GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited
("GCP Infra" or the "Company")
Headline: Net Asset Value(s)
15 January 2020
GCP Infra, the only UK listed fund focused primarily on investments in UK infrastructure debt, announces that as at close of business on 31 December 2019, the unaudited net asset value per Ordinary Share of the Company was 109.58 pence, a decrease of 1.86% on the net asset value per Ordinary Share of 111.66 pence at the end of the previous quarter. The net asset value takes into account cash, other assets, accrued liabilities and expenses and leverage (if any) of the Company attributable to the Ordinary Share Class.
The Company's Valuation Agent, Mazars LLP, carries out a fair market valuation of the Company's investments on behalf of the Board on a quarterly basis. The valuation principles used by the Valuation Agent are based on a discounted cash flow methodology. A fair value of each asset acquired by the Company is calculated by applying an appropriate discount rate (determined by the Valuation Agent) to the cash flow expected to arise from each asset respectively.
A number of the Company's investments rely on projected future UK electricity market prices for a proportion of their revenues. Changes in electricity prices may therefore impact on a borrower's ability to service debt or, in cases where the Company has stepped into projects and/or has direct exposure through its investment structure, impact on overall returns. During the quarter ended 31 December 2019, medium-term electricity price forecasts declined by c.5%, and have declined by almost 10% in total in the calendar year 2019. The impact of changes in electricity forecasts has reduced the Company's net asset value per Ordinary Share at 31 December by c.1.4 pence.
Furthermore, following the postponement of the proposed reduction in UK Corporation Tax from 19% to 17%, the Company's projected discounted cash flows have been adjusted in respect of relevant investments. The impact of the postponement of the proposed reduction in UK Corporation Tax has reduced the Company's net asset value per Ordinary Share at 31 December by c.0.5 pence.
The overall impact of the above on the valuation of the Company's portfolio, when aggregated with other movements, has resulted in a decrease in its net asset value per Ordinary Share of 2.08 pence over the quarter to 31 December 2019.
Gravis Capital Management Limited
Dion Di Miceli
+44 (0)20 3405 8500
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited
+44 (0)20 7710 7600
+44 (0)20 7466 5000
Notes to the Editor
About GCP Infra
GCP Infra is a closed-ended investment company and FTSE-250 constituent whose shares are traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Its objective is to provide shareholders with regular, sustained, long-term distributions and to preserve capital over the long term by generating exposure to UK infrastructure debt and related and/or similar assets. The Company primarily targets investments in infrastructure projects, with long term, public sector-backed, availability-based revenues. Where possible, investments are structured to benefit from partial inflation protection. GCP Infra is advised by Gravis Capital Management Limited.
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