Repositioned for real asset growth

MPC Capital 31 May 2017 Initiation
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MPC Capital

Repositioned for real asset growth

Financial services

Scale research report - Initiation

31 May 2017

Price

€5.8

Market cap

€176m

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Share details

Code

MPC

Listing

Deutsche Börse Scale

Shares in issue

30.4m

Last reported net cash as at 31 December 2016

€63.3m

Business description

MPC is an independent asset and investment manager for real assets in the shipping, real estate, and infrastructure sectors. It initiates, structures, finances and manages real assets, targeted at institutional investors. It is a subsidiary of the MPC Group (c 50% shareholding), founded in 1994 and listed in 2000. AUM at 31 December 2016 was €5.1bn.

Bull

Strong demand for real asset investment

Increased share of recurring revenues with margin growth potential

Scalable operating platform

Bear

Strong competition for assets & investors from large incumbents

Interest rate rises and/or economic weakness may slow investment in real assets

Regulatory risks; particularly legacy products

Analyst

Martyn King

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

An extensive restructuring programme, completed in 2015, has repositioned MPC as an asset and investment manager for real assets, targeting selected niche strategies in the shipping, real estate, and infrastructure sectors, for institutional clients. The new model is asset light and driven by recurring revenue streams across the investment lifecycle. New business margins are substantially higher and management sees scope to considerably grow AUM off a scalable platform.

Progress towards ambitious targets

2016 represented the third consecutive year of increasing revenues and profits with the group achieving all of the financial targets set by management. A positive Q1 trading statement confirmed guidance of at least 10% revenue growth and faster profit growth this year. MPC targets substantial medium-term growth (AUM of c €10bn with higher margin business increasing to c 90% versus c 45% in 2016, driving revenues and even stronger growth in profits) based on its own initiatives with support from strong investor demand for real assets, encouraged by currently low interest rates. Almost €50m in new equity raised in 2016 has pre-funded these ambitious growth plans, freeing future cash flow for dividend distributions, expected to resume in respect of the current year.

Asset sourcing and institutional franchise key

The medium-term keys to success are sourcing sufficient new real assets and matching those assets to institutional investors at a pace that will more than off-set the decline in legacy retail funds (c 55% of the total). MPC benefits from an experienced asset sourcing team and external partnerships that have been built over many years, targeting attractive niche assets where competition is not as strong. Once suitable assets are identified MPC seeks investors from its global network of over 2,000 client contacts. FY17 began with a strong (€6.5bn) pipeline of potential real asset investments, a third of which were at the stage of due diligence or were under negotiation.

Valuation: Market cautious on growth delivery

Based on consensus forecasts for FY18, MPC trades at a P/E discount of 9-14% versus peers despite expected strong earnings growth. The market does not appear to be pricing in delivery of near-term consensus and is certainly not discounting management’s medium-term targets.

Consensus estimates

Year
end

Revenue
(€m)

PBT

(€m)

EPS

(€)

DPS
(€)

P/E

(x)

Yield
(%)

12/15

47.8

11.4

0.33

0.00

17.6

N/A

12/16

53.8

15.7

0.33

0.00

17.6

N/A

12/17e

60.0

17.9

0.40

0.19

14.5

3.3

12/18e

69.4

24.8

0.53

0.25

10.9

4.3

Source: MPC (historic), Bloomberg (prospective), as at 29 May 2017

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Company description: Full service real asset manager

MPC is an independent asset and investment manager for real assets in the shipping, real estate, and infrastructure sectors. Working closely with its network of partners it initiates, structures, finances and manages investments in alternative assets for institutional investors and professional private investors including family offices (Exhibit 2). Assets under management (AUM) were €5.1bn at 31 December 2016 and during its more than 20-year history of operations, MPC has launched more than 300 investment products and raised in excess of €6bn in fund equity to support cumulative total investment volume (including debt) of c €18.5bn.

Exhibit 1: Breakdown of assets under management

Exhibit 2: Breakdown of client base

Source: MPC. AUM as at 31 December 2016

Source: MPC

Exhibit 1: Breakdown of assets under management

Source: MPC. AUM as at 31 December 2016

Exhibit 2: Breakdown of client base

Source: MPC

The company was founded in 1994 as a subsidiary of the MPC Group, an international, family-owned company dating back more than 160 years with interests in capital investment, shipping and ship building, as well as commodities and machinery. MPC Group remains the largest shareholder, exercising control with a stake of c 50%. It became a listed company in 2000.

Exhibit 3: Revenue & earnings before tax (EBT) history

Exhibit 4: Breakdown of revenue (2016)

Source: MPC

Source: MPC

Exhibit 3: Revenue & earnings before tax (EBT) history

Source: MPC

Exhibit 4: Breakdown of revenue (2016)

Source: MPC

Prior to the financial crisis MPC was highly reliant on fees earned by the issuance of retail closed end funds, particularly shipping and real estate funds. As discussed below, a significant restructuring effort to reposition the business for changed market and regulatory conditions since the financial crisis was completed in 2015 when all legacy financial obligations to banks and creditors were settled.

Key elements of the new strategy are the refocusing towards institutional investors and increased vertical integration so as to capture more of the value chain. The vertical integration has taken MPC into areas that were previously sub-contracted to third-parties (eg technical and commercial ship management and real estate development). On the one hand it increases the share of recurring income, breaking the reliance on issuance fees, while at the same time it positions MPC to provide a single source offering to investors in real assets. Fees on assets managed since the repositioning are significantly higher than those still earned on the legacy retail assets that date from before the financial crisis. MPC expects to benefit from operational gearing as AUM grows without any material need for investment or matching cost growth. Co-investment to align the interests of MPC with those of investors is targeted at 2-3% on average. This represents a much reduced capital intensity compared with the old model, when assets were often acquired or committed to upfront, prior to refinancing via fund issuance, limiting capital investment needs and MPC’s exposure to fluctuations in asset values.

Low interest rates continue to stimulate demand from investors searching for sustainable yields and this particularly applies to pension fund investors with long-term liabilities. In this environment, alternative assets (private equity, real assets, hedge funds) have been growing at twice the rate of traditional investments over the past decade and a report produced by PwC (‘’Alternative Asset Management 2020: fast forward to centre stage’’) in 2015 forecast further strong growth for the alternative assets (c 8% compound annual growth to 2020). Within this, PwC expects faster than average growth (c 9% annual compound growth) from real assets. The shipping markets have remained depressed over a number of years since the global financial crisis and while awaiting a recovery MPC sees its main opportunity from increasing its share of the value opportunity through its vertical integration into a broader range of shipping services. The stable income potential from real estate remains in favour with investors and this continues to be the main area of asset growth for MPC currently.

A brief overview of the divisions and assets managed

MPC operates three core divisions: shipping, real estate and infrastructure. The assets managed by division are shown in Exhibit 1. Of the €5.1bn of AUM at end FY16, €0.7bn represents discontinued activities such as fund of fund structures and life assurance funds. The remaining assets can be further sub-divided between what MPC refers to as legacy assets that are closed ended retail products sold before the strategic repositioning, and institutional assets, the new focus. There were €2.8bn of legacy assets at the end of FY16 and these continue to be actively managed but will run off over a number of years (Exhibit 6). MPC seeks to replace these assets with new, higher margin institutional assets and grow overall AUM by 8-10% pa to c €10bn over the medium term.

Real estate is the largest division in terms of AUM, representing 44% of the total. It includes teams in Hamburg as well as Amsterdam, through the subsidiary Cairn Real Estate, a full service real estate manager with strong local positioning. MPC real estate has provided low risk ‘core’ and more opportunistic ‘core plus’ real estate strategies for office properties for a number of years. More recently it has become active in more specialist sectors of the real estate market such as light industrial and logistics as well as the recently-launched Staytoo micro living concept. The micro living concept caters for a growing demand from students, younger professionals, and others for affordable living space in or around city centres. It provides small, generally one room, units of up to 25sqm, with integrated living/kitchen space and a separate bathroom.

Shipping funds are the historical core of MPC and the division is the second largest in terms of assets under management with 35% of the total. The division has increasingly strengthened its asset management footprint to complement its traditional strength in sourcing and structuring maritime investment. Following the Ahrenkiel Steamship and Contchart acquisitions in 2015 MPC can now provide services across the entire life-cycle and value chain of the investment, comprising technical and commercial ship management, and chartering.

The infrastructure activities are MPC’s most recent asset class diversification, where it is focused on renewable energy as well as industrial and infrastructure projects. In a strongly competitive market for assets, especially larger projects, MPC works closely with third-party industrial enterprises to secure assets and, significantly, it has partnered with Ferrostaal, a global provider of industrial services. Like MPC, Ferrostaal’s main shareholder (with 84%) is the MPC Group. MPC has exclusive access to Ferrostal’s pipeline of infrastructure projects globally, with a current focus on emerging markets. The arrangement should be a key advantage to MPC in terms of sourcing investment opportunities, providing MPC with preferred access to the financing of Ferrostaal projects which in turn benefit from the latter’s experience and project appraisal skills.

Strategic reposition since the global financial crisis

The global financial crisis hit MPC hard along with other issuers of closed end funds in Germany. The economic and financial impacts of the financial crisis brought to an end the boom in the shipping market that had enabled MPC and others to earn high fees from the issue of closed end ship funds to predominantly retail investors, primarily through bank partners and other financial intermediaries. Closed end fund issuers were particularly squeezed by ship order pipelines placed before the crisis for which fund investors could no longer be sourced. The scale of the crisis can perhaps best be seen in the fall in MPC’s share price from over €400 in mid-2007 to only a little over €1 by mid-2013.

The financial crisis also brought about new regulatory arrangements and Germany’s adoption of the AIFM Directive in 2013 brought the closed end fund sector (issuance and management) under regulatory control and subject to a similar regulatory regime as the open ended fund sector. The new regulations have encouraged changes in business models, including that of MPC, with a move away from reliance on predominantly retail customer based issuance fees towards a greater focus on traditional fund and asset management and on institutional customers.

MPC’s transformation is aimed at growing the business to become a leading asset manager for alternative assets in selected markets. In our view, the ability to source attractively yielding new assets, and the ability to access investors are key factors for the success of the strategy adopted by MPC since the global financial crisis. Investor interest in real assets has been given added impetus by persistently low interest rates but competition for attractive assets is also fierce.

Strength in sourcing assets…

MPC has an experienced asset sourcing team consisting of 25 professionals, and its activities undoubtedly benefit from strong in-house know-how and external partnerships that have been built over many years. Given the competition for attractive real assets it is giving increased focus to niche assets where competition is less strong and where it will be able to build a dominant position. Examples of this niche approach are the ‘micro living’ concept within the real estate division, and emerging markets infrastructure projects, working with a growing network of industry partners such as Ferrostaal (in which MPC Group has a controlling stake). In 2016 MPC added c €1.0bn in new assets and brought forward a strong pipeline of potential investment amounting to €6.5bn, of which €2.1bn had advanced to the stage of due diligence or negotiations (Exhibit 5).

Exhibit 5: Currently identified asset pipeline

Source: MPC 2016 results presentation

Real estate (c €1.1bn) represents the largest part of the pipeline short-list but conversion of the €0.7bn of infrastructure short-list assets would represent a meaningful increase on the €0.5bn of current AUM.

…and investors to fund them

Typically, once a suitably attractive investment has been identified the MPC sales team will seek to find appropriate investors from the company’s global network of client contacts, numbering more than 2,000. We show a breakdown of these investor contacts in Exhibit 2 and note the diversity of institutional investor and professional investor types. Management indicates that it is in regular discussion with around 10% of the contacts and is typically seeking a small number of benchmark or seed investors in new initiatives (as was the case with the launch of the micro-living concept) to provide a base on which to grow. The 2017 US$100m launch of a shipping fund aimed at small-sized container ships, a more established investment proposition, attracted more than 60 institutional and family office investors.

Diversified income stream with increased revenue margin

MPC has invested to increase its vertical integration and its fee earning capacity across the complete lifecycle and value chain of the investments. The most tangible difference is apparent within the shipping division where in 2015 MPC acquired the shipping company, Ahrenkiel Steamship and increased its capability within ship chartering with the acquisition of Contchart. Ahrenkiel Steamship is a ship managing company and MPC can now provide services across the entire life-cycle and value chain of shipping investments internally without the revenue leakage of outsourcing. Ahrenkiel is amongst the top 20 non-operating ship owners in the world and now provides the largest portion of divisional revenues, generated from ships owned by MPC managed funds as well as third-party ship owners. Management expects it to continue to benefit from industry consolidation. In real estate, MPC is increasingly taking on design and project management functions in addition to letting and tenant servicing. The current intention is to continue to outsource the facilities management aspect of the property portfolio. In infrastructure, as well as working closely with partners, MPC has been building up a team internally to work on the technical and design aspects of potential renewables projects.

Exhibit 6 illustrates how group income is derived from a number of sources over the life-span of an investment.

Exhibit 6: Diversified income across the value chain

Source: MPC. Note: (1) 1-2% co-investment per project, up to 10%; (2) income from participations; (3) other operating income.

Fee income includes recurring fees from both the management of the fund (eg trustee services) and management of the assets within the fund, as well as fees that are one-off (eg fees for asset acquisitions or disposals, or asset management fees such as those generated by Ahrenkiel) or variable (performance fees). In 2016, management fees represented 75% of total revenues and transaction fees the vast majority of the balance (Exhibit 4). In addition to fee revenues, MPC also recognises its share of the returns (dividends, value increases) from co-investments.

MPC indicates that average revenue margin on the institutional business that has become its focus falls in the range of 70-120bp, depending on the product. This is substantially higher than the 40-60bp that it earns on the legacy retail assets. Over the medium term, which we would interpret to be anything up to 10 years, MPC targets substantial growth in institutional AUM and growth in total AUM to around €10bn from the current €5.1bn despite an expected run-off of the legacy retail business assets over time (Exhibit 7).

Exhibit 7: Medium-term management targets for AUM growth

Source: MPC

If it can be achieved successfully, the targeted combination of increased AUM, an increasing share of higher margin institutional business, and the potential for operational gearing has obvious and significantly positive implications for future revenues and profits.

Management, corporate governance, and shareholders

MPC’s senior management team brings considerable experience including senior corporate positions, as well as in shipping, real estate, and financial services. The four members of the management board are Ulf Hollaender (chief executive officer, CEO), Constantin Baack (chief financial officer, CFO), Peter Ganz (executive board member for shipping), and Dr Roman Rocke (chief sales officer, CSO).

Mr Hollaender was CFO between 2000 and 2015 before becoming CEO. As such, he has a deep knowledge of MPC and its markets and was heavily involved in MPC’s restructuring and strategic repositioning. Before joining MPC, he held senior position with the shipping company Hamburg-Süd. Although only becoming CFO in 2015, Mr Baack has worked with MPC since 2008 and like the CEO previously worked with Hamburg-Süd as well as one of the big 4 accounting firms. Dr Rocke joined MPC in 2013; he was previously CEO at KBR Finance group and active in the field of M&A and international financing advisory as well as strategic consulting for institutional clients. Mr Ganz joined MPC, where he is responsible for the shipping segment, and the board in 2016. He joined MPC from Hapag Lloyd where he was CFO and has been active in the field of M&A and finances for more than 20 years.

As a listed German company, MPC is overseen by a supervisory board which consists of three members. The chairman, Dr. Axel Schroeder, has worked for the MPC Group in Germany and abroad since 1990 and has been involved with MPC since it was formed in 1994. He was chairman of the MPC management board when the group listed in 2000 and became chairman of the supervisory board in 2015. Dr Schroeder is managing partner of MPC Holding, a main shareholder of MPC Capital. The other members of the supervisory board are Joachim Ludwig (also a board member of Ferrostaal) and Dr Arnt Vespermann (also a board member of Hamburg Süd).

Shareholders and free float

During 2016 the shareholder structure changed as a result of the increases in share capital, with the majority of the new shares (c 8.3m, taking the total to 30.4m) being placed with institutional investors (Exhibits 7 & 8). The free float increased as a share of the enlarged capital, from c 15% to c 36%, with positive implications for liquidity in the shares.

Exhibit 7: Shareholder structure 2016

Exhibit 8: Shareholder structure 2015

Source: MPC

Source: MPC

Exhibit 7: Shareholder structure 2016

Source: MPC

Exhibit 8: Shareholder structure 2015

Source: MPC

MPC Group owns c 50% of MPC directly and effectively exercises control. The Corsair stake is owned through a fund that is now closed and has entered a liquidation phase although we are unaware of any immediate change in its ownership intentions. Thien & Heyenga acquired its interest as a result of receiving MPC shares as payment in kind for its interest in Ahrenkiel Steamship in 2015.

Financials

The implementation of MPC’s restructuring has seen it recover from the losses of 2012-13 and 2016 represented the third consecutive year of increasing revenues and profits with the group achieving all of the financial targets set by management. Operational gearing was evident with annual EBT growth of 38% outpacing revenue growth of 13% increasing the EBT margin to a little more than 29%. In a short trading update regarding Q117, MPC says that Q1 revenues were ahead by 35% versus Q116 at c €12m, with management revenue increasing to c €10m. EBT was €2.3m, lower than the €3.2m reported in Q116 due to a lower level of other operating income. For the full year, MPC reiterated its expectation of at least 10% revenue growth and a faster growth in EBT.

Estimates from three brokers, Berenberg, Baader Helvea, and Warburg make up the market consensus expectation for MPC, shown on page 1. This consensus is for a compound annual growth of revenues of 14% to 2020 and 26% compound annual growth in EBT of 26% (EBT margin c 36%) with EPS closely tracking. The 2020 consensus is based on AUM increasing to c €7bn. Successful achievement of management’s medium-term target of €10bn with the implied increase in higher margin institutional share has the potential to lift profits substantially higher still.

Exhibit 9: Financial summary

Year to 31 December (€000's)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

INCOME STATEMENT

Management services

35,072

40,178

Transaction services

12,121

12,752

Other

570

861

Total revenue

35,340

29,449

34,518

47,763

53,791

Other operating income

15,414

6,065

20,631

8,604

11,875

Cost of materials/purchased services

(4,133)

(1,662)

(2,689)

(1,066)

(1,618)

Personnel expenses

(18,452)

(17,142)

(16,126)

(20,693)

(26,019)

Depreciation & amortisation

(8,892)

(317)

(207)

(1,332)

(1,758)

Other operating expenses

(29,087)

(28,606)

(23,762)

(29,503)

(26,356)

Operating profit

(9,809)

(12,213)

12,365

3,773

9,915

Income from equity investments

2,224

923

1,246

5,856

3,376

Other interest & similar income

2,346

3,669

858

1,924

1,073

Write-downs on financial assets

(9,701)

(7,813)

(5,451)

(1,125)

(362)

Interest & similar expenses

(7,828)

(1,652)

(1,543)

(2,655)

(4,709)

Share of profit of associates

(5,207)

(5,537)

(1,315)

3,606

6,410

Earnings before tax

(27,974)

(22,623)

6,160

11,379

15,704

EBT margin

-79.2%

-76.8%

17.8%

23.8%

29.2%

Extraordinary result

35,795

0

0

0

0

Tax

601

(1,395)

(1,861)

(3,911)

(5,484)

Consolidated net profit

8,423

(24,018)

4,220

7,468

10,220

Minority

36

0

(11)

(187)

(262)

Consolidated attributable net profit

8,459

(24,018)

4,209

7,281

9,958

EPS

0.29

-1.37

0.24

0.33

0.33

BALANCE SHEET

Financial assets

42,306

25,164

26,017

25,014

29,269

Other non-current assets

1,204

906

495

10,232

8,717

Current assets

57,384

51,931

33,972

44,923

95,722

Financial liabilities

(48,609)

(40,354)

(8,809)

(2,195)

(2,282)

Other liabilities

(39,058)

(31,561)

(37,591)

(42,611)

(38,173)

Minorities

0

0

(569)

(2,165)

(3,247)

Shareholders' equity

13,227

6,086

13,515

33,198

90,006

CASH FLOW

Cash flow from operating activity

(767)

(6,519)

7,821

13,653

1,406

Cash from investing activity

3,497

(415)

(995)

646

4,232

Cash flow from financing activity

(5,124)

8,822

325

(6,151)

42,924

Other

0

0

(6,151)

1,470

84

Net change in cash

(2,394)

1,888

1,000

9,618

48,646

Closing cash

4,429

6,317

7,317

16,935

65,581

Closing net cash/(debt)

(44,180)

(34,037)

(1,492)

14,740

63,299

Source: MPC

MPC added c €1bn in new AUM during 2016, with the majority (c €0.7bn) in the real estate sector. In overall terms, AUM declined from €5.5bn at the end of FY15 to €5.1bn, with asset disposals from existing funds (€0.7bn) and negative revaluation movements (€0.8bn), predominantly in the shipping segment, offsetting the gross inflow.

Within the 13% annual revenue growth, the management services share increased to 75%. In part this reflects a full year contribution from Ahrenkiel Steamship. Transaction services revenues benefitted from fees earned on the asset disposals that reduced AUM.

Other operating income benefitted from provision reversals while other operating expense declined due mainly to a drop in legal consultancy costs, after the 2015 completion of the group restructuring and despite expenses related to the 2016 capital raising (c €2.6m).

Taking income from equity investments and associates together there was little movement while interest and similar expenses increased, mostly consisting of non-recurring interest expenses for the refinancing of a real estate project in Japan.

With a stable tax rate, the 38% increase in EBT dropped through to attributable net earnings with EPS flat due to the increased number of shares.

Balance sheet and cash flow

Retained earnings and two capital increases that raised an aggregate €49.1m of new equity saw the balance sheet strengthen considerabley, positioning the group to undertake its ambitious growth plans. Sharehholders’ equity increased from €33.2m to €90.0m, with year-end cash of €65.6m and financial liabilities to banks of just €2.3m.

The new business model promises to generate increasing levels of operational cash flow with relatively light co-investment capital requirements. However, in 2016 operational cash flow represented a relatively low c 14% of operating profit due to working capital movements linked to the legacy business. Management expects operating cash flow to more closely track profitability going forward. The five-year average, with no adjustment for special factors, has been 100%.

Management has indicated its intention to resume dividend payments as appropriate, targeting a c 50% distribution of net earnings, and the market consensus forecast is for a dividend per share of €0.19 to be paid in respect of the current financial year (a yield of c 3%).

Valuation

In this section we comment on the valuation of MPC shares in the context of a broad peer group of listed asset managers, including private equity, specialist and conventional asset managers in Europe and North America, using consensus data sourced from Bloomberg.

The average of the consensus P/E multiples for each of the groups is surprisingly similar given the significant difference in business models that are represented. However, the spread within groups is larger. The consensus expectation for earnings growth for MPC, between the current year and next, of c 30% is the highest of all the companies listed and well above the c 10% average of all sectors. Yet MPC’s prospective P/E of 10.9x is at a 9% discount to the specialist group average and towards the bottom of a fairly wide range, and a 14% discount to the all sector average.

Similarly, there is a high degree of similarity in terms of the average prospective ROEs for the groups, with the exception of conventional asset managers. This may reflect the obvious competitive pressures from lower costs passive fund managers as well as the burden of regulatory change. MPC’s ROE, though increasing, is still below the specialist sector average, although Apollo has significant impact on increasing the average. Nevertheless, the prospective MPC ROE is below the all sector average and this is reflected in a lower P/BV multiple.

Based on historic data, there is no dividend yield for MPC although the prospective dividend yield based on the consensus dividend forecast is 3% and dividends are forecast to follow earnings higher in the coming years.

The relatively low market capitalisation of MPC may be a contributor to MPC’s lower than average valuation, and we also note some remaining legal risks in respect of the legacy funds in the sensitivities section below. However, the valuation does appear to build in a level of caution with respect to the likelihood of the group meeting consensus expectations, and certainly regarding its ability to meet management’s medium-term targets. Confirmation that near-term consensus is likely to be met should also improve investor confidence in medium-term prospects and would likely have a very positive impact on its relative valuation. At the average prospective (next year) multiple for the specialist group, MPC shares would trade at c €6.4 but the real upside opportunity would come from the market beginning to discount a successful medium-term outlook which could see a re-rating to above the peer average with share price performance further supported by above average earnings growth.

Exhibit 10: Peer valuation data

Share price

(local currency)

Market cap (m)

(in US$)

Current year P/E (x)

Next year P/E (x)

Current year ROE (%)

Next year ROE (%)

Price/BV (x)

Dividend yield (%)

Private equity group

Partners Group

600

164,000

28.3

25.8

35.3

34.5

9.6

2.6%

Blackstone

32.58

38,952

11.2

10.3

25.6

32.8

5.7

5.1%

Fortress

7.96

3,082

7.9

7.8

N/A

N/A

N/A

5.8%

KKR

18.67

15,173

8.4

7.6

16.4

17.9

1.4

3.4%

3i Group

8.685

10,907

10.5

10.0

14.7

14.0

1.3

3.1%

Specialist group

Apollo

27.56

11,202

10.8

9.9

33.8

69.1

7.0

4.5%

Ashmore

3.532

3,229

16.8

17.0

22.2

19.2

3.4

4.7%

Man Group

1.571

3,353

10.5

8.3

13.8

18.5

1.5

5.7%

Patrizia

16.98

1,587

22.1

17.6

8.2

9.5

1.7

0.0%

Lloyd Fonds

3.72

38

9.1

8.1

16.6

15.7

1.4

4.3%

MPC

5.801

200

14.5

10.9

12.8

15.1

1.8

0.0%

Conventional group

Aberdeen

2.927

4,962

13.5

13.0

13.1

12.4

2.4

6.7%

Azimut

18.38

2,924

14.0

13.2

28.8

28.5

3.6

5.4%

Henderson

2.337

3,401

15.8

14.3

16.4

16.8

2.4

4.5%

Jupiter

4.935

2,894

14.7

14.3

24.4

22.7

3.5

3.0%

Schroders

31.65

10,870

16.0

15.2

17.0

16.5

2.6

2.9%

Averages

Private equity

13.2

12.3

23.0

24.8

4.5

4.0%

Specialist

14.0

12.0

17.9

24.5

2.8

3.2%

Conventional

14.8

14.0

19.9

19.4

2.9

4.5%

All

14.0

12.7

19.9

22.9

3.3

3.9%

Source: Bloomberg data as at 29 May 2017

Sensitivities

MPC anticipates that the majority of its c €2.8bn of legacy retail AUM (c 55% of the current total AUM) will have run-off over the medium term. The exact timing is uncertain as it depends on the opportunities to sell mature assets and the decisions of investors. Management is focused on optimising the returns that can be realised from these assets meanwhile but for longer-term growth, and to meet the targets that management has set as well as market expectations, it is crucial that MPC is able to source a sufficient quantity of attractive assets and investors for these assets. We review above MCP’s sourcing, asset management and distribution strengths and additionally note a number of external factors that may impact its ability to achieve this as listed below:

An increase in interest rates could be expected to have a dampening effect on investor demand for real assets and negatively impact MPC’s ability to grow its assets under management, although the spread of assets types offered by MPC is likely to offer some protection.

An economic slowdown would be likely to reduce the returns available on real assets, limiting returns on existing funds and investor appetite for new investments.

Currency risks are a feature of shipping assets in particular (where revenues are typically US$ denominated) but are a factor for most international real assets. To hedge against currency risks, currency options have been taken out on a portion of the contractually fixed US$ revenues for 2017. Based on the remaining US$ exposure, an increase of 10% in the EUR/USD exchange rate assumed by the MPC Capital Group would have an effect of roughly 1.3 % on the forecast revenue for the 2017 financial year (Source: 2016 annual report).

Competition for real assets is strong from large, well resourced, asset managers and investors alike, and an inability to source attractive assets would negatively impact MPC’s ability to grow assets under management. As described above, its strategy is to seek niche assets where competition is less intense, using its partner network to source projects.

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