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HgCapital Trust PLC
12 September 2016

HgCapital Trust plc

INTERIM Results for the SIX months ended 30 JUNE 2016


London, 12 September 2016:  HgCapital Trust plc ("the Trust"), which provides investors with a listed vehicle to invest in all private equity deals managed by HgCapital, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.



CONTINUED Strong NAV performance driven by double-digit revenue and profit growth



SUMMARY performance


31 August

30 June

31 December

% Total

NAV per share





Share price





FTSE All-Share Index


June 2016

Net Asset Value





1 Assuming reinvestment of all historic dividends



key Highlights FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2016

·      NAV per share of £15.48, a total return of 12%.

·      Share price of £11.95, a total return of 11%.

·      Strong revenue and EBITDA growth of 12% and 22% respectively across the top 20 buyout investments over the last twelve months.

·      EV to EBITDA valuation multiple of 14.1x and debt to EBITDA ratio of 4.5x for the top 20 buyout investments.

·      £71 million of cash returned to the Trust and £73 million invested on behalf of the Trust (including £8.0 million of co-investment).


year to date to 31 august 2016

·      NAV per share of £15.63, the increase reflects uplifts to book value on exits and further currency gains.

·      Share price has risen to £12.83, year-to-date total return of 19% vs. a FTSE All-Share total return of 11%.

·      Four exits completed post the EU referendum, three sold to US trade buyers.

·      An estimated further £26 million has been returned to the Trust, and £6 million invested on behalf of the Trust post 30 June 2016.

·      Pro-forma liquid resources and outstanding commitments post completion of all announced transactions are £40 million (7% of NAV) and £92 million (16% of NAV) respectively.


Manager's Outlook

·      Over and above the general economic and political uncertainty we are all facing over the coming months, we do not expect there to be any specific negative consequences associated with the EU referendum vote on the performance of the portfolio.

·      The two key areas of focus for us over the next 12 months are to:

continue to return cash to our clients through a combination of sales to both trade and financial buyers and some further refinancings; and

continue to work with our existing portfolio to drive value by supporting management to deliver their business plans and improve the operations of their businesses.

·      Over the last few years we believe we have assembled the strongest portfolio of businesses we have ever had and we are confident that we will continue to grow equity value in these companies over the next 12 months.



Roger Mountford, Chairman of the Trust, commented:


"The quality of the Trust's portfolio, and the high rates of growth in sales and profits being achieved, provide evidence of the potential for continuing, consistent growth in value for the benefit of shareholders.


The HgCapital 7 fund is now more than 70% drawn and the Board and the Manager have therefore been in dialogue to discuss the commitment that the Board will make on behalf of the Trust to continue to invest alongside HgCapital's institutional clients in its next vintage of mid-market buyouts. The Board has indicated to the Manager an appetite to commit some £350 million to its HgCapital 8 fund when fundraising begins."



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The Trust's 2016 Interim Report and a video from the Manager to accompany the results are available to view at:


For further details:


Stephen Bough

(CFO, HgCapital)

+44 (0)20 7089 7888

Roger Mountford 


(Chairman, HgCapital Trust plc)

+44 (0)77996 626 01

Tom Eckersley

Jamie Dunkley


+44 (0)20 7379 5151

+44 (0)20 7379 5151


About HgCapital Trust plc


HgCapital Trust plc is an investment trust whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Trust gives investors exposure, through a liquid vehicle, to a portfolio of high-growth private companies, managed by HgCapital, an experienced and well-resourced private equity firm with a long-term track record of delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for its investors.


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