Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) is the largest and longest-established closed-end fund focused on investing in Vietnamese equities. The fund has a solid long-term performance track record (see chart below), delivering annualised NAV total returns of 10% and 8% over five and 10 years respectively. Vietnam appears to be managing the spread of the COVID-19 virus well, and is advanced in the resumption of normal economic activity. Its GDP growth of 7.0% in 2019 was one of the fastest rates globally, and while growth will be disrupted this year, economic prospects remain bright. Vietnam’s equity market fell sharply in response to the pandemic, and forward P/E valuations are now relatively modest, and at an unusually large c 30% discount to global equities, which may present an attractive entry opportunity for longer-term investors.
Companies: Vietnam Enterprise Investments
Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) is the largest and longest-established closed-end fund focused on investing in Vietnamese equities. The fund aims to deliver long-term capital growth through employing a rigorous bottom-up approach to investing in a relatively concentrated portfolio of 35–40 high-conviction stocks. Over the past 10 years, VEIL has generated annualised NAV and share price returns of 10.3% and 14.0%, respectively. Better than expected Q319 GDP growth of 7.3% suggests Vietnam’s economy is relatively resilient in an environment of slowing global economic growth, which has been exacerbated by a trade recession triggered by the US-China trade dispute. Furthermore, the manager is finding plenty of exciting long-term investment opportunities in Vietnam.
Vietnam Enterprise Investmentst (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and is the largest closed-ended fund focused on Vietnam. In July 2017, it became a member of the FTSE 250. VEIL aims to generate long-term capital growth by following a bottom-up approach, unconstrained by the benchmark, to find high-quality companies that are attractively valued. The fund is managed by Dragon Capital, Vietnam’s largest and longest established investment manager.
In this webcast, Dominic Scriven, chairman and founder of Dragon Capital, introduces the company and discusses why we should invest in Vietnam, and why now. Dragon’s head of research, Le Anh Tuan, explains VEIL’s investment objective and gives his outlook for Vietnam. He explains the manager’s investment approach and what differentiates it from other managers. He also discusses the portfolio’s current position and recent performance.
Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and is the largest closed-ended fund focused on Vietnam. In July 2017, it became a member of the FTSE 250. VEIL aims to generate long-term capital growth by following a bottom-up approach, unconstrained by the benchmark, to find high quality companies that are attractively valued. Although the fund’s NAV total return has lagged the VN Index over one year, VEIL has a strong longer-term performance track record, delivering annualised NAV growth of c 26% and 20% over three and five years respectively. The manager believes sustained economic growth in Vietnam offers exciting long-term investment opportunities and valuations are now more reasonable following a sharp correction in the VN Index in 2018.
Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and became a member of the FTSE 250 in July 2017. It is the largest and longest established closed-ended fund focused on investing in Vietnam equities. The fund’s objective is to generate long-term capital growth through applying a rigorous, bottom-up approach to selecting companies that can benefit from the underlying secular drivers of the country’s growth. Unconstrained by benchmark weightings, the portfolio of 35–40 highconviction stocks often differs meaningfully from the VN Index. VEIL has generated strong absolute gains over the long term, and over 10 years has delivered annualised returns of 14.2%. The VN Index peaked in April 2018, following which it has corrected c 24% to a level that, according to the manager, presents exciting long-term investment opportunities.
Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and is the largest Vietnam specialist closed-ended investment company listed in London. With an unconstrained, bottom-up investment process focussing on stock selection for capital growth, the fund has delivered good near- and long-term performance; achieving an annualised NAV return of 25% over the past five years to end-May 2018. Vietnam equities have performed strongly over the past two years, and a correction since the March 2018 VN Index peak has helped to moderate valuations. Meanwhile faster than expected GDP growth of 7.4% for Q118, and a sustained robust outlook, support earnings momentum. VEIL’s discount to NAV of 14.8% is smaller than its three-year average of 16.5%, and may have scope to narrow further over time.
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FY20A results largely reflect a period prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, yet show Duke entering a more challenging FY21E with momentum. Yesterday's trading update demonstrated another notable rise in quarterly cash receipts for Q2/21, as royalty partner trading continues to improve. As some partners' forbearance measures will expire this month, Q3/21 receipts should continue this upwardly momentum. This opens the door to a return to cash dividends at some future point. Today, Duke also confirms it is now seeking new royalty partners, alongside follow-ons.
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Companies: Sigma Capital Group Plc
In June, faced with the task of replacing its longstanding portfolio manager, Alistair Mundy, Temple Bar Investment Trust’s (TMPL’s) board reiterated its commitment to a value style of investing. The board has now opted to hand the management contract to Nick Purves and Ian Lance of RWC Partners, two managers with considerable experience of managing income portfolios using a value-style approach. Value investing, where managers buy stocks that are valued more cheaply than market averages – based on measures such as price/earnings, price/book and yield – is deeply out of favour. The RWC team says that value stocks have never looked more unloved in the 30- odd years that they have been managing money. In their view, this makes it imperative that TMPL investors keep faith with the strategy and it also means this is an attractive entry point for new investors. One important change, however, is a cut to TMPL’s dividend to a level that the RWC team believes will be more sustainable.
Companies: Temple Bar Investment Trust
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HSBC’s future should be clarified as soon as the US and China come back to the negotiation table. This will not happen before the US elections are over. In the meantime, HSBC will continue to be instrumentalised and its share price will remain under pressure.
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Companies: Record Plc
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Companies: Mercia Asset Management Plc
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Companies: John Laing Group Plc
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Companies: Trident Royalties Plc