3i Group Plc, announced today that it would be holding discussions with analysts and investors ahead of its close period for the six months ended 30th September 2006, and would be releasing its interim results for the same six months on 9th November 2006.

A statement from 3i outlined some of the topics to be discussed in the discussions. The Chief Executive of 3i, Philip Yea, said:

The year so far has seen a strong performance and we continue to make very good progress in delivering our strategic objectives. Realisations continue to benefit from a favourable market environment and have been stronger than anticipated at the time of our annual results announcement in May.

Among the topics to be discussed will be investments and realisations for the five months ended 31st August 2006, returns, its Eurofund V and the return of capital to shareholders. 3i announced in a statement that "The overall performance of the Group for the six months to 30 September 2006 is anticipated to be in line with its return objectives.'