DJ Northern Venture Tst Annual Financial Report

12th November 2010


12 NOVEMBER 2010



Northern Venture Trust PLC is a Venture Capital Trust (VCT) managed by NVM
Private Equity Limited. The trust was one of the first VCTs launched on the
London Stock Exchange in 1995. It invests mainly in unquoted venture capital
holdings and aims to provide high long-term tax-free returns to shareholders
through a combination of dividend yield and capital growth.

Financial highlights:
(with comparative figures as at 30 September 2009)


- Net assets* ÂGBP50.4m ÂGBP32.6m

- Net asset value per share 85.2p 80.3p

- Return per share:

Revenue 1.2p 3.3p

Capital 6.8p 9.4p

Total 8.0p 12.7p

- Dividend per share declared

in respect of the year:

Revenue 1.0p 2.5p

Capital 6.5p 5.0p

Total 7.5p 7.5p

- Cumulative return to shareholders

since launch:

Net asset value per share 85.2p 80.3p

Dividends paid per share 89.0p 86.0p

Net asset value plus dividends

paid per share 174.2p 166.3p

- Share price at end of year 72.5p 56.25p

*On 29 October 2009 19,009,157 new ordinary shares were issued at a deemed value
of 80.3p per share on conversion of the company's C share capital. The net
assets attributable to the C share capital at 30 September 2009 were ÂGBP15.3

For further information, please contact:
NVM Private Equity Limited
Alastair Conn/Christopher Mellor 0191 244 6000


Against a background of continuing difficulties in the UK economy and financial
markets, Northern Venture Trust has continued to build on its strong long-term
performance record. The proposed final dividend payable in December 2010 will
take the company's cumulative dividend distributions to over ÂGBP36 million, an
average annual payment of 6.1p per share over a 15 year period, and the tender
offer announced recently will return up to a further ÂGBP4.6 million to
shareholders at a narrow discount to net asset value (NAV). I am glad to report
that our company's achievements were recognised publicly in July 2010 when it
was named as Best Venture Capital Trust in the What Investment Investment Trust
of the Year Awards.

Results and dividend
The NAV per ordinary share at 30 September 2010 was 85.2p, compared with 80.3p a
year earlier. Our key performance indicator in terms of value created for
shareholders is the return per share as shown in the income statement, which
this year was 8.0p per share - equivalent to 10.0% of the opening net asset
value. This is a creditable outcome in a period which has presented many
challenges to the smaller private companies which represent a large proportion
of our assets.

An interim dividend of 3.0p per share for the year ended 30 September 2010 was
paid in June 2010 and in the light of the results for the year we are pleased to
recommend a final dividend of 4.5p, making a total of 7.5p (the same level as in
the two preceding years). The total ordinary dividends declared by the company
in the 15 years since launch amount to 93.5p per share. Looking to the future,
it remains your board's objective to maintain an annual dividend payment of at
least 6.0p per ordinary share.

Investment portfolio
The business review in the annual report gives details of movements in the
investment portfolio during the year. The highlight was the sale in June 2010
of our investment in Weldex (International) Offshore, the largest UK-based
crawler crane hire company, for a total of ÂGBP7.1 million. Weldex is well placed
to continue its recent rapid growth and the opportunity was taken to re-invest
ÂGBP3.3 million of the sale proceeds in a new Weldex group holding company funded
primarily by another venture capital firm. Other additions to the unquoted
portfolio totalled ÂGBP7.3 million, reflecting an improvement in the flow of new
opportunities compared with the preceding year. Despite the generally difficult
conditions, many of the companies in the portfolio have continued to make
encouraging progress. However we believe that in the short term there are
likely to be only limited opportunities to achieve further exits.

Shareholder issues
In October 2009 the C shares issued by the company in the 2005/06 tax year were
converted into new ordinary shares, with a total of 19,009,157 new ordinary
shares being issued on conversion. The issued share capital at 30 September
2010 comprised 59,139,418 ordinary shares.

We are pleased that the secondary market in the company's shares has become
increasingly active, reflecting the attractions of a strong tax-free dividend
yield in an era of low interest rates and the new 50% top rate of income tax.
In August 2010 we announced that the company would buy back its shares in the
market at a discount of 15% to the latest published NAV, subject to market
conditions. We will however continue our efforts to communicate the attractions
of the secondary market in the hope that the company will not be called on to
buy back significant numbers of shares. The quoted share price has continued to
recover from the low point reached in late 2008 and at 30 September 2010 stood
at 72.5p.

As a further aid to shareholder liquidity your board has recently announced a
tender offer by the company to acquire up to 10% of the issued ordinary share
capital at a 3% discount to the audited NAV as at 30 September 2010, adjusted to
reflect the impending final dividend. If fully taken up this initiative, which
follows a similar exercise in 2005, will result in the return of approximately
ÂGBP4.6 million of capital to shareholders.

Your board has also announced a public offer of new ordinary shares, opening in
November 2010, with a target of raising up to ÂGBP15 million. Shareholders who re-
invest their proceeds from the tender offer in new shares should be eligible for
the 30% initial income tax relief on the amount invested as well as the ongoing
tax-free dividends.

VCT qualifying status
The company has maintained its approved venture capital trust status with HM
Revenue & Customs. The company's compliance with the VCT qualifying conditions
is closely monitored by the board, who receive regular reports from our managers
and from our VCT taxation advisers, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Corporate governance
The board's statement on corporate governance matters is set out in the annual
report. The company continues to comply with the provisions of the Association
of Investment Companies Code of Corporate Governance, and the directors
undertake an annual review of the role and effectiveness of the board, its
committees and individual directors measured against the recommendations of the
Code. The board's remit includes approving all investment and divestment
decisions and during the year we met eight times in person and 15 times by
conference call.

Board of directors
Primrose Scott, one of the founding directors of the company, has indicated her
intention to retire from the board at the close of the annual general meeting in
December 2010. We have enjoyed working with Primrose and I would like to thank
her for her valuable contribution to our company, most recently as chairman of
the audit committee. We wish her a long and happy retirement.

Annual general meeting and shareholder presentation
The annual general meeting will take place in Edinburgh on 16 December 2010 and
will include a presentation by our managers. Details of the formal business to
be transacted at the meeting are contained in a separate circular which is being
sent to shareholders with the annual report. Your directors look forward to
seeing as many shareholders as possible at the meeting. Shareholders should
have received an invitation to a seminar for all investors in VCTs managed by
NVM Private Equity, to be held in London on 26 November 2010, and we hope to
meet some of you on that occasion also.

Our company has a strong balance sheet which should be further enhanced by the
forthcoming share issue. Conditions in the UK economy continue to be
challenging, but the Government appears determined to address the public sector
deficit and encourage business enterprise, and in the medium to longer term this
should have a positive impact on our existing investments and the flow of new
opportunities. We believe that the results of the past two years demonstrate
what can be achieved, even in a difficult market, by careful selection and close
monitoring of investments. The importance of taking a long-term view has also
been reinforced. We intend to continue following our well-established
investment approach and believe that this should continue to deliver good
performance for our shareholders.

John Hustler

The audited financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2010 are set
out below.

for the year ended 30 September 2010

Ordinary shares


Revenue Capital Total

Gain on disposal of - 3,119 3,119

Movements in fair value of - 1,493 1,493

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- 4,612 4,612

Income 1,350 - 1,350

Investment management (244) (733) (977)

Recoverable VAT - - -

Other expenses (326) - (326)

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Return on ordinary 780 3,879 4,659
activities before tax

Tax on return on (95) 95 -
ordinary activities

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Return on ordinary 685 3,974 4,659
activities after tax

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Return per share 1.2p 6.8p 8.0p

for the year ended 30 September 2009

Ordinary shares C shares

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Revenue Capital Total Revenue Capital Total

on disposal

of - 6,776 6,776 - (170) (170)

in fair

of - (2,744) (2,744) - (829) (829)

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- 4,032 4,032 - (999) (999)

Income 2,021 - 2,021 715 - 715

Investment (155) (466) (621) (83) (248) (331)

Recoverable - - - 8 23 31

Other (211) - (211) (196) - (196)

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Return on

before tax 1,655 3,566 5,221 444 (1,224) (780)

Tax on (335) 131 (204) (120) 63 (57)
return on

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Return on

after tax 1,320 3,697 5,017 324 (1,161) (837)

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Return per 3.3p 9.4p 12.7p 1.6p (5.7)p (4.1)p



Revenue Capital Total

Gain/(loss) on disposal of
investments - 6,606 6,606

Movements in fair value - (3,573) (3,573)
of investments

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- 3,033 3,033

Income 2,736 - 2,736

Investment management (238) (714) (952)

Recoverable VAT 8 23 31

Other expenses (407) - (407)

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Return on ordinary 2,099 2,342 4,441
activities before tax

Tax on return on (455) 194 (261)
ordinary activities

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Return on ordinary 1,644 2,536 4,180
activities after tax

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for the year ended 30 September 2010

Ordinary shares C shares Total


Equity shareholders' funds at

1 October 2009 32,603 15,272 47,875

Conversion of C shares 15,273 (15,273) -

Return on ordinary activities after tax 4,658 1 4,659

Dividends recognised in the year (1,781) - (1,781)

Net proceeds of share issues (35) - (35)

Shares purchased for cancellation (304) - (304)

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Equity shareholders' funds at

30 September 2010 50,414 - 50,414

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for the year ended 30 September 2009

Ordinary shares C shares Total


Equity shareholders' funds at

1 October 2008 31,118 17,461 48,579

Return on ordinary activities after tax 5,017 (837) 4,180

Dividends recognised in the year (4,758) (1,233) (5,991)

Net proceeds of share issues 1,258 - 1,258

Shares purchased for cancellation (32) (119) (151)

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Equity shareholders' funds at

30 September 2009 32,603 15,272 47,875

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as at 30 September 2010

September 30 September 2009


Ordinary Ordinary C shares Total
shares shares ÂGBP000 ÂGBP000

Fixed asset


Unquoted 26,308 13,573 6,667 20,240

Quoted 2,566 1,341 1,525 2,866

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Total venture 28,874 14,914 8,192 23,106

Listed fixed- 6,222 2,932 5,882 8,814

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Total fixed 35,096 17,846 14,074 31,920

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Debtors 1,063 1,781 904 2,685

Cash and 14,323 13,266 407 13,673

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15,386 15,047 1,311 16,358

falling due

within one (68) (290) (113) (403)

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Net current 15,318 14,757 1,198 15,955

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Net assets 50,414 32,603 15,272 47,875

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Capital and

Called-up 14,785 10,145 15,307 25,452
equity share

Share premium 12,222 10,227 2,030 12,257

Capital 12,875 2,015 193 2,208

Capital 14,280 10,404 (432) 9,972

Revaluation (5,020) (1,282) (1,913) (3,195)

Revenue 1,272 1,094 87 1,181

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Total equity 50,414 32,603 15,272 47,875

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Net asset 85.2p 80.3p 74.8p
value per

for the year ended 30 September 2010

Year ended
September Year ended 30 September 2009


Ordinary Ordinary C shares Total
shares shares


Net cash

from operating 1,595 1,559 (491) 1,068


Corporation tax (261) (188) (113) (301)

Purchase of | (8,688)| (3,617) (1,469) (5,086)|
investments | | |
| | |
Sale/repayment of | 10,124 | 9,946 2,732 12,678 |
investments | | |

Net cash inflow

financial 1,436 6,329 1,263 7,592

Equity dividends (1,781) (4,758) (1,233) (5,991)

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Net cash

before financing 989 2,942 (574) 2,368

Issue of shares | - | 1,320 - 1,320 |
| | |
Share issue | (35)| (62) - (62)|
expenses | | |
| | |
Purchase of shares | (304)| (32) (119) (151)|
for cancellation | | |

Net cash (339) 1,226 (119) 1,107
from financing

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in cash at bank 650 4,168 (693) 3,475

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Reconciliation of
return before tax

net cash flow from

Return on ordinary 4,659 5,221 (780) 4,441
activities before

(Gain)/loss on (3,119) (6,776) 170 (6,606)
disposal of

Movements in fair (1,493) 2,744 829 3,573
value of

(Increase)/decrease 1,622 386 (738) (352)
in debtors

Increase/(decrease) (74) (16) 28 12
in creditors

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Net cash

operating 1,595 1,559 (491) 1,068

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Analysis of
movement in net

1 October 30 Sept
2009 Cash flows 2010


Cash and deposits 13,673 650 14,323

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as at 30 September 2010

Cost Valuation % of net assets
ÂGBP000 ÂGBP000 by valuation

Weldex (International) Offshore Holdings 3,262 3,262 6.5

CloserStill Holdings 1,750 2,114 4.2

Promanex Group Holdings 1,695 1,853 3.7

Kerridge Commercial Systems 1,740 1,740 3.4

CGI Group Holdings 3,449 1,725 3.4

Alaric Systems 2,174 1,351 2.7

Arleigh International 809 1,224 2.4

Paladin Group 1,452 1,167 2.3

Axial Systems Holdings 1,004 1,146 2.3

Envirotec 813 1,063 2.1

Evolve Investments 995 995 2.0

KPJ Software Services 995 995 2.0

RCC Lifesciences 995 995 2.0

Wear Inns 979 979 1.9

Promatic Group 1,229 922 1.8

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Fifteen largest venture capital 23,341 21,531 42.7

Other venture capital investments 10,422 7,343 14.6

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Total venture capital investments 33,763 28,874 57.3

Listed fixed-interest investments 6,353 6,222 12.3

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Total fixed asset investments 40,116 35,096 69.6


Net current assets 15,318 30.4

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Net assets 50,414 100.0

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The board carries out a regular review of the risk environment in which the
company operates. The main areas of risk identified by the board are as

Investment risk: The majority of the company's investments are in small and
medium-sized unquoted and AIM-quoted companies which are VCT qualifying
holdings, and which by their nature entail a higher level of risk and lower
liquidity than investments in large quoted companies. The directors aim to limit
the risk attaching to the portfolio as a whole by careful selection and timely
realisation of investments, by carrying out rigorous due diligence procedures
and by maintaining a wide spread of holdings in terms of financing stage,
industry sector and geographical location. The board reviews the investment
portfolio with the investment managers on a regular basis.

Financial risk: As most of the company's investments involve a medium- to long-
term commitment and many are relatively illiquid, the directors consider that it
is inappropriate to finance the company's activities through borrowing except on
an occasional short-term basis. Accordingly they seek to maintain a proportion
of the company's assets in cash or cash equivalents in order to be in a position
to take advantage of new unquoted investment opportunities. The company has
very little exposure to foreign currency risk and does not enter into derivative

Economic risk: events such as economic recession or general fluctuations in
stock markets and interest rates may affect the valuation of investee companies
and their ability to access adequate financial resources, as well as affecting
the company's own share price and discount to net asset value.

Liquidity risk: The company's investments may be difficult to realise. The
fact that a stock is quoted on a recognised stock exchange does not guarantee
its liquidity and there may be a large spread between bid and offer prices.
Unquoted investments are not traded on a recognised stock exchange and are
inherently illiquid.

Internal control risk: The board regularly reviews the system of internal
controls, both financial and non-financial, operated by the company and the
manager. These include controls designed to ensure that the company's assets
are safeguarded and that proper accounting records are maintained.

VCT qualifying status risk: the company is required at all times to observe the
conditions laid down in the Income Tax Act 2007 for the maintenance of approved
VCT status. The loss of such approval could lead to the company losing its
exemption from corporation tax on capital gains, to investors being liable to
pay income tax on dividends received from the company and, in certain
circumstances, to investors being required to repay the initial income tax
relief on their investment. The manager keeps the company's VCT qualifying
status under continual review and reports to the board on a quarterly basis.
The board has also retained PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to undertake an
independent VCT status monitoring role.


The directors are responsible for preparing the annual financial report in
accordance with applicable law and regulations. Company law requires the
directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that
law the directors have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance
with UK Accounting Standards. The financial statements are required by law to
give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company at the end of
the financial period and of the return of the company for that period. In
preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to (i) select
suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently; (ii) make
judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; (iii) state whether
applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material
departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and (iv)
prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is
inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in business.

In relation to the financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2010
each of the directors has confirmed that to the best of his or her knowledge (i)
the financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with the
applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets,
liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company; and (ii) the
directors' report includes a fair review of the development and performance of
the business and the position of the company together with a description of the
principal risks and uncertainties which it faces.

The directors are also responsible for keeping proper accounting records that
disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the
company and enable them to ensure that its financial statements comply with the
Companies Act 2006. They have general responsibility for taking such steps as
are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the company and to
prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

Under applicable law and regulations, the directors are also responsible for
preparing a directors' report, directors' remuneration report and corporate
governance statement that comply with that law and those regulations.

The company's financial statements are published on the NVM Private Equity
Limited website, The maintenance and integrity of this website
is the responsibility of NVM and not of the company. Visitors to the website
should be aware that legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation
and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other

The directors of the company at the date of this announcement were Mr J R
Hustler (Chairman), Mr N J Beer, Mr E M P Denny, Mr R S Peters, Miss P S Scott
and Mr H P Younger.


The above summary of results for the year ended 30 September 2010 does not
constitute statutory financial statements within the meaning of Section 435 of
the Companies Act 2006 and has not been delivered to the Registrar of
Companies. Statutory financial statements will be filed with the Registrar of
Companies in due course; the independent auditors' report on those financial
statements under Section 495 of the Companies Act 2006 is unqualified and does
not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The proposed final dividend of 4.5p per share for the year ended 30 September
2010 will, if approved by shareholders, be paid on 17 December 2010 to
shareholders on the register at the close of business on 26 November 2010.

The full annual report including financial statements for the year ended 30
September 2010 is expected to be posted to shareholders on 18 November 2010 and
will be available to the public at the registered office of the company at
Northumberland House, Princess Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ER and on the
NVM Private Equity Limited website,

Neither the contents of the NVM Private Equity Limited website nor the contents
of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the NVM Private Equity Limited
website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this


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