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Oxford Capital says its EIS funds offer “recession-busting” potential

Venture capitalist Oxford Capital says investments it makes have the potential to deliver strong performance, with profitable exits and portfolio valuation uplifts despite recessionary

Venture capitalist Oxford Capital says investments it makes have the potential to deliver strong performance, with profitable exits and portfolio valuation uplifts despite recessionary market conditions. 

Oxford Capital’s Oxford Gateway Funds have on average outperformed the FTSE 100 index by ten per cent over the last 12 months to October 2008.

Recent performance highlights include positive developments from companies developing new technologies in the healthcare, sustainability and communications sectors.

For example, in August 2008 Oxford Capital achieved a cash exit for Infobasis, a software company spinout from Microsoft, delivering five per cent IRR over five years.

Ted Mott, chief executive officer of Oxford Capital (photo), says: ‘Investments in emerging technology businesses are less affected by the economic downturn as their prospects for growth are not based on sales today, but on commercialising their intellectual property over the coming years. We’re seeing exciting developments in a number of our portfolio companies which we expect to enable our EIS Funds to deliver returns largely uncorrelated to stock market performance.’

Oxford Capital’s fifth Oxford Gateway Enterprise Investment Scheme Fund provides investors with the opportunity to participate in the growth of emerging international businesses and to benefit from tax incentives including income tax relief on investment at 20 per cent, income tax carry back relief, deferral of earlier capital gains tax liabilities, a capital gains tax exemption which allows tax free growth and 100 per cent inheritance tax relief.

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