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Syncona’s Autolus presents new clinical data
Syncona Autolus SYNC

Syncona’s Autolus presents new clinical data Autolus Therapeutics today announced new data highlighting progress on its AUTO1 program, the company’s CAR T cell therapy being investigated in the ongoing ALLCAR Phase 1 study of relapsed / refractory adult B-Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), at the European Hematology Association EHA25 Virtual Congress beginning June 11. AUTO1 in […]

Stenprop posts 2.8% rise in portfolio value
Stenprop collects 73% of rent during covid-19

Stenprop, the UK multi-let industrial (MLI) landlord, has reported a 2.8% uplift in the value of its property portfolio. The company, which is in the process of transitioning its portfolio to be fully focused on the MLI sector, said its portfolio was valued at £532.6m in full year results to 31 March 2020. This was […]

Baillie Gifford UK Growth makes up ground

Baillie Gifford UK Growth makes up ground – Baillie Gifford UK Growth has published results covering the year to the end of April 2020. The trust returned -12.5% over the period in NAV terms. However, this was much better than the All-Share Index, which lost 16.7%. The 4.2% outperformance erases the 2% underperformance in the previous […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 12 June 2020

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 12 June 2020, as the UK economy contracts by 20.4% in April: Hipgnosis Songs got permission from its shareholders to make greater use of borrowed money to enhance returns. The limit on borrowing has been lifted from 20% of net assets to 30% of net assets. It is now thinking about issuing […]

Edinburgh sounds cautious note on dividend

Edinburgh sounds cautious note on dividend – Over the year ended 31 March 2020, Edinburgh Investment Trust returned -26.7% in NAV terms and -29.4% in share price terms, both a lot lower than the -18.5% return generated by the All-Share Index. Revenue per share fell to 27.8p from 28.7p but the dividend was increased from […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 11 June 2020
Tritax EuroBox buys Action Logistics warehouse near Hannover

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 11 June 2020: Princess Private Equity confirms that the sale of its stake in European retailer Action has been completed for initial proceeds of €80.9m – this money has been received. Princess is also due deferred consideration of up to a further €9.1m, by no later than June 2023. There is no […]

JLEN sets out its plans for the future

JLEN’s results covering the year ended 31 March 2020 have been published. Highlights for the period were: NAV of 97.5 pence as at 31 March 2020 (31 March 2019: 104.7 pence), reduction primarily driven by the effect of the long-term power price forecast on the portfolio value Total dividends declared of 6.66 pence (2019: 6.51 […]

Syncona success overshadowed by Autolus price fall

Syncona success overshadowed by Autolus price fall – Syncona reports that for the year ended 31 March 2020, its NAV fell by 13.3%  from 216.8p to 185.6p. An 81% fall in the price of Autolus weighed heavily on the NAV. Since the year end, Autolus’s share price has climbed by 131%, which should have added about […]

HICL Infrastructure completes investments worth £103m
HICL Infrastructure HICL

HICL Infrastructure (HICL) has completed investments worth £103m in the following: 1.)  the acquisition of a further 74% interest in Holdfast Training Services (a PPP project that supports the Royal School of Military Engineering) and 2.) the acquisition of the transmission assets associated with the Walney Extension Offshore Windfarm (located in the Irish Sea). The investments have been […]

SEGRO raises whopping £680m in placing
SEGRO to pay final dividend

Logistics landlord SEGRO has raised £680m in a share placing “to take advantage of ecommerce trends that are accelerating as a result of the covid-19 pandemic”. A total of almost 83 million shares were placed at a price of 820 pence, representing a discount of 4.5% to the closing price on 9 June 2020. The share […]

Shaftesbury posts 7.9% drop in portfolio value

Shaftesbury has posted a 7.9% drop in the value of its West End portfolio in half-year results as the impact of the covid-19 lockdown bites. The company’s portfolio was valued at £3.5bn at 31 March 2019. The fall in value of the portfolio resulted in a 10.6% drop in net asset value (NAV) to 878p […]

Alcentra European Floating Rate Income’s May performance led by holiday park credit

Over March, we looked at Alcentra European Floating Rate Income (AEFS), after it announced its intention to wind-up – you can access the story here. This morning, the fund has released a market commentary report, covering performance over May: “The fund was up 2.83% (gross) in May, behind both the Credit Suisse Western European Leveraged Loan […]

LondonMetric completes host of lettings

LondonMetric has made a host of lettings totalling 213,000 sq ft across its portfolio. The company has let a 141,000 sq ft distribution unit at its Stoke development to Pets At Home, at a rent of £6 per sq ft or £0.8m per annum. At Birmingham, the company has let a 38,000 sq ft unit […]

LondonMetric reports dip in NAV

LondonMetric has reported a dip in net asset value (NAV) following the £455m acquisition of A&J Mucklow last year. The group, which owns a portfolio of logistics assets, said EPRA NAV at 31 March 2020 was 171.7p per share (March 2019: 174.9p). The fall was mainly due to the Mucklow acquisition, which accounted for 2.5p. […]

JPMorgan Multi Asset Trust will maintain dividend

JPMorgan Multi Asset Trust will maintain dividend – JPMorgan Multi Asset Trust has published results covering the year ended 29 February 2020. At that point, the trust had delivered a 5.3% return, about 0.1% less than the return on its benchmark. Shareholders had made 6.1% on their investment over the year. Since then, the NAV has […]

Schroder REIT reports 13.1% fall in NAV

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust has reported a fall in net asset value (NAV) of 13.1% in the year to the end of March 2020. The group, which owns a diverse portfolio of property across the UK, posted a NAV per share of 59.7p (March 2019: 68.7p). The decrease reflects an 11.8% drop in the […]

McKay Securities reports slight uplift in NAV

McKay Securities has reported a slight increase in net asset value (NAV) of 0.9% in full year results. The company, which owns office, industrial and logistics property in the South East of England, posted an EPRA NAV of 329p per share at 31 March 2020 (March 2019: 326p). Its portfolio was valued at £510m, up […]

Big Yellow Group grows revenue by 3.1%

Self-storage specialist Big Yellow Group has posted a 3.1% rise in revenue for the year to the end of March 2020. The group, which has remained operational during the covid-19 pandemic, reported revenue of £129.3m in the year (2019: £125.4m). The increase was mainly due to a 2.7% year-on-year rise in its average rent. Occupancy, […]

Odyssean navigates crisis well
Odyssean beats Index since IPO

Odyssean navigates crisis well – Odyssean Investment Trust held up relatively well when the market collapsed in February and March. Over the year ended 31 March 2020, the trust returned -5.7% in NAV terms against -23.2% for the Numis Smaller Companies Index ex Investment Companies plus AIM Index. The trust’s performance over the period was boosted […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 9 June 2020
Better Capital 2012 warns on Everest/SPOT valuation

In QuotedData’s morning briefing 9 June 2020: Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus has entered into a new two year multicurrency revolving loan facility of £20 million with The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (“RBSI”), which replaces the Company’s $25m loan facility with RBSI, which matured on 5 June 2020. £18.2 million of the loan has been drawn […]

Chenavari Toro Income announces measures aimed at narrowing persistent discount

Chenavari Toro Income (TORO), the debt – structured finance company. announced the implementation of a series of new initiatives aimed at narrowing the share price discount to NAV. The initiatives are listed as: “An enhanced dividend policy: The Company is targeting a quarterly dividend yield of 2.5 per cent. (by reference to NAV) equating to […]

CEIBA says Cuba close to reopening its borders and tourism industry
CEIBA Investments - Primed for long-term growth

CEIBA Investments (CBA), the real estate company focused on Cuba, has released a trading statement, in which it look at the state of the pandemic in the country, Cuba’s role in helping other countries, and the current state of the company’s trading, operations and investments. Cuba close to a staged reopening of the tourism industry and […]

Video games: from niche pastime to mainstream entertainment

The State of Play Gaming has come a long way since the days when it was (unfairly, in our view) regarded as a niche form of entertainment for a niche demographic. Video games have gone mainstream and, somewhat under the radar, become the largest and fastest growing form of media. NewZoo estimates that the global […]

Edinburgh Worldwide’s healthcare and tech focus delivers over interim period
Biotechs boost Edinburgh Worldwide

Baillie Gifford-managed Edinburgh Worldwide (EWI) delivered an NAV return of 16.4%, over the six-month interim period to 30 April 2020 (the shares increased by 21.7%). Over the same period, EWI’s comparative index, the S&P global small cap index, declined by 12,9%. The top-five holdings at the period-end were: The top allocations by sector were as […]

QuotedData’s morning briefing 8 June 2020

As per the announcement made on 30 April, the board of SQN Asset Finance Income (SQN) has announced the appointment of KKV Investment Management (KKV) as portfolio manager of the company and the appointment of International Fund Management as the company’s AIFM. KKV is a newly formed investment management company, majority owned by Kvika Securities, the […]

More reliable income

If you manage a UK equity income fund, you certainly have your work cut out at the moment. Many companies have suspended or slashed their dividends and it feels as though the only stocks that are performing are the FAANGs (Facebook, Amazon and the like) none of which is based in the UK. At the […]

New retail rental solution on the horizon
New retail rental solution on the horizon

The subject of turnover rents resurfaced this week with reports that high street fashion chain New Look was in crunch talks with landlords about restructuring its leases to turnover-based rents. The proposals reflect a fast-growing trend in the retail sector, but how do they work and what does it mean for landlords? Turnover rents link […]

Templeton Emerging Markets announces modest fee change

Templeton Emerging Markets (TEM) has announced that, following a review, the management fee arrangements with Franklin Templeton are changing and shareholders will benefit from a modest fee reduction. The current annual management fee is 1% of net assets up to £1 billion and 0.85% of net assets above that level. With effect from 1 July 2020, the fee […]

Workspace announces “strong” results
Workspace collects 50% of rents and puts dividend under review

Workspace Group has announced its annual results for the year ended 31 March 2020. Graham Clemett, Workspace’s CEO, describes the results as strong, but notes that this has been overshadowed by the dramatic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also comments that Freehold ownership of its properties means that Workspace can quickly adapt these to […]

YEW Grove REIT collects 97% of rents in second quarter
Yew Grove REIT YEW

Yew Grove, the Itrish commercial property REIT, has provided an update on rent collections in the second quarter 2020. This follows a statement from the company, on 15 April, in which it said that it expected to collect at least 95% of second quarter 2020 rents. As at 4 June, Yew Grove says that it […]

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