Beer & Partners Recent Investments

26 February 2010

Beer & Partners Recent Investments

BIOPHARMACEUTICAL DRUG DELIVERY PLATFORM £50,000 December: This Biopharmaceutical Company has developed a proprietary formulation and precision manufacturing technologies, which enables the development of lower cost generic drugs and long acting injectable therapies. They are currently developing generic oncology products addressing a $3bn market opportunity. The company raised a total of £1m from new and existing institutional and private investors in this round.

ENERGY SUPPLY £260,000 December: This was a further round of funding to provide working capital for this rapidly growing business. There was an extremely high level of interest from our investors, particularly as the issue was in bonds and equity with high interest returns. A syndication of 14 investors supplied funds from £5,000 up to £150,000.

ESTABLISHED PREMIUM VODKA £20,000 December: This company attended The Beer London Investment Fair in November 2009 as part of their £1.3m fundraising. Having won over 20 major national awards, their premium vodka brand is now available in over 45 countries and 36 airports around the world. The funding has allowed them to fund working capital and to push sales through its established international distribution network.

FOLDABLE BOAT WITH BUILT-IN TRAILER £200,000 December: This client has the rights to a fold-up boat with a built-in trailer. The company was fully funded by a single investor. A success for the Beer Investment Fair in November

TREATMENT FOR ERADICATING MRSA £13,000 December: This is a fourth round investment by Beer investors (bringing total raised to date to £175,000) in this company, which is a member of the HealthTech Portfolio. The company is making good progress in developing a phage treatment for the prevention of MRSA infection and expects to enter clinical trials in 2009.

RENEWABLE ENERGY £200,000 December: The company is first to market with a ‘one-stop’, full service offering of renewable energy systems to businesses/consumers, attracting the new UK renewable energy tariffs being introduced from April 2010. Considered essential to meet the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, these tariffs will be similar to those schemes adopted in Germany and elsewhere, which have doubled renewables deployment within a few years. A £3bn+ UK market delivering c8% of the nation’s total heat/electricity usage is projected by 2020. The Company targets 10% market share. Pre-launch funding is required to build management team, partner network and marketing programme. T/O projected to grow from £3.4 million to £64.4 million by 2014. The IPO planned for 2010 should provide an early exit route.

‘HEALTHY FAST FOOD’ RETAILER £340,000 December: This third round of fund-raisings through the Beer Investor Fair brings the total raised from Beer Investors to nearly £900,000, on the back of which this company were able to raise a further £1m from four outsiders, to enable them to open the next series of outlets for their popular style of 'healthy fast food'.

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH WALES £380,000 December: Further financing for property development in South Wales. Beer Property Finance arranged original funding for the developer of £550,000. This investment and three previous refinancing on a plot by plot basis totalling £630,000.