Nanocap 8 Update & Option to Top-Up or Redeem

OFX Group Ltd (ASX:OFX) (“OFX”), the underlying asset owned by your Nanocap 8 investment trust, reported FY21 results today and provided a trading update.

Overall, OFX delivered a credible result in the context of a tough year for the company. While the combination of lower consumer active customers and COVID-19 led to lower active client numbers, the improved activity driven by corporate, enterprise and online sellers helped drive modest growth in turnover for FY21. Key features of the FY21 results were continued growth in the highly strategic North American market and robust revenue growth from Corporate and Online Sellers, with both delivering double digit revenue growth in FY21.

FY21 Key financial highlights

  • Net operating income (NOI) of $117.9m was 6% below FY20, but H2 NOI was down just 3% compared to a 9% decline in H1.
  • EBITDA fell 21% in FY21, but only 10% in H2 compared to a 35% fall in H1.
  • The balance sheet remains strong, with net available cash of $37m.
  • Continued growth in corporate clients and an expanded enterprise pipeline.
  • The company announced a buyback for up to 10% of the outstanding shares, and a modest investment in TreasurUp, which operates an FX hedging and risk management platform for banks and corporate customers.

 

Performance by division

Consumer

Consumer revenue fell 16% but grew by 13% in H2 compared to H1. OFX noted that a number of key consumer use cases have been adversely impacted by COVID, such as holiday and travel and emigration / immigration, with an estimated net negative impact to revenue of $10m. Despite that, new North America revenue did increase by 7.7% in FY21. OFX expects the consumer segment to bounce back in FY22, but the pace of the recovery will be unclear. The consumer segment is expected to become a smaller proportion of NOI over time as OFX grows the Corporate and OLS segments.

Corporate

Corporate revenue grew 11% in FY21, with new revenue increasing by 30%. OFX launched Global Currency Accounts for Corporates in FY21 and saw 10% growth in new dealing clients. The company also provided more insight into the enterprise pipeline, which contains 40 prospects and is roughly evenly split by geography. Pleasingly, the company was recently appointed as an FX service provider to the ATO.

 

Online Sellers

OLS revenue increased by 11% in FY21 and grew by 36% excluding Asia. OFX delivered 24% active client growth and became an approved Amazon Payment Services Provider. OFX expects its OLS segment to benefit from the acceleration of e-commerce adoption driven by COVID in years to come.

Investment opinion

After a tough year that was significantly impacted by COVID, we are pleased to see continued growth in the key client segments of Corporate and Enterprise and Online Sellers. While growth in North America was softer than hoped for, the company did still deliver growth in this strategically important market. We were also pleased to note the announcement of the buyback, which we have been encouraging for some time now. Greater disclosure on the health of the enterprise pipeline was also noteworthy, in addition to the recent appointment as a service provider to the ATO. This win will serve as an important reference for other prospects, as well as being potentially meaningful financially to OFX. Additionally, the sustained growth in OLS and a turnaround in Consumer should support NOI growth in FY22 of more than 10%, and the company has committed to deliver operating leverage and therefore earnings growth. With a strong balance sheet and robust cash flow generation, we continue to believe that OFX is being materially undervalued by the market, trading at just 8.3x FY22 EBITDA.

OFX remains one of the cheapest companies in our Australian investment universe. We recommend investors stay in the vehicle as we look to extract an even better price outcome. However, we are cognisant of the need to provide a liquidity pathway for those investors who require it. For this reason, we will be opening Nanocap 8 for redemptions (on a best endeavours basis and following the redemption process set out below) for those investors who wish to exit the investment.

 

For those investors that wish to stay in the vehicle no action is required for the next 12 months.

The Microequities investment management team will remain fully invested in the Nanocap 8 investment vehicle and may decide to increase their investment during the next 12 months, as long as the Nanocap 8 remains open for investment. If fellow investors wish to increase their investment, they will be provided an equal opportunity to do so. Additionally, other investment vehicles managed by Microequities Asset Management Group may also invest or increase their investment in OFX Group.

Top-up Process

  1. Unitholders seeking to Top-up their units in this fund should complete, sign and send the Top-up formto invest@microequities.com.au
  2. Unitholders will be issued with new units in Nanocap 8 based on the closing end of business day Net Asset Value of the Nanocap 8 Trust on the day cleared funds are received.

Redemption Process

In view of the limited liquidity in the shares held by Nanocap Trust No 8 (‘Shares’), the redemption process will operate on a best endeavours basis and follow the procedure below in order to be equitable to all unitholders:

  1. Unitholders seeking to redeem their units in this fund should complete, sign and send this form to invest@microequities.com.au
  2. The total of all units to be redeemed as set out in the signed and completed redemption forms received by Microequities on or before COB 31st May 2021 will be included in the Redemption Pool.

 

  1. Microequities will use its best endeavours to sell as many of the Shares as possible without materially impacting the share price in order to fulfil the redemption requests for the total number of units in the Redemption Pool. As such, the redemption of units in the Redemption Pool may occur over multiple months.
  2. On the last business day of each calendar month, the unit price for Nanocap Trust No 8 units will be calculated based on the net asset value of the fund.
  3. The number of units from the Redemption Pool to be redeemed in each month will be based on the number of Shares that have been sold during that month.
  4. Each redemption request included in the Redemption Pool for that month will be satisfied pro-rata based on the number of units in that redemption request divided by the total number of units in the Redemption Pool. By way of example, if you send a redemption request for 700,000 units and there are 1 million units in the Redemption Pool for that month, 70% of your units (490,000) will be redeemed at the beginning of the following month and 30% (210,000) will carry over to the Redemption Pool for the following month and so on until all redemptions have been met.
  5. Those redemption requests that are being satisfied each month will be paid within the first 5 business days of the month based on the unit price calculated at the end of the prior month.
  6. Any units in the Redemption Pool which are not satisfied in the next month will carry forward to the Redemption Pool for the following month.

To request a redemption please click below. Nanocap 8 investors that wish to redeem must send us an executed redemption form by close of business 31 May 2021. Investors that wish to stay invested in Nanocap 8 do not need to take any action.

Re-investment into Microequities other open Funds

If you wish to have your redemption proceeds reinvested into one of our open-ended funds, please click here. invest@microequities.com.au

If you have further questions regarding your Nanocap 8 investment or any other Microequities investment matter, please call us on 02 9009 2900.

Yours sincerely,

Microequities