The Edge Performance VCT reconvened AGM and General Meetings finally took place today, including the sack-the-board requisitioned meeting. The bottom line is that the Board survived and voting was heavy so it is hard to complain, even if the eventual votes went against the rebels. But…..
Today Edge Performance VCT (EDGH) finally holds its reconvened AGM from last August, and a separate General Meeting to decide whether to sack the Board and replace it with a new one intent on liquidating the portfolio or not. In the rebel corner sits ShareSoc with the strong support of SHareProphets, a former director who stepped down on the announcement that the now defunct I-Class shares would be paid off from the sale of an asset owned by the H-class shareholders whilst the H-shares got nothing, a proposed new director and, of course, a stack of H- and former I-class shareholders who requisitioned the meeting.
Another missive, this time from the Chairman of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH) has found its way to ShareProphets Towers. You would never know there is a sack-the-board EGM called for a week tomorrow! The ShareProphets Translation Service explains…..
Still seemingly oblivious to the apparent scandal, the board of fully-listed Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) has announced that the I-share class is scheduled for the dustbin on Thursday of this week – despite there being a sack-the-board requisitioned EGM called largely by I-shareholders on January. If you can’t beat ‘em, throw them in the bin! What sort of shareholder democracy is that?
It was always coming: fully-listed Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) has now confirmed that its re-convened AGM – which was adjourned with no business having been covered way back on 31 August 2021 – is going to take place on Monday 17th January 2022. If that is “as soon as possible” after 31 August 2021 then I am a banana. It was also announced that there will be an EGM as requisitioned (for the second time) to put alternative proposals to shareholders, including sacking the entire Board and placing the outfit into liquidation. But the poor old I-shareholders, who were promised that the entire Board would stand for re-election during 2021, yet not one of them has stood during 2021 – are set for the scrap heap ahead of the meeting. The cowardly Board has elected to disenfranchise them.
In response to the second sack-the-board EGM requisition as detailed HERE the Board of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) has issued a letter to its H-share holders. The arrogance is breath-taking but the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service wonders if it is the longest corporate suicide note in history. The statement reads (in bold, with the ShareProphets RNS Translation in normal type):
ShareSoc has not always seen eye-to-eye with ShareProphets, but on this occasion we stand firmly behind ShareSoc as it again attacks the Board of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI). Sharesoc has now taken the unusual step of releasing an RNS which states:
It was announced on Wednesday at no-one-is-watching o’clock (5.17pm) that trading in Edge Performance I-shares (EDGI) was to be halted the following morning. The disenfranchisement of the I-shares is almost complete.
I have commented extensively on the winding down of the I-shares at Edge Performance VCT (EDGI) amid what is surely a scandal of corporate governance. But what of the H-shares (EDGH), following the disposal of approximately 90% of the holding in Unity Software Inc for £10.9 million in cash, a 20 times return according to the company for an investment carried in the books at just £1.2 million, as announced on Thursday 18 November?
At 3.41pm yesterday Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) released an RNS announcing an Interim Dividend to be paid to I-class shareholders of 3.39p per share. Good news, one might think – but there is more to this than meets the eye.
Yesterday I covered a link between apparently “independent” Director at Edge Performance VCT (EDGI and EDGH) Sir Peter Bazalgette and its lead fund manager Mr David Glick at Edge Creative Enterprise Fund. Today I turn to a company called Mirriad Limited, a company in which Edge Performance VCT saw a £3.3 million investment written down by 98 to just £50,000 in 2015. It was the biggest cause of Edge’s loss that year.
I don’t like being bullied – even indirectly by clairvoyant PR guys. So when Tom Winnifrith reported taking a call regarding my pieces on Edge Performance VCT (EDGI and EDGH) and the one director on its Board, Sir Peter Bazalgette, to be facing re-election by grateful shareholders (no sniggering at the back) – if, that is, Edge ever gets around to reconvening its AGM which was adjourned way back on 31 August 2021, some two and a half months ago – I took a trip to Companies House. Toff ITV NED Edward Bonham-Carter will no doubt wish to overlook this as well as Sir Peter is just a jolly fine chap and not some dirty oik.
The stink arising from the alphabet soup that was Edge Performance VCT (EDGI and EDGH) continues to grow. I have written to Dame Carolyn McCall, the CEO of ITV (ITV) regarding the involvement of her chairman, demanding a full enquiry.
The Board of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) may not have quite got around to updating the market on this yet, but an EGM requisition has arrived with proposals to remove the entire board (barring one who was supposed to be standing down anyway). For Edge I-shareholders, it may not give them any extra cash back on their disastrous investment, but at least they will have the chance to take some satisfaction from sacking the board. But I fancy any potential reform may not be limited to just that – probably, in my view, to the advantage of the H-shares, the other remaining class left over from the alphabet soup that was Edge Performance VCT.
I’ve been rummaging through the prospectus for the IPO of Edge Performance VCT I- and H-Shares from 2011 (EDGH and EDGI). Given the abject returns on the I-shares, which listed at £1 but will only see a total return after some nine or (for the fleetest of foot) ten years of about 46p once this class of share has been dispensed with shortly, I wonder what they were expecting upon investment. Let’s take a look.
I must say that those people at Edge Performance VCT must be very nice chaps, for I had an email yesterday purporting to be from them thanking me for my continued support in backing the founders and management team. Clearly describing the Edge VCT as a shit-show is pushing all the right buttons.
I noted on Friday that the I shares from the alphabet soup that is Edge Performance VCT (EDGH for news, EDGI for the shares) are going to be wound up and sent off to the great share repository in the sky. This is after I shareholders got an 8.5p dividend with roughly another 3.5p to come following the disposal of Coolabi via a takeover on an enterprise value of £35 million. But I fancy I shareholders will be bitterly disappointed, given that they lost over half of their money over a nine-year period. A look at what happened with Coolabi may begin to explain why.