Polar Capital Technology (PCT) has shrugged off the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering returns of over 50% over the 12 months to the end of November 2020 and beating its benchmark (the Dow Jones Global Technology Index, in sterling terms) by a substantial margin. This just extended a long run of good absolute and relative performance from the trust that has helped it become a £3bn company.
Companies: Polar Capital Technology Trust PLC
Polar Capital Technology (PCT) has shrugged off the pandemic, delivering returns of over 50% over the 12 months to the end of November 2020 and beating its benchmark by a substantial margin. This just extended a long run of good absolute and relative performance from the trust that has helped it become a £3bn company.
Polar Capital Technology (PCT) aims to maximise long-term capital growth through investment in a diversified portfolio of technology companies from across the globe. Led by Ben Rogoff, PCT enjoys a deep pool of fund managers and analysts specialising in technology companies, assessing companies from around the world. Portfolio construction is benchmark aware, but willing to diverge to access what the team regard as the best growth opportunities. As we discuss under Portfolio, this includes an as
It was a remarkable second quarter with global markets staging the sort of comeback few would have thought plausible, at the end of March. With some countries still battling the first wave of infection and others seemingly headed to a second, not to mention what happens when governments start to remove direct stimulus measures, uncertainty still abounds.
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2020 has so far proven to be the latest episode in a long period of technology outperformance, as we observed in this article. Over the past decade, technology-related companies have tended to perform like consumer staples or defensives on the downside, and like high-growth discretionary stocks on the upside: an ideal combination from the investor’s point of view. As a result the indices (and fund managers’ portfolios) are increasingly correlated to ‘big tech’. How do investors who want a divers
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In the financial markets, the biggest winners from the crisis so far have – without a doubt – been the technology sectors. Software, hardware, ecommerce and related sectors have outperformed in the immediate aftermath (as we discussed in a recent strategy note). They also seem likely to benefit from some of the likely long-lasting changes to society that the crisis will forge. This is the latest episode in a long period of outperformance. Looking back over the past decade, technology-related com
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The COVID-19 related shutdown has seen the largest US companies extend their share price performance leadership even further, and they are generally assumed to be the winners from any changes to the economy. In part, this outperformance reflects increased certainty that these companies are the beneficiaries from a change in working practices and structural shifts in the economy, but this outperformance has been a longer-running trend. Investors with US equity exposure might be tempted to tilt in
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After a brief period of extreme volatility in stock markets related to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, confidence is returning in the technology sector. Shareholders seem to appreciate that the sector is wellplaced to weather the disruption caused by measures that are being used to fight the pandemic. Polar Capital Technology Trust (PCT), buoyed by its strong track record, is attracting the attention it deserves. It has seen its discount eliminated and is issuing shares to meet investors’ dem
After a brief period of COVID-19-related volatility, confidence is returning in the technology sector. Shareholders seem to appreciate that the sector is wellplaced to weather the disruption caused by measures to fight the pandemic. Polar Capital Technology Trust (PCT), buoyed by its strong track record, is issuing shares to meet investors’ demand.
Napoleon insisted he would rather have his generals be lucky than good. Increasingly, especially when investing in the US stock market, many investors opt for a passive fund, presumably viewing markets through the same prism that managers are really only ever lucky, as opposed to good. Yet many still choose active funds for a variety of reasons: a preferred investment style (or factor bias), or an alignment between the investor and the manager on the macroeconomic outlook are chief among them.
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Over the last few years, fees and costs have become a lightning rod in the investment world, attracting the scrutiny of regulators, the media and the public alike. Investment trusts, with their independent boards acting partly on the views of shareholders, have been quick to respond. We review the changing fee landscape among investment trusts in 2018 through proprietary analysis, and discuss those which boards have done most to reduce costs for investors.
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Investment trusts are often the structure of choice during booming markets. The ability to gear, plus the investment freedom of a closed-ended structure allow skilled managers to capitalise on rising share prices. However, the same has not necessarily been true on the way down, as leverage exaggerates losses and discounts widen. This has often been a time to buy, with market volatility providing a chance to buy into good trusts at knockdown rates. Cherry Reynard asks, has the market rout since t
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Ramsdens interim results highlight the resilience of the business model. Despite the prolonged UK lockdown and international travel restrictions materially impacting the business, we believe a pre-tax loss of only £0.1m was a great result. Moreover, the balance sheet remains strong with net assets up £0.5m HoH to £35.5m and net cash at £15m. While FY2021 has been tough due to COVID-19, management remain confident and are positioning the business for growth with a pipeline of six new stores, incl
Companies: Ramsdens Holdings PLC
NextEnergy Solar Fund’s full year results announcement shows a business continuing to outperform on development, output and pricing. The portfolio now stands at 814MW and the company has already reached its targeted subsidy free capacity of 150MW. A pipeline of international and battery storage opportunities gives NESF considerable diversification potential. With a target dividend of 7.16p for FY 22, NESF continues to offer a well-supported, RPI-linked income stream.
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As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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Trident has announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chairman. Paul Smith, an ex-Glencore senior executive will join the company on 21st June. Mr Smith has made an immediate £1m equity investment in Trident at a premium and retains the right to make a further £1m investment for a total proposed investment of £2m.
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What’s new: Full year results were ahead of our March 2021 forecasts, as set out in the 20 April trading update.
- AuM rose 35% over the year to £9.0bn on 31 March 2021;
- Net inflows added £755m, with 2H net inflows of £427m 30% higher than 1H net inflows of £328m; annualised growth rose from 10% to 11.4%;
- Revenue rose 9.3% to £23.35m (6% above Zeus estimate: £22.0m);
- Adj EBIT rose 25.6% to £11.4m (13% above Zeus estimate: £10.1m);
- Adj diluted EPS rose 22.8% to 14.7p (12% abov
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Palace Capital’s (PCA) FY21 results were robust, with a clear improvement in the second half. With a good level of rent collection continuing, Q421 DPS was increased by 20%, to a level that management hopes to at least maintain through FY22. Importantly, the flagship Hudson Quarter (HQ) development in York completed in April, on budget. We expect HQ to be a significant driver of forecast increasing returns and deleveraging.
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Augmentum Fintech’s (“AF”) disciplined approach and diversified portfolio has delivered value uplift. A number of follow-on rounds and a maiden exit (Dext) added 14p to the NAV – now standing at 130.4p; +12% yoy and 9% in H2 alone. £31m capital has been deployed since Mar-20, including 4 new investments. There is a significant pipeline of new opportunities (£924m) with £144m (across 24 deals) in active development. In order to pursue these, AF has announced that it is seeking to raise at least £
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The repeal of the Berlin rent cap (the ‘Mietendeckel’), ruled unconstitutional, is a significant positive for Phoenix Spree Deutschland (PSD). It allows a resumption of its core reversionary rent strategy, providing greater flexibility in the extraction of the value embedded in the portfolio. With a continuing discount to net assets, the board has stepped up the share repurchase programme, aiming to ensure that the share price better reflects its view of intrinsic value and the improved outlook.
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Despite the turbulence in power prices triggered by the pandemic, NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) achieved its dividend target of 7.05p for the financial year. The 2022 dividend target was increased in line with RPI to 7.16p per ordinary share for the year ended 31 March 2022, payable quarterly. We believe given the sharp increase in power prices and the hedging strategies used by NESF, cashflow is likely to be significantly higher over the next two to three years than what is incorporated in NESF’
Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) has, this morning, announced the appointment of Paul Smith as Non-Executive Chairman. Alongside the appointment Mr Smith will invest up to £2 million into the company, of which £1 million will be an immediate subscription at 40p/ share (representing a 4% premium to the 5-day VWAP), with up to a further £1 million at the same price within 12 months. The current Chair, James Kelly, will remain on the board as a Non-Executive Director. Non-Executive Director Mark Po
Final results show impressive growth and strong operating margins; +5% ahead of our recently upgraded forecasts – with challenges posed by COVID navigated successfully. FuM is growing very strongly. Flows have recovered over the last 12m and continue to build, hitting £9.5bn post-period end already. Management has outlined an aspiration to reach £15bn FuM in 3 years. We leave headline forecasts unchanged, but see upside as FuM continues to grow. With scope to double the business in the medium te
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Urban Logistics REIT (“ULR”) has delivered a watershed year: doubling the portfolio with a disciplined approach focusing on value-add opportunity through reversion and regear. Finals show rental income doubling from acquired assets, with recurring EPS in line with our forecast. EPRA NAV was 6% ahead of N+1Se, as valuation yields tightened. The manager has secured a further c.£150m pipeline of similarly attractive assets. We make a modest upgrade to EPRA NAV on better valuation. We see sustained
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Tatton’s FY21 results highlight strong momentum in the business. Current AUM inflows have returned to pre-Covid levels and now average £100m per month, with the £9.0bn AUM milestone reached on 31 Mar (subsequently surpassed, reaching £9.5bn on 15 June). That translated to 35% AUM growth for FY21 (AUM 31 Mar 20: 6.7bn)
Tavistock Investments Plc (“Tavistock”) consists of Tavistock Wealth (an investment management business) and Tavistock Advisory (several financial advisory businesses). The Company has announced the sale of Tavistock Wealth for up to £40m which compares extremely favourably to the £16m Group market capitalisation prior to the announcement. Tavistock also provided a trading update confirming that H2 2021 (year end March) followed the strong H1 performance. Full year underlying EBITDA of £2.77m (+
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