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Edge Performance VCT PLC
14 December 2022
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14 December 2022
EDGE PERFORMANCE VCT PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY (the "Company")
Publication of a circular (the "Circular")
Proposed Class 1 Transactions, Related Party Transaction and
Notice of General Meeting
The Company has today published the Circular in relation to
proposed class 1 transactions and a related party transaction (the
"proposals"). The proposals are subject to Shareholder approval
and, accordingly, the Circular contains a notice convening a
general meeting of the Company to be held at the offices of Simons
Muirhead Burton LLP, 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY on 11
January 2023 at 2.00 p.m. (the "General Meeting").
A copy of the Circular will be submitted to the National Storage
Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at
https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism . The
Circular will also be available on the Company's website
(www.edge.vc/epvct/). Save as otherwise defined in this
announcement, terms defined in the Circular shall bear the same
meaning in the announcement.
Introduction and background
Following an examination of the level of the Company's
distributable reserves during the financial year ended 28 February
2022, it came to the attention of the Board in late June 2022 that
there was an issue concerning compliance with the Companies Act in
relation to the interim dividend paid by the Company to I
shareholders on 6 December 2021 (the "December 2021 Dividend").
Before declaring the December 2021 Dividend, the Board was
advised that the Company had distributable reserves of
GBP2,509,000. The Board wished to distribute to I shareholders the
vast majority of the Company's net asset value attributable to its
I shares and resolved to pay the December 2021 Dividend, the
aggregate value of which was GBP2,478,000. However, during the
subsequent examination an error was uncovered which resulted in the
need for a prior year adjustment, a consequence of which was that
the Company's distributable reserves as at the date of the payment
of the December 2021 Dividend were overstated by GBP253,000. Thus,
the Company did not have sufficient distributable reserves to cover
the value of the December 2021 Dividend when it was paid.
Following the cancellation of the Company's share premium
account and capital redemption reserve on 22 March 2022, the
Company had distributable reserves which would have been more than
sufficient to cover the entirety of the December 2021 Dividend. Had
the share premium account and capital redemption reserve been
cancelled prior to the payment of the December 2021 Dividend, the
Company would have had the distributable reserves necessary to pay
the December 2021 Dividend in accordance with the provisions of the
Following the sale of the Company's holding in Coolabi Group
Limited for GBP8,366,000, the Board wished to pay out the sums
realised from this sale to I shareholders and to pay H shareholders
a special dividend. The Board and the Investment Manager received
professional advice which stated that the Company had GBP8,572,000
of distributable reserves and, accordingly, the Company paid
dividends of GBP8,532,000, in aggregate, to I shareholders and H
shareholders on 27 August 2021 (the "August 2021 Dividends", and
together with the December 2021 Dividend the "Relevant
Following the examination and discussions with the Company's
advisers, the Board is concerned that the payment of the August
2021 Dividends has resulted in a breach of the common law doctrine
of capital maintenance as a result of the loss made on the sale of
Coolabi Group Limited after the Company's financial year ended 28
February 2021 but before the payment of the August 2021
Accordingly, the Board is writing to Shareholders with proposals
to address these issues and to outline the action Shareholders are
being asked to take in connection with a general meeting of the
Company to be held at 2.00 p.m. on 11 January 2023.
The issues arising in connection with the Relevant Dividends are
of a historic nature and there is no change to the current
financial position of the Company as a consequence. The proposals
described in the Circular do not affect the Company's current
distributable reserves, nor its capacity to pay dividends going
forward. To that end, the Board has resolved to put to Shareholders
a resolution to pay a final dividend of 5 pence per Share before
the proposed members' voluntary solvent liquidation of the Company,
as described in further detail below.
The Company has no intention of recovering the Relevant
Dividends from, or making any claims against, the Recipient
Shareholders or the Relevant Directors (each as defined below) for
the reasons set out below, and your Board does not believe that it
would be in Shareholders' best interests to do so.
Given that your Board had always intended to pay the Relevant
Dividends as the Company had the requisite cash to do so, your
Board does not believe that the Company has sustained any loss as a
result of the Relevant Dividends having been paid.
As a consequence of the Relevant Dividends having been paid
otherwise than in accordance with the Companies Act and the common
law (as relevant), the Company could make claims against the past
and present shareholders who received the Relevant Dividends (the
"Recipient Shareholders") and all past and present directors of the
Company who were directors at the time a Relevant Dividend was
made, being (a) the Company's current Directors, namely Terence
Back, Sir Peter Bazalgette and Sir Aubrey Brocklebank; and (b)
Robin Goodfellow, a former director of the Company who was in
office at the time when the August 2021 Dividends were approved and
paid (the "Former Director" and together with the Directors, the
"Relevant Directors"), in each case to recover the amounts paid by
the Company by way of the Relevant Dividends.
It is therefore proposed that Shareholders authorise the Company
to enter into: (i) a deed of release in favour of all Recipient
Shareholders (the "Shareholders' Deed of Release"); and (ii) a deed
of release by which the Company waives any rights to make claims
against Relevant Directors in respect of the Relevant Dividends
(the "Directors' Deed of Release"). The consequence of the entry
into of the Deeds of Release by the Company is that the Company
will be unable to make any claims that it may have against
Recipient Shareholders and/or the Relevant Directors to recover the
amounts paid by way of the Relevant Dividends to the Recipient
The maximum potential amount to which the Shareholders' Deed of
Release and the Directors' Deed of Release will relate is
GBP11,010,496, being the aggregate amount of the Relevant Dividends
paid to Recipient Shareholders.
Under the Listing Rules, the entering into of the Shareholders'
Deed of Release and the Directors' Deed of Release are each
classified as a class 1 transaction and the entry into of the
Directors' Deed of Release will also constitute a related party
transaction. As a result, both require Shareholder approval. The
Resolution will thus seek the specific approval of Shareholders for
the entry into of the Shareholders' Deed of Release and the
Directors' Deed of Release as class 1 transactions and, in the case
of the latter, a related party transaction in accordance with the
requirements of the Listing Rules.
Proposed members' voluntary solvent liquidation
As Shareholders will be aware, the Company's net asset value has
significantly reduced in recent months, with, among other things,
market-related reductions in the portfolio valuation, a dividend
paid on 6 May 2022, share buy-backs and the payment of advisers'
fees having substantially depleted the Company's cash. As a result,
the Board and the Investment Manager are of the opinion that the
Company is sub-scale and that the Company's ongoing charges ratio
will be too high at approximately 14.89 per cent.
Following lengthy discussions with the Investment Manager as to
the Company's current position and the overall market outlook, the
Board does not foresee any reasonable opportunity for the Company
to grow in the short term. Accordingly, after careful consideration
the Board believes that it is in Shareholders' best interests that
the Company be placed into a members' solvent voluntary
liquidation, with the intention that there will be an orderly
winding down of the Company, realisation for cash of the Company's
assets and a return of that cash to Shareholders in a manner which
will be intended to preserve VCT tax-reliefs.
The Board expects to provide Shareholders with further details
about the process in January 2023, which will lead to a general
meeting in late January/early February 2023, at which Shareholders
will be invited to vote on the Company entering into a members'
solvent voluntary liquidation. In addition, the Board has resolved
to put to Shareholders at that general meeting a resolution to pay
a dividend of 5 pence per Share before the proposed members'
solvent voluntary liquidation of the Company.
The Board has come to the conclusion that it is in Shareholders'
best interests that the Company be wound up and its capital
returned to Shareholders for the reasons set out above and intends
to implement these proposals regardless of the outcome of the vote
upon the Resolution.
For further information, please contact:
Edge Investments Limited, Investment Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
ISCA Administration Services Limited, Company Secretary:
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