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Artemis VCT plc

All data as at 31 January 2017 except where specified
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The fund’s aims

The company’s objective is to achieve long-term capital and income growth and to generate tax free capital and income distributions.

Investment policy

The company's policy is to invest in a diversified portfolio of growth orientated companies across a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on companies whose shares are traded on AiM. Investments will also be in companies whose shares are traded on ISDX markets and unquoted companies. The company's portfolio is managed in order to meet the requirements of section 274 of the Income Tax Act 2007 that, inter alia, require at least 70% of the investments to be qualifying holdings, of which 30% must be in eligible shares. Subject to maintaining a prudent margin of safety over the 70% level, the company's remaining assets may be invested in cash or money market deposits, fixed interest securities, unit trusts or UK listed securities without regard to the market capitalisation of such companies.

Ordinary shares

Share price (ordinary)67.00p
Net asset value73.15p
(Discount)/Premium on diluted NAV(8.4)%

Important security alert

Artemis has been made aware of some shareholders receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be brokers who wish to purchase VCT shares at a significant premium in exchange for a bond. So far as Artemis is aware, this offer is not genuine.
Should you receive any calls similar to this, please let us know by calling our Client Services Team on 0800 092 2051.
You may also wish to notify the Financial Conduct Authority or the Metropolitan Police.
For more information on share fraud and boiler room scams please see the following from the FCA.'Important security alert

http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/scams/investment-scams/share-fraud-and-boiler-room-scams

Fund manager’s update

Early January is typically marked by retailers’ Christmas trading updates. We were pleased to see that our confidence in gear4music has been well founded. In the last four months, the company has seen like-for-like sales growth of 55% and our regular checks on Trustpilot (a reviewer of online businesses) confirm that service levels remain high. Craneware (provider of software to healthcare companies) have also continued their recent momentum in sales. The last financial year (to June 2016) marked a return to double-digit sales growth and this has been maintained with 15% growth in the first six months of the current financial year.

The company announced a merger of their US aircraft management and charter business with that of BBA Aviation, adding over 90 aircraft to their fleet.

Yu Group (a supplier of gas and electricity) finished 2016 strongly with revenues slightly ahead of the market’s expectations. With £20m revenue for 2017 already contracted we suspect the current momentum in the business is underestimated by investors. However, the company’s most recent trading statement was short on detail so we look forward to the year-end results.

In contrast, 2016 was a frustrating year for Gama Aviation. Despite resilient trading performance, the share price halved over the course of the year. This left the shares languishing on a p/e of 5x. 2017 has got off to a much better start. The company announced a merger of their US aircraft management and charter business with that of BBA Aviation, adding over 90 aircraft to their fleet. They also announced a number of new contracts shortly afterwards, together with an encouraging trading update. The shares deservedly bounced back strongly.

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Risk warnings

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS ONLY and should not be relied upon by retail investors.

This information does not constitute an offer, invitation or solicitation to deal in the securities of this fund.

The fund may have a concentrated portfolio of investments.

The fund may invest in the shares of small and medium sized companies.

Investing in a venture capital trust (VCT) carries a higher risk than many other forms of investment. Potential investors are therefore strongly advised to seek professional advice. In particular, shares in a VCT may be difficult to sell. Tax policy towards VCTs may change and any tax relief may depend on an individual's circumstances.

Any research and analysis in this communication has been obtained by Artemis for its own use. Although this communication is based on sources of information that Artemis believes to be reliable, no guarantee is given as to its accuracy or completeness.

Any forward-looking statements are based on Artemis’ current expectations and projections and are subject to change without notice.

Issued by Artemis Fund Managers Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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