TIDMAAEV 
 

Albion Enterprise VCT PLC

LEI Code 213800OVSRDHRJBMO720

As required by the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 4.2, Albion Enterprise VCT PLC today makes public its information relating to the Half-yearly Financial Report (which is unaudited) for the six months to 30 September 2021. This announcement was approved by the Board of Directors on 30 November 2021.

The full Half-yearly Financial Report (which is unaudited) for the period to 30 September 2021, will shortly be sent to shareholders. Copies of the full Half-yearly Financial Report will be shown via the Albion Capital Group LLP website by clicking www.albion.capital/funds/AA https://www.globenewswire.com/Tracker?data=UzNtXVqUbmy4BYZtPu67l_NcsI9faCDUOtlEsP_tlPOGjcEqg-PLT-eED30XkXMmvyOmhJ0cvTFW-w2uas5CpX6qs3ZLDvE4UCpjOsieF2A= EV/30Sep21.pdf https://www.globenewswire.com/Tracker?data=5xDPN7lGVC951lXeyv7PS4nbvIN-oselelGJWz0kPSdcOlJvCDG-FVP9xz9WVLf8gm27n8ib5ovUFvueXV0PEPSHrHMBwN239mP2TVKOwbgOrsEnhOtmzM47ZJRCe7Ua .

Investment policy

Albion Enterprise VCT PLC (the "Company") is a Venture Capital Trust and the investment objective of the Company is to provide investors with a regular source of income, combined with the prospect of longer term capital growth.

Investment policy

The Company will invest in a broad portfolio of higher growth businesses across a variety of sectors of the UK economy including higher risk technology companies. Allocation of assets will be determined by the investment opportunities which become available but efforts will be made to ensure that the portfolio is diversified both in terms of sector and stage of maturity of company.

VCT qualifying and non-VCT qualifying investments

Application of the investment policy is designed to ensure that the Company continues to qualify and is approved as a VCT by HM Revenue and Customs ("VCT regulations"). The maximum amount invested in any one company is limited to any HMRC annual investment limits. It is intended that normally at least 80 per cent. of the Company's funds will be invested in VCT qualifying investments. The VCT regulations also have an impact on the type of investments and qualifying sectors in which the Company can make investment.

Funds held prior to investing in VCT qualifying assets or for liquidity purposes will be held as cash on deposit, invested in floating rate notes or similar instruments with banks or other financial institutions with high credit ratings or invested in liquid open-ended equity funds providing income and capital equity exposure (where it is considered economic to do so). Investment in such open-ended equity funds will not exceed 10 per cent. of the Company's assets at the time of investment.

Risk diversification and maximum exposures

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

Gearing

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

Financial calendar

 
Record date for second dividend            4 February 2022 
 
Date of General Meeting           Noon on 21 February 2022 
 
Payment date for second dividend          28 February 2022 
 
Financial year end                                31 March 
 

Financial highlights

 
            Unaudited six months ended  Unaudited six months ended           Audited 
                 30 September 2021           30 September 2020       year ended 31 March 2021 
                (pence per share)           (pence per share)           (pence per share) 
----------  --------------------------  --------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
Opening 
 net asset 
 value                          114.60                      106.54                     106.54 
Capital 
 return                          18.04                        5.85                      13.96 
Revenue 
 loss                           (0.94)                      (0.20)                     (0.51) 
            --------------------------  --------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
Total 
 return                          17.10                        5.65                      13.45 
Dividends 
 paid                           (2.87)                      (2.70)                     (5.44) 
Impact 
 from 
 share 
 capital 
 movements                        0.02                        0.06                       0.05 
            --------------------------  --------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
Net asset 
 value                          128.85                      109.55                     114.60 
            --------------------------  --------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
 
Total dividends paid to 30 September 2021       59.16 
Net asset value on 30 September 2021           128.85 
                                               ------ 
Total shareholder value to 30 September 2021   188.01 
---------------------------------------------  ------ 
 

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

In addition to the dividends summarised above, the Board has declared a second dividend for the year ending 31 March 2022, of 3.22 pence per share to be paid on 28 February 2022 to shareholders on the register on 4 February 2022.

Interim management report

Introduction

Albion Enterprise VCT PLC (the "Company") has had a strong six months to 30 September 2021, with a total return of 17.10 pence per share, and the net asset value ("NAV") increasing to 128.85 pence per share, representing a 14.9% return on opening NAV (after adjusting for the dividend paid). Our portfolio companies continue to show resilience and are demonstrating the value they provide to their customers.

Valuations and results

The gain on investments for the six months to 30 September 2021 was GBP15.8 million compared to a gain of GBP4.5 million for the same period in the previous year. The successful series D fundraise in Quantexa and series C fundraise in Oviva have been the major contributors to the positive return, alongside continuing growth from Egress Technologies. We have also seen many of our other portfolio companies performing well. For example, portfolio company Arecor Therapeutics, listed onto the AIM stock exchange during the period which led to an increase in value of GBP0.8 million. Our top 10 portfolio companies, which now account for 54% of NAV, increased in value by GBP12.7 million. These excellent results for the six months have resulted in a performance incentive fee accrual of GBP2.1 million, however any performance incentive fee is calculated on year end results.

There have also been some write-downs in our portfolio, the largest being Abcodia (GBP0.4 million) which was impacted by disappointing clinical trial results during the period.

Further details of the portfolio of investments can be found below.

Dividends

In line with our variable dividend policy targeting a dividend around 5% of NAV per annum, the Company paid a dividend totalling 2.87 pence per share during the period to 30 September 2021 (30 September 2020: 2.70 pence per share). The Company will pay a second dividend for the financial year ending 31 March 2022 of 3.22 pence per share on 28 February 2022 to shareholders on the register on 4 February 2022, being 2.5% of the latest reported NAV.

This will bring the total dividends paid for the year ending 31 March 2022 to 6.09 pence per share, which equates to a 5.3% yield on the opening NAV of 114.60 pence per share.

Investment activity

During the period the Company has invested GBP5.2 million into new and existing portfolio companies, with new investments comprising:

   -- GBP0.8 million into Gravitee TopCo (trading as Gravitee.io), an 
      application programming interface (API) management platform; 
 
   -- GBP0.6 million into NuvoAir, a provider of digital therapeutics and 
      decentralised clinical trials for respiratory conditions; 
 
   -- GBP0.3 million into Brytlyt, which uses patented software and AI, 
      combined with the superior computation power of graphics processing units 
      (GPUs), to derive insights thousands of times faster than legacy systems; 
      and 
 
   -- GBP0.3 million into Accelex Technologies, a data extraction and analytics 
      technology for private capital markets. 

A further GBP3.2 million was invested in supporting our existing portfolio companies, including GBP1.4 million into Oviva, as part of the Series C fundraise, and GBP0.5 million into uMotif, to support the business as it continues to develop its electronic patient report platform for clinical trials.

Investment portfolio by sector

The pie chart at the end of this announcement shows the different sectors in which the Company's assets, at carrying value, were invested on 30 September 2021.

Cancellation of share premium and capital redemption reserve

Given the current level of distributable reserves and the Board's dividend policy, by way of a General Meeting, the Board is proposing a special resolution to increase the Company's distributable reserves through a reduction of the Company's share premium account and capital redemption reserve, subject to shareholder approval and confirmation by the Court. This procedure is relatively common amongst investment companies, and the proposed resolution would create additional distributable reserves of approximately GBP54 million.

It is the Board's policy to pay regular dividends to shareholders as the Directors believe that this is a key source of shareholder value. The Company also has a policy of buying back its own shares for cancellation or for holding as treasury shares, when such purposes are considered to be to the advantage of the Company and shareholders as a whole. The additional distributable reserves will facilitate those objectives.

The General Meeting will be held at noon on 21 February 2022 at the Company's registered office, 1 Benjamin Street, London, EC1M 5QL. The General Meeting will be live streamed for shareholders and registration details will be available at www.albion.capital/funds/AAEV prior to the Meeting.

The Board has carefully considered the business to be approved at the General Meeting and recommends shareholders to vote in favour of the resolution which will be proposed. Shareholders can submit their questions to the Board in advance of the General Meeting up until noon on 17 February 2022 by emailing AAEVchair@albion.capital https://www.globenewswire.com/Tracker?data=40iUdOVcj3q9pquO9ItqYvT378aEsnwiKL33V6rZWj6aSriZlF7n8Z3f2tCXHXu7C1PEr1B2oS_GDNYiecgSp0ZxPDj1ojtiFiZXF66AoCY= .

Further details of the General Meeting can be found in the Circular accompanying this Half-yearly Financial Report.

Board composition

The Dowager Lady Balfour of Burleigh retired from the board on 11 August 2021. The Board thanks her for her wise counsel and will miss her invaluable mix of skills over many years. It was a pleasure to have worked with her. On 1 September 2021, Pippa Latham joined the Board. Pippa brings extensive experience across the financial sector as well as Board membership of a variety of successful technology and other commercial organisations. She is a Cambridge graduate, holds an MBA from INSEAD and is both a qualified accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. The Board believes that Pippa will add considerable value during her tenure.

Share buy-backs

It remains the Board's policy to buy-back shares in the market, subject to the overall constraint that such purchases are in the Company's interest. This includes the maintenance of sufficient cash resources for investment in new and existing portfolio companies and the continued payment of dividends to shareholders.

It is the Board's intention that such buy-backs should be at around a 5% discount to net asset value, in so far as market conditions and liquidity permit.

Transactions with the Manager

Details of transactions with the Manager for the reporting period can be found in note 5. Details of related party transactions can be found in note 11.

Principal risks and uncertainties

The longer term implications of the Covid-19 crisis is the key risk facing the Company, including its impact on the UK and Global economies. The increasing maturity and success of some of our portfolio companies has resulted in a high concentration in our top 10, which may result in further volatility in the future.

In accordance with DTR 4.2.7, the Board confirms that the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company have not materially changed from those identified in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2021.The occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic has created heightened uncertainty, but has not changed the nature of the principal risks. The Board considers that the present processes for mitigating those risks remain appropriate.

The principal risks faced by the Company are:

   --        Investment, performance and valuation risk; 
   --        VCT approval risk; 
   --        Regulatory and compliance risk; 
   --        Operational and internal control risk; 
   --        Economic, political and social risk; 
   --        Emerging risks; 
   --        Market value of Ordinary shares; and 
   --        Reputational risk. 

A detailed explanation of the principal risks facing the Company can be found in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 on pages 18 to 20, copies of which are available on the Company's webpage on the Manager's website at www.albion.capital/funds/AAEV under the 'Financial Reports and Circulars' section.

Albion VCTs Top Up Offers

Your Board, in conjunction with the boards of the other five VCTs managed by Albion Capital Group LLP, have announced to the market the intention of the VCTs to launch prospectus top up offers of new ordinary shares for subscription in the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 tax years. The prospectus is expected to be published in early January 2022, with more information available at www.albion.capital.

The proceeds will be used to provide support to our existing portfolio companies and to enable us to take advantage of new and exciting investment opportunities as they arise, four of which are detailed above.

To ensure efficient Shareholder communication the Board is actively encouraging Shareholders who are currently receiving hard copy information to change their preferences to electronic communications. There are many reasons why we think this is the right thing to do including being more environmentally friendly, less human contact, and speed including the immediacy of getting information to you regarding the Company and new Offers.

Shareholders can sign up for e-Comms by going to: www.investorcentre.co.uk/ecomms.

Prospects

The Board is encouraged by the performance of the portfolio as a whole, and the pipeline of new and follow on investments continues to remain strong, demonstrated by the GBP5.2m invested in 10 investments in the past six months. The Company has seen GBP9.2 million of gains in its top three portfolio companies in addition to GBP6.5 million of gains across the rest of the portfolio. We therefore believe that the Company's portfolio is suitably balanced and continues to have the potential to deliver attractive returns to shareholders over the long term.

Maxwell Packe

Chairman

30 November 2021

Responsibility statement

The Directors, Maxwell Packe, Christopher Burrows, Rhodri Whitlock, Pippa Latham and Patrick Reeve, are responsible for preparing the Half-yearly Financial Report. In preparing these condensed Financial Statements for the period to 30 September 2021 we, the Directors of the Company, confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

   (a)   the condensed set of Financial Statements, which has been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 104 "Interim Financial Reporting", give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit and loss of the Company as required by DTR 4.2.4R; 
   (b)   the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and 
   (c)   the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties' transactions and changes therein). 

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

For and on behalf of the Board

Maxwell Packe

Chairman

30 November 2021

Portfolio of investments

 
                                           On 30 September 2021 
                                            Cumulative movement                   Change in 
Fixed asset             % voting    Cost          in value         Value    value for the period(*) 
investments              rights    GBP'000        GBP'000         GBP'000           GBP'000 
----------------------  --------  --------                       --------  ------------------------ 
Quantexa Limited             2.5     2,108               12,422    14,530                     7,684 
Egress Software 
 Technologies Limited        9.9     3,365                8,596    11,961                     1,007 
Proveca Limited              9.6     1,512                4,648     6,160                       546 
Oviva AG                     2.8     2,601                2,618     5,219                     2,320 
Radnor House School 
 (TopCo) Limited             9.4     1,729                1,877     3,606                       626 
The Evewell Group 
 Limited                     6.1     1,477                  957     2,434                      (25) 
Phrasee Limited              3.6       822                1,320     2,142                         - 
Regenerco Renewable 
 Energy Limited             12.5     1,261                  776     2,037                         4 
Black Swan Data 
 Limited                     5.0     1,445                  346     1,791                       488 
Healios Limited              4.0     1,134                  522     1,656                         - 
The Street by Street 
 Solar Programme 
 Limited                     8.6       891                  685     1,576                        16 
Threadneedle Software 
 Holdings Limited (T/A 
 Solidatus)                  2.2     1,360                    -     1,360                         - 
Arecor Therapeutics 
 PLC (previously 
 Arecor Limited)             1.1       400                  929     1,329                       756 
Alto Prodotto Wind 
 Limited                    11.1       814                  463     1,277                      (32) 
MPP Global Solutions 
 Limited                     2.9       950                  311     1,261                       311 
Panaseer Limited             2.3       816                  388     1,204                         1 
Greenenerco Limited         28.6       739                  453     1,192                      (28) 
Elliptic Enterprises 
 Limited                     1.0       792                  398     1,190                       398 
uMotif Limited               3.8     1,109                   60     1,169                         - 
Credit Kudos Limited         2.1       454                  696     1,150                       696 
Aridhia Informatics 
 Limited                     6.4     1,244                (109)     1,135                       223 
Cantab Research 
 Limited (T/A 
 Speechmatics)               1.7       696                  344     1,040                       344 
Convertr Media Limited       6.2       992                   38     1,030                         5 
Oxsensis Limited             4.3     1,011                  (8)     1,003                         - 
MyMeds&Me Limited            7.6       720                  216       936                        13 
Beddlestead Limited          8.1       966                 (69)       897                       241 
Innovation Broking 
 Group Limited               8.4        84                  760       844                       266 
Koru Kids Limited            2.5       541                  302       843                       245 
Cisiv Limited                8.8       799                 (32)       767                         - 
DySIS Medical Limited        3.8     2,742              (1,978)       764                        12 
Gravitee TopCo Limited 
 (T/A Gravitee.io)           3.5       763                    -       763                         - 
Concirrus Limited            1.5       755                    -       755                         - 
InCrowd Sports Limited       3.9       499                  184       683                        13 
NuvoAir Holdings Inc.        2.1       649                    -       649                         - 
The Voucher Market Ltd 
 (T/A WeGift)                1.4       564                    -       564                         - 
Locum's Nest Limited         4.8       500                   30       530                        61 
Limitless Technology 
 Limited                     1.8       471                   47       518                         - 
Imandra Inc.                 1.3       173                  261       434                       261 
Zift Channel Solutions 
 Inc.                        2.0     1,053                (628)       425                       181 
Seldon Technologies 
 Limited                     1.9       371                    -       371                         - 
Brytlyt Limited              1.8       310                    -       310                         - 
Accelex Technology 
 Limited                     2.9       265                    -       265                         - 
AVESI Limited                5.5       179                   61       240                       (1) 
TransFICC Limited            1.6       234                    -       234                         - 
memsstar Limited             8.8       192                   42       234                     (135) 
Xperiome Limited 
 (previously 
 Raremark)                   3.4       448                (312)       136                     (227) 
uMedeor Limited (T/A 
 uMed)                       1.3       134                    -       134                         - 
MHS 1 Limited                1.2        83                 (15)        68                       (5) 
Symetrica Limited            0.2        55                 (11)        44                         - 
Sandcroft Avenue 
 Limited (T/A Hussle)        6.8     1,370              (1,354)        16                     (125) 
Avora Limited                2.4       430                (420)        10                     (152) 
Forward Clinical 
 Limited (T/A Pando)         1.8       219                (212)         7                       (1) 
Abcodia Limited              5.6       987                (983)         4                     (368) 
Mirada Medical Limited      14.2     1,487              (1,487)         -                         - 
                                                                           ------------------------ 
Total fixed asset 
 investments                        47,765               33,132    80,897                    15,619 
----------------------  --------  --------  -------------------  --------  ------------------------ 
 

* as adjusted for additions and disposals during the period; including realised gains/(losses).

 
                                                                      Opening      Disposal       Total          Gain on 
Investment realisations in the period to 30 September     Cost     carrying value   proceeds   realised gain   opening value 
 2021                                                    GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000         GBP'000 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------------  ---------  --------------  -------------- 
Loan stock repayments and other: 
------------------------------------------------------ 
Greenenerco Limited                                           29               42         42              13               - 
Alto Prodotto Wind Limited                                    27               41         41              14               - 
Escrow adjustments*                                            -                -        131             131             131 
Total fixed asset realisations                                56               83        214             158             131 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------------  ---------  --------------  -------------- 
 

* These comprise fair value movements on deferred consideration on previously disposed investments, release of the G.Network Communications discount which is treated as a financing transaction, and expenses which are incidental to the purchase or disposal of an investment.

 
Total change in value of investments for the period        15,619 
Movement in loan stock accrued interest                         2 
                                                           ------ 
Unrealised gains on fixed asset investments                15,621 
Realised gains on fixed asset investments                     131 
Total gains on investments as per Income statement         15,752 
-----------------------------------------------------      ------ 
 

Condensed income statement

 
                                                                             Unaudited                        Unaudited                         Audited 
                                                                          six months ended                 six months ended                    year ended 
                                                                         30 September 2021                30 September 2020                  31 March 2021 
----------------------------------------------------------  ----  -------------------------------  -------------------------------  ------------------------------- 
                                                                  Revenue  Capital                 Revenue  Capital                 Revenue  Capital 
                                                            Note  GBP'000  GBP'000  Total GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000  Total GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000  Total GBP'000 
                                                            ----  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  ------------- 
 
Gains on investments                                           3        -   15,752         15,752        -    4,501          4,501        -   10,892         10,892 
 
Investment income                                              4      297        -            297      266        -            266      543        -            543 
 
Investment Manager's fees                                      5    (755)  (2,266)        (3,021)    (171)    (513)          (684)    (438)  (1,314)        (1,752) 
 
Other expenses                                                      (250)        -          (250)    (231)        -          (231)    (454)        -          (454) 
                                                                  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  ------------- 
 
(Loss)/return on ordinary activities before taxation                (708)   13,486         12,778    (136)    3,988          3,852    (349)    9,578          9,229 
 
Tax on ordinary activities                                              -        -              -        -        -              -        -        -              - 
                                                                  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  ------------- 
 
(Loss)/return and total comprehensive income attributable 
 to shareholders                                                    (708)   13,486         12,778    (136)    3,988          3,852    (349)    9,578          9,229 
                                                                  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  ------------- 
 
Basic and diluted (loss)/return per share (pence)*             7   (0.94)    18.04          17.10   (0.20)     5.85           5.65   (0.51)    13.96          13.45 
                                                            ----  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  -------------  -------  -------  ------------- 
 

* adjusted for treasury shares

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

Comparative figures have been extracted from the unaudited Half-yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 and the audited statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021.

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

Condensed balance sheet

 
                            Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                         30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                  Note        GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
----------------  ----  ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
Fixed asset 
 investments                        80,897              55,871          60,615 
 
Current assets 
Current asset 
 investments                             -               3,602               - 
Trade and other 
 receivables                         2,304                 178           1,772 
Cash and cash 
 equivalents                        15,758              15,542          24,429 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
                                    18,062              19,322          26,201 
 
Total assets                        98,959              75,193          86,816 
 
Payables 
Trade and other 
 payables less 
 than one year                     (2,911)               (913)         (1,418) 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
Total assets 
 less current 
 liabilities                        96,048              74,280          85,398 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
Equity 
attributable to 
equity holders 
Called-up share 
 capital             8                 859                 775             852 
Share premium                       54,009              44,679          53,258 
Capital 
 redemption 
 reserve                               104                 104             104 
Unrealised 
 capital 
 reserve                            33,133              13,075          17,538 
Realised capital 
 reserve                            12,619              13,601          14,728 
Other 
 distributable 
 reserve                           (4,676)               2,046         (1,082) 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
Total equity 
 shareholders' 
 funds                              96,048              74,280          85,398 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
Basic and 
 diluted net 
 asset value per 
 share (pence)*                     128.85              109.55          114.60 
 

* excluding treasury shares

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

Comparative figures have been extracted from the unaudited Half-yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 and the audited statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021.

These Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors, and authorised for issue on 30 November 2021 and were signed on its behalf by

Maxwell Packe

Chairman

Company number: 05990732

Condensed statement of changes in equity

 
                                                         Called-up      Share                                   Unrealised         Realised       Other distributable 
                                                        share capital   premium  Capital redemption reserve   capital reserve   capital reserve*        reserve*        Total 
                                                           GBP'000      GBP'000            GBP'000                GBP'000           GBP'000             GBP'000         GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  --------  --------------------------  ----------------  -----------------  -------------------  -------- 
As at 1 April 2021                                                852    53,258                         104            17,538             14,728              (1,082)    85,398 
Return/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the 
 period                                                             -         -                           -            15,621            (2,135)                (708)    12,778 
Transfer of previously unrealised gains on disposal 
 of investments                                                     -         -                           -              (26)                 26                    -         - 
Issue of equity                                                     7       778                           -                 -                  -                    -       785 
Cost of issue of equity                                             -      (27)                           -                 -                  -                    -      (27) 
Purchase of own shares for treasury                                 -         -                           -                 -                  -                (747)     (747) 
Dividends paid                                                      -         -                           -                 -                  -              (2,139)   (2,139) 
As at 30 September 2021                                           859    54,009                         104            33,133             12,619              (4,676)    96,048 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  --------  --------------------------  ----------------  -----------------  -------------------  -------- 
 
As at 1 April 2020                                                770    44,183                         104             8,636             14,052                4,808    72,553 
Return/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the 
 period                                                             -         -                           -             4,464              (476)                (136)     3,852 
Transfer of previously unrealised gains on disposal 
 of investments                                                     -         -                           -              (25)                 25                    -         - 
Issue of equity                                                     5       502                           -                 -                  -                    -       507 
Cost of issue of equity                                             -       (6)                           -                 -                  -                    -       (6) 
Purchase of own shares for treasury                                 -         -                           -                 -                  -                (790)     (790) 
Dividends paid                                                      -         -                           -                 -                  -              (1,836)   (1,836) 
As at 30 September 2020                                           775    44,679                         104            13,075             13,601                2,046    74,280 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  --------  --------------------------  ----------------  -----------------  -------------------  -------- 
 
As at 1 April 2020                                                770    44,183                         104             8,636             14,052                4,808    72,553 
Return/(loss) and total comprehensive income for the 
 year                                                               -         -                           -             8,836                742                (349)     9,229 
Transfer of previously unrealised losses on disposal 
 of investments                                                     -         -                           -                66               (66)                    -         - 
Issue of equity                                                    82     9,277                           -                 -                  -                    -     9,359 
Cost of issue of equity                                             -     (202)                           -                 -                  -                    -     (202) 
Purchase of own shares for treasury                                 -         -                           -                 -                  -              (1,853)   (1,853) 
Dividends paid                                                      -         -                           -                 -                  -              (3,688)   (3,688) 
As at 31 March 2021                                               852    53,258                         104            17,538             14,728              (1,082)    85,398 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  --------  --------------------------  ----------------  -----------------  -------------------  -------- 
 

* These reserves amount to GBP7,943,000 (30 September 2020: GBP15,647,000; 31 March 2021: GBP13,646,000) which is considered distributable.

Condensed statement of cash flows

 
                                   Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                                six months ended    six months ended     year ended 
                                30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                                     GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
-----------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
Cash flow from operating 
activities 
Investment income received                    298                 211             434 
Dividend income received                        -                  42              94 
Deposit interest received                       1                  16              17 
Investment Manager's fees 
 paid                                     (1,224)               (710)         (1,403) 
Other cash payments                         (271)               (268)           (465) 
Net cash flow from operating 
 activities                               (1,196)               (709)         (1,323) 
 
Cash flow from investing 
activities 
Disposal of current asset 
 investments                                    -                   -           3,691 
Purchase of fixed asset 
 investments                              (5,173)             (3,745)         (7,324) 
Disposal of fixed asset 
 investments                                  112                 139           3,683 
Net cash flow from investing 
 activities                               (5,061)             (3,606)              50 
 
Cash flow from financing 
activities 
Issue of share capital                        430                 205           8,568 
Cost of issue of equity                      (16)                (17)            (17) 
Dividends paid*                           (1,792)             (1,535)         (3,094) 
Purchase of own shares 
 (including costs)                        (1,036)               (306)         (1,265) 
Net cash flow from financing 
 activities                               (2,414)             (1,653)           4,192 
 
(Decrease)/increase in cash 
 and cash equivalents                     (8,671)             (5,968)           2,919 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 start of the period                       24,429              21,510          21,510 
                               ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 end of the period                         15,758              15,542          24,429 
                               ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 

*The dividends paid shown in the cash flow are different to the dividends disclosed in note 6 as a result of the non-cash effect of the Dividend Reinvestment Scheme.

Notes to the condensed Financial Statements

   1.        Accounting convention 

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

The preparation of the Financial Statements requires management to make judgements and estimates that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. The most critical estimates and judgements relate to the determination of carrying value of investments at Fair Value Through Profit and Loss ("FVTPL") in accordance with FRS 102 sections 11 and 12. The Company values investments by following the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation ("IPEV") Guidelines as updated in 2018 and further detail on the valuation techniques used are outlined in note 2 below.

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

   2.        Accounting policies 

Fixed and current asset investments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current assets and payables

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

Investment income

Equity income

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

Unquoted loan stock income

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

Bank interest income

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

Investment management fee, performance incentive fee and expenses

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

   -- 75 per cent. of management fees and performance incentive fees, if any, 
      are allocated to the realised capital reserve. This is in line with the 
      Board's expectation that over the long term 75 per cent. of the Company's 
      investment returns will be in the form of capital gains; and 
 
   -- expenses which are incidental to the purchase or disposal of an 
      investment are charged through the realised capital reserve. 

Taxation

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

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

Share capital and reserves

Called-up share capital

Called-up share capital accounts for the nominal value of the Company's shares.

Share premium

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

Capital redemption reserve

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

Unrealised capital reserve

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

Realised capital reserve

The following are disclosed in this reserve:

   -- gains and losses compared to cost on the realisation of investments, or 
      permanent diminutions in value; 
 
   -- expenses, together with the related taxation effect, charged in 
      accordance with the above policies; and 
 
   -- dividends paid to equity holders where paid out by capital. 

Other distributable reserve

The special reserve, treasury share reserve and the revenue reserve were combined in 2013 to form a single reserve named other distributable reserve.

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

Dividends

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

Segmental reporting

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

   3.        Gains on investments 
 
                            Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                         six months ended    six months ended     year ended 
                         30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                              GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
---------------------- 
Unrealised gains on 
 fixed asset 
 investments                        15,621               4,363           8,836 
Unrealised gains on 
 current asset 
 investments                             -                 101               - 
Realised gains on 
 fixed asset 
 investments                           131                  37           1,866 
Realised gains on 
 current asset 
 investments                             -                   -             190 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
                                    15,752               4,501          10,892 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
   4.       Investment income 
 
                            Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                         six months ended    six months ended     year ended 
                         30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                              GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
---------------------- 
Loan stock interest                    296                 209             434 
Dividend income                          -                  42              94 
Bank deposit interest                    1                  15              15 
                                       297                 266             543 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
   5.       Investment Manager's fees 
 
                            Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                         six months ended    six months ended     year ended 
                         30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                              GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
---------------------- 
Investment management 
 fee charged to 
 revenue                               227                 171             366 
Investment management 
 fee charged to 
 capital                               680                 513           1,098 
Performance incentive 
 fee charged to 
 revenue                               528                   -              72 
Performance incentive 
 fee charged to 
 capital                             1,586                   -             216 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
                                     3,021                 684           1,752 
                        ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 

Further details of the Management agreement under which the investment management fee and performance incentive fee are paid is given in the Strategic report on page 14 of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2021.

During the period, services of a total value of GBP998,000 (30 September 2020: GBP757,000; 31 March 2021: GBP1,905,000) were purchased by the Company from Albion Capital Group LLP; this includes GBP907,000 (30 September 2020: GBP684,000; 31 March 2021: GBP1,464,000) of management fee and GBP91,000 (30 September 2020: GBP73,000; 31 March 2021: GBP153,000) of administration fee. At the financial period end, the amount due to Albion Capital Group LLP in respect of these services disclosed within payables was GBP428,000 (30 September 2020: GBP359,000; 31 March 2021: GBP453,000). For the period to 30 September 2021, a performance incentive fee of GBP2,114,000 has been accrued, however any performance incentive fee is calculated on year end results and payable in line with the Management agreement (30 September 2020: GBPnil; 31 March 2021: GBP288,000).

During the period, the Company was not charged by Albion Capital Group LLP in respect of Patrick Reeve's services as a Director (30 September 2020: GBPnil; 31 March 2021: GBPnil).

Albion Capital Group LLP, its partners and staff (including Patrick Reeve) hold a total of 543,037 shares in the Company on 30 September 2021.

Albion Capital Group LLP is, from time to time, eligible to receive arrangement fees and monitoring fees from portfolio companies. During the period to 30 September 2021, fees of GBP108,000 attributable to the investments of the Company were received pursuant to these arrangements (30 September 2020: GBP89,000; 31 March 2021: GBP205,000).

   6.      Dividends 
 
                                                             Unaudited           Unaudited          Audited 
                                                          six months ended    six months ended     year ended 
                                                          30 September 2021   30 September 2020   31 March 2021 
                                                               GBP'000             GBP'000           GBP'000 
------------------------------------------------------- 
First dividend of 2.87p per share paid on 31 August 
 2021 (28 August 2020: 2.70p per share)                               2,139               1,836           1,836 
Second dividend of 2.74p per share paid on 26 February 
 2021                                                                     -                   -           1,854 
Unclaimed dividends                                                       -                   -             (2) 
                                                                      2,139               1,836           3,688 
                                                         ------------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 

In addition to the dividends summarised above, the Board has declared a second dividend for the year ending 31 March 2022 of 3.22 pence per share which will be paid on 28 February 2022 to shareholders on the register on 4 February 2022. This is expected to amount to approximately GBP2,400,000.

   7.     Basic and diluted (loss)/return per share 
 
                     Unaudited             Unaudited        Audited 
                  six months ended      six months ended     year ended 
                  30 September 2021     30 September 2020    31 March 2021 
                 Revenue    Capital    Revenue    Capital   Revenue  Capital 
-------------- 
(Loss)/return 
 attributable 
 to equity 
 shares 
 (GBP'000)          (708)     13,486      (136)    3,988      (349)   9,578 
Weighted 
 average 
 shares in 
 issue               74,745,677            68,156,133          68,620,876 
(Loss)/return 
 per Ordinary 
 share 
 (pence)           (0.94)      18.04     (0.20)    5.85      (0.51)   13.96 
 

The weighted average number of shares is calculated after adjusting for treasury shares of 11,346,766 (30 September 2020: 9,717,736; 31 March 2021: 10,713,420).

There are no convertible instruments, derivatives or contingent share agreements in issue for the Company, therefore no dilution affecting the return per share. The basic return per share is therefore the same as the diluted return per share.

   8.     Called-up share capital 
 
Allotted, called-up and fully paid shares of 1 penny       Unaudited             Unaudited 30     Audited 
 each                                                   30 September 2021      September 2020   31 March 2021 
----------------------------------------------------- 
Number of shares                                               85,891,086          77,523,553      85,232,100 
Nominal value of allotted shares (GBP'000)                            859                 775             852 
Voting rights (number of shares net of treasury 
 shares)                                                       74,544,320          67,805,817      74,518,680 
 
 

During the period to 30 September 2021, the Company purchased 633,346 shares (30 September 2020: 772,422; 31 March 2021: 1,768,106) to be held in treasury at a nominal value of GBP6,333 and at a cost of GBP747,000. The total number of shares held in treasury on 30 September 2021 was 11,346,766 (30 September 2020: 9,717,736; 31 March 2021: 10,713,420) representing 13.2% of the shares in issue on 30 September 2021.

Under the terms of the Dividend Reinvestment Scheme Circular (dated 26 November 2009), the following new shares of nominal value 1 penny each were allotted during the period to 30 September 2021:

 
             Number 
               of                                           Issue price       Net 
   Date of   shares   Aggregate nominal value of shares     (pence per      invested  Opening market price on allotment date (pence per 
 allotment  allotted  GBP'000                                 share)        GBP'000                         share) 
 31 August 
      2021   275,632                                  3             125.06       327                                             119.50 
 
 

Under the terms of the Albion VCTs Prospectus Top Up Offers 2020/21, the following new shares of nominal value 1 penny each were allotted during the period to 30 September 2021:

 
             Number 
               of                                           Issue price 
   Date of   shares   Aggregate nominal value of shares     (pence per      Net consideration received  Opening market price on allotment date (pence per 
 allotment  allotted               GBP'000                    share)                  GBP'000                                 share) 
---------- 
   9 April 
      2021   144,118                                  1             114.00                         162                                             106.50 
   9 April 
      2021     9,249                                  -             114.60                          10                                             106.50 
   9 April 
      2021   229,987                                  2             115.20                         258                                             106.50 
             383,354                                                                               430 
            --------                                                        -------------------------- 
 
   9.     Commitments and contingencies 

On 30 September 2021, the Company had no financial commitments in respect of investments (30 September 2020: GBPnil; 31 March 2021: GBPnil).

There were no contingencies or guarantees of the Company on 30 September 2021 (30 September 2020: GBPnil; 31 March 2021: GBPnil).

   10.        Post balance sheet events 

The following are the material post balance sheet events since 30 September 2021:

   -- Proceeds of GBP1,261,000 received from the sale of MPP Global Solutions 
      Limited on a cost of GBP950,000; and 
 
   -- Investment of GBP426,000 in an existing portfolio company, Elliptic 
      Enterprises Limited, a provider of Anti Money Laundering services to 
      digital asset institutions. 
   11.        Related party transactions 

Other than transactions with the Manager as disclosed in note 5, there are no other related party transactions or balances requiring disclosure.

12. Going concern

The Board has conducted a detailed assessment of the Company's ability to meet its liabilities as they fall due. Cash flow forecasts are updated and discussed quarterly at Board level and have been stress tested to allow for the forecasted impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Board have revisited and updated their assessment of liquidity risk and concluded that it remains unchanged since the last Annual Report and Financial Statements. Further details can be found on page 67 of those accounts.

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

   13.         Other information 

The information set out in this Half-yearly Financial Report does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts within the terms of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 for the periods ended 30 September 2021 and 30 September 2020, and is unaudited. The information for the year ended 31 March 2021 does not constitute statutory accounts within the terms of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 but is derived from the statutory accounts for the financial year, which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Auditor reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified and did not contain statements under s498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

   14.        Publication 

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

Attachment

   -- AAEV pie chart for announcement 30 Sep 2021 
      https://ml-eu.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/a0ae91dc-a47b-4e4f-8fc5-e52242b7b991 
 
 
 

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