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Deutsche Beteiligungs (DBAG) reported FY18 net income of €33.6m, at the top of management’s guidance range, with a 7.8% dividend-adjusted NAV return for the financial year. While net income was lower than in FY17, a €1.45 per share FY18 dividend has been proposed, representing a 3.6% increase on the prior year. FY18 saw DBAG reinvesting and growing its investment portfolio, agreeing seven new investments and one disposal, following an exceptional FY17 during which six new investments and seven divestments were agreed. DBAG has broadened its expertise outside of its traditional core sectors and, at end-FY18, 31% of the portfolio was represented by consumer goods, information technology, media & telecoms, real estate and healthcare companies. Relatively immature investments (younger than two years) now account for over half of DBAG’s invested capital, and this contributes to a conservative outlook for FY19 while providing more promising medium-term prospects.

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