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RNS Number : 5369N

HarbourVest Global Priv. Equity Ltd

21 May 2020

21 May 2020

HVPE ESTIMATED NAV PER SHARE UPDATE FOR APRIL 2020

   --   Estimated NAV of $27.26 (GBP21.65) per share 

o Reflects predominantly 31 December 2019 valuations

   --   Net investor during month with a net $52 million invested 
   --   Update from the Investment Manager regarding portfolio impact assessment 

HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited ("HVPE" or the "Company"), a closed-end investment company, today announces its estimated Net Asset Value ("NAV") at 30 April 2020.

HVPE provides a complete private equity solution for public investors, managing the portfolio through four phases of the private equity cycle to create value: Commitments, Investment, Growth, and Realisation.

Commitments

During April, HVPE did not make any new commitments to HarbourVest-managed funds. HVPE's Investment Pipeline (unfunded commitments) decreased on a net basis by $51.8 million during April based on capital funded and foreign exchange rate movements.

At 30 April the Investment Pipeline stood at $1.71bn. The Board and the Investment Manager have decided it is prudent to place HVPE's commitment plan temporarily on hold, in order to allow for the Investment Manager to review the Company's portfolio construction priorities during these uncertain times. A further assessment will be made in due course, with the potential to re-start new commitments in Q4 2020. In the meantime, the HarbourVest funds to which HVPE has already made commitments will continue to call capital for new investments, so enabling the Company to take advantage of the attractive opportunities that the Investment Manager anticipates will arise during this period.

Investment

During April, HVPE invested $51.6 million in HarbourVest funds (compared to $72.8 million in March). The largest investment was made to a HarbourVest US-focused buyout fund-of-funds.

Growth

At 30 April 2020, HVPE's estimated NAV per share was $27.26 (GBP21.65), compared to the 31 March 2020 estimate of $27.02 (GBP21.74).

It is important to note that the 30 April 2020 NAV is based predominantly on 31 December 2019 valuations, and in most instances does not reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the underlying portfolio companies. The valuation breakdown of the HVPE portfolio as reported here is as follows: 9% actual 30 April 2020 (representing the public companies in the portfolio); 1% actual 31 March 2020 (a small proportion of direct co-investment valuations); and 90% actual 31 December 2019. Consistent with previous estimated NAV reports, valuations are also adjusted for foreign exchange movements, cashflows, and any known material events to 30 April 2020.

Realisation

HVPE did not receive any distributions from HarbourVest funds during April 2020, compared to $17.9 million in March 2020. Low figures are typical for the month of April, as recorded in recent years (2019: $0.5 million; 2018: $2.9 million).

During April, there were a total of 18 liquidity events across HVPE's underlying portfolio, which was equal to March's 18 events, and compares to a last 12-month average of 26.

Balance Sheet and Credit Facility

At 30 April 2020, HVPE had no drawings on its credit facility. Borrowing at the HarbourVest fund level amounted to $386.9 million. HVPE's cash ($35.2 million) and available credit ($600.0 million) totalled $635.2 million. However, as detailed in the Regulatory Newswire Service (RNS) announcement accompanying the Estimated NAV at 31 March 2020 , on 20 April 2020, HVPE initiated a $200.0 million draw on its credit facility; funds were received on 11 May 2020 and have been deposited in a low-risk JP Morgan money market fund.

Additional detail about HVPE's NAV and investment diversification can be found on HVPE's website, in the Monthly Update for 30 April 2020 .

Update from the Investment Manager regarding portfolio impact assessment

As reported on 20 April, the Investment Manager had embarked on an ongoing bottom-up assessment of the likely impact of COVID-19 on HVPE's portfolio. Approximately 80% of the portfolio by value has now been reviewed as part of this exercise. Companies were assessed directly or with the help of the applicable General Partner ("GP"), taking into consideration HQ location, employee dislocation risk, end user/consumer sentiment sensitivity, person-to-person exposure, business model travel requirements, potential for supply side disruption, and liquidity and leverage profile, among other factors. The great majority of HVPE's portfolio by value has been deemed likely to experience a low or moderate impact across these areas of assessment, with only a relatively small proportion expected to be materially impacted. Nevertheless it remains the case that HVPE's NAV per share is expected to decline in the months ahead. The Investment Manager is continuously refining the risk profiles based on regular communication with GPs and company management. Should there be any substantive change in the output of this ongoing impact assessment, a further update will be provided in due course.

The HVPE team is here to discuss any questions you may have, so please do not hesitate to contact Richard Hickman or Charlotte Edgar using the contact details below.

Enquiries:

 
  Shareholders 
 Richard Hickman        Tel: +44 (0)20 7399   rhickman@harbourvest.com 
                         9847 
 Charlotte Edgar        Tel: +44 (0)20 7399   cedgar@harbourvest.com 
                         9826 
  Media 
 HarbourVest Partners 
 Alicia Sweeney         Tel: +1 (617) 807     acurransweeney@harbourvest.com 
                         2945 
 MHP Communications 
 Charlie Barker / Tim   Tel: +44(0)20 3128    hvpe@mhpc.com 
  Rowntree               8100 
 

Notes to Editors:

About HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited:

HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited ("HVPE" or the "Company") is a Guernsey-incorporated, closed-end investment company which is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. HVPE is designed to offer shareholders long-term capital appreciation by investing in a private equity portfolio diversified by geography, stage of investment, vintage year, and industry. The Company invests in and alongside HarbourVest-managed funds which focus on primary fund commitments, secondary investments and direct co-investments in operating companies. HVPE's investment manager is HarbourVest Advisers L.P., an affiliate of HarbourVest Partners, LLC, an independent, global private markets asset manager with more than 35 years of experience.

About HarbourVest Partners, LLC:

HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets asset manager with over 35 years of experience and more than $68 billion in assets under management, as of December 31, 2019. The Firm's powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 600 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $40 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $24 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $17 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customised solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.

This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for, any securities in any jurisdiction and should not be relied upon in connection with any decision to subscribe for or acquire any Shares. In particular, this announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for, any securities in the United States or to US Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("US Persons")). Neither this announcement nor any copy of it may be taken, released, published or distributed, directly or indirectly to US Persons or in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions), Canada, Australia or Japan, or any jurisdiction where such action would be unlawful. Accordingly, recipients represent that they are able to receive this announcement without contravention of any applicable legal or regulatory restrictions in the jurisdiction in which they reside or conduct business. No recipient may distribute, or make available, this announcement (directly or indirectly) to any other person. Recipients of this announcement should inform themselves about and observe any applicable legal requirements in their jurisdictions.

The Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and, accordingly, may not be offered, sold, resold, transferred, delivered or distributed, directly or indirectly, within the United States or to US Persons. In addition, the Company is not registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act") and shareholders of the Company will not have the protections of that act. There will be no public offer of the Shares in the United States or to US Persons.

This announcement has been prepared by the Company and its investment manager, HarbourVest Advisers L.P. (the "Investment Manager"). No liability whatsoever (whether in negligence or otherwise) arising directly or indirectly from the use of this announcement is accepted and no representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is or will be made by the Company, the Investment Manager or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers, representatives or other agents ("Agents") for any information or any of the opinions contained herein or for any errors, omissions or misstatements. None of the Investment Manager nor any of their respective Agents makes or has been authorised to make any representation or warranties (express or implied) in relation to the Company or as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of this announcement, or any other written or oral statement provided. In particular, no representation or warranty is given as to the achievement or reasonableness of, and no reliance should be placed on any projections, targets, estimates or forecasts contained in this announcement and nothing in this announcement is or should be relied on as a promise or representation as to the future.

Epidemics, Pandemics and Other Health Risks - Many countries have experienced infectious illnesses in recent decades, including swine flu, avian influenza, SARS and 2019-nCoV (the "Coronavirus"). In December 2019, an initial outbreak of the Coronavirus was reported in Hubei, China. Since then, a large and growing number of cases have been confirmed around the world. The Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in numerous deaths and the imposition of both local and more widespread "work from home" and other quarantine measures, border closures and other travel restrictions causing social unrest and commercial disruption on a global scale. The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The ongoing spread of the Coronavirus has had and will continue to have a material adverse impact on local economies in the affected jurisdictions and also on the global economy as cross-border commercial activity and market sentiment are increasingly impacted by the outbreak and government and other measures seeking to contain its spread. In addition to these developments having potentially adverse consequences for underlying portfolio investments of the HarbourVest funds and the value of the investments therein, the operations of HVPE, the Investment Manager, and HVPE's portfolio of HarbourVest funds have been, and could continue to be, adversely impacted, including through quarantine measures and travel restrictions imposed on personnel or service providers based around the world, and any related health issues of such personnel or service providers. Any of the foregoing events could materially and adversely affect the Investment Manager's ability to source, manage and divest its investments and its ability to fulfil its investment objectives. Similar consequences could arise with respect to other comparable infectious diseases.

Other than as required by applicable laws, the Company gives no undertaking to update this announcement or any additional information, or to correct any inaccuracies in it which may become apparent and the distribution of this announcement. The information contained in this announcement is given at the date of its publication and is subject to updating, revision and amendment. The contents of this announcement have not been approved by any competent regulatory or supervisory authority.

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All investments are subject to risk. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Prospective investors are advised to seek expert legal, financial, tax and other professional advice before making any investment decision. The value of investments may fluctuate. Results achieved in the past are no guarantee of future results.

This announcement is issued by the Company, whose registered address is BNP Paribas House, St Julian's Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1WA

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