Octopus Apollo VCT

 Accelerating the growth of smaller business to business (B2B) software businesses

closed Closed for new investment

Octopus Apollo VCT

 Accelerating the growth of smaller business to business (B2B) software businesses

closed Closed for new investment

Octopus Apollo VCT invests in higher risk smaller businesses that have already brought their product or service to market successfully. Investors get access to a diversified portfolio of around 40 business-to-business (B2B) software businesses with high growth potential, and the expertise of Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s largest venture capital teams.

Reasons to invest

Annual dividend target

Octopus Apollo VCT targets an annual dividend yield of 5% of the net asset value (NAV) with the potential for special dividends, though these are not guaranteed.

Risk-return profile

A mix of debt and equity investments provides investors with a different risk-return profile to equity alone.

Established and diversified

The portfolio has around 40 UK smaller companies across a wide variety of industries.

Tax reliefs

Income tax relief equal to 30% of the amount invested up to the first £200,000 of investment.
Tax-free capital gains and dividends.

Risks to bear in mind

Capital at risk

The value of an investment, and income from it, can fall as well as rise. Investors could end up getting back less than they put in.

Tax treatment

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and tax rules could change in the future.

Volatility and liquidity

VCT shares could fall or rise in value more than other shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.

VCT qualification status

Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its qualifying status.

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Register your interest to invest in Octopus Apollo VCT

Octopus Apollo VCT has announced its intention to fundraise later this year. Our VCTs sold out quickly last year, so register here to avoid missing out.

Register your interest to invest in Octopus Apollo VCT

Octopus Apollo VCT has announced its intention to fundraise later this year. Our VCTs sold out quickly last year, so register here to avoid missing out.

Meet our fund managers

Hear from the people who manage the Octopus Apollo VCT portfolio on how they support the businesses they invest in.

Portfolio companies

Performance

Year to 31 January Annual total return¹ Annual dividend yield²
20182.2%22.0% ³
2019-0.8%6.1%
20203.4%6.4%
202112.7%5.0%
202213.6%11.6% ³

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and may not be repeated. Dividends are not guaranteed.

The performance information above shows the total return of Octopus Apollo VCT for the last five years to 31 January 2022.

(¹) The annual total return for Octopus Apollo VCT is calculated from the movement in net asset value (NAV) over the period to period end, with any dividends paid over the period then added back. The revised figure is divided by the NAV at the start of the period to get the annual total return. Performance shown is net of all ongoing fees and costs.

(²) The annual dividend yield is calculated by dividing the dividends paid during the period by the NAV at the start of the period. Please note, the NAV per share may be higher than the share price, which is the price you may get for the shares on the secondary market.

(³) A special dividend of 16.5p was paid in December 2016, another of 10.7p was paid in November 2017 and another of 3.1p was paid in January 2022.

The NAV is the combined value of the assets owned by the VCT after deducting the value of its liabilities (such as debts and financial obligations). The performance shown is net of all ongoing fees and costs.

Fund highlights

Net asset value (NAV)

As at 21 April 2022

48.9p

Funds under management

As at 31 January 2022

£263m

Cumulative dividends

Since 17 October 2006

82.1p

Number of holdings

As at 31 July 2021

Around 40

Year end date

31 January

Fund inception

2006

Fund updates

Dividend history

View the dividend history for shareholders in Octopus Apollo VCT.

Shareholder information

See the announcements and reports for shareholders in Octopus Apollo VCT, and find relevant contact information.

If you are investing in Octopus Apollo VCT through a financial adviser, here are two ways you can facilitate fees. For other options view page 26 of the Apollo VCT brochure.

Through a financial adviser who charges a one-off fee

You can ask for the one-off fee for the investment advice to be paid on your behalf through the VCT.

Through a financial adviser who charges ongoing fees

Where an investor receives ongoing advice, you can choose to pay your financial adviser a smaller initial fee and ongoing fees for as long as you hold the investment. Both of these fees can be paid on your behalf through the VCT.

When investing through a financial adviser, clients have two ways to facilitate fees. For other options view page 26 of the Apollo VCT brochure.

If you charge a one-off fee

The one off-fee for the investment advice can be paid on your client’s behalf through the VCT.

If you charge ongoing fees

Where your client receives ongoing advice, they can choose to pay you a smaller initial fee and ongoing fees for as long as they hold the investment. Both of these fees can be paid on the investor’s behalf through the VCT.

Advised (initial only) Advised (initial and ongoing)
Upfront charges Initial fee (to Octopus) 3% 3%
Adviser chargesUp to 4.5%Up to 2.5%
Ongoing annual charges Annual management charge (to Octopus) 2%2%
Adviser charges¹ Up to 0.5%
Performance fees Performance fee ² 20%20%

(1) Ongoing adviser charges, direct charges or commission are paid for a maximum of nine years after the investment date. If you choose to pay your adviser less than the maximum amount shown in the table, Octopus Apollo VCT will use the money left over to buy more VCT shares for you. Similarly, if your execution-only intermediary chooses not to take any upfront commission, this amount will instead be used to buy additional VCT shares for you.

(2) Octopus may charge a 20% performance fee. In order to be eligible to do so the NAV plus cumulative dividends at the year end (31 January) must exceed the previous highest NAV plus cumulative dividends (net of performance fee already taken). In this case Octopus will charge a 20% performance fee on the excess. For full details on the performance fee and other fees please see the prospectus and KID. The minimum investment is £5,000.

Key documents

Octopus Apollo VCT prospectusDownload
Octopus Apollo VCT supplementary prospectus May 2022 Download
Octopus Apollo VCT supplementary prospectus April 2022Download
Octopus Apollo VCT product overviewDownload
Octopus Apollo VCT brochureDownload
Octopus Apollo VCT Key Information DocumentDownload
Octopus Apollo VCT CircularDownload

How to invest:

Minimum investment is £5,000.

Investors can choose to invest via bank transfer, cheque or banker’s draft.

Investors can only claim tax relief on VCT investments of up to £200,000 in any single tax year.

We will allot investors’ VCT shares at the next available allotment date.

How to invest

How to invest:

Minimum investment is £5,000

You can choose to invest via bank transfer, cheque or banker’s draft.

You can only claim tax relief on VCT investments of up to £200,000 in any single tax year.

We will allot your VCT shares at the next available allotment date.

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If you’ve got a question about any of our products or services, please get in touch.

Contact our team

Got a question?
Call us at 0800 316 2067

Please read: We do not offer investment or tax advice, and we always recommend investors talk to a financial adviser before making investment decisions. This advertisement is not a prospectus. Investors should only subscribe for shares on the basis of information contained in the prospectus and Key Information Documents (KID), which are available in the document section of this page.