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Unquoted Company

A publicly-traded company that previously traded on an exchange but no longer does. A company may become unquoted if its market capitalization falls to the point that it no longer meets an exchange's listing requirements. This is an extremely negative sign for a company; an unquoted company may be in danger of ceasing operations. However, its stock price is likely to be low and, if it comes back, an unquoted company can provide a substantial return.
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Formerly known as Matrix Income & Growth 2 VCT plc, MIG is a venture capital trust (VCT) that invests primarily in established, unquoted companies mainly.
Investment in the securities of smaller and unquoted companies can involve greater risk than is customarily associated with investment in larger, more established, companies.
It invests in a portfolio of unquoted companies in the United Kingdom, which raise expansion capital or are the subject of a management buy-out or buy-in.
Investors may lack similar levels of written politeness nowadays, not least because the availability of investment opportunities has grown exponentially, but private equity firms are, nonetheless, always grateful to unearth unquoted companies they consider capable of expanding over a comparatively short period.
Northern Venture Trust, whose investment adviser is NVM, invests mainly in UK unquoted companies.
But such individuals are not only to be found on television and those business angels who invest their own money in unquoted companies have, over the last two decades, received greater attention and recognition from policymakers and academics for their activities in the UK.
Seventy per cent or more of assets in VCTs must be invested in unquoted companies, which tend to be riskier than quoted companies and less liquid.
A recent study by the University of Birmingham on behalf of the Unquoted Companies Group estimates about 21% of all UK workers are employed by family-run firms.
The group has experience in dealing with export markets like US, Japan, Hong Kong and various European countries and also have two listed companies on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges and a number of unquoted companies operating in Pakistan.
Its co-founder and chief executive Martin Brassell said that for the vast majority of unquoted companies the value contribution made by intellectual property and intangible assets "remains hidden and unexploited".
RICHARD GREEN is the former chairman of the BVCA with more than 20 years experience of managing private equity funds, investing in unquoted companies and fund-raising.
He said: "I invest in private placings and unquoted companies.