The Directors believe that companies have become increasingly reliant on emergent technologies, hi-tech engineering and scientific advances to drive growth. These technologies are applicable across a wide range of sectors including anything from Oil & Gas E&P, internet based business to Aviation. The Directors believe that an opportunity exists to acquire and consolidate holdings in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) operating in these sectors, with the intention of creating value for Shareholders. Initially, the Company’s focus will be searching for companies which are based in the UK or Europe where there may be a number of opportunities to acquire interests in undervalued or pre-commercialisation technologies which, when applied, produce cost savings or revenue enhancement for customers. Early acquisition of these innovative technologies should provide maximum returns for Shareholders.
It is planned that the Company will have its head offices based in England with the UK being at the forefront of global technology, engineering and scientific advances. The Company intends the main focus of the investment policy to be on the implementation of solutions to enhance businesses’ profitability, as well as to aid growth in new markets. This will include both pre-commercialisation and established commercial technologies. The Directors will however ensure that any investments meet strict due diligence criteria and the primary focus will be on companies post viability testing phase, to mitigate risk associated with early stage investment. This will not preclude the Company from considering investments in suitable projects in other regions and sectors where the Directors believe that there are high-growth opportunities.
The Directors see technology as having considerable growth potential for the foreseeable future and many of the prospects they have identified are in this sector. The Directors will focus on early stage investments and believe that any investment target will have at least one of four key components: a strong management team; an innovative product proposal; revenue enhancing or cost saving capabilities; and high growth potential. It is anticipated that the main driver of success for the Company will be its focus, during the investment screening process, on the management involved in the potential investee companies and the potential value creation that the team of people is capable of realising. The Company intends to be an active investor. Accordingly, where the Directors feel that an investee company would benefit from their skills and expertise, they may look to seek representation on the board of the investee company.
In the first instance, the new capital available to the Company will be used to locate, evaluate and select the investment opportunities which would offer the greatest potential return for Shareholders in the long term. Once the Directors have identified the most attractive investments, the Company may require further funds in order to take up these opportunities. It is the intention of the Directors to undertake further fundraising, if such an opportunity should arise. The Company does not currently intend to fund any investments with debt or other borrowings but may do so if appropriate. Investments may be made in all types of assets falling within the remit of the Investing Policy and there will be no investment restrictions.
The Directors may consider it appropriate to take an equity interest in any proposed investment which may range from a minority position to 100 per cent. ownership. Proposed investments may be made in either quoted or unquoted companies and structured as a direct acquisition, joint venture or as a direct interest in a project.
The Company will seek investment opportunities which can be developed through the investment of
capital or where part of or all of the consideration could be satisfied by the issue of new Ordinary Shares or other securities in the Company. The opportunities would generally have some or all of the following characteristics, namely:
• a majority of their revenue or expected revenues derived from technology, hi-tech engineering or scientific advances and strongly positioned to benefit from the sector’s growth;
• a trading history which reflects past profitability or potential for significant capital growth going forward; and
• where all or part of the consideration could be satisfied by the issuance of new Ordinary Shares or other securities in the Company.
The Directors believe that their collective business experience in the areas of investment will assist them in the identification and evaluation of suitable opportunities and will enable the Company to achieve its investing objectives.
New investments will be held for the medium to longer term, although shorter term disposal of any investments cannot be ruled out. There will be no limit on the number of projects into which the Company may invest and the Company’s financial resources may be invested in a number of propositions or in just one investment, which may be deemed to be a reverse takeover pursuant to Rule 14 of the AIM Rules. Where the Company builds a portfolio of related assets it is possible that there may be cross-holdings between such assets.
The Directors believe that the status of the Company as an Investing Company enables it to fund investments or acquisitions using a mixture of cash, equity and/or debt and intend to actively monitor these investments.
The Company will identify and assess potential investment targets and where it believes further investigation is required, intends to appoint appropriately qualified advisers to assist. The Company will not have a separate investment manager.
The Company intends to deliver Shareholder returns principally through capital growth rather than capital distribution via dividends.