OCTOBER 5TH VALUATIONS
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At Oxford Capital we have quickly adjusted to the ‘new normal’ of working within the restrictions of Covid-19. All of our team are working effectively from home, and our operations are carrying on as normal. The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and their loved ones remains paramount and we are focused not only on maintaining business as usual but on keeping morale high in an environment of much less social interaction. We recently welcomed our first remote new hire and our team has rallied in supporting her induction. We recognise the challenges of juggling home and work life at the moment, and are touched by the positive attitude and adaptability with which everyone has responded. The technology of Teams, Skype and Zoom has become routine for daily interactions both inside and outside the firm, and we are communicating with clients, founders and business partners as usual. We have also enjoyed getting to know better the children, partners and pets of our colleagues and friends, bringing moments of laughter, joy and humanity.
Clients’ investments are being managed as normal by our investment team. We continue to attend portfolio board meetings and other meetings as usual, albeit remotely. Many of the usual business events and conferences that we are used to participating in are being hosted online and we participate and contribute as normally as we can.
It is important during times of such uncertainty to remember that investing in small private companies is a long-term activity. We seek to guide and support our founders and portfolio companies through their respective challenges, drawing on our own experience of past crises and on good teamwork. Following an intense period of working with our portfolio companies to assess the impact of Covid-19, we have supported action where required to take early measures to reduce costs and extend cash runways. Much of our thinking is now turned to the positioning of companies for long term opportunities as the market takes a leap forwards in accelerating digital transformation in many sectors of the economy, often building on trends that pre-existed the crisis. Many of the companies in the portfolio have demonstrated their commitment to social responsibility by supporting the NHS and key workers, governments and supporting their own staff and families. We support these efforts simply as they are the right thing to do.
At Oxford Capital we continue as normal whilst anticipating the next “new normal”. No employees have been furloughed. We are fortunate to work in a business which is willing to help others. We do our best to support each other and our loved ones, just as we endeavour to support our investee companies. We salute Captain Tom for his extraordinary fund raising efforts. We also recognise the efforts of our portfolio companies and so many entrepreneurs as they navigate the Covid-19 challenges. We hope that these efforts will contribute to the success of our nation’s economic revival and to value for our investor-clients.