Announcements

Northern Venture Trust PLC.

12 FEBRUARY 2014

NORTHERN VENTURE TRUST PLC

INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2013

Northern Venture Trust PLC presents its interim management statement for the three months ended 31 December 2013.  This constitutes the company's first interim management statement for the financial year ending 30 September 2014, as required by the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules, Rule 4.3.

The company's objective is to provide high long-term tax-free returns to investors through a combination of dividend yield and capital growth, by investing in a portfolio of investments mainly comprising unquoted venture capital holdings.  The company is a venture capital trust approved by HM Revenue & Customs and is required to comply on a continuing basis with the provisions of Section 274 of the Income Tax Act 2007.

The unaudited net asset value per ordinary share as at 31 December 2013 was 87.8p (30 September 2013 (audited) 87.3p).  The net asset value is stated after deducting the final dividend of 3.0p per share in respect of the year ended 30 September 2013, which was approved by shareholders at the annual general meeting on 12 December 2013 and was paid to eligible shareholders on 20 December 2013.

For the purposes of calculating the net asset value per share, quoted investments are carried at bid price as at 31 December 2013 and unquoted investments are carried at fair value as at 31 December 2013 as determined by the directors.

The number of ordinary shares in issue at 31 December 2013 was 93,750,215.  During the three months ended 31 December 2013 16,090,036 new shares were allotted at an average price of 86.1p through a public offer for subscription and 503,903 new shares were issued at a price of 84.3p per share pursuant to the company's dividend investment scheme.  No shares were re-purchased by the company for cancellation during the quarter.

During the three months ended 31 December 2013 the following significant investment transactions took place:

New investments:


Name of company                           

Business activity                                     
Amount
    invested
£000
Mantis Deposition Holdings* Deposition components and systems for thin film coating 533

*Additional investment in existing portfolio company

Realisations:

Carrying
value at
Sales Original 30 September
Name of company                                                   proceeds           cost                2013
£000 £000 £000
Alaric Systems (sale to NCR Corporation) 6,704 2,056 5,559

On 10 January 2014 the company completed the sale of its holding in Denara Holdings (the holding company of e-know.net) to Nasstar plc for proceeds of £1,279,000, comprising cash of £957,000 and new shares in Nasstar valued at £322,000.  For the purposes of calculating the net asset value as at 31 December 2013 the directors have valued the investment in Denara Holdings at the sale price.

The directors are not aware of any other events or transactions which have taken place between 30 September 2013 and the date of publication of this statement and which have had a material effect on the financial position of the company.

This statement has been prepared solely to provide additional information in order to meet the requirements of the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules and should not be relied on by shareholders, or any other party, for any other purpose.

Enquiries:
Alastair Conn/Christopher Mellor, NVM Private Equity Limited - 0191 244 6000

Website:  www.nvm.co.uk

Neither the contents of the NVM Private Equity Limited website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the NVM Private Equity Limited website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.




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Source: Northern Venture Trust PLC via Globenewswire

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