The Company's investment objective is to generate capital growth over the long term through investment in a focused portfolio of fast growing and/or high potential private financial services technology ("fintech") businesses based predominantly in the UK and wider Europe.
In order to achieve its investment objective, the Company will purchase the Initial Portfolio following admission by the Acquisition of the Partnership and will subsequently invest in early (but not seed) or later stage investments in unquoted fintech businesses. The Company intends to realise value through exiting the investments over time.
The Company will seek exposure to early stage businesses which are high growth, with scalable opportunities, and have disruptive technologies in the banking, insurance and asset management sectors, including other cross-industry propositions.
Investments are expected to be mainly in the form of equity and equity-related instruments issued by portfolio companies, although investments may be made by way of convertible debt instruments. The Company will invest in unquoted companies and will ensure that the Company has suitable investor protection rights where appropriate. The Company will invest in partnerships, limited liability partnerships and other legal forms of entity. The Company will not invest in publicly traded companies. However, portfolio companies may seek initial public offerings from time to time, in which case the Company may continue to hold such investments without restriction.
The Company may acquire investments directly or by way of holdings in special purpose vehicles or intermediate holding entities (such as the Partnership).
The Management Team has historically taken a board position on investee companies and, where in the best interests of the Company, will do so in relation to future investee companies.
Once fully invested, the Company's portfolio is expected to comprise 15–20 holdings. The Company’s portfolio is expected to be diversified across a number of geographical areas predominantly within the UK and wider Europe and the Company will at all times invest and manage the portfolio in a manner consistent with spreading investment risk.
The Management Team will actively manage the portfolio to maximise returns, including helping to scale the team, refining and driving key performance indicators, stimulating growth, and positively influencing future financing and exits.
The Company will invest and manage its assets with the object of spreading risk through the following investment restrictions:
the value of no single investment (including related investments in Group entities or related parties) will represent more than 15% of Net Asset Value, provided that one investment in the portfolio may represent up to 20% of Net Asset Value; and
at least 80% of Net Asset Value will be invested in businesses which are headquartered in or have their main centre of business in the UK or wider Europe.
Each of the restrictions above will apply once the Company is fully invested and will be calculated at the time of investment. The Company will not be required to dispose of any investment or to rebalance the portfolio as a result of a change in the respective valuations of its assets.
Hedging and derivatives
Save for investments made using equity-related instruments as described above, the Company will not employ derivatives of any kind for investment purposes. Derivatives may be used for currency hedging purposes.
The Company may hold cash on deposit and may invest in cash equivalent investments, which may include short-term investments in money market type funds and tradeable debt securities.
There is no restriction on the amount of cash or cash equivalent investments that the Company may hold or where it is held. The Board will agree prudent cash management guidelines with the AIFM to ensure an appropriate risk / return profile is maintained. Cash and cash equivalents will be held with approved counterparties, and in line with prudent cash management guidelines, agreed with the Board, AIFM and Investment Adviser or New Portfolio Manager, as appropriate.
Once the net proceeds of the Issue are substantially fully deployed, it is expected that the Company will hold between 10 and 20 per cent. of its Gross Assets in cash or cash equivalent investments, for the purpose of making follow-on investments in accordance with the Company’s investment policy and to manage the working capital requirements of the Company.
The Company may, from time to time, use borrowings to manage its working capital requirements but shall not borrow for investment purposes. Borrowings will not exceed 10 per cent. of the Company's Net Asset Value, calculated at the time of borrowing.