IP Group — Sale of Garrison Technology to Everfox

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IP Group — Sale of Garrison Technology to Everfox

On 12 June IP Group announced that Garrison Technology, one of its key deeptech holdings, is being acquired by US-based cybersecurity company Everfox (formerly Forcepoint Federal), which has been Garrison’s partner for several years. IP Group highlighted that it would receive a cash consideration upon deal completion for its 23.6% stake in Garrison and that the valuation of Garrison implied by the deal will not result in any meaningful uplift to last carrying value. Based on this, we understand that IP Group will sell its stake at a price, which is broadly in line with the £31.6m fair value as at end-December 2023 (or c 2.7% of its end-2023 NAV). This is an indication of IP Group’s prudent approach to valuing the business (it had been valued in line with its £15.5m funding round in 2023). Further exits in line with or above last carrying value should assist a narrowing of the current wide discount to NAV of c 61%.

Milosz Papst

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Milosz Papst

Director, Financials

TMT

IP Group

Sale of Garrison Technology to Everfox

21 June 2024

Price

44.90p

Market cap

£462m

Net cash (£m) at end 2023

91.7

Shares in issue

1.03bn

Code

IPO

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

IP Group helps to create, build and support IP-based companies internationally. The group focuses on companies that meaningfully contribute to regenerative (Kiko), healthier (life sciences) and tech-enriched (deeptech) futures. The group is mostly active in the UK, with an additional international footprint through investment platforms in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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On 12 June IP Group announced that Garrison Technology, one of its key deeptech holdings, is being acquired by US-based cybersecurity company Everfox (formerly Forcepoint Federal), which has been Garrison’s partner for several years. IP Group highlighted that it would receive a cash consideration upon deal completion for its 23.6% stake in Garrison and that the valuation of Garrison implied by the deal will not result in any meaningful uplift to last carrying value. Based on this, we understand that IP Group will sell its stake at a price, which is broadly in line with the £31.6m fair value as at end-December 2023 (or c 2.7% of its end-2023 NAV). This is an indication of IP Group’s prudent approach to valuing the business (it had been valued in line with its £15.5m funding round in 2023). Further exits in line with or above last carrying value should assist a narrowing of the current wide discount to NAV of c 61%.

Company update

Investment companies
Listed venture capital

Period end

Net cash*
(£m)

Portfolio fair value** (£m)

NAV
(£m)

NAV/share
(p)

Price/NAV
(%)***

06/22

191.6

1,266

1,414

136.7

(49)

12/22

160.1

1,259

1,376

132.9

(58)

06/23

111.7

1,276

1,314

126.7

(55)

12/23

91.7

1,165

1,190

114.8

(49)

Note: *Includes restricted cash but not funds held on behalf of Enterprise Investment Scheme/venture capital trust investors. **Portfolio fair value includes US platform and other LP interests. ***Based on share price at respective period ends.

As discussed in our October 2023 update note, Garrison Technology is a provider of a remote web browser and related hardware, allowing enterprises and government agencies to prevent local machines from accessing malicious data sources by keeping all activity in the cloud (by means of web isolation). Its solution is primarily aimed at protecting against ransomware and phishing attacks. In recent years, the company reported strong demand from government customers (especially in the UK and US), as well as solid growth across its key commercial accounts (eg Lloyds Banking Group). In its H123 report, IP Group highlighted the large and increasing presence of Garrison in the US.

Garrison’s revenues in the fiscal year to end-March 2023 reached around £20m after posting a four-year CAGR of 64% (including double-digit growth in the last financial year). IP Group gained exposure to Garrison through the acquisition of Touchstone Innovations in 2017 (which backed Garrison’s seed round in 2015). Overall, IP Group has invested £13.8m in Garrison to date, and the deal would imply a c 2.3x realised multiple on invested capital.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and IP Group expects it to close this summer.

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