Bridgepoint Group plc
("Bridgepoint" or the "Company", and together with its subsidiaries the "Group")
Trading statement: Resilient progress across the Group and guidance for FY 2022 unchanged
Despite more challenging macro conditions, Bridgepoint is pleased to report that it remains on track against key targets for 2022.
Capital raising for Bridgepoint's equity and credit businesses continues to make progress, reflecting the attractions of the well-balanced portfolios Bridgepoint constructs which have a good track record of delivering attractive returns from growth investment niches through cycles. In particular:
Bridgepoint Europe VII is on track to complete its fund raise in H1 2023 with the Fund expected to hold its formal second closing in Q1 2023 with some investors wishing to draw capital from their 2023 annual allocations
The Fund continues to enjoy strong interest from investors. As noted previously, the broader fund raise market is affected by the well documented denominator effect with falling quoted portfolio valuations impacting portfolio weightings. This is extending most current fund raising processes
Both Bridgepoint Credit and Bridgepoint Growth fund raising programmes are also making good progress
Following its September portfolio and valuation review, the Group can confirm that its investment portfolios are trading largely in line with expectations set at the start of the year despite current macro volatility:
Bridgepoint's equity portfolios comprise mainly high margin, cash generative, growth companies (for example, 29% EBITDA/revenue average margin in BE VI)
Equity portfolios have currency hedging covering some 78% of non-Euro exposures
Rate hedging is in place for 69% of equity fund interest costs
Funds have limited exposure to the UK (comprising only 2.5% of BE VI assets, for example)
Bridgepoint funds also have limited exposure to assets driven by discretionary spending
Portfolio companies have been impacted by rising energy costs, but Bridgepoint portfolios, as a whole, do not comprise businesses with high energy use and energy costs represent on average less than 2% of portfolio company revenues
These attributes were reflected in Q3 valuations which are in line with expectations, with underlying profit growth within portfolios compensating for the fall in valuation multiples across different sectors.
Current trading and outlook
The Group also reports that:
Whilst exits across the market have been more challenging during the second half of the year, it remains on track to hit budgeted realisations for 2022 with two major exits signed in Q3 at valuations ahead of expectations
Capital commitments in all funds are in line with expectations with BE VII having now committed some 10% of fund capital since the start of the investment period in mid-May 2022
Bridgepoint Credit continues to perform well against its targets for 2022
Portfolio exit plans for 2023 are unchanged but execution will be dependent on market conditions
A number of strategic projects remain under review. However, the Group currently remains cautious in evaluating acquisitions as valuation metrics re-calibrate
In the context of the above, Bridgepoint's financial guidance for 2022 remains unchanged and the Group's outlook for 2023 financial performance remains positive.
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