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Foresight Group Holdings Limited

24 June 2022

LEI: 213800NNT42FFIZB1T09

24 June 2022

Foresight announces successful FSF placing of GBP45m

Foresight Group Holdings Limited ("Foresight"), a leading infrastructure and private equity manager, is pleased to announce that Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company Plc ("FSF") has successfully completed the Placing and Offer for Subscription (together the "Issue") it announced on 14 June 2022.

Within eight months of listing, FSF fully deployed the GBP130 million IPO proceeds and returned to the market to raise a further GBP45 million[1], issuing an additional 42,076,054 new ordinary shares at a price of 107.0p in the process. FSF will utilise proceeds from the Issue to acquire further properties within its imminent pipeline of forestry and afforestation assets, increasing its reach and impact.

FSF has constructed a diverse portfolio of 40 properties covering an area of 8,658 hectares across Scotland, England and Wales. Within its current portfolio, 38% are afforestation sites (by value). This asset type provides significant value creation opportunities, alongside providing exposure to the real returns and capital appreciation benefits of UK timber and land markets. As at 31 March 2022 FSF had delivered a very strong total net asset value return of 4.2%, largely due to an upward revaluation of FSF's afforestation sites as a result of rising land prices, granting of planning permissions and completion of planting programmes.

Bernard Fairman, Executive Chairman of Foresight Group Holdings Limited, commented:

"The full deployment and successful subsequent raise for FSF, well within its first year of operations, represent a significant endorsement of Foresight Group's innovative approach to launch this fund as the first UK natural capital focused investment trust on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

"This approach delivers a scalable platform to raise retail and multi-asset capital for a fund with exceptional ESG and biodiversity credentials."

For further information please contact:

 
Foresight Group Investors  Citigate Dewe Rogerson 
                           Caroline Merrell / Toby 
Liz Scorer                  Moore 
                           +44 (0) 7852 210329 
                            / +44 (0) 7768 981763 
+44 (0) 7966 966956         caroline.merrell@citigatedewerogerson.com 
 ir@foresightgroup.eu       / 
                           toby.moore@citigatedewerogerson.com 
 

About Foresight Group Holdings Limited

Foresight Group was founded in 1984 and is a leading listed infrastructure and private equity investment manager. With a long-established focus on ESG and sustainability-led strategies, it aims to provide attractive returns to its institutional and private investors from hard-to-access private markets. Foresight manages over 300 infrastructure assets with a focus on solar and onshore wind assets, bioenergy and waste, as well as renewable energy enabling projects, energy efficiency management solutions, social and core infrastructure projects and sustainable forestry assets. Its private equity team manages ten regionally focused investment funds across the UK and a SME impact fund supporting Irish SMEs. This team reviews over 2,500 business plans each year and currently supports more than 200 investments in SMEs. Foresight Capital Management manages four strategies across six investment vehicles with an AUM of over GBP1.6 billion.

Foresight operates from 12 offices across six countries in Europe and Australia with AUM of over GBP9 billion as at 13 June 2022*. Foresight Group Holdings Limited listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in February 2021. https://www.fsg-investors.com/

*Unaudited Assets Under Management, as at 13 June 2022.

Disclaimer - Forward-looking statements

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[1] Includes GBP13.5 million investment from Foresight's Inheritance Tax Solutions Fund

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