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Pender Growth Fund Provides Financial Highlights and Company Updates

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (TSXV: PTF) -- Pender Growth Fund Inc. (the “Company”) today announced its financial and operational results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2023.

Financial Highlights (Unaudited)

  • Net income was $41,217 for the three months ended June 30, 2023 (June 30, 2022 – Net loss $58,521,457). Investment performance was neutral in the quarter.
  • Net income per Class C common share (“Share”) for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was $0.01 (June 30, 2022 – Net loss per share $7.71).
  • Shareholders’ equity per Share was $8.85 as at June 30, 2023 (December 31, 2022 – $9.28).
  • The Company’s total shareholders’ equity was $66.8 million as at June 30, 2023, a decrease from December 31, 2022 ($70.2 million) resulting primarily from negative investment performance during the period.
  • Shares outstanding were 7,547,129 as at June 30, 2023, a decrease from December 31, 2022 (7,569,929) as a result of share repurchases under the Company’s Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”), which was renewed on February 14, 2023.
  • At June 30, 2023, 83.5% of the investment portfolio was made up of private companies and 16.5% of public companies. However, taken together with the Company’s indirect exposure to public companies through its investment in Pender Private Investments Inc. (“PPI”) and Pender Technology Inflection Fund II Limited Partnership (“PTIF II”) , public companies make up 78.0% of the Company’s holdings.
  • Management Expense Ratio (“MER”) before performance fees was 2.66% for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, up 1.12% compared to 1.54% in the second quarter of 2022.

PERFORMANCE

(Based on
Shareholders’ Equity)
3 Month 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year Since
Inception
Class C 0.1% -20.7% 23.9% 15.3% 17.9%


The Company’s portfolio is materially concentrated in the shares of one publicly listed Portfolio Company, Copperleaf Technologies Inc. (“Copperleaf”). At June 30, 2023, considering both its direct investment and its indirect investment through its holding of shares of PPI, the Company held 6,762,065 shares of Copperleaf with a value of $38.5 million, which was 57.7% of the Company’s total shareholders’ equity of $66.8 million (December 31, 2022 – 6,762,065 Shares with a value of $38.8 million which was 55.3% of the Company’s total shareholders’ equity of $70.2 million). As at June 30, 2023, Copperleaf’s trading price was at $5.70 per share, down $0.04 per share from its December 31, 2022 closing price of $5.74 per share. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to realize the value of this investment.

Portfolio Highlights

During the second quarter, financial markets responded positively to the growing expectations of economic soft landing and rallied with equities and corporate bonds performing well. Softening economic growth but avoiding an outright recession would be a favourable outcome, but with the rally in risk assets there is potential for disappointment if a more challenging economic backdrop were to materialize.

We believe that the Company continues to be well-positioned today to pursue its investment objectives despite current market volatility and valuations in micro and small cap stocks in North America.

Investment results may be affected by future developments and new information that may emerge about inflation and the impact of central bank measures and geopolitical and other global events, factors that are beyond the Company’s control.

While macro events have driven investor sentiment, we have remained focused on our bottom-up fundamental research to identify companies that can thrive in a wide range of economic scenarios. We believe that this environment provides compelling opportunities for long term focused investors and that the Company is well-positioned to continue to pursue its investment objectives.

As always, this quarter we worked closely with our private portfolio companies and certain of our public portfolio companies.

Significant Equity Investments & Recent Developments

Pender Private Investments Inc.

At June 30, 2023, the Company held approximately 98% of the Legacy Shares of PPI, formerly the Working Opportunity Fund (EVCC) Ltd. (“WOF”). These shares were acquired in May 2021 from shareholders of WOF (“Exiting Shareholders”) under the previously announced transaction (the “WOF Transaction”) and in transactions subsequent to May 2021.

On June 21, 2023, PTF and PPI entered into an arrangement agreement (“Arrangement Agreement of the PPI Transaction”) for PTF to acquire all of PPI’s Legacy Shares held by the 2% minority shareholders (the “PPI Transaction”).

After receiving approval from the PPI shareholders, a satisfactory Fairness Opinion and court approval, the Company acquired the remaining 2% of PPI’s Legacy Shares at a purchase price $6.94 per Share for a total cash purchase price of approximately $855,490, effective August 17, 2023.

Copperleaf Technologies Inc.

At June 30, 2023, the Company held 9.3% of Copperleaf’s issued and outstanding shares, both directly and through its investment in PPI. The value of the Company’s direct and indirect holdings of Copperleaf was $38.5 million at June 30, 2023, which was 57.7% of the Company’s total shareholders’ equity.

Other Highlights

We continued to acquire shares of the Company in the market under our NCIB because we believe the shares are trading at a discount to their intrinsic value. On February 14, 2023, the Company launched a new NCIB, under which the Company may purchase a maximum of 663,045 shares, or 10% of the Company’s public float on launch date, during the one-year period ending February 13, 2024. 

We encourage you to refer to the Company’s MD&A and quarterly unaudited financial statements for June 30, 2023, the annual audited financial statements for the year-ended December 31, 2022, and other disclosures available under the Company’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca for additional information.

About the Company

Pender Growth Fund Inc is an investment firm. Its investment objective is to achieve long-term capital growth. The Company utilizes its small capital base and long-term horizon to invest in unique situations, primarily small cap, special situations, and illiquid public and private companies. The firm invests in public and private companies based primarily in Canada and the U.S., principally in the technology sector. It trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “PTF” and posts its NAV on its website, generally within five business days of each month end.

Please visit www.pendergrowthfund.com.

For further information, please contact:

Tony Rautava

Corporate Secretary
Pender Growth Fund Inc.
(604) 653-9625
Toll Free: (866) 377-4743

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of applicable securities laws) relating to the business of the Company and the environment in which it operates. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “project”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “may”, “estimate” and other similar expressions. These statements are based on the Company's expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections and include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s decreased portfolio risk and future investment opportunities. The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on certain assumptions; they are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company's annual information form available at www.sedarplus.ca. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, these forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and, except as expressly required by applicable law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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