The Board has appointed F&C Investment Business Limited (‘the Manager’), a wholly owned subsidiary of F&C Asset Management plc (‘F&C’), as the Company’s investment manager. F&C is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal (‘BMO’) and is part of BMO Global Asset Management.
The BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA) private equity business, known as BMO PE, manages F&C Private Equity Trust through the Manager. BMO PE has been investing continuously in European private equity for more than 20 years and is a highly experienced specialist private equity business with a team that has a proven ability to identify and access strong performing prime/emerging managers across a range of strategies. Over the years BMO PE has developed a wide network of contacts in the private equity sector. Members of the team hold a number of seats on advisory boards or committees of funds and direct investments. Together they have a broad experience covering direct private equity, smaller companies, international equities and management of performance driven investment vehicles.
As at 31 March 2018, the net assets of the Company were £258.2 million, giving a Net Asset Value (NAV) per share of 349.24p.Hamish Mair, Investment Manager
The private equity market internationally continues to expand both in absolute terms and as a proportion of investable assets. Current levels of fund raising and accumulated capacity to invest, often termed 'dry powder', are at or near record levels. The price of new deals across all markets is approaching all-time highs. This is something to be monitored closely and it is possible that there could be some slowdown in new deal activity from recent very active levels. The private equity sector is innately long term in its investment outlook and for mature investors there should be no pressure to invest if prices and prospective returns do not fully justify it. Our investment partners are chosen for their ability to identify and create value across a broad swathe of sectors and geographies. The lower mid-market, particularly, continues to present diligent investors with a myriad of opportunities. We have a broadly diversified portfolio which is the result of each of these investment partners taking a few of these opportunities over a period of years. Our portfolio remains well placed to grow value for shareholders over the long term.