Interim results for the six months to 30 September 2006

09 Nov 2006

 

"Good performance driven by strong realised profits"

  • Total return of 9.3% (£374 million) for the first six months
  • Realised profits of £216 million, up 14% over the same period last year
  • Good level of investment at £589 million (£700 million including co-investment funds)

 

For the six months to 30 September 2006 2005
Total return £374m £447m
Total return on opening shareholders' funds 9.3% 12.1%
Adjusted total return on opening shareholders' funds* 11.0% -
Realised profits over opening valuation £216m £189m
Unrealised profits on revaluation of investments £141m £223m
Portfolio income £123m £109m
Realisation proceeds £849m £1,041m
Investment (excluding co-investment funds) £589m £706m
Diluted net asset value per ordinary share 792p 677p
Interim dividend per ordinary share 5.8p 5.5p

 

*Adjusted for the £700 million return of capital approved in July 2006.

Commentary

  • Buyouts and Growth Capital have delivered very strong gross portfolio returns of 19.8% and 14.2% respectively for the period
  • Venture Capital delivered a negative gross portfolio return of (8.4)%, largely as a result of the mark-to-market valuation of its quoted portfolio
  • SMI delivered another good performance, generating £118 million of cash proceeds and a gross portfolio return of 13.7% for the period

 

Commenting on the results, Baroness Hogg, Chairman of 3i Group plc , said:

"3i has delivered another good performance of 9.3% on opening shareholders' funds in the half year and is positioned well against the current market opportunity."

3i's Chief Executive, Philip Yea , added:

"We are pleased with the results for the first six months and believe that they confirm our continued progress on delivering our near and long-term agendas.

We see little change in our major markets and expect to report further progress over the coming period. At this stage the Group is on track to deliver growth in new investment over the whole year."

For further information regarding the announcement of 3i's interim results to 30 September 2006, including video interviews with Philip Yea and Simon Ball (available 7.15am), a live webcast of the results presentation (at 10.30am), and an on demand webcast and podcast (available from 2.00pm), please see http://www.3igroup.com/.

For further information, please contact:

3i Group plc
Philip Yea, Chief Executive -  020 7975 3386
Simon Ball, Finance Director -  020 7975 3356
Patrick Dunne, Group Communications Director -  020 7975 3283

Maitland Consultancy
Philip Gawith -  020 7379 5151

Notes to editors
3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital. We focus on buyouts, growth capital and venture capital and invest across Europe, the US and Asia. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.