Duke Royalty Ltd (AIM:DUKE) is, depending on the exact definition one uses, the first UK-quoted royalty investment company. Other UK-quoted companies have benefited from royalties in natural resource assets, but this is the first non-resource play with a dedicated royalty investment strategy listed on the UK market.
Duke was launched in March 2017 with £15m raised at 40p per share to support its strategy. This was followed by a further £20m placing at 40p per share in December 2017.
The company is registered and has its head office in Guernsey, where the standard rate of income tax for companies is currently zero percent (subject to certain conditions). Duke’s structure, having a low-cost base and tax-efficient domicile, was cited in its AIM Admission Document as one of the two “differentiating aspects” which Duke’s directors believed set it apart from other royalty financing companies.
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The other differentiating factor is…
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