HgCapital Trust - 2023 Preliminary Trading Update
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HgCapital Trust PLC
05 February 2024

HgCapital Trust plc





London, 5 February 2024: HgCapital Trust plc ('HgT') today announces a preliminary trading update for the 12 months ended 31 December 2023.


HgT provides investors with a listed vehicle to invest in unquoted businesses managed by Hg, Europe's largest investor in software & services companies.

The objective of HgT is to provide shareholders with consistent longterm returns in excess of the FTSE AllShare Index by investing predominantly in unquoted businesses where value can be created through strategic and operational change.

Highlights for 2023 include:

·    Estimated Net Asset Value ('NAV') per share of 498.6 pence (unaudited)

·    Total estimated NAV return per share, on a total return basis, of 10.7%1

·    Total share price return of 26.2%1

·    Discount narrowed from 23% to 13%

·    Top 20 (77% of the portfolio) LTM revenue and EBITDA growth of 25% and 28% respectively for the year ended 31 December 2023

·    Investments of £71 million and realisations of £343 million

·    Year-end available liquid resources of £625 million (including a £350 million undrawn credit facility)

·    Year-end outstanding commitments to Hg funds of £1.0 billion

NAV growth

HgT's unaudited estimated NAV as at 31 December 2023 was £2.3 billion, which represents an estimated NAV per share of 498.6 pence, based on portfolio company valuations at 31 December and reviewed by the HgT AVRC. This growth was predominantly driven by strong trading performance in the underlying portfolio.

Investments and realisations

·    HgT's share of deployment from new and follow-on investments made during 2023 was £71 million, including GTreasury, Nomadia, JTL, P&I and Howden


·    HgT's share of proceeds from exits and refinancings during the period was £343 million, including secondary sales from Hg Genesis 8 and Hg Saturn 3, as well as the full exits of Transporeon and Commify. Full and partial exits represented an average uplift of 25% to their carrying values at 31 December 2022


Post- period balance sheet adjustments

Allowing for all transactions announced and not completed at the end of 2023:

·    Available liquid resources of £735 million (including a £350 million undrawn credit facility)

·    Outstanding commitments of £808 million




The sale of Argus announced in January 2024 represented the fourth material realisation event announced by Hg over the prior four weeks, resulting in c. $3.5 billion of proceeds that will be returned to Hg clients, including c. £295 million to HgT, once these transactions close in 2024.

This realisation represents Hg's 13th liquidity event since the start of 2023 and the 29th liquidity event completed over the last two years, the equivalent of more than one per month and representing proceeds from nearly half of the Hg portfolio over this period. 

This realisation activity sets Hg apart in a year when many other private equity firms struggled to generate liquidity from their portfolios. Hg believes its realisation activity in 2023 was a clear differentiator for HgT, highlighting the fundamental strengths and attractiveness of the underlying portfolio to both trade and financial buyers.

HgT will report its full year audited results for 2023 on 11 March 2024.


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For further information please contact:


For further details:


HgCapital Trust plc    

Laura Dixon (Senior Investor Relations Manager, Hg)          +44 (0) 78 2459 2894



Sofie Brewis                                                                            +44 (0)20 7404 5959



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 About HgCapital Trust plc

HgCapital Trust plc is an investment company whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (HGT.L). HgT gives investors exposure, through a liquid vehicle, to a portfolio of high-growth unquoted companies, managed by Hg, an experienced and well-resourced private equity firm with a long-term track record of delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for its investors.

Further information on HgT including a short introduction video is available here: https://www.hgcapitaltrust.com/



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