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This VCT is expected to open for investment in January 2020. We will update this page as soon as share offer information becomes available.
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Alternatively, take a look at the Foresight Williams Technology Shares offer, which is now open.
The longstanding Foresight VCT is a generalist evergreen venture capital trust.
- Dividend target of 5p (not guaranteed)
- Minimum investment £3,000
- Top performing VCT over the longer term (note: past performance is not a guide to the future).
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Foresight Group was founded in 1984 as a specialist technology venture capital manager. It has three investment divisions: private equity, environment and infrastructure. This VCT benefits from all three areas, but the private equity team is primarily responsible for the portfolio. In total Foresight has £2.3 billion under management and 63 investment professionals. David Hughes is the Chief Investment Officer and is supported by nine others in the private equity team.
Target return and strategy
The annual target is to pay dividends of at least 5p per share and grow the net asset value per share to approximately £1 per share. Long-term capital growth is also targeted.
Foresight VCT has a strong dividend track record, although please remember that dividends are variable and not guaranteed and past performance is not a guide to the future.
Capital growth has been more muted. This can be largely attributed to an unsuccessful foray into environmental technology companies, which currently represent a small part of the existing portfolio.
The private equity team looks at five core growth sectors: Business Services, Industrials & Manufacturing, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Consumer & Leisure, and Healthcare. Foresight’s private equity team looks for companies with a sustainable competitive advantage, defensible margins and a clear vision for growth plus in each case a high-quality management team.
Portfolio investments include include
- Idio, a content analysis platform for online activity;
- FFX, a company that supplies high quality hand power tools;
- Online Poundshop, launched by the founder of Poundland;
- Mowgli Street Food, a growing chain of India-inspired restaurants launched by author and TV chef Nisha Katona
These new investments are aimed at fast-growing companies, already revenue generating, that want to expand their existing markets and attack new ones. Businesses are typically valued between £5 million and £15 million at the point of investment.
Exits in recent years include the refinancing of Datapath with a 3.7x return achieved so far; TFC Europe with a 1.64x return; Camwood with a 3.0x return and Aquasium that returned 1.6x. Remember, past performance is not a guide to the future.
As with most VCT portfolios the underlying companies are becoming earlier-stage businesses due to rule changes 18 months ago. At full subscription of £40 million, approximately half of the portfolio will be in cash awaiting investment, which could be a risk. However, the cash drag effect has been considered by the management and Foresight’s fee reduces if there is too much cash in the portfolio.
Please remember capital is at risk. VCTs are high risk investments and are not suitable for everyone. Investors should not invest money they cannot afford to lose. Tax benefits depend on individual circumstances and tax rules can change.
How to invest
There is no current share offer, but you can register your interest now to be alerted as soon as VCT offers open.
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