Triple Point Venture VCT

The Triple Point Venture VCT looks to invest in early-stage companies that seek to solve problems faced by large corporates. 

Launched in 2018 as a share class of Triple Point VCT 2011 plc, it has grown net assets to around £53.5 million, including 47 companies and £14.4 million held in cash (August 2023). The VCT has an emphasis on software and healthcare investments, and made five new investments in the six months to August 2023.

The VCT recorded its first cash exit in 2022, achieving a 5.2x return on cost from Credit Kudos (detailed below). Over the three years to 31 December 2023, the VCT delivered a total return (including dividends) of 14.1% – past performance is not a guide to the future.

  • Seeking to raise £10 million with a £20 million overallotment facility
  • Target dividend of 5p per share (variable and not guaranteed)
  • Available for the 2024/25 tax year
  • Minimum investment £3,000 – you can apply online
  • Next deadline: 31 July 2024 (noon) for final allotment in 2024/25 tax year

Important: The information on this website is for experienced investors. It is not a personal recommendation to invest. If you’re unsure, please seek advice. Investments are for the long term. They are high risk and illiquid and can fall as well as rise in value: you could lose all the money you invest.

The manager

Triple Point Investment Management LLP (“Triple Point”) was founded in 2004 and today its team of over 200 manages £3.7 billion of private, institutional, and public capital. To date, it has provided more than £440 million of funding to close to 200 VCT/EIS companies. 

Triple Point concentrates on five key areas for investment: venture capital, private credit, energy, digital infrastructure, and social housing. 

The VCT is managed by the eight-strong venture investment team, led by partner Ian McLennan. The investment team has significant experience in venture capital, start-up incubation, private equity and asset finance and is supported by an advisory committee, whose members are successful entrepreneurs with investment experience in high-growth businesses.

The investment team is also supported by the Triple Point Venture Network, a network of blue-chip corporates, entrepreneur investors, corporate innovation specialists, and venture capitalists, which has been established for over 16 years. The Venture Network works with innovative small businesses addressing identified large corporate problems and contributes to the VCT’s deal sourcing and screening. 

Meet the manager: Seb Wallace, Investment Director at Triple Point

 

Investment strategy

The VCT focuses on B2B companies that are solving challenges faced by large corporates. The team seeks to understand the scale of the challenge investees are addressing and will then assess management’s ability to address it.

The fund tends to invest at an early stage, when valuations are typically lower, but after the company has received some form of market validation, such as initial revenue. Triple Point believes this overcomes one of the main reasons young companies fail: not enough demand. That said, investing in early-stage companies remains high risk and you should expect some failures. 

While there is no set target, roughly 75% of investments are expected to be pre-seed or seed opportunities (companies generating less than £1 million in annual revenue) with the remainder split between Series A and later-stage investments. 

The VCT’s average ticket size is currently c. £800,000 although its initial investment can range between £100,000 and £2 million. As a relatively new VCT, the trust’s focus is still on building its portfolio and so approximately only a third of investments are expected to be in follow-on deals.

Current portfolio overview

Triple Point Venture VCT has net assets of £53.5 million and a portfolio of 47 companies, with £14.4 million in cash and cash equivalents (August 2023). 

It aims to add 8–12 new investments per year. In the financial year to February 2023, it invested £8.7 million into 13 new investments and £2.7 million into five follow-on investments. In the six months to August 2023, it invested £7.2 million into 13 investments, including five new investments.

The portfolio is split across a wide range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on healthcare, fintech and software. Please note: in the chart below some of the sectors may only include one company.

Sector breakdown

Source: Triple Point, as at August 2023.

Examples of portfolio companies

ably-triple-point-venture-fund.jpgAbly Realtime – largest holding 

In an ever more connected world, web users increasingly expect website to offer real time, up-to-date information. From live sport scores to details of when the taxi will arrive – users want to know changes as they happen. Delivering this requires significant engineering expertise and comes with operational challenges. Ably offers developers a purpose-built platform for creating real-time experiences in a more reliable and efficient manner. 

Launched in 2016, Ably’s platform is now used by 500 customers with more than 350 million unique end users. Customers include Toyota, Delivery Hero, Verizon and Manchester City FC, as well as a host of names in the healthcare, e-commerce, gaming and internet of things sectors.

The VCT first invested £0.5 million in 2019, subsequently participating in a further round in June 2021, investing £0.8 million as part of a $70 million round co-led by Insight Partners and Dawn Capital. Since the VCT’s initial investment Ably revenues have grown 10.2x, with the VCT's total position valued at £3.2 million (6.0% of assets). Past performance is not a guide to the future.

Modo-Energy-Triple-Point-VCT.jpgModo Energy – recent investment

In the 12 months to January 2024, renewable sources accounted for 35.6% of UK electricity generation, up from just 9.3% in 2010. However, unlike oil & gas power stations, renewable energy sources can’t be turned on and off at will. Making the most of green energy requires a massive increase in battery storage to store energy for when the grid needs it.

Since 2019, Modo founders Quentin Scrimshire and Tim Overton have built a data platform that allow battery owners, operators and investors to monitor, benchmark and forecast market dynamics and prices. That data is crucial to investment decisions and existing asset management, helping to ensure the grid gets the extra capacity it needs. 

Triple Point Venture VCT invested £1.5 million in the six months to August 2023, a position now valued at £1.9 million (3.6% of assets). Past performance is not a guide to the future.

Exit track record

The VCT had its first cash exit under its current strategy in March 2022 with Credit Kudos, detailed below, with a second small realisation in 2023. It also sold Adepto in December 2019 and received shares in Degreed Inc (the acquirer), as consideration for the sale. Past performance is not a guide to the future.

In the six months to the end of August 2023 the VCT had one realisation, selling Localz at 0.4x cost and booking proceeds of £300,000.

Credit Kudos – Triple Point Venture FundCredit Kudos – recent exit

Credit Kudos is a Credit Reference Agency that uses financial data obtained via Open Banking. 

The idea for the company came about when software engineer Freddy Kelly (co-founder) returned to the UK after working in Silicon Valley and discovered his time away had severely impacted his credit history. 

Rather than rely on assumptions, Credit Kudos allows lenders to analyse verified, up-to-date transaction data. With direct connections to the UK’s largest banks, users can safely and securely share their financial information with lenders, removing the need to upload bank statements and payslips. This not only provides a fairer credit rating for the user but also allows lenders to make quicker decisions and access a previously overlooked client base.

The business was acquired by Apple in March 2022, just two years after Triple Point invested. The exit generated £2.5 million in proceeds for the fund, equivalent to a 5.2x return on cost. Past performance is not a guide to the future.

Anorak – example of a recent failure

As can be expected, not all investments work out. One example is Anorak. 

Anorak was building a ‘smart’ life insurance advice platform which would automatically offer insurance advice ahead of important life events such as buying a house or starting a family. Using its proprietary recommendation engine, the platform could profile users, analyse their risk, and connect them to a suitable product. 

However, after the company lost a key B2B customer, the business pivoted to a direct-to-consumer model which proved too costly to sustain. The business was sold in a distressed sale process to CLARK Group, a large German insure-tech, in January 2023. There were no proceeds from the sale, resulting in a £700,000 loss for the fund. 

Performance and dividends

To date, the VCT has paid cumulative dividends of 11p per share, including a 2p dividend paid in September 2023. The VCT targets a dividend of 5p per annum. Dividends are variable and not guaranteed.

Over the three years to 31 December 2023, the VCT delivered a total return (including dividends) of 14.1%. Note, we show VCT returns over a five-year period as a minimum, where possible. Where a VCT has followed the same investment strategy for longer, we also show returns over 10 years.

NAV and cumulative dividends per share over five years (p)

Source: Morningstar. The share class launched in 2018 and first allotted shares in 2019. Past performance is no guide to the future. Dividends are variable and not guaranteed. The bar chart shows net asset value and cumulative dividends per share for the period 31/12/2019-31/12/2023.

Dividends paid per calendar year

Source: Morningstar. Past performance is not a guide to the future. Dividends are not guaranteed. The graph shows the dividends paid per calendar year to 31/12/2023.

Dividend yield history (% of starting NAV)

Calendar year Dividend as % of NAV
2019
2020 3.0%
2021 3.3%
2022 2.7%
2023 1.9%

Source: Morningstar. Dividend yields are based on the dividends paid over the period divided by the starting NAV of the VCT in each period. Past performance is no guide to the future.

Dividend reinvestment scheme

The VCT has introduced a dividend reinvestment scheme that allows shareholders to reinvest future cash dividend payments in new shares if desired. As these are new shares they should be eligible for tax relief (you will need to claim this on your tax return or directly with HMRC) and the shares will count towards the VCT annual subscription limit. 

Share buy-back policy

The board intends to buy back shares at a 5% discount to the prevailing net asset value. This is not guaranteed – please see the offer documents for details.

Discount history

VCT shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange. Similar to investment trusts, the share price can fluctuate and can be different from the VCT’s net asset value (NAV), i.e. the value of the VCT’s underlying investments. The difference between the share price of a VCT and its net asset value per share is called a discount.

Investors should note the Venture Share class of the VCT has less than a five-year track record. Trading of the VCT’s shares will be immaterial and any consideration of the share price movements in relation to the net asset value per share will be inconclusive. The discount history will be published once Triple Point Venture VCT has a five-year track record under its current strategy.

Investors looking to sell their VCT shares may get a better price using the VCT’s share buyback facility, although this is not guaranteed.

Risks: important

This, like all investments available through Wealth Club, is only for experienced investors happy to make their own investment decisions without advice. 

VCTs are high-risk so should only form part of a balanced portfolio and you should not invest money you cannot afford to lose. They also tend to be illiquid and hard to sell and value. Before you invest, please carefully read the Risks and Commitments and the offer documents to ensure you fully understand the risks. 

To retain the tax benefits, VCTs should be held for at least five years. If you sell VCT shares and reinvest in new shares of the same VCT (including any mergers) within six months, tax relief can be restricted. Tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances.

Charges and savings

A summary of the main charges and savings is shown below. The net initial charge shown includes the Wealth Club saving and any early bird discount. The investment may have additional charges and expenses: please see the provider documents including the Key Information Document for more details, offer price and share allotment calculation methodology.

Please note, capacity – for the offer or any early bird savings – can be reached early, and we may not be notified of this by the VCT in real time.

Full initial charge 5.5%
Early bird discount
Wealth Club initial saving 3%
Existing investor discount 1%
Net initial charge through Wealth Club (new investors) 2.5%
Net initial charge through Wealth Club (existing investors) 1.5%
Annual management charge 2%
Annual administration charge 0.25%
Performance fee 20%
Annual rebate from Wealth Club 0.10%

More detail on the charges

Annual rebate when you invest through Wealth Club

This offer includes an annual rebate for Wealth Club investors, payable for the first three years. 

This is a rebate of our renewal commission and should be equivalent to a percentage (shown in the charges above) of the Net Asset Value of the Offer Shares issued to you when you invest. Terms and conditions apply.

Deadlines

The following deadlines are for accepted applications with cleared funds:

  • Deadline for final allotment in 2024/25 tax year: 31 July 2024 (12 noon)

Our view

Since launch in 2018 the VCT has built a portfolio of early-stage, innovative, B2B companies and paid 11p in dividends (December 2023).

Several portfolio companies, such as Quit Genius (recently rebranded as Pelago), Vyne and Ably Realtime, have shown encouraging progress and raised substantial funding rounds following the VCT’s initial investment. These have been key drivers of performance. In addition, the VCT achieved its first cash exit in 2022 after Apple acquired Credit Kudos, generating a 5.2x return on cost. Past performance is not a guide to the future. 

In our view, the VCT is emerging as “one to watch”. It has built a portfolio of early-stage companies, often investing alongside some of Europe’s top seed investors, has recently crossed the milestones of £50 million in assets and will soon have a five-year track record. The VCT could be worth considering for experienced VCT investors looking to diversify an established VCT portfolio, although investing in early-stage companies is high risk and you should form your own view.

Wealth Club aims to make it easier for experienced investors to find information on – and apply for – investments. You should base your investment decision on the offer documents and ensure you have read and fully understand them before investing. The information on this webpage is a marketing communication. It is not advice or a personal or research recommendation to buy any of the investments mentioned, nor does it include any opinion as to the present or future value or price of these investments. It does not satisfy legal requirements promoting investment research independence and is thus not subject to prohibitions on dealing ahead of its dissemination. 

The details

Type
Generalist
Target dividend
5p per share
Initial charge
5.5%
Initial saving via Wealth Club
3% (4% existing investors)
Net initial charge
2.5% (1.5% existing investors)
Annual rebate
0.10%
Funds raised / sought
£17.4 million / £20.0 million
Deadline
31 Jul 2024 (noon) for 2024/25
Last updated: 23 January 2024

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