Risks Specific to the VCTs
The VCT will invest in small, high risk companies that place an investor’s capital at risk. These qualifying companies may have volatile share prices and the investments may be difficult to realise. They may be overly reliant on a few large customers and have less financial resilience. They may also have weak or negative cash flow and less management resource.
Changes in legislation may adversely affect the company’s status as a VCT and its ability to meet the investment objectives and/or reduce the level of achievable return.
Risks to the Tax Reliefs
There can be no guarantee that the VCT will meet its objectives or that suitable investment opportunities will be identified. A failure to maintain the qualifying status could result in the VCT losing the tax reliefs previously obtained, resulting in adverse tax consequences for investors. Investors who sell their VCT shares before the fifth anniversary of the share issue are likely to have to repay their income tax relief. Therefore, an investment in a VCT should be seen as a long term investment. The tax reliefs will depend on an investor’s personal circumstances and may be subject to future changes.
Risks that relate to VCT Shares
VCT shares can be difficult to sell as there can be little demand for VCT shares in the secondary market, furthermore the share price is unlikely to reflect the net asset value per share. The value of shares and the income from them can fall as well as rise. Investors may not get back the full amount invested. The VCT operates a credible share buyback policy but the Directors reserve the right to amend or suspend the application of the buyback policy. Dividend distributions are subject to performance and other factors and cannot be guaranteed. The past performance of the VCT and its underlying investments is no indicator of future performance. Investors may not get back the amount they originally invested.
Intention to launch an offer for subscription
The Board of Hargreave Hale AIM VCT plc (the “Company”) is pleased to announce its intention to launch a new offer for subscription (the “Offer”). The Company is seeking to raise up to £20 million under the Offer together with an over-allotment facility to raise up to a further £10 million.
Full details of the Offer will be set out in a prospectus to be published by the Company shortly. A further announcement will be made when the prospectus is available.