Christian Munafo, Chief Investment Officer of Liberty Street Advisors, Inc., discusses the state of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) and Merger & Acquisitions (M&As) in 2020.
*Class A inception date 3/25/14, Class I inception date 11/17/17, Class L inception date 5/11/18.
Returns vary per share class. Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance as of the most recent month-end, please call 1-800-834-8707. Some of the Fund’s fees were waived or expenses reimbursed; otherwise, returns would have been lower. The Fund’s total expenses are 2.56%, 2.38%, and 2.75%, and for the Class A, I, and L shares respectively. The Fund’s advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses such that total expenses do not exceed 2.50%, 2.25%, and 2.75% for the Class A, I, and L shares respectively. The agreement with the Advisor is in place through December 9, 2022. Net expenses are applicable to investors. Performance results with load reflect the deduction of the 5.75% maximum front end sales charge for Class A Shares and 4.25% for the Class L Shares.
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Private Shares Fund Top 10 Holdings As of 10/08/2021*
*Represents 38.63% of Fund holdings as of October 08, 2021. Holdings are subject to change. Not a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any particular security. To view the Fund’s complete holdings, visit privatesharesfund.com/portfolio.
Operator of a human spaceflight services company, providing countries, companies and individuals access to the International Space Station (ISS).
Founded in 2002|Total Funding $5.24B
Space Exploration Technologies (“SpaceX”) was founded to design, manufacture, and launch advanced rockets and spacecrafts with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Headquartered in Hawthorne, CA, the company was founded by Elon Musk in 2002. Though its interplanetary goals are yet to be achieved, the company currently generates revenue through commercial and government contracts. These contracts make use of SpaceX rockets for a range of objectives, including launching satellites into orbit and resupplying the International Space Station. In 2010, SpaceX demonstrated its ability of returning a spacecraft from low Earth orbit. In 2012, the company delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station via its Dragon spacecraft. Through March 2018, SpaceX has secured 100 missions to its manifest, representing over $12 billion on contract.
Founded in 2010|Total Funding $378,773,579
Marqeta is an open-API platform to modernize card issuing for enterprises. The platform provides the tools and infrastructure to build configurable payment cards, simplifying the managing of payment programs for companies. According to the company, Marqeta gives clients complete control of all transactions and allows for each transaction to be approved in real-time based on client’s business guidelines. The companies’ clients list includes Square, Inc., Affirm and Alipay.
Founded in 2014|Total Funding $111,540,000
GrubMarket is a developer of an online food marketplace platform intended to deliver farm-fresh food to door across the United States. The company with a variety of farms and artisan producers to bring high-quality foods and other items at prices that are up competitive with other premium grocers, thereby enabling users to have access to healthy, delicious, and freshly harvested food.
Founded in 2010|Total Funding $193,210,367
Udemy is a global marketplace for teaching and learning online. Their course content and instructor community are constantly growing, with more than 40,000 courses taught by 20,000 instructors. They offer students the ability to learn as they go and succeed on their own terms, while instructors have a way to share their knowledge with the world. For companies, Udemy offers a subscription to their best business courses as well as an easy-to-use platform to create proprietary courses.
Founded in 2013|Total Funding $433,500,000
Provider of a web and mobile based cash flow management platform designed to simplify and improve the way that small businesses pay and are paid. The company's cash flow management platform leverages deep data analytics for invoice financing offering and a line of credit that requires only a bank connection to get a credit decision, enabling SMEs to accelerate cash flow against their outstanding invoices and achieve their full potential.
Founded in 2007|Total Funding $89,600,000
NextRoll provides marketing technology that marketers use and rely on to grow their businesses. NextRoll uses machine learning and integrated data platforms to serve businesses globally through its three business units: RollWorks, account-based platform for business marketing and sales team. AdRoll, direct-to-consumer marketing platform and NextRoll Platform Services.
Founded in 2009|Total Funding $607,451,640
Dataminr transforms real-time data from Twitter and other public sources into actionable signals, identifying the most relevant information for clients in finance, public sector, news, security and crisis management. DataMinr provides solutions for Corporate Security, Finance, Public Sector, and News Media companies to help discover high-impact events instantly and critical breaking information long before it’s in the news. The company was founded in 2009 by Ted Bailey, Jeff Kinsey, and Sam Hendel and is currently headquartered in New York. Dataminr’s competitive advantage is the company’s access to Twitter’s firehouse API, which provides access to all tweets posted in real-time.
Founded in 2010|Total Funding $385,500,000
Developer of an image recognition platform designed to deliver accurate and reliable performance analysis for consumer goods companies. The company's platform turns retail shelf images into real-time actionable insights, enabling manufacturers and retailers globally to control performance gaps, identify category opportunities and immediately increase revenue at all points of sale.
Farmers Business Network
Founded in 2014|Total Funding $629,000,000
Farmer’s Business Network is an operator of a farmer-to-farmer agronomic information network designed to help farmers in the management of their data and gain insights from each other. The company's network predominantly collects data extracted from farm equipment, as well as from manually recorded data from farmers to offer insights in areas such as seed selection, compare productivity and benchmark field performance over time, enabling businesses to make informed decisions.
As of December 9, 2020, Liberty Street Advisors, Inc. became the adviser to the Fund. The Fund’s portfolio managers did not change. Effective April 30, 2021, the Fund changed its name from the “SharesPost 100 Fund” to “The Private Shares Fund.” Effective July 7, 2021, the Fund made changes to its investment strategy. In addition to directly investing in private companies, the Fund may also invest in private investments in public equity (“PIPEs”) where the issuer is a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), and profit sharing agreements. The Fund’s investment thesis has not changed.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For a prospectus with this and other information about The Private Shares Fund (the "Fund"), please download here, or call 1-800-834-8707. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
The investment minimums are $2,500 for the Class A Share and Class L Share, and $1,000,000 for the Institutional Share
Investment in the Fund involves substantial risk. The Fund is not suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment. The Fund is appropriate only for investors who can tolerate a high degree of risk and do not require a liquid investment. The Fund has no history of public trading and investors should not expect to sell shares other than through the Fund's repurchase policy regardless of how the Fund performs. The Fund does not intend to list its shares on any exchange and does not expect a secondary market to develop.
All investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. Shares in the Fund are highly illiquid, and can be sold by shareholders only in the quarterly repurchase program of the Fund which allows for up to 5% of the Fund’s outstanding shares at NAV to be redeemed each quarter. Due to transfer restrictions and the illiquid nature of the Fund’s investments, you may not be able to sell your shares when, or in the amount that, you desire. The Fund intends to primarily invest in securities of private, late-stage, venture-backed growth companies. There are significant potential risks relating to investing in such securities. Because most of the securities in which the Fund invests are not publicly traded, the Fund’s investments will be valued by Liberty Street Advisors, Inc. (the “Investment Adviser”) pursuant to fair valuation procedures and methodologies adopted by the Board of Trustees. While the Fund and the Investment Adviser will use good faith efforts to determine the fair value of the Fund’s securities, value will be based on the parameters set forth by the prospectus. As a consequence, the value of the securities, and therefore the Fund’s Net Asset Value (NAV), may vary. There are significant potential risks associated with investing in venture capital and private equity-backed companies with complex capital structures. The Fund focuses its investments in a limited number of securities, which could subject it to greater risk than that of a larger, more varied portfolio. There is a greater focus in technology securities that could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. The Fund is a non-diversified investment company, and as such, the Fund may invest a greater percentage of its assets in the securities of a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund. The Fund’s quarterly repurchase policy may require the Fund to liquidate portfolio holdings earlier than the Investment Adviser would otherwise do so and may also result in an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio. Portfolio holdings of private companies that become publicly traded likely will be subject to more volatile market fluctuations than when private, and the Fund may not be able to sell shares at favorable prices. Such companies frequently impose lock-ups that would prohibit the Fund from selling shares for a period of time after an initial public offering (IPO). Market prices of public securities held by the Fund may decline substantially before the Investment Adviser is able to sell the securities. The Fund may invest in private securities utilizing special purpose vehicles (“SPV”s), private investments in public equity (“PIPE”) transactions where the issuer is a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), and profit sharing agreements. The Fund will bear its pro rata portion of expenses on investments in SPVs or similar investment structures and will have no direct claim against underlying portfolio companies. PIPE transactions involve price risk, market risk, expense risk, and the Fund may not be able to sell the securities due to lock-ups or restrictions. Profit sharing agreements may expose the Fund to certain risks, including that the agreements could reduce the gain the Fund otherwise would have achieved on its investment, may be difficult to value and may result in contractual disputes. Certain conflicts of interest involving the Fund and its affiliates could impact the Fund’s investment returns and limit the flexibility of its investment policies. This is not a complete enumeration of the Fund’s risks. Please read the Fund prospectus for other risk factors related to the Fund.
The Fund may not be suitable for all investors. Investors are encouraged to consult with appropriate financial professionals before considering an investment in the Fund.
Companies that may be referenced on this website are privately-held companies. Shares of these privately-held companies do not trade on any national securities exchange, and there is no guarantee that the shares of these companies will ever be traded on any national securities exchange.