UK investment group Duke Royalty has exited its investment in Irish firm Berkley Recruitment, generating a 16pc return.
Duke’s investment in Cork-based Berkley was inherited via the UK firm’s acquisition of Capital Step in early 2019.
We are delighted to be included in Lord Lee’s latest article in the Financial Times highlighting Duke as one of his newest investments:
‘Current financial pressures on business are providing an increased flow of opportunities for Duke, enabling the group to selectively make perhaps four new investments a year. I expect both companies to grow over the medium term.’
The weather is warming up, spring is in the air and some 15 million Britons have now been vaccinated against coronavirus. Yes, we are all still in lockdown but the exit route is becoming clearer by the day and businesses up and down the country are feeling more hopeful than they have in months.
In many cases, the potential of these firms is not reflected in their share prices. The UK stock market has been battered since the Brexit vote, and is now at a record discount to markets in the rest of the world, according to the MSCI World index, which tracks shares in 23 countries, including the US, Japan and most of Europe.
(Sharecast News) – Alternative capital provider Duke Royalty has entered into a £6.2m royalty financing agreement with Meteor HoldCo, it announced on Tuesday, which undertakes business as Fabrikat.
The AIM-traded firm said Fabrikat, formed in 1985 and based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, is a fabricator of steel products supplying the UK street lighting and guardrail markets.
Alternative capital provider Duke Royalty updated the market on its trading and operations on Thursday, reporting cash revenue for the third quarter of £4.2m, representing a record quarter of cash revenue generation for Duke. The AIM-traded firm said that, within that £4.2m, £1.7m related to the receipt of the redemption premium generated from the exit of Welltel in December.
British caravan and RV parts wholesale company Miriad Products (MRDB Holdings Limited Group) has received a significant follow-on investment from its long-term capital partner Duke Royalty Limited. The funds will allow Miriad to buyout and cancel all of its subordinated vendor loan notes (VLNs) and will see Duke increase its equity interest in Miriad up to 30 per cent.
Guernsey-based Duke Royalty has exited its investment in Irish telecoms and IT services firm Welltel, generating a 27pc return.
Meanwhile, UK private equity firm Livingbridge said it has invested in Welltel, which has about 3,500 clients including Permanent TSB, Zurich, Specsavers and Northern Ireland Water. Livingbridge said it intends to support Welltel in further acquisition activity.