Puma EIS

The Puma EIS backs growth orientated, asset focused businesses, and follows the Puma VCTs in seeking to reduce the risks usually associated with investing in unquoted companies.  Our principal focus is on capital preservation, generating stable returns for our investors whilst seeking to offer robust downside protection by identifying businesses and opportunities with substantial asset-backing, including in the form of real estate, stock and contracted receivables.  

Puma EIS carries risk - see risk factors below. In particular, an investor's capital may be at risk.

What is an EIS

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) was designed to encourage investment into small companies and since 1994 over £12 billion has been raised for EIS companies.  The attraction of EIS is that it offers significant tax advantages, but as with all investments they do carry risk, and therefore are not suitable for all investors.

For a UK tax payer, investing in Puma EIS funds can offer the following:

30% Income Tax Relief

Investors benefit from a 30% income tax relief on investments of up to £1,000,000 in each of the current and previous year

Tax-Free Capital Gain

Capital gains of disposals on investments through Puma EIS are tax free

Capital gains Tax Deferral

Capital gains on sales of other assets can be deferred if gains are invested in Puma EIS.


All the tax reliefs are subject to minimum holding periods and an individual's personal circumstances and are subject to change. For further information please consult the HMRC website.

Investment Criteria
To qualify for EIS treatment companies must have no more than £15million of gross assets and 250 employees.  Certain types of trades do not qualify for the EIS.

Investors hold shares in qualifying EIS companies directly and not through a fund or similar pooled investment vehicle. We offer a portfolio service, the Puma EIS, which enables investors to access a minimum of 2 EIS qualifying companies carefully selected by the Puma Investments team.  

The Offer

Asset focused growth

Puma EIS backs growth orientated, asset focused business across a range of sectors.


A diversified portfolio exposure to asset-backed investments across a range of sectors.

Closing Date
The discretionary management service has no fixed closing date and will remain open until further notice.

Key Features

An investment in Puma EIS carries risk and Investors should take their own independent advice. Investors should only invest in Puma EIS on the basis of the offering document which details the risks of the investment. Below are the key features:

Income Tax Relief

up to £1,000,000 per tax year (with ability to carry back)

CGT Deferral Payment of Tax

any chargeable gains may be deferred for a period whilst you hold the EIS investment

Tax Free Capital Gains

made upon the disposal of investments are tax free

Inheritance Tax Mitigation

Intended on investments held for more than two years and at the date of death

Note: Tax benefits are subject to personal circumstances, minimum holding periods and may be subject to change. Investors should take independent advice.

Summary of fees

Initial: INITIAL FEE 3% of amount subscribed
Ongoing: ANNUAL MANAGEMENT FEE 2% (plus VAT) p.a of amount subscribed
DEALING FEE 1% of amount subscribed (only on entry, not exit)
ADMINISTRATION FEE 0.35% (plus VAT) p.a of amount subscribed
Exit: PERFORMANCE FEE 20% of amounts realised by investors in excess of sums invested per portfolio company

Risk Factors

Investors can only invest in Puma EIS through a Financial Adviser who has assessed that an investment is suitable for the investor. An investment in Puma EIS carries risk and investors should read in full the Puma EIS Investment Details. Below are the key risks:


Past performance is no indication of future results and share prices and their values can go down as well as up. The forecasts in this document are not a reliable guide to future performance.  


It is unlikely there will be a liquid market in the shares of the EIS-qualifying companies and it may prove difficult for investors to realise their investment immediately or in full.


Capital at Risk

An investment in Puma EIS can be viewed as high risk. Investors' capital may be at risk and investors may get back less than their original investment. 

Tax Reliefs

Tax reliefs depend on individuals' personal circumstances, minimum holding period and may be subject to change.