Burford Capital Reports First Half and Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results; Strongest Set of Six-Month Financial Results in Burford’s History

Burford Capital Limited (“Burford”), the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law, today announces its unaudited financial results at and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023.1 Burford’s report on Form 6-K at and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, including unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements (the “2Q23 Quarterly Report”), is available on the Burford Capital website at http://investors.burfordcapital.com.

Christopher Bogart, Chief Executive Officer of Burford Capital, commented:

“We have produced the strongest set of six-month financial results in Burford’s history, with net income attributable to shareholders of nearly $240 million and tangible book value per share growth of 12% over the past six months. Our core portfolio generated a lot of cash with realized gains tripling on our core portfolio realizations, and new business was very strong. Our new valuation methodology is sensitive to interest rate changes and thus higher rates during the first six months of 2023 were a headwind for the fair value of our core portfolio, especially during the second quarter, but these valuation movements are non-cash and unrealized and are expected to continue to fluctuate over time. Operating expenses reflect strong portfolio performance and certain idiosyncratic events.”


Key activity

  • 2Q23 realized gains tripled to $59 million, up 254% from $17 million in 2Q22
    • 1H23 realized gains of $94 million, up 255% from $27 million in 1H22
  • 2Q23 realizations of $133 million, up 167% from $50 million in 2Q22
    • 1H23 realizations of $195 million, up 178% from $70 million in 1H22, reflecting increased portfolio velocity, as the case backlog in the courts continues to clear
  • 2Q23 cash receipts3 of $150 million, up 266% from $41 million in 2Q22
    • 1H23 cash receipts3 of $247 million, up 148% from $99 million in 1H22, primarily driven by realizations including three matters that generated aggregate proceeds of $147 million
  • 2Q23 deployments of $181 million, up 159% from $70 million in 2Q22
    • 1H23 deployments of $248 million, up 103% from $122 million in 1H22, reflecting in part the balance sheet’s greater participation in new capital provision-direct assets
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