Pivotal Systems Exploring IPO on Australian Securities Exchange

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVC) (the “Fund”), a publicly traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, announced today that Pivotal Systems (“Pivotal”) has engaged investment banks Moelis Australia and Shaw and Partners to explore a potential 2018 listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”).

Pivotal supplies flow control solutions to the semiconductor industry, and is the Fund’s largest holding, representing 19.9% of the Fund’s net assets as of December 31, 2017. The Fund’s initial investment in Pivotal was made in 2012 and we have invested a total of $19.0 million in the company.

Pivotal is headquartered in Fremont, California and has production capabilities in China and Korea. The company’s future growth plans include expansion of operations in Asia and the United States, and entry into other large industrial markets where its intelligent sensing and control technologies offer advantages over existing solutions.

More details regarding a potential listing will be made public as they become available. No assurances can be given as to whether Pivotal will be able to list its shares, the prices at which a listing and later trading would occur or whether such a listing would mean that the value of the Fund’s holdings in Pivotal would increase.

About Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC)
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 www.firsthandtvf.com.

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.

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Heather Hohlowski
Firsthand Capital Management, Inc.
(408) 624-9525