The AIC Flexible Investment sector is, like a discounted haggis, a simple casing which can house myriad ingredients. In fact, the constituent meats are so exotic that we typically caution it is not a good comparator when discussing relative performance. The individual trusts that make up the sector often aim to accomplish very different things. Meanwhile the flexible mandates of some of them mean the composition of individual portfolios can vary drastically over time. Below, we have looked at th
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Everybody I know calls me a contrarian. I disagree. Nonetheless, the enduring popularity of our discount portfolio with readers can’t help but pique our interest in contrarian opportunities. With our discount opportunities portfolio, we look for opportunities in investment trusts where we can see a reasonable rationale for a wide discount narrowing and the potential for NAV outperformance too. Several investment managers, such as the managers of Miton Global Opportunities (MIGO) and AVI Global
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Demand for alternative assets has soared in recent years, as investors have sought yield and low NAV volatility outside the bond market in a low interest rate world. The investment trust sector has been a major beneficiary, with many closed-ended funds offering these characteristics through their ability to invest in illiquid assets. Historically, alternative assets have offered the potential for higher returns by (in technical terms) harvesting the illiquidity premium. In more natural language
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It is often considered axiomatic in investment markets that smaller companies offer greater pricing inefficiencies, and thus greater opportunities to active managers to generate outperformance. In the UK Small Cap space, we have certainly seen suggestions over the long term that this is true, with the Morningstar UK Small Cap sector producing an average NAV return of c. 173.4% over the ten years to 05/02/2021, compared to a return of c. 115.2% from the Numis Small Cap including AIM excluding Inv
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Miton Global Opportunities (MIGO) is a trust of trusts specialising in deep value opportunities and special situations. MIGO offers exposure to a diversified pool of trusts, often trading on substantial discounts to their intrinsic value and where MIGO’s managers believe there is a catalyst for a re-rating. The trust is relatively unconstrained in asset allocation. MIGO’s managers believe we are seeing structural changes to the investment trust universe which are opening up opportunities. This i
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The accelerant effect of a closing discount adds considerable appeal to investment trusts for many investors, boosting the impact of a rising net asset value (NAV) when it happens concurrently, and leaving the shareholder with what is a de facto ‘geared’ return. Identifying trusts which are trading in a discount to NAV which is likely to close is no mean feat, though, with more than 450 investment trusts to choose from – and typical discounts among conventional trusts around the 10% mark. Last w
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The ability to buy shares at a discount to NAV is one of the differentiating features of investment trusts versus open-ended funds, and is one factor behind them offering potentially higher returns. Of course, it brings with it extra risks, and the pandemic saw discounts widen across the board, compounding losses made on NAV. This is potentially an interesting tine to be looking for discounted opportunities after such a period of disruption. However, as we discuss below, on a universe-level disc
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In recent years smaller investment trusts have been under pressure. The demand for smaller vehicles has been reduced by two factors: the consolidation in the wealth management industry and the increasing prevalence of centralized buy lists used by DFMs and advisers. If a large amount of money is being managed to a model, then allocations can be impossible to deal into a small trust. Anecdotally, the lower limit of viable size for professionals has been rising. £200m is a more realistic cut off p
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Miton Global Opportunities (MIGO) offers exposure to a diversified pool of closed-ended investment companies, often operating in highly specialised areas and trading on substantial discounts to their intrinsic value where the managers believe there is a catalyst for a re-rating. Aiming to deliver cash (SONIA 3 month) plus 2%, the trust is relatively unconstrained in asset allocation. The managers are focussed on identifying ‘special situations’ and/or deep value opportunities in investment trus
“Is life always this hard, or just when you’re a kid?” “Always like this” (Leon: The Professional) In the post-financial crisis world, value investors have found themselves facing a period of structural underperformance relative to growth investors which has been unusual relative to history. In fact, this is the longest period of underperformance since at least the 1920s. This raises the question; what, if anything, could cause this to change?
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The spice of life is variety. [It’s also a curry house in Glasgow, now sadly defunct.] Achieving variety by diversifying your assets has been an innate part of human risk management from time immemorial. Why else did the English Plantagenet kings maintain their claim to the French throne for so long? All investors, however, not just medieval royal families, have to consider how best to diversify the risks to which their wealth is exposed – whether they’re managing their own money or doing it pro
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Miton Global Opportunities (MIGO) offers exposure to a diversified pool of closed-ended investment companies, often operating in highly specialised areas, trading on substantial discounts to their intrinsic value, where the manager believes there is a catalyst for a re-rating. Aiming to deliver cash (as represented by the SONIA 3 month benchmark) plus 2%, the trust is relatively unconstrained in asset allocation. As a result, the trust holds an array of idiosyncratic and diversified holdings i
Miton Global Opportunities aims to deliver returns in excess of sterling three-month SONIA +2% by investing in other investment trusts that the managers believe are trading on discounts which are wider than they should be. The trust, which sits in the AIC’s Flexible Investment sector, has little in common with its stablemates in this sector, and has few comparable peers as a trust of investment trusts because of its unique focus on cash-plus returns. It is highly focused, with 87% of its asset
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 quantit
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The quarter enjoyed the ongoing recovery in revenue margins and net provision releases further boosted by a portion of the announced tax gains. The question is not at what pace profitability will recover but instead at what pace will it normalise? In the meantime, the group is accumulating excess capital that will be returned to shareholders.
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Legal & General’s performance in its H1 21 release came with a certain satisfaction. Most of it is attributable to an improving rates environment and strong performances, finally, from LGC and LGI.
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Duke has announced its third new royalty partner since April's placing, with a C$8.3m (£4.8m) agreement with Creō-tech Industrial Group Inc (“Creō-tech”). This scheduled new partner is another buy & build platform, with follow-on deployments expected. It represents Duke's 12th current royalty partner and its first in North America, adding diversity in number and geography. This should further add to the anticipated step-up in quarterly cash revenues from Q2/22, after Q1/22's £2.9m record.
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Q2 progress very much followed the trend of Trident continuing to build the foundations of what we believe can be a leading diversified royalty company. Some exciting asset level progress which should materially bolster future royalty revenue potential and some top-notch additions to the Board. With $8m cash in the bank and the $10m Tribeca loan facility finalised and drawn-down, TRR is well placed to secure further value accretive royalty acquisitions
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TPFG has delivered an impressive H1/21E trading update, confirming a doubling of interim revenues. The result reflects a buoyant sales market and only a partial contribution from sales-focused Hunters, whose March 2021 purchase looks astute. Given sales pipelines remain robust (set to convert largely over H2/21E); the 73k managed properties continue to provide a high degree of recurring & transactional income; and Ewemove continues to scale quickly, we view the outlook positively. Despite the sh
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The quarter enjoyed stronger-than-expected provision releases and a partial reversal of the first quarter negative equity adjustments, whereas the DTA remeasurement offset ongoing restructuring charges.
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The quarter enjoyed accelerated provision releases. The improved visibility on the group’s mid-term perspectives enabled management to increase its capital distribution plan over the next three years.
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Ground Rents Income Fund (GRIO) has today released its Interim Results for the period ending 31 March 2021. The NAV fell by 1.1% to £101.4m (104.5 pps). Dividends of 1.98p have been paid over the six month period, but going forward the Board have announced that they will be reducing the annual dividend target to 3.0pps and expect the dividend to be fully covered by the year ending 30 Sep 2022. At the AGM in March, shareholders approved the authority for the Company to purchase up to 14.99% of it
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L&G reported an operating profit from continuing divisions (excluding Mature Savings and General Insurance businesses) of £1,128m, -2.2% yoy. The COVID-19-related cost was £129m. LGR posted a growing operating profit to £721m. Net profit amounted to £290m vs. £874m a year before, being affected by the reduced discount rate used to calculate LGI reserves. The Solvency II ratio stood at 173%. The Board recommended an interim dividend of 4.93p/share, stable relative to H1 19.
The quarter enjoyed further net provision releases whereas the pre-provision performance came in line with our expectations. The group is on track to meet its mid-term financial objectives.
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Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) has, this morning, provided an update on its activities undertaken during the quarter ended 30 June 2021. The key elements of the announcement are:
Significant progress across a number of projects over which Trident holds royalties.
Total quarterly royalty revenue of US$381,808 from two paying royalties over copper and iron ore assets.
The appointment of Mr Paul Smith as Non-Executive Chair alongside a personal investment of £1 million at 40p as well as the ad
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Agronomics is an investment company, making selective investments in early-stage alternative protein companies. We believe the combination of the conservative approach to calculating a reported net asset value (NAV) and growing interest in the broader alternative protein and cultured meat opportunities has resulted in Agronomics' shares trading at a c320% premium to its latest reported NAV per share value. Our analysis suggests that not only can this premium be justified but that upside exists b
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What a difference a year makes - 12 months ago, the focus, quite understandably, was on the course of the pandemic and the lifting of the Lockdown (1) measures. For investors, it was the sustainability of the rally in markets seen since March 2020. Today, while we are still thinking about the lifting of lockdown measures, we are also concerned about two “old favourites” from previous decades. Inflation and the parlous state of public finances. The BoE has said that although CPI inflation rose to
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