RNS Number : 5729O

Puma VCT 10 PLC

03 October 2019


Interim Dividend

Following significant further realisations from the VCT qualifying portfolio, the Board is pleased to announce that it has approved an interim dividend of 26p per Share. The ex-dividend date will be 10 October 2019 and the record date 11 October 2019. The dividend will be paid to Shareholders on or about 25 October 2019. Following payment of this further interim dividend, the Company will have distributed 50 pence per Share in dividends.

Winding-Up Circular

It was announced on 20 June 2019 that the Board intends to put to Shareholders a proposal for the solvent winding-up of the Company. A circular explaining the proposal for the winding-up and the actions which are required for its implementation has been posted to shareholders on 3 October 2019, together with a notice of the General Meeting of the Company to be held at 11.00 a.m. on 29 October 2019 at Cassini House, 57 St James's Street, London SW1A 1LD. The winding-up is conditional on the approval of the resolutions to be put to the General Meeting (the "Resolutions").

The Company's prospectus dated 31 October 2013 (the "Prospectus") envisaged that the Company should not have a fixed life but that the Directors would review the Company's portfolio of investments after the first five years of trading with a view to an orderly liquidation of its assets and a subsequent distribution of the net proceeds to Shareholders.

As announced on 4 February 2019, the Board approved an interim dividend of 6p per Share which was paid to Shareholders on 28 February 2019, thereby fulfilling the aim set out in the Prospectus of paying dividends of up to 6p per annum. Dividends paid to Shareholders to date have brought total cash returned to Shareholders who initially received higher rate tax relief to 54 pence, comprising 24 pence in dividends and 30 pence in income tax relief. The audited net assets at the year-end (28 February 2019) were 67.14 pence per Share (equivalent to 91.14 pence per Share after adding back the 24 pence per Share of dividends paid to date). Puma Investment Management Limited (the "Investment Manager") has continued to concentrate on planning realisations of investments in order to return further funds to Shareholders in accordance with the Prospectus.

Subject to the Resolutions being passed, the Investment Manager intends to realise value from the Company's residual holdings and settle liabilities in order to simplify the Company's liquidation and maximise final returns to Shareholders.

The Board is, therefore, now recommending that the Company be placed in voluntary liquidation with the intention that further funds are returned to Shareholders by way of a capital distribution by the liquidators and that Asher Miller and Henry Lan of David Rubin & Partners Ltd be appointed joint liquidators.

If the Resolutions are passed, this will result in the cancellation of the listing of the Company's Shares on the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority, which is expected to take place on 30 October 2019, and the Shares ceasing to trade on the London Stock Exchange.

Expected Timetable

 Notice of General Meeting                 3 October 2019 
 Deadline for receipt of Proxy Forms       11.00 a.m. on 25 October 
 Suspension of the listing of the Shares   7.30 a.m. on 29 October 
  on the Official List                      2019 
 General Meeting                           11.00 a.m. on 29 October 
 Expected date of cancellation of the      8.00 a.m. on 30 October 
  listing of the Shares on the Official     2019 


A copy of the circular has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.

The Company and the Directors accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information relating to the Company and its directors contained in this announcement is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.


Eliot Kaye - Puma Investments - 020 7408 4070

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