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British Business Bank Publishes Updated List of 529 Companies in Which the Future Fund has an Equity Interest

Today the British Business Bank publishes a list of 30 additional companies in which the Future Fund holds an equity interest taking the total to 529 as at 31 March 2023.

The level of conversions began to decline in Q4 2022/3 compared to the previous quarter, and conversions in January and February remained low but began to increase slightly in March. The number of administrations also began to grow in this quarter which in part was driven by the weakness in the wider UK market and the banking crisis.

Companies in which the Future Fund now holds an equity interest include Birmingham based Eyoto Group Limited, an optical manufacturer and university spinout from Aston University focused on lens inspection platforms and tele-optometry (remote eye care) platforms; Invicibles Studio Ltd, a mobile games developer based in Preston; and Northen Ireland based Skurio Limited, a digital risk protection platform that detects data breaches by monitoring the dark web. Whilst conversions remained lower in this quarter, 15 conversions took place in companies based outside of London.

Ken Cooper, Managing Director, Venture Solutions, British Business Bank said: “The Future Fund was created to ensure a flow of capital, at the height of the pandemic, to companies that would otherwise have been unable to access government support schemes, while ensuring long-term value for the UK taxpayer. The Future Fund is now entering the maturity phase, which signals three years since the first loans were executed. This is likely to increase the level of transactional activity rapidly over the coming months.”

Launched on 20 May 2020, and open for applications until 31 January 2021, the Future Fund issued 1,190 companies with convertible loans worth £1.14bn in total. Third-party investors were required to at least match the Future Fund’s investment.

The Future Fund supported UK companies that typically rely on equity investment to fund their growth. By creating a bridge to the next equity funding round, the Future Fund supported these companies through a period of considerable economic disruption and now the recovery.

The scheme used a recognised financial instrument known as a convertible loan. Unlike an equity investment, there wasn’t a requirement under the convertible loan to value the company or the price of its shares, at a time when company valuations had been significantly impacted by Covid-19. Instead, the convertible loans are designed to convert into equity either at the next equity funding round or if the company is acquired through a sale or IPO.

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