Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Central banks are involved in unprecedented monetary policy experiments and financial repression is likely to be used, given the sovereign debt burdens. Investors concerned about the various threats to a permanent loss of capitalshould find the Investment Company (INV), whose investment objective is to protect the purchasing power of its capital in real terms, to be an attractive vehicle. The investment style includes holding significant reserves in gold, both physical via exchange traded funds
Companies: Investment Co. Plc
The Investment Company (INV) has the objective of protecting the purchasing power of its shareholders in real terms, and to participate in enduring economic activities which lend themselves to genuine capital accumulation and wealth creation. The changes to the objective and policy were approved on 4 November 2020. Its interim report highlights that INV has sold out of most of the equity holdings focused on the UK and has begun building a more concentrated portfolio, better fitting its purpose.
The Board of the Investment Company (INV) has proposed a new investment objective and policy. The new objective is of wealth preservation and long-term capital growth. The new investment policy includes investing both in quoted businesses which the directors believe are suitable for long-term compounding of earnings and a portfolio of liquid reserves in cash, debt instruments and tangible assets such as gold bullion. Two new directors, Tom Cleverly and Michael Weeks, will join the Board. Both in
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We update our forecasts to take account of (1) Group 2020/2021 Annual Report & Accounts released in September (2) 1Q IMS released in October (3) End October 2021 FUM update in early November. Key points include:
Group Funds Under Management “FuM” remain circa US$11 bn; in October there was a small uptick which may indicate small net inflows.
Strong investment performance across CLIG’s investment strategies (Exhibit 3 shows performance over 5 years relative to peers and benchmarks).
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Companies: Oakley Capital Investments
Mercia has provided a positive update on a number of fronts. H1 adj. operating profit is running materially ahead of market expectations. Another performance fee has been crystallised in the NVM VCTs (£1.6m net). Valuation gains in H1 were better than expected driving >£10m H1 comprehensive net income. We incorporate this into our model, driving a +72% upgrade to FY22e adj. EBITDA (+23% u/l to £3.7m excl. performance fees) and a +4% increase to our NAV. We reiterate our 50p/sh SOTP valuation dri
Companies: Mercia Asset Management PLC
Evidencing the strength of Belvoir’s long-term growth strategy and the very buoyant conditions in the UK housing market in 2021, the company has detailed that trading in the ten months to the end of October was ahead of expectations. Lettings income was up 21% and Housing Sales income up 65%, driving total Property gross profit up 29%. Financial Services gross profit increased 39%. We have upgraded FY 2021E EPS by 3%. While we maintain our view that next year will likely see more normal housing
Companies: Belvoir Group PLC
Liontrust has reported a strong, in line H1 performance (+93% adj. PBT) on continued organic growth including £2.1bn net inflows YTD, as well as a full period contribution from Architas. The H1 outturn has covered 47% of our FY adj. PBT estimate, which we leave unchanged. AuM has continued to grow: +2.2% to £36.5bn in Q3 so far – momentum has been sustained. We think the valuation is not challenging given the outlook for growth. We set a 2450p 12m Target Price (18x FY23e PER) and a BUY recommend
Companies: Liontrust Asset Management PLC
MJ Hudson (MJH) has delivered a solid set of FY21A results, with organic revenue growth of +14% YoY (FY20A 4%) and Adj EBITDA of £5.6m (broadly in line with our £5.7m forecast). Pro forma EBITDA for the group at June-21A stood at £6.8m (and is c£7.0m once SCFL, acquired post period end, is included). We note that our FY21E Adj EBITDA forecast is currently £7.1m, and hence factors in only minimal organic growth, despite the fact that positive momentum from H2/FY21A has continued into the current
Companies: MJ Hudson Group Plc
Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) has announced that Kilmannock, one of the Company’s ROI
assets in construction, has secured an additional grid connection volume allocation of 90MW (in
addition to the 30MW). The initial 30MW benefits from a six-year fixed price contract, while the
remaining capacity can primarily derive revenues from extra capacity which could be used forwholesale
trading or the volume uncapped DS3 market (Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System). GSF
Companies: Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC
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Mercia reported a strong rise in the NAV of its Northern Venture Trust (NVT) subsidiary, reflecting the IPO of musicMagpie and other successful exits, leading to Mercia receiving a net performance fee of £1.6m. As a result, together with Mercia’s substantially recurring management fees, management expects H122 PAT to exceed £10m, with the FY22 adjusted operating profit (excluding the NVT net performance fee) expected to be materially ahead of market forecasts. The shares trade at a larger discou
Agronomics is an investment company focused on investing in the cellular agriculture sector. The sector is responding to global mega-trends driving increased demand for animal protein, which in turn could lead to negative environmental effects. Cultivated meat, for example, uses cell culture technology to grow cells in bioreactors producing differentiated cells (such as muscle and fat cells) that can be formed into consumer food products. These technologies have the promise of producing animal p
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Gore Street’s confirmation of a 90MW capacity increase at Kilmannock is a clear positive in our view and takes the fund’s portfolio to over 600MW of projects either operating or under construction. These are split between the GB market and the all-Ireland market with the fund now owning the largest portfolio of storage assets in Ireland. In the GB market price volatility continues to be strong and we expect the fund’s assets to be benefiting from this.
On 2 November and 2 December 2021, Electra Private Equity (ELTA) reiterated its corporate strategy for moving its listing from the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange to AIM, and provided updates on current trading for its remaining corporate investment, Hotter Shoes. With respect to trading, there was ongoing strength in Hotter’s revenue growth. Management’s medium-term guidance for Hotter suggests a revenue CAGR of 12% and EBIT CAGR of c 86% in FY22–25e. This guidance excludes incremental
Companies: Electra Private Equity
Aviva’s trading update came with some satisfaction, albeit in line with what it had been guiding. All indicators are “on track” as communicated by the firm. The interesting area will come, in our view, from the pressure that activist Cevian is exercising on the firm to distribute more excess capital.
Companies: Aviva plc
Companies: Real Estate Credit Investments Limited
A key focus for the company in 2021/22 was to de-gear the Balance Sheet with sales at or above book value. Two separate property sales in Bristol, One Castle Park (£20m) and 135 Aztec West (£3.9m), have been agreed well ahead of their March 2021 book value and when the former completes in mid-December pro forma net LTV will reduce to c29%. Further sales of assets where the company has carried out its business plan can be expected, which would provide even greater financial firepower for acquisit
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