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DJ Capital for Colleagues plc Quarterly Investment Update

 
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Capital for Colleagues plc / EPIC: CFCP / Market: ISDX / Sector: Investment 
 
3 October 2016 
 
CAPITAL FOR COLLEAGUES PLC 
 
('Capital for Colleagues' or the 'Company') 
 
QUARTERLY INVESTMENT UPDATE 
 
Capital for Colleagues, the investment vehicle focused on opportunities in the 
Employee Owned Business ('EOB') sector, is pleased to announce an investment 
update in respect of the quarter ended 31 August 2016. 
 
Key Statistics for the quarter: 
 
  * GBP 5,042,735 (: GBP ) lent or invested in a portfolio of unquoted EOBs, 12 
    publicly traded companies displaying demonstrable employee engagement and 1 
    short term readily realisable instrument 
 
  * Net Asset Value ('NAV') of GBP 5,249,017 (: GBP ) 
 
  * NAV per share of 54.54 pence (: pence per share) 
 
    Material developments in the quarter: 
 
  * GBP 0.5 million invested in Anthesis Consulting Group Limited, a specialist 
    consultancy offering commercially-driven sustainability services and 
    solutions; 
 
  * GBP 150,000 short term loan to Place 2 Place Logistics Limited converted 
    into equity; 
 
  * GBP 50,000 invested in 2C Services Limited, an employee owned information 
    technology service provider with its own state of the art private cloud 
    hosting infrastructure; and 
 
  * GBP 250,000 fixed term loan to The Homebuilding Centre (Holdings) Ltd 
    converted into equity and GBP 97,000 short term loans consolidated into a 
    single 3-year loan. 
 
    John Eckersley, Chief Executive of Capital for Colleagues, said: 'We are 
    delighted to have secured our investments in Anthesis and 2C Services and 
    made further progress in aligning our interests more directly with employee 
    stakeholders by converting debt to equity investments in portfolio 
    companies. We continue to see many opportunities in the EOB sector, despite 
    mixed economic signals following the Brexit vote, and we remain confident 
    that we can generate attractive financial returns through our commitment to 
    investment in this sector'. 
 
    Further information on the Company's investment portfolio is set out below. 
 
    UNQUOTED INVESTMENTS 
 
    As at 31 August 2016, the Company's portfolio of unquoted investments 
    comprised 16 companies operating across a range of sectors. 
 
                                          Value of          % of Portfolio 
                                          Investment 
                                          (GBP) 
 
INDUSTRIALS 
 
Construction and Materials 
                Civils Store Limited      400,000           8.48 
                Ecomerchant Natural       250,000           5.30 
Building Materials Ltd                    245,874           5.21 
                TPS Investment Holdings 
Limited 
 
Industrial Engineering 
                FJ Holdings Limited       911,667           19.32 
                Ham Baker Adams Limited   405,000           8.58 
 
Industrial Transportation 
                Place 2 Place Logistics   150,000           3.18 
Limited 
 
Support Services 
                Anthesis Consulting Group 500,000           10.60 
Limited                                   220,000           4.66 
                Cotswold Valves Limited   190,000           4.03 
                CSM Site Supplies Limited 389,055           8.24 
                Hire and Supplies         256,153           5.43 
Limited                                   50,000            1.06 
                Merrko Group Limited 
                MI Accountancy Solutions 
Limited 
 
TOTAL INDUSTRIALS                         3,967,749         84.08 
 
RETAIL 
 
General Retailers 
                The Homebuilding Centre   341,836           7.24 
(Holdings) Limited 
 
TOTAL RETAIL                              341,611           7.24 
 
TECHNOLOGY 
 
Software & Computer Services 
                2C Services Limited       50,020            1.06 
                Computer Application      259,500           5.50 
Services Limited                          100,000           2.12 
                Figure Consulting Limited 
 
TOTAL TECHNOLOGY                          359,500           8.68 
 
TOTAL UNQUOTED PORTFOLIO                  4,719,105         100% 
 
The loans and investments made by the Company to unquoted EOBs are aimed at 
delivering equity-like returns and bear interest at rates of between 9% and 
24%.  Each loan or investment is tailored to the individual investee company's 
operating performance and specific working capital needs. 
 
The Directors believe that the unquoted EOBs in the Company's portfolio 
currently generate total turnover of around GBP 67.0 million per annum and 
support approximately 550 jobs. 
 
Total Unquoted Investments as at 31 August 2016 
 
Cost (including short term loans): GBP 4,509,193 
 
Valuation (including capitalised costs): GBP 4,719,105 
 
PUBLICLY TRADED INVESTMENTS 
 
Whilst the Company's core investment focus is on private EOBs, Capital for 
Colleagues currently has interests in 12 investments listed on the London Stock 
Exchange's main market or on AIM. The Directors believe that investing in such 
publicly traded entities, each of which displays demonstrable employee 
engagement, offers the potential to deliver a better return for shareholders 
than leaving the cash on deposit, whilst allowing the Company to realise cash 
relatively quickly if it is required for investment elsewhere. For the same 
reasons, as at 31 August 2016, the Company also held a short-term investment in 
a multi asset managed fund. 
 
Total Publicly Traded Investments as at 31 August 2016 
 
Valuation - publicly traded companies: GBP 64,029 
 
Valuation - managed fund: GBP 259,846 
 
BASIS OF VALUATION 
 
Each of the unquoted investments is included at the Directors' assessment of 
fair value, in accordance with International Private Equity and Venture Capital 
Guidelines. Nevertheless, as a matter of prudence, the Directors have provided 
for an amount equivalent to 2 per cent. of the value of the unquoted 
investments for possible impairment. The Directors do not, however, believe 
that any impairment is necessary in respect of any of the Company's current 
unquoted investments. 
 
Each of the publicly traded investments is included at its closing mid-market 
valuation on 31 August 2016. 
 
No account has been taken of any potential taxation liability in respect of the 
increase in value of investments. 
 
The Directors of the Company are responsible for the contents of this 
announcement. 
 
**ENDS** 
 
For further information, please visit www.capitalforcolleagues.com or contact: 
 
 
CAPITAL FOR COLLEAGUES PLC                                        0161 233 4891 
Richard Bailey, Chairman 
John Eckersley, Chief Executive 
 
PETERHOUSE CORPORATE FINANCE LIMITED                              020 7469 0930 
Mark Anwyl 
Duncan Vasey 
 
Notes 
 
Capital for Colleagues is an investment company focused on the Employee Owned 
Business ('EOB') sector.  The Company has a clear strategy aimed at investing 
in, advising and growing established, mainly UK-based, EOBs as well as 
assisting companies which are looking to launch employee ownership schemes, 
providing the capital and advice to help them achieve their objectives. 
 
Capital for Colleagues has a proven management team, with a wide network of 
contacts and affiliates, as well as established access to investment 
opportunities, enabling the Company to execute its strategy and identify and 
capitalise on EOB-focused investment opportunities. 
 
 
 
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October 03, 2016 02:00 ET (06:00 GMT)