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Draper Esprit CEO Simon Cook

Draper Esprit CEO Simon Cook

Draper Esprit CEO Simon Cook

Dublin-listed Draper Esprit has reported profit of £111.2m (€125.5m) in the 12 months to 31 March, an 83pc increase year-on-year.

During the year the venture capital company’s portfolio value grew by 144pc to £594m (€670.5m), with fair value increase since the start of the year of 58pc.

The group generated £16m in cash via two investment exits, with an additional £15.3m realised since the end of the group’s financial year.

Draper Esprit has now exited 18 companies since its 2016 initial public offering (IPO), realising over £81.6m in cash.

In the 12 months to 31 March the group, which is headed by Simon Cook, invested £226.4m in over 20 companies, including £106.2m invested into Earlybird fund acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

“The twelve months ended 31 March 2019 were a transformational period for the business,” Mr Cook said.

“We have cemented our standing as one of Europe's largest VCs, delivering growth and scale across our portfolio, as well as in our own business, which will continue to drive long-term, sustainable returns for our shareholders giving them access to high growth private technology companies through a listed company,” he added.

Elsewhere, and Ben Wilkinson, Draper Esprit's chief financial officer, will join the board with immediate effect.

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