The Directors believe that an opportunity exists to acquire and consolidate holdings in SMEs operating in the technology sector, with the intention of creating value for Shareholders.
Initially, the Company’s focus will be searching for companies which are based in the UK or Europe where there may be a number of opportunities to acquire interests in undervalued or pre-commercialisation technologies, or current commercialisation technologies, which when applied, produce cost saving or revenue enhancement for customers.
Technology company acquisitions may include those involved in Big Data, Machine Learning, Telematics and Internet of Things sectors. Early acquisition of these innovative technologies should provide maximum returns for Shareholders.
The Company intends the main focus of the investment strategy to be on the implementation of solutions to enhance businesses’ profitability, as well as to aid growth in new markets. This will include both pre-commercialisation and established commercial technologies.
The Directors see technology as having considerable growth potential for the foreseeable future and many of the prospects they have identified are in this sector. The Directors will focus on early stage investments and believe that any investment target will have at least one of four key components: (i) a strong management team; (ii) an innovative product proposal (iii) revenue enhancing or cost saving capabilities; and (iv) high growth potential. It is anticipated that the main driver of success for the Company will be its focus, during the investment screening process, on the management involved in the potential investee companies and the potential value creation that the team of people is capable of realising. The Company intends to be an active investor and where possible intends to own, operate and manage the target acquisitions. Accordingly, where the Directors feel that a target company would benefit from their skills and expertise, they may look to seek representation on the board of the target company.
In the first instance, the new capital available to the Company will be used to locate, evaluate and select the acquisition opportunities which would offer the greatest potential return for Shareholders in the long term.
Once the Directors have identified the most attractive targets, the Company may require further funds in order to take up these opportunities. It is the intention of the Directors to undertake further fundraising, if such an opportunity should arise.
The Company does not currently intend to fund any acquisitions with debt or other borrowings but may do so if appropriate. Investments may be made in all types of assets falling within the remit of the Investment Strategy.
The Company is likely to be an active investor and acquire control of certain target companies although it may also consider acquiring non-controlling shareholdings. The proposed investments to be made by the Company may be in either quoted or unquoted securities and made by direct acquisition of an interest in companies, partnerships or joint ventures, or direct interests in projects and can be at any stage of development. Accordingly, the Company’s equity interest in a proposed investment may range from a minority position to one hundred (100) per cent. ownership and a controlling interest.
If the Company takes a controlling stake, the acquisition could trigger a Reverse Takeover under Rule 3.6 of the AQSE Rules.
The Company will seek investment opportunities which can be developed through the investment of capital or where part of or all of the consideration could be satisfied by the issue of new Ordinary Shares or other securities in the Company.
The opportunities would generally have some or all of the following characteristics, namely:
New investments will be held for the medium to longer term, although shorter term disposal of any investments cannot be ruled out. There will be no limit on the number of projects into which the Company may invest and the Company’s financial resources may be invested in a number of propositions or in just one investment. Where the Company builds a portfolio of related assets it is possible that there may be cross-holdings between such assets.
The Directors believe that the status of the Company as a SPAC enables it to fund investments or acquisitions using a mixture of cash, equity and/or debt and intend to actively monitor and operate these investments.
It is anticipated that returns to Shareholders will be delivered primarily through an appreciation in the price of the Ordinary Shares rather than capital distribution via regular dividends. In addition, there may be opportunities to spin out businesses in the form of distributions to Shareholders or make trade sales of business divisions and therefore contemplate returns via special dividends. Given the nature of the investment strategy, the Company does not intend to make additional regular and periodic disclosures or calculations of net asset value outside of the requirements for an AQSE Growth Market traded company.
The Directors intend to acquire one or more investments in quoted or unquoted businesses or companies (in whole or in part) thereby creating a platform for further investments. The Company may need to raise additional funds for these purposes and may use both debt and/or equity.