Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) aims to achieve long-term capital growth through investment principally in the stock markets of the Asian region, excluding Japan. It seeks to outperform the MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan Small Cap index mainly via stock selection. The manager, Nitin Bajaj invests in good businesses, run by good managers, trading at attractive valuations. He has a bias towards small-cap value stocks, a sector he believes nurtures ‘the winners of tomorrow’, before they become well known. Recent performance has disappointed, but FAS has delivered outright gains and outperformance versus its previous and new benchmarks over the long term and pays the highest dividend in its AIC sector.
Companies: Fidelity Asian Values
Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) is managed by Nitin Bajaj. He employs a very disciplined process, seeking good businesses run by competent management, trading on attractive valuations. The polarisation in the stock market affords him many opportunities to invest in companies that fulfil his investment criteria. While the style bias against value stocks has affected the manager’s relative performance in recent years, FAS has a long-term record of outperformance versus both its previous and new benchmarks. The portfolio is trading on an average forward earnings multiple of less than 10x but has a 15% ROE, showing the manager is ‘seeking value without compromising on quality’. FAS also offers a 2.2% dividend yield, which is the highest in the three-strong AIC Asia Pacific Smaller Companies sector.
Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) is managed by Nitin Bajaj, who aims to both grow and preserve shareholders’ capital, seeking double-digit annual total returns over a three- to five-year timeframe. The manager seeks to mitigate large capital losses in the portfolio by avoiding companies with high valuation multiples, extended balance sheets, modest margins and low liquidity. He is mindful to keep sufficient resources available to take advantage of investment opportunities when they arise. The last chance for investors to exercise their FAS subscription shares is on 29 November 2019, with the exercise price representing a 1.8% discount to the current share price.
Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) significantly outperformed its benchmark in the 2018 market sell-off, helped by its focus on capital preservation as well as growth. Manager Nitin Bajaj says that recent stock market volatility has enabled him to purchase market-leading businesses at very attractive prices, as valuation multiples have compressed while corporate earnings have remained robust. Bajaj notes that FAS’s portfolio is currently trading on a relatively low aggregate P/E multiple and is generating a relatively high return on equity. The trust has a long-term record of outperformance versus the MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index. Its share price is ahead over one, three, five and 10 years, while its NAV has outperformed over one, five and 10 years.
Today, we introduce our investment trust ratings. According to the quantitative screens we have selected in an attempt to highlight the best performers in the closed-ended universe, the trusts discussed here have been the best in their classes over the last five years. We have selected trusts using two different sets of criteria, aiming to identify the top performers for capital growth and for achieving a high and growing income. There are many rating systems for open-ended funds, but no quantitative-based system for investment trusts that is available to the average investor. While we cannot identify trusts which will perform well in the future – past outperformance is no guide to future out-performance – we hope these ratings will highlight the outstanding performers in the closed-ended universe and those managers who have best used the advantages of investment trusts to generate alpha. We are trying to reward consistent and long-term outperformance, and so we have decided to look over a five-year period. All data is as of the end of December 2018, sourced from Morningstar and JPMorgan Cazenove. We have looked at NAV total return performance and discount value has not been considered: the aim is to identify those trusts which have performed the best rather than highlight bargains.
Companies: IPU FAS ATR JEO FEV FGT THRG SEC PAC BRSC IAT HNE MIGO TRY JMG DIVI SLS BGS SDP JETI SOI BCI MRC TIGT EDIN JAGI BEE SDV BRIG AAIF HFEL SCF SIGT BRFI IVPG CTY HINT JCH NAIT
Fidelity Asian Values (FAS) is managed by Nitin Bajaj, who aims to generate long-term capital growth by finding ‘good businesses’ run by ‘good management teams’ that are available at a ‘good price’. The manager also aims to protect capital in periods of stock market weakness. Portfolio positions are only initiated after thorough fundamental research, which enables the manager truly to understand the businesses in which he invests. Bajaj’s approach is unconstrained and FAS’s NAV has outperformed its benchmark MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index over five and 10 years, while its share price has outperformed over one, three, five and 10 years. The trust’s annual distribution has grown in the last four consecutive financial years; its current dividend yield is 1.5%.
This is a regular publication looking at Fidelity and recent developments in three of its investment trusts – Fidelity Asian Values, Fidelity Japanese Values and Fidelity Special Values.
Companies: FAS FJV FSV
With strong performance from most emerging markets, smaller companies and technology, 2017 will be remembered as the year that rewarded those investors willing to take some risk with their investments. Despite initial worries about political risk stemming from Brexit and upcoming European elections, equity markets in general soared. For the first time in recorded history the S&P 500 made gains in every month of the calendar year, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index ended the year up 30.55% (in sterling terms), while the Japanese Topix Index returned 22.23%.
Companies: IBT SMT JEO EMF SDP FAS BGS AJG
A regular publication looking at Fidelity and recent developments in three of its investment trusts – Fidelity Asian Values (FAS), Fidelity Japanese Values (FJV) and Fidelity Special Values (FSV).
Welcome to the first edition of what will be a regular publication. This edition takes a look at Fidelity and recent developments in three of its investment trusts – Fidelity Asian Values, Fidelity Japanese Values and Fidelity Special Values.
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Cenkos’s first half results demonstrated the benefits of its flexible operating model and strength of its client relationships. While challenges related to COVID-19 are set to continue, Cenkos’s focus is on growth companies and its fund-raising year-to-date has had a greater emphasis on corporates financing M&A and growth opportunities rather than for defensive purposes. This should prove more sustainable although, as always, the timing of transactions in the encouraging pipeline reported remains uncertain.
Companies: Cenkos Securities plc
Avation is a lessor of 46 commercial aircraft to a diversified airline client base. This morning, the group has released results for the 12-months to 30 June 2020, which illustrate the challenges faced by its customer base as a result of Covid-19, as well as the corrective actions taken by the Board that have resulted in profitability being maintained in the year as a whole. Loan repayment deferrals of c.$24.4m were obtained in the period, in comparison to $13.1m short-term rent deferrals being granted to airline customers and thus emphasising management's focus on liquidity during an unprecedented period for global airlines. Avation again reports that it is currently reviewing alternatives in relation to the 6.5% senior notes due in May 2021. Whilst at this point our forecasts remain under review, and near term challenges remain across the industry, we believe that demand for aircraft from lessors such as Avation will increase in time as a result of airlines being even more reliant upon aircraft leasing firms due to the retirement of older aircraft during 2020 in combination with much weaker balance sheets that are unable to support direct aircraft purchases.
Companies: Avation PLC
Record’s Q221 trading update confirmed that its new $8bn dynamic hedging mandate has started and that, prior to this, assets under management equivalent (AUME) expanded by 4% in the quarter. The group continues to work on developing new products and is deploying technology to enhance its ability to deliver these and existing products cost effectively.
Companies: Record plc
Primary Health Properties (LON:PHP) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that holds a portfolio of 510 primary health facilities in the UK (92% of the portfolio by value) and Ireland (8%). The business model is to manage the properties for rental income and to grow the portfolio over time. The
Companies: PHP PP51 PHPRF
Cenkos Securities plc has terminated coverage of Record Plc. Our previous recommendation (BUY) and forecasts can no longer be relied upon.
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What’s new: Today’s trading update reveals 17% rise in assets under management (AuM), double digit revenue growth, and an increasing operating margin as the business scales. The outlook is positive. Highlights are:
12.6% rise in 1H Group Revenues to £11.0m (1H last year: £9.7m);
21.9% rise in 1H adj operating profit to £5.0m (1H last year: £4.1m);
17.4% rise over 6 months in AUM to £7.8bn on 30 September 2020,
n.b. From 31 March 2020 the WMA balanced index rose 11.6% to 4510;
- Market movements added 12.5% to AUM (i.e. Tatton outperformed WMA);
- 1H net inflows of £328.1bn were 4.9% of opening AUM (i.e. c 10% annualised net inflows);
3.0% rise in Paradigm Mortgage Services member firms to 1,591
2.5% rise in Paradigm Consulting member firms
Interims will be announced on Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Companies: Tatton Asset Management Plc
Following on quickly from its impressive full year results, these interim results confirm that our confidence for growth in the Program Management business was not misplaced.Contracted Premium increased 95% YoY (and 12% ahead of December 2019) to $925m –a stone's throw away from the $1bn 2020 guidance set in 2018. At the same time, Gross Written Premium (GWP) grew 42.6% to £247.2m, resulting in Economic EBITDA turning positive, at £0.8m compared to a loss of £0.3m in 1H19
Companies: Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.
As expected following the US banks’ releases, Barclays’ third quarter results saw a sharp reduction in provisions build-up while the emergence of delinquencies has been delayed by the State’s supporting measures. Management continues to expect a reduction in the cost of risk next year. It remains to be seen if this guidance is capable of withstanding new lockdowns or a no-deal Brexit.
Companies: Barclays PLC
Tatton has reported an in-line H1 financial performance: revenue totalled £11.0m (vs N+1Se £10.9m) and £5.0m adj. EBIT (50% N+1S FY21e). AuM grew by 3.4% to £7.8bn as net inflows continued throughout H1 (+£328m) – a positive performance given the backdrop. Paradigm, particularly in Mortgages, has been resilient post-lockdown. Having delivered 50% of our earnings forecast for FY21e, there is potential for upside. However, we leave our forecasts unchanged and a margin for safety as we remain alive to potential external risks/volatility.
The most pleasing aspect of Tatton’s trading update for the six months ending 30 Sep 2020 (H1 2021) was how robust its fundamental offering to clients (financial advisers) has proven to be in highly uncertain market conditions. It continued to attract strong net inflows into its asset management business while also growing its base of IFA consulting and mortgage services clients. The prospect of beating our previous FY21 forecasts looks promising. Longerterm growth prospects also look strong. We do, however, remain wary of the potential impact of further large market dips. For now, we maintain our fundamental valuation of 300p per share but see room for significant upside on that mark if Tatton continues to deliver.
ANGLE plc (AGL.L): Acceptance of FDA submission | Feedback plc (FDBK.L*): Partnership agreement | Open Orphan (ORPH.L): Human Challenge Study Model contract with UK Government
Companies: AGL FDBK ORPH
The interims confirmed that Covid-19 was minimally disruptive operationally in H1 20 and, ironically, may have improved both of R&Q’s divisions’ mediumterm trading outlooks. As the pandemic and other industry events have generated significant losses for insurers, they have created the current ‘hardening’ market driving demand for Legacy and Program Management.
John Laing Group (JLG) has announced the sale of its Australian wind farm assets for A$285m (£157m), a valuation described as a ‘small uplift’ to book value. This news is significant for two reasons: 1) it provides some reassurance that the book value of JLG’s renewable assets is now relatively conservative; and 2) accounting for about a third of its renewable portfolio, the disposal represents material progress on JLG’s strategy to exit this market. We make no change to our numbers ahead of the company’s Q3 trading statement expected next week.
Companies: John Laing Group Plc
NextEnergy Solar Fund has low operating costs, low finance costs and has consistently delivered generation outperformance. We estimate that it can sustain its current level of dividend with an electricity price well below today’s price. The shares show the lowest NAV premium of all the UK renewable yieldcos and the highest yield.
Companies: Nextenergy Solar Fund
Whilst there are some bright spots, such as payments companies, which are beneficiaries of the shift to online shopping, fears about the potential impact of COVID-19 have hit valuations across much of the financial sector. The fall in Polar Capital Global Financials Trust’s (PCFT’s) NAV reflects this situation.
Companies: Polar Capital Global Fincls Trust