Unicorn AIM



VCTs are high-risk so should only form part of a balanced portfolio and you should not invest money you cannot afford to lose. They also tend to be illiquid and hard to sell and value. Before you invest, please carefully read the Risks and Commitments and the offer documents to ensure you fully understand the risks. Tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances. VCTs can now only invest new money in growth capital deals. Management buyouts, replacement capital deals and investments in mature companies are no longer permitted. This results in considerably higher risks. Unlike VCTs investing in unquoted companies, AIM VCTs have a more natural exit route for shares as they are listed. However, dealing in large volumes of shares could be difficult. The size of the VCT could make this more of a problem. AIM shares can be very volatile and could suffer extreme volatility if the market falls sharply. The difference between the buying and selling price of AIM-listed companies is often wider than those listed on the main market.

BFS View

Being the biggest doesn't always mean being the best. However in our view, as well as being the biggest AIM VCT, Unicorn is a top-quality offer. Its size ensures access to the best new deals coming to the market and the long-term approach of Chris Hutchinson and his team should give investee companies the assurance they are not investing for short term profit. Indeed, as Unicorn has a fund range that also invests considerably in AIM listed companies, management teams have the comfort of knowing that Unicorn has the ability to fund growth in their business for the long term. This VCT comes highly commended. The lack of performance fee is also positive, as is the reduction in the annual charge cap from September 2019.


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Key Information

Target dividend

3p per share

Target dividend


Target dividend

3p per share

Target dividend

3p per share

Target dividend

15 Apr 2019

How to Invest

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