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Pollen Street saga announces interim advisory agreement with Waterfall Asset Management
Pollen Street Secured PSSL

Pollen Street saga announces interim advisory agreement with Waterfall Asset Management – There have been more announcements involving Pollen Street Secured Lending’s (PSSL) future this afternoon, summarised below (you can access our most recent coverage of PSSL’s future, including Honeycomb’s proposed merger attempt by clicking here and here): At 12:40 pm, Honeycomb (HONY) said: “HONY […]

QuotedData’s weekly news show 14 August 2020

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live, on Facebook or on youtube. In this week’s show, Matthew Read and Shonil Chande covered the week’s top stories: M&G Investment Management ‘possible offer’ for UK Mortgages Honeycomb and Pollen Street potential tie up Equity income trends in Asia and Aberdeen Asian Income Developments […]

University challenge may come good

On the same morning that the farcical A-level results were announced this week, student accommodation specialist Empiric Student Property released half-year numbers that revealed bookings for the upcoming academic year was at 65%, compared to 85% at the same period last year. On first look that does seem a startling drop, but given the disruption […]

NewRiver REIT announces improved rent collection figures

NewRiver REIT has said it has collected 60% of rent for the quarter ended June 2020 with a further 20% deferred or re-geared. The company, which owns a portfolio of retail and pub assets, added that 1% of rent for the period had been waived and 19% was still outstanding. NewRiver also updated on its […]

Murray International interims reflects challenges faced by global equity income funds
Murray International MYI

The £1.3bn market cap, global equity income trust, Murray International (MYI), has reported half-year results to 30 June 2020. Key total return performance figures are summarised below: Shares: (18.7%) NAV: (10.7%) Reference index: (4.7%) The reference index is comprised of the FTSE all world total return index from 27 April 2020. Prior to that the […]

Empiric Student Property hit by decline in international students
Empiric Student Property expects £8m hit on income

A decline in international student bookings has left Empiric Student Property with just 65% of rooms booked for the 2020/21 academic year, compared to 85% at the same point last year. The company, which owns 95 student accommodation properties across the UK with 9,401 beds, reported half-year results today in which EPRA net asset value […]

M&G makes ‘final proposal’ for UK Mortgages at 70p per share
UK Mortgages Limited UKML Hourglass time

M&G Investment Management Limited (MAGIM) has announced “a revised and final possible all-cash offer” (its final proposal) for UK Mortgages Limited (UKML) of 70p per ordinary UKML share. MAGIM is making the offer on behalf of one of its managed funds, M&G Specialty Finance Fund. MAGIM says that the UKML board refuses to engage with […]

Hipgnosis buys into No I.D., the Godfather of Chicago hip hop
Hipgnosis Songs Fund - Ernest WIlson No I.D. (No ID) (SONG)

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has announced that it has acquired the music royalty catalogue of American hip hop and R&B music producer, Ernest ‘Dion’ Wilson, known as ‘No I.D.’, who is considered to be the Godfather of Chicago hip hop. Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of No I.D.’s worldwide copyrights and publishing royalties, including the writer’s share of income, in a […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 13 August 2020
not much to see

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 13 August 2020: Riverstone Credit Opportunities Income (RCOI) has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020. During the period, its NAV per share has fallen by 1.0% to US$1.004 (31 December 2019: US$1.014), although the company made a profit of US$2.46 million. RCOI has announced the […]

Impact Healthcare REIT continues growth
Impact Healthcare REIT posts slight uplift in NAV

Care home investor Impact Healthcare REIT has reported growth across all metrics in half-year results to the end of June. The group saw its net asset value (NAV) increase slightly to 107.17p per share (Dec 2019: 106.81p), with its portfolio now valued at £346m (Dec 2019: £318.8m). Its contracted rent roll has grown to £29.5m […]

Aberdeen Asian Income’s Korean and Taiwanese tech and telecoms holdings show resilience
AAIF

Over Aberdeen Asian Income (AAIF)’s interim results period to 30 June 2020, the company’s NAV declined by (6.5%). By comparison, the MSCI All Countries Asia Pacific ex-Japan high dividend yield index was down by (7.0%) over the same period. AAIF says that its performance was affected by its light exposure to China, which was the […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 12 August 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 12 August 2020: International Public Partnerships (INPP) has acquired an additional interest in the Bradford and Lewisham Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Project. INPP is committing a further £3.6m to acquire stakes in the six PFI project companies that own the fourteen schools providing education facilities to over 17,000 pupils across Bradford and […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 11 August 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 11 August 2020 it is a quiet day: Robert Peto, chair of Standard Life Property Investments Income, will step down in favour of James Clifton-Brown following the next board meeting on 25 August. Robert agreed to extend his role temporarily, following the COVID-19 outbreak. The board now feels that a clearer view […]

Pollen Street saga continues
Honeycomb Pollen Street Secured Lending HIT PSSL Money bee

Pollen Street saga continues – Yesterday, Pollen Street Secured Lending’s board published a press release in which it rebuffed the merger proposal from Honeycomb. It also said that it intended to announce a replacement manager for the trust very shortly. The board said that the terms of the management agreement would provide significantly lower management and performance […]

Phoenix Spree bucks COVID trend

Phoenix Spree bucks COVID trend – Phoenix Spree Deutschland says that, despite COVID-19, the Berlin residential property market has remained stable in the first half of the financial year. Transaction volumes have reduced but Jones Lang LaSalle GmbH (JLL) believes there is sufficient demand to support current pricing. As at 30 June 2020, the portfolio was […]

Urban Logistics secures three properties and a loan
Urban Logistics REIT raises £130m in placing

Urban Logistics secures three properties and a loan – Urban Logistics has made three purchases for a total of £36.8m and secured a new £151m loan facility. Colchester On 10 July 2020, Urban Logistics bought Interchange Park, on the A12 / A120 in Essex, for £9.8m. The logistics park has five units with an average […]

McKay buys Bracknell logistics property

McKay buys Bracknell logistics property – McKay Securities has bought 1-4 Willoughby Road, a fully let logistics asset in Bracknell, for £10.0m, representing a net initial yield of 5.6%. The property was sourced off-market from a UK institutional vendor. The 2.7 acre freehold estate consists of two modern, self-contained units totalling 54,157 sq ft with large […]

UK mortgages updates on strategic review

As part of its follow up to its strategic update announced on 22 July 2020, UK Mortgages Limited (UKML) has announced a review of future strategy. At the same time, it has reiterated its position that the possible offer from M&G Investment Management (MAGIM) materially undervalues the Company and its prospects. As such, UKML’s board […]

VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund invests in Thu Cuc International General Hospital
VOF TCI Health Hospital

VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund has announced that it has made a private equity investment in Thu Cuc International General Hospital (TCI). VinaCapital led a consortium to invest USD26.7m to obtain a significant minority stake along with a board seat in the well-known health care provider, which is currently undertaking a significant expansion. Thu Cuc International […]

Starwood European Real Estate Finance announces buyback programme
SWEF Euro cash

Starwood European Real Estate Finance (SWEF) has announced that it has appointed Jefferies International Limited to administer its share buyback programme. Details are as follows: As SWEF’s agent, Jeffries is permitted to buy back shares in the market independently of, and without influence by SWEF. This is provided that the maximum price payable for a […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 10 August 2020
euro cash

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 10 August 2020: European Assets Trust (EAT) has published its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020. During the period EAT provided an NAV total return of -3.5%, which it says is in line with that of its benchmark, the EMIX Smaller European Companies (ex UK) Index, which […]

US has no monopoly on good technology

One of the things that caught my eye in this morning’s BBC news was a photo of Mark Zuckerburg, looking rather smug, captioned “Facebook founder sees wealth hit $100bn after TikTok rival launch”. Apparently, Instagram Reels is set to capture the short-form video market from TikTok (no doubt helped enormously if Trump succeeds in banning […]

QuotedData’s weekly news show 7 August 2020

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live, on Facebook or on youtube. In this week’s show, James Carthew covered the week’s top stories: SDCL Energy Efficiency’s foray into EV charging Hipgnosis C shares and NAVs Hammerson’s expensive rights issue Syncona’s IPO of Freeline Watch it again here We’ll be back next week […]

Syncona updates on Freeline IPO
Syncona Freeline Therapeutics (SYNC) (FRLN)

Syncona has provided an update on the initial public offering (IPO) of its company, Freeline Therapeutics Holdings Plc. Freeline is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on AAV-based gene therapy targeting the liver. The key takeaways from the announcement are as follows: Freeline has announced the pricing of its IPO in the United States. This is […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 7 August 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 7 August 2020: The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020. During the period, TRIG’s NAV per share fell by 1.7%, but the chairman, Helen Mahy, reports that TRIG’s financial performance has remained resilient, sustained by strong operational performance and that the company […]

Could Bee marvellous: Honeycomb proposes merger with Pollen Street Secured Lending
Honeycomb Pollen Street Secured Lending HIT PSSL Money bee

Honeycomb Investment Trust (HIT) has announced that it has made a proposal to Pollen Street Secured Lending (PSSL) regarding a possible merger between the two. Under the terms of the proposal, PSSL shareholders would receive new ordinary shares in HIT on a NAV for NAV basis. The company says that a further announcement will be […]

Growth beats income but both BMO Managed portfolios beat benchmark

Growth beats income but both BMO Managed portfolios beat benchmark – BMO Managed Portfolio Trust has published results for the year ended 31 May 2020. The NAV total return for an Income share was -7.3%, outperforming the All-Share Index which returned -11.2%. Growth shares did even better, with an NAV return of +1.5%. Income share dividend […]

Hammerson rights issue
Hammerson to slash 2020 dividend in half

Hammerson rights issue – Hammerson has announced a proposed rights issue to raise gross proceeds of approximately £552m and the sale of substantially all of the company’s 50% interest in VIA Outlets to a mutual fund managed by APG Asset Management N.V. for estimated cash proceeds of approximately €301m (equivalent to approximately £274m), to raise a […]

Civitas confirms cash raise likely, portfolio on-track

Civitas confirms cash raise likely, portfolio on-track – NAV edges up to 107.92p at end June from 107.87p at end March. Rents received as normal with no COVID 19 impact during the quarter. 1.35p dividend declared for the quarter as planned – on track for 5.4p for full year. The portfolio was valued on a yield of […]

Pantheon demonstrates undervaluation of private equity
Pantheon International has had a milestone year

Pantheon demonstrates undervaluation of private equity – Pantheon International has published results for the year ended 31 May 2020. These capture the panic and subsequent recovery in markets related to COVID-19. Pantheon’s NAV return was +4% over the year, which compares to -11.2% for the UK market and +7.4% for the MSCI World Index. This […]

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