Risk factors related to the company’s shares (investments therein)
The past performance of the Company and its investments is not a reliable indication of the future performance of the investments held by the Company.
No guarantee of return
The shareholders and investors of the Company should be aware that the value of an investment in the Company is subject to normal market fluctuations and other risks inherent in investing in securities. There is no assurance that any appreciation in the value of the Shares will occur or that the investment objectives of the Company will be achieved. The value of investments and the income derived therefrom may fall as well as rise and investors may not recoup the original amount invested in the Company.
Acquisition of Shares of the Company entails the risk to incur losses due to unfavourable changes in the Share price in the market. A drop in the price of the Shares can be caused by negative changes in the value of assets and profitability of the Company, general share market trends in the region and in the world. Trade in Shares of the Company can depend on comments of financial brokers and analysts and announced independent analyses about the Company and its activities. If the analysts give an adverse opinion about prospects of the Shares of the Company, this can also have a negative effect on the price of Shares in the market. In assessing shares, non-professional investors are advised to address intermediaries of public trading or other specialists in this field for help.
Turmoil in emerging markets could cause the value of the Shares to suffer
Financial or other turmoil in emerging markets has in the recent past adversely affected market prices in the world’s securities markets for companies operating in the affected developing economies. There can be no assurance that renewed volatility stemming from future financial turmoil, or other factors, such as political unrests that may arise in other emerging markets or otherwise, will not adversely affect the value of the Shares even if the Lithuanian economy remains relatively stable.
The market value of Shares may be adversely affected by future sales or issues of substantial amounts of Shares
All the Shares of the Company may be provided for sale without any restrictions (except for certain limited restrictions, described in Section 5.9 of the Prospectus) and there can be no assurance as to whether or not they will be sold on the market. The Company cannot predict what affect such future sales or offerings of Shares, if any, may have on the market price of the Shares. However, such transactions may have a material adverse effect, even if temporary, on the market price of the Shares. Therefore, there can be no assurance that the market price of the Shares will not decrease due to subsequent sales of the Shares held by the existing shareholders of the Company or a new Share issue by the Company.
The marketability of the Shares may decline and the market price of the Shares may fluctuate disproportionately in response to adverse developments that are unrelated to the Company’s operating performance
The Company cannot assure that the marketability of the Shares will improve or remain consistent. Shares listed on regulated markets, such as Nasdaq, have from time to time experienced, and may experience in the future, significant price fluctuations in response to developments that are unrelated to the operating performance of particular companies. The market price of the Shares may fluctuate widely, depending on many factors beyond the Company’s control. These factors include, amongst other things, actual or anticipated variations in operating results and earnings by the Company and the Portfolio Companies and/or their competitors, changes in financial estimates by securities analysts, market conditions in the industry and in general the status of the securities market, governmental legislation and regulations, as well as general economic and general market conditions, such as recession. These and other factors may cause the market price and demand for the Shares to fluctuate substantially and any such development, if adverse, may have an adverse effect on the market price of the Shares which may decline disproportionately to the operating performance of the Company and/or the Portfolio Companies. The market price of the Shares is also subject to fluctuations in response to further issuance of Shares by the Company, sales of Shares by the Company’s existing shareholders, the liquidity of trading in the Shares and capital reduction or purchases of Shares by the Company as well as investor perception.
Dividend payment risk
There is a risk that the Company will not pay dividend. A decision on payment of dividend will depend on profitability of activities, cash flows, investments plans and the general financial situation and other circumstances.
Liquidity of the Issuer’s Shares is not guaranteed
It may be possible that in case an investor wants to urgently sell the Issuer’s securities (especially a large number of them), demand for them on the exchange will not be sufficient. Therefore, sale of shares can take some more time or the investor may be forced to sell shares at a lower price. Analogous consequences could appear after the exclusion of the Company’s Shares from the Secondary List of Nasdaq. Besides, in case of deterioration of the Company’s financial situation, demand for the Shares of the Company and, at the same time, their price may decrease.
Risk of conflicts of interest
There is a risk that there will be situations when interests of the Management Company (or persons related to it) and the Company or shareholders will differ or interests of individual shareholders will differ, i.e. there will be a conflict of interest. When it is impossible to avoid a conflict of interest, the Management Company must ensure that shareholders are treated fairly. Employees of the Management Company and other persons related to the Management Company and persons, directly or indirectly related to the Management Company by relationship of control, must immediately, as soon as they become aware of such information, notify the Investment Committee about a potential or existing conflict of interest. The Investment Committee, approving of investment decisions, shall take into account the information presented to it about potential or existing conflicts of interest. The Investment Committee shall immediately inform the head and the Board of the Management Company about conflicts of interest it is aware of.
Following legal acts regulating organisation of activities of collective investment undertakings, the Management Company has implemented appropriate measures for avoiding conflicts of interest, which enable to perform the activities of managing the risk of conflicts of interest and managing conflicts of interest independently, in order to avoid/reduce the risk of conflicts of interest or properly manage a conflict of interest when it occurs.
Risk related to forward looking statements (statements in the future tense)
The Prospectus includes some forward looking statements, are based on estimate, opinion, expectations and forecasts regarding future events and financial trends that will possibly have an effect on the activities of the Company. Forward looking statements include information about possible or presumable results of the Company’s activities, investment strategy, contractual relationships, borrowing plans, investment conditions, effect of future regulation and other information. The Company cannot assure that the forward looking statements will reflect future events and circumstances fully and correctly. The Company, the Management Company and their employees do not undertake to adjust or modify the forward looking statements, except to the extent required by laws and the Articles of Association.
Risk of valuation of the Company’s assets
The assets of the Company will be evaluated according to the main rules set in the Articles of Association, incorporated by reference to the Prospectus and the accounting policy of the Management Company. Valuation of individual assets held by the Company shall be performed by a property appraiser, however, such valuation of assets shall be only determining the value of the assets, which does not automatically mean the exact sale price of an investment held by the Company, which depends on many circumstances, for example, economic and other conditions, which cannot be controlled. Thus, the sale price of investments held by the Company can be higher or lower than the value of assets determined by a property appraiser.
The Company, investing into Operational Companies, competes with other investors, including, without limitation, with other investment companies or private capital investment funds. Thus, there is a risk that competition with other investors will demand that the Company would conduct transactions at less favourable conditions than it would be possible in other cases.
Risk related to the duty to redeem shares of the Company
Legal acts provide for a duty of the Company in certain circumstances to redeem its Shares from the shareholders that requested such redemption (for more information please see Article 90 of the Articles of Association). Accordingly, if the Company becomes subject to the duty to offer to the shareholders redemption of its own Shares and if such a redemption is requested by the shareholders holding a significant number of Shares, the Company can be forced to sell its investments urgently, which can significantly reduce the return earned by the Company from sale of its investments. This risk is planned to be managed by means stipulated in Article 97 of the Articles of Association.