07 Oct 2019 Trading Update
(“Vordere” or the “Company)
The Board of Vordere plc wish to provide a trading update to outline for shareholders the significant progress made towards our strategic objectives as a result of the acquisitions announced on 4 July 2019.
Our business model is to apply private equity techniques to generate medium to long term counter-cyclical gains for shareholders. This approach includes using proven financial engineering techniques to enhance shareholder returns through financial cycles. The Board believes that the financial markets are heading toward a cyclical downturn in the short to medium term and we have positioned the Group for this change. As such, we plan to create value for shareholders by focusing in the near-term on increasing the number and size of our current assets and cash reserves, whilst limiting exposure to debt and management costs. We believe that this approach will position the Group to enhance returns throughout challenging financial markets.
The acquisitions completed in the first five months of the financial year mean that the Company has made great strides in reaching its near-term objective of €100m of assets with a medium-term expectation that our collateral will expand past €250m. The Board is confident that its investment strategy will continue to increase value to shareholders as the Board continues to explore opportunities to grow, in particular, in higher volatility markets in more volatile economies in order to balance the portfolio and provide greater opportunities for growth. We are in discussions with several vendors to achieve this goal in Europe and the Americas.
Since 31 March 2019, the Company has increased its total assets from £24.2m to £84.5m as a result of the acquisition of six new properties via the issue of consideration shares, as outlined in the announcement on 4 July 2019. The net asset value per share has increased by 44% since the year ended 31 March 2019, from 11.67p per share to 16.81p per share as at 31 August 2019, based on shares in issue of 199,750,418 at 31 March 2019 increasing to 477,682,372 as at 31 August 2019.
At the end of the five-month period ending 31 August 2019, the Company had £4.1m cash, no debt and continues to keep administration costs to a minimum so that maximum funds can be dedicated to the implementation, review of and potential investment in, suitable projects. Since 31 August 2019 the Company has received an additional £1.1m of cash from the early repayment of one of its Norwegian loans, as per the announcement on 30 September 2019.
The Directors of Vordere PLC are listed on the Company’s website at www.vordere.com.
Net assets statement as at 31 August 2019
|Five months ended|
31 August 2019 (Unaudited )£
31 March 2019 (Audited) £
|Property, plant and equipment||6,971||7,248|
|Financial assets at amortised cost||2,169,137||2,011,122|
|Total non-current assets||79,518,466||17,604,812|
|Trade and other receivables||873,315||900,782|
|Cash and cash equivalents||4,123,365||5,645,997|
|Total current assets||4,996,680||6,546,779|
|Total current liabilities||(4,213,529)||(847,878)|
(1) The unaudited net assets statement for the five months ended 31 August 2019 has been prepared using the IFRS accounting policies disclosed within the Company’s published financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 and is presented in pounds sterling.
(2) The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 March 2019 have been extracted from the Company’s statutory accounts which have been reported on by the Company’s auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors was unqualified and did not contain a statement under the Companies Act 2006 regarding matters which are required to be noted by exception.
|Claire Jackson, Company Secretary||+44 (0) 117 918 1314|
|Alper Deniz, Legal Advisor||+44 (0) 207 504 1157|
LEI number of Vordere PLC: 213800VALWEYWTLOX423