IP Group to Raise $90 Million After Shares Gain 75% in 2011

IP Group Plc (IPO), a U.K. developer of renewable energy, medical and chemicals businesses using university research, said it will raise 55 million pounds ($90 million) selling new stock to increase investment in start-ups.

The London-based company will offer the shares at 50 pence each, a 5.9 percent discount to their 53.13-pence closing price yesterday, it said today in a regulatory filing. The sale will increase its shares outstanding by 43 percent.

IP Group, which has exclusive contracts for intellectual property with 10 U.K. universities and made deals with Oxford and Cambridge, gained 75 percent in London trading this year through yesterday. That beat both the FTSE Small Cap index, which has increased 1.6 percent, and the WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index, which has risen 0.3 percent.

Separately, IP Group said it promoted Financial Controller Greg Smith to become chief financial officer. Smith, who will join the board, was a manager at London-based hedge fund Tarchon Capital Management before joining IP Group in January 2008.

The company, which in April said BlackRock Inc. had acquired a 5 percent stake, has generated an internal rate of return of about 27 percent since 2001, according to the statement. It owns 110 million pounds of stakes in 63 companies.

The shares rose 0.6 penny, or 1.2 percent, to 53.75 pence today as of 9:15 a.m. local time.

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