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VALUE OF THE PORTFOLIO
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO RETURN (LOCAL CURRENCY)
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO RETURN (STERLING)
Consistently strong Portfolio performance
This has been an extraordinary year, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting all of our lives and generating significant volatility across global economies. Against this backdrop, the strength of our business model and highly focused investment strategy has been evident. Over the year the Portfolio generated a +24.9% Portfolio Return on a Local Currency Basis. This represents the 12th consecutive year of double-digit portfolio growth.
We aim to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns by executing consistently on our focused and differentiated investment strategy. We focus on buyouts in developed markets, targeting mid-market and larger deals. We look for businesses that are profitable, cash generative and with strong defensive growth characteristics. We find these characteristics in a range of sectors and invest in these businesses directly, through ICG managed funds and through third party private equity managers. When combined, we believe this results in a well-balanced portfolio that will generate consistently strong growth.
High Conviction Investments are those where ICG has actively selected the underlying companies. High Conviction Investments experienced particularly strong local currency returns of +48.0% for the year and represented £481m (51%) of the Portfolio value at 31 January 2021. Key contributors to the strength of performance were from technology and tech-enabled businesses, including Chewy whose share price increased by 284% during the year (which we hold through our investment in PetSmart and our Commitment to BC Partners IX) and Telos (a global provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security services). Telos listed in November at $17 per share, with the share price increasing by 108% by 31 January 2021.
Our ongoing Third Party Funds delivered local currency returns of +22.4% and represented £468m (49%) of Portfolio value at 31 January 2021. Within our Third Party Funds, we also executed a number of Fund Disposals, including some at discounts to their carrying value, in order to rebalance the Portfolio, release Commitments and expand investment capacity for Deployment into more attractive opportunities in line with our ongoing strategy. Including Fund Disposals, our Third Party Funds delivered local currency returns of +9.0%. Key contributors to the performance of our Third Party Funds include Leaf Home Solutions and Allegro. Leaf Home Solutions is a branded direct-to-consumer company in the US that provides guttering protection and other home safety solutions. Allegro, an online marketplace, listed on the Warsaw stock exchange during the financial year.
Our Third Party Funds also play an important strategic role by providing direct investment opportunities. New Direct Investments made during the financial year that were sourced through our Third Party Fund relationships were Visma (alongside Hg Capital) and AML RightSource (alongside Gridiron Capital).
Realisation activity has continued to support Portfolio performance during the year, with an average Uplift to Carrying Value on realisation of 31%.
All data at 31 January 2021 except where specified otherwise