Firsthand Technology Value Fund Announces Third Quarter Financial Results, NAV of $0.10 Per Share

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (OTCQB: SVVC) (the “Fund”), a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, announced today its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

As of September 30, 2023, the Fund’s net assets were approximately $0.7 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with net assets of approximately $11.1 million, or $1.61 per share as of June 30, 2023. As of September 30, 2023, the Fund’s portfolio included public and private securities valued at approximately $8.1 million, or $1.18 per share, which includes approximately $0.04 per share in cash and cash equivalents.

Portfolio Summary (as of 9/30/23)


Fair Value1

Fair Value

per Share1,2

Equity/Debt Investments

$7.80 million



Cash/Cash Equivalents

$0.31 million



Other Assets

$0.03 million



Total Assets

$8.14 million



Total Liabilities

$7.46 million



Net Assets

$0.68 million




1 Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

2 Total shares outstanding: 6,893,056.

During the third quarter of 2023, the Valuation Committee, which was composed of two directors, adjusted the fair values of the private companies in our portfolio. In arriving at these determinations and consistent with the Fund’s valuation procedures, and ASC 820, the Valuation Committee took into account information from an independent valuation firm and considered many factors, including the performance of the portfolio companies, recent transactions in the companies’ securities, as well as the impact of changes in market multiples within certain sectors.

During the quarter, the Fund suffered material setbacks in IntraOp Medical Corp. and Wrightspeed, Inc., two of its largest holdings at the start of the quarter. As a result, the total assets of the Fund were reduced dramatically by September 30, 2023.

Effective September 30, 2023, the Fund has entered into a fee waiver agreement with its investment adviser, Firsthand Capital Management, Inc. (“FCM”). Pursuant to the terms of this agreement, FCM has agreed to (1) waive future accruals of the base management fee starting October 1, 2023, through December 31, 2024, with future recoupment to the extent permitted by the Investment Management Agreement between the Fund and FCM, and (2) waive $2.5 million of base management fee that has been accrued but unpaid as of September 30, 2023, subject to recoupment to the extent permitted under the fee waiver agreement.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, the Fund reported a total investment loss of approximately $0.2 million. After fees and expenses, including the aforementioned fee waiver, the Fund reported net investment income of approximately $1.9 million. The Fund reported net realized and unrealized losses on investments of approximately $12.3 million for the quarter.

Throughout the quarter, the Fund continued its efforts to manage its portfolio prudently, including working with its portfolio companies and their management teams to seek to enhance performance and uncover potential exit opportunities.

About Firsthand Technology Value Fund

Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. is a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies. More information about the Fund and its holdings can be found online at

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company that elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets for investment purposes in technology and cleantech companies. An investment in the Fund involves substantial risks, some of which are highlighted below. Please see the Fund’s public filings for more information about fees, expenses and risk. Past investment results do not provide any assurances about future results.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from the Fund’s historical experience and its present expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions, regulatory and legal changes, technology and cleantech industry risk, valuation risk, non-diversification risk, interest rate risk, tax risk, and other risks discussed in the Fund’s filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be attained. We acknowledge that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 does not apply to investment companies such as us.


Phil Mosakowski
Firsthand Capital Management, Inc.
(408) 624-9526


Phil Mosakowski
Firsthand Capital Management, Inc.
(408) 624-9526