The idea behind our annual Bargain Shares Portfolio is simple. It’s to invest in companies where the true worth of the assets is not reflected in the share price, usually for some temporary reason, but where we can reasonably expect that it will be in due course.
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.
Duke Royalty Ltd on Thursday said it has made a follow-on investment of EUR1.1 million into its existing royalty partner, BHPC Ltd, an Irish brokerage.
The financing provider said the investment will provide growth capital to BHPC, which will position the business well for 2021 as Ireland recovers from Covid-19.
Duke’s original investment into BHPC was in August 2019, totalling EUR4.6 million, with the investment announced on Thursday increasing Duke’s invested capital to EUR5.7 million.
A Derbyshire company which supplies parts to the caravan industry has landed a £3.1m cash injection from an alternative finance firm.
Duke Royalty has invested the cash into the MRDB Holdings Limited Group, which trades as Miriad Products in Foston.
Formed in 1977, Miriad is the largest privately-owned recreational vehicle parts wholesale company in the UK.
Alternative capital provider Duke Royalty announced a follow-on investment of £3.1m into its existing royalty partner MRDB Holdings, trading as Miriad Products, on Tuesday.
Shares in alternative financing business Duke Royalty (DUKE:AIM) gained 2.6% to 30.78p after reporting a resilient first-half and re-instating a third-quarter dividend of 0.5p per share.
Royalty finance is a £50 billion industry in North America but it remains relatively new in the UK. This possibly gives Duke an advantage as the only UK-quoted royalty company.