Why is VC Attractive?

The AXS FTSE Venture Capital Return Tracker Fund does not invest in venture capital funds or start-up companies, and an investment in the Fund will not give investors access or exposure to venture capital, start-up companies, or imply a similar investment experience as described in the blog below. 


Why is VC Attractive?

Young companies with groundbreaking business ideas seem like a no-brainer for investors hoping for a big payoff. But the reality is much harsher. For every story about a “VC Unicorn” whose value surpasses a billion dollars, there are countless ventures that fail outright or fall well short of investors' expectations. So why bother with such risky investments? Why exactly do people find Venture Capital so attractive? Let’s explore.

Finding the Seed

Start-ups typically approach Venture Capital firms with an audacious idea for a company that requires funding to get its business off the ground and to support its rapid growth. The vast majority of these VC-backed companies are technology focused, but healthcare and consumer-focused companies are also key verticals.

Venture Capitalists are focused on finding companies with a specific niche or focus, with a large Total Addressable Market, and a superior management team that provides the best prospects for growth and potential return on capital. Over time, exceptional VC-backed companies have gone public and led to outsized returns, such as Facebook/Meta.

Under the right circumstances, VC managers have been able to deliver attractive returns beyond other equity class investments. Just look at historical returns, which of course are not indicative of future performance.

TRVCI - The VC Return Tracking Index

The Venture Capital universe comprises a huge number of companies in a variety of stages of their lifecycles. With no central marketplace nor universal means to value each enterprise regularly, quantifying the overall performance of the industry is a challenge. One measuring tool is the FTSE VC Index, which goes by the ticker TRVCI (originally known as Thomson Reuters Venture Capital Index). This index was designed to track the aggregate performance of U.S. companies backed by Venture Capital.

TRVCI was developed in 2012 by research firm DSC Quantitative Group. It is comprised of approximately 150 publicly listed securities optimized to replicate the risk/return profile of the VC industry using extensive Thomson Reuters data (now owned by the London Stock Exchange under the FTSE moniker) that captures the valuations of venture capital-backed companies.

While you cannot invest directly in this index, AXS Investments manages the AXS FTSE Venture Capital Return Tracker Index (ticker LDVIX), a mutual fund that seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price performance of the FTSE VC Index.

Venture Capital Aggregate Performance from October 2012 - December 2023

Comparing performance over the 11-year period ending December 2023, VC generated an annualized return of 21.59% (787.45% cumulative), while the S&P 500 returned 13.68% (318.55%) and the Nasdaq grew by 16.81% (467.14%).

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Source: DSC Quantitative. VC Index is the TRVCI. Return data is represented logarithmically to account for compounding. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

What's Ahead for Venture Capital

While it’s not possible to predict when the IPO market will normalize and return to a healthy level of new companies going public, we recognize the market moves in cycles. What we can likely anticipate with greater certainty is that the Venture Capital industry will continue to identify and support young, upstart businesses with significant new technologies and ambitious business ideas that will disrupt incumbents and innovate in ways that will change the landscape of commerce. The necessary inputs for these business – daring and bold entrepreneurs, available capital sources, and investors focused on identifying and nurturing these firms – are still in place and constantly on the lookout for the next breakout technology, disruptive business idea, and management team to guide them.

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