Duke Royalty, a provider of alternative capital solutions to a diversified range of profitable and long-established businesses in Europe and abroad, is pleased to provide the following trading and operational update for its fourth financial quarter ended 31 March 2021 ("Q4 FY21"), and to provide guidance on trading for the first quarter of the Company's financial year ended 30 June 2021 ("Q1 FY22").
· Cash revenue for Q4 FY21, being cash distributions from Duke's Royalty Partners and cash gains from sales of equity assets was in line with expectations, totalling £2.5 million. This represented a small like for like increase from the previous quarter once the positive effects of redemptions premiums are removed
· In January, Duke completed a follow-on investment of £2.2 million into its existing royalty partner Step Investments Limited ("Step"). Duke's funds were used by Step to acquire a majority equity stake in the Dublin-based private education subsidiary City Education Group and to facilitate the acquisition of a majority interest in Adtower Digital Media, a profitable Irish business within the digital out of home advertising sector
· In February, Duke announced the successful investment of £6.2 million into a new royalty partner, Fabrikat, a long standing, profitable fabricator of steel products supplying the UK street lighting and guardrail markets
· In March, Duke announced a follow-on investment of £4.5 million into its existing royalty partner United Glass Group Limited ("UGG") to allow UGG to complete the acquisition of London Architectural Glass, a UK supplier of bespoke architectural glass to premium residential, educational and heritage projects throughout the UK
· Also in March, Duke announced the exit of its investment in three river cruising vessels through the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Duke Royalty Switzerland, to Starling Fleet Holding AG. Headline consideration for the sale was €11.6 million plus interest
· Based on current trading, Duke expects cash revenue for Q1 FY22 to increase to £2.8 million
Neil Johnson, CEO of Duke Royalty, said:
"I am pleased to report that Q4 FY21 was a positive and busy quarter for Duke with several new investments completed and one royalty partner exited. During the quarter we also successfully transitioned Chief Investment Officers with Peter Madouros taking over from Jim Webster, who remains an important part of Duke as the new Chairman of the Investment Committee.
"Importantly, after quarter end Duke successfully raised £35 million in an oversubscribed equity placing. This fundraise gives Duke over £70 million of available liquidity to deploy into its expanding pipeline and to take advantage of the increasing opportunities available in the alternative financing market. We look forward to providing updates on this in due course."