2 Annual Report Table of contents Gimv at a glance A word from our Chairman and CEO Highlights Results and key figures Buyouts & Growth Overview Buyouts & Growthportfolio 20 Venture Capital 27 Overview Venture Capital portfolio Funds & Joint Ventures Share and shareholders HR and network Responsible Corporate Behaviour Occurrences after closing of the financial year and prospects Corporate governance statement Board of Directors Members Composition Operation Evaluation Remuneration Guidelines and code of conduct Advisory committees Audit Committee Remuneration Committee Nomination Committee Management Committee 54 Members Evaluation Remuneration Share ownership Partners' council Capital Internal control and risk management Remuneration report External audit Annual accounts 72 Limited consolidation Consolidated income statement Consolidated balance sheet Changes in equity Simplified cash flow statement Main valuation rules
3 Annual Report Discussion income statement 7 Discussion balance sheet 8 Auditor's statement Statutory consolidation Consolidated income statement 2 Consolidated balance sheet 3 Changes in equity 4 Consolidated cash flow statement 5 Accounting policies 6 Subsidiaries 7 Acquisition of subsidiaries 8 Sales of subsidiaries 9 Segment information 10 Operating result 11 Financial result 12 Income taxes 13 Earnings per share 14 Paid and proposed dividends 15 Goodwill and other intangible assets 16 Property, plant and equipment 17 Goodwill impairment 18 Financial assets 19 Loans to investee companies 20 Inventories 21 Trade and other receivables 22 Cash and marketable securities 23 Outstanding capital and reserves 24 Pension liabilities 25 Provisions 26 Financial liabilities and trade payables 27 Related parties 28 Financial risk management 29 Sharebased transactions 30 Fair value 31 Outstanding fund commitments 32 Auditor's report 33 Limited to statutory consolidation Unconsolidated financial statements 1 Balance sheet 2 Income statement Glossary Financial calendar Contact
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5 Annual Report P. 2/159 Driven by decades of experience in building European companies, Gimv is the trusted VC and PE partner for entrepreneurial growth companies. By actively adapting to markets, Gimv generates attractive and sustainable returns. Mission statement Gimv
6 Annual Report P. 3/159 A word from our Chairman and CEO Difficult circumstances stimulate creativity, the driver of all growth. After two years of financial and economic crisis, the investment market is reviving and gathering speed. With its solid capital base, conservative investment policy and longterm investment horizon, Gimv has withstood the financial and economic crisis. It has also guided its portfolio companies some of them in hardhit sectors relatively unscathed through this difficult period. In the words of a wellknown Chinese proverb, Gimv has converted the crisis into an opportunity. It comes out of the crisis with strong resources, ready to invest in growing industries of the future, and in companies with profitable niche positions in traditional sectors. By contributing to the success of our portfolio companies, we secure our own progress and the creation of value for our shareholders. Growthoriented culture in an international network Gimv continues to partner with promising businesses both in Europe and wider afield. In Europe, the French private equity market grew faster last year than elsewhere. Our Paris office did a number of attractive deals, such as Inside Secure, Private Outlet, Onedirect and Brunel. Gimv also made a number of attractive investments in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, including RES Software, Square Melon, McPhy Energy and PE International. The crisis years have led Gimv to pay growing attention to being adequately diversified in terms of geography and end markets. Looking for growth, both Gimv and its portfolio companies are keen to move into new areas, and in particular the increasingly important Asian growth market. Barco, Punch Powertrain, VCST and Eden Chocolates among others have set foot in China. In particular through its Gimv Asia Advisory Council (GAAC), Gimv is proving its value as a provider of advice to our companies that see the Asian market as growth potential. Careful selection criteria remain essential in deciding whether or not to make an investment. In certain transactions price expectations are too high. But high prices also provide exit opportunities, as is clearly the case right now in Venture Capital. The considerable interest shown by industrial partners in innovative companies has enabled us to divest a number of shareholdings over the past year at attractive prices. These include Plexxikon, Movetis, Liquavista and CoreOptics from our Venture Capital portfolio, as well as ANP and Scana Noliko in Buyouts & Growth.
7 Annual Report P. 4/159 Funds up to speed Despite the difficult economic and financial times, Gimv has raised more than EUR 600 million from institutional investors for Gimvmanaged coinvestment funds. In the hands of specialised teams, supported by Gimv's extensive knowledge network, these funds create good opportunities for future investments in highpotential areas. In 2010 we successfully launched the GimvAgri+ Investment Fund and DG Infra Yield, in conjunction with leading Belgian financial players. Both funds have got off to a flying start: GimvAgri+ has invested growth capital in Belgian company Eden Chocolates and DG Infra Yield has invested in the Belwind wind farm off the coast of Zeebrugge. The other two main coinvestment funds, GimvXL and DG Infra+ are up to cruising speed. DG Infra+ has some highly promising projects on the table, which will strengthen its market position. GimvXL is keen to invest in Flemish growth stories, as demonstrated by its recent decision to invest in PinguinLutosa, one of the largest vegetable processors in Europe. "Powering companies for growth: the central theme of all our activities." Attractive profit growth Our conclusion on FY is unambiguous. Gimv achieved a good result. First because of the number of successful divestments, with realised capital gains providing nearly half our net profit, and second thanks to the better operating results reported by the majority of our portfolio companies, which has a knockon effect on their portfolio value. The gross return on our portfolio was a very creditable 23.5 percent. This global result, together with our strong cash position, means that we can sustain our internal growth, that we can continue building a diversified portfolio and that we can maintain our existing dividend policy. It is right to thank our investors here for the confidence they have placed in us over the last year. And to ensure them of our ambition and commitment to continue to shape Gimv with unreduced momentum and the same growthoriented approach. Herman Daems and Koen Dejonckheere
8 Annual Report P. 5/159 Highlights April 2010 Square Melon Investment With the launch of Square Melon, Gimv streamlines its investments in marcom companies Bananas, Amphion and Demonstrate. April 2010 RES Software Investment Gimv invests in Dutch RES Software, a leader in user workspace management. April 2010 CapMan Russia Fund Investment Gimv continues its investment activities in Russia through the CapMan Russia Fund.
9 Annual Report P. 6/159 May 2010 Inside Secure Investment Gimv invests in the buyandbuild strategy of French company Inside Secure. May 2010 CoreOptics Divestment Listed Cisco Systems buys Gimv's holding in the German electronics company CoreOptics. May 2010 ANP Divestment Gimv sells its holding in Dutch press agency ANP to VVentures.
10 Annual Report P. 7/159 June 2010 Launch of DG Infra Yield A new Benelux infrastructure initiative is unveiled. Gimv and Dexia launch DG Infra Yield, complementary to DG Infra+. June 2010 Belwind Investment DG Infra Yield's first investment is in offshore wind farm Belwind. July 2010 McPhy Energy Investment McPhy Energy is the first cleantech investment in France.
11 Annual Report P. 8/159 July 2010 Microtherm Divestment Promat International buys Gimv's shareholding in Belgian industrial group Microtherm. September 2010 Onedirect Investment Gimv takes a majority shareholding in French company Onedirect, specialising in B2B esales of telephony equipment. September 2010 Private Outlet Investment Gimv's investment in French company Private Outlet online private sales of branded clothing and accessories confirms its interest in ecommerce.
12 Annual Report P. 9/159 September 2010 Movetis Divestment Following a takeover offer by the BritishIrish Shire, Gimv sells its holding in the publicly traded pharmaceutical company Movetis. October 2010 DataContact Investment Gimv provides growth capital to Polish contact centre operator DataContact. October 2010 Eden Chocolates Investment Gimv Agri+ Investment Fund and Gimv invest in Belgian enterprise Eden Chocolates.
13 Annual Report P. 10/159 December 2010 PE International Investment Gimv takes a holding in German company PE International, specialising in sustainabilityrelated software applications and services. January 2011 Brunel Investment Gimv takes a shareholding in Brunel, the French manufacturer of household cleaning products. January 2011 Liquavista Divestment Gimv's interest in technology company Liquavista is acquired by Samsung Electronics.
14 Annual Report P. 11/159 February 2011 NovoPolymers Investment Gimv makes an additional investment to support the rapid growth of NovoPolymers. March 2011 Plexxikon Divestment Gimv sells Plexxikon to the Japanese pharma giant Daiichi Sankyo. March 2011 Scana Noliko Divestment Gimv reaches an agreement on the sale of food producer Scana Noliko to PinguinLutosa.
15 Annual Report P. 12/159 March 2011 PinguinLutosa Investment GimvXL announces a growth capital investment in the Flemish PinguinLutosa food group. March 2011 Psytechnics Divestment Netscout Systems buys British software company Psytechnics.
16 Annual Report P. 13/159 Results and key figures Net profit of EUR million For FY Gimv posted a net profit of EUR million. This is 15 percent higher than the previous net profit of EUR million. This result is mainly determined by the gains on disposal of a number of portfolio companies. The rest of the portfolio also grew nicely in value, with the continuing recovery of these companies' results and the increased share prices of a number of listed companies. Realised net capital gains during FY amounted to EUR 75.8 million. These capital gains come mainly from the Venture Capital activities (EUR 54.9 million). Another EUR 17.6 million derive from the Buyouts & Growth activities and the remaining EUR 3.3 million from the coinvestment funds. Besides an attractive profit, Gimv also achieved an aboveaverage return on equity. Unrealised net capital gains totalled EUR 57.8 million. These gains came entirely from the Buyouts & Growth activities: EUR 74.2 million, partly offset by negative contributions of EUR 15.2 million from the Venture Capital activities and EUR 1.3 million from the coinvestment funds. The net unrealised capital gains are a direct consequence of the application of the prevailing international private equity valuation rules. You can find a breakdown of the investment portfolio per valuation method and details of the unrealised capital gains and losses further on. For more information on our valuation methodologies, take a look at point 5 of the statutory consolidations. The other operating result for FY came out at EUR 3.8 million and the net financial result for the financial year is EUR 5.0 million positive. Hence, after deducting taxes (EUR 2.8 million) and noncontrolling interests (EUR 4.3 million), Gimv realised for the financial year a net profit of EUR million. Investment pace maintained In FY , Gimv invested a total of EUR million on balance sheet. Another EUR 20.0 million was invested (third party share) by funds managed by Gimv. The main investments by business unit during the past financial year were in Acertys, Square Melon (Bananas) and Eden Chocolates (Buyouts & Growth Belgium), BMC (Buyouts & Growth Netherlands), and Onedirect and Brunel (Buyouts & Growth France). During this same period Technology invested in, among others, Inside Secure, Luma, Private Outlet, RES Software, Ubidyne and Virtensys. Life Sciences invested in Ceres and Devgen. McPhy Energy and PE International were the major investments in Cleantech. There were also the investments in DataContact (CEE), Belwind (DG Infra Yield) and the increase in the shareholding in listed Scandinavian fund manager Capman. Continued strong interest from industrial buyers In FY , Gimv sold among others its shareholdings in ADA Cosmetics, ANP, Claymount, CoreOptics, Liquavista, Microtherm, Mondi Foods, Movetis, Nuance Technologies, Plexxikon, Polymer Insulation Products (PIP), Prolyte, Psytechnics, Santhera Pharmaceuticals, Thrombogenics and 3Mensio. In all Gimv divested for an amount of EUR million. On top of this come another EUR 19.9 million of divestments by the coinvestment funds (third party share). On 31 March 2010 these divestments represented a total value of EUR 59.1 million. In addition the divestments in generated EUR 3.0 million of dividends, interest and management fees. This means that these divestments produced a total of EUR million, or percent (EUR 74.6 million) more than their carrying value at 31 March 2010 (valued at fair value in the limited consolidation) and 55.5 percent (EUR 47.7 million) above their original acquisition cost of EUR 86.0 million, or a multiple of approximately 1.6x.
17 Annual Report P. 14/159 Solid balance sheet The balance sheet total amounted at 31 March 2011 to EUR million. The portfolio is valued at EUR million compared with EUR million at 31 March 2010 (+ 24 percent). Gimv's net cash position at 31 March 2011 was EUR million compared with EUR million at 31 March The decrease is mainly due to the payment of the dividend for FY (EUR 55.6 million), to the excess of investments (EUR million) over divestments (EUR million), and the fact that the proceeds of a number of major divestments were received only after the financial year end. Equity (= net asset value) amounted at 31 March 2011 to EUR million (EUR per share), compared with EUR million (EUR per share) at 31 March 2010 (both figures prior to dividend payment). The increase in equity during FY , plus the dividends of EUR 55.6 million paid out during the financial year, represent a return on equity for the financial year of 13.2 percent, which is slightly above Gimv's longterm return. HIGHLIGHT EUR million investments (incl. funds under management) EUR million divestments (incl. funds under management) Portfolio value amounts to EUR million Net cash position of EUR million Equity rises further to EUR million or EUR per share Gross dividend rises to EUR 2.45 per share (EUR 1.84 net)
18 Annual Report P. 15/ *3 Consolidated financial statements (limited consolidation) (in EUR 000) Equity * Portfolio Cash and cash equivalents Net cash and cash equivalents Investments (own balance sheet) Investments (including funds under management) Divestments (own balance sheet) Divestments (including funds under management) Equity * Net profit * Diluted net profit * Gross dividend Share price (on the closing date of the financial year) Payout ratio 41.1% 47.3% N.A. 62.6% 38.9% Return on equity 13.2% 12.4% 24.3% 12.6% 18.0% Return on portfolio *2 23.5% 22.7% 30.1% 22.3% 33.5% Premium (+) / discount () on equity 9.8% 8.6% 20.5% 16.6% 12.8% Balance sheet total Net profit *1 Total gross dividend Number of employees Key figures per share (in EUR) Total number of shares Ratios *1 Attributable to shareholders of the parent company *2 (Realised capital gains + unrealised capital gains on financial fixed assets + dividends + interests + management fees + turnover) / portfolio at start of financial year *3 Extended accounting year :15 months COMMENTS FOR THE READER: the decimal character is a full stop; thousands are separated by a space.
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21 Annual Report P. 18/159 Buyouts & Growth With its many years of experience, Buyouts & Growth is a major player in the private equity market. The team has a detailed knowledge of local markets and it can rely on a regional presence with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands and France and an extensive international network of expertise. Buyouts & Growth investment focus family businesses with succession issues; financial shareholders seeking liquidity; companies wishing to divest assets or divisions; companies needing fresh capital to accelerate their growth. small to mediumsized companies in varying sectors with enterprise values of up to EUR 125 million; investments from EUR 5 million to 100 million; minority or majority shareholdings; equity and mezzanine instruments.
22 Annual Report P. 19/159 Growth with a solid investor With its ability to commit longterm with its own funds, Gimv presents itself to potential portfolio companies as a solid investor and an ideal partner in the development of growth strategies. Two examples that illustrate this are De Groot International and Onedirect. Over a period of 50 years, De Groot International has grown from small fruit trader to an international importer, distributor and exporter of fruit and vegetables. Gimv entered the company in 2005 and since then has supported its international expansion. During this period De Groot International has undertaken five successful acquisitions. Onedirect is a European B2B etrading specialist in telephony equipment. Gimv believes in the growth potential of this niche player. The fact that Gimv has its own international network and its own expertise in the online environment enhances Onedirect's growth prospects. Network of capital, knowledge and skills Gimv is a reliable and experienced coach and a strategic advisor for checking insights both formally and informally. In short, it is much more than a provider of capital. On the basis of this vision the buyout team is composed of people with financial, strategic and operational backgrounds. Each complements the other so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is reinforced by the use of industry partners. They act as a sounding board for the portfolio companies and provide advice to management where requested. Bringing people together creates added value. Therefore Gimv attaches great importance to this exchange of ideas and tries to bring all those involved into regular contact with each other. Automotive industry supplier VCST is a perfect example. In 2009, Gimv took the initiative of restructuring this company's debt, allowing VCST to once again focus on growth. As a result at the end of 2011 the company will be opening a new facility in growth market China. In the process, VCST received advice from sector colleague Punch Powertrain, another Gimv portfolio company which has already been operating for some time in China. Across all borders International, multidisciplinary and local presence are three key concepts which make Gimv unique. This is proven by companies like Easyvoyage and XDC. Gimv's international operating context, its knowledge of markets and local situations, plus interaction between the venture capital and the buyout teams put Gimv well ahead of the competition. RELATED Gimv helps Scana Noliko grow by 60 percent Scana Noliko is a private label manufacturer of canned and bottled fruit and vegetables, pasta and sauces. Gimv entered the company in Between the time of entry and the planned exit, the company's sales and cash flow have grown by 60 percent. Scana Noliko's success is a shared success, made possible by the dedication of its management team and the involvement of Gimv as both investor and experienced coach. Scana Noliko used Gimv's expertise in taking over the fruit operations of Bonduelle. Gimv's planned exit from Scana Noliko one of the largest Buyouts & Growth portfolio companies will provide significant added value to its shareholders.
23 Annual Report P. 20/159 Overview Buyouts & Growthportfolio Accent Jobs For People Country: Belgium Activity: Temping agencies Entry: 2006 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Sale and distribution of medical equipment Entry: 2007 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Outdoor TV facilities and HDTV Entry: 1998 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Professional visualisation systems Entry: 1981 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Biodiesel Entry: 2006 Website: Acertys Group Alfacam Barco Bioro
24 Annual Report P. 21/159 BMC Groep Country: Netherlands Activity: Professional services for the public sector Entry: 2007 Website: Country: France Activity: Chemical industry, production of household cleaning products Entry: 2011 Website: Country: Poland Activity: Provider of outsourced contact center services Entry: 2010 Website: Brunel DataContact De Groot International Country: Netherlands Activity: Wholesaler in fruit and vegetables Entry: 2005 Website: Country: France Activity: Travel site for information and price comparison Entry: 2009 Website: Easyvoyage
25 Annual Report P. 22/159 EBT Country: Belgium Activity: Bulk terminals and port activities Entry: 1992 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Production of innovative premium chocolates "Senz" Entry: 2010 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Green power Entry: 2008 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Coffins Entry: 2006 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Wallpaper Entry: 2007 Website: Eden Chocolates Electrawinds Funico International Grandeco
26 Annual Report P. 23/159 HVEG Country: Netherlands Activity: Wholesaling of private label clothing Entry: 2006 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Posters and point of sales campaigns Entry: 2000 Website: Country: France Activity: Consultancy in cost optimisation Entry: 2009 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Slaughter and handling of poultry Entry: 2007 Website: Country: France Activity: Online store for design furniture Entry: 2009 Website: Impression Leyton & Associés LintorVerbinnen Made In Design
28 Annual Report P. 25/159 Punch Powertrain Country: Belgium Activity: Variable transmission systems Entry: 2010 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Traditional salad spreads Entry: 2007 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Bottled and canned vegetables and fruits Entry: 2004 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Nontraditional communication Entry: 2009 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Preprepared meals Entry: 1993 Website: Salsa Scana Noliko Square Melon Tops Foods
29 Annual Report P. 26/159 VAG Armaturen Country: Germany Activity: Industrial valves and fittings Entry: 2008 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Frozen bakery products and lipids Entry: 2009 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Engine, driveline and technology components Entry: 2009 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Road works, asphalt works and sewerage Entry: 2008 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Digital cinema technology and services Entry: 2009 Website: Vandemoortele VCST Verhaeren XDC
30 Annual Report P. 27/159 Venture Capital Venture capital is of vital importance for companies active in sectors as technology, life sciences and cleantech. Gimv is a solid partner in these areas, offering promising companies resources for developing and marketing their groundbreaking products and technologies. Venture Capital investment focus young firms with strong growth ambitions and established companies looking for fresh capital; companies operating in technology, cleantech and life sciences; investments from EUR 0.5 million to 25 million; focus on Europe; preferably investment round leader.
31 Annual Report P. 28/159 PanEuropean player Internationalisation is very important for companies in these sectors of the future. It is equally important for venture capital providers. Gimv more than fulfills this requirement with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany, a dedicated team consisting of five different nationalities and portfolio companies with offices in ten countries. All this makes Gimv Venture Capital a key paneuropean player. Expertise The multidisciplinary nature of the teams, each with its own focus and expertise in specific areas like agribusiness, biotech, cleantech, telecoms, internet, software and electronics, is invaluable. The venture capital team consists of a mix of experienced professionals with technological and financial backgrounds, complemented by a network of entrepreneurs, industry experts and other international venture capitalists as coinvestors Synergy between the various teams, including Buyouts & Growth, often reveals into unsuspected veins of added value. Examples of this are Made in Design and XDC. Partner of companies Gimv invests people and resources into its portfolio companies. The investment managers bring their accumulated expertise, experience and knowledge to the portfolio company. In this way Gimv goes beyond its role as financier. By serving on the board of portfolio companies, Venture Capital can contribute to strong business plans and help design strategies for growth, but without stepping in management's shoes. Solid investor As an independent investment company Gimv presents itself as a stable and longterm partner. This strategy, coupled with its financial strength and flexibility as an investor, is clearly reflected in the investment in Inside Secure. In 2010 Gimv doubled its stake in this French technology company, which is the market leader in contactless smart cards for secure transactions. Gimv has been a shareholder in this company for more than 13 years and made extra capital available to enable the company to realise its buyandbuild strategy. Gimv's expertise ensured the smooth acquisition of Atmel Corporation's Secure Microcontroller Solutions division. Track record Since its inception in 1980, Venture Capital has had a successful track record and it has created considerable added value. In recent years, the team has brought 16 companies to the stock market and carried out many exits. IPOs and exits include Movetis, Telenet, Devgen, Mobistar, Business Architects, Filepool and, recently, Plexxikon. RELATED Plexxikon exit delivers high added value In March 2011 Plexxikon was sold to Japan's Daiichi Sankyo for USD 805 million. Subsequent milestones may provide an additional USD 130 million. With this sale, Venture Capital adds a new successful dossier to its CV. It provides considerable added value for shareholders. In 2002 Gimv was the only European investment company that took a capital holding, together with an international group of biotech investors, in US company Plexxikon. This company has since risen to market leader in the development of small molecule pharmaceuticals.
32 Annual Report P. 29/159 Overview Venture Capital portfolio 7TM Pharma Country: Denmark Activity: Drugs for metabolic disorders Entry: 2002 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Antibody technology Entry: 2001 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Sale and distribution of medical equipment Entry: 2007 Website: Country: Belgium Activity: Oral delivery of biopharmaceuticals Entry: 2006 Website: Country: USA Activity: Functional proteomics Entry: 2002 Website: Ablynx Acertys Group ActoGenix Ambit
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