Mercia Fund Management Launches Mercia Growth EIS Fund

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Strong technology company deal flow, links to universities, enviable track record of building high growth businesses and experienced investment team underpin Mercia Growth EIS Fund

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Mercia Growth EIS Fund is perfectly positioned to help high earners seeking tax efficient investments in the technology sector. We see our EIS Fund building on the successes of Mercia Funds 1 and 2 which have collectively invested in excess of £9 million.

Mercia Fund Management (MFM) has launched the Mercia Growth EIS Fund for tax efficient investment in its existing and future technology portfolio, which spans medical technology, clean technology and electronics, telecoms and software.

The Mercia Growth EIS Fund is open to investors with a minimum of £25,000 to invest and who are looking to enhance their investment portfolio with high growth technology businesses.

The MFM portfolio focuses on high growth scalable businesses which have modest capital needs and are four years away from profitability or exit.

MFM has a strong track record of sourcing, investing and growing the revenue base of scalable technology-backed businesses, examples of which include Allinea, Intelligent Orthopaedics, Warwick Audio, LM Technologies and Concurrent Thinking. To boost its portfolio, MFM is also expanding its geographical footprint by actively seeking new investable companies outside the Midlands region, where it originally established its investment track record in 2007.

Run by a team of experienced technology-focused investment professionals, MFM has a strong deal flow resulting partly from the investment team’s relationship with eight universities, including Birmingham and Warwick, which have been a key source of deal flow, due diligence and expertise.

MFM recognises EIS as a highly attractive, tax-efficient investment vehicle for professional investors, UK wealth managers and UK family offices. Advantages include 30% income tax relief, capital gains tax deferral, tax free capital gain, 100% exempt from inheritance tax after two years and loss relief.

Dr. Mark Payton, Managing Director of MFM said: “Mercia Growth EIS Fund is perfectly positioned to help high earners seeking tax efficient investments in the technology sector. We see our EIS Fund building on the successes of Mercia Funds 1 and 2 which have collectively invested in excess of £9 million and leveraged additional funding of circa £50 million in 34 businesses to date.

We were delighted by the response at our launch event in Oxford earlier this month and are confident that our experience and deal flow will help us to raise the £6-10 million we are targeting.”

The Mercia Growth EIS Fund closes on 5th April 2012, but may close sooner if the investment target is reached.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future returns.

For more information on the EIS technology fund, please visit: http://www.merciafund.co.uk

Target Size
£6-10 million (minimum size, £3m)

Fund Type
Mercia Growth EIS Fund

Sectors
Medtech
Telecoms
ICT
Clean Technologies

Date
October 2011

Location
Central England

THE MERCIA GROWTH EIS FUND

FUND CRITERIA:
Based in Central England
Equity investment
Up to £1m

CONTACT

Mark Payton
mark(at)merciafund(dot)co(dot)uk
http://www.merciafund.co.uk

Mercia Fund Management is a leading provider of venture capital exclusively to growing technology businesses.

About Mercia Fund Management
Mercia Fund Management is a venture capital fund manager with two funds (Mercia 1 and 2) totalling £12.8 million under management. Mercia Fund Management focuses on UK technology companies and benefits from a mixture of public- and private-sector fund investors.

Mercia Fund Management also offers the Mercia Growth EIS Fund, which presents an opportunity for private investors to invest in a balanced portfolio of high growth technology companies which take advantage of a range of tax reliefs.

Mercia Fund Management provides venture capital for technology-based companies operating across 4 key technology sectors:

  •     Clean Technology
  •     Medtech
  •     Telecoms, Electronics and Software Technologies
  •     Data Centre Management, Cloud Computing and Related Software

Headquartered in central Birmingham, and with strong links to Oxford and London, the Fund is regulated by the Financial Services Authority. The company is also a member of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

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