Duke Royalty (DUKE:23p), an Aim-traded company that makes its money by providing capital to companies in exchange for rights to a small percentage of their future revenues over a typical term of 25-40 years, has issued results for the 12 months to 31 March 2020. They reveal the short-term financial hit from the Covid-19 pandemic on the portfolio, and the opportunity, too.
The global pandemic has dealt yet another blow to business in general, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in particular.
Even at the beginning of the year, the level of indebtedness across this community was untenable. To make matters worse, recent research has highlighted that a quarter of a million companies are at risk of collapsing under £35bn ($44bn) of unsustainable debt taken on during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is foreboding, to say the least.
Welltel, a Dublin-based telephony, network and connectivity solutions provider, has received an additional £2.3m (€2.5m) in backing from AIM-listed finance firm Duke Royalty.
The money will be used by Welltel to help bankroll the acquisition of Irish firm Globalnet Solutions, which trades as Novi.
There aren’t many people who are relishing the challenges presented by the global coronavirus pandemic; however, Neil Johnson, chief executive of Duke Royalty Ltd, has a point to prove.
Duke Royalty plans paper dividend – Duke Royalty has been reviewing the situation with its business in light of COVID-19. It says “Through its diversified portfolio, Duke naturally has exposure to a range of sectors, some of which are impacted to a greater extent by Covid than others, such as hospitality & leisure. In certain situations where Covid-19 has had the greatest impact, Duke has elected to either accrue, capitalise or equitise its monthly cash payments in the short term with the intention of alleviating the negative cashflow impacts for its royalty partners during this time of unprecedented financial stress.”
Duke Royalty, an Aim-traded company that makes its money by providing capital to companies in exchange for rights to a small percentage of their future revenues over a typical term of 25-40 years, is being priced a hefty 38 per cent below proforma book value of £90.3m (37.7p a share) after factoring in last October’s £17.45m equity raise, at 44p a share. It’s a value opportunity worth exploiting.
Duke Royalty Ltd said Wednesday it still expects its cashflow and loan portfolio for its financial year to be in line with expectations, despite the market turbulence affecting all public companies.
Duke Royalty Ltd on Monday said it has invested an additional GBP1 million into existing royalty partner Lynx Equity UK Ltd. The investment will be used to fund Lynx’s acquisition of Danish door manufacturer Arkas AS, agreed in February.
“We are a serious investor in Ireland; we see it as a very attractive opportunity and place for us to do business. We’ve now got a very strong network of both portfolio companies and relationships in the corporate finance community.”
Duke Royalty announced a follow-on investment of around £7.7m into its existing royalty partner, Bakhchysarai Ireland (BIL), on Thursday. It said the new capital would support BIL’s second acquisition, PharmEng, trading as PE Global, which it described as “one of the leading” healthcare and life sciences recruiters in Ireland, with a growing presence in the UK.
Duke Royalty Ltd said Monday it completed three follow-on investments in December.
There is also quarterly-dividend paying Duke Royalty which lends money to private companies on a long-term basis, typically between 25 and 40 years, in exchange for part of their revenue.
Duke Royalty is unique in the UK, although its royalty model is well known in North America. Duke’s royalty income-based model provides cash generation and an attractive yield. Duke has the finance to grow the business and companies are becoming more aware of the attractions of royalty-based finance rather than bringing in private equity backers or floating on the stockmarket.
In line with its strategy of paying a high and stable dividend, and reflecting the firm’s rapid growth this year, the quarterly payout increased to 0.75p per share for September. This keeps Duke in the top 5% of dividend yielding companies listed on AIM.
Duke Royalty Ltd said Friday its revenue more than doubled during the first half, boosted by investments in royal partners.
The royalty financing company said for six months ended September 30, its revenue jumped to GBP5.9 million from GBP2.7 million in comparable period a year ago.
Duke Royalty said profit more than trebled in the first half of the year on a surge in revenue as investments in royal partners boosted growth.
For the six months ended 30 September 2019, pre-tax profit rose to £3.7m from £1.1m on-year as total income surged 119% to £5.9m and operational cash flow jumped 195% to £3.9m.
Duke Royalty, an Aim-traded company that makes its money by providing capital to companies in exchange for rights to a small percentage of their future revenues over a typical term of 25-40 years, has raised £17.4m at 44p a share through a placing, retail offer and small open offer. The new equity equates to 16 per cent of Duke’s enlarged share capital.
Alternative capital provider Duke Royalty announced on Monday that, further to the completion of its recent fundraising, it has paid down the outstanding balance of its new revolving credit facility from £11.65m to nil.
Duke Royalty Ltd on Monday said it has paid down the entire outstanding balance of a revolving credit facility following a fundraising. The royalty financing firm said it has paid the remaining GBP11.7 million, which it added was a key commitment of its recent fundraising strategy.
Duke Royalty, which provides royalty finance to companies in the UK and Europe, told Yahoo Finance UK it has secured £16.1m ($19.52m) from new and existing institutional investors and is aiming to raise another £3.9m when it opens a retail offer later today.
Duke has just announced a fund-raising of up to £20m, of which £16.1m has already been placed in an institutional offering at 44p per share. This will allow it to invest another £45m in the next 12 months. We estimate a sustainable ROE of 14% for Duke and we see the current fair value range at 50–58p per share.
Duke Royalty, an Aim-traded company that makes its money by providing capital to companies in exchange for rights to a small percentage of their future revenues over a typical term of 25-40 years, has reported a robust set of annual results and a new credit line that has prompted analysts to materially upgrade their forecasts.
Duke Royalty said annual profit more than doubled following a surge in total income as new royalty investments bolstered growth.
Duke Royalty Ltd on Monday said it hiked its dividend and swung to annual profit for the first time following a sharp increase in total income.
Duke Royalty, an Aim-traded company that makes its money by providing capital to companies in exchange for rights to a small percentage of their future revenues over a typical term of 25-40 years, has reported a robust trading update ahead of the release of its annual results on Monday 9 September.
Duke Royalty Ltd said Wednesday it expects its annual results to show a “significant uplift” from the year before.
The royalty-focused finance investment firm said that revenue and cashflow for the year to the end of March were in line with market expectations, and has seen its positive momentum continue into the first quarter of its current financial year.
Duke Royalty brings royalty finance concept to Britain, investing millions in established SMEs in exchange of share of revenue.
In a wide ranging podcast, Johnson discusses investment opportunities and short-term challenges in equal measure. He also touches on portfolio optimisation and the sort of synergies the company hopes to achieve via the Capital Step acquisition and what potential and existing investors can expect over the medium-term.
Duke Royalty, a UK-quoted royalty financing company, is set to increase its portfolio in Ireland following the acquisition of British financier Capital Step in February.
Duke Royalty may operate in an area of finance that is under the radar, but it’s a company well worth getting acquainted with given that the directors have made smart progress investing the £79m proceeds from three equity raises (placings at 40p to 44p) to create a portfolio of sound royalty partners since listing its shares on London’s junior market in March 2017.
Downing bought a position in Duke Royalty (DUKE) in 2018. James elicits the key investment attractions of DUKE, and Neil gives a great overview of DUKE, royalty finance, the market place, risk management and much more, to answer all the questions investors may have.
For this podcast, Graham was pleased to be joined by Neil Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of Duke Royalty (DUKE) (latest share price 41.4p, market cap £83 million).
The odds are that if you live in the UK and rest of Europe you have never heard of royalty finance. However, more than a decade after the 2008 financial crisis and on the back of a recent sell-off in global equity markets, the word around royalty financing is inevitably spreading rapidly.
Thanks to a relatively light-touch regulatory environment, the UK’s ‘alternative finance’ sector has flourished in the eight years or so since the first equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platforms came on stream.
Investing in companies with a view to receiving royalty payments, is a new format to Europe. It’s a model that has been established in Canada, and AIM-listed Duke Royalty is now rolling out the model across Europe.
A form of alternative finance is facing a reputational revival in the UK. Royalty financing, where capital is provided to a business in return for a cut of that company’s revenue, is typically associated with mining, particularly with development projects.
Alternative capital solutions provider Duke Royalty said Tuesday it had increased its interim dividend by 17%, or 0.1p per share, quarter-on-quarter to 0.7p per share, supported by a rising royalty portfolio.
Bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses has virtually halved since the financial crisis. New rules make it much tougher for banks to lend to most firms and many no longer even want to borrow from traditional lenders.
Thomas Hoegh tells a story about the aftermath of 9/11. Back then, the Norwegian internet investor was the largest shareholder in the travel website lastminute.com. The start-up had made progress in convincing airlines to offer discounted seats, yet had struggled to persuade hoteliers to list empty rooms on the platform.