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Duke Royalty Limited
16 March 2020
 

16 March 2020

 Duke Royalty Limited

("Duke Royalty", "Duke" or the "Company")

 

£1 Million Follow-On Contribution with Existing Royalty Partner

 

Duke Royalty Limited (AIM: DUKE), a provider of alternative capital solutions to a diversified range of profitable and long-established businesses in Europe and abroad, is pleased to announce a follow-on investment of £1 million into its existing royalty partner Lynx Equity (UK) Ltd. ("Lynx UK").

 

Lynx UK will use this contribution from Duke towards the acquisition of Danish manufacturer, Arkas A/S ("Arkas"), which was agreed in February 2020. This acquisition is Lynx UK's sixth acquisition within the UK and Europe and this follow-on investment further diversifies both Duke's portfolio and Lynx UK's revenue and EBITDA base.

 

With Duke's investment in Lynx UK now increased to £13 million, the Company is entitled to higher distributions of £1.7 million per annum, beginning in April 2020, representing a pro forma cash yield of 13.0% on total invested capital. This follow-on transaction will also increase the security of Duke's investment. All other terms of the £1 million contribution are the same as Duke's previous investment made into Lynx UK.

 

Neil Johnson, CEO of Duke Royalty, said:

"This latest deal increases our royalty income and further diversifies our portfolio, but most importantly, it improves the royalty coverage ratio for the portfolio. Lynx UK has a strong financial track record which has facilitated two consecutive positive annual adjustments previously.  Lynx's focus on acquiring profitable companies at a reasonable multiple is key to their success over the last 12 years.  This follow-on epitomises our strategy to become a long-term funding partner to businesses in the UK and Europe."

 

About Arkas

 

Arkas is a private, profitable manufacturer of bespoke garage doors and single doors for commercial and residential applications. Founded in 1986, Arkas is the only manufacturer of exclusively Danish-made wood doors and garage doors and has built its reputation based on its high level of quality, customisation and fast turnaround. Currently, Arkas products are sold through over 400 points of sale across Denmark including the country's leading timber merchants.

 

Duke Royalty Portfolio

Following this follow-on investment into Lynx, Duke's portfolio of core royalty investments is as follows:

 

Royalty Partner

Total Investment Amount

Date of Initial Investment

Temarca B.V.

€14,682,000

April 2017

Berkley Recruitment (Group) Limited

€1,300,000    

June 2017

Welltel (Ireland) Limited

£8,128,000

June 2017

Lynx Equity (UK) Limited

£13,000,000    

October 2017

Xtremepush Limited               

£2,000,000     

February 2018

Trimite Global Coatings Limited

£11,000,000     

March 2018

United Glass Group Ltd (formerly Brownhills)

£7,500,000     

April 2018

Step Investments Limited

£4,240,000

June 2018

BHPC Limited                     

€4,600,000    

August 2018

InterHealth Canada               

£10,000,000    

August 2018

Brightwater Selection (Ireland) Limited

£9,355,000

September 2018

MRDB Holdings Limited Group

£10,000,000    

February 2019

 

 

**ENDS**

 

 

For further information, please contact www.dukeroyalty.com, or contact:

 

Duke Royalty Limited

Neil Johnson / Charlie Cannon-Brookes / Hugo Evans

+44 (0) 1481 741 240

Cenkos Securities plc

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Stephen Keys / Callum Davidson /

Julian Morse / Michael Johnson

+44 (0) 207 397 8900

Newgate Communications

(PR)

Elisabeth Cowell / Ian Silvera / Megan Kovach

+44 (0) 20 3757 6880

Dukeroyalty@newgatecomms.com

 

About Duke Royalty

 

Duke Royalty Limited provides alternative capital solutions to a diversified range of profitable and long-established businesses in Europe and abroad. Duke Royalty's experienced team provide financing solutions to private companies that are in need of capital but whose owners wish to maintain equity control of their business. Duke Royalty's royalty investments are intended to provide robust, stable, long term returns to its shareholders. Duke Royalty is listed on the AIM market under the ticker DUKE and is headquartered in Guernsey.

 

Royalty Partner - Lynx UK

 

Duke entered into a royalty agreement with Lynx UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lynx Equity Limited ("Lynx (Canada)"), on October 5, 2017 to finance Lynx UK's acquisition strategy as its "preferred European capital provider" up to a total investment pool of £15m in tranches on a drawdown basis with proceeds being used to acquire target companies in Europe.

 

Lynx UK's European portfolio currently includes Denmark's PartnerService, Sundby Trapper and Arkas, and UK's Signalhome, Label Express and Day2 Interiors.

 

Lynx (Canada) is a Toronto-based private company founded over 12 years ago with a portfolio of more than 50 operating companies and revenue exceeding C$500 million, that seeks to acquire, own, and operate mature, old-economy businesses, with no intent of sale. Lynx Equity's portfolio businesses operate in a diverse range of industries, and typically produce between $750,000 to $2,500,000 of EBITDA.

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

 

 


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