Investor relations

Results for the six months to 30 September 2014

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Key highlights

  • Robust performance underpinned by good flow of realisations and strong balance sheet
  • Solid Private Equity portfolio performance; value weighted last twelve months earnings growth of 17%  
  • Continued strong realisation and refinancing proceeds of £324 million; further proceeds of £218 million received from realisations since the period end
  • Debt Management successfully raised two CLOs in the period and secured further commitments to the US Senior Loan Fund; first close of European Middle Market Loan Fund at €250 million post period end 
  • Operating expenses of £63 million and interest costs of £26 million both 7% lower than the first half last year 
  • Further improvement in Fund Management profitability to £13 million (30 September 2013: £8 million) 
  • Total return of £234 million after accounting for a foreign exchange translation loss of £73 million
  • Good progression in NAV per share to 358 pence at 30 September 2014, after 13.3 pence final dividend paid in July 2014 (31 March 2014: 348 pence) 
  • Interim dividend of 6.0 pence per share; of which 2.7 pence is base and 3.3 pence is additional 
  • Expecting to pay a minimum dividend of 15 pence per share in respect of the full year; of which 8.1p is base dividend, in line with policy 

Simon Borrows, 3i’s Chief Executive, commented: 

“The Group performed well in the first half and again demonstrated strong progress against our strategic plan. 

There is good earnings momentum in our larger investments and we have a number of realisation and refinancing projects in process.  

We continue to seek new investment opportunities, but we recognise the increasing political uncertainty and stagnating growth in Europe and are mindful of the risks of over-paying for new investments in this environment. 

We will continue to manage our portfolio energetically, capitalise on realisation opportunities and be selective in making new investments.”

Financial data

  Six months to/as at
30 September 2014
Six months to/as at
30 September 2013
Group
Total return £234m £175m
- Total return on opening shareholders’ funds 7.1% 6.0%
Dividend per ordinary share    
- Base dividend 2.7p 2.7p
- Additional dividend 3.3p 4.0p
Operating expenses £63m £68m
- As a percentage of assets under management1 1.0% 1.1%
Operating cash profit £16m £6m
Proprietary Capital
Realisation proceeds £324m £528m
- Uplift over opening book value £35m/12% £129m/32%
- Money multiple 1.8x 1.6x
Gross investment return2 £297m £240m
- As a percentage of opening 3i portfolio value 8.3% 7.3%
Operating profit3 £262m £179m
Cash investment £199m £92m
Net interest payable £25m £27m
3i portfolio value £3,672m £3,058m
Gross debt £831m £873m
Net debt/(cash) £161m £(28)m
Gearing 5% n/a
Liquidity £1,020m £1,401m
Net asset value £3,426m £3,062m
Diluted net asset value per ordinary share 358p 322p
Fund Management
Total assets under management £12,923m £11,751m
- Third-party capital £9,566m £8,585m
- Proportion of third-party capital 74% 73%
Total fee income £63m £63m
- Third-party fee income £41m £38m
Operating profit3 £13m £8m
Underlying Fund Management profit3,4 £16m £15m
- Underlying Fund Management margin 26% 24%

1 Annualised actual operating expenses, excluding restructuring costs of nil in the six months to 30 September 2014, £4 million in the six months to 30 September 2013 and £9 million in the year to 31 March 2014, as a percentage of weighted average assets under management.

2 Gross investment return includes nil of portfolio fees allocated to Fund Management (September 2013: £2 million, March 2014: £3 million).

3 Operating profit for the Proprietary Capital and Fund Management activities excludes carried interest payable/receivable, which is not allocated between these activities.

4 Excluding Fund Management restructuring costs of nil and amortisation costs of £3 million (September 2013: £4 million, £3 million, March 2014 £8 million, £6 million).

For further information, please contact:

Silvia Santoro, Investor Relations Director
Tel: 020 7975 3258

Kathryn van der Kroft, Communications Director
Tel: 020 7975 3021

Guy Lamming / Dorothy Burwell, Finsbury
Tel: 020 7251 3801

For further information regarding the announcement of 3i’s Half-yearly results to 30 September 2014, including a live videocast of the results presentation at 10.00am (registration from 9.00am), please visit www.3i.com.

A pdf of the 3i Group plc Half-yearly report 2014 will be available on our website.

Notes to editors

3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market private equity, infrastructure and debt management across Europe, Asia and North America. 

This Half-yearly report has been prepared solely to provide information to shareholders. It should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

This Half-yearly report may contain statements about the future, including certain statements about the future outlook for 3i Group plc and its subsidiaries (“3i”). These are not guarantees of future performance and will not be updated. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any statements about the future outlook may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different.

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