Abridged unaudited financial statements for the quarter and six months ended 31 December 2017
UNIVERSAL PARTNERS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of Mauritius)
(Registration number: 138035 C1/GBL)
SEM share code: UPL.N0000
JSE share code: UPL
(“Universal Partners” or “the Company”)
ABRIDGED UNAUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE QUARTER AND SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017
Universal Partners has a primary listing on the Official Market of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd
(“SEM”) and a secondary listing on the Alternative Exchange of the JSE Limited (“JSE”).
The principal activity of the Company is to hold investments in high quality, growth businesses across
Europe, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom (“UK”). The Company’s mandate also allows up
to 20% of funds to be invested outside of the UK and Europe.
The Company’s primary objective is to achieve strong capital appreciation in Pounds Sterling over the
medium to long-term by investing in businesses that meet the investment criteria set out in the Company’s
Since its listing on the SEM on 8 August 2016 and the JSE on 11 August 2016, the Company has been
working closely with its investment advisor, ARGO Investment Managers (“ARGO”), to identify potential
investments that meet its investment criteria. ARGO has assessed over 60 potential investments to date,
and has in turn proposed a small number that meet the investment criteria to the Investment Committee of
The Company has concluded four investments since its listing up to the reporting date.
Dentex Healthcare Group Limited (“Dentex”)
On 28 April 2017, the Company entered into an agreement to invest in Dentex for a total consideration of
GBP 15 million.
GBP 4 million was invested upfront to subscribe for a 36% ordinary shareholding in Dentex. The Company
subscribed for GBP 11 million worth of convertible Loan Notes (“Loan Notes”) which Dentex can draw
down during an 18 month availability period, commencing on 28 April 2017. The Company will have the
right to convert the Loan Notes into ordinary shares of Dentex which will enable it to increase its
shareholding in the ordinary equity of Dentex.
During the period, Dentex continued to investigate, make offers on and acquire dental practices, with a
total of 19 acquisitions completed at 31 December 2017 and a large pipeline of practice acquisitions at
various stages of completion. Dentex continues to trade in line with expectations set at the time of the
Company’s investment, and was awarded the ‘Highly Commended Award for Innovation of the Year’ at
the Dental Industry Awards, as well as being shortlisted for ‘Product Launch of the Year’. The Company
has assisted Dentex in engaging with banks in the UK in order to implement an appropriate debt structure
to support future acquisitions. The banks have appetite and this new facility should be finalised in the next
On 13 July 2017, the Company co-invested with Investec Investments UK Limited and invested
GBP 1 million for a 13% shareholding in Propelair, a leader in positive pressure flushing toilets. Based on
the investment thesis and expected growth, the business is likely to require additional expansion capital in
future, providing Universal Partners with an opportunity to increase the quantum of funds invested in the
business, and to boost its shareholding to around the 25% level. Universal Partners has a seat on the
Propelair board of directors, and is actively engaged in growing the business.
Over the period, Propelair appointed a new CEO with deep experience in growing similar businesses, in
addition to appointing further experienced individuals to support growth. Propelair was appointed by
MOTO group, the largest operator of motorway service stations, to install over 1,000 units across its UK
estate, with installation to commence in Q1 of 2018. Propelair’s customers also include McDonalds,
Barclays, and Thames Water.
Given the potential for Propelair’s technology to deliver substantial water savings (of around 80%), whilst
improving hygiene and reducing maintenance costs, the Company facilitated introductions in South Africa
where Propelair could present its solutions to the largest property owners in Cape Town during November
2017. A number of water measuring trials have commenced in Cape Town, to be followed up with trial
installations during Q1 of 2018, across a selected number of office buildings and shopping centres, in order
to demonstrate that the Propelair technology can provide meaningful solutions to water stressed regions in
YASA Limited (“YASA”)
On 18 August 2017, the Company concluded an agreement to subscribe for shares and invest an amount of
GBP 9.3 million in YASA, a manufacturer of highly differentiated electrical axial flux motors, generators
and controllers. The Company subscribed for shares together with existing YASA shareholders, and
became the holder of 21.7% of the equity shares in YASA.
The Company had a further option to purchase additional shares from various employees and shareholders
of YASA and subsequently, on 11 December 2017 and 15 January 2018, Universal Partners acquired
further shares in YASA at the original valuation for the amounts of GBP 0.7 million and GBP 1.3 million
respectively. This is expected to increase the Company’s shareholding in YASA to 26.25%, pre any dilution
from Employee Share Option Schemes.
YASA has signed long term develop and supply agreements with customers in the premium automotive
sector which are subject to strict confidentiality terms. It is anticipated that YASA’s products will be used
in future hybrid and electric vehicles released by these customers. Subject to customer approval, further
information will be provided on the launch of the vehicles. YASA is also engaged in a number of other
advanced engineering projects in the automotive, aviation and industrial sectors. In the period under review,
YASA continues to develop its own controller, with initial engineering evaluation samples anticipated to
be available to customers later in 2018. YASA officially opened its new factory in Yarnton, Oxfordshire
in the UK on 1 February 2018.
SC Lowy Partners (“SC Lowy”)
On 22 December 2017, the Company invested in SC Lowy, an international banking and finance group
specialised in fixed income which is headquartered in Hong Kong. The Company participated in a
consortium alongside Investec Bank and other strategic family offices, which consortium acquired 20% of
the shares in SC Lowy. The founders, Michel Löwy and Soo Cheon Lee, retain majority ownership of the
SC Lowy facilitates primary issuance, secondary trading and investments, with a primary focus on
corporate bonds, loans, trade claims and special situations. SC Lowy’s in-house analysts cover the energy,
infrastructure, manufacturing, telecommunications, media, metals, mining, financials, shipping and real
estate sectors for companies based in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. SC Lowy has over 100
employees located across the world’s major financial centres and has built a global client network of over
800 international and regional banks, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity and pension funds, family
offices and corporations. SC Lowy also controls a bank in South Korea. The bank is performing well and
is in line with expectations.
In the period to 31 December 2017, SC Lowy performed in line per its budget and the Company’s due
diligence expectations, supported by a high level of trades facilitated for clients in a number of stressed and
ARGO has identified a pipeline of additional potential investment opportunities which are at various stages
of maturity. These opportunities are going through a rigorous and thorough due diligence prior to being
presented to the Company’s Investment Committee. Announcements regarding any successfully concluded
transactions will be forthcoming as they are completed.
For the period under review, revenue included interest earned from investing excess cash in interest bearing
fixed deposits for periods of up to six months. The interest earned from these deposits amounted to
GBP 57,950 for the period. The invested funds will remain in short-term fixed deposits, money market and
NCD instruments until such time as they are required for investments in accordance with the Company’s
investment policy. Additional interest earned from the Dentex Loan Notes, which were fully drawn down
as at the reporting date, amounted to GBP 128,664 for the period, resulting in a total interest earned of
GBP 186,614 for the period under review.
Management fees for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 amounted to GBP 228,199, incurred in terms
of the investment management agreement between the Company and ARGO. General and administrative
expenses amounting to GBP 88,727 and transaction costs of GBP 89,496 relating to the acquisition of
investments were incurred for the quarter ended 31 December 2017.
On a comparative basis, management fees for the quarter and six months ended 31 December 2017 were
higher than the management fees for the quarter and six months ended 31 December 2016 due to the number
of acquisitions and higher investment values between the two comparative periods.
NET ASSET VALUE (“NAV”)
The NAV per share as at 31 December 2017 was GBP 0.979 (30 June 2017: GBP 0.984).
LOSS PER SHARE
The loss per share of GBP 0.0029 for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 and GBP 0.0024 for the quarter
ended 31 December 2016 are based on the Company’s loss before tax of GBP 210,827 and GBP 176,955
for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 and the quarter ended 31 December 2016 respectively, and
72,350,131 weighted average number of shares in issue.
For the six months ended 31 December 2017, the loss per share of GBP of 0.0051 was based on a loss
before tax of GBP 370,411 and a weighted average number of shares in issue of 72,350,131. For the
corresponding six months in the prior year, the loss per share of GBP 0.0041 was based on a loss before
tax of GBP 298,424 and a weighted average number of shares in issue of 72,350,131.
No dividend has been declared for the period under review.
BASIS OF PREPARATION
The abridged unaudited financial statements for the quarter and six months ended 31 December 2017
(“abridged unaudited financial statements”) have been prepared using accounting policies consistent
with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting
Standards Board (“IASB”) and in accordance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 – Interim
Financial Reporting, the Listing Rules of the SEM, the Mauritian Securities Act 2005 and the JSE Listings
The accounting policies and methods of computation adopted in the preparation of these abridged unaudited
financial statements are in terms of IFRS and consistent with those applied in the preparation of the audited
financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2017.
The directors are not aware of any circumstances or matters arising subsequent to the period that require
any additional disclosure or adjustment to the financial statements.
These abridged unaudited financial statements were approved by the Board on 6 February 2018. These
abridged unaudited financial statements have not been reviewed or reported on by the Company’s external
auditors, Grant Thornton.
By order of the Board
7 February 2018
Intercontinental Trust Limited
For further information please contact:
South African corporate advisor and JSE sponsor
Java Capital +27 11 722 3050
SEM authorised representative and sponsor
Perigeum Capital Ltd +230 402 0890
Intercontinental Trust Limited +230 403 0800
Copies of these abridged unaudited financial statements as well as copies of the statement of direct or
indirect interest of the Senior Officers of the Company pursuant to Rule 8(2)(m) of the Securities
(Disclosure of Obligations of Reporting Issuers) Rules 2007 are available to the public upon request to the
Company Secretary at the Registered Office of the Company at c/o Intercontinental Trust Limited, Level
3 Alexander House, 35 Cybercity, Ebene 72201, Mauritius.
This announcement is issued pursuant to the JSE Listings Requirements, SEM Listing Rule 12.19 and
Section 88 of the Mauritian Securities Act 2005. The Board of Directors of Universal Partners accepts full
responsibility for the accuracy of the information in this announcement.
ABRIDGED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2017
As at 31 December
As at 30 June 2017
Investments at fair value through profit and loss 37,380,700 4,000,100
Receivables and prepayments 121,986 107,454
Cash and cash equivalents 33,352,117 67,137,560
Total assets 70,854,803 71,245,114
Equity and Liabilities
Stated capital 71,847,164 71,847,164
Loss for the period (1,036,410) (665,999)
Payables and accruals 44,049 63,949
Total equity and liabilities 70,854,803 71,245,114
ABRIDGED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE QUARTER AND SIX
MONTHS ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017
Quarter ended Six months ended
31 December 2017 31 December 2017 31 December 2016
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
GBP GBP GBP GBP
Interest income 186,614 105,654 301,150 154,638
Other income 8,981 - 38,064 -
Total revenue 195,595 105,654 339,214 154,638
Management fees (228,199) (161,641) (401,500) (244,834)
Set up costs - - - (5,749)
General and administrative expenses (178,223) (120,968) (308,125) (198,762)
Operating loss (210,827) (176,955) (370,411) (294,707)
Loss from financial assets at fair value through profit and loss - - - (3,717)
Loss before tax (210,827) (176,955) (370,411) (298,424)
Tax expense - - - -
Loss for the period (210,827) (176,955) (370,411) (298,424)
Other comprehensive income
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit and
- - - -
Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit and loss - - - -
Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax - - - -
Total comprehensive income for the period (210,827) (176,955) (370,411) (298,424)
Basic and headline loss per share (pence)* 0.29 0.24 0.51 0.41
* The loss per share for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 and six months ended 31 December 2017 are based on loss before tax of GBP 210,827 and
GBP 370,411 for the Company respectively and the weighted average number of shares in issue of 72,350,131 (31 December 2016: Based on loss before
tax of GBP 298,424 and the weighted average number of shares in issue of 72,350,131).
There were no dilutive shares in issue. There were no reconciling items between the basic and headline loss per share.
ABRIDGED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED
31 DECEMBER 2017
Stated Capital Loss for the period Total
GBP GBP GBP
Issue of shares 72,350,131 - 72,350,131
Share issue costs (502,967) - (502,967)
Transactions with shareholder 71,847,164 - 71,847,164
Loss for the period - (665,999) (665,999)
Other comprehensive income for the period - - -
Total comprehensive income for the period - (665,999) (665,999)
At 30 June 2017 71,847,164 (665,999) 71,181,165
At 1 July 2017 71,847,164 (665,999) 71,181,165
Loss for the period - (370,411) (370,411)
Other comprehensive income for the period - - -
Total comprehensive income for the period - (370,411) (370,411)
At 31 December 2017 71,847,164 (1,036,410) 70,810,754
ABRIDGED UNAUDITED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017
Six months ended
Six months ended 31 December Year ended 30
31 December 2017 2016 June 2017
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Audited)
GBP GBP GBP
Loss before tax (370,411) (298,424) (665,999)
Loss from financial assets at fair value through profit and loss - 3,716 3,716
Net foreign exchange loss 343 46,858 47,599
Changes in working capital:
Decrease / (Increase) in receivables and prepayments 25,468 - (27,454)
(Decrease) / Increase in payables and accruals (19,900) 44,742 63,849
Net cash flows generated from operating activities (364,500) (203,108) (578,289)
Acquisition of investments (33,380,600) (200,000) (4,202,000)
Proceeds on disposal of investments - 196,284 198,284
Loans advanced to subsidiaries (40,000) - (80,000)
Net cash flows used in investing activities (33,420,600) (3,716) (4,083,716)
Proceeds from issue of shares - 72,350,131 72,350,131
Share issue costs - (502,967) (502,967)
Net cash flows generated from financing activities - 71,847,164 71,847,164
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (33,785,100) 71,640,340 67,185,159
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 67,137,560 - -
Exchange rate differences (343) (46,858) (47,599)
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 33,352,117 71,593,482 67,137,560
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