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New Century Aim Vct Plc LSE:NCA London Ordinary Share GB00B06JWZ91 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 87.50 80.00 95.00 87.50 87.50 87.50 0.00 08:00:00
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Equity Investment Instruments 0.1 0.0 0.2 460.5 7

NEW CENTURY AIM VCT: Annual Financial Report

25/06/2021 7:00am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


TIDMNCA 
 
 

New Century AIM VCT plc

 

Audited Report and Accounts for the year to 28(th) February 2021

 

Company number: 05352611

 
Financial Summary                   1 
Chairman's Statement                2 
Details of Directors                3 
Management and Administration       4 
Directors                           5 
Strategic Report                    6 
Investment Portfolio                8 
Top Ten Investments                 11 
Directors' Report                   12 
Directors' Remuneration Report      16 
Corporate Governance                18 
Independent Auditor's Report        22 
Statement of Comprehensive Income   29 
Balance Sheet                       30 
Statement of Changes in Equity      31 
Cash Flow Statement                 32 
Notes to the Financial Statements   33 - 44 
Shareholder Information             45 
 

Financial Summary

 
                                                  Year ended     Year ended 
                                                   28 February    29 February 
                                                   2021           2020 
 
 Revenue return per share (pence) for the year    (0.47)         0.19 
 
 Total return per share (pence) for the year      38.49          0.66 
 
 Interim dividend paid per share (pence)          1.50           0.00 
 
 Proposed final dividend per share (pence)        6.50           0.00 
 
 Net asset value per share (pence)                102.96         65.97 
Cumulative value of shareholder investment (net 
 asset value plus cumulative dividends per 
 share) (pence)                                   131.78         93.29 
 
 Shareholders' funds (GBP'000)                    8,094          5,186 
 

Chairman's Statement

 

It is pleasing to report that following a very difficult period for the Market in March 2020, your fund regained all the declines in its net asset value (NAV) incurred during the early part of the year, and considerably outperformed its benchmark for the twelve months to 28 February 2021.

 

The NAV of your fund increased by 56.07% to 102.96p (when measured using bid-prices), compared to the FTSE AIM Allshare index which gained 38.13% over the same period. The net asset value plus cumulative dividends rose from 93.29p to 131.78p per share, being an increase of 41.26%.

 

It is also pleasing to note the further progress since the year end, and that the NAV of 120.02p per share reported for 28 May 2021 (based on mid-prices) is 14.33% higher than that reported, using the same measurement basis, at the 28 February 2021.

 

We appreciate income is important to our shareholders and the Board is therefore proposing that we pay a final dividend of 6.5p per share in respect of the year ended 28 February 2021. When this is added to the 1.5p interim dividend already paid, this results in a total dividend for the year of 8.0p and represents a yield of 8% based on the fund's offer price of 100p on 28 May 2021.

 

The fund has made fifteen further qualifying investments in the period and we are pleased with their progress. We made twelve sales where we either exited or top-sliced a holding.

 

We are mindful that we could see further volatility this year as the economy has an initial boost from the reopening of lockdown measures, but this could be followed by some businesses starting to experience difficulties in the months ahead as Government support subsides, and the possibility of inflation may also raise its head. That said, the current year has started off positively as commented earlier and we have a wide spread of established companies across a variety of sectors within the fund, and we therefore look forward to the year ahead with optimism.

 

Finally, the Directors have a duty every five years to ask the shareholders of the Company if they wish the fund to carry on. Therefore, amongst the resolutions shareholders are being asked to vote on at the forthcoming AGM, there is an Ordinary Resolution offering shareholders the opportunity to vote on this particular matter.

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

24 June 2021

 

Details of Directors

 

Michael Barnard (Aged 70)

 

Michael has been employed in stockbroking since 1971. In 1974 he became a Member of the Stock Exchange. During his career his duties have spanned investment advising, investment research, dealing and company management. In 1988 he started his own stockbroking company, MD Barnard & Company Limited which he subsequently sold on 30 November 2017.

 

Geoffrey Gamble (Aged 62)

 

Geoffrey started his career with National Westminster Bank plc. He joined Publishing Holdings plc in 1984 and became a director in 1986. He took part in an MBO in 1988, backed by Schroder Ventures (now Permira) to form Charterhouse Communications Group Limited and was instrumental in the satisfactory venture capital exit from that company and its flotation on AIM in 1996. He became managing director of Charterhouse Communications plc in 1999.

 

Peter William Riley (Aged 76)

 

Peter qualified as a solicitor in 1969. He retired from practice in 2018.

 

Ian Cameron-Mowat (Aged 70)

 

Ian has a BSc 1st degree in electronics and was involved in the early development of computers at Burroughs Machines. He is currently a consultant radiologist to a NHS Trust.

 

Simon Like (Aged 51)

 

Simon started his career working for Midland Bank, which later became HSBC plc, and has been employed in stockbroking since 2001. Since then Simon has been managing client money and is one of the senior fund managers at Oberon Investments Limited.

 

Management and Administration

 
Registered Office & Registered Number  4(th) Floor, 
                                        50 Mark Lane 
                                        London 
                                        EC3R 7QR 
                                        Company Number: 05352611 
 
 Company Secretary                      Tricor Secretaries Limited 
                                        4(th) Floor, 
                                        50 Mark Lane 
                                        London 
                                        EC3R 7QR 
 
 Registrar                              Neville Registrars Limited 
                                        Neville House 
                                        Steelpark Road 
                                        Halesowen 
                                        B62 8HD 
 
 Solicitors                             Dundas & Wilson 
                                        5(th) Floor, Northwest Wing 
                                        Bush House 
                                        Aldwych 
                                        London 
                                        WC2B 4EZ 
 
 Investment Manager and Broker          Oberon Investments Limited 
                                        1st Floor 
                                        12 Hornsby Square 
                                        Southfields Business Park 
                                        Basildon 
                                        Essex 
                                        SS15 6SD 
 
 Auditor                                UHY Hacker Young LLP 
                                        Quadrant House 
                                        4 Thomas More Square 
                                        London 
                                        E1W 1YW 
 

Directors

 
Geoffrey Gamble (Chairman) 
Michael David Barnard 
Peter William Riley 
Ian Cameron-Mowat 
Simon Like 
 
All directors are non-executive. 
 
Audit Committee: 
 
Geoffrey Gamble (Chairman) 
Peter William Riley 
Ian Cameron-Mowat 
 

Strategic Report

 

Activities and status

 

The principal activity of the Company during the year was the making of long-term equity and loan investments in UK Listed, AIM traded and unquoted companies in the United Kingdom. The Company has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 25 March 2005 and has been granted approval by Her Majesty's Customs & Revenue as a Venture Capital Trust. The Chairman's Statement on page 2 and the Investment Manager's Review below give a review of developments during the year and of future prospects.

 

The directors consider that the Company was not at any time up to the date of this report a close company within the meaning of Section 414 of the Act.

 

Investment Manager's Review

 

The FTSE AIM All Share index had a good performance throughout the year, although it started negatively with the index falling in early March 2020 as the outbreak of COVID19 started to spread across the world. Since then, however, the trend of the index has been generally up. Many investors started to look at the year as an exceptional year in terms of earnings' declines, and looked more carefully at the position of companies' finances and in particular their financial strength to trade successfully once the economy opened up again. We had a couple of false dawns when it was hoped that some sort of return to normality would occur only to be met with a second and third wave of the virus. It is now looking much brighter as the UK is undertaking what looks to be a successful mass vaccination programme which will hopefully allow businesses to open fully and unrestricted from 19 July 2021.

 

During the year to 28th February 2021 the net asset value (NAV) of your fund increased by 56.07% to 102.96p, compared to the FSTE AIM All Share index which gained 38.13% over the same period. The net asset value of the fund plus cumulative dividends per share increased by 41.26%.

 

The fund made fifteen qualifying investments in the period, investing in Actual Experience plc, Abingdon Health plc, AFC Energy plc, Deepmatter plc, Destiny Pharma plc, Eden Research plc, ECSC Group plc, Falanx Group plc, Feedback plc, Fusion Antibodies PLC, Gfinity plc, Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc, Mirriad Advertising plc, MyHealthCheck plc and Synairgen plc.

 

We made twelve sales during the year where we either exited or top-sliced a holding.

 

The current year has started well, with the NAV of the fund climbing to 120.02p by the end of May 2021 as there has been more optimism by both investors and companies over the prospects for the year ahead. Your fund has a wide spread of investments across a variety of many sectors and we believe that this diversification will help the Company weather any volatility that may occur in the period ahead. These are unprecedented times and with so many countries trying to contain the virus it is impressive how quickly numerous vaccines have been created to help fight the pandemic. We have also begun to see that some companies have recommenced dividend payments again, as they start to become more confident about their future cash flows and prospects. We are also continuing to see many companies using the public markets to raise cash to support their balance sheets and provide growth capital. This in itself can create new opportunities for your fund as it will give us the chance to invest in exciting new prospects.

 

I am proud about the way the fund has performed this year and I look forward to the year ahead with cautious optimism.

 

Investment Objective

 

New Century AIM VCT PLC is a Venture Capital Trust ("VCT") established under the legislation introduced in the Finance Act 1995. The Company's principal objectives as set out in the prospectus are to achieve long term capital growth through investment in a diversified portfolio of Qualifying Companies primarily quoted on AIM.

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The Company invests its funds primarily in companies traded on AIM, which entail a higher degree of risk than investments in large listed companies. The main risk, therefore, arising from the Company's activities is market price risk, representing the uncertain realisable values of the Company's investments. Please refer to the Corporate Governance report on page 18 which provides evidence of the robust review the directors have performed to assess these risks, and also note 22 to these accounts which gives a detailed review of the Company's risk management.

 

Environmental matters

 

Discussion in respect of environmental matters is not considered relevant or material to an understanding of the performance of the Company. The Company does not consider that Greenhouse Gas Emissions disclosure is relevant to the Company on the grounds of immateriality due to its not having its own premises or employees.

 

Key performance indicators

 

The financial key performance indicators are set out in the financial summary on page 1.

 

Viability Statement

 

In accordance with provision 1 of The UK Corporate Governance Code 2018 the directors have assessed the prospects of the Company over a longer period than the 12 months required by the "Going Concern" provision.

 

The Board regularly considers the Company's strategy, including investor demand for the Company's shares, and a three year period is therefore considered to be an appropriate and reasonable time horizon.

 

The Board has carried out a robust assessment of the principal risks facing the Company and its current position, including those which may adversely impact its business model, future performance, solvency or liquidity. The principal risks faced by the Company and the procedures in place to monitor and mitigate them are set out in note 22.

 

The Board has also considered the Company's cash flow projections and found these to be realistic and reasonable.

 

Based on the above assessment the Board confirms that it has a reasonable expectation that the Company will be able to continue in operation and meet its liabilities as they fall due over the three year period to 28 February 2024.

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

Chairman

 

24 June 2021

 

Investment Portfolio

 
                                   Original   Valuation at 
Security                            Cost       28 Feb'21     Cost    Valuation 
                                   GBP        GBP            %       % 
 
Qualifying Investments             6,753,744  7,794,913      91.77   95.91 
Non-qualifying Investments         482,628    209,312        6.56    2.58 
                                   7,236,372  8,004,225      98.33   98.49 
Uninvested funds                   123,089    123,089        1.67    1.51 
                                   7,359,461  8,127,314      100.00  100.00 
 
 Qualifying Investments 
AIM quoted 
Abingdon Health plc                35,218     32,777         0.48    0.40 
Access Intelligence plc            10,053     29,000         0.14    0.36 
Actual Experience plc              63,174     70,638         0.86    0.87 
AFC Energy                         50,254     168,125        0.68    2.07 
Angle plc                          125,880    157,237        1.71    1.93 
Anglo African Oil & Gas plc        45,229     675            0.61    0.01 
Audioboom Group plc                178,406    308,880        2.42    3.80 
Bango plc                          7,563      36,225         0.10    0.45 
Belvoir Lettings plc               23,320     32,800         0.32    0.40 
Bigblu Broadband plc               239,452    391,788        3.25    4.82 
Bilby plc                          156,673    91,381         2.13    1.12 
Blackbird plc                      97,991     461,175        1.33    5.67 
Bould Opportunities plc            35,179     0              0.48    0.00 
Brighton Pier Group plc            50,253     11,031         0.68    0.14 
C4X Discovery Holding plc          65,329     157,733        0.89    1.94 
Cloudbuy plc                       58,483     228            0.79    0.00 
Cloudcall Group plc                20,230     30,100         0.27    0.37 
Coral Products plc                 118,095    83,333         1.60    1.03 
Creo Medical Group plc             30,053     86,159         0.41    1.06 
Cyanconnode Holdings plc           376,755    46,726         5.12    0.57 
DCD Media plc                      562,800    1,700          7.65    0.02 
Deepmatter Group plc               49,754     81,840         0.68    1.01 
Deepverge plc                      121,304    93,840         1.65    1.15 
Destiny Pharma plc                 50,254     86,923         0.68    1.07 
Diaceutics plc                     10,314     17,415         0.14    0.21 
DP Poland plc                      20,113     11,939         0.27    0.15 
Ecsc Group plc                     20,104     23,637         0.27    0.29 
Eden Research plc                  30,152     97,000         0.41    1.19 
Escape Hunt plc                    31,006     5,530          0.42    0.07 
Falanx Group Ltd                   150,964    97,653         2.05    1.20 
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd          25,128     32,650         0.34    0.40 
Feedback plc                       100,508    117,629        1.37    1.45 
Fusion Antibodies plc              12,064     15,534         0.16    0.19 
Gear4Music Holdings plc            27,121     150,070        0.37    1.85 
Gfinity plc                        116,218    153,829        1.58    1.89 
Hunters Property plc               251,256    325,000        3.41    4.00 
IDE Group Holdings plc             52,763     1,396          0.72    0.02 
 
 
                                   Original   Valuation at 
Security                            Cost       28 Feb'21     Cost    Valuation 
                                   GBP        GBP            %     % 
 
Ideagen plc                        28,430     227,117        0.39    2.79 
Immotion Group plc                 130,661    74,678         1.78    0.92 
I-Nexus Global plc                 70,353     5,494          0.96    0.07 
Inspired Energy plc                51,370     259,133        0.70    3.19 
Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc   170,848    149,908        2.32    1.84 
K3 Business Technology Group plc   90,360     178,821        1.23    2.20 
Keywords Studios plc               5,563      113,040        0.08    1.39 
Lightwaverf plc                    45,233     3,177          0.61    0.04 
Location Sciences Group plc        132,946    29,161         1.81    0.36 
M.Winkworth plc                    64,320     108,800        0.87    1.34 
Marechale Capital plc              133,828    65,323         1.82    0.80 
Maxcyte Inc                        25,128     348,212        0.34    4.28 
Microsaic Systems plc              164,417    7,792          2.23    0.10 
Mirriad Advertising plc            30,154     38,850         0.41    0.48 
Myhealthchecked plc                200,550    366,282        2.73    4.51 
N4 Pharma plc                      60,304     54,600         0.82    0.67 
Open Orphan plc                    115,581    137,470        1.57    1.69 
Pelatro plc                        25,128     14,400         0.34    0.18 
PHSC plc                           182,910    45,500         2.49    0.56 
Polarean Imaaging plc              30,154     129,600        0.41    1.59 
Property Franchise Group plc       100,503    190,000        1.37    2.34 
Quixant plc                        6,935      17,700         0.09    0.22 
Rosslyn Data plc                   27,037     5,339          0.37    0.07 
Scancell Holdings plc              130,618    217,361        1.77    2.67 
Scholium Group plc                 50,253     15,500         0.68    0.19 
SEEEN plc                          150,754    130,000        2.05    1.60 
Solid State plc                    40,134     125,070        0.55    1.54 
SRT Marine Systems plc             27,139     52,500         0.37    0.65 
Sysgroup plc                       99,178     65,780         1.35    0.81 
Tekcapital plc                     77,499     52,200         1.05    0.64 
Touchstar plc                      281,400    88,750         3.82    1.09 
TP Group plc                       109,278    45,157         1.49    0.56 
Tristel plc                        38,409     578,592        0.52    7.12 
ULS Technology plc                 48,241     101,160        0.66    1.24 
Verici Dx plc                      35,178     119,875        0.48    1.47 
Vianet Group plc                   40,175     24,050         0.55    0.30 
Total AIM quoted qualifying 
 investments                       6,537,622  7,794,913      88.83   95.91 
 
 
Unlisted qualifying Investments 
Invocas Group plc                    100,400    0             1.36   0.00 
Optare plc                           45,027     0             0.61   0.00 
Outsourcery plc                      50,752     0             0.70   0.00 
Syqic plc                            19,943     0             0.27   0.00 
Total Unlisted qualifying 
 investments                         216,122    0             2.94   0.00 
 
Total Qualifying Investments         6,753,744  7,794,913     91.77  95.91 
 
                                     Original   Valuation at 
Security                              Cost       28 Feb'21    Cost   Valuation 
                                     GBP        GBP           %    % 
Non-qualifying Investments 
AIM quoted 
Audioboom Group plc                  1,163      429           0.02   0.01 
Bango plc                            291        414           0.00   0.01 
Cyanconnode Holdings plc             131        8             0.00   0.00 
Driver Group plc                     8,992      5,000         0.12   0.06 
Gateley Holdings plc                 14,627     26,400        0.20   0.31 
IDE Group Holdings plc               218        2             0.00   0.00 
K3 Business Technology Grp plc       131        179           0.00   0.00 
Rotala plc                           60,795     51,644        0.83   0.64 
Tristel plc                          60         588           0.00   0.01 
 
                                     86,408     84,664        1.17   1.04 
UK Listed 
Aviva plc                            22,268     18,090        0.30   0.22 
Centrica plc                         10,074     1,582         0.14   0.02 
Imperial Brands plc                  23,764     13,325        0.32   0.16 
Investec plc                         202,821    70,975        2.77   0.88 
Twentyfour Income Fund Ltd           9,852      9,360         0.13   0.12 
Vodafone Group plc                   20,590     11,316        0.28   0.14 
 
                                     289,369    124,648       3.93   1.54 
Unlisted Investments 
China Food Company plc               65,969     0             0.91   0.00 
Gable Holdings Inc                   12,112     0             0.16   0.00 
Mar City plc                         10,053     0             0.14   0.00 
Sorbic International plc             18,717     0             0.25   0.00 
 
                                     106,851    0             1.46   0.00 
 
Total non-qualifying investments     482,628    209,312       6.56   2.58 
 
                                     Original   Valuation at 
Security                              Cost       28 Feb'21    Cost   Valuation 
                                     GBP        GBP           %    % 
 
Tristel plc                          38,469     579,180       0.52%  7.13% 
Blackbird plc                        97,991     461,175       1.33%  5.67% 
Bigblu Broadband plc                 239,452    391,788       3.25%  4.82% 
Myhealthchecked plc                  200,550    366,282       2.73%  4.51% 
Maxcyte Inc Com                      25,128     348,212       0.34%  4.28% 
Hunters Property plc                 251,256    325,000       3.41%  4.00% 
Audioboom Group plc                  179,569    309,309       2.44%  3.81% 
Inspired Energy plc                  51,370     259,133       0.70%  3.19% 
Ideagen plc                          28,430     227,117       0.39%  2.79% 
Scancell Holdings plc                130,618    217,361       1.77%  2.67% 
 

The investments tabulated above are expressed as a percentage of the Company's investment portfolio including uninvested cash.

 

Directors' Report

 

The directors present their report and the audited financial statements for the year to 28 February 2021.

 

Corporate Governance

 

The Corporate Governance report on pages 18 to 21 forms part of the directors' report.

 

Results and dividends paid

 
                                      Year to              Year to 
                                       28 February 2021     29 February 2020 
                                      Revenue    Capital   Revenue    Capital 
                                      GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000 
Return on ordinary activities after 
 taxation                             (36)       3,063     15         38 
 
Appropriated as follows: 
 
Interim dividend paid in respect of 
current period 
Revenue -- Nil (Nil) per share        -          -         -          - 
 
Capital -- 1.50p (Nil) per share      -          (118)     -          - 
 
Final dividend paid in respect of 
prior period 
Revenue -- Nil (0.186p) per share     -          -         (15)       - 
 
Capital -- Nil (3.314p) per share     -          -         -          (260) 
 
 
Transfers to reserves                 (36)       2,945     -          (222) 
 

The directors propose to declare a final dividend for the year ended 28 February 2021 of 6.5p per share which, when added to the interim dividend of 1.5p per share (already paid on 4 December 2020), gives a total dividend for the year of 8.0p per share.

 

There was no dividend declared for the year ended 29 February 2020.

 

Directors

 

The directors of the Company are required to notify their interests under Disclosure and Transparency Rule 3.12R. The membership of the Board and their beneficial interests in the ordinary shares of the Company are set out below:

 
                        Year ended         Year ended 
                         28 February 2021   29 February 2020 
 
 Michael Barnard         2,159,035          2,159,035 
 Geoffrey Gamble         97,125             61,732 
 Peter William Riley     59,185             59,185 
 Ian Cameron-Mowat       110,904            110,904 
Simon Like              8,800              8,800 
 
 

All of the directors' share interests shown above are held beneficially. There have been no changes in the directors' share interests between 28 February 2021 and the date of this report.

 

Brief biographical notes on the directors are given on page 3. The director, retiring in accordance with the Company's Articles of Association, is Geoffrey Gamble, who being eligible will offer himself for re-election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). The directors believe his experience in small companies is a great benefit to the Board and recommend his re-election.

 

None of the directors has a contract of service with the Company and, except as mentioned below under the heading "Management", there were no contracts that subsisted during the year in which a director was materially interested and which was significant in relation to the Company's business.

 

Management

 

MD Barnard & Co. Ltd (now called Oberon Investments Limited) has acted as investment manager to the Company since inception. The principal terms of the Investment Management Agreement are set out in Note 6 to the Financial Statements.

 

Substantial shareholdings

 

As at 28 February 2021 the Company had been notified of the following shareholdings representing 3 per cent or more of the Company's issued share capital during the year under review or at the date of this report:

 
                    Number       Percentage 
                                  of share capital 
 
 Michael Barnard     2,159,035    27.47% 
 Geoffrey Williams   391,570      4.98% 
 Nigel Shanks        364,820      4.64% 
 David Trotman       324,000      4.12% 
 John Brice          290,988      3.70% 
 Roger Carey         241,048      3.07% 
 

Acquisition of own shares

 

During the year the Company did not re-purchase any of its own shares.

 

Structure, rights and restrictions concerning the Company's share capital

 

Throughout the Company's financial year there were 7,860,937 ordinary shares in issue. No shares were issued or bought back during the year. The rights and obligations attached to the Company's ordinary shares are set out in the Company's Articles of Association, copies of which can be obtained from Companies House. The Company has only one class of ordinary share and each share has attached to it full voting rights, dividends and capital distribution rights (including on a winding up) and do not confer any rights of redemption.

 

Ordinary shareholders also have the right to receive copies of the Company's report and accounts, to attend and speak at general meetings and to appoint proxies.

 

There is one shareholder, Michael Barnard, who is a major shareholder in the Company with a 27.47% shareholding. He is also a director of the Company and taken together he is considered to have a significant influence over the Company. Other than Michael Barnard, there are no other shareholders who have a significant direct or indirect shareholding in the Company.

 

In accordance with Schedule 7 of the Large and Medium Size Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008, as amended, the directors disclose the following information:

   -- The Company's capital structure and voting rights are summarised above, 
      and there are no restrictions on voting rights nor any agreement between 
      holders of securities that result in restrictions on the transfer of 
      securities or on voting rights; 
 
   -- There exist no securities carrying special rights with regard to the 
      control of the Company; 
 
   -- The rules concerning the appointment and replacement of directors, 
      amendment of the Articles of Association and powers to issue or buy back 
      of the Company's shares are contained in the Articles of Association of 
      the Company and the Companies Act 2006; 
 
   -- The Company does not have an employee share scheme; 
 
   -- There are no agreements to which the Company is party that may affect its 
      control following a takeover bid; and 
 
   -- There are no agreements between the Company and its directors providing 
      for compensation for loss of office that may occur following a takeover 
      bid or for any other reason. 
 

Appointment of Directors

 

The directors are subject to re-election by rotation, with one of the directors being re-elected annually at the AGM.

 

Creditor payment policy

 

The Company's payment policy is to agree terms of payment before business is transacted and to settle accounts in accordance with those terms. The Company's principal expenses such as investment management fees and administration fees are paid quarterly in arrears in accordance with the respective agreements. Accordingly the Company had no material trade creditors at the year end.

 

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting

 

There are new reporting requirements which make it mandatory for companies to report the amount of energy they use during their financial year. The Company's energy usage is below the de minimis level of 40,000kWh.

 

Post balance sheet events

 

Details of the post balance sheet event are set out in note 27.

 

Section 172 (1) of the Companies Act 2006

 

The Board notes the new disclosure regulations contained within 'The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 and confirms that when making decisions it acts in a way which promotes the success of the Company for the benefit of its members as a whole, and in doing so has regard (amongst other matters) to the following:

   1. the likely consequences of any decision over the long term; 
 
   2. the need to foster the Company's business relationships with its 
      suppliers; 
 
   3. the desirability of the Company maintaining a reputation for high 
      standards of business conduct; and 
 
   4. the need to act fairly as between members of the Company. 
 

The Board also recognises the requirement under Section 414c of the Companies Act 2006 to detail information about environmental matters (including the impact of the Company's business on the environment), employee, human rights, social and community issues, including information about any policies it has in relation to these matters and effectiveness of these policies.

 

Given the size and nature of the Company's activities and the fact that it has no full-time employees and only five non-executive directors, the Board considers there is limited scope to develop and implement social and community policies. However, the Company recognises the need to conduct its business in a manner responsible to the environment where possible.

 

The Board believes that the key stakeholders in the business are the Company's shareholders (ie the investors in the Company). The Board communicates with these key stakeholders as explained in the 'Relations with shareholders' section in the Corporate Governance chapter on page 19 in these Financial Statements.

 

Going Concern

 

In accordance with FRC Guidance for directors on going concern and liquidity risk the directors have assessed the prospects of the Company having adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least 12 months from the date of approval of these financial statements. The directors took into account the nature of the Company's business and Investment Policy, its risk management policies, the diversification of its portfolio, the cash holdings and the liquidity of non-qualifying investments. The Company's business activities, together with factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position including the financial risks the Company is exposed to are set out in the Strategic Report on page 6 and in note 22 to the accounts.

 

As a consequence, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has sufficient cash and liquid investments to continue to operate and that the Company will be able to manage its business risks successfully and meet its liabilities as they fall due. Thus, the directors believe it is appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis, as also disclosed in the Corporate Governance report on page 18, in preparing the financial statements.

 

Auditors

 

In accordance with Section 485 of the Companies Act 2006, a resolution proposing that UHY Hacker Young LLP be reappointed as auditors of the Company and that the directors be authorised to determine their remuneration will be put to the next Annual General Meeting.

 

Statement of disclosure to auditors

 

So far as the directors are aware:

 

1. there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware; and

 

2. the directors have taken all steps that they ought to have taken to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the auditor is aware of that information.

 

By Order of the Board

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

Chairman

 

24 June 2021

 

Directors' Remuneration Report

 

The Board has prepared this report in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006. A resolution to approve this report will be included in the AGM Notice. While shareholders will be permitted to attend the AGM in person, the Company would encourage shareholders to instead vote by way of proxy due to the uncertain nature of what would or would not be allowed at the time of the AGM. In view of this, would shareholders who wish to attend the AGM, please contact the Company Secretary by email in advance for an update at: CompanySecretarial@uk.tricorglobal.com.

 

Directors' remuneration policy

 

The Company does not have any executive directors and, as permitted under the Listing Rules, has not, therefore, established a remuneration committee. Directors, with the exception of the chairman, do not receive any remuneration or fees.

 

The directors shall be paid by the Company all travel, hotel and other expenses they may incur in attending meetings of the directors or general meetings or otherwise in connection with the discharge of their duties. Any director who, by request of the directors, performs special services may be paid such extra remuneration as the directors may determine.

 

Directors' remuneration (audited)

 

None of the directors received any remuneration from the Company during the year under review, with the exception of the chairman, who received a fee of GBP5,000 (2020: GBP5,000). No other emoluments or pension contributions were paid by the Company to, or on behalf of, any director. None of the directors has a service contract with the company. It is expected that, with the exception of the chairman, the directors will continue not to receive any remuneration for their services in the forthcoming years.

 

Performance

 

The directors consider that the most appropriate measure of the Company's performance is its Cumulative Value of Shareholder Investment (net asset value plus cumulative dividends). The Company's Cumulative Value of Shareholder Investment at 28 February 2021 and 29 February 2020 are set out in the Financial Summary on page 1.

 

Total shareholder return

 

[graph omitted]

 

The above graph shows the Company's total shareholder return compared to that of the FTSE AIM All Index total return for the period since listing on the London Stock Exchange.

 

By Order of the Board

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

Chairman

 

24 June 2021

 

Corporate Governance

 

The directors support the relevant principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code issued in July 2018 by the Financial Reporting Council, being the principles of good governance and the code of best practice as set out in the Main Principles of the Code annexed to the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

 

The UK Corporate Governance Code ('the UK Code') is available at the following location:

 

www.frc.org.uk/corporate/ukcgcode.cfm

 

Going concern

 

Bearing in mind that the assets of the Company consist mainly of marketable securities, the directors are of the opinion that at the time of approving the Financial Statements, the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. In addition the Company has no employees and therefore its operations are not impacted by the recent/ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Financial Statements. In coming to this conclusion the directors have concluded that the Company's going concern status would only be at threat if (i) the value of its portfolio declined by more than 98% from its bid-price value (whether from Covid-19 or any other reason) as at 31 May 2021 of GBP9,205.1k (excluding cash of GBP146.0k), and (ii) that it could not dispose of any of its portfolio during or after such a decline in value, and (iii) that it could not reduce its current cost base. Such a set of circumstances would, in the Board's opinion, be very unlikely.

 

The Board

 

The Company is led and controlled by a Board of directors who are all non-executives and who have had relevant experience with quoted companies prior to their appointment. The Chairman is Geoffrey Gamble. Biographical details of all Board members are shown on page 3.

 

One Director is subject to re-election at each AGM by rotation.

 

During the year the following were held:

 
3 full board meetings                   2 Audit Committee meetings 
25 June 2020 -- All directors           24 June 2020 - All members attended. 
attended. 8 October 2020 -- 3 out of 5  22 October 2020 -- All members 
directors attended. 22 October 2020 --  attended. 
All directors attended. 
 

All directors either had relevant experience with quoted companies prior to their appointment or had a good knowledge base of the rules and regulations concerning a director's responsibilities with listed companies and it was therefore not thought necessary to provide further training in respect of their obligations and duties.

 

The Board has also established procedures whereby directors wishing to do so in the furtherance of their duties may take independent professional advice at the Company's expense.

 

All directors have access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary. The Company Secretary provides the Board with full information on the Company's assets and liabilities and other relevant information requested by the Chairman, in advance of each Board meeting.

 

The Board believes that it presents a balanced and understandable assessment of the Company's position and prospects. The Audit Committee meets at least twice a year. Under the chairmanship of a non-executive director, its membership comprises all the non-executive directors apart from Michael Barnard and Simon Like.

 

During the year the Audit Committee was chaired by Geoffrey Gamble. The Audit Committee reviews the financial statements and is reported to by the external auditors. The Audit Committee did not identify or consider any significant issues relating to the financial statements as substantially all the investments are valued by reference to publicly quoted prices. Further, the Audit Committee keeps under review the cost effectiveness, independence and objectivity of the auditors. A formal statement of independence is received from the external auditors each year. The terms of reference of the Audit Committee are available for inspection at the Company's registered office.

 

The Audit Committee is satisfied with the performance of UHY Hacker Young and recommends the services of UHY Hacker Young to the shareholders.

 

The investment manager is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the directors of this Company review the Independent Auditors' Report of Oberon Investments Limited to ensure that there are no adverse findings with regard to its financial controls.

 

Relations with shareholders

 

The Chairman is the Company's principal spokesman with investors, fund managers, the press and other interested parties.

 

As shareholders will be aware, the UK Government has set out and is pursuing its roadmap for the route out of the remaining restrictions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Board has considered the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic and, while shareholders will be permitted to attend the AGM in person, the Company would encourage shareholders to instead vote by way of proxy due to the uncertain nature of what would or would not be allowed at the time of the AGM. In view of this, would shareholders who wish to attend the AGM, please contact the Company Secretary by email in advance for an update at: CompanySecretarial@uk.tricorglobal.com. Shareholders may of course submit any questions regarding the Company to the email address provided in the Notice of the AGM and the Proxy forms at the end of this Report & Accounts.

 

Separate resolutions are proposed at the AGM on each substantially separate issue. The Registrars collate proxy votes and the results (together with the proxy forms) are forwarded to the Company Secretary immediately prior to the AGM. In order to comply with the Governance Code, proxy votes will be announced at the AGM, following each vote on a show of hands, except in the event of a poll being called.

 

Financial Reporting

 

The statement of directors' responsibilities for preparing the financial statements is set out on page 21, and a statement by the auditors about their reporting responsibilities is set out in the Auditor's Report on page 27.

 

Internal control

 

The directors are responsible for the Company's system of internal control. Although no system of internal control can provide absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss, the Company's systems are designed to provide the directors with reasonable assurance that problems are identified on a timely basis and dealt with appropriately.

 

The directors have conducted a review of the effectiveness of the system of internal control for the year covered by the financial statements. This accords with the FRC's guidance on Risk Management, internal control and related Financial and Business reporting.

 

Although the Board is ultimately responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company, the Board has delegated, through written agreements, the day-to-day operation of the Company to Oberon Investments Limited.

 

Compliance statement

 

The Listing Rules require the Board to report on compliance with the Governance Code provisions throughout the accounting year. The Comply or Explain Section of the UK Code does however acknowledge that some provisions may have less relevance for investment companies. With the exception of the limited items outlined below, the Company has complied throughout the accounting year to 28 February 2021 with the provisions set out in Sections A to E of the Governance Code.

 

1. The Board has not appointed a nominations committee as they consider the Board to be small and it comprises wholly non-executive directors. Appointments of new directors are dealt with by the full Board.

 

2. New directors do not receive a full, formal and tailored induction on joining the Board. Such matters are addressed on an individual basis as they arise.

 

3. Due to the size of the Board and the nature of the Company's business, a formal performance evaluation of the Board, its committees, the individual directors and the Chairman has not been undertaken. Specific performance issues are dealt with as they arise.

 

4. The Company has five directors of which four are independent directors, as defined by the Governance Code issued in July 2018. The Board consider that Messrs. Gamble, Barnard, Riley and Cameron-Mowat are independent in character and judgement and there are no relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect the directors' judgement. The Board considers that all directors have sufficient experience to be able to exercise proper judgement within the meaning of the Governance Code.

 

5. The Company does not have a chief executive officer or senior independent director. The Board does not consider this to be necessary for the size of the company.

 

6. The Company does not conduct a formal review as to whether there is a need for an internal audit function. The directors do not consider that an internal audit would be an appropriate control for a venture capital trust.

 

7. The Audit Committee is chaired by Geoffrey Gamble, Chairman of the Board of directors, whom the Board regard as independent despite recommendations to the contrary in the Governance Code due to his being Chairman of the Board of directors.

 

8. The non-executive directors do not have service contracts, whereas the recommendation is for fixed term renewable contracts.

 

9. Other than Michael Barnard, the Company has no major shareholders so shareholders are not given the opportunity to meet any new non-executive directors at a specific meeting other than the AGM.

 

Statement of directors' responsibilities

 

United Kingdom company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of the financial year and of the revenue of the Company for that year. In preparing those financial statements, the directors are required to:

   -- select suitable accounting policies and apply them consistently; 
   -- make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; 
   -- state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed; and 
   -- prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is 
      inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business. 
 

The directors are responsible for ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company, enabling them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for the Company's system of internal control, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

 

Responsibility statement

 

The directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

 

1. the financial statements, prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice), give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company; and

 

2. the Directors' Report includes a fair review of the development and performance and position of the company, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that it faces.

 

3. the directors consider that the annual report and financial statements are fair, balanced and understandable, providing appropriate information to shareholders to assess the performance, business model and strategy of the Company and therefore the Board recommends the approval (by proxy) of the financial statements at the forthcoming AGM.

 

By Order of the Board

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

24 June 2021

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the members of New Century AIM VCT plc

 

Opinion

 

We have audited the Financial Statements of New Century AIM VCT plc for the year ended 28 February 2021, which comprise the Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Balance Sheet, the Statement of Changes in Equity, the Cash Flow Statement and notes to the Financial Statements, including significant accounting policies. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards, including Financial Reporting Standard 102 "The Financial Reporting standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland" United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice.

 

In our opinion the financial statements:

   -- give a true and fair view of the state of the Company's affairs as at 28 
      February 2021 and of the Company's return for the year then ended; 
 
   -- have been properly prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally 
      Accepted Accounting Practice; and 
 
   -- have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies 
      Act 2006. 
 

Basis for opinion

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor's responsibilities for the audit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the Financial Statements in the UK, including the FRC's Ethical Standard as applied to listed public interest entities, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

 

Conclusions relating to going concern

 

In auditing the Financial Statements, we have concluded that the Directors' use of the going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statement is appropriate. Our evaluation of the Director's assessment of the entity's ability to continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting included:

 
Evaluation of management assessment     Key observations 
At 28 February 2021, the Company held   Based on the audit procedures 
cash of GBP123k held by the investment  performed we concluded that the 
manager. The Company's cash flow        Company has appropriately adopted the 
forecasts to February 2024 ('the going  going concern basis of preparation. 
concern period') have been approved by  Further we did not identify any 
the Board. These are prepared based on  material disclosures that should be 
certain key assumptions, against which  included regarding any material 
plausible sensitivities have been       uncertainty in respect of the going 
applied. The forecast shows that the    concern basis of preparation. 
Company has at all times available 
cash and liquidity to meets its 
liabilities as they fall due. We 
evaluated the Director's going concern 
assessment and performed the following 
procedures: We assessed the 
appropriateness of the cash flow 
forecasts in the context of the 
Company's 2021 financial performance 
and evaluated the Director's 
sensitivities performed against this 
forecast. We evaluated the key 
assumptions in the forecast, which 
were consistent with our knowledge of 
the business and considered whether 
these were supported by the evidence 
we obtained. We compared the prior 
year forecast against current year 
actual performance to assess 
management's ability to forecast 
accurately. We examined and confirmed 
the Directors' assessment of the 
liquidity of the AIM listed shares. We 
also reviewed the disclosures relating 
to going concern basis of preparation 
and found that these provided an 
explanation of the Directors' 
assessment that was consistent with 
the evidence we obtained. 
 

Based on the work we have performed, we have not identified any material uncertainties relating to events or conditions that, individually or collectively, may cast significant doubt on the Company's ability to continue as a going concern for a period of at least twelve months from when the Financial Statements are authorised for issue.

 

In relation to the Company reporting on how they have applied the relevant principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code issued in July 2018 by the Financial Reporting Council, being the principles of good governance and the code of best practice as set out in the Main Principles of the Code annexed to the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, we have nothing material to add or draw attention to in relation to the Directors' statement in the Financial Statements about whether the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting.

 

Our responsibilities and the responsibilities of the Directors with respect to going concern are described in the relevant sections of this report.

 

Our approach to the audit

 

As part of designing our audit, we determined materiality and assessed the risks of material misstatement in the Financial Statements. In particular, we looked at where the Directors made subjective judgements, for example in respect of significant accounting estimates that involved making assumptions and considering future events that are inherently uncertain.

 

We tailored the scope of our audit to ensure that we performed enough work to be able to give an opinion on the Financial Statements as a whole, taking into account an understanding of the structure of the Company, their activities, the accounting processes and controls, and the industry in which they operate. Our planned audit testing was directed accordingly and was focused on areas where we assessed there to be the highest risk of material misstatement.

 

The audit team met and communicated regularly throughout the audit with the Audit Committee and the Investment Manager in order to ensure we had a good knowledge of the business of the Company. During the audit, we reassessed and re-evaluated audit risks and tailored our approach accordingly.

 

The audit testing included substantive testing on significant transactions, balances and disclosures, the extent of which was based on various factors such as our overall assessment of the control environment, the effectiveness of controls and the management of specific risk.

 

We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during the audit.

 

Key audit matters

 

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the Financial Statements of the current period and include the most significant assessed risks of material misstatement (whether or not due to fraud) we identified, including those which had the greatest effect on: the overall audit strategy, the allocation of resources in the audit; and directing the efforts of the engagement team.

 

These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the Financial Statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. This is not a complete list of all risks identified during our audit. Going concern is a significant key audit matter and is described above. In arriving at our audit opinion above, the other key audit matters were as follows:

 
Key audit matters                       How our audit addressed the key audit 
                                        matters 
Valuation of Investments and            Our audit work included, but was not 
recognition of realised gains and       restricted to: Testing the value of 
losses The investment portfolio and     the year-end investments by reference 
associated realised and unrealised      to market price information. Agreeing 
gains and losses are the key driver to  the purchase and sale of investments 
the financial performance of the        to contract notes and cash movements 
Company. Due to the nature of the       on a sample basis. Recalculating the 
Company's business there is an          realised gains and losses on the sale 
inherent risk that if incorrectly       of investments for both the individual 
valued this will have the greatest      transactions on a sample basis and for 
impact on both the income statement     the total portfolio. Checking the 
and balance sheet. The investment       movement in unrealised gains for 
portfolio at the year-end had a         arithmetical accuracy and validating 
carrying value of GBP8,004,226.         by reviewing the opening costs to 
                                        prior year balances and purchases on a 
                                        sample basis. The portfolio is 
                                        maintained by the investment manager 
                                        in accordance with the investment 
                                        management agreement. We agreed the 
                                        investment portfolio to a signed 
                                        confirmation provided by the 
                                        investment advisor detailing each 
                                        investment, the cost and market price. 
                                        The company's accounting policy on 
                                        fixed asset investments held at fair 
                                        value through profit or loss is shown 
                                        in note 4 to the Financial Statements 
                                        and related disclosures are included 
                                        in note 12. Key observations Our 
                                        testing did not identify any material 
                                        misstatements in the valuation of the 
                                        Company's investment portfolio as at 
                                        the year end. 
Compliance with the VCT rules           Our audit work included, but was not 
Compliance with the VCT rules is        restricted to: Review of the design 
necessary to maintain the VCT status    and implementation of controls around 
and associated tax benefits.            the ongoing internal assessment and 
                                        monitoring of VCT compliance. We 
                                        obtained an understanding of the 
                                        processes adopted and evidenced the 
                                        work completed by the Investment 
                                        Manager on documenting compliance with 
                                        the key VCT rules and management's 
                                        review of this on a regular basis. 
                                        Testing the eleven conditions for 
                                        maintaining approval as a VCT as set 
                                        out by HMRC. Each of the conditions 
                                        was reviewed in turn in order to 
                                        assess whether it had been met as at 
                                        the year-end. Key observations We 
                                        reviewed the documentation maintained 
                                        that confirmed the Company was in 
                                        compliance with the VCT rules during 
                                        the period and at the year end. 
                                        Further our own testing of compliance 
                                        with the individual VCT rules did not 
                                        identify any breaches. 
 

Our application of materiality

 

The scope and focus of our audit was influenced by our assessment and application of materiality. We apply the concept of materiality both in planning and performing our audit, and in evaluating the effect of misstatements on our audit and on the Financial Statements.

 

We define Financial Statement materiality as the magnitude by which misstatements, including omissions, could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions taken on the basis of the Financial Statements by reasonable users.

 

In order to reduce to an appropriately low level the probability that any misstatements exceed materiality, we use a lower materiality level, performance materiality, to determine the extent of testing needed. Importantly, misstatements below these levels will not necessarily be evaluated as immaterial as we also take account of the nature of identified misstatements, and the particular circumstances of their occurrence, when evaluating their effect on the Financial Statements as a whole.

 
Materiality Measure               Company 
Overall materiality               We determined materiality for the Financial 
                                  Statements as a whole to be GBP122,000. 
How we determine it               Based on a benchmark of 1.5% of gross 
                                  assets. 
Rationale for benchmarks applied  We believe 1.5% of gross assets to be the 
                                  most appropriate benchmark as it primarily 
                                  comprises the Company's investment 
                                  portfolio, which is considered to be the key 
                                  driver of the Company's total return 
                                  performance and forms part of the net asset 
                                  value calculation being the performance 
                                  measure investors use to assess the 
                                  Company's performance. 
Performance materiality           On the basis of our risk assessment, 
                                  together with our assessment of the 
                                  Company's control environment, our judgement 
                                  is that performance materiality for the 
                                  Financial Statements should be 75% of 
                                  materiality, and was set at GBP91,500. 
Specific materiality              We also determine a lower level of specific 
                                  materiality for certain areas such as 
                                  directors' remuneration. Area materiality 
                                  for the disclosure of the cash element of 
                                  directors' remuneration has been set at 
                                  GBP2,000 and performance materiality of 
                                  GBP1,000. 
Reporting threshold               We agreed with the Audit Committee that we 
                                  would report to them all misstatements over 
                                  GBP6,100 (5% of overall materiality) 
                                  identified during the audit, as well as 
                                  differences below that threshold that, in 
                                  our view, warrant reporting on qualitative 
                                  grounds. We also report to the Audit 
                                  Committee on disclosure matters that we 
                                  identified when assessing the overall 
                                  presentation of the Financial Statements. 
 

Other information

 

The other information comprises the information included in the annual report other than the Financial Statements and our auditors' report thereon. The Directors are responsible for the other information contained within the annual report. Our opinion on the Financial Statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

 

Our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the Financial Statements or our knowledge obtained in the course of the audit, or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether this gives rise to a material misstatement in the Financial Statements themselves.

 

If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information; we are required to report that fact.

 

We have nothing to report in this regard.

 

Opinions on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006

 

In our opinion, the part of the Directors' Remuneration Report to be audited has been properly prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

 

In our opinion, based on the work undertaken in the course of the audit:

   -- the information given in the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report 
      for the financial year for which the Company Financial Statements are 
      prepared is consistent with the Financial Statements; and 
 
   -- the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report have been prepared in 
      accordance with applicable legal requirements. 
 

Matters on which we are required to report by exception

 

In the light of the knowledge and understanding of the Company and its environment obtained in the course of the audit, we have not identified material misstatements in the Strategic Report or the Directors' Report.

 

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:

   -- adequate accounting records have not been kept by the Company, or returns 
      adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited 
      by us; or 
 
   -- the Company Financial Statements and the part of the Directors' 
      Remuneration Report to be audited are not in agreement with the 
      accounting records and returns; or 
 
   -- certain disclosures of Directors' remuneration specified by law are not 
      made; or 
 
   -- we have not received all the information and explanations we require for 
      our audit. 
 

Corporate Governance Statement

 

The Listing Rules require us to review the Directors' statement in relation to going concern, longer-term viability and that part of the Corporate Governance Statement relating to the Company's compliance with the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Statement specified for our review.

 

Based on the work undertaken as part of our audit, we have concluded that each of the following elements of the Corporate Governance Statement is materially consistent with the Financial Statements or our knowledge obtained during the audit:

   -- Directors' statement with regards the appropriateness of adopting the 
      going concern basis of accounting and any material uncertainties 
      identified, set out on page 18; 
 
   -- Directors' explanation as to its assessment of the Company's prospects, 
      the period this assessment covers and why the period is appropriate, set 
      out on page 15; 
 
   -- Directors' statement on fair, balanced and understandable, set out on 
      page 21; 
 
   -- Board's confirmation that it has carried out a robust assessment of the 
      emerging and principal risks, set out on page 7; 
 
   -- The section of the annual report that describes the review of 
      effectiveness of risk management and internal control systems, set out on 
      page 19; and 
 
   -- The section describing the work of the Audit Committee, set out on pages 
      18 and 19. 
 

Responsibilities of Directors

 

As explained more fully in the Statement of Directors' Responsibilities set out on page 21, the Directors are responsible for the preparation of the Financial Statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view, and for such internal control as the Directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of Financial Statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

 

In preparing the Financial Statements, the Directors are responsible for assessing the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the Directors either intend to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

 

Auditor's responsibilities for the audit of the Financial Statements

 

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the Financial Statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor's report that includes our opinion.

 

Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these Financial Statements.

 

Irregularities, including fraud, are instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations. We design procedures in line with our responsibilities, outlined above, to detect material misstatements in respect of irregularities, including fraud. The extent to which our procedures are capable of detecting irregularities, including fraud is detailed below:

 

Based on our understanding of the Company and the industry in which it operates, we identified that the principal risks of non-compliance with laws and regulations related to the acts by the Company which were contrary to applicable laws and regulations including fraud and we considered the extent to which non-compliance might have a material effect on the Financial Statements. We also considered those laws and regulations that have a direct impact on the preparation of the Financial Statements such as the Companies Act 2006. We evaluated management's incentives and opportunities for fraudulent manipulation of the Financial Statements (including the risk of override of controls), and determined that the principal risks were related to inflated investment valuations and profit.

 

Audit procedures performed included: review of the Financial Statement disclosures and agreeing to underlying supporting documentation, review of correspondence with legal advisors, and enquiries of management in so far as they related to the Financial Statements and evaluating whether there was evidence of bias by the Directors that represented a risk of material misstatement due to fraud.

 

There are inherent limitations in the audit procedures described above and the further removed non-compliance with laws and regulations is from the events and transactions reflected in the Financial Statements, the less likely we would become aware of it. Also, the risk of not detecting a material misstatement due to fraud is higher than the risk of not detecting one resulting from error, as fraud may involve deliberate concealment by, for example, forgery or intentional misrepresentations, or through collusion.

 

A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of the Financial Statements is located on the Financial Reporting Council's website at www.frc.org.uk/auditorsresponsibilities. This description forms part of our auditor's report.

 

Other matters which we are required to address

 

Following the recommendation of the Audit Committee, we were appointed by New Century AIM VCT plc to audit the Financial Statements for the year ending 28 February 2009 and subsequent financial periods. The period of total uninterrupted engagement is 13 years, covering the years ending 28 February 2009 to 28 February 2021.

 

The non-audit services prohibited by the FRC's Ethical Standard were not provided to the Company and we remain independent Company in conducting our audit.

 

Our audit opinion is consistent with the additional report to the Audit Committee.

 

Use of our report

 

This report is made solely to the Company's members, as a body, in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company's members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditors' 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.

 
Daniel Hutson (Senior statutory auditor) 
for and on behalf of 
UHY Hacker Young 
 
Chartered Accountants 
Statutory Auditors 
 
Quadrant House 
4 Thomas More Square 
London, E1W 1YW 
 
24 June 2021 
 

Statement of Comprehensive Income (incorporating the revenue accounts)

 

for the year to 28 February 2021

 
                     Year ended                   Year ended 
                      28 February 2021             29 February 2020 
                     Revenue  Capital   Total     Revenue   Capital   Total 
              Notes  GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
Gains on 
investments 
- realised           -        295       295       -         319       319 
- unrealised         -        2,817     2,817     -         (240)     (240) 
Income        5      36       -         36        91        -         91 
Investment 
 management 
 fee          6      (16)     (49)      (65)      (14)      (41)      (55) 
Other 
 expenses     7      (56)     -         (56)      (62)      -         (62) 
 
Return on 
 ordinary 
 activities 
 before 
 taxation            (36)     3,063     3,027     15        38        53 
Tax credit/ 
(charge) on 
ordinary 
activities     9     -        -         -         -         -         - 
 
Return on 
 ordinary 
 activities 
 after 
 taxation            (36)     3,063     3,027     15        38        53 
Return per 
 ordinary 
 share 
 (pence)       11    (0.47)   38.96     38.49     0.19      0.48      0.66 
 

The notes on pages 33 to 44 form an integral part of these financial statements.

 

All revenue and capital items in the above statement are from continuing operations in the current year. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the current year. Other than as shown above, the Company had no recognised gains or losses. Accordingly, the above represents the total comprehensive income for the year.

 

Note: Some columns on this page may not cast because of rounding differences.

 

Balance Sheet

 

at 28 February 2021

 
 
                            Year ended 28     Year ended 29 
                            February 2021     February 2020 
                      Note  GBP'000           GBP'000 
 
 Fixed assets 
 Investments         12     8,004             5,045 
 
 Current assets 
 Debtors             15     123               164 
 
 Current 
 liabilities 
 Creditors: amounts 
  falling due 
  within one year    16     (33)              (23) 
 
 
                            8,094             5,186 
 
 Capital and 
 reserves 
 Called up share 
  capital            17     786               786 
 Share premium       20     682               682 
 Capital reserve -- 
  realised           20     1,143             922 
 Capital reserve -- 
  unrealised         20     4,918             2,077 
 Capital Redemption 
  Reserve Fund       20     400               400 
 Revenue reserve     20     165               319 
 
 Total equity 
  shareholders' 
  funds                     8,094             5,186 
 
 Net asset value     18     1.03p             66p 
  per ordinary 
  share 
 

The financial statements on pages 29 to 44 were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of directors on 24 June 2021 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

Geoffrey Gamble

 

Chairman

 

The notes on pages 33 to 44 form an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Company's registered number: 05352611

 

Statement of Changes in Equity

 

at 28 February 2021

 
                       Share    Capital 
              Share    premium  redemption  Capital   Capital     Revenue 
              capital  account  reserve     realised  unrealised  reserve  Total 
              GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000  GBP'000 
 
As at 1 
 March 2020   786      682      400         922       2,077       319      5,186 
Realised 
 gains on 
 disposals    -        -        -           295       -           -        295 
Transfer of 
 unrealised 
 loss to 
 realised on 
 disposal of 
 investment   -        -        -           (24)      24          -        - 
Net revenue 
 before tax   -        -        -           -         -           (36)     (36) 
Capital 
 element of 
 investment 
 management 
 fee          -        -        -           (49)      -           -        (49) 
Dividends 
 paid         -        -        -           -         -           (118)    (118) 
 
Unrealised 
 gains in 
 period       -        -        -           -         2,817       -        2,817 
 
At 28 
 February 
 2021         786      682      400         1,143     4,918       165      8,094 
 
 
                      Share    Capital 
             Share    premium  redemption  Capital   Capital     Revenue 
             capital  account  reserve     realised  unrealised  reserve  Total 
             GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000  GBP'000 
 
As at 1 
 March 
 2019        786      682      400         205       2,755       580      5,408 
Realised 
 gains on 
 disposals   -        -        -           319       -           -        319 
Transfer of 
 unrealised 
 gain to 
 realised 
 on 
 disposal 
 of 
 investment  -        -        -           439       (439)       -        - 
Net revenue 
 before 
 tax         -        -        -           -         -           15       15 
Capital 
 element of 
 investment 
 management 
 fee         -        -        -           (41)      -           -        (41) 
Dividends 
 paid        -        -        -           -         -           (275)    (275) 
 
Unrealised 
 losses      -        -        -           -         (240)       -        (240) 
 
At 29 
 February 
 2020        786      682      400         922       2,077       319      5,186 
 

Note: Some columns on this page may not cast because of rounding differences.

 

Cash Flow Statement

 

for the year to 28 February 2021

 
                                    Year ended          Year ended 
                                     28 February 2021    29 February 2020 
                              Note   GBP'000             GBP'000 
 
 
 
Cash flow from operating 
activities 
Cash used in operations      21     (112)               (149) 
Net cash used in operating 
 activities                         (112)               (149) 
 
Cash flows from investing 
activities 
Investment income                   36                  91 
Net cash from investing 
 activities                         36                  91 
 
Cash flows from financing 
activities 
Sale of investments                 836                 1,178 
Purchase of investments             (683)               (754) 
Dividends paid                      (118)               (275) 
 
Net cash generated from 
 financing activities               35                  149 
 
Net (decrease)/increase in 
 cash and cash equivalents          (41)                91 
 
Cash and cash equivalents 
 at the beginning of the 
 year                               164                 73 
 
Cash and cash equivalents 
 at the end of year                 123                 164 
 

The notes on pages 33 to 44 form an integral part of these financial statements.

 

All cash is held on behalf of the VCT by Oberon Investments Limited as our Investment Manager, see note 21.

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

 

for the year to 28 February 2021

 

1. Company information

 

New Century AIM VCT PLC is a UK incorporated company whose registered office is:

 

4th Floor

 

50 Mark Lane

 

London EC3R 7QR

 

New Century AIM VCT PLC is a Venture Capital Trust established under the legislation introduced in the Finance Act 1995. The Company's principal objective is to achieve long term capital growth through investment in a diversified portfolio of qualifying companies primarily quoted on AIM.

 

2. Basis of preparation

 

The Financial Statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for the measurement at fair value of certain financial instruments, and in accordance with UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice ("GAAP"), including FRS 102 and with the Companies Act 2006 and the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) 'Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts (revised 2019)'.

 

The principal accounting policies have remained materially unchanged from those set out in the Company's 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements. A summary of the principal accounting policies is set out below.

 

The Company is a public company and is limited by shares. The Company held all fixed asset investments at fair value through profit or loss. Accordingly, all interest income, fee income, expenses and gains and losses on investments are attributable to assets held at fair value through profit or loss.

 

Going Concern basis -- on the basis that the assets of the Company consist mainly of marketable securities, the directors are of the opinion that at the time of approving the accounts, the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. This is because the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has sufficient cash and liquid investments to continue to operate and that the Company will be able to manage its business risks successfully and meet its liabilities as they fall due. Thus, the directors believe it is appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis, as also disclosed in the Corporate Governance report on page 18, in preparing the financial statements.

 

The financial statements are presented in Sterling.

 

3. Significant estimates and judgements

 

As the Company's investment holdings, which comprise over 99% of its total assets, are stated at market bid value based on the closing prices of the London Stock Exchange, the directors do not believe that there is any inherent uncertainty in their presentation of these amounts, and that in their judgement, market value and fair value may be regarded as identical for the purpose of these Financial Statements.

 

4. Accounting policies

 

Investments

 

The Company's principal financial assets are its investments and the policies in relation to those assets are set out below.

 

Purchases and sales of investments are recognised in the Financial Statements at the date of the transaction (trade date).

 

These investments will be managed and their performance evaluated on a fair value basis and information about them is provided internally on that basis to the Board. Accordingly, as permitted by FRS 102, the investments are measured as being fair value through profit or loss on the basis that they qualify as a group of assets managed, and whose performance is evaluated, on a fair value basis in accordance with a documented investment strategy. The Company's investments are measured at subsequent reporting dates at fair value.

 

In the case of investments quoted on a recognised stock exchange, fair value is established by reference to the closing bid price on the relevant date or the last traded price, depending upon convention of the exchange on which the investment is quoted. In the case of AIM quoted investments this is the closing bid price. In the case of unquoted investments, fair value is established by using measures of value such as the price of recent transactions, earnings or revenue multiples, discounted cash flows and net assets. These are consistent with the IPEV guidelines.

 

Realised surpluses or deficits on the disposal of investments and permanent impairments in the value of investments are taken to realised capital reserves. Unrealised surpluses and deficits on the revaluation of investments are taken to unrealised capital reserves. Costs incurred relating to acquisitions and disposals are charged to capital reserves as a deduction from proceeds or an addition to costs.

 

In the preparation of the valuations of assets the directors are required to make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and incorporate their knowledge of the performance of the investee companies. In the event that the shares held by the Company are subject to certain restrictions, or the holding is significant in relation to the traded issued share capital of the investee company then the directors may apply a discount to the relevant market price.

 

Fair value hierarchy

 

Paragraph 34.22 of FRS 102 regarding financial instruments that are measured in the balance sheet at fair value requires disclosure of fair value measurements dependent on whether the stock is quoted and the level of the accuracy in the ability to determine its fair value. The fair value measurement hierarchy is as follows:

 

For quoted investments:

 

Level 1: quoted prices in active markets for an identical asset. The fair value of financial instruments traded in active markets is based on quoted market prices at the balance sheet date. A market is regarded as active if quoted prices are readily and regularly available, and those prices represent actual and regularly occurring market transactions on an arm's length basis. The quoted market price used for financial assets held is the bid price at the Balance Sheet date.

 

Level 2: where quoted prices are not available (or where a stock is normally quoted on a recognised stock exchange that no quoted price is available), the price of a recent transaction for an identical asset, providing there has been no significant change in economic circumstances or a significant lapse in time since the transaction took place. The Company held no such investments in the current or prior year.

 

For investments not quoted in an active market:

 

Level 3: the fair value of financial instruments that are not traded in an active market is determined by using valuation techniques. Although the Company held some unquoted investments during the year, their values have been written down and they have no value in the portfolio as at 28 February 2021.

 

There have been no transfers between these classifications in the year (2020: none). The change in fair value for the current and previous year is recognised through the profit and loss account.

 

Current asset investments

 

No current asset investments were held at 28 February 2021 or 29 February 2020. Should current assets be held, gains and losses arising from changes in fair value of investments are recognised as part of the capital return within the Income Statement and allocated to the capital reserve - gains/(losses) on disposal.

 

It is not the Company's policy to exercise controlling or significant influence over investee companies, although it may hold a significant interest in some companies. Accordingly, the results of these companies are not incorporated into the revenue account except to the extent of any income earned or received.

 

Income

 

Dividend income receivable from quoted securities is recognised on the ex-dividend date. Income from unquoted equity and non-equity securities is recognised on an accruals basis except that a full provision is made until the receipt of the income is certain.

 

Interest from cash and deposits and fixed returns on debt securities are recognised on an accruals basis.

 

Expenses

 

All expenses are accounted for on an accruals basis. One quarter of the investment management fee is charged to the revenue account and the remaining three quarters is charged to capital reserves, net of corporation tax relief, and inclusive of any irrecoverable value added tax. The allocation of the management fee reflects the directors' estimate of the source of the long-term returns in the portfolio from revenue and capital.

 

Taxation

 

The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from net profit as reported in the statement of comprehensive income because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Company's liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting end date.

 

5. Income

 
                                   Year ended    Year ended 
                                   28 February   29 February 
                                   2021          2020 
                                   GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Interest receivable 
- bank deposits and liquid funds    -            - 
 
 
Dividends from UK companies         36           91 
 
Investment income                   36           91 
 

All of the Company's income has been generated in the United Kingdom from dividend income from its investment portfolio.

 

6. Investment management fees

 
                             Year ended          Year ended 
                              28 February         29 February 
                              2021                2020 
                             Revenue   Capital   Revenue   Capital 
                              GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
Investment management fees   16        49        14        41 
 
 

Oberon Investments Limited (previously called MD Barnard & Co. Limited) provides investment management services to the Company in respect of the Company's portfolio of venture capital investments under an investment management agreement dated 10 March 2005, supported by a deed of amendment dated 4 September 2017.

 

Under the terms of the investment management agreement, Oberon Investments Limited is entitled to a fee (exclusive of VAT) equal to 1% per annum of the net assets of the company. The fee is calculated quarterly in arrears based on the net assets at 28 February, 31 May, 31 August and 30 November. No performance fee is payable.

 

The investment management agreement is for a minimum period of three years from 1 September 2017, subject to a trade-off clause that if Simon Like, the present investment manager, ceases to manage the Company's investments, the Company may terminate the agreement with MDB in a mirror time frame of 12 months' notice period.

 

7. Other expenses

 
                                          Year ended      Year ended 
                                           28 February     29 February 
                                           2021            2020 
                                           GBP'000         GBP'000 
 
Administrative and secretarial services     28            27 
Auditors' remuneration 
- for audit services                       12             12 
Regulatory fees                            16             23 
 
                                           56             62 
 

8. Directors' remuneration

 

The chairman received GBP5,000 (2020: GBP5,000) remuneration in the year. No other remuneration has been paid or is payable for the year to 28 February 2021 or in respect of the prior year.

 

9. Tax charge/(credit) on ordinary activities

 
                                        Year ended          Year ended 
                                         28 February         29 February 
                                         2021                2020 
                                        Revenue   Capital   Revenue   Capital 
                                         GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
United Kingdom tax based on the 
taxable return for the year             -         -         -         - 
 
Factors affecting tax charge/(credit) 
for the year 
 
Return on ordinary activities before 
 taxation                               (36)      3,063     15        38 
 
Tax on above at the company rate of 
 19% (2020: 19.0%)                      (7)       582       3         7 
 
UK dividends not subject to 
 corporation tax                        (7)       -         (17)      - 
Realised (gains)/losses not taxable     -         (56)      -         (61) 
Unrealised (gains)/losses not taxable   -         (535)     -         46 
Non allowable expenses                  -         -         -         - 
Unutilised losses                       14        9         14        8 
 
Current tax charge/(credit) for the     -         -         -         - 
 year 
 

The Company has unrelieved losses amounting to approximately GBP2,094,000 (2020: GBP1,972,000) which are available to carry forward for tax purposes which it can set off against future profits. No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of these losses in view of the Company's history of losses recoverability is not sufficiently certain.

 

10. Dividends paid

 
                                                              Year ended 
                                         Year ended            29 February 
                                          28 February 2021     2020 
                                          GBP'000              GBP'000 
 
Interim dividend paid                     118                 - 
Final dividend paid in respect of 
 previous year                            -                   275 
                                          118                 275 
 
 

n interim dividend of 1.5p per share was declared and paid for the year ended 28 February 2021, amounting to GBP118k.

 

No dividend was declared for the year ended 29 February 2020 and, consequently, no dividend for that year was paid in the year ended 28 February 2021.

 

A dividend of 3.5p per share was declared for the year ended 28 February 2019 and this was paid in the year ended 29 February 2020, amounting to GBP275k.

 

11. Return per ordinary share

 

The negative revenue return, per ordinary share, is based on the net revenue loss on ordinary activities after taxation of GBP(36)k (2020: profit GBP15k) and on 7,860,937 (2020: 7,860,937) ordinary shares, being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

The positive capital return per ordinary share is based on a net realised and unrealised capital profit of GBP3,063k (2020: profit of GBP38k) and on 7,860,937 (2020: 7,860,937) ordinary shares, being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

12. Fixed asset investments at valuation

 
            Year ended           Year ended 29 
             28 February 2021    February 2020 
             GBP'000             GBP'000 
 
UK Listed    125                 153 
AIM          7,879               4,892 
Unlisted     -                   - 
             8,004               5,045 
 

Movements in investments, including realised and unrealised gains and losses, during the year are summarised as follows:

 
                                               Year ended 28 February 2021 
                                     Unlisted  UK listed    AIM       Total 
                                     GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000   GBP'000 
Valuation at 1 March 2020            -         153          4,892     5,045 
Purchases at cost                    -         -            683       683 
Transfers                            -         -            -         - 
Sales proceeds                       -         -            (836)     (836) 
Realised gains in period             -         -            295       295 
Unrealised (losses)/gains in period  -         (28)         2,845     2,817 
Valuation at 28 February 2021        -         125          7,879     8,004 
 
 
 
 Cost at 1 March 2020                324       289          6,506     7,119 
Purchases                            -         -            683       683 
Transfers                            -         -            -         - 
Sales proceeds                       -         -            (836)     (836) 
Realised gains since acq.            -         -            270       270 
Cost at 28 February 2021             324       289          6,623     7,236 
 
                                               Year ended 29 February 2020 
                                     Unlisted  UK listed    AIM       Total 
                                     GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000   GBP'000 
Valuation at 1 March 2019            -         190          5,200     5,390 
Purchases at cost                    -         -            754       754 
Transfers                            -         -            -         - 
Sales proceeds                       -         (11)         (1,167)   (1,178) 
Realised gains                       -         2            317       319 
Unrealised (losses)                  -         (28)         (212)     (240) 
Valuation at 29 February 2020        -         153          4,892     5,045 
 
 
 
 Cost at 1 March 2019                324       299          6,162     6,785 
Purchases                            -         -            754       754 
Transfers                            -         -            -         - 
Sales proceeds                       -         (11)         (1,167)   (1,178) 
Realised gains since acq.            -         1            757       758 
Cost at 29 February 2020             324       289          6,506     7,119 
 

The overall gain on investments, as shown in the Income Statement, is analysed as follows:

 
                                     Year ended      Year ended 
                                      28 February     29 February 
                                      2021            2020 
                                      GBP'000         GBP'000 
Net realised gain on disposal         295            319 
Increase in unrealised gain/(loss)    2,817          (240) 
                                      3,112          79 
 

13. Venture capital investments

 

A full list of investments held is disclosed in the Investment Portfolio section, on pages 8 to 10.

 

14. Significant interests

 

The Company did not hold more than 10% of the allotted equity share capital of any class of any investee company.

 

15. Debtors

 
                                Year ended      Year ended 
                                 28 February     29 February 
                                 2021            2020 
                                 GBP'000         GBP'000 
Uninvested funds with broker: 
Oberon Investments Limited       123            164 
 

16. Creditors: amounts falling due within one year

 
                               Year ended      Year ended 
                                28 February     29 February 
                                2021            2020 
                                GBP'000         GBP'000 
 
Trade creditors and accruals    33             23 
                                33             23 
 

17. Share capital

 
                                               Year ended     Year ended 
                                                28 February    29 February 
                                                2021           2020 
                                                GBP'000        GBP'000 
 
Authorised 
15,000,000 ordinary shares of 10p each          1,500         1,500 
 
Allotted, called up and fully paid 
7,860,937 (2020: 7,860,937) ordinary shares of 
 10p                                            786           786 
 

18. Net asset value per share

 

Net asset value per share is based on net assets at 28 February 2021 of GBP8,093,713 (29 February 2020 of GBP5,185,801) and on 7,860,937 ordinary shares (2020: 7,860,937 ordinary shares) in issue at those dates.

 

19. Performance incentive arrangements

 

The Investment Manager is not entitled to any performance incentive arrangements.

 

20. Reserves

 

Called up share capital represents the nominal value of shares that have been issued.

 

Share premium account includes any premiums received on issue of share capital. Any transaction costs associated with the issuing of shares are deducted from share premium.

 

Capital redemption reserve relates to capital repurchased.

 

Capital reserve -- realised. This represents surpluses or deficits on the disposal of investments and permanent impairment in the value of investments.

 

Capital reserve -- unrealised. This represents surpluses and deficits on the revaluation of investments which are still held in the portfolio at the end of the year. The positive figure shown in the balance sheet of GBP4,918k is after crediting GBP4,168k of share premium account, following the Court sanctioned cancellation of the share premium account in 2013. Without this credit, and after including a small historic adjustment of GBP18k, this reserve would show an unrealised valuation surplus of GBP768k as can be calculated from the summary table of the portfolio's cost and valuation at the top of page 8.

 

Revenue reserve includes all current and prior period retained profits and losses. This reserve also benefitted by GBP4,835k in 2013 from the cancellation of the share premium account.

 

21. Notes to the cash flow statement

 
                                                   Year ended    Year ended 
                                                    28 February   29 February 
                                                    2021          2020 
                                                    GBP'000       GBP'000 
Operating activity 
Operating return                                   3,027         53 
Less gain on sale of investments                   (295)         (319) 
Less investment income (note 5)                    (36)          (91) 
(Less)/plus unrealised (gains)/losses on 
 investments                                       (2,817)       240 
Increase/(decrease) in creditors (note 16)         10            (32) 
Cash used in operations                            (112)         (149) 
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise GBP123,089 (2020: GBP164,050) of uninvested funds, held in a bank account with the investment manager.

 

22. Risk management and financial instruments

 

A statement of the Company's principal objectives is given within the Strategic Report on page 6. In order to achieve these objectives the Company invests its funds primarily in qualifying holdings in unlisted companies and companies traded on AIM, which by their nature may entail a higher degree of risk than investments in large listed companies. The Company has not entered into any derivative transactions, and does not expect to do so in the foreseeable future. As a Venture Capital Trust, the Company invests in securities for the long term, and it is the Company's policy that no trading in investments or other financial instruments shall be undertaken.

 

Market price risk

 

The main risks arising from the Company's investing activities are market price risk, representing the uncertain realisable values of the Company's investments. The directors aim to limit the risk attaching to the portfolio as a whole by careful selection of investments and by maintaining a wide spread of investments in terms of financing stage, industry sector and geographical location.

 

The assets of the Company are held for the most part as listed investments which carry market risk in the form of a single risk variable - market price movement. The directors do not consider that a risk analysis of that single risk variable will produce any useful information beyond the obvious that downward movement in share prices will result in a downward movement in the share values and vice versa. For this reason, the directors do not consider it appropriate to prepare a sensitivity analysis to market price movement.

 

Interest rate risk

 

The Company finances its activities through retained profits including realisable capital profits, and through the issue of equity shares. It has not entered into any borrowings. Details of interest bearing assets are given below under financial assets.

 

Liquidity risk

 

There is liquidity risk associated with unquoted investments, which are not readily realisable.

 

Credit risk

 

Credit risk is the risk of a borrower defaulting on either an interest payment or the capital sum of a loan. The exposure is limited to uninvested funds held with the investment manager and the fixed interest loan notes.

 

Currency risk

 

The Company's assets and liabilities are denominated in Sterling. As such, there is little currency risk. Any transactions in currencies other than Sterling are recorded at the rates of exchange prevailing at the date of the transaction. At each reporting date, the monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are re-translated at the rates prevailing on the reporting date.

 

Capital

 

The Company's capital is provided in its entirety by its shareholders in the form of ordinary shares.

 

The Company's purpose and objective is the investment of its capital funds in listed investments, primarily those quoted on AIM with a view to securing capital appreciation over the long term.

 

There were no externally imposed capital requirements with which the Company had to comply during the year to 28 February 2021.

 

Financial assets

 

The interest rate profile of the Company's financial assets is set out below:

 
                                     Year ended      Year ended 
                                      28 February     29 February 
                                      2021            2020 
                                      GBP'000         GBP'000 
Floating rate                         123            164 
Fixed rate                            -              - 
Non-interest bearing                  8,004          5,045 
 
                                      8,127          5,209 
 
 Year ended                                          Year ended 
  28 February                                         29 February 
  2021                                                2020 
Fixed rate assets 
Weighted average interest rate        -              - 
Weighted average years to maturity    -              - 
 

Floating rate financial assets comprise cash held on deposit and investments in liquidity funds. The benchmark rate for these investments is the UK bank base rate.

 

Non-interest bearing financial assets comprises equity share and non-equity share investments in investee companies, cash held on non-interest bearing deposit and debtors.

 

Fair values

 

The investments of the Company are valued by the directors at their bid prices (in accordance with the guidelines issued by the British Venture Capital Association), and these carrying values are considered to approximate the fair value of the investments. The fair values have also been determined in line with the fair value hierarchy as set out in FRS 102 11.27.

 

23. Financial assets and liabilities

 
                                        Year ended          Year ended 
                                         28 February 2021    29 February 2020 
                                         GBP'000             GBP'000 
 
Financial assets measured at fair 
 value                                  8,004               5,045 
Financial assets measured at amortised 
 cost                                   123                 164 
Financial liabilities measured at 
 amortised cost                         (33)                (23) 
 

24. Related party transactions

 

As disclosed in Note 6, New Century AIM VCT plc is managed by Oberon Investments Limited and is paid a management fee, which is also disclosed in Note 6.

 

One amount was payable to key management personnel during the year of GBP5,000 (2020: GBP5,000).

 

25. Capital commitments

 

There were no investments which were approved at the year-end but which had not completed.

 

26. Control

 

New Century AIM VCT plc is not under the control of any one party or individual.

 

27. Post balance sheet events

 

The Company's directors propose to declare a final dividend of 6.5p per share for the year ending 28 February 2021, amounting to GBP510,961, which will be payable, subject to shareholder approval, later this year.

 

The Company

 

New Century AIM VCT PLC was incorporated on 4 February 2005 in England & Wales. In March 2005, the Company obtained a listing on the London Stock Exchange. A total of GBP8.465 million was raised (before expenses) through an offer for subscription of new ordinary shares at 100p. The Company has been approved as a Venture Capital Trust by the Inland Revenue.

 

The Investment Manager

 

New Century AIM VCT PLC is managed by Oberon Investments Limited, an independent fund management company based in Laindon, Essex. Oberon Investments Limited currently manages or advises investment trust, unit trust and venture capital funds totalling approximately GBP25 million including New Century AIM VCT PLC.

 

Venture Capital Trusts

 

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) were introduced in the Finance Act 1995 and are intended to provide a means whereby individual investors can invest in small unquoted trading companies in the UK, with incentives in the form of a number of tax benefits. From 6 April 2005, investors subscribing for new shares in a VCT have been entitled to claim income tax relief of 30% on their investment, irrespective of their marginal tax rate (up to a maximum investment of GBP200,000 per tax year). The tax relief cannot exceed the amount which reduces an investor's income tax liability to nil. In addition all dividends paid by VCTs are tax free and disposals of VCT shares are not subject to capital gains tax.

 

New Century AIM VCT has been approved as a VCT by HM Revenue and Customs. In order to maintain its approval the Company must comply with certain requirements on a continuing basis; in particular, at least 80% by value of the Company's investments must comprise "qualifying holdings". A "qualifying holding" consists of up to GBP1 million invested in any one year in new shares or securities in an unquoted company which is carrying on a qualifying trade and whose gross assets do not exceed GBP15 million at the time of investment. For the purposes of these criteria, unquoted companies include companies whose shares are traded on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM").

 

As with investment trusts, capital gains accruing to VCTs are not chargeable gains for UK Corporation Tax purposes.

 

Financial calendar

 
Annual General Meeting                                          26 August 2021 
Interim report for six months to 31 August 2021                 October 2021 
Preliminary announcement of results for the year to 28          June 2022 
February 2022 
Annual General Meeting 2022                                     August 2022 
 

Share price

 

The mid-market price of shares in New Century AIM VCT PLC is available daily on the London Stock Exchange website (www.londonstockexchange.com).

 

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