Half-year report

London, UNITED KINGDOM


FORESIGHT SOLAR & INFRASTRUCTURE VCT PLC

Financial Highlights

  • Ordinary Shares Net Assets as at 30 September 2019: £39.8m
  • Ordinary Shares Net Asset Value per share as at 30 September 2019: 92.6p
  • Ordinary Shares Dividends paid during the six months ended 30 September 2019: 3.0p

Ordinary Shares Fund

  • Total net assets £39.8 million.
  • After payment of 3.0p in dividends, Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share at 30 September 2019 was 92.6p (31 March 2019: 96.4p).
  • On 19 September 2019, David Hurst-Brown retired from the Board, with Ernie Richardson taking over as Chairman.
  • At 30 September 2019, the fund held positions in 12 UK assets, with a total installed capacity of 74.7MW. During the period the portfolio generated 55.5 gigawatt hours of clean energy, sufficient to power approximately 18,000 UK homes for a year.
  • At 30 September 2019, the fund also held positions in seven Italian solar assets with a total installed capacity of 5.9MW.
  • ForVEI II, which the Company has an interest in through the existing portfolio companies, invested in three further plants totalling 2.6MW, located in Sicily, the Apulia region of southern Italy and Veneto.
  • An interim dividend of 3.0p per Ordinary Share was paid during the period, on 26 April 2019. Post period end, another interim dividend of 3.0p per Ordinary Share was paid, on 22 November 2019.
  • Post period end in November 2019, our existing portfolio company completed the disposal of its entire interest in the ForVEI II platform.

Dividend History

Ordinary SharesDividend per share
22 November 20193.0p
26 April 20193.0p
23 November 20183.0p
27 April 20183.0p
24 November 20173.0p
7 April 20173.0p
18 November 20163.0p
8 April 20163.0p
13 November 20153.0p
10 April 20153.0p
14 November 20143.0p
4 April 20143.0p
25 October 20133.0p
12 April 20132.5p
31 October 20122.5p
Cumulative44.0p

Chairman's Statement

INTRODUCTION

As your new Chairman and on behalf of the Board, I am pleased to present the Unaudited Half- Yearly Financial Report for Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT Plc for the six months ended 30 September 2019 and to provide you with an update on the exciting developments affecting the Company.

Before I do so, on behalf of the Board, we would like to thank the previous Chairman, David Hurst-Brown, for his valuable contributions and stewardship of the Company during his tenure and to wish him well for the future.

PERFORMANCE AND PORTFOLIO ACTIVITY

The Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share decreased by 0.8p to 92.6p at 30 September 2019, compared to 96.4p per share at 31 March 2019, after deducting the 3.0p per Ordinary Share dividend that was paid on 26 April 2019. The slight decrease in NAV is driven by the usual running expenses of the fund, with steady valuations in the portfolio for the period.

There were no new acquisitions in the UK portfolio during the period. ForVEI II, which the Company has an interest in through the existing portfolio companies, invested in three further plants totalling 2.6MW, located in Sicily, the Apulia region of southern Italy and Veneto.

Following the Board’s decision to refocus the portfolio, these existing portfolio companies returned the equivalent of c.£2.2m to the fund in the period. In November 2019, post period end, these portfolio companies then completed the sale of their entire interest in ForVEI II, returning an additional c.£4m to the fund. This corresponds to a multiple of c.1.08x in less than 18 months.

The Investment Manager remains in discussions for the sale of Greenersite and Telecomponenti, with sales for both expected to complete before the end of the financial year.

Following the award of the Spanish claim communicated in the annual report, there remain significant challenges with respect to collectability. The Company has since received a non-binding offer from a third party to take on the claim and pay around 50% of the award amount to the Fund, equating to c.£0.9m or 2.0p per Ordinary Share, which is being evaluated. The Board has not assigned any current value to the claim in the net asset value reported.

DIVIDENDS

During the period, an interim dividend of 3.0p per Ordinary Share was paid on 26 April 2019.

Following the period end, a second interim dividend of 3.0p per Ordinary Share was paid on 22 November 2019. This brought the total dividends paid since launch to 44.0p per Ordinary Share, and a total return of 133.6p per Ordinary Share since launch.

Historically, the Board has intended to pay an annual dividend of 5.0p per Ordinary Share each year, payable biannually via interim dividends of 2.5p per Ordinary Share in April and October. Since the launch of the Company, this target has been exceeded or at least matched in all years to date.

After the completion of the tender offer, referred to below, the Board will consider the future strategy of the Ordinary Shares including dividend policy, and will communicate with shareholders thereafter.

MANAGEMENT FEES

The annual management fee of the Ordinary Shares fund is calculated as 1.5% of Net Assets and equated to £304,000 during the period.

In the context of realisations achieved during the period and the continuing professional management of the portfolio, the Board believe that the annual management fee represents good value for investors.

SHARE ISSUES AND BUYBACKS

During the period, 293,778 Ordinary Shares were repurchased for cancellation for a total cost of £273,000. No new shares were issued during the period.

GREEN MARK CERTIFICATE

The Board are pleased to announce that the Company has been classified as a Green Economy Issuer by the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”). This is a new initiative launched by the LSE supporting sustainable finance on its markets. The Green Economy Mark recognises listed companies with 50% or more of revenues from environmental solutions.

TENDER OFFER

In the Chairman’s Statement which accompanied the accounts to 31 March 2019, it was noted that the Board would be writing to Shareholders in late 2019 regarding the opportunity to participate in a tender offer, similar to that undertaken by the Company in 2017.

The Board are pleased to announce that alongside the publishing of this Interim Report, the Circular containing details of the latest tender offer have also been published, where the Company is offering to purchase up to 25% of its own Ordinary Shares (equivalent to 10,738,453 shares), to return funds to Ordinary Shareholders who now wish to exit from their investment, in full or in part, while allowing those Shareholders who wish to continue to hold their Shares to do so.

The Board feel that the 25% limit is appropriate and should allow Shareholders who wish to sell their Shares to do so whilst also providing some ‘headroom’ to accommodate those Shareholders who were unable to take part in the previous tender offer but now also wish to exit some or all of their investment.

An EGM for the formal approval of this Tender Offer is scheduled to be held on 27 January 2020.

LAUNCH OF NEW SHARE CLASS Also as communicated in the Chairman’s Statement which accompanied the accounts to 31 March 2019, it was noted that there were plans to write to shareholders regarding the launch of a new share class.

The Board are pleased to announce that this new share class will be in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (“Williams”, part of Williams F1) and will build upon the already existing partnership between the Manager and Williams that has successfully raised and invested monies in a number of exciting engineering and technology-based companies through its Enterprise Investment Scheme fund over the last four years.

Discussions regarding this launch are progressing well, and I hope to write to shareholders very soon with further details.

OUTLOOK

The Company’s solar portfolio continues to generate a steady flow of dividends but with limited scope for further development. As such, the focus of the Ordinary Shares fund will remain the optimisation of the portfolio.

Also as mentioned above, I hope to provide further communications regarding the launch of the new VCT share class very soon.

Ernie Richardson
Chairman
18 December 2019


Investment Manager’s Review

PORTFOLIO SUMMARY AND PERFORMANCE

It has been a steady period for the portfolio, with no acquisitions in the UK. The ForVEI II Italian solar platform, in which existing portfolio companies have invested, acquired three small ground-mounted solar assets in Sicily, the Apulia region of southern Italy and Veneto, with a total capacity of 2.6MW. The plants receive long-term subsidies under the Italian Feed-in Tariff regime. In September 2019, an extension of the existing project-level debt across the UK solar assets was negotiated, allowing time to finalise a cross-portfolio debt facility next year.

Plant optimisation has remained the Investment Manager’s core objective both from an operational perspective and in respect of the assets’ ability to support a sustainable level of debt to enhance returns to the fund. Performance of the assets was positive during the period 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 with total electricity production 2.1% above expectations. The assets generated a total of 55.5GWh, enough clean electricity to power approximately 18,000 homes. This positive performance reflects higher than average irradiation levels and good availability of the solar plants. Further details on performance of the individual assets are included on pages 10 to 16.

POST PERIOD

Following a decision to refocus the portfolio on the UK market and in order to provide liquidity for the fund, in November 2019 the Investment Manager agreed the sale of the Italian solar assets held through ForVEI II to another Foresight-managed fund. The sale was based on a third-party valuation and returned c.£4m to the fund, corresponding to a multiple of c.1.08x in less than 18 months. The Investment Manager also continues to work towards completing the sale of the small Italian rooftop asset, Telecomponenti, which was agreed earlier this year, and the sale of Greenersite, a UK rooftop asset.

REGULATORY AND MARKET CHANGES

Targeted Charging Review

Ofgem published an update on the potential reforms to network charging, including a change to the Balancing Service Use of System (“BSUoS”), through which National Grid recovers the cost of balancing the network. Currently, generators connecting to the distribution network receive a credit, recognising the positive effect this capacity has on alleviating constraints on the transmission network. However, the increase in embedded generation in recent years has caused Ofgem to consider removing this credit and applying a charge.

In November 2019 Ofgem released its final decision on the Targeted Charging Review (“TCR”). For generators, the credit, or embedded benefits, received from BSUoS will be removed from April 2021, although no charges were announced at this time. Foresight continues to engage with Ofgem and the industry more widely as a member of the Solar Trade Association to ensure the adverse impact and potential consequences are understood. It should be noted that embedded benefits revenue represents just 3.7% of revenues for the portfolio during the period.

Net Zero Emissions

In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. The target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, compared with the previous target of at least 80% reduction from 1990 levels.

This announcement follows a recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change in May to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050. This is expected to be achieved through a combination of initiatives including balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal (e.g. carbon capture and storage technologies) and adoption of low-carbon technologies. Although the announcement does not impact the solar industry directly, it reinforces the UK’s long-term commitment to renewable generation sources.

Throughout the third quarter of 2019, renewable energy sources in the UK generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh), exceeding the 29.1TWh produced by fossil fuels. This is the first quarter in which zero-carbon electricity production has outpaced fossil fuels since the first public electricity generating station opened in 1882. The Government’s target of cutting overall emissions to net-zero by 2050 will be challenging, but by becoming an early mover in the adoption of zero-carbon products and services, the UK will better derive economic opportunities in this global transition.

Brexit

In October 2019, the UK’s deadline to exit the European Union (“EU”) was extended to 31 January 2020. Later that month, the UK government announced a general election would be held on 12 December 2019. At the time of writing, despite the Conservative government claiming a clear majority in the general election, there is still uncertainty around the outcome of Brexit, with discussions between the EU and the UK still open as we edge closer to the proposed exit date.

The Manager’s view has not changed from that set out previously: the energy market in the UK is closely aligned with European markets and this is not expected to change over the long term. An exit from the EU may cause volatility in the energy markets, leading to slightly higher electricity prices in the short term. Longer term impacts such as possible weaker economic demand and the availability of unskilled labour aren’t deemed material to the future operations of the portfolio.

Corporation Tax

In the run up to the general election, the Conservative Party announced their intentions regarding corporation tax alterations. The Investment Manager will continue to monitor any proposed changes to corporation tax post-election and the potential impact of any changes on the asset valuations.

REVENUES

During the period, 64.8% of revenue from UK portfolio investments came from subsidies (predominantly under the ROC scheme) and other green benefits to an offtaker. These revenues are directly and explicitly linked to inflation for 20 years from the accreditation date under the ROC regime and subject to Retail Price Index (“RPI”) inflationary increases applied by Ofgem in April of each year. The majority of the remaining 35.2% of revenues derive from electricity sales by our UK portfolio companies, which are subject to wholesale electricity price movements.

The average power price achieved during the period 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 was £44.86 per MWh, representing a decrease on the price achieved in the nine months to 31 March 2019 (£54.20 per MWh.) This reduction, following a period of higher prices in 2018, was driven by declining natural gas prices globally as a result of new supplies from the US and Australia entering the market. Increasing renewable penetration partially offsets the rise in carbon prices, which is driven by tightening supply as low carbon technology costs decrease and power sector emissions reduce. A slight increase in the deployment of onshore wind and the build out of renewables in interconnected countries, has also contributed to downward pressure on electricity prices.

During the period 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 there was a 4.1% decrease in long term power price forecasts. The Investment Manager uses forward looking power price assumptions to assess the likely future income of the portfolio investments for valuation purposes. The Company’s assumptions are formed from a blended average of the forecasts provided by third party consultants and are updated on a quarterly basis. The Investment Manager’s forecasts continue to assume an increase in power prices in real terms over the medium to long-term of 0.45% per annum (31 March 2019: 0.27%).

Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) are entered into between each portfolio company and offtakers in the UK electricity supply market. Under the PPAs, each portfolio company will sell the entirety of the generated electricity and ROCs to the designated offtaker. Under the terms of a PPA, electricity can be supplied at a fixed price for an agreed duration, or at a variable rate.

The PPA strategy adopted by our portfolio companies seeks to optimise their revenues from the power generated, while keeping the flexibility to manage their solar assets appropriately. The Boards of our portfolio companies, with assistance from Foresight, constantly assess conditions in the electricity market and set their pricing strategy on the basis of likely future movements. Under the terms of the current 10-year PPAs, in place since 1 April 2019 with lower fees than previously, the electricity generated is sold at a variable market rate, benefiting from positive market movements. However, the portfolio companies retain the option to fix the price if this becomes attractive. Post period end, in December 2019, these companies entered into fixed priced contracts, with over 40% of the UK Solar portfolio now fixed for 12 months.

SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

Sustainability lies at the heart of the Manager’s approach, and the Manager believes that investing responsibly, seeking to make a positive social and environmental impact, is critical to its long-term success. These factors have been integrated into the investment process, and are actively supported by all involved, regardless of seniority.

Foresight continues to refine its sustainability tracking to further improve its investment processes, enhance the sustainability performance of existing assets and demonstrate more comprehensively the environmental benefits and social contribution of the Company’s activities, implementing Foresight Group’s Sustainable Investing in Infrastructure Strategy. This strategy focuses on ensuring all assets are evaluated prior to acquisition and throughout their ownership, in accordance with Foresight Group’s Sustainability Evaluation Criteria.

There are five central themes to the Criteria, which cover the key areas of sustainability.

The five criteria are:

  1. Sustainable Development Contribution: The development of affordable and clean energy as well as improved resource and energy efficiency.
  2. Environmental Footprint: Assessing potential environmental impact such as emissions to air, land and water, effects on biodiversity and noise and light pollution
  3. Social Engagement: Engagement and consultation with local stakeholders. Ensuring a positive local economic and social impact, community engagement and the health and wellbeing of stakeholders.
  4. Governance: Compliance with relevant laws and regulations and ensuring best practice is followed.
  5. Third Party Interactions: Third party due diligence is conducted on key counterparties to ensure adherence to the aforementioned criteria where relevant.

LAND MANAGEMENT

Foresight Group remains a working partner of the Solar Trade Association’s Large Scale Asset Management Working Group. Foresight is a signatory to the Solar Farm Land Management Charter and seeks to ensure that the solar farms operated by all of our portfolio companies are managed in a manner that maximises their agricultural, landscaping, biodiversity and wildlife potential, which can also contribute to lowering maintenance costs and enhancing security. As such, Foresight Group regularly inspects sites and advises portfolio companies to develop site-specific land management and biodiversity enhancement plans to secure long term gains for wildlife and ensure that the land and environment are maintained to a high standard.

This includes:

  • Management of grassland areas within the security fencing to promote wildflower meadows and sustainable sheep grazing;
  • Planting and management of hedgerows and associated hedge banks;
  • Management of field boundaries between security fencing and hedgerows;
  • Sustainable land drainage and pond restoration;
  • Installation of insect hotels and reptile hibernacula;
  • Installation of boxes for bats, owls and kestrels;
  • Installation of beehives by local beekeepers.

Most solar parks are designed to enable sheep grazing and the remaining plants are assessed for alterations to ensure that the farmland on which the solar assets are located can remain useful in agricultural production, which is a frequent desire of local communities.

Compliance audits have been carried out on all UK sites held by portfolio companies, confirming that they are in line with government permits and conditions.

The grounds of Turweston and Littlewood solar farms are being managed as wildflower meadows. Further environmental improvements have been implemented at Turweston including the installation of beehives.

SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Foresight Group actively seeks to engage with the local communities around the solar assets operated by our portfolio companies and regularly attends parish meetings to encourage community engagement and promote the benefits of their solar assets. During the period, the Manager has continued to make annual community payments for Marchington, which have been extended to reflect the site’s 40-year consent.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

There were no reportable health and safety incidents during the period. The newly acquired Matino plant in the ForVEI II fund was affected by a small fire, which originated outside the plant. No one was injured and no significant damage was caused. A section of the plant was out of service and an insurance claim is in progress to cover lost revenues.

Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (“SHEQ”) performance and risk management are a top priority at all levels for Foresight Group. To further improve the management of SHEQ risks, reinforce best practice and ensure non-compliance with regulations is avoided, Foresight Group has appointed an independent health and safety consultant who regularly visits the portfolio assets operated by our portfolio companies to ensure they not only meet, but exceed, industry and legal standards. The consultant has confirmed that all sites are in compliance with applicable regulations. Recommendations have been implemented to help raise standards further. During the period improvements were made to security signage on two sites and a new method statement implemented on one of these sites relating to weed management.

OUTLOOK

It has been another positive period for the Company with positive performance from the assets, including those acquired last year. The Company will continue to focus on delivering strong operational performance across the portfolio. The Investment Manager continues to negotiate new debt terms with the existing lender to refinance the majority of the UK solar assets. Pricing is materially less than the current arrangement while working with the existing lender reduces costs significantly as no additional due diligence work is required.

Foresight Group CI Limited

Investment Manager

18 December 2019


Unaudited Half-Yearly Results and Responsibilities Statements

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks faced by the Company are as follows:

  • Performance;
  • Regulatory;
  • Operational; and
  • Financial.

The Board reported on the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company in the Annual Report and Accounts for the nine months ended 31 March 2019. A detailed explanation can be found on page 24 of the Annual Report and Accounts which is available on Foresight Group’s website www.foresightgroup.eu or by writing to Foresight Group at The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG.

In the view of the Board, there have been no changes to the fundamental nature of these risks since the previous report and these principal risks and uncertainties are equally applicable to the remaining six months of the financial year as they were to the six months under review.

Directors' Responsibility Statement

The Disclosure and Transparency Rules (‘DTR’) of the UK Listing Authority require the Directors to confirm their responsibilities in relation to the preparation and publication of the Half-Yearly Financial Report and financial statements.

The Directors confirm to the best of their knowledge that:

  1. the summarised set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with FRS 104;
  2. the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year);
  3. the summarised set of financial statements gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company as required by DTR 4.2.4R; and
  4. the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties’ transactions and changes therein).

GOING CONCERN

The Company’s business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position, are set out in the Strategic Report of the Annual Report. The financial position of the Company, its cash flows, liquidity position and borrowing facilities are described in the Chairman’s Statement, Strategic Report and Notes to the Accounts of the 31 March 2019 Annual Report. In addition, the Annual Report includes the Company’s objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives; details of its financial instruments; and its exposures to credit risk and liquidity risk.

The Company has considerable financial resources together with investments and income generated therefrom, which benefit from Renewable Obligation Certificates guaranteed by the UK Government. As a consequence, the Directors believe that the Company is well placed to manage its business risks successfully.

The Directors have reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

The Half-Yearly Financial Report has not been audited nor reviewed by the auditors.

On behalf of the Board

Ernie Richardson
Chairman
18 December 2019


Unaudited Income Statement for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 Six months ended

30 September 2019

(unaudited)
Six months ended

31 December 2018

(unaudited)
Nine months ended

31 March 2019

(audited)
 RevenueCapitalTotalRevenueCapitalTotalRevenueCapitalTotal
 £’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000
Investment holding gains36363,7943,7943,6123,612
Realised losses on investments(197)(197)(197)(197)
Income341341368368546546
Investment management fees(76)(228)(304)(77)(232)(309)(117)(350)(467)
Interest payable(200)(200)(208)(208)(311)(311)
Other expenses(221)(221)(235)(235)(374)(374)
(Loss)/profit before taxation(156)(192)(348)(152)3,3653,213(256)3,0652,809
Taxation
(Loss)/profit after taxation(156)(192)(348)(152)3,3653,213(256)3,0652,809
(Loss)/profit per share:         
Ordinary Share(0.4)p(0.4)p(0.8)p(0.3)p7.7p7.4p(0.6)p7.1p6.5p

The total column of this statement is the profit and loss account of the Company and the revenue and capital columns represent supplementary information.

All revenue and capital items in the above Income Statement are derived from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period.

The Company has no recognised gains or losses other than those shown above, therefore no separate statement of total recognised gains and losses has been presented.

Unaudited Balance Sheet at 30 September 2019

Registered Number: 07289280

 As at

30 September 2019 (unaudited)
As at

31 December 2018 (unaudited)
As at

31 March 2019 (audited)
 £’000£’000£’000
Fixed assets   
Investments held at fair value through profit or loss54,02356,94956,767
Current assets   
Debtors221948405
Cash3,3582,1022,334
 3,5793,0502,739
Creditors   
Amounts falling due within one year(17,837)(2,898)(17,820)
Net current assets(14,258)152(15,081)
    
Creditors   
Amounts falling due greater than one year-(15,000)-
Net assets39,76542,10141,686
Capital and reserves   
Called-up share capital430432432
Share premium7,0267,0377,032
Capital redemption reserve124122122
Distributable reserve17,70319,53419,426
Capital reserve(11,074)(10,727)(10,846)
Revaluation reserve25,55625,70325,520
Equity shareholders' funds39,76542,10141,686
Net asset value per share   
Ordinary Share92.6p97.3p96.4p

Unaudited Reconciliation of Movements in Shareholders' Funds for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 Called-up share capitalShare premium accountCapital redemption reserve 

Distributable reserve
 

Capital reserve
Revaluation reserveTotal
 £'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000
As at 1 April 20194327,03212219,426(10,846)25,52041,686
Expenses in relation to prior year share issues(6)(6)
Repurchase of shares(2)2(273)(273)
Investment holding gains3636
Dividends paid(1,294)(1,294)
Management fees charged to capital(228)(228)
Revenue loss for the period(156)(156)
As at 30 September 20194307,02612417,703(11,074)25,55639,765


Unaudited Cash Flow Statement for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 Six months ended
30 September 2019 (unaudited) £’000
Six months ended
31 December 2018 (unaudited) £’000
Nine months
ended
31 March
2019
(audited)
£’000
Cash flow from operating activities   
Deposit and similar interest received468
Investment management fees paid(311)(301)(466)
Performance incentive fee paid(130)(130)
Secretarial fees paid(64)(66)(99)
Other cash payments(356)(539)(441)
Net cash outflow from operating activities(727)(1,030)(1,128)
Cash flow from investing activities   
Net proceeds on sale of investments2,780
Investment income received544550
Net cash inflow from investing activities3,324550
Cash flow from financing activities   
Expenses of fund raising(6)(13)(18)
Repurchase of own shares(273)(404)(619)
Equity dividends paid(1,294)(1,304)(1,304)
 Net cash outflow from financing activities(1,573)(1,721)(1,941)
Net inflow/(outflow) of cash in the period1,024(2,751)(2,519)
Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net funds   
Increase/(decrease) in cash for the period1,024(2,751)(2,519)
Net cash at start of period2,3344,8534,853
Net cash at end of period3,3582,1022,334
 
 At 1

April

2019

£’000
 

 

Cash flow

£’000
At 30

September

 2019

£’000
Cash2,3341,0243,358


Notes to the Unaudited Half-Yearly Results for the six months ended 30 September 2019

  1.     The Unaudited Half-Yearly Financial Report has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts of the Company for the nine months ended 31 March 2019. Unquoted investments have been valued in accordance with International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines.
  2.     These are not statutory accounts in accordance with S436 of the Companies Act 2006 and the financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2019 and 31 December 2018 has been neither audited nor formally reviewed. Statutory accounts in respect of the nine months ended 31 March 2019 have been audited and reported on by the Company’s auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included the report of the auditors which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under S498(2) or S498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. No statutory accounts in respect of any period after 31 March 2019 have been reported on by the Company’s auditors or delivered to the Registrar of Companies.
  3.     Copies of the Unaudited Half-Yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2019 have been sent to shareholders and are available for inspection at the Registered Office of the Company at The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. Copies are also available electronically at www.foresightgroup.eu.

4    Net asset value per share

The net asset value per share is based on net assets at the end of the period and on the number of shares in issue at that date.

 Net assets £’000Number of Shares in issue
30 September 201939,76542,953,814
31 December 201842,10143,247,592
31 March 201941,68643,247,592

5    Return per share

      The weighted average number of shares for the Ordinary Shares fund used to calculate the respective returns are shown in the table below:

 Number of Shares
Six months ended 30 September 201943,116,781
Six months ended 31 December 201843,474,464
Nine months ended 31 March 201943,499,944

6    Income

 Six months ended 30 September 2019 (unaudited)

£’000
Six months ended 31 December 2018 (unaudited)

£’000
Nine months ended 31 March 2019 (audited)

£’000
Loan stock interest337362538
Bank interest468
 341368546

7    Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

 £’000
Book cost as at 1 April 201931,247
Investment holding gains25,520
Valuation at 1 April 201956,767
Movements in the period: 
Purchases at cost
Disposal proceeds

 

 

 
(2,780)
Investment holding gains36
Valuation at 30 September 201954,023
Book cost at 30 September 201928,467
Investment holding gains25,556
Valuation at 30 September 201954,023

8    Transactions with the manager

Details of arrangements of the Company with the Manager are given in the Annual Report and Accounts for the nine months ended 31 March 2019, in the Directors’ Report and Notes 3 and 13. All arrangements and transactions were on an arms length basis.

The Company’s Investment Manager earned fees of £304,000 in the six months ended 30 September 2019 (six months ended 31 December 2018: £309,000; nine months ended 31 March 2019: £467,000). At the period end date, management fees due from the Manager amounted to £8,000 (31 December 2018: £6,000 due to the manager; 31 March 2019: £1,000 due from the Manager).

Foresight Group LLP, to whom the Manager delegated the function of Company Secretary, earned fees amounting to £64,000 in the six months ended 30 September 2019 (six months ended 31 December 2018: £64,000; nine months ended 31 March 2019: £97,000), of which £nil remained payable at the period end date (31 December 2018: £nil; 31 March 2019: £nil).

The Manager recharged fund expenses incurred on behalf of the Company of which £16,000 (31 December 2018: £18,000; 31 March 2019: £28,000) remained payable at the year end date.  

9    Related party transactions

There were no related party transactions in the period.

10  Post balance sheet event

In November 2019, existing portfolio companies completed the sale of their investment in the ForVEI II platform, returning c.£4m.