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Investment companies are companies set up to make investments on behalf of their shareholders (also called closed-end funds and, in specific circumstances, investment trusts).

17 May 2024
QuotedData’s weekly news show 23rd June 2023 with Jonathan Hick from Triple Point Energy Transition

QuotedData’s weekly news show 17th May 2024

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live or on YouTube. In this week’s show, James Carthew covered the week’s top stories: • Chrysalis (0:16) • Pantheon International (5:07) • Henderson European Focus / Henderson Eurotrust (6:48) This week’s interview was with Mark Sheppard from Manchester & London IT […]

17 May 2024

QD view – Family fortunes

It is not a bad rule of thumb to invest in a similar way to people who already have a lot of money. Therefore, the logic of investing alongside in one of the investment trusts where a wealthy family has a large shareholding seems inescapable. But investors need to ensure their interests are looked after […]

17 May 2024

The stars are aligning

Why an actively run portfolio of Japan small cap stocks could be a big winner over the coming years Japan is the third largest economy in the world, yet its declining weight in global indices and previous false dawns have put it out of focus for investors. While enthusiasm for Japanese equities grew in 2023, […]

17 May 2024

Chrysalis seeks to reassure on wefox

Chysalis (CHRY) has issued a portfolio update this morning following a news article published by Sky News on 16 May 2024 regarding wefox. CHRY says that its investment adviser has been in discussions with wefox management and other shareholders for a number of months and that a plan has been put in place to simplify […]

17 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 17 May 2024 – IVPG, SOHO, BCPT, MYI

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 17 May 2024: Invesco Select Trust has announced that, following the results of its restructuring announcement on 3 May 2024 and the reclassification of its non-Global shares into Global Shares effective 7 May 2024, it has, with effect from today, changed its name to Invesco Global Equity Income Trust Plc. The […]

16 May 2024

Tritax EuroBox continues strategic revival in challenging market

Tritax EuroBox reported a fall in EPRA net tangible assets (NTA) in half year results, as the impact of sector-wide outward yield shift continues. The company’s portfolio valuation fell 2.9% on a like-for-like basis to €1,464.8m, contributing to a 5.9% drop in EPRA NTA to €0.96. Adjusted earnings per share was down 3.0% to 2.62 […]

16 May 2024

Pantheon International outlines capital allocation policy

Pantheon International has published details of its capital allocation policy (CAP). This is the second step of the company’s three-step programme of shareholder-focused corporate strategy, following the £200m buyback that kicked off last sumer and is now almost complete. As at 15 May 2024, £189.6m had been invested in share repurchases, adding about 4.5% to […]

16 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 16 May 2024 – PCGH

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 16 May 2024: Polar Capital Global Healthcare (PCGH) says that at end March 2024, its six-month NAV returns were seven percentage points better than its benchmark’s (16.55% versus 9.56% for MSCI ACWI/Healthcare Index). The manager says that this was driven by strong stock selection across the entire market capitalisation range and […]

15 May 2024

Henderson provides an update to its proposed European trust merger

The board of Henderson European Focus Trust (HEFT) has provided an update on its merger with Henderson Eurotrust (HNE). The merger was initially announced on 14 March, with the intended new trust being named Henderson European Trust. The boards of HNE and HEFT have now agreed on revised terms to the merger, with the updated […]

15 May 2024

Tritax EuroBox announces letting success in Belgium

Tritax EuroBox has agreed a lease re-gear, a new lease and associated solar PV Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) at Logistics Park Bornem, Belgium. The re-gear and new lease are both eight-year, inflation-linked leases and have been signed, together with the PPA, with an existing customer, which is a leading global pharmaceutical and medtech company. The […]

15 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 15 May – RTW, GIF, NESF, IHR

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 15 May 2024: RTW Biotech Opportunities (RTW) portfolio company, Lycia Therapeutics, announced the completion of a $106.6m Series C financing round. The company, alongside other investment vehicles managed by RTW Investments LP, participated in the financing round with other life science investment firms. Gulf Investment Fund (GIF) announced that it has […]

14 May 2024

Oakley Capital Investments announces new deal with vitroconnect

Oakley Capital Investments Limited (OCI) has announced that Oakley Capital Origin II has agreed to acquire vitroconnect, a leading broadband open access platform business in Germany. This will be the first platform investment made by Origin II. OCI’s indirect contribution to Origin II is anticipated to be up to £19 million, which relates to OCI’s share of […]

14 May 2024

Outperformance but still a down year for BlackRock Smaller Companies

BlackRock Smaller Companies (BRSC) announced its annual report for the 12 months to 29 February 2024. The company’s NAV total return was -3.6% while shares fell 0.8%, outperforming the benchmark Deutsche Numis Smaller Companies plus AIM (excluding Investment Companies) Index which was down 5.8% Commenting on the performance, investment manager Roland Arnold noted; “For the […]

14 May 2024

Asian Energy Impact Trust heads towards wind up

Asian Energy Impact Trust (AEIT) announced its annual results for the 12 month period to December 2023. The company’s NAV total return was -3.6%, after falling 49.2% the previous year. Shares fell a total of 84% following a long period of suspended trading after issues with the release of the company’s annual report, being readmitted […]

14 May 2024

Tritax EuroBox sells Gothenburg warehouse bringing disposal programme to €173m

Tritax EuroBox has exchanged contracts to sell its warehouse asset in Gothenburg, Sweden for a price of SEK 385m (€34m) to a pan-European real estate investment manager. The sale price is broadly in line with book value (at 30 September 2023) and is part of the company’s disposal programme aimed at reducing leverage. The 28,900 sqm […]

14 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 14 May 2024 – AEI, BSIF, AEET, AEWU

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 14 May 2024: abrdn Equity Income Trust (AEI) announced its interim results for the six months to 31 March 2024. During the period, the company delivered a NAV total return of 1.6% compared to the total return of the FTSE All-Share Index of 6.9%. The share price total return was -8.2%. […]

13 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 13 May 2024 – ROOF, GRID, JZCP, FSFL

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 13 May 2024: Atrato Onsite Energy (ROOF) has announced that it has made two solar investments, totalling £6.4m. It acquired a portfolio comprising 7.3MW of solar PV systems situated on two commercial sites in the UK which benefit from corporate offtake arrangements with fixed uplifts. Both are located on automotive manufacturing […]

10 May 2024

QD view – Growth utilities

It would be fair to say that, traditionally, utility companies have not been viewed as the most exciting investments on the planet, with the sector consisting mostly of publicly owned or heavily regulated suppliers of basic amenities like water, gas and power. Nevertheless, as funds such as Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure (EGL) have demonstrated, […]

10 May 2024

QuotedData’s weekly news show 10th May 2024

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live or on YouTube. In this week’s show, James Carthew covered the week’s top stories: • Aquila European Renewables (0:12) • North American Income (4:51) • Ashoka WhiteOak Emerging / Asia Dragon (7:49) This week’s interview was with Richard Pindar from Literacy […]

10 May 2024

North Atlantic Smaller Companies outperforms appropriate UK indices

North Atlantic Smaller Companies (NAS) has published its annual results for the year ended 31 January 2024, during which its NAV increased by 3%. Its chairman, Sir Charles Wake, points out that this “compares unfavourably with the Sterling adjusted Standard & Poors index but [is] a good outperformance of appropriate United Kingdom indices where the […]

10 May 2024

Three reasons to invest in private credit

Albane Poulin, Head of Private Credit, Gravis Capital Management Against a volatile and uncertain economic backdrop, investors are seeking investment funds that offer stability, consistent returns, and portfolio diversification. While interest rate cuts are expected in 2024, the current high inflationary environment and stronger labour market indicate that the path ahead is not as straightforward […]

10 May 2024

NextEnergy Solar Fund improves RCF terms

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) has extended its existing £70m short-term revolving credit facility (RCF) with Santander, that was previously due to expire in June 2024. The £70m RCF extension is now available until June 2025 and benefits from improved terms with a margin of 150bps over SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) compared with 160bps over […]

10 May 2024

Shareholders want Aquila European Renewables to retain its independence

Following the announcement on 22 December 2023 of an approach from Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT – click here to see our coverage of this) and then subsequently that its board was looking at possible combinations with other investment trusts, Aquila European Renewables (AERI) has said that, following consultation with its shareholders, it has received […]

10 May 2024

Matt Cable to take the helm as Rights and Issues’ Dan Nickols retires

Dan Nickols, head of Jupiter’s UK Small and Mid-Cap (SMID) equities team and current co-manager of Rights and Issues Investment Trust (RIII), is retiring at the end of June this year. Following Dan’s retirement, Matt Cable, currently Dan’s co-manager on the trust, will become its lead manager, thereby “ensuring continuity of the investment services provided […]

10 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 10 May 2024 – HOME

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 10 May 2024: Home REIT (HOME) has sold a further 76 properties at a public auction for a total of £14.6m (12.4% below the draft August 2023 valuation – which was already heavily marked down from the price the company bought them for). Since August 2023, the company has completed on the sale […]

09 May 2024

abrdn loses North American Income to Janus Henderson

In a surprise move, the board of The North American Income Trust says that it has agreed heads of terms to appoint Janus Henderson Fund Management UK Limited as its new AIFM and investment manager. This follows an extensive review of its existing management arrangements and engagement with a number of management groups. The board […]

09 May 2024

ICG Longbow expects more bad debts

ICG Longbow Senior Secured Property Debt has announced results for the 12 months ended 31 January 2024. The company is in the process of a managed wind down. During the year, the company returned £15.7m to shareholders, equating to 12.9p per share. This makes 44.9p or £54.46m since the wind down began. The company is […]

09 May 2024

QuotedData’s morning briefing 9 May 2024 – SONG, DGN, AWEM, EOT, GSEO, THRL, AIRE, SOHO, SMT

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 9 May 2024: Concord Bidco, the bidding vehicle for the Alchemy/Concord Chorus bid for Hipgnosis (SONG), says that its offer of $1.25 per Hipgnosis share is final and will not be increased. [QD comment: as we suspected, Concord was unable/unwilling to better Blackstone’s $1.30 bid, which at the current exchange rate […]

08 May 2024

Another strong year for 3IN as shares head toward premium

3i Infrastructure (3IN) announced its annual results for the period ended 31 March 2024. The company delivered a 11.4% NAV total return for the year, and a total shareholder return of 8.1%, marginally behind that of the benchmark index which returned 8.7% in the same period. Since the IPO, the company’s annualised total shareholder return […]

08 May 2024

HydrogenOne Capital Growth continues to see strong portfolio growth

HydrogenOne Capital Growth (HGEN) provided a Q1 2024 NAV and portfolio update. The company’s NAV per share grew 0.6% from  31 December 2023, and is up 3.6% since 31 March 2023.  Notable developments for the quarter included: Continued revenue growth from private portfolio companies, delivering an aggregate £81 million in total revenue in the 12 […]

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