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Gresham House Strategic reports best year so far

Gresham House Strategic reports best year so far, although its discount to NAV remains stubbornly high.

Gresham House Strategic plc (GHS) has released its final audited results for the year ended 31 March 2018. in it, the company reports that its NAV per share grew by 10.7%, compared to the FTSE Small Cap Index and the FTSE All-Share Index , which returned -0.7% and -2.6% respectively. This, the chairman points out, is the company’s best performance since it was launched in 2015.

NAV total return (including dividends paid) of 12.1% during the year to 31 March 2018.

The company also pointed out that the NAV per share has returned 20.1% since the appointment of Gresham House Asset Management Ltd as investment manager in 2015.  The short period of time that has passed since the manager change is seen as one of the reasons for the discount to NAV remaining low in the region of 20%.

The company is now fully invested. This has taken time, as the investment process, which involves finding undervalued opportunities, is lengthy.  It also takes time for that value to be realised by the market. The fact that the company hasn’t been fully invested has also been seen as a reason for the high discount.

In addition to its size (£34m), another reason that the company feels may be behind the discount is its position in IMImobile, which is 44% of the portfolio. The chairman commented that “the board has strong confidence in IMImobile and believes that “backing winners” is the right strategy.  We therefore remain strong supporters of what is presently the best performing asset in the portfolio whilst cognisant of the portfolio construction aspects of this substantial weighting.”

Financial highlights:

  • NAV at 31 March 2018 of £43.4m (2017: £39.5m)
  • Realised gains on investments of £1.3m in the year to 31 March 2018 (2017: £1.6m)
  • Profit before tax of £4.7m (2017: £2.8m)*
  • Earnings per share of 127.70p (2017: 76.07p)*
  • Proposed full year dividend per share of 17.25p (2017: 15p)

 *Prior year figures are stated on a consolidated Group rather than Company basis.

GSH : Gresham House Strategic reports best year so far

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