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Overview
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Overview

Oakley Capital Investments (OCI) has a unique feel when compared to the listed private equity peer group. Aside from a focus on education, consumer and technology sectors, the recent capital markets day emphasised the entrepreneurial roots of Oakley Capital as manager, but also demonstrated a growing institutional feel as the team has expanded (see Management).

Digital disruption and the opportunities it presents has long been a recurring theme in OCI. This placed OCI well at the beginning of 2020, and portfolio companies have clearly been nimble in adapting to the digital opportunities presented to them during lockdown. 53% of the portfolio by value had digital delivery models at the start of the year, which had risen to 76% by the end of 2020. This has helped ensure resilience and growth, with a NAV total return of 18% achieved for 2020 (see Performance).

Following the recent capital markets day, we discuss many of the exciting businesses investors in OCI are exposed to in Portfolio. Across the three specialist sectors that Oakley focusses on, the recurring themes from the capital markets day presentations were the strong operational performance during 2020 and into 2021, the exciting future growth potential, and also how entrepreneurial founders of businesses represent a key part of Oakley Capital’s DNA. Oakley aim to continue to build on their track record of being the first institutional investors in growing companies and create “product” for other private equity firms to buy, as was the case with WebPros sold to CVC.

Over the past five years, OCI has delivered good NAV and share-price total returns relative to peers and equity indices. The next NAV as at 30 June 2021 (announcement due end of July) will give more colour.

Analyst's View

OCI’s strong balance sheet is a differentiator. It went into the market sell-off with net cash on the balance sheet of c. £250m, or 36% of estimated net assets. This put the trust in a strong position, and Oakley Capital has made a number of interesting investments since then, in what is a competitive market. We estimate that OCI now has net cash on the balance sheet of c. £162m, representing 22% of the estimated NAV.

Oakley’s track record is strong – both in absolute terms, but also relative to peers, which we discuss in Performance. For investors who want a focused private-equity portfolio, we think OCI looks exposed to plenty of exciting growth drivers from its Portfolio of niche businesses that are leaders in their field.

It is perhaps in recognition of this fact that the Discount has narrowed considerably, which currently stands at 12% to Numis’s adjusted NAV. However, we believe this is more than justified by the good long-term performance and the resilience exhibited by the portfolio during 2020. We believe that should OCI’s strong performance continue along with the higher standards of governance and investor communication, OCI may be rewarded over time by a rating more in line with HgCapital (premium of 1%), rather than the wider peer group average. With OCI clearly offering a differentiated proposition, as well as the best liquidity position of the peer group, the shares should continue to attract interest.

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Strong long-term NAV growth, driven by portfolio-company performance Concentrated portfolio means that returns can be materially impacted by specific company performance
Capital markets day highlighted the focus and expertise that gives Oakley Capital an edge in a competitive market Private companies offer limited liquidity, and returns can be lumpy
Shares trade on a 12% discount to Numis's NAV estimate, with 30 June NAV announcement as a potential catalyst for further appreciation Private-equity funds charge relatively high fees
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Fund History

11 Mar 2022 Results analysis: Oakley Capital Investments
OCI’s annual results provide more colour on the exceptionally strong NAV performance in 2021...
02 Mar 2022 Spread 'em!
We explore how much dispersion in returns of stocks drive the differing fortunes of trusts…
02 Feb 2022 Getting in on the act: Private markets
Private markets could be the next big opportunity for investors…
27 Jan 2022 Flash update: Oakley Capital Investments
OCI reports very strong NAV growth, up 21% (or 95p per share) since 30 June…
12 Jan 2022 Bargain hunt
We survey the discount opportunities in the market and update on the performance of our Discounted Opportunities Portfolio…
30 Dec 2021 Great expectations
As the last of the mince pies wilts in the fridge, topped with a generous helping of stilton, the Kepler Trust Intelligence team stick a finger in the air and point toward their top picks for the year ahead…
14 Dec 2021 Fund Analysis
OCI’s historic NAV potentially belies progress made by its underlying companies...
03 Nov 2021 Don't fear the reaper
With market direction hard to call, we consider the case for taking a long-term view in the investment trust sector…
23 Sep 2021 Even better than the real thing
We explain private equity and examine why tweaks to listed private equity trusts give the sector an advantage over the direct route...
15 Sep 2021 Bargains galore
We review our discounted opportunities portfolio, with one constituent rallying more than 30% in just two months…
10 Sep 2021 Results analysis: Oakley Capital Investments
OCI provides more detail on the drivers behind its strong NAV performance and repeatable investment process...
04 Aug 2021 60/40 and other dinosaurs
A simple practical step to take your portfolio from the 1990s into the 2020s...
14 Jul 2021 Grade inflation
We look at how our discounted opportunities portfolio has done in the first half of the year and update on the performance of our long-term rated funds…
29 Jun 2021 Fund Analysis
OCI’s capital markets day provided valuable insight into opportunity...
19 May 2021 The complexity premium
We examine the idea that extra returns can be obtained from buying investments which are perceived to be more complex by most investors...
14 Apr 2021 Wide Boys
We review our portfolio of chonky discounts as one star performer hits its target…
17 Mar 2021 Results analysis: Oakley Capital Investments
The results for the year ending 31/12/2020 reaffirm that OCI offers exposure to resilient growth businesses...
28 Jan 2021 Trading update: Oakley Capital Investments
OCI reports a strong NAV, up an impressive 14% since 30 June 2020…
06 Jan 2021 This time next year Rodney...
We review the performance of the team’s ‘top picks’ for 2020 – including some proper plonkers – and place our bets for the year ahead…
23 Dec 2020 Flash update: Oakley Capital Investments
OCI’s NAV announcement next month will update investors on what is a potentially high growth portfolio...
05 Nov 2020 The haves and have nots
With listed private equity trust discounts widening, are investors mistakenly assuming that underlying portfolios will perform worse than public market indices?...
07 Oct 2020 Flash update: Oakley Capital Investments
Oakley Capital (OCI) trades on a 28% discount despite the majority of its portfolio companies showing resilience to COVID...
22 Jul 2020 A game of four quarters
Seven trusts, two quarters. Are our team still happy with their trust picks for 2020?
15 Jul 2020 Fund Analysis
OCI, trading on a historically wide discount, is approaching an important NAV update/capital markets event...
03 Jun 2020 Price is what you pay, value is what you get
The listed private equity sector has seen discounts widen markedly, but does this present an opportunity?
25 Mar 2020 Of mice and men
Our ‘best laid plans’ have somewhat ‘gang aglay’ since the KTI team put forward its best ideas for 2020 in early January…
18 Mar 2020 Their darkest hour?
We update our shortlist of discount opportunities...
12 Mar 2020 Results analysis: Oakley Capital Investments
Oakley Capital Investments (OCI) released a strong set of results this morning, delivering shareholder returns of 56% over the year to Dec 31, 2019...
14 Nov 2019 Fund Analysis
OCI is a focused private equity trust, trading on a 29% discount…
13 Nov 2019 The parallel worlds of listed private equity
Some private equity trusts are on an average premium of 18%, whilst others trade on discounts of 15%. Are we missing something!?
01 May 2019 Sweet or sour?
Three months in, we check up on our list of discount opportunities...
26 Mar 2019 Fund Analysis
Aiming for long term capital appreciation through investments in Oakley Capital Private Equity Limited Partnerships.
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