ASSET VALUE FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010

 







Opening net asset value as at 1 January 2010




Gross revenue





Other expenditure





Realised gain on investments





Net unrealised appreciation of investments (excluding accrued interest)









Closing net asset value as at 31 December 2010




214.9

 

PERFORMANCE

 

The Company's net asset value increased in the year from £180.1 million to £214.9 million, an increase of £34.8 million. The Manager follows The International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines in establishing fair value. The Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser appointed a third party valuer to help determine the fair value of certain investments taking account of financial information provided by the Investment Adviser. In considering valuation, the Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser used a combination of the market approach and the income approach. The market approach ascribes a value to a business interest or shareholding by comparing it to similar businesses, using the principle of substitution: that is, that a prudent purchaser would pay no more for an asset than it would cost to acquire a substitute asset with the same utility and income earning potential. In the income approach, an economic benefit stream from the business interest is selected, generally based on historic or forecast cash flows and generally a derivative of profits. The cash flow is then discounted to present value using a risk-adjusted discount rate.

 

The net asset value at 31 December 2010 is equivalent to 168 pence per share up from 141 pence in 2009, an improvement of 27 pence, or 19%. In the same period the Company's share price has moved from 95 pence at 31 December 2009 to 145.5 pence at 31 December 2010. This represents a significant narrowing of the discount from net asset value from 33% in 2009 to 13% at the end of 2010.

 

The primary contributor to the increase in net asset value in the year was the realised gain on investment in the Limited Partnership. This amounted to £31.3 million and was attributable to the sale of Host Europe.



MOVEMENTS IN INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO VALUES FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 DECEMBER 2010

 

Fair value of investments











31-Dec-10


31-Dec-09





£m


£m

Cash and net current assets




4.9


5.9

Host Europe




--


62.6

Verivox




35.5


11.1

Daisy




19.2


18.1

Headland Media




5.4


4.4

BDOIM




4.5


--

Time Out




3.1


--

Monument




1.4


2.2

Value in Limited Partnership




74.0


104.4








Host Europe (sold October 2010)




72.7


--








Total




146.7


104.4

 

As the above chart indicates, the total increase in the year in the investment value of the portfolio companies attributable to the Company was £43.0 million, including Host Europe at its realisation value, representing an increase over the period of 44%. This was driven largely by an improvement in the underlying operating performance of the portfolio businesses, together with ratings expansion and £8.9 million contributed by the 2010 acquisitions.

 

Host Europe's attributable fair value increased by £10.0 million from 31 December 2009 up to realisation, at a value of £72.7 million.

 

Daisy's fair value increased from £18.0 million to £19.0 million. The share price increased from 97 pence at 31 December 2009 (less a discount to reflect a lock-in prohibiting the transfer or disposal of the shares before September 2010) to 100 pence (with no discount) at 31 December 2010.  The Limited Partnership owns 36.25 million shares in Daisy, representing 14% of Daisy, having transferred ownership from Host Europe prior to its sale.

Verivox has continued to outperform the Limited Partnership's expectations resulting in a significant unrealised appreciation in its value. The gain attributable to the Company in 2010 is £24.4 million, after a holding period of less than 13 months, an improvement of nearly 250% over the period.



PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT GROWTH 2009 BY SOURCE

 

The fair value of the investment in the Limited Partnership grew from £104.4 million to £146.7 million (including Host Europe at its realisation value), an increase of £42.3 million. The dominant influences on this growth were trading and rating expansion, both of these being driven by the impact of the overall improvement in the underlying performance of the portfolio businesses on their assessed fair value. The most significant contributor to the growth from improvements in trading was Verivox which, following a very strong performance in 2010, added £24.4 million to investment growth attributable to the Company.  Both Host Europe and Verivox contributed to rating expansion, the former reflecting the excess that the distribution represented over its 2009 attributed fair value and for Verivox, recognition that improved ratings amongst its peer group and the company's record of strong growth warranted a modest improvement in multiple.

 

The performance improvement achieved in the portfolio businesses would, on exit, give rise to a percentage of that improvement being earned by the management teams in those businesses. The Manager believes that direct participation by key managers in the portfolio businesses is an essential component in driving performance.  In addition, any increase in fair value adds to the founding partner's performance fee accrual, and there is the charge for management fees. The founding partner's performance fee is dependent upon the Limited Partnership achieving a hurdle rate of 8% per annum and is only paid on the successful realisation of an investment.

 

Asset types

 





2010


2009

Cash




56%


26%

Limited Partnership




34%


58%

Loan Finance




10%


16%





100%


100%

 

At 31 December 2010 the Company's assets were divided between its investment in the Limited Partnership (35%), cash and cash equivalents (56%) and loans provided directly to portfolio companies (9%). These loans generally take the form of mezzanine and senior finance, ensuring that uncalled cash continues to work for the Company earning a positive return.  At 31 December 2010 the total value of loans outstanding was £19.7 million (2009: £28.5 million).  The significant increase in cash reflects the distribution received by the Company following the sale of Host Europe. 



Split of Investments in Limited Partnership 2010

 





2010


2009

Cash & Other net assets




7%


6%

Host Europe




0%


60%

Daisy




26%


17%

Verivox




48%


11%

Headland Media




7%


4%

Monument




2%


2%

BDOWM




6%


0%

Time Out




4%


0%





100%


100%

 

Looking geographically, the portfolio in 2010 has lost its strong UK bias (at the end of 2009 the UK represented 63% of the Limited Partnership) and is now is divided between the UK, with a 47% of value, and Germany with 53%.

The distribution of the portfolio by sector is also better balanced at the end of 2010. The sale of Host Europe has eliminated the Limited Partnership's previous heavy reliance on the technology sector. The strongest bias is towards consumer services because of the influence of Verivox. Verivox is Germany's leading consumer energy and telecoms price comparison website and has seen very high growth in consumer switching.  This is expected to continue to grow driven by increased competition, higher internet penetration and growing consumer awareness of the ability to switch to save on energy costs. Daisy provides interest in the telecoms sector and the recent acquisitions of Time Out and BDO Wealth Management provide diversification into digital media/publishing and financial services, respectively, and in the opinion of the Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser, offer significant potential for the future. Headland Media and Monument add further limited diversification.

 

Portfolio Distribution by Sector

 





2010


2009

Technology




0%


64%

Telecoms




28%


18%

Financial Services




9%


2%

Digital Media/Publishing




12%


5%

Consumer Services




51%


11%





100%


100%



 

REVIEW OF INVESTMENTS

 

SUMMARY

 

REVIEW OF INVESTMENTS




Fair Value


Fair Value


Assets at fair value




2010 (£m)


2009 (£m)










Investment in Limited Partnership




74.0


104.4


Mezzanine loans:








      Host Europe




--


16.9

1

      Verivox




1.4


7.1

2

      Headland Media




1.6


--


      BDO Wealth Management




6.0


--


     Time Out




5.7


--


Senior loans:








     Verivox




--


4.4

1

     Time Out




5.0
















93.7


132.9


1 Repaid to the Company in full in 2010








Part repayment to the Company in 2010








 

The Company invests principally in the Limited Partnership. The primary objective of the Limited Partnership is to invest in a diverse portfolio of private mid-market UK and European businesses, aiming to provide investors with significant long term capital appreciation.

 

By 31 December 2010, the Company had invested a total of £62.9 million in the Limited Partnership since inception. This investment together with the Limited Partnership's own cash resources were invested in portfolio companies such that the investment by the Company represents approximately 65% of the total amount invested. The above summary shows the values attributed to the Company by virtue of its direct holding through the Limited Partnership of its interest in the portfolio businesses. The fall in the value of investments in 2010 reflects the cash distribution received by the Company from the Limited Partnership following the sale of Host Europe, amounting to £72.7 million and the repayment of loans at the time of the sale, amounting to a further £16.9 million plus accrued interest.  At 31 December 2010, the Limited Partnership's Investment Adviser appointed a third party valuer to determine fair value taking account of financial information provided by the Investment Adviser. As a result of this assessment, the fair value of investments made in the Limited Partnership at 31 December 2010 stands at £74.0 million.

 

In addition to its investments in the Limited Partnership, the Company has provided loans directly to a number of the portfolio companies. At 31 December 2010, the Company had outstanding mezzanine finance provided to Headland Media of £1.6 million carrying an annual interest rate of 15.0% and with a maturity date of December 2014, but repayable at any time before this date.  At 31 December 2009, Verivox had a mezzanine loan from the Company of £7.1 million with a fixed interest rate of 15% and maturing no later than December 2019. All but £1.4 million of this loan was repaid by Verivox in December 2010, and the remaining balance was repaid in March 2011.  Verivox's senior debt finance bridge loan of £4.4 million was repaid in full in December 2010. With the acquisition of BDO Wealth Management the Company provided mezzanine finance of £6.0 million with an interest rate of 15.0% per annum maturing no later than November 2015.  Alongside the Limited Partnership's own investment, the Company provided both mezzanine finance and senior debt finance to Time Out.  The mezzanine finance was £5.7 million with an interest rate of 15.0% per annum maturing no later than November 2015.  The senior loan notes amounted to £5.0 million and have an annual interest rate of 8.5% and are due to be repaid by no later than March 2013.



HOST EUROPE

 

Sector:

Technology

Location:

United Kingdom

Investment date:

2 April 2008

Website:

www.hosteurope.com

 

Business update

 

On 15 September 2010 the Limited Partnership announced the disposal of Host Europe to Montagu Private Equity, subject to approval by Germany's Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt).  Having received this approval, the sale was completed on 28 October 2010.

 

Total consideration for the sale was £222.0 million.  The consideration was used to repay third party debt; to pay Host Europe management in respect of their interests; to meet transaction costs; and to repay debt due to the Company of £16.9 million plus accrued interest.  As a result of the disposal, on 10 November 2010, the Limited Partnership distributed £111.9 million of proceeds to the Limited Partners, including £72.7 million to the Company.

 

Prior to the sale of Host Europe, the shares it held in Daisy Group plc ("Daisy") were extracted and continue to be held by the Limited Partnership.  These 36.25 million shares, representing 14% of Daisy were acquired as part of the consideration for the disposal of Host Europe's Vialtus division in July 2009. 

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Host Europe continued to perform well in 2010. The exit value of the investment in Host Europe was £111.9 million against an invested cost of £48.0 million generating a money multiple of 2.3x and an IRR of 48% to the Limited Partners.

 

HOST EUROPE

 

Value of Host Europe
at acquisition

Total equity
held

Exit value of the
Company's interest

£128m

83%

£92.6m



DAISY GROUP PLC

 

Sector:

Telecoms

Location:

United Kingdom

Investment date:

21 July 2009

Website:

www.daisyplc.com

 

TRANSACTION DETAILS

 

On 21 July 2009, Host Europe sold Vialtus, one of its three operating divisions, for £42.0 million to Daisy Group plc ("Daisy"). In consideration for the disposal of Vialtus, Host Europe received £13.0 million of cash and £29.0 million worth of ordinary shares in Daisy representing 36.26 million Daisy ordinary shares. Daisy is listed on the London Stock Exchange under AIM.

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Daisy is a leading provider of integrated voice and data services to small and medium sized businesses providing customers with access to a combined product set from a single platform.

Daisy's strategic objective is to consolidate the fragmented mid-market telecommunications sector with the aim of building a business of considerable scale.  Following the acquisition of Vialtus Solutions, Daisy has completed a further 12 acquisitions.

 

The Daisy share price on 31 December 2010 was 100.0p and this was used to establish the fair value of the investment.

 

DAISY GROUP PLC

 

Value
at acquisition

Total equity
held

Fair value of the
Company's interest

N/A

14%

£19m



VERIVOX

 

Sector:

Online consumer

Location:

Germany

Investment date:

4 December 2009

Website:

www.verivox.de

 

TRANSACTION DETAILS

 

On 4 December 2009, the Limited Partnership acquired 51% of Verivox, Germany's largest independent online consumer energy price comparison site, funded using a combination of debt and preferred equity. The Limited Partnerships' contribution was €5.3 million.

 

The Company's investment in Verivox via the Limited Partnership is held in preferred shares. In addition, the Company provided €13.0 million in the form of mezzanine finance and bridging loan. Of these loans, at 31 December 2010 €1.65 million was outstanding but was fully repaid on 11 March 2011.

 

In accordance with management performance, at exit, following repayment of the loans and preferred equity, including accrued interest, the economic gain is to be divided between the Limited Partnership and management in the ratio 40.5 : 59.5.

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Verivox, which has been established more than 10 years, is Germany's leading energy price comparison website. Verivox receives commissions from energy suppliers when consumers elect to switch their provider, using the company's website www.verivox.de. Verivox's commission is based on a typical household bill of €700 to €1,300 per annum.

 

In contrast to the UK energy market, Germany has historically experienced relatively low levels of consumer switching due primarily to the slower introduction of effective competition into the market. However, with recent deregulation of the energy market the level of consumer switching is growing, driven by increasing consumer awareness and by increased competition and higher internet penetration.  In 2010, Verivox handled 80 million price enquiries leading to 1 million customer switches.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Verivox enjoyed a strong performance in 2010 with EBITDA of €27.4 million compared to €11.4 million in 2009, an increase of 140%.

 

VERIVOX

 

Value of Verivox
at acquisition

Total equity
held

Fair value of the
Company's interest

£17.0m

51%

£37.0m



TIME OUT

 

Sector:

Digital Media/Publishing

Location:

UK

Investment date:

25 November 2010

Website:

www.timeout.com

 

TRANSACTION DETAILS

 

In November 2010 the Limited Partnership acquired 50% of Time Out, the international multi channel publisher.  The Limited Partnership subscribed for equity of £4.7 million and the Company provided loans in the form of mezzanine finance of £5.7 million and senior debt of £5.0 million. 

 

On 18 January 2010, the Company increased the mezzanine loan to Time Out by another £0.5m taking the total to £6.2 million.

 

Business Overview

 

Time Out was established in 1968 by Tony Elliott and today is a globally recognised brand in the publishing industry that publishes city-based magazines and travel guides and is beginning to build an online presence. The development of the internet has presented Time Out with an opportunity to transition the business from a magazine listings business to a real-time digital provider of entertainment information and qualified editorial opinions, with an added transactional capability. 

 

Investment rationale

 

The company is positioned to transition a well known brand from a listings business to a real-time, location-based content provider, capitalising on the rapid growth and acceptance of digital content.  Time Out's digital and mobile offering can be developed to provide an easy platform for transactions and a one-stop-shop for entertainment.  Further, geographic growth can be achieved through brand extensions by leveraging Time Out's reputation built through the guides business.

 

Performance

Revenue for the year to 31 December 2010 was £16.9 million with an EBITDA of £1.7 million.

 

TIME OUT GROUP

 

Value of

Total


Fair Value

Time out at

equity


Of the

acquisition

held


Company's interest

£13.4m

50%


£13.8m







BDO WEALTH MANAGEMENT

 

Sector:

Financial Services

Location:

UK

Investment date:

4 November 2010

Website:

www.bdo.uk.com

 

On 4 November 2010, the Limited Partnership announced that it had acquired 84.4% of BDO Wealth Management, the UK-wide independent provider of investment advice and solutions to private individuals and corporates, from BDO LLP.  The transaction valued BDO Wealth Management at an enterprise value of £14.2 million.  The Limited Partnership provided equity of £7.0 million and the Company a mezzanine loan of £6.0 million.  As anticipated, in the first quarter of 2011, an additional £2.5 million was injected by way of equity in order to provide working capital and to fund regulatory capital.

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Formed by BDO LLP in 1989, BDO Wealth Management has grown to become a leading UK mid-market independent wealth manager and investment advisory firm with £2.0 billion under management and advice. The Company operates two principal divisions; private client services; and corporate pensions and benefits.  BDO Wealth Management's main source of revenues is time-based fees, with commissions and performance fees accounting for less than 10% of annual revenues.

 

Investment rationale

 

This was an opportunity to acquire a top 40 UK wealth manager with high quality clients.  The business employs a highly qualified base of advisors, and is Retail Distribution Review ready.  BDO Wealth Management's centralised investment processes provide the opportunity to grow a profitable business with scale; forming the basis for consolidation opportunities.

 

Performance

 

Revenue for the year to 31 December 2010 was £16.9 million with an EBITDA of £1.7 million.

 

bdo wealth management

 

Value of

Total


Fair value of the Company's interest

BDO WM at

equity



acquisition

held



£14.2m

84%


£10.5m

 



HEADLAND MEDIA

 

Sector:

Digital media

Location:

United Kingdom

Investment date:

25 January 2008

Website:

www.headlandmedia.com

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Headland Media is a business-to-business media content provider with offices in the UK, Europe and the US. It is the leading provider of news digest services to the hotel and shipping sectors and is a provider of entertainment and training services to offshore industries and other remote locations.

 

Headland Media distributes media content to around 6,500 destinations using proprietary channels and has an audience of approximately 20 million listeners and 250,000 readers.

 

BUSINESS UPDATE

 

 On 30 April 2010 Headland Media acquired Newslink Services Limited ("Newslink"). Newslink primarily provides news digest services to the maritime industry.  The acquisition provided access to Newslink's customer base into which Headland Media expects to cross sell additional products and the acquisition will help Headland Media to increase its market share with access to a further 4,700 vessels. The acquisition was financed through an investment of £2.0 million resulting in Headland Media drawing a further £1.6 million of mezzanine debt from the Company.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Headland Media's financial performance in the year to 31 December 2010 was in line with expectations. Revenue for the year to 31 December 2001 was £7.8 million with an EBITDA of £2.0 million.

 

HEADLAND MEDIA

 

Value of Headland Media

at acquisition

Total equity
held

Fair value of the
Company's interest

£6.3m

80%

£7.0m



MONUMENT SECURITIES LTD

 

Sector:

Financial services

Location:

United Kingdom

Investment date:

31 March 2008

Website:

www.monumentsecurities.com

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Monument Securities Limited ("Monument") is an independent equity, derivatives and fixed income broker with an 18 year history. The company provides services to institutions, fund managers, market professionals, corporates and hedge funds. Monument Securities is a member of the NYSE, Euronext, LIFFE, Eurex, the London Stock Exchange and the International Capital Markets Association and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

 

BUSINESS UPDATE

 

The Limited Partnership's ownership of Monument has coincided with difficult economic and market conditions. Equity trading volumes have remained low in 2010 and this has again been reflected in brokering commissions which ended the year lower than in 2009. Monument's balance sheet remains strong.  Monument's performance has been reflected in a reduction in the Company's assessed fair value, from £2.2 million at the end of 2009 to £1.4 million at 31 December 2010.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Revenue for the year was £6.2 million, which is 17% down from the previous year.  Cost savings of around 15% have ensured that the business finished 2010 with EBITDA close to breakeven.

 

MONUMENT SECURITIES

 

Value of Monument
at acquisition

Total equity
held

Fair value of the
Company's interest

£5.5m

51%

£1.4m



 

Financial Statements

(with Independent Auditors' Report Thereon)

 

For the years ended 31 December 2010 and 2009

 

 

Independent Auditors' Report

 

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Oakley Capital Investments Limited

 

We have audited the accompanying statements of assets and liabilities of Oakley Capital Investments Limited (the "Company"), including the schedules of investments, as of 31 December 31 2010 and 2009 and the related statements of operations, changes in net assets and cash flows for the years then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Oakley Capital Investments Limited as of 31 December 2010 and 2009 and the results of its operations, changes in its net assets and cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

 

 

Chartered Accountants

Hamilton, Bermuda

14 April 2011



 

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 



2010


2009


Notes

£


£

Assets





Investments (cost 2010: £42,127,743; 2009: £81,356,297)

5, 7

93,708,239


132,883,058

Cash and cash equivalents

3

120,915,727


46,511,535

Accrued interest receivable


814,139


781,118

Other receivables


29,553


41,394

Total assets


215,467,658


180,217,105

Liabilities





Accounts payable and accrued expenses

4, 6

520,316


106,747

Total liabilities


520,316


106,747

Net assets attributable to shareholders


214,947,342


180,110,358

Represented by:





  Share capital


1,281,250


1,281,250

  Share premium


119,276,094


119,276,094

  Retained earnings


94,389,998


59,553,014



214,947,342


180,110,358

Number of shares outstanding

9

128,125,000


128,125,000

Net asset value per share


1.68


1.41

 

Signed on behalf of the Board on 14 April 2011

 

Ian Pilgrim

Tina Burns

Director

Director



 

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



 

Schedules of Investments

31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 

31 December 2010

 


Fair value as

a percentage

of net assets

Percentage

interest

Principal

amount/

Quantity

Cost

£


Fair value

£

Investments in Limited Partnership







Bermuda







Oakley Capital Private Equity LP

34.42%

65.01%


22,278,648


73,977,584

Unquoted debt securities







Investments in senior loan notes







United Kingdom







Time Out Group BC Limited

   Interest at 8.5% p.a. 

   Maturity date March 2013

2.33%


£5,000,000

5,000,000


5,000,000

Investments in mezzanine loans







United Kingdom







Headland Media Limited

   Interest at 15% p.a.

   Maturity date December 2014

0.75%


$2,500,000

1,645,945


1,610,500

Bermuda







VVX (Bermuda) Limited

   Interest rate at 15% p.a.

   Maturity date December 2019

0.66%


€1,650,000

1,503,150


1,420,155

Fitzwilliam Holdco Limited

   Interest rate at 15% p.a

   Maturity date November 2015

2.79%


£6,000,000

6,000,000


6,000,000

Time Out (Bermuda) Limited

   Interest rate at 15% p.a.

   Maturity date November 2015

2.65%


£5,700,000

5,700,000


5,700,000

Total mezzanine loans

6.85%



14,849,095


14,730,655

Total Investments

43.60%



42,127,743


93,708,239

 

For details of the underlying investments of the Limited Partnership, please refer to Note 7

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



Schedules of Investments

31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 

31 December 2009

 


Fair value as

a percentage

of net assets

Percentage

interest

Principal

amount/

Quantity

Cost

£


Fair value

£

Investments in Limited Partnership







Bermuda







Oakley Capital Private Equity LP

57.98%

66.05%


52,607,753


104,432,214

Unquoted debt securities







Investments in mezzanine loans







United Kingdom







Host Europe Corporation Limited

   Interest at 15.25% p.a. Maturity date      

   December 2015

9.39%


£16,905,544

16,905,544


16,905,544

Bermuda







VVX (Bermuda) Limited

   Interest rate at 15% p.a. Maturity date   

   December 2019

3.94%


€8,000,000

7,288,000


7,104,800

Total mezzanine loans

13.33%



24,193,544


24,010,344

Investment in bridge loans







Bermuda







VVX Investments Limited. Interest rate      

   at 8.5% p.a. Maturity date December 

   2012

2.47%


€5,000,000

4,555,000


4,440,500

Total Investments

73.78%



81,356,297


132,883,058

 

For details of the underlying investments of the Limited Partnership, please refer to Note 7

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



Statements of Operations

For the Years Ended 31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 



2010


2009


Notes

£


£

Investment income





Interest


4,835,741


4,389,662

Total income


4,835,741


4,389,662

Expenses





Management fees

4

306,677


-

Performance fees

4

408,948


529,441

Professional fees

6,10

279,086


970,094

Other


372,133


223,733

Interest


379


1,677

Total expenses


1,367,223


1,724,945

Net investment income


3,468,518


2,664,717

Realised and unrealised gains (losses) on foreign   

   exchange and investments





   Net realised gains (losses) on foreign exchange


51,288


(95,088)

   Net change in unrealised (losses) gains on foreign exchange


(545)


1,226

   Net realised gains on investments


31,263,988


-

   Net change in unrealised appreciation on investments


53,735


52,466,526

   Net realised and unrealised gains on foreign exchange and investments


31,368,466


52,372,664

Net earnings


34,836,984


55,037,381

 

Net earnings per share


0.27


0.47

 

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



Statements of Changes in Net Assets

For the Years Ended 31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 


Note

2010


2009



£


£

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations





Net investment income


3,468,518


2,664,717

Net realised gains (losses) on foreign exchange


51,288


(95,088)

Net change in unrealised (losses) gains on foreign exchange


(545)


1,226

Net realised gains on investments


31,263,988


-

Net change in unrealised appreciation on investments


53,735


52,466,526

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations


34,836,984


55,037,381

Capital share transactions





Proceeds on issue of shares

9

-


25,133,660

Net increase in net assets from capital share transactions


-


25,133,660

Net increase in net assets


34,836,984


80,171,041

Net assets at beginning of year


180,110,358


99,939,317

Net assets at end of year


214,947,342


180,110,358

 

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



Statements of Cash Flows

For the Years Ended 31 December 2010 and 2009

(Expressed in British Pounds)

 


2010

£


2009

£

Cash flows from operating activities




Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

34,836,984


55,037,381

Adjustments to reconcile net increase in net assets resulting 

   from operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating   

   activities:




Net realised and unrealised gains on foreign exchange and   

   investments

(31,368,466)


(52,372,664)

Payments for purchases of investments

(36,490,528)


(27,283,560)

Proceeds on disposal of investments

106,983,070


11,314,316

Change in accrued interest receivable

(33,021)


1,849,376

Change in other receivables

11,841


(21,114)

Change in accounts payable and accrued expenses

413,569


54,149

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

74,353,449


(11,422,116)

Cash flows from capital transactions




Proceeds on issuance of shares

-


25,133,660

Net cash provided by capital transactions

-


25,133,660

Net effect of foreign exchange

50,743


(93,855)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

74,404,192


13,617,689

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

46,511,535


32,893,846

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

120,915,727


46,511,535

Interest paid during the year

379


1,677

 

The notes following form an integral part of these financial statements



Notes to the Financial Statements

For the Years Ended 31 December 2010 and 2009

 

1.      The Company

 

Oakley Capital Investments Limited (the "Company") is a closed-ended investment company which was incorporated under the laws of Bermuda on 28 June 2007. The principal objective of the Company is to achieve capital appreciation through investments in a diversified portfolio of private mid-market UK and European businesses. The Company achieves its investment objective primarily through an investment in Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. (the "Limited Partnership"), an exempted limited partnership established in Bermuda on 10 July 2007. The manager is Oakley Capital (Bermuda) Limited (the "Manager") and the investment adviser is Oakley Capital Limited (the "Investment Adviser").  The Company and the general partner of the Limited Partnership have at least one director in common.

 

The Company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange on 3 August 2007.

 

2.      Significant accounting policies

 

a)   Basis of presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S generally accepted accounting principles.

 

b)   Use of estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of increases and decreases in net assets during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

c)   Investment valuation

 

Limited Partnership

 

Security transactions are accounted for on a trade date basis based on the capital drawdown and proceeds distribution dates from the Limited Partnership. The Company's investment in the Limited Partnership is valued at the balance on the Company's capital account in the Limited Partnership as at the reporting date. Any difference between the capital introduced and the balance on the Company's capital account in the Limited Partnership is recognised in net change in unrealised appreciation and depreciation on investments in the Statements of Operations.

 

The Limited Partnership values investments at fair value and recognises gains and losses on security transactions using the specific cost method.

 

Mezzanine loans, bridge loans and senior loans

 

Mezzanine loans, bridge loans and senior loans are initially valued at the price the loan was granted. Subsequent to initial recognition the loans are valued on a fair value basis taking into account market conditions and any appreciation or deterioration in value.

 

Realised gains and losses are recorded when the security acquired is realised. The net realised gains and losses on sale of securities are determined using the specific cost method.

 

The Company is subject to the provisions of the FASB guidance on Fair Value Measurements and Disclosure (ASC 820).  ASC 820 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. ASC 820 establishes a hierarchal disclosure framework which prioritizes and ranks the level of market price observability used in measuring investments at fair value. Market price observability is affected by a number of factors, including the type of investment and the characteristics specific to the investment. Investments with readily available active market quoted prices or for which fair value can be measured from actively quoted prices generally will have a higher degree of market price observability and a lesser degree of judgment used in measuring fair value.

 

The hierarchy of inputs is summarised below.

 

·      Level 1 - quoted prices in active markets for identical investments

·      Level 2 - other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)

·      Level 3 - significant unobservable inputs (including the Investment Adviser's own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments)

 

The inputs and methodologies used in valuing the securities are not necessarily an indication of the risks associated with investing in those securities.

 

Securities traded on a national stock exchange are valued at the last reported sales price on the valuation date and are categorized as Level 1 within the fair value hierarchy. When prices are not readily available, or are determined not to reflect fair value, the Company may value these securities at fair value as determined in accordance with the procedures approved by the Investment Adviser in consultation with the Manager.

 

Level 2 securities are valued using representative brokers' prices, quoted prices for similar investments, published reports or, third-party valuations.

 

Level 3 securities are valued at the direction of the Investment Adviser in consultation with the Manager. In these circumstances, the Manager will attempt to use consistent and fair valuation criteria and may (but is not required to) obtain independent appraisals at the expense of the Company.

 

The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

d)   Income recognition

 

Interest income and expenses are recognised on the accruals basis.

 

e)   Foreign currency translation

 

Investments and other monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into British Pound amounts at exchange rates prevailing at the reporting date. Capital drawdowns and proceeds of distributions from the Limited Partnership in foreign currencies and income and expense items denominated in foreign currencies are translated into British Pound amounts at the exchange rate on the respective dates of such transactions.

 

Foreign exchange gains and losses on other monetary assets and liabilities are recognised in net realised and unrealised gain or loss from foreign exchange in the Statements of Operations.

 

The Company does not isolate unrealised or realised foreign exchange gains and losses arising from changes in the fair value of investments. All such foreign exchange gains and losses are included with the net realised and unrealised gain or loss on investments in the Statements of Operations.

 

f)    Cash and cash equivalents

 

The Company considers all short-term deposits with a maturity of 90 days or less as equivalent to cash.



 

3.      Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 2010 and 2009 consist of the following:

 


2010


2009


£


£

Cash

-


10,581,913

Short-term deposits

120,915,727


35,929,622


120,915,727


46,511,535

 

4.      Management and performance fees

 

(a)  The Company has entered into a Management Agreement with the Manager to manage the Company's investment portfolio. The Manager will not receive a management fee from the Company in respect of funds either committed or invested by the Company in the Limited Partnership or any successor fund managed by the Manager. The Manager will receive a management fee at the rate of 1% per annum in respect of those funds that are not committed to the Limited Partnership or any successor fund (but including the proceeds of any realisations), which are invested in cash, cash deposits or near cash deposits and a management fee at the rate of 2% per annum in respect of those funds which are invested directly in co-investments. The management fee is payable monthly in arrears.  During the year ended 31 December 2010, the Company incurred management fees of £306,677 (2009: £Nil).  As at 31 December 2010, management fees in the amount of £306,677 were payable to the Manager (2009: £Nil).

 

The Manager may also receive a performance fee of 20% of the excess of the amount earned by the Company over and above an 8% hurdle rate per annum on any monies invested as a co-investment with the Limited Partnership or any successor limited partnership. Any co-investment will be treated as a segregated pool of investments by the Company. If the calculation period is greater than one year, the hurdle rate shall be compounded on each anniversary of the start of the calculation period for each segregated co-investment. If the Manager does not exceed the hurdle rate on any given co-investment that co-investment shall be included in the next calculation on a co-investment so that the hurdle rate is measured across both co-investments. No previous payments of performance fee will be affected if any co-investment does not reach the hurdle rate of the return.  During the year ended 31 December 2010, the Company incurred performance fees of £408,948 (2009: £529,441). As at 31 December 2010, performance fees in the amount of £107,044 were payable to the Manager (2009: £Nil).

 

(b)  The Manager has entered into an Investment Adviser Agreement with the Investment Adviser to advise the Manager on the investment of the assets of the Company. The Investment Adviser will not receive a management or performance fee from the Company. Any fees due to the Investment Adviser will be paid by the Manager out of the management fees it receives from the Company.

 

5.      Fair value of financial instruments

 

The following is a summary of the inputs used in valuing the Company's assets carried at fair value:

 

31 December 2010

 




Other significant


Significant




observable


unobservable


Quotes prices


inputs


inputs


(Level 1)


(Level 2)


(Level 3)


£


£


£

Investments in Securities

-


-


93,708,239



 

31 December 2009

 




Other significant


Significant




observable


Unobservable


Quotes prices


inputs


Inputs


(Level 1)


(Level 2)


(Level 3)


£


£


£

Investments in Securities

-


-


132,883,058

 

The instruments comprising investments in securities are disclosed in the schedules of investments.

 

The Company has an investment into a private equity limited partnership. The investment is included at fair value based on the Company's balance on its capital account in the Limited Partnership. The valuation of non-public investments requires significant judgment by the Limited Partnership's investment adviser in consultation with the manager of the Limited Partnership due to the absence of quoted market values, inherent lack of liquidity and the long-term nature of such assets. Private equity investments are valued initially based upon transaction price. Valuations are reviewed periodically utilising available market data to determine if the carrying value of these investments should be adjusted. Such market data primarily includes observations of the trading multiples of public companies considered comparable to the private companies being valued. In addition, a variety of additional factors are reviewed by the Limited Partnership's investment adviser, including, but not limited to, financing and sales transactions with third parties, current operating performance and future expectations of the particular investment, changes in market outlook and the third party financing environment.

 

Mezzanine loans, bridge loans and senior loan notes are initially valued at the price the loan was granted. Subsequent to initial recognition, the loans are valued on a fair value basis taking into account market conditions and any appreciation or deterioration in value.

 

The following is a reconciliation of Level 3 investments for which significant unobservable inputs were used to determine fair value:

 


Investment


Investment


in Securities


in Securities


2010


2009


£


£

Investment in Limited Partnership




Fair value at beginning of year

104,432,214


39,325,959

Purchases

11,194,582


12,342,035

Proceeds on disposal

(73,476,433)


-

Realised gain on disposal

31,952,746


-

Net change in unrealised appreciation on investments

(125,525)


52,764,220

Limited Partnership, fair value at end of year

73,977,584


104,432,214

Unquoted debt securities




Fair value at beginning of year

28,450,844


25,121,336

Purchases

25,295,946


14,941,524

Proceeds on disposal

(33,506,637)


(11,314,316)

Net realised gain (loss) on disposal  and net change in unrealised depreciation on investments

(509,498)


(297,700)

Unquoted debt securities, fair value at end of year

19,730,655


28,450,844

Fair value at end of year

93,708,239


132,883,058

 

The net change in unrealised appreciation on investments relates to investments held at the respective year end.

 

Of the investments held by the Limited Partnership, 29% (2009: 0%) are classified as Level 2 investments and 71% (2009: 100%) are classified as Level 3 investments by the Limited Partnership. 



 

6.      Administration fee

 

Under the terms of the Company Administration Agreement dated 30 July 2007 between Mayflower Management Services (Bermuda) Limited (the "Administrator") and the Company, the Administrator receives an annual administration fee at prevailing commercial rates, subject to the minimum monthly fee of US$5,000 per month. During the year ended 31 December 2010, the Company incurred administration fees of £63,044 (2009: £43,675), which is included in professional fees in the Statements of Operations.  As at 31 December 2010, there was a balance payable of £35,002 (2009: £14,408), which is included in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

 

7.      Investments

 

Limited Partnership

 

The Company has committed substantially all of its capital to the Limited Partnership and its successor fund. The Limited Partnership's primary objective is to invest in a diversified portfolio of private mid-market UK and European businesses, aiming to provide investors with significant long term capital appreciation. The investment in the Limited Partnership is denominated in Euros. The Limited Partnership has an initial period of ten years from its final closing date of 30 November 2009; however the life of the Limited Partnership may be extended, at the discretion of the General Partner, by up to three additional one year periods to provide for the orderly realisation of investments.  The Limited Partnership will make distributions as its investments are realised.

 

The Company's share of the total capital called by the Limited Partnership to 31 December 2010 was £63,802,334 (€77,605,000) (2009: £52,607,753 (€64,515,000)), representing 41.50% of the Company's total capital commitment. As at 31 December 2010, the Company accounted for 65.01% of the total capital and commitments in the Limited Partnership (2009: 66.05%).

 

The Company may also make co-investments with the Limited Partnership based on the recommendations of the Manager.

 

At 31 December 2010 all of the Limited Partnership's investments have been valued at fair value. The Limited Partnership appointed a third party valuer to determine the fair value of certain underlying businesses taking into account financial information provided by the Limited Partnership's investment adviser. The Limited Partnership's accounts have been audited for the year ending 31 December 2010. The Company's participation in the Limited Partnership has been valued at £73,977,584 (2009: £104,432,214) at year end.

 

Limited Partnership's investments

 

The Limited Partnership made its first realisation with the disposal of Host Europe Corporation Limited ("Host Europe"). The Limited Partnership made two direct acquisitions in 2010, Time Out Group Ltd and BDO Wealth Management, and it made an investment through the existing investment, Headland Media Limited ("Headland Media"). The Company was involved in the refinancing of all three investee companies.

 

Host Europe Corporation

 

On 15 September 2010 the Limited Partnership announced the disposal of Host Europe to Montagu Private Equity, subject to approval by Germany's Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt).  Having received this approval, the sale was completed on 28 October 2010. Total consideration for the sale was £222 million.  The consideration was used to repay third party debt of £51 million; to repay debt due and interest to the Company of £20 million; to pay Host Europe management in respect of their interests of £19 million; and to meet transaction costs of £4.3 million.  Net proceeds from the investment were therefore £126.5 million.

 

Total net proceeds paid to the Limited Partners on 9 November 2010 was £112 million, after performance fees. The Company received £73 million representing approximately 45% of the Company's total commitments and approximately 114% of its called capital.



Prior to the sale of Host Europe, the shares it held in Daisy Group plc ("Daisy") were extracted and continue to be held by the Limited Partnership through Host Europe (Bermuda) Limited.  These 36.25 million shares, representing 14% of Daisy were acquired as part of the consideration for the disposal of Host Europe's Vialtus division in July 2009.  The value of the Daisy shares as at 31 December 2010 was 100 pence. As at 31 December 2010, the net fair value of this investment attributable to the Company was £19.2 million (2009 : £18 million).

 

Headland Media Limited

 

Headland Media Limited ("Headland Media") is a leading business to business media content provider of news digest services to the hotel and shipping sectors; as well as a leading provider of entertainment and training services to offshore industries.  On 30 April 2010 Headland Media made a further acquisition of Newslink Services Limited. In total the Limited Partnership has invested £4.4 million. As at 31 December 2010, the net fair value of the investment attributable to the Company was £6.0 million (2009: £4.4 million).

 

Monument Securities Limited

 

Monument Securities Limited ("Monument Securities") is a global equity, derivatives and fixed income broker with an 18 year history. The company provides services to institutions, fund managers, market professionals, corporates and hedge funds. The total transaction value in March 2008 was £5.5 million. The Limited Partnership has a 51% interest in Monument Securities and its contribution was £2.8 million.

 

As at 31 December 2010, the net fair value of the investment attributable to the Company was £1.4 million (2009: £2.2 million).

 

VVX (Bermuda) Limited

 

On 4 December 2009, the Limited Partnership, through VVX (Bermuda) Limited, acquired 51% of Verivox Holdings Limited ("Verivox"), Germany's largest independent online consumer energy price comparison service, for £17 million. The consideration was funded using a combination of debt and equity. The Limited Partnership's contribution was £4.6 million for equity. The company receives commission from energy suppliers when consumers elect to switch providers through its website.

 

As at 31 December 2010, the net fair value of the investment attributable to the Company was £35.5 million (2009: £11.1 million).

 

Fitzwilliam Holdco Limited (BDO Wealth Management)

 

On 4 November 2010, the Limited Partnership announced that it has acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fitzwilliam Holdco Limited, 84.4% of BDO Wealth Management, the UK-wide independent provider of investment advice and solutions to private individuals and corporates, from BDO LLP. The total transaction value was £14.2 million funded through a combination of debt and equity. The Limited Partnership's contribution was £7 million. At 31 December 2010, the acquisition was valued at cost given the short period between the time of acquisition and the year end.

 

TO (Bermuda) Limited (Time Out)

 

On 25 November 2010, the Limited Partnership acquired 50% of Time Out, the international multi channel publisher. Time Out was founded in 1968 and publishes in over 30 countries around the world. Time Out is uniquely positioned to provide services across traditional print, digital channels and live events. The total transaction value was £13.4 million funded through a combination of debt and equity. The Partnership's contribution was £4.7 million. At 31 December 2010, the acquisition was valued at cost given the short period between the time of acquisition and the year end and.

 

Certain directors of the Company and the general partner of the Limited Partnership may also be directors of the investee companies.



  Mezzanine financing investments

 

Headland Media Limited

 

As part of the Limited Partnership's acquisition of Newslink through Headland Media, the Company provided £1.6 million of debt finance, in the form of a secured mezzanine instrument from the Company. The instrument carries a fixed interest rate of 15.0% and is due December 2014.

 

Host Europe Corporation

 

As at 31 December 2009, the Company had a mezzanine loan outstanding with Host Europe of £16.9 million. This instrument carried a fixed interest rate of 15.25% maturing on the earlier of 31 December 2015, the date of sale or IPO of Host Europe.  On November 2010 as consideration from the sale of Host Europe to Montagu Private Equity, the £16.9 million loan plus interest was repaid in full.

 

Time Out (Bermuda) Limited

 

As part of the Limited Partnership's acquisition of Time Out Group Limited, the Company provided debt finance of £5.7 million in the form of a mezzanine loan. The instrument carries a fixed interest rate of 15% maturing on 30 November 2015. The Company has also provided a secured senior loan of £5.0 million. The instrument carries a fixed interest rate of 8.5% and matures on 31 March 2013. The fair value is considered to equal the amortised cost.

 

Fitzwilliam Holdco Limited (BDO Wealth Management)

 

As part of the Limited Partnership's acquisition of BDO Wealth Management, the Company provided debt finance of £6.0 million in the form of a mezzanine loan. The instrument carries an interest rate of 15% and matures on 30 November 2015. The fair value is considered to equal the amortized cost.

 

VVX (Bermuda) Limited (Verivox)

 

As part of the Limited Partnership's acquisition of Verivox the Company provided debt finance of £7.3 million (€8 million), in the form of an unsecured mezzanine instrument.  The instrument carries a fixed interest rate of 15.0%, maturing no later than 4 December 2019.  Due to the strong trading performance enjoyed by Verivox, it was able to pay £6.35 million of the loan on 21 December 2010 leaving a principal balance of £1.4 million at 31 December 2010.  This was subsequently repaid in full on 11 March 2011. The fair value is considered to equal the amortised cost.

 

Senior loan notes

 

Verivox Investments Limited (Verivox)

 

As at 31 December 2009, Verivox has drawn £4.6 million (€5.0 million) of a secured debt finance facility provided by the Company. The instrument carries a fixed interest rate of 8.5%, maturing no later than 4 December 2012. As mentioned previously, Verivox Holdings Limited had a very strong trading performance and as a result was able to pay the senior debt in full on 21 December 2010.

 

Bridge financing investments

 

Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P.

 

On 2 November 2010, the Company provided a 30 day bridging loan to the Limited Partnership for £6 million at an interest rate of 6% p.a. for the acquisition of BDO Wealth Management. The loan was repaid in full by 16 November 2010.



8.       Capital commitment

 

The total capital commitment made by the Company in the Limited Partnership is £160,950,900 (€187,000,000) (2009: €166,074,700 (€187,000,000)). The Limited Partnership may draw upon the capital commitment at any time subject to two weeks' notice on an as needed basis. Since inception, capital in the amount of £62,882,391 (€77,605,000) (2009: £52,607,753 (€64,515,000)) was called from the Company by the Limited Partnership. As at 31 December 2010, the amount of capital commitment available to be called from the Company by the Limited Partnership was £94,156,277 (€109,395,000) (2009: £108,788,929 (€122,485,000)).

 

On 28 October 2010, the Company made a capital commitment in the amount of €100,000,000 (£86,070,000) in a successor fund to the Limited Partnership.  As at 31 December 2010, there have been no capital calls in respect of this commitment.

 

9.      Share capital and warrants

 

(a)  Share capital

 

The authorised share capital of the Company on incorporation was $1,000, divided into 1,000 shares par value $1.00 each. On incorporation, one ordinary share of par value $1.00 was issued to Codan Trust Company Limited (the "Initial Subscriber"). The currency denomination of the Company's authorised share capital was subsequently changed from US Dollars to Euros, the shares were subdivided and the authorised share capital increased to €2,500,000 divided into 250,000,000 shares of par value €0.01 each. The currency denomination of the Company's authorised share capital was further changed from Euros to British Pounds, the shares were consolidated, divided and redenominated and the authorised share capital increased to £2,000,000 divided into 200,000,000 shares of par value 1 pence each. After the consolidation, division and redenomination the Initial Subscriber was the registered shareholder of one Ordinary Share of par value 1 pence. This Ordinary Share was made available, under the terms of the Placing. The Placing Price of £1.00 per Ordinary Share represented a premium of 99 pence to the nominal value of an Ordinary Share issued under the Placing.

 

The Placing of the Company's Shares was fully subscribed, so that immediately after the Placing, the authorised share capital of the Company consisted of 200,000,000 Ordinary Shares and the issued share capital of the Company of 100,000,000 Ordinary Shares.

 

(b)  Warrants

 

50,000,000 warrants were issued in conjunction with the subscription of Ordinary Shares at a ratio of one warrant for every two shares. Each warrant conferred on the holder the right to purchase one fully paid Ordinary Share at an exercise price of £1.30 as adjusted in accordance with Condition 2.3 of the AIM Admission Document. Warrants were capable of exercise at the option of the holder at any time prior to the close of business on AIM of the third anniversary of the date of admission of the Company warrants to AIM.

 

As the exchange traded price of the Ordinary Shares as at 31 December 2009 was below the exercise price of the warrants, there was no dilution caused by the warrants in the net asset value and gain per share.  In accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the warrant instrument dated 30 July 2007, the final date for exercising the subscription rights conferred by the Warrants was 3 August 2010. Cancellation of the listing of the Warrants took place on 4 August 2010.

 

(c)  Secondary placing

     

      On 9 March 2009, a secondary placing took place whereby the Company issued 28,125,000 shares, which were sold at a price of 64 pence per share raising £18,000,000.

     

(d)  Share repurchase

 

On 2 October 2008, the Board of Directors authorised a repurchase programme of 7,589,000 shares. Under the tender offer, the Company repurchased 7,589,000 shares for £4,576,316 at a price per share of 60 pence per share and held them in treasury. All of the rights of the treasury shares were suspended (including economic participation, voting and dividend distribution rights).

 

On 21 October 2009, an additional placing took place whereby the Company re-issued the 7,589,000 shares previously repurchased at a price of 94 pence per share raising £7,133,660.

 

Shares of common stock and warrants outstanding are:

 

Common stock  

 


2010


2009

Balance at beginning of year

128,125,000


92,411,000

Issued

-


35,714,000

Repurchased

-


-

Balance at end of year

128,125,000


128,125,000

Weighted average shares in issue at end of year

128,125,000


116,825,010

 

Warrants

 

              

2010


2009

Balance at beginning of year

48,750,000


48,750,000

Expired

(48,750,000)


-

Balance at end of year

-


48,750,000

 

10.     Related parties

 

Certain Directors of the Company are also Directors, Members and/or shareholders of the Manager, Oakley Capital Corporate Finance LLP ("Oakley Finance"), Palmer Capital Associates (International) Limited and the Administrator; entities which provide services to and receive compensation from the Company.

 

The Company has a financial advisory agreement with Oakley Finance.  During 2010, the Company incurred financial advisory fees of £42,500 (2009: £20,125), which is included in professional fees in the statements of operations.  As at 31 December 2010, there was no balance payable (2009: £Nil) to Oakley Finance.

 

11.     Taxation

 

Under current Bermuda law the Company is not required to pay any taxes in Bermuda or either income or capital gains. The Company has received an undertaking from the Minister of Finance in Bermuda that in the event of such taxes being imposed, the Company will be exempt from such taxation at least until the year 2016.

 

The Company was not required to recognise any amounts for uncertain tax positions under FASB ASC 740-10.

 

12.     Indemnifications and warranties

 

In the ordinary course of business, the Company may enter into contracts or agreements that may contain indemnifications or warranties.  Future events could occur that lead to the execution of these provisions against the Company.  Based on its history, experience and assessment of existing contracts, management feels that the likelihood of such an event is remote.



13.      Subsequent events

 

The Directors have evaluated subsequent events from the year end through 14 April 2011 which is the date the financial statements were available to be issued.  The following events have been identified for disclosure.

 

On 18 January 2010, the Company increased the mezzanine loan to Time Out (Bermuda) Limited by a further £0.5 million taking the total to £6.2 million.

 

In March 2011, through a wholly owned subsidiary, SUN Cooperatif U.A., the Limited Partnership made an investment in Emesa B.V. in the amount of €11.85 million.  Emesa is a leading on-line e-commerce business operating in the Dutch online leisure market. The Company supported the Limited Partnership's acquisition in Emesa by providing a short-term bridge loan to the Limited Partnership in the amount of €12.5 million at a fixed interest rate of 6.5%.  The Company also provided debt finance to Emesa in the form a mezzanine loan facility of €5.4 million and senior debt facility of €10.0 million. The mezzanine loan carries a fixed interest rate of 15%, maturing no later than 31 March 2016 and the Senior debt facility carries a fixed interest of 8.5%, repayable on the earlier of a sale, change of control or borrower, listing or by 31 March 2014.

 

In March of 2011, VVX (Bermuda) Limited repaid the outstanding balance on the mezzanine loan in full.

 

In April 2011, the Limited Partnership made a capital call of 10% or €18.7 million of the Company's commitment.  The Limited Partnership has advised that it will use part of the proceeds from the capital call to repay the bridge loan in full and use the remaining proceeds to fund future investments.

 


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