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Duke Royalty Limited Final Results and Maiden Dividend

22/06/2017 3:19pm

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


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Duke Royalty Limited

22 June 2017

The headline for the Company announcement released on 22 June 2017 at 7:00am under RNS No 8138I should read Final Results and Maiden Dividend.

The announcement remains unchanged and is reproduced in full below.

22 June 2017

Duke Royalty Limited

("Duke Royalty", "Duke" or the "Company")

Final Results for the year ended 31 March 2017 and declaration of Maiden Dividend

Duke Royalty (AIM: DUKE) announces its final results for the year ended 31 March 2017 ("Fiscal 2017").

Fiscal 2017 has been transformational for the Company which has commenced operations as the first UK quoted diversified royalty company. During the year, the Board and Investment Committee focused on evaluating a number of opportunities, in order to create a near-term pipeline of royalty financing transactions. To finance the near-term pipeline, the Company commenced a fundraising early in 2017. The financial year culminated with the Company's successful raise of GBP15 million on 17 March 2017, bringing a number of new institutional shareholders onto the Company's register.

Post financial year end, on 6 April 2017 the Company announced its inaugural royalty financing agreement for EUR8.0 million with Temarca B.V. ("Temarca"), an established European river cruise provider. With a cash-on-cash yield of approximately 13 per cent, this inaugural royalty financing agreement will result in Duke operating at a cashflow positive run rate following the commencement of monthly distributions in May 2017.

Over Fiscal 2017, Duke Royalty generated a loss of GBP1.4 million. It should be noted however that Fiscal 2017 involved the re-Admission of the Company and the equity placing to AIM, with numerous other one-off costs. However, the Company has committed to significantly reducing operational expenses for the financial year ending 31 March 2018 ("Fiscal 2018"). As outlined in the Company's Admission Document published on 20 March 2017, Board fees and other service fees have been voluntarily reduced in order for the Company to implement and sustain a quarterly dividend policy for Fiscal 2018.

The Company looks forward to reporting further progress during Fiscal 2018, and looks with enthusiasm to furthering our investment policy of building a diversified royalty portfolio.

Maiden Dividend

The Company is pleased to report that the Board has approved its maiden dividend of P 0.5 pence (sterling) per share with the ex-dividend date being 29 June 2017 and the record date 30 June 2017. Furthermore the Company is targeting a minimum initial annual dividend yield of five per cent. for Fiscal 2018 and intends to pay quarterly dividends going forward.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Company announces that its Annual General Meeting ("AGM") will be held at Trafalgar Court, 4th Floor, West Wing, Admiral Park, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2JA on 27 September 2017 at 11:00 BST.

The full annual report and accounts, including the audit report and the notice of the Company's AGM, and the proposed articles of association will be posted to applicable shareholders by 7 July 2017 and will be available on the Company's website at that time: www.dukeroyalty.com

About Duke Royalty

Headquartered in Guernsey, Duke Royalty Limited has been established to provide alternative financing solutions to a diversified range of businesses in Europe and abroad. Duke Royalty's experienced team and exclusive partnership provide financing solutions to private companies that are in need of capital but whose owners wish to maintain equity control of their business. Duke Royalty's royalty investments are intended to provide robust, stable, long term returns to its shareholders.

Duke Royalty is listed on the AIM market under the ticker DUKE. For more information, visit dukeroyalty.com.

For further information:

 
 Duke Royalty Limited        Neil Johnson / Charlie Cannon-Brookes 
                             +44 (0) 1481 741 240 
 
 Grant Thornton UK LLP       Colin Aaronson / Samantha 
  (Nominated Adviser)         Harrison / Jamie Barklem/ 
                              Carolyn Sansom 
                             +44 (0) 20 7383 5100 
 
 Mirabaud Securities         Peter Krens / Edward Haig-Thomas 
  LLP (Joint Broker) 
                             +44 (0) 20 3167 7222 
 
 Cantor Fitzgerald Europe    Marc Milmo / Catherine Leftley 
  (Joint Broker)              / Callum Butterfield 
                             +44 (0) 207 894 7000 
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

The Directors present their Annual Report and the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group for the year ended 31 March 2017.

Status and activity

The Company is an investment holding company incorporated on 22 February 2012 with limited liability in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

The Company's shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market ("AIM") on 9 July 2012. On 17 March 2017 the Company announced that 37,500,000 new Ordinary Shares had been successfully placed or subscribed for at a price of 40 pence per share ("Fundraising"), with new and existing institutional investors, as well as certain Directors. Pursuant to the Fundraising, the Company raised gross proceeds of GBP15 million (net proceeds GBP13.8 million after fund raising commission and Initial Public Offering expenses).

The Company's initial investment objective was to build a focused natural resource investment vehicle in order to generate positive returns to shareholders. As detailed in the Investing Policy section on page 2 following the result of the EGM on 16 June 2015 the Company's Articles of Incorporation and Investing Policy were changed to that of investment in a diversified portfolio of royalty finance and related opportunities.

Post year end on 6 April 2017 the Company entered into its inaugural royalty financing agreement for EUR8.0 million (the "Financing") with Temarca B.V. ("Temarca"), an established European river cruise provider. The Financing will allow Temarca to purchase two boats that are currently being leased, refurbish a portion of their fleet and repay existing creditors.

Results and dividends

The Company's performance during the year is discussed in the Chairman's Report on page 3. The results for the year are set out in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income on page 15.

At the year end the net assets attributable to the ordinary shareholders were GBP14,506,012 (2016: GBP2,070,315).

No dividend was declared during the financial year to 31 March 2017.

Post the financial year end the Board approved the Company's maiden dividend of 0.5 pence (sterling) per shares.

Taxation

The Company has been granted exemption from Guernsey taxation and is charged an annual exemption fee of GBP1,200. The Directors intend to conduct the Company's affairs such that it continues to remain eligible for exemption from Guernsey tax.

Shareholder information

Up to date information regarding the Company can be found on the Company's website, which is www.dukeroyalty.com.

Annual General Meeting

The notice for the Annual General Meeting of the Company, which is to be held on 27 September 2017 at 11:00 BST a.m., is on page 40 of this document. The form of Proxy for the Annual General Meeting will accompany the notice of Annual General Meeting.

Directors' responsibilities statement

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law allows the Directors to prepare Consolidated Financial Statements for each financial year. Under that law the Directors have elected to prepare the Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union.

The Directors are permitted by the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 to prepare Consolidated Financial Statements for each financial period which gives a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and of the surplus or deficit of the Group for that period.

In preparing those Consolidated Financial Statements the Directors are required to:

   --     select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently; 
   --     make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; 

-- state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the Consolidated Financial Statements; and

-- prepare the Consolidated Financial Statements on a going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business.

The Directors confirm that they have complied with the above requirements in preparing the Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the Financial Statements comply with the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The Directors are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and Group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The Directors who held office at the date of approval of this report confirm that, so far as each of the Directors is aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware, having taken all the steps the Directors ought to have taken to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditor is aware of that information.

Directors

The Directors of the Company, who served during the year, and subsequently, are shown below:

 
 Director 
----------------------- 
 Nigel Birrell 
 Charles Cannon-Brookes 
 Neil Johnson 
 James Ryan 
 Mark Le Tissier 
----------------------- 
 

The Directors held the following interest in the share capital of the Company either directly or beneficially.

 
                     Ordinary     Share     Ordinary    Share 
                       Shares     Options    Shares     Options 
 Director               2017       2017       2016       2016 
------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 N Johnson           1,660,000    85,000    900,000     85,000 
 C Cannon-Brookes    2,765,882    85,000    453,517     85,000 
 N Birrell            525,000     85,000    400,000     85,000 
 J Ryan               650,000     85,000    400,000     85,000 
 M Le Tissier            -          -          -          - 
------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 

The Directors who served in the year received the following remuneration during the year:

 
 Director              Entitlement    2017     2016** 
                        per annum      GBP       GBP 
--------------------  ------------  --------  -------- 
 N Johnson               100,000     100,000   95,082 
 C Cannon-Brookes        70,000      70,000    69,292 
 N Birrell*              24,000      24,000    32,836 
 J Ryan                  24,000      24,000    32,836 
 M Le Tissier               -           -         - 
 R King                  27,500         -      25,208 
--------------------  ------------  --------  -------- 
 Total remuneration                  218,000   255,252 
--------------------  ------------  --------  -------- 
 

* Chairman.

** includes GBP13,915 each for Mr Johnson, Mr Cannon-Brookes, Mr Birrell and Mr Ryan which equates to the value of the options issued to each Director under the share option plan.

Post the financial year end Board fees have been voluntarily reduced in order for the Company to implement and sustain a quarterly dividend policy for Fiscal 2018.

Directors' authority to buy back shares

A shareholder resolution, which took effect upon Admission to AIM, has been passed granting the Board authority to make market purchases of up to 14.99 per cent of the Ordinary Shares in issue during any twelve month period. Any repurchase of Ordinary Shares will be made in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company and the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended, and within guidelines established from time to time by the Board and will be at the absolute discretion of the Board, and not at the option of the Shareholders.

This authority will lapse on the date of the Company's next annual general meeting. Subject to Shareholder authority for proposed repurchases, general purchases of up to 14.99 per cent of the Ordinary Shares in issue will only be made through the market.

The minimum price (exclusive of expenses) which may be paid for an Ordinary Share is GBP0.01 per share and the maximum price (exclusive of expenses) which may be paid for an Ordinary Share shall be not more than five per cent above the average of the middle market quotation for the Ordinary Shares for the five business days before the purchase is made.

Any repurchase by the Company of 15 per cent or more of any class of its shares (excluding shares of that class held in treasury) will be effected by way of a tender offer to all Shareholders of that class.

When Ordinary Shares trade at a substantial discount to the NAV per Ordinary Share and do not coincide with trading volumes in the market, the Directors may feel that it is appropriate to make such purchases.

Shareholders' significant interests

The following shareholders had a substantial interest either directly or beneficially of 3% or more of the Company's issued share capital as at 31 March 2017.

 
                                    Ordinary         % of the 
                                      shares         Ordinary 
 Shareholder/ Nominee Account           held    Share capital 
 
 Hargreave Hale Limited            7,500,000           16.53% 
 Partners Value Investment Inc.    4,375,000            9.64% 
 AXA Investment Managers           3,750,000            8.26% 
 Charles Cannon-Brookes*           2,765,882            6.10% 
 Walker Crips                      2,000,000            4.41% 
 Artemis Investment Management 
  Plc                              1,705,543            3.76% 
 Neil Johnson**                    1,660,000            3.66% 
 Henderson Global Investors 
  Ltd                              1,500,000            3.31% 
 

*Of these, 1,357,365 shares are legally owned by Arlington Group Asset Management Limited

** Of these, 500,000 shares are legally owned by Abingdon Capital Corporation

Relations with Shareholders

The Directors place a great deal of importance on communication with shareholders. The Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements are widely distributed to other parties who have an interest in the Company's performance. Shareholders and investors may obtain up to date information on the Company through the Company's website.

The Notice of the Annual General Meeting included within the Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements is sent out 20 working days in advance of the meeting. All shareholders have the opportunity to put questions to the Board formally at the Company's Annual General Meeting. The Company Secretary and representatives from Arlington Group Asset Management Limited and Abingdon Capital Corporation are available to answer general queries.

Corporate governance

The Board of Directors is responsible for the corporate governance of the Company. As a Guernsey incorporated company and under the AIM Rules for Companies, the Company is not required to comply with The UK Corporate Governance Code published by the Financial Reporting Council ("UK Code"). However, the Directors place a high degree of importance on ensuring that high standards of Corporate Governance are maintained and as such the Company is committed to complying with the corporate governance obligations appropriate to the Company's size and nature of business. The Company does not, nor does it intend to, adopt the UK Code.

As a Guernsey incorporated company, the Company is required to comply with the Finance Sector Code of Corporate Governance issued by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC Code") introduced on 1 January 2012.

The Board

The Board, whose membership, and where relevant independence, is disclosed above, meets at least four times a year. Between the formal meetings there was regular contact with the Support Services Providers, the Company Secretary and the Investment Committee. The Directors are kept fully informed of investment and financial controls, and other matters that are relevant to the business of the Company and should be brought to the attention of the Directors. The Directors also have access to the Administrator and, where necessary in the furtherance of their duties, to independent professional advice at the expense of the Company. The Board is responsible for the appointment and monitoring of all service providers to the Company.

The Board has engaged specific individuals and external companies to undertake the investment management, administrative and custodial activities of the Company. Clear documented contractual arrangements are in place with these individuals and firms, which define the areas where the Board has delegated responsibility to them.

It remains the responsibility of the Board to assess whether the outsourced activities are being performed adequately, to ensure that the Company has adequate resources and to establish procedures, including compliance plans, to be able to monitor the performance of third parties performing the outsourced activities. The Directors believe that the Board has a balance of skills and experience which enables it to perform these assessments, to provide effective strategic leadership and proper governance of the Company. The Board has considered non-financial areas of risk such as disaster recovery and staffing levels within service providers and considers adequate arrangements to be in place.

At the quarterly Board Meetings going forward the Board will meet regularly with the Investment Committee to review strategy and deal flows.

The Company maintains insurance in respect of directors' and officers' liability in relation to their acts on behalf of the Company. Suitable insurance is in place and has been renewed for the period until 30 November 2017.

Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Board of Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and Financial Statements. The Audit Committee advises the Board on the form and content of the Annual Report and Financial Statements, any issues which may arise and any specific areas which require judgement.

Internal control and financial reporting

The Board is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Group's system of internal controls. Internal control systems are designed to meet the specific needs of the Group and the risks to which it is exposed, and, by their very nature, provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss.

The key components designed to provide effective internal control are outlined below:

-- Trident Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited ("TT") was responsible for the provision of administration and company secretarial duties for the period under review;

-- The duties of managing the Company's royalty investments, administration / company secretarial and accounting are segregated. The procedures are designed to complement one another; and

-- The Board reviews financial information and compliance reports produced by the Administrator on a regular basis.

The Board reviews the Group's risk management and internal control systems quarterly and are satisfied that the controls are satisfactory, given the size and nature of the Group.

Audit Committee

The Company's audit committee comprises Jim Ryan (Chairman), Nigel Birrell and Mark Le Tissier. The Audit Committee's main functions include, inter alia, reviewing the effectiveness of internal control systems and risk assessment, considering the need for an internal audit, making recommendations to the Board in relation to the appointment and remuneration of the Company's auditors and monitoring and reviewing annually their independence, objectivity, effectiveness and qualifications. The Audit Committee will also monitor the integrity of the financial statements of the Company including its annual and interim reports, announcements and any other formal announcement relating to financial performance. The Audit Committee will be responsible for overseeing the Company's relationship with the external auditors, including making recommendations to the Board on the appointment of the external auditors and their remuneration. The Audit Committee will consider the nature, scope and results of the auditors' work and reviews, and develop and implement policy on the supply of non-audit services that are to be provided by the external auditors. The Audit Committee will focus particularly on compliance with legal requirements, accounting standards and the relevant AIM Rules for Companies and ensuring that an effective system of internal financial and non-financial controls is maintained. The ultimate responsibility for reviewing and approving the annual report and accounts will remain with the Board. The identity of the Chairman of the Audit Committee will be reviewed on an annual basis and the membership of the Audit Committee and its terms of reference will be kept under review. The Audit Committee will have no links with the Company's external auditors.

Investment committee

The Investment Committee which is made up of members nominated by the Company and by Oliver Wyman and currently includes one independent member (Mr. Andrew Carragher). The current members of the Investment Committee are Neil Johnson, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Royalty; Jim Webster, Chief Investment Officer of Duke Royalty, Justin Cochrane, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of Abingdon Capital Corporation; David Campbell, Partner in the Health & Life Sciences practice of Oliver Wyman; John Romeo, Managing Partner for North America and Global Head of Corporate Finance and Restructuring at Oliver Wyman; Andrew Chadwick-Jones, Partner at Oliver Wyman's London office, specialising in health delivery systems and Andrew Carragher, a founder and Managing Partner of DW Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm founded in 2002 with over $750 million under management.

The Investment Committee is responsible for reviewing the pipeline of all proposed opportunities; assisting and advising on royalty terms; identifying and managing potential conflicts of interests; assessing the individual capital requirements for each potential opportunity; making recommendations to the Board and reviewing the performance and outlook of the portfolio.

The Investment Committee has no power to bind the Company to any potential transaction, and the Company is not bound to follow any advice or recommendation of the Investment Committee. Every proposed Royalty Financing will be decided by the Board.

Anti-bribery and corruption

The Board acknowledges that the Group's international operations may give rise to possible claims of bribery and corruption. In consideration of the UK Bribery Act the Board reviews the perceived risks to the Group arising from bribery and corruption to identify aspects of the business which may be improved to mitigate such risk. The Board has adopted a zero tolerance policy toward bribery and has reiterated its commitment to carry out business fairly, honestly and openly.

Financial risk profile

The Group's main financial instruments comprise royalty investments and cash. The main purpose of these instruments is the investment of Shareholders' funds. The most significant risks that these instruments are subject to are discussed in note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Environment

The Group seeks to conduct its affairs responsibly and environmental factors are, where appropriate, taken into consideration with regard to investment decisions taken on behalf of the Company.

Going Concern

After making all reasonable enquires the Directors believe that it is appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Consolidated Financial Statements as the Company has adequate financial resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

Independent Auditor

The auditor, BDO Limited, has indicated its willingness to continue in office. Accordingly, a resolution for its reappointment will be proposed at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The external auditors are required to rotate the audit engagement partner responsible for the company audits every five years and the completion of this audit is the fifth for the current engagement partner. In certain circumstances where there has recently been, or will soon be, a substantial change to the entity's business it is permitted under the FRC's Ethical Standard to extend that tenure by up to two years in order to safeguard audit quality. In light of this the Board has determined, with the agreement of BDO Limited, that it is necessary for the current audit engagement partner to continue with his role for a sixth year, given his detailed understanding of the operations and systems at Duke Royalty which we believe are important at a time of significant change for the company given the recent changes to the Company's Investment Strategy to a Royalty Financing Business along with the recent change in the Company's administrator.

Approved by the Board of Directors on 21 June 2017 and signed on behalf of the Board by:

Nigel Birrell Charles Cannon-Brookes

Director Director

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of Duke Royalty Limited

We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Duke Royalty Limited for the year ended 31 March 2017 which comprise the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and the related notes 1 to 17. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards as endorsed by the European Union (IFRS).

This report is made solely to the company's members, as a body, in accordance with Section 262 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. Our audit work is undertaken so that we might state to the company's members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor's report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company and the company's members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Respective responsibilities of the directors and auditor

As explained more fully in the Directors' Responsibilities Statement within the Directors' Report, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the consolidated financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view.

Our responsibility is to audit and express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements in accordance with applicable law and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). Those standards require us to comply with the Financial Reporting Council's Ethical Standards for Auditors.

Scope of the audit of the financial statements

An audit involves obtaining evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements sufficient to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or error. This includes an assessment of: whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the group's circumstances and have been consistently applied and adequately disclosed; the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the directors; and the overall presentation of the financial statements. In addition, we read all the financial and non--financial information in the annual report to identify material inconsistencies with the audited financial statements and to identify any information that is apparently materially incorrect based on, or materially inconsistent with, the knowledge acquired by us in the course of performing the audit. If we become aware of any apparent misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

Opinion on the financial statements

In our opinion the financial statements:

-- give a true and fair view of the state of the group's affairs as at 31 March 2017 and of the group's loss for the year then ended;

   --     have been properly prepared in accordance with IFRSs; and 

-- have been properly prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

Matters on which we are required to report by exception

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters where the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:

   --     proper accounting records have not been kept by the parent company; or 
   --     the financial statements are not in agreement with the accounting records; or 

-- we have failed to obtain all the information and explanations, which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, are necessary for the purposes of our audit.

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Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 March 2017

 
                                                                                         Year ended       Year ended 
                                                                                      31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                                                             Notes              GBP              GBP 
 Income 
 Net capital loss on financial assets at fair value through profit or loss     4                  -      (2,402,040) 
 Investment income                                                             4                  -                - 
 Net investment losses                                                                            -      (2,402,040) 
                                                                                    ---------------  --------------- 
 Expenses 
 Support services administration fees                                         5a          (487,945)        (692,333) 
 Directors' fees                                                              15          (218,000)        (255,252) 
 Restructuring costs                                                                       (15,072)        (137,569) 
 Consultancy fees                                                                         (127,396)        (101,139) 
 Directors' expenses                                                          15           (82,174)         (63,439) 
 Investment advisory committee fees                                           15           (60,000)         (44,425) 
 Administration fees                                                          5b           (46,500)         (36,000) 
 Marketing costs                                                                           (11,758)         (33,029) 
 Audit fees                                                                                (28,000)         (32,250) 
 Other expenses                                                                6           (38,501)         (30,876) 
 Broker fees                                                                  5c                  -         (26,055) 
 Nomad fees                                                                   5d           (29,421)         (17,773) 
 Registrar fees                                                               5e            (9,350)         (17,604) 
 Custodian fees                                                                                   -          (4,121) 
 Foreign currency loss                                                                            -            (291) 
 Aborted deal fees                                                                         (95,025)                - 
 Reverse takeover fees                                                                     (68,468)                - 
 Other legal and professional fees                                                         (85,060)                - 
 Total expenses                                                                         (1,402,670)      (1,492,156) 
                                                                                    ---------------  --------------- 
 
 Operating loss                                                                         (1,402,670)      (3,894,196) 
 Finance income                                                                                  44              646 
 Finance costs                                                                              (1,956)        (153,066) 
 
 Loss for the financial year                                                            (1,404,582)      (4,046,616) 
 
 Total comprehensive expense for the year                                               (1,404,582)      (4,046,616) 
                                                                                    ===============  =============== 
 
 Basic and diluted deficit per share (pence)                                   8             (0.16)           (0.65) 
                                                                                    ===============  =============== 
 

All activities derive from continuing operations. All income is attributable to the holders of the Ordinary Shares of the Company.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2017

 
                                             Shares   Warrants 
                                Notes        Issued     Issued   Retained Losses   Share Option Reserve   Total Equity 
                                                GBP        GBP               GBP                    GBP            GBP 
 
 
 At 1 April 2016                         27,064,815     72,454      (25,191,366)                124,412      2,070,315 
 Total comprehensive expense 
  for the year                                    -          -       (1,404,582)                      -    (1,404,582) 
 
 Transactions with owners 
 Shares issued 
 - Share based payments          11b        447,575                                                            447,575 
 
   *    Warrants lapsed                               (72,454)           72,454,                      -              - 
 - Transaction costs                    (1,159,721)          -                 -                      -    (1,159,721) 
 - Issued for cash               10      14,552,425          -                 -                      -     14,552,425 
 Total transactions with 
  owners                                 13,840,279   (72,454)            72,454                      -     13,840,279 
                                       ------------  ---------  ----------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 
 At 31 March 2017                        40,905,094          -      (26,523,494)                124,412     14,506,012 
                                       ============  =========  ================  =====================  ============= 
 
 
 At 1 April 2015                         24,208,640     72,454      (21,144,750)                      -      3,136,344 
 Total comprehensive expense 
  for the year                                    -          -       (4,046,616)                      -    (4,046,616) 
 
 Transactions with owners 
 Shares issued 
  - Share based payments                    400,000          -                 -                      -        400,000 
 Shares bought back and 
  cancelled                               2,456,175          -                 -                      -      2,456,175 
 Share options                                    -          -                 -                124,412        124,412 
 Total transactions with 
  owners                                  2,856,175          -                 -                124,412      2,980,587 
                                       ------------  ---------  ----------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
 
 At 31 March 2016                        27,064,815     72,454      (25,191,366)                124,412      2,070,315 
                                       ============  =========  ================  =====================  ============= 
 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2017

 
                                                             31 March 2017   31 March 2016 
                                                     Notes             GBP             GBP 
 ASSETS 
 Non-Current Assets 
 Investments at fair value through profit or loss      4                 -               - 
 Total non-current assets                                                -               - 
 
 Current Assets 
 Trade and other receivables                          13           381,467         519,737 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                      14,350,154       1,625,749 
 Total current assets                                           14,731,621       2,145,486 
 
 Total Assets                                                   14,731,621       2,145,486 
                                                            ==============  ============== 
 
 
 EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 
 Equity 
 Shares issued                   10      40,905,094     27,064,815 
 Warrants issued                 10               -         72,454 
 Share options                   11a        124,412        124,412 
 Retained losses                       (26,523,494)   (25,191,366) 
 Total Equity                            14,506,012      2,070,315 
 
 Liabilities 
 Current Liabilities 
 Trade and other payables        14         225,609         75,171 
 Total current liabilities                  225,609         75,171 
 
 Total Equity and Liabilities            14,731,621      2,145,486 
                                      =============  ============= 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 March 2017

 
                                                                      Year ended       Year ended 
                                                                   31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                                          Notes              GBP              GBP 
 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Proceeds from sale of investments                         12            516,535        1,165,158 
 Interest and investment income                                               44              646 
 Operating expenses paid                                             (1,255,997)        (929,708) 
 Investment costs incurred                                              (31,500)                - 
 Net cash (outflow) / inflow from operating activities                 (770,918)          236,096 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of shares                             10         14,209,425        2,456,175 
 Share issues costs                                                    (712,146)                - 
 Repayment of loan                                                             -      (1,688,133) 
 Finance costs paid                                                      (1,956)        (153,066) 
 Escrow payments under loan agreement                                          -          257,080 
 Net cash inflow from financing activities                            13,495,323          872,056 
 
 Net change in cash and cash equivalents                              12,724,405        1,108,152 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year                        1,625,749          517,597 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                             14,350,154        1,625,749 
                                                                 ===============  =============== 
 

The notes below form an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   1.    GENERAL INFORMATION 

Duke Royalty Limited (the "Company") is a closed-ended investment company with limited liability formed under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The Company was incorporated in Guernsey on 22 February 2012 and its shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange's AIM on 9 July 2012. The Company's registered office is shown on page 38.

The Company's investing policy is to invest in a diversified portfolio of royalty finance and related opportunities.

The Company's shares are traded on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange.

   2.    SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES 
   a)    Basis of preparation 

The Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") to the extent that they have been adopted by the European Union, and reflect the following policies, which have been adopted and applied consistently.

   b)    Basis of consolidation 

Where the Company has control over an investee, it is classified as a subsidiary. The Company controls an investee if all three of the following elements are present: power over the investee, exposure to variable returns from the investee, and the ability of the investor to use its power to affect those variable returns. Control is reassessed whenever facts and circumstances indicate that there may be a change in any of these elements of control.

All intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

The "Group" is defined as the Company and its subsidiary Duke Royalty UK Limited. Duke Royalty UK Limited has been dormant since incorporation. In the prior year the Group included Praetorian ZDP Limited and Praetorian Resources (GP) Limited which were dissolved on 16 May 2016

As at 31 March 2017, the Company has prepared consolidated financial statements for the Group for the year.

   c)    New and amended standards and interpretations 

The accounting policies adopted in the year are consistent with those of the previous financial period, with the exception of new standards that have become effective during the year. Although there were a number of new standards and interpretations that apply for the first time for this year end, none of these had any significant impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements.

At the date of authorisation of these Consolidated Financial Statements, the following standards and interpretations, which will become relevant to the Group but have not been applied in these Consolidated Financial Statements, were in issue but not yet effective:

IFRS 9, "Financial Instruments - Classification and Measurement" (effective 1 January 2018 as set by IASB).

IFRS 7, Financial Instruments Disclosures - Amendments regarding initial application of IFRS 9 - effective for when IFRS 9 is applied for periods commencing after 1 January 2018.

IFRS 15, Revenue from contracts with customers - effective for periods commencing after 1 January 2018.

These standards will be adopted by the Group when they become effective. The Directors anticipate that the adoption of these standards and interpretations in future periods will require additional disclosures but are not expected to have a material impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group.

The Group has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective.

   d)    Foreign currency 

Items included in the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operated ("the functional currency"). The Consolidated Financial Statements are presented in Pounds Sterling (GBP), which is the Group's functional and presentation currency.

Transactions in currencies other than Sterling are translated at the rate of exchange ruling at the date of the transaction. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position are retranslated into Sterling at the rate of exchange ruling at that date.

Foreign exchange differences arising on retranslation are recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

Non-monetary assets and liabilities that are measured in terms of historical cost in a foreign currency are translated using the rate of exchange at the date of the transaction. Non-monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies that are stated at fair value are retranslated into Sterling at foreign exchange rates ruling at the dates the fair value was determined.

   e)    Financial instruments 

Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. Financial assets and financial liabilities are only offset and the net amount reported in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income when there is a currently enforceable legal right to offset the recognised amounts and the Group intends to settle on a net basis or realise the asset and liability simultaneously.

Financial assets

The classification of financial assets at initial recognition depends on the purpose for which the financial asset was acquired and its characteristics. All financial assets are initially recognised at fair value. All purchases of financial assets are recorded at trade date, being the date on which the Group became party to the contractual requirements of the financial assets. The Group has not classified any of its financial assets as Held to Maturity or as Available for Sale. The Group's financial assets comprise loans and receivables and investments held at fair value through profit or loss.

Loans and receivables

These assets are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. They principally comprise other receivables and cash and cash equivalents. They are initially recognised at fair value on acquisition, and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method, less any provision for impairment.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand and demand deposits and other short-term highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less that are readily convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value.

Financial assets at fair value

Classification

The Group classifies its investments as "financial assets at fair value". These financial assets are designated by the Group at fair value through profit or loss at inception.

Recognition

Purchases and sales of investments are recognised on the trade date, the date on which the Group commits to purchase or sell the investment.

Measurement

Financial assets at fair value are initially recognised at cost, being the fair value of consideration given. Subsequent to initial recognition, all financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are measured at fair value. Gains and losses arising from changes in the fair value of the 'financial assets at fair value' category are presented in the Statement of Comprehensive Income in the period in which they arise.

Fair value estimation

Marketable (Listed) Securities - where an active market exists for the securities, the value is stated at the bid price on the last trading day in the period. Marketability discounts are not applied unless there is some contractual, governmental or other legally enforceable restriction preventing realisation at the reporting date.

Unlisted Investments - are carried at such fair value as the Directors consider appropriate given the performance of each investee company and after considering the financial position of the entity, latest news and developments.

Fair value hierarchy

IFRS 13 requires disclosure of fair value measurements by level of the following fair value hierarchy.

Level 1 - inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets and liabilities that the entity can readily observe.

Level 2 - inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3 - inputs that are not based on observable market date (unobservable inputs).

All investments at fair value through profit and loss are measured as level three investments except one unlisted warrant which has no movements or value is measured at level two (note 4).

Derecognition of financial assets

A financial asset (in whole or in part) is derecognised either (i) when the Group has transferred substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership; or (ii) when it has neither transferred nor retained substantially all the risks and rewards and when it no longer has control over the assets or a portion of the asset; or (iii) when the contractual right to receive cash flow has expired. Any gain or loss on derecognition is taken to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income as appropriate.

Financial liabilities

The classification of financial liabilities at initial recognition depends on the purpose for which the financial liability was issued and its characteristics.

All financial liabilities are initially recognised at fair value. All purchases of financial liabilities are recorded on trade date, being the date on which the Group becomes party to the contractual requirements of the financial liability. Unless otherwise indicated the carrying amounts of the Group's financial liabilities approximate to their fair values.

The Group's financial liabilities consist of financial liabilities measured at amortised cost.

Financial liabilities measured at amortised cost

These include loans and borrowings, payables and other short-term monetary liabilities, which are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

Derecognition of financial liabilities

A financial liability (in whole or in part) is derecognised when the Group has extinguished its contractual obligations, it expires or is cancelled. Any gain or loss on derecognition is taken to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

Capital

Financial instruments issued by the Group are treated as equity if the holder has only a residual interest in the assets of the Group after the deduction of all liabilities. The Company's Ordinary Shares are classified as equity instruments.

The Group considers its capital to comprise its Ordinary Share Capital and retained earnings.

Equity instruments

Incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares are shown in equity as a deduction from proceeds.

Share based payments

The Group operates an equity settled Share Option Plan for its directors and key advisers. As the shares issued vest immediately the Group recognised the full expense within the Statement of Comprehensive Income with the corresponding amount recognised in a share option reserve in the year ended 31 March 2016. There were no additional share options awarded during the year. The key inputs into the model are disclosed in note 11.

The Group also settles a portion of expenses by way of share based payments, these expenses are settled based on the fair value of the service received as an expense with the corresponding amount increasing equity. During the year all share based payments were as a result of the fundraise and therefore the net impact on share capital was nil.

   e)    Income 

Interest income is recognised on a time apportioned basis using the effective interest method.

   f)     Expenses 

Expenses are accounted for on an accrual basis.

   g)    Segmental reporting 

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified as the Board of Directors, as a whole. The key measure of performance used by the Board to assess the Group's performance and to allocate resources is the total return on the Group's net asset value, as calculated under IFRS, and therefore no reconciliation is required between the measure of profit or loss used by the Board and that contained in these Financial Statements.

For management purposes, due to the Company's restructure and change in investing policy, the Company is now focused on one main operating segment, which is to invest in a diversified portfolio of royalty finance and related opportunities. At the year end the Company has no investments into this segment and has derived no income from it. All of the Group's income was derived from its previous investing policy and main operating segment which was to invest in natural resources stocks, which are located in various jurisdictions. Due to the Group's nature it has no customers.

   3.    CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS AND ESTIMATES 

The preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised, if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of revision and future periods, if the revision affects both current and future periods.

Fair value of unlisted investments

In the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, management has followed the same judgements as prior year, which had the most significant effects on the amounts recognised in the prior year's Consolidated Financial Statements:

The Group uses valuation techniques that include inputs that are not based on the observable market data to estimate the fair value of its unlisted investments. Significant judgement has been applied by the directors when valuing these investments.

In the year ended 31 March 2016, for one investment the directors applied a full discount to unaudited NAV of USD 484,455. In forming this conclusion, the Directors took into account all available information including; the NAV which included significant projects that were not valued since 2011, the decline in the market since the latest audited NAV values of 2012, projects not being able to be realised despite efforts to secure sales, the illiquidity of the investment and restriction over sale from the debenture holder. In addition the projects were not income generating and there was a significant interest payable on the loan. There have been no changes in circumstances during the year ended 31 March 2017.

Two of the Company's other unlisted investments were listed on the Toronto Stock exchange until 17 September 2014 and 25 September 2015 respectively after which the investments were suspended. The final investment was an unlisted warrant that after using the Black Scholes valuation method was carried at nil value. The directors applied a 100% discount to the latest traded prices of both investments. The last traded prices of the holdings were GBP176,652 and GBP50,970 respectively.

The Directors believe that the applied valuation techniques and assumptions used are appropriate in determining the fair value of unlisted investments. Further details are provided in Note 4.

   4.    INVESTMENTS AT FAIR VALUE THROUGH PROFIT OR LOSS 
 
     For the year ended 31 March 2017                                  Level 1    Level 2       Level 3          Total 
                                                                           GBP        GBP           GBP            GBP 
     Opening Cost                                                            -          -     4,564,793      4,564,793 
     Cost change                                                             -          -             -              - 
     Disposals proceeds                                                      -          -             -              - 
     Net realised loss on disposal of investments                            -          -             -              - 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
     Closing portfolio cost                                                  -          -     4,564,793      4,564,793 
     Net accumulated unrealised loss on investments                          -          -   (4,564,793)    (4,564,793) 
 
     Closing valuation                                                       -          -             -              - 
                                                                 =============  =========  ============  ============= 
 
     Movement in net unrealised gain on investments                          -          -             -              - 
     Net realised loss on disposal of investments                            -          -             -              - 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
     Net capital gain on fair value of financial assets 
     designated at fair value through profit 
     or loss                                                                 -          -             -              - 
     Investment income                                                       -          -             -              - 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
 
     Total gains on financial assets at fair value through 
     profit or loss                                                          -          -             -              - 
                                                                 =============  =========  ============  ============= 
 
     For the year ended 31 March 2016                                  Level 1    Level 2       Level 3          Total 
                                                                           GBP        GBP           GBP            GBP 
     Opening Cost                                                   17,631,398     82,119     3,094,348     20,807,865 
     Transfer to level 3                                               161,355          -             -        161,355 
     Additions at cost                                             (1,470,445)          -     1,470,445              - 
     Disposals proceeds                                            (1,599,574)   (82,119)             -    (1,681,693) 
     Net realised loss on disposal of investments                 (14,722,734)          -             -   (14,722,734) 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
     Closing portfolio cost                                                  -          -     4,564,793      4,564,793 
     Net accumulated unrealised loss on investments                          -          -   (4,564,793)    (4,564,793) 
 
     Closing valuation                                                       -          -             -              - 
                                                                 =============  =========  ============  ============= 
 
     Movement in net unrealised loss on investments                 13,877,198      2,267   (1,558,771)     12,320,694 
     Net realised loss on disposal of investments                 (14,722,734)          -             -   (14,722,734) 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
     Net capital loss on fair value of financial assets 
      designated at fair value through profit 
      or loss                                                        (845,536)      2,267   (1,558,771)    (2,402,040) 
     Investment income                                                       -          -             -              - 
                                                                 -------------  ---------  ------------  ------------- 
     Total losses on financial assets at fair value through 
      profit or loss                                                 (845,536)      2,267   (1,558,771)    (2,402,040) 
                                                                 =============  =========  ============  ============= 
 

Financial assets designated at fair value through profit or loss ("financial assets"), are analysed by using a fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of inputs. Valuation techniques used in the determination of fair values, including the key inputs used, are as follows:

   Fair value hierarchy level    Valuation techniques 

Level 3 The fair value of investments in the three unlisted entities is derived by applying a discount rate, as deemed appropriate by the Board. All of the Company's investments held at fair value through profit or loss are valued at Level 3 except one unlisted warrant which has no movements or value is measured at level two.

The board do not consider there to be any future cash flows from the investments and as such no sensitivity analysis has been performed.

For financial instruments that are recognised at fair value on a recurring basis, the Board determines whether transfers have occurred between levels in the hierarchy by re-assessing categorisation (based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement as a whole) at the end of each reporting period.

During the year to 31 March 2017 there were no transfers between Level 1 to Level 3.

   5.    MATERIAL AGREEMENTS 

(a) Support services

The Group has a Support Service Agreement with Abingdon Capital Corporation ("Abingdon") whereby services to be provided by Abingdon include global deal origination, vertical partner relationships and on-going investment management, including preparation of investment reports, performance data and compliance with the Company's investing policy. During the year, Abingdon was entitled to an annual service fee of GBP280,000. This annual fee will be voluntarily reduced to GBP196,000 per annum with effect from 1 April 2017. In addition to the Service Fee, Abingdon shall have the right from time to time to be issued and allotted up to 1,500,000 ordinary shares of no par value in the Company following the conditions noted below.

-- each time an investment originating from Abingdon is completed, Abingdon shall be entitled to be issued such number of Incentive Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole number) as is equal to 5% x A/B

-- to the extent that an investment does not originate from Abingdon but Abingdon assists the Company in the negotiation and completion of such investment, Abingdon shall be entitled, upon completion of such Investment, to be issued such number of Incentive Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole number) as is equal to 2.5% x A/B.

For the purposes of the calculation "A" is the gross value of the investment and "B" is either: (i) if the Investment is financed (in whole or in part) through an offering of ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the Company, the price per share at which such ordinary shares are offered, or (ii) if the Investment is financed by any other means, the weighted average closing price on AIM of the ordinary shares for the 20 Business Days immediately preceding the completion of the Investment. As there have been no investments during the year the clause has had no impact on this year's financial statements.

In the prior year for their significant contributions of efforts in and incurred costs and expenses towards the elaboration, development and implementation of the Company's new investing policy and underlying business model, Abinvest Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abingdon, received an allotment of 500,000 Ordinary Shares of no par value in the Company as bonus shares, equating to a value of GBP250,000. This was accounted for in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income under expenses / support services fees (GBP250,000 of the total support service fee of GBP692,333).

The total charge to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for Abingdon was GBP382,702 which includes GBP102,702 of disbursed costs (2016: GBP168,853). There were no outstanding amounts at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

The Group has a Support Service Agreement with Arlington Group Asset Management Limited ("Arlington") whereby the services to be provided by Arlington include global deal origination, vertical partner relationships and on-going investment management, including preparation of investment reports, performance data and compliance with the Company's investing policy. Arlington was entitled to an annual service fee of GBP95,000 per annum. The annual fee will be voluntarily reduced to GBP24,000 per annum from 1 April 2017.

The total charge to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for Arlington was GBP105,243 of which includes GBP10,243 of disbursed costs (2016: GBP112,021). There were no outstanding amounts at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

(b) Administration fees

Trident Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited were appointed as Administrator on 1 April 2016. They were entitled to receive a fixed fee of GBP36,000 per annum, quarterly in arrears, for administration of the Company, as set out in the Administration Agreement. The total charge to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income was GBP36,000 with no outstanding balance at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

In the prior year R&H Fund Services (Guernsey) Limited was the Administrator up to 31 March 2016. They were entitled to receive a fixed fee of GBP36,000 per annum, quarterly in arrears, for administration of the Group, as set out in the Administration Agreement. The total charge to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income was GBP10,500 (2016: GBP36,000) for handover costs of which GBPnil was outstanding at the end of the year (2016: GBP9,000).

   (c)   Corporate broker fees 

On 18 January 2016 Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel") was appointed to act as the Company's Broker and Nominated Advisor. Peel resigned on 9 January 2017 and no fee was paid or due to them during the year (2016: GBP6,608). Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Mirabaud Securities LLP were appointed as the Company's new Brokers. Cantor Fitzgerald Europe received GBP154,010 and Mirabaud Securities LLP received shares to the value of GBP226,397 for fees in relation to the shares issued in March 2017. There were no outstanding fees at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

(d) Nominated adviser fees

On 18 January 2016 Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel") was appointed by the Company to act as Nominated Adviser and Broker to the Company for the purpose of the AIM Rules for Companies. Peel was entitled to an annual fee of GBP30,000, payable quarterly in advance. Peel resigned on 9 January 2017 and Grant Thornton UK LLP ("Grant Thornton") were reappointed as Nominated Advisor effective from 10 January 2017. Grant Thornton is entitled to GBP30,000 per annum. The total charge for Peel Hunt LLP was GBP22,755 (2016: GBPnil), the total charge for Grant Thornton to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income was GBP6,666 (2016: GBP17,773). There were no amounts outstanding at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

(e) Registrar fees

The Company is party to an Offshore Registrar Agreement with Computershare Investor Services (Guernsey) Limited (the "Registrar") dated 30 March 2012, pursuant to which the Registrar will provide registration services to the Company which will entail, among other things, the Registrar having responsibility for the transfer of shares, maintenance of the share register and acting as transfer and paying agent. For the provision of such services, the Registrar is entitled to receive a minimum annual fee of GBP5,500. The total charge to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income was GBP9,350 (2016: GBP17,604), there were no amount outstanding at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

   6.    OTHER EXPENSES 
 
                               Year ended       Year ended 
                            31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                      GBP              GBP 
 
     Sundry expenses                1,900           10,677 
     Insurance premiums            11,640           10,718 
     Listing fees                  24,961            9,481 
                                   38,501           30,876 
                          ===============  =============== 
 
   7.    TAXATION 

The Company has been granted exemption from Guernsey taxation and is charged an annual exemption fee of GBP1,200.

   8.    DEFICIT PER SHARE 
 
                                                                Year ended       Year ended 
     Basic and diluted deficit per ordinary share            31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                                                       GBP              GBP 
 
     Loss for the year                                         (1,404,582)      (4,046,616) 
     Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue         8,874,766        6,188,379 
                                                           ---------------  --------------- 
     Deficit Per Share (pence)                                      (0.16)           (0.65) 
                                                           ===============  =============== 
 

The deficit per share is based on the Group loss for the year and on the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue for the year. The share options in issue are not dilutive at the year end but could become dilutive in future periods. For more details on the share options see note 11.

   9.    DIVIDS 

No dividend was declared or paid in respect of the year ended 31 March 2017 (2016: GBPnil).

10. SHARES ISSUED

 
                                                 Number of Warrants   Number of ordinary Shares in issue           GBP 
 
     Authorised 
     Unlimited number of shares of no par 
     value                                                        -                                    -             - 
                                                -------------------  -----------------------------------  ------------ 
 
     Allotted, called up and fully paid: 
     As at 1 April 2016                                     363,196                            7,877,459    27,137,269 
     Shares issued for cash during the year                       -                           36,381,062    14,552,425 
     Share based payments                                         -                            1,118,938       447,575 
     Warrants lapsed                                      (396,196)                                    -      (72,454) 
     Transaction costs                                            -                                    -   (1,159,721) 
     As at 31 March 2017                                          -                           45,377,459    40,905,094 
                                                ===================  ===================================  ============ 
 

On 23 March 2017 the Company issued 37,500,000 new ordinary shares at 40 pence per ordinary share enlarging the issued share capital of the Company to 45,377,459 Ordinary Shares. The proceeds of GBP14,552,425 from the issuance of these new ordinary shares provided additional working capital for the Company. Out of these 45,377,459 issued shares, 565,993 were awarded to Mirabaud Securities LLP for services performed as Broker and 552,945 were awarded to CED Capital for compensation for funds raised. At the end of the year GBP343,000 of share issued remained outstanding and are included in debtors.

Warrants

363,196 warrants with an exercise price of GBP4.13 expired 29 October 2016. GBP72,454 representing the value of the warrants was reclassified to reserves.

11. SHARE BASED PAYMENTS

   a)    Share Options 

The Company operates a share option scheme ("the Scheme").

The Scheme was established to incentivise directors, staff and certain key advisers and consultants to deliver long-term value creation for shareholders.

Under the Scheme, the Board of the Company will award, at its sole discretion, options to subscribe for Ordinary Shares of the Company on terms and at exercise prices and with vesting and exercise periods to be determined at the time. However, the Board of the Company has agreed not to grant options such that the total number of unexercised options represents more than 10 per cent of the Company's Ordinary Shares in issue from time to time.

The Company also operates an equity settled share based scheme for directors and specified consultants. Options vest immediately and will lapse 5 years from the date of grant.

 
 
                                                Weighted 
                                        average exercise 
                                                price in 
                                                   pence                Number 
     Outstanding 1 April 2016                         75               760,000 
     Granted during the year                           -                     - 
     Forfeited during the year                         -                     - 
     Exercised during the year                         -                     - 
     Lapsed during the year                            -                     - 
     Outstanding at 31 March 2017                     75               760,000 
 
 
 
                                                Weighted 
                                        average exercise 
                                                price in 
                                                   pence                Number 
     Outstanding 1 April 2015                          -                     - 
     Granted during the year                          75               760,000 
     Forfeited during the year                         -                     - 
     Exercised during the year                         -                     - 
     Lapsed during the year                            -                     - 
     Outstanding at 31 March 2016                     75               760,000 
 

The exercise price of options outstanding at 31 March 2017 was 75 pence and their weighted average contractual life was 5 years (2016: 75 pence).

Of the total number of options outstanding at 31 March 2017, 760,000 (2016: 760,000) had vested and were exercisable.

The following information is relevant in the determination of the fair value of options granted during the prior year under the equity-settled share based remuneration schemes operated by the Company.

 
    Equity settled share based payment 
    Option pricing model used                    Black Scholes 
    Weighted average share price at grant          58.50 Pence 
    Weighted average contractual life in 
     days                                                1,619 
    Expected volatility                                    40% 
    Dividends growth rate                                   0% 
    Risk free rate                                       1.27% 
 

The volatility assumption, measured at the standard deviation of expected share price returns, is based on a statistical analysis of daily share prices for comparable companies over the last three years.

The total share based remuneration expenses charged to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income statement is as follows:

 
                                                31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                                          GBP              GBP 
 
       Directors' fees                                       -          55,658 
       Consultancy fees                                      -          34,377 
       Investment advisory committee fees                    -          22,918 
       Support services administration fees                  -          11,459 
       Total                                                 -         124,412 
                                              ================  ============== 
 
   b)    Other Share Based Payments 
 
                                       31 March 2017   31 March 2016 
                                                 GBP             GBP 
 
       CED Capital                           221,178               - 
       Abington Capital Corporation                -         250,000 
       Justin Cochrane                             -         150,000 
       Mirabaud Securities LLP               226,397               - 
                                             447,575         400,000 
                                      ==============  ============== 
 

During the current year 565,993 shares were awarded to Mirabaud Securities LLP for services performed as Broker in relation to the shares issued in March 2017 and 552,945 shares were awarded to CED Capital. These are included within the share issue costs (note 10). The share based payments to Abingdon Capital Corporation and Justin Cochrane were charged to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in support services administration fees (see note 5a).

The total share based payments expenses charged to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income comprise of broker fees for Mirabaud Securities LLP and CED Capital incurred during the year, which was an equity settled payment totalled GBP447,575 have been capitalised during the year against shares issued. Refer to note 10.

 
                                                31 March 2017    31 March 2016 
                                                                           GBP 
 
       Directors' fees                                       -          55,658 
       Consultancy fees                                      -          34,377 
       Investment advisory committee fees                    -          22,918 
       Support services administration fees                  -         411,459 
       Total                                                 -         524,412 
                                              ================  ============== 
 

12. RETAINED EARNINGS

Pursuant to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), all reserves (including share capital) can be designated as distributable. However, in accordance with the Admission Document, the Company shall not make any distribution of capital profits or capital reserves except by means of capitalisation issues in the form of fully paid Ordinary Shares or issue securities by way of capitalisation of profits or reserves except fully paid Ordinary Shares issued to the holders of its Ordinary Shares.

13. TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

 
                                                     31 March 2017   31 March 2016 
                                                               GBP             GBP 
 
       Prepayments and accrued income                        6,967           3,202 
       Unsettled trades                                          -         516,535 
       Investments costs incurred                           31,500               - 
       Proceeds due from share issuance (Note 10)          343,000               - 
                                                           381,467         519,737 
                                                    ==============  ============== 
 

14. TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 
                                              31 March 2017   31 March 2016 
                                                        GBP             GBP 
 
     Investments costs incurred                      31,500               - 
     Audit fees                                      25,000          25,000 
     Administration fees (note 5b)                        -           9,000 
     Directors fees and expenses (note 15)           35,616          31,171 
     Investment committee fees (note 15)                  -          10,000 
     Consultancy fees                               133,493               - 
                                                    225,609          75,171 
                                             ==============  ============== 
 

15. RELATED PARTIES

Mr Mark Le Tissier, a Director of Trident Trust Company (Guernsey) Limited has waived his entitlement to a fee in relation to being director of the Company.

Directors were entitled to the following remuneration during the year;

 
                                           Charge for       Charge for   Outstanding at       Outstanding 
                          Entitlement         year to          year to         year end       at year end 
                            per annum      31/03/2017       31/03/2016       31/03/2017        31/03/2016 
                                  GBP             GBP              GBP              GBP               GBP 
 
     Robert King *             27,500               -           25,208                -             4,583 
     Neil Johnson             100,000         100,000           95,082                -             8,755 
     Charles 
      Cannon-Brookes           70,000          70,000           69,292                -             5,833 
     Nigel Birrell             24,000          24,000           32,836                -             6,000 
     James Ryan                24,000          24,000           32,836            6,000             6,000 
     Mark Le Tissier                -               -                -                -                 - 
                                              218,000          252,254            6,000            10,000 
                                       --------------  ---------------   --------------   --------------- 
 
 

*resigned 7 March 2016

**** includes GBP13,915 each for Mr Johnson, Mr Cannon-Brookes, Mr Birrell and Mr Ryan which equates to the

value of the options issued to each Director under the share option plan.

Post the financial year end Board fees have been voluntarily reduced.

During the year no shares or options were issued under the Share Option Scheme to the directors (See note 11).

Directors were also reimbursed for GBP82,174 (2016: GBP63,439) of expenses incurred on business on behalf of the Company GBP29,616 is payable at the end of the year (2016: GBPnil).

During the prior year the Company announced the formation of its Investment Committee who assist the Company in analysing and recommending potential royalty transactions. Along with Neil Johnson the Investment Committee is made up of members of Oliver Wyman and independent representatives. During the year the Company paid GBP93,280 to the committee members. Neil Johnson does not earn a fee for his role on the Investment Committee.

 
                       Charge for year to     Charge for year to   Outstanding at year   Outstanding at year 
                               31/03/2017             31/03/2016        end 31/03/2017        end 31/03/2016 
                                      GBP                    GBP                   GBP                   GBP 
 
     A Carragher                   20,000                 22,213                     -                 5,000 
     J Webster                     40,000                 22,212                     -                 5,000 
                                   60,000                 44,425                     -                10,000 
                     --------------------  ---------------------  --------------------  -------------------- 
 

No share options were issued during the year. In the prior year options to the value of GBP 22,918 were issued to A Carragher and J Webster.

The related parties' interests in the share capital of the Company are as follows:

 
                                                                Holding     Percentage 
                                   Holding       Additional          at    of enlarged 
                                at 31March    shareholdings    31 March          share 
     Name                             2016          in year        2017        capital 
     Charles Cannon-Brookes        158,517        1,250,000   1,408,517          3.10% 
      N Johnson                    400,000          760,000   1,160,000          2.56% 
      N Birrell                    400,000          125,000     525,000          1.16% 
      J Ryan                       400,000          250,000     650,000          1.43% 
      J Cochrane                   315,000          375,000     690,000          1.52% 
     Arlington Group 
      Asset Management 
      Limited                      295,000        1,062,365   1,357,365          2.99% 
     Abinvest Corporation          500,000                -     500,000          1.10% 
 

Charles Cannon-Brookes is a Director and shareholder of Arlington Group Asset Management Limited which owns 1,357,365 Ordinary Shares and is therefore interested in 2,765,882 Ordinary Shares representing 6.10 per cent of the total voting rights.

Neil Johnson is a Director of Abinvest Corporation and Abingdon Capital Corporation. Abinvest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abingdon Capital Corporation. He owns 500,000 Ordinary Shares through Abinvest Corporation and 10,000 Ordinary Shares through RBK&C Trust and therefore has an overall interest in the 1,660,000 Ordinary Shares of the Company representing 3.66 per cent of the total voting rights.

Justin Cochrane, a current member of the Company's Investment Committee is also a full time Executive Vice President at Abingdon Capital Corporation ("Abingdon"). Mr Cochrane overall interest in the Ordinary Shares of the Company is 690,000 Ordinary Shares representing 1.52 per cent of the total voting rights.

As detailed in note 11 the Company has adopted a share option scheme ("the Scheme") to incentivise Directors, staff and certain key advisers and consultants to deliver long-term value creation for shareholders.

The Company also operates an equity settled share based scheme for directors and specified consultants.

Support Service Agreements with Abingdon Capital Corporation ("Abingdon") and Arlington Group Asset Management Limited ("Arlington") were signed on 16 June 2015. The services to be provided by both Abingdon and Arlington include global deal origination, vertical partner relationships and on-going investment management, including preparation of investment reports, performance data and compliance with the Company's investing policy. See note 5a for additional information.

The Directors are not aware of any ultimate controlling party.

Share options issued under the share option plan

The related parties' interest in the share options of the Company are as follows:

 
                           5 yr option, 
                                vesting 
                            immediately 
                                granted      Total   Exercise price 
     Name                            on    options              GBP 
      N Johnson              04/09/2015     85,000             0.75 
     Arlington Group 
      Asset Management 
      Limited                04/09/2015     85,000             0.75 
      J Ryan                 04/09/2015     85,000             0.75 
      N Birrell              04/09/2015     85,000             0.75 
     J Cochrane              04/09/2015     70,000             0.75 
 

16. FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

The Group's investing activities expose it to various types of risk that are associated with the investee companies in which it invests. The most important types of financial risk to which the Group is exposed are market risk, liquidity risk and credit risk. Market risk includes price risk, foreign currency risk and interest rate risk. The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for risk management and the policies adopted to minimise potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance.

The policies and processes for measuring and mitigating each of the main risks are described below.

Market Risk

Market risk is the risk that the value of investment holdings will fluctuate as a result of changes in market prices caused by factors other than interest rate or currency rate movements. As the Group's investments are carried at fair value with changes recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, all changes in market conditions ultimately affect net assets.

The Company's financial assets comprise of four illiquid investments at GBPnil value. A sensitivity analysis in respect of these assets is presented in note 4.

Currency risk

Currency risk is the risk that the fair value or future cash flows of a financial instrument will fluctuate because of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The presentation currency of the Company is Sterling.

The Group does not have any financial assets or other financial instruments in foreign currencies other than those illiquid investments noted in note 4 for the year ended 31 March 2016 or 31 March 2017. Accordingly no sensitivity has been prepared.

Interest rate risk

The interest rate profile of the Group's financial assets and liabilities as at the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position date comprise only cash and cash equivalents.

At 31 March 2017 cash and cash equivalents of GBP14,350,154 (2016: GBP1,625,749) were potentially exposed to movements in interest rates. At the current time any movement in interest rates would not have a material

financial impact on the Group. Therefore, the Group does not hedge against the interest rate risk to which it is exposed.

During the year the Group received only minimal interest on its cash and cash equivalents, GBP45 (2016: GBP646).

Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Group will encounter in realising assets or otherwise raising funds to meet financial commitments.

The Group maintains sufficient cash to pay accounts payable and accrued expenses as they fall due. The Group's overall liquidity risks are monitored on a quarterly basis by the Board.

Currently the value of the residual portfolio of unlisted investments totals GBPnil. The Board considers the portfolio of unlisted investments to be illiquid due to the investments being delisted, suspended or being in liquidation. The Company may not be able to liquidate these positions in the near term or at all and as such has marked the valuation to zero on each. The write down of these assets to GBPnil includes other factors as discussed in note 4.

The contractual, undiscounted cash flows of the Group's current liabilities, which are equal to the fair value of the Group's current liabilities, consisting of trade and other payables and loans payable, are all payable within three months and total GBP225,609 (2016: GBP75,171).

The following illustrates the maturity analysis of the Group's undiscounted contractual cash flows for liabilities.

 
                             Due < 3 months   Due 3 - 12 months   Due > 12 months   Due within 1 - 5 years     Total 
     As at 31 March 2017                GBP                 GBP               GBP                      GBP       GBP 
 
     Trade and other 
      payables                      225,609                   -                 -                        -   225,609 
     Total                          225,609                   -                 -                        -   225,609 
                            ---------------  ------------------  ----------------  -----------------------  -------- 
 
                             Due < 3 months   Due 3 - 12 months   Due > 12 months   Due within 1 - 5 years     Total 
     As at 31 March 2016                GBP                 GBP               GBP                      GBP       GBP 
 
     Trade and other 
      payables                       75,171                   -                 -                        -    75,171 
     Total                           75,171                   -                 -                        -    75,171 
                            ---------------  ------------------  ----------------  -----------------------  -------- 
 

Given that the operating costs of the Group are generally known, contractually fixed costs, the Board is of the opinion that the Group is not exposed to any undue liquidity risk.

Credit risk

Credit risk is the risk that a counterparty to a financial instrument will fail to discharge an obligation or commitment that it has entered into with the Group. It is the opinion of the Board of Directors that the carrying amounts of financial assets best represent the maximum credit risk exposure at the financial reporting date.

At the financial reporting date the only financial assets which are subject to credit risk are cash and cash equivalents totalling GBP14,350,154 (2016: GBP1,625,749).

All of the cash and cash equivalents held by the Group are with Barclays Bank Plc ("Barclays"). Accordingly the Group is only exposed to credit risk at Barclays. Insolvency of Barclays may cause the Group's rights with respect of the cash and cash equivalents held by it to be delayed or limited. The Group monitors this risk by reviewing the credit rating of Barclays at the time of setting up accounts and on an ad hoc basis. Moody's bank financial strength rating for Barclays is baa2 (2016: A2) as at the date of signing these Consolidated Financial Statements. The Board considers that the risk of holding cash and cash equivalents with Barclays is acceptable.

As at 31 March 2017 there were no financial assets which were past due or impaired (2016: GBPnil).

Capital management

The Board manages the Company's capital with the objective of being able to continue as a going concern while maximising the return to shareholders through the capital appreciation of its investments. The capital structure of the Company consists of equity as disclosed in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

17. EVENTS AFTER THE FINANCIAL REPORTING DATE

The Company entered into a Loan Agreement under its new investment objective on 5 April 2017 with Temarca B.V. and agreed to advance EUR8,000,0000 out of which EUR5,444,030 was paid subsequent to year end. The remaining EUR2,555,970 will be drawn down as per the terms of the Loan Agreement.

Included within trade and other receivables is GBP31,500 of capitalised costs associated with the purchase of the investment in Temarca B.V.

Post the financial year end the Board approved the Company's maiden dividend of 0.5 pence (sterling) per share.

This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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