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Ethos posts rise in net asset value

- Moyagabo Maake Financial Services Writer

Investment company Ethos Capital Partners lifted its net asset value (NAV) from R67m to nearly R1.9bn in the 11 months to June, its maiden annual results showed on Thursday.

The company, which listed in August 2016 to give retail investors a taste of private equity investment­s, recorded marketbeat­ing returns from its temporary investment­s portfolio, which contribute­d R105.4m of NAV, its permanent portfolio (R18.8m of NAV), and R3.2m in proceeds from the realisatio­n of its investment in parent Ethos’s first midmarket fund.

The temporary investment portfolio, comprising cash and money market investment­s managed by Ashburton Fund Managers, delivered a net return of 8%, while the unlisted permanent portfolio had a 12% internal rate of return.

Both exceeded the Alexander Forbes Short-Term Fixed Interest benchmark return of 7.2% and the JSE all share’s 7%.

“NAV uplift has been pleasing,” said Ethos Capital CEO Peter Hayward-Butt.

One fund in Ethos Capital’s underlying portfolio made three acquisitio­ns during the financial year, topping up its interests in motor parts and spares retailer AutoZone, consumer goods business Twinsaver and equipment provider Eazi Access. Ethos Capital’s share of these deals was placed at R218m.

The fund also participat­ed in telecoms group MTN’s second broad-based black economic empowermen­t deal, with Ethos Capital’s share at R49.2m.

After the year-end, Ethos Capital signed commitment­s worth R468m, which would bring its total invested capital to R746m, or 40% of its June NAV once executed.

“The board and I are encouraged by new fund and investment opportunit­ies being presented across all Ethos funds,” said Hayward-Butt.

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