Our main focus is the Natural Resources sector and we offer aggregated capital markets data alongside an understanding of asset quality. By combining technical and financial sector knowledge, we help both issuers and investors deploy capital more effectively.
Structured Data Systems Ltd (‘SDS’), a joint venture with Union Securities International Ltd, has recently launched phase 1 of its SCOTdata product, a growing library of over 600 upstream names. The intention is to build out the offering to include the vast majority of all listed metals and mining, energy, and renewable energy names. The vast majority of a possible universe of 3000 names (both listed and privately held) are not in production and are therefore dependent on the equity capital markets to sustain their capital needs. The trading and liquidity requirements of portfolio managers, hedge funds, wealth managers and family offices limit the investment relevance of the 70% of these issuers which are pre-revenue. Traction with brokers, banks and potential institutional shareholders becomes scarce as valuations fall below $500mm. By publishing aggregated and comparable headline data in an easily sorted directory, we aim to improve the way in which issuers and specialist capital sources are connected.
Our special situations group works with a range of unlisted UK businesses, typically family controlled and considering ways of accessing some form of external capital. We help management plan the route to market and assess the merits of crowdfunding, private placements, EIS eligibility as well as Series A venture capital.