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Results for the six months to 30 September 2015

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Another solid half year with each business making important progress

  • Good progression in NAV per share to 401 pence, after the payment of the 14 pence final FY2015 dividend
  • Strong performance in the Private Equity portfolio underpinned by continued earnings momentum in our key assets
  • Productive first half for Private Equity with selective investment of £208 million and realised proceeds of £307 million
  • Infrastructure had a good first half, advising 3i Infrastructure plc on three new investments and contributing a special dividend of £51 million and cash income of £25 million to 3i
  • Debt Management assets under management now £7.5 billion as the team raised £0.8 billion of new assets from one new CLO in Europe and one new CLO in the US and launched the Global Income Fund
  • Efficient operating platform supported operating cash profit of £17 million
  • Well funded balance sheet with net debt of only £12 million
  • Interim dividend of 6.0 pence per share and expect to pay a full year dividend of at least 15 pence per share

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

“We have completed another solid half year with each business making important progress. The macro and market environment has clearly deteriorated over the course of this year and the steps we have taken since 2012 to create a more resilient business are proving their value.

We are enjoying good momentum across 3i and anticipate that the current environment will, over time, create attractive opportunities and we have the people, financial resources and agility to take advantage of them.”

Financial highlights

  Six months to/as at
30 September
2015
Six months to/as at
30 September
2014
Group
Total return £168m £234m
- Total return on opening shareholders’ funds 4.4% 7.1%
Dividend per ordinary share 6.0p 6.0p
Operating expenses £63m £63m
- As a percentage of assets under management1 0.9% 1.0%
Operating cash profit £17m £16m
Proprietary Capital
Realisation proceeds £359m £324m
- Uplift over opening book value2 £29m/9% £36m/15%
- Money multiple 1.7x 1.8x
Gross investment return £272m £297m
- As a percentage of opening 3i portfolio value 7.0% 8.3%
Operating profit3 £204m £262m
Cash investment £294m £199m
3i portfolio value £4,037m £3,672m
Gross debt £819m £831m
Net debt/(cash) £(12)m £(161)m
Gearing 0.3% 5%
Liquidity £1,157m £1,020m
Net asset value £3,851m £3,426p
Diluted net asset value per ordinary share 401p 358p
Fund Management
Total assets under management £13,469m £12,923m
- Third-party capital £10,143m £9,566m
- Proportion of third-party capital 75% 74%
Total fee income £58m £63m
- Third-party fee income £37m £41m
Operating profit3 £10m £13m
Underlying Fund Management profit3,4 £13m £16m
- Underlying Fund Management margin 22% 26%
  1. Annualised actual operating expenses, excluding restructuring costs of nil (September 2014: nil, March 2015: £1 million), as a percentage of weighted average assets under management.
  2. Uplift over opening book value excludes refinancings. The September 2014 balance has been restated from £35 million to £36 million to exclude refinancings.
  3. Operating profit for the Proprietary Capital and Fund Management activities excludes carried interest and performance fees payable/ receivable, which is not allocated between these activities.
  4. Excludes Fund Management restructuring costs of nil (September 2014: nil, March 2015: £1 million) and amortisation costs of £3 million (September 2014: £3 million, March 2015: £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

For further information regarding the announcement of 3i’s Half-yearly results to 30 September 2015, including a live videocast of the results presentation at 10.00am (registration from 9.00am), please visit www.3i.com.

Notes to editors

3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt Management. Our core investment markets are northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit: www.3i.com.

Notes to the announcement of the Half-yearly results

Note 1

All of the financial data in this announcement is taken from the Investment basis financial statements. 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.

The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2015 contained within this announcement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts for the year to 31 March 2015, prepared under IFRS, have been reported on by Ernst and Young LLP and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the Auditor on these statutory accounts was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Note 2

A pdf of the 3i Group plc Half-yearly report 2015 will be available on our website www.3i.com and is also attached below.

Note 3

This announcement 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.

Note 4

The interim dividend is expected to be paid on 6 January 2016 to holders of ordinary shares on the register on 11 December 2015.

Disclaimer

The 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.

The 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.

Basis

The numbers and commentary in the Overview and Interim management report reflects the Investment basis rather than IFRS. Detail on the differences and a reconciliation is included in the Reconciliation of the Investment basis to IFRS. The key measures of total return on equity and NAV are the same under both bases.

For definitions of our financial terms, used throughout this report, please see our glossary.

We have enhanced the Half-yearly report to concentrate on those events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of 3i’s financial performance in the period since the Annual report and accounts 2015. As a result the commentary has been streamlined to remove duplication and a number of Notes on the Financial Statements have been refined or deleted to focus on information that is material to this Half-yearly report.

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