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26 May 2020

QuotedData’s morning briefing 26 May 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 26 May 2020, as the lockdown begins to ease: FastForward Innovations says its medicinal cannabis investment, Emmac Life Sciences will manufacture product for a clinical trial as part of a Consortium led by the University of Valencia. The clinical trial in COVID-19 patients will use the T12 molecule to prevent disease progression […]

26 May 2020

SQN Secured Income board says vote against continuation

SQN Secured Income board says vote against continuation – SQN Secured Income promised investors a continuation vote if it failed to grow beyond £250m of assets by 31 December 2019. Well here it is. “Over the past few months, the board has been considering the future of the company, and consulting with larger shareholders, and […]

26 May 2020

India Capital Growth wants time to recover

India Capital Growth wants time to recover – This morning, India Capital Growth has announced that it will hold a continuation vote on 12 June. A vote looked likely to be triggered later this year as the fund has failed to beat its benchmark over the period since 30 June 2017. The manager has been […]

22 May 2020

It’s not the economy, stupid

Yesterday, Stephen Paice, co-manager of Baillie Gifford European Growth Trust, was one of the presenters at a webinar we held for professional investors centred on funds that have adopted a growth style of investing. Stephen was asked a few times yesterday about the macroeconomic influences on his portfolio – interest rates, inflation rates, trade wars […]

22 May 2020

QuotedData’s morning briefing 22 May 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 22 May 2020 DP Aircraft has ended up with a 5.02% stake in Norwegian Air Shuttle as part of a debt for equity swap. It could sell some of this in August and October but the whole holding can be sold in December. River and Mercantile UK Micro Cap (RMMC) has released […]

21 May 2020

QuotedData’s morning briefing 21 May 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 21 May 2020, as the UK government issues three-year debt with a negative yield: Electra NAV dives to 373p from 548p, hit by fall in value of Hotter Shoes and TGI Fridays. Hotter Shoes is looking to “right size the retail estate” – shut shops – once the lockdown eases. TGI Fridays […]

21 May 2020

VPC Specialty Lending seems to be coping fairly well

VPC Specialty Lending seems to be coping fairly well (apart from its wide discount) – VPC Specialty Lending’s return on NAV for 2019 was 11.3%. The dividend was increased from 6.8p to 8p. Despite buying back 12.5% of the company’s shares (helping to facilitate the sale of Woodford’s stake in the company), the discount widened from […]

19 May 2020

Two new directors for IBT

Two new directors for IBT – International Biotechnology Trust has two new non-executive directors.  Kate Cornish-Bowden and Patrick Magee take up their roles today. They will replace two existing directors. John Aston intends to retire from the Board at the conclusion of the AGM to be held in December 2020 and it is expected that Dr […]

19 May 2020

QuotedData’s morning briefing 19 May 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 19 May 2020 The Renewables Infrastructure Group is planning a fundraise through an issue of shares at 120p (a 5.8% discount to the share price and a 4.3% premium to NAV – more if you adjust for the 5p per share hit from power price falls discussed on 22 April). As usual, […]

15 May 2020

What’s Goin’ On

What’s Goin’ On with Hipgnosis? Hipgnosis Songs is trading at 105p, an 8.5% premium to its NAV according to Morningstar. Its main attraction is an income stream uncorrelated with equity markets. The 5p per share annual dividend, paid in quarterly instalments, is enough to get income investors excited. The last dividend announcement said that the dividend […]

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