Ventus, a VCT investing in small-scale wind farm projects, has raised £15m before closing its offer, claiming a number of firsts for such a type of investment.
According to Ventus’ figures, it is the most raised for a specialist VCT, the most raised for a first time manager – Climate Change Advisory – and the largest retail investor fund raising for a renewables investment.
Ventus also claims that its business plan has paved the way for other VCTs to attract investors who may be concerned over liquidity issues caused by lack of a secondary market and discounts to NAV. Ventus says its offer of dividend payments on the basis of power supply contracts already negotiated – which should also provide forward earnings visibility – will increase secondary investor demand.
The trust’s directors are forecasting income per share of 8p annually, equal to a tax-free income of more than 13%.
On the back of the offer success, CCA plans to launch Ventus 2 in the current fiscal year.
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