Interim results for the six months to 30 September 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)
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
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.