Sarah Godfrey
15 June 2017 · 1 min read

UK Commercial Property Trust acquires Sheffield office for £20m

Second purchase so far in FY17 at 5% yield

UK Commercial Property Trust (UKCM), a £1.2bn property investment company managed by Standard Life Investments, has acquired a 61,638 sq ft office building at Cutler’s Gate, Sheffield, from Ediston Property Investment Company (EPIC).

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Sarah Godfrey
1 June 2017 · 3 min read

Polar Capital Global Healthcare investors back new strategy

£200m minimum target looks secure after tender offer

Investors in the c £250m Polar Capital Global Healthcare Growth & Income Trust (PCGH) have strongly backed a proposed continuation and strategy change at a general meeting held on 1 June. At the same time, holders of c 22% of the shares (worth c £54-55m based on the latest NAV and closing price) have chosen to exit via a tender offer for up to 100% of shares at close to NAV.

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Mel Jenner
30 May 2017 · 2 min read

Witan Investment Trust announces changes to its global equity managers

Number of global managers reduced from five to three

Witan Investment Trust (WTAN) has announced a consolidation of its global managers from five to three. Existing managers Lansdowne Partners, Pzena Investment Management and Veritas Asset Management will each manage c 14% of WTAN’s assets (as at mid-May 2017 versus between 10% and 13% at end-April 2017). MFS Investment Management and Tweedy, Browne Company managed 5% and 3% respectively; their accounts will be closed. MFS was appointed in September 2004, when WTAN adopted its multi-manager approach and Tweedy, Browne in December 2013. WTAN’s CEO Andrew Bell says the change is intended to increase the trust’s performance potential. As a result, WTAN’s active share (a measure of how its portfolio differs from the benchmark) will increase from 70% at end-FY16 to 74%.

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Sarah Godfrey
24 May 2017 · 2 min read

HBM Healthcare Investments benefits from takeover of True North Therapeutics

Blood disorder specialist Bioverativ to pay up to $825m including milestones

HBM Healthcare Investments (HBMN), a Swiss-listed public/private equity healthcare investment company, is set to benefit from the acquisition of privately held True North Therapeutics by NASDAQ-listed Bioverativ for up to US$825m (including contingent payments).

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Gavin Wood
24 May 2017 · 3 min read

Altamir – Merger of top 10 portfolio holding Melita and Vodafone Malta

Combination will create a new fully integrated provider of mobile, fixed line, broadband and TV services

Altamir (LTA) has announced the merger of Maltese telecoms operator Melita, in which it holds a 28.9% stake through the Apax France VIII fund, with Vodafone Malta to create a fully integrated communications company, which will operate under the Vodafone brand, distributing a wide range of services including Vodafone’s global portfolio of products. Announced in December 2015, the acquisition of Melita by Apax France VIII fund and Fortino Capital was completed in early 2016. At end-2016, Melita had been held in Altamir’s portfolio for less than one year and so was valued at its residual investment cost of €33.9m, representing 3.9% of portfolio fair value. At completion, Apax France VIII fund and Fortino Capital will own 51% of the combined company and Vodafone will own the remaining 49%.

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Gavin Wood
16 May 2017 · 5 min read

Oakley Capital Investments – acquisition of Schülerhilfe from Deutsche Beteiligungs

Third new investment for Oakley Capital Private Equity Fund III within three weeks

Oakley Capital Investments (OCL) has announced a new investment in private tutoring services provider Schülerhilfe via Oakley Capital Private Equity Fund III, which has agreed to acquire the business from DBAG Fund VI, managed by Deutsche Beteiligungs (DBAG). The transaction fits Oakley Capital’s model of partnering with entrepreneurs, with Schülerhilfe CEO Dieter Werkhausen investing in the deal alongside Fund III. OCL’s share of the equity investment is expected to be around €42m, dependent on the final capital structure at completion, with the transaction being partly funded by a debt facility from Alcentra. The investment in Schülerhilfe follows Oakley Capital’s acquisitions of intellectual property and technology services provider TechInsights, announced earlier this week, and web-server management software platform Plesk, announced two weeks ago.

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