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Burford Capital first half 2018 income up 17% to $205 million; Profit after tax up 17% to $166 million

October 11, 2019

Burford Capital Limited (“Burford“ or “the Company“), the leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law, announces its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Financial Highlights1

  • Profit after tax up 17% to $166.3 million (1H17: $142.7 million)
    • Operating profit up 18% to $183.5 million (1H17: $155.0 million)
  • Income up 17% to $205.2 million (1H17: $175.5 million)
    • 65% of income from realized gains, higher than in FY17 and FY16
  • Earnings per share up 21% to 77¢ (1H17: 64¢)
  • Cash generation up 61% to $299 million (1H17: $186 million)
  • 1H18 dividend of 3.67¢, 20% increase (1H17: 05¢)
    • Payable on 5 December 2018 with record date of 9 November 2018
  • Substantial client demand for Burford’s capital reflected in record new investment commitments of $540 million (1H17: $492 million)
    • New commitments to single case investments more than doubled to $88 million
    • New commitments to portfolio investments up 70% to $205 million
  • Total assets up 37% to $1.64 billion (1H17: $1.20 billion)

Sir Peter Middleton, Chairman of Burford, commented:

“Burford has experienced another stellar half-year, setting new records for income and profit. Burford continues to set the pace for a growing industry, in its scale, product development and risk-adjusted returns. The Board is grateful for the continued support of our all of our stakeholders.”

Christopher Bogart, Chief Executive Officer of Burford, added:

“The expansion of the litigation finance industry continues, with more demand for our capital, growing opportunities for us to invest, continued vigilance in investment selection, and another increase in our profits. This past half-year affirms the trends we’ve increasingly set for more than eight years, with Burford’s superior growth reflected in rising scale relative to longstanding competitors. The simple fact that we committed half-a-billion dollars to new investments in the first half of the year, historically our slower period, fills us with excitement for the continuing potential of the business.”

Capital Markets Day – Save the Date

Burford also announces that it plans to hold a Capital Markets Day for analysts and investors on the afternoon of Monday 12 November 2018, in London. Further details will be announced nearer the time.

1H2018 Financial Summary

A financial summary is set out below. The figures below exclude third-party interests in Burford’s consolidated funds. Burford’s complete annual report and audited accounts are available at the Burford website: www.burfordcapital.com/investors.


  6 months ended


30 June 2018

6 months ended


30 June 2017**

% change
US$ ‘000  
Investment income 195,197 161,633 +21%
Investment management income 7,190 7,534  
Insurance income 2,891 4,626  
New initiatives income 1,003 897  
Other income (1,076) 834  
Total income* 205,205 175,524 +17%
Operating expenses – investments (13,069) (10,611)  
Operating expenses – investment



(3,014) (3,569)  
Operating expenses – insurance (940) (914)  
Operating expenses – new initiatives (1,016) (1,755)  
Operating expenses – corporate (3,658) (3,720)  
Operating profit* 183,508 154,955 +18%
Finance costs (18,912) (10,015)  
Profit before tax* 164,596 144,940 +14%
Taxation 1,759 2,206  
Profit after tax* 166,355 142,734 +17%
 * Income, operating profit, profit before tax and profit after tax exclude the impact of amortisation of the intangible asset relating to the acquisition of GKC Holdings, LLC, investment banking and brokerage fees and for 2018, exclude third-party interests in the consolidated fund.
** Figures for 30 June 2017 reflect consolidated results shown in the 2017 interim report; the difference in 2017 to Burford’s results without third-party interests in consolidated funds was immaterial.

Investor and Analyst Conference Call

Management will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 2:00pm (BST) / 9.00am (EDT) on Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Burford encourages investors and analysts to pre-register for dedicated access on the day via: http://www.incommuk.com/customers/burfordcapital

The dial-in number for the conference call is +44 (0)20 3936 2999 / +1 845 709 8568 / (Toll free +44 (0)800 640 6441 / +1 855 979 6654) and the access code is 939072.

An accompanying presentation will be available on the Burford Capital website: http://www.burfordcapital.com/investors

A replay facility will be available until Wednesday 8 August 2018 by dialling +44 (0)20 3936 3001 / +1 845 709 8569 with the replay code 162380.

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Elizabeth O’Connell, Chief Financial Officer.

For further information, please contact:

Burford Capital Limited  
Elizabeth O’Connell, CFA, Chief Financial Officer +1 212 235 6825
Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited – NOMAD and Joint Broker +44 (0)20 3037 2000
Jonny Allison  
Nicholas Harland  
Liberum Capital Limited – Joint Broker +44 (0)20 3100 2222
Richard Crawley  
Jamie Richards  
Numis Securities Limited – Joint Broker +44 (0)20 7260 1000
Charlie Farquhar  
Jonathan Abbott  
Neustria Partners – Financial Communications for Burford Capital +44 (0)20 3021 2580
Robert Bailhache – email  
Charles Gorman – email  
Nick Henderson – email  

About Burford Capital

Burford Capital is the leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, Singapore and Sydney.

For more information about Burford: www.burfordcapital.com

This release does not constitute an offer of any Burford fund. Burford Capital Investment Management LLC (“BCIM”), which acts as the fund manager of all Burford funds, is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information contained herein is not, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities (including, without limitation, interests or shares in the funds). Any such offer or solicitation may be made only by means of a final confidential Private Placement Memorandum (a “PPM”) and other offering documents.

[i] Figures for income, operating profit, profit before tax and profit after tax in this release exclude the impact of amortisation of the intangible asset relating to the acquisition of GKC Holdings, LLC, investment banking and brokerage fees and for 2018, exclude third-party interests in the consolidated fund and are shown to assist in understanding the underlying performance of the Company. Without those adjustments, profit after tax would have been $160.8 million (30 June 2017: $133.0 million), and the increase over 2017 would have been 21%.