Q3 Trading Statement for the period to 31 December 2020
Very Positive Momentum in Fundraising and Deployment
Intermediate Capital Group plc (ICG or the Group) provides an update for the period to 31 December 2020.
Commenting, Benoit Durteste, CEO, said:
“We maintained very positive momentum in our business through the third quarter, raising significant Third Party AUM and deploying a substantial amount of capital across all our strategic asset classes.
“Two of our flagship funds, Europe Fund VII and Strategic Equity III, were particularly active, and we were also pleased to see ongoing deployment in our more recently launched strategies such as Infrastructure Equity and Sale and Leaseback.
“Looking forward, we are well positioned to continue this trajectory. Our deployment rate and the performance of our funds through 2020 gives us confidence in our fundraising pipeline, and we are experiencing strong client demand for our strategies. Our global platform and our funds’ abilities to invest across the capital structure are strategic advantages to ICG, particularly at this point in the cycle, and we continue to invest in our capabilities to accelerate our future growth, most recently adding a Life Sciences team to enhance our capability in the Healthcare sector.
“While remaining alert to the current macro uncertainty, I am encouraged by the momentum I see across the business and I am looking forward to ICG continuing to deliver significant long-term growth and shareholder value.”
Total AUM increased 2% during the quarter to €47.2bn. Third Party AUM drove this increase: we raised €2.0bn, bringing our total fundraising during the financial year to-date to €4.6bn and our Third Party AUM to €44.5bn. Our fundraising pipeline, including for Europe Fund VIII, remains on track.
Senior Debt Partners IV, which charges fees on invested capital, raised €1.1bn in the quarter and we continued to raise funds in our recently launched strategies, including Infrastructure Equity and Sale & Leaseback, both charging fees on committed capital. In addition, there were inflows for our liquid open-ended credit strategies (€0.3bn) and we closed one US CLO.
Growth in Third Party AUM continues to drive the growth in our Total AUM:
|31 December 2020||30 September 2020||31 March 2020|
|Third Party AUM||€44,546m||€43,688m||€42,829m|
|Balance sheet investment portfolio||€2,657m||€2,410m||€2,471m|
|Balance sheet portfolio as a percentage of total AUM||5.6%||5.2%||5.5%|
Third Party Fee Earning AUM decreased 1% to €36.7bn since 30 September 2020, largely driven by some realisations in our Senior Debt Partners strategy.
Third Party AUM by strategic asset class at 31 December 2020 was as follows:
|Capital Market Investments
|Real Asset Investments
|At 30 September 2020||21,347||14,314||4,884||3,143||43,688|
|FX and other||(187)||(301)||89||(43)||(442)|
|At 31 December 2020||21,922||14,558||4,846||3,220||44,546|
|Third Party Fee Earning AUM at 30 September 2020||16,167||13,880||4,033||3,025||37,105|
|Third Party Fee Earning AUM at 31 December 2020||15,523||13,852||4,172||3,103||36,650|
Our investment teams continued to source attractive opportunities across strategies and geographies, deploying €2.1bn during the quarter both in new acquisitions and in supporting our existing portfolio companies to make value-accretive bolt-on acquisitions as part of our commitment to providing capital to help companies grow.
Realisation activity during the quarter was strong as we selectively took advantage of opportunities to underpin the performance of our portfolio. We continue to see a healthy path for realisations across the portfolio.
The proportion of Third Party AUM invested across our Corporate Investments, Real Asset Investments and Secondary Investments strategic asset classes was as follows:
|% invested at
|% invested at
|Assets in fund at
|ICG Europe Fund VII||65%||53%||10||2|
|Senior Debt Partners IV*||21%||16%||14||4|
|North American Private Debt Fund II||51%||42%||12||1|
|Asia Pacific Fund IV||22%||0%||1||1|
|Europe Mid-Market Fund||15%||14%||2||0|
|Real Asset Investments|
|Sale & Leaseback||40%||26%||4||1|
|ICG Longbow Real Estate Fund V||80%||69%||18||3|
|Strategic Equity III||67%||48%||8||3|
* Co-mingled fund, excluding mandates and undrawn commitments
The balance sheet investment portfolio was valued at £2,375m at 31 December 2020 (30 September 2020: £2,186m), with the increase largely driven by deployment to support our fund management activities and unrealised valuation gains, partially offset by realisations and FX moves. While subject to market conditions, based on the strong performance of our fund portfolio during the quarter, we are very positive on the outlook for the Investment Company’s performance for this financial year. As the balance sheet invests solely to support our fund management activities, its size will fluctuate depending on the deal activity and performance of the funds in which it invests.
We remain well capitalised, with available cash and unutilised bank lines of £898m at 31 December 2020
(30 September 2020: £1,015m).
After the quarter end, we entered into a new £550m ESG-linked Revolving Credit Facility to replace our existing £500m Revolving Credit Facility and £50m bilateral facility. The facility, which has an initial term of three years with the possibility to extend for an additional two years, was oversubscribed by a syndicate of leading global financial institutions and provides us with a substantial liquidity cushion for the coming years. The terms are linked to specific targets for our carbon emissions and for integrating Climate Risk Assessments into our investment decisions, underlining our commitment to implementing meaningful measures to benefit the environment and society.
Last Twelve Months’ Performance
FYE March 2021 Results Date
ICG will announce its Annual Results for the year ended 31 March 2021 on 8 June 2021. Further details will be published in due course.
Analyst / Investor enquiries:
Vijay Bharadia, CFOO, ICG +44 (0) 20 3545 2000
Chris Hunt, Investor Relations, ICG +44 (0) 20 3545 2020
Fiona Laffan, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, ICG +44 (0) 20 3545 1510