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Tuesday 02 August, 2011

JPMorgan Claver IT

Half Yearly Results 2011

RNS Number : 5970L
JPMorgan Claverhouse IT PLC
02 August 2011
 



London Stock Exchange Announcement

JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust PLC

Unaudited Half Year Results
for the six months ended 30th June 2011

Chairman's Statement

The six months to 30th June 2011 found the UK Stock Market range bound. A set-back in March was reversed in early summer and the total return on our benchmark index, the FTSE All-Share, was +3.0%. Your Company's net asset value total return was marginally ahead of the benchmark at +3.4%. The total return to shareholders was +1.2%. A full review of the Company's performance for the first six months and the outlook for the remainder of the year is provided in the Investment Managers' Review below.

Revenue and Dividends

At 8.48p, earnings per share for the six months to 30th June 2011 showed a useful increase as compared with the 7.52p earned in the same period in 2010. Despite the uncertainties engendered by the actions, or inactions, of governments in several parts of the world, many companies listed in the UK are in robust good health having taken steps since 2008/9 to strengthen their balance sheets. Many of those companies derive their earnings from world-wide businesses, including exposure to the faster growing markets of the developing world. Generally, non-financial companies have increased their earnings sharply, have grown their cash holdings and are distributing part of those as increased dividends. Our Investment Managers expect that robust growth in corporate dividends will continue.

The Directors have already declared two quarterly dividends of 3.50p each for the current financial year (2010: 3.50p). For 2010 the four quarterly dividends totalled 17.5p. I advised shareholders in the Annual Report that it remains your Board's aim to increase the dividend each year, as has been the case for the last 38 years. This remains our aspiration, but the Board will carefully consider this once our earnings for the full financial year have been confirmed. Nevertheless the Company's substantial Revenue Reserve will, once again, permit the Board to take a long-term view of dividend policy.

Share Buy-backs and Discount

During the period under review the Company repurchased a total of 193,000 shares into Treasury. By comparison, during the six months to 30th June 2010, the Company repurchased 595,270 shares. The Company did not issue any new shares over the period. Any re-issue of shares from Treasury would only be made at a premium to net asset value. At 30th June 2011 1,589,170 shares (2.8% of the total share capital) were held in Treasury. Unless it proves possible to re-issue those shares it remains the Board's intention to cancel a number of the Treasury shares such that the total held in Treasury will not exceed 10% of the issued share capital. Since the period end, the Company has purchased a further 219,122 share into Treasury.

At the period end, the discount with debt at fair value was 6.4% (with debt valued at par it was 8.1%) and also averaged 8.1% over the six months.

Gearing

As at 30th June 2011 the Company was 10.3% geared. During the period the gearing varied between 9% and 12%. It is the Board's current intention to keep gearing within the range of 0-15%; however this level is kept under regular review in conjunction with the Investment Managers and may be increased up to a maximum in normal circumstances of 20%.

The Future

Anything that I write about the immediate future may well be out of date by midnight in the light of the brinkmanship being played out in the United States Congress. It seems incredible that deliberate uncertainty about the World's most important currency is being used for domestic political advantage. Meanwhile much of Europe has gone on holiday leaving considerable detail to be filled in of the plans to stabilise the debts, at least for a few more months, of Greece and other weak countries in the Eurozone. However, even when the plans are fully laid out, there remains substantial political uncertainty as to whether they will prove possible to implement.

Although the United Kingdom is, fortunately, not directly exposed to the problems of the Euro, it is heavily exposed through its banking system to the debt problems of the individual countries. I certainly hope that European policymakers will find a way to stabilise the currency as I believe that a material break-up of the Euro would cause substantial, and not wholly predictable, damage to the UK and to the World economy.

Economic growth in several countries has been relatively disappointing and shows few signs of picking up rapidly, particularly in countries with substantial government and personal debt. Nevertheless many companies are performing well and the valuation of equities listed in London is reasonable by historic standards. As I have written regularly in earlier statements, investors in equities need to keep faith with the asset class and not be deterred by volatility. Meanwhile I hope to be able to report a satisfactory result of the Managers' investment process for the full year to 31st December.

 

Michael Bunbury

Chairman

1st August 2011


Investment Managers' Report

Market Review

After a strong performance in 2010, UK equities faced headwinds in the first half of 2011 from weak domestic economic data and rising inflation, as well as from persistent eurozone sovereign debt problems. Geopolitical concerns added to the pressure on equities as turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa pushed up the oil price and a devastating earthquake in Japan complicated the global economic outlook.

Against this turbulent backdrop, the FTSE All Share managed to deliver a positive total return, ending the six months under review 3.0% higher. Mid cap stocks led the way, with the FTSE250 index rising by 4.7%, whilst the large cap FTSE100 index rose by 2.7%.

The period began on a downbeat note as official gross domestic product (GDP) data showed that the UK economy contracted by 0.5% quarter-on-quarter in the fourth quarter of 2010. Other data releases for the end of the year were also disappointing as severe winter weather kept consumers out of the shops and restricted construction activity. Although the economy returned to growth in the first three months of 2011 with a 0.5% rise in GDP, forward-looking indicators showed signs of further weakness and investors feared that the economy could deteriorate further when Government spending cuts begin to bite this year. At the same time, inflationary pressures mounted, with consumer price inflation reaching 4.5% year-on-year in April, more than double the Bank of England's ('BoE') target rate.

The BoE's Monetary Policy Committee ('MPC') was therefore perceived to be walking an increasingly difficult policy line. In its quarterly Inflation Report published in May, the BoE acknowledged the challenges, trimming its forecasts for economic growth while projecting higher than expected future inflation. Nevertheless, UK base rates remained on hold at 0.5% throughout the period and expectations for increases this year and next were scaled back as economic data deteriorated.

In addition to the domestic pressures, the UK equity market was unsettled by global concerns. In mid-March a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused huge human and physical losses and sparked a nuclear crisis, as damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant were found to be leaking radiation. Global supply chains were hit by parts shortages resulting from disruption to production sites. Political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa also dented confidence. The resultant disruption to oil production triggered a sharp rise in oil prices, adding to the inflationary pressures on the UK economy.

Sovereign debt concerns rumbled on throughout the period, with Portugal requesting financial assistance from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April after the country's banks threatened to stop buying Portuguese government bonds, pushing borrowing costs to record highs. Towards the end of the period, equity markets were hit by growing fears that Greece would be forced into a disorderly default on its debt. Sentiment recovered sharply at the end of June after the Greek government survived a confidence vote and received approval from parliament for a new round of austerity measures, clearing the way for the EU and the IMF to provide the next tranche of bailout funding.

Despite the difficult global and domestic conditions, UK companies continued to deliver robust earnings growth, as sterling weakness contributed to resilient external demand. Easy monetary policy and attractive valuations also provided support for the equity market.

Portfolio Review

For the first six months of the year the total return on net assets for your Company was +3.4%, just ahead of the benchmark return of +3.0%. The underlying stock selection was positive during this volatile period, whilst the impact of our gearing was marginally negative.

The volatility in the macro economic back-drop was mirrored in the stock market with the FTSE100 index trading within a wide range between 6091 and the low of 5598 reached in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Within the portfolio, changes in portfolio positioning have continued to be driven by the individual merits of stocks rather than by trying to second guess the volatile swings in economic data and investor sentiment.

In terms of the underlying performance of the equity portfolio, those stocks with strong earnings momentum, that is to say companies that beat the market's profit expectations, generally outperformed the market, whilst those that delivered negative surprises underperformed the market. The Company benefited from its holdings in the luxury retailer Burberry and in the international paper and packaging company, DS Smith, as both of these companies delivered strong results over the period, and their share prices increased by 29% and 25% respectively. Burberry was added to the portfolio in January 2011, as the demand from high-end consumers for branded luxury products continued to strengthen, both in the UK and internationally, with particularly strong growth in China. Our recent purchase of RPC, a structural growth stock that is one of the leading global plastic packaging manufacturers, also contributed positively to our returns, as its share price reacted very favourably to strong corporate results. However, some of our media stocks were disappointing during the first half of 2011, with Daily Mail and General Trust and ITV both underperforming the market as the outlook for their advertising revenues declined. Soft drinks supplier Britvic was also a negative performer, as it suffered from higher input cost pressures, which could not be fully passed onto their customers; we have since exited this stock.

Some of the blue-chip stocks that we believed were undervalued at the beginning of 2011 have gone on to outperform the market during the first half of the year, as the value style of investing has also been in favour. Our overweight positions in the global pharmaceutical stock AstraZeneca and the oil major Royal Dutch Shell, have both contributed positively to the portfolio's performance, as they outperformed the market as their cheap valuations became more widely appreciated. The life insurers, Legal & General and Aviva also performed strongly, rising by 26% and 16% respectively, two further value stocks that we have held for some time.

One of the largest additions to the portfolio during the period was the life insurance company Prudential. Following the abortive attempt by Prudential to buy the Asian assets of AIG, it has re-focused on its own operations and has reported very strong progress in its international operations in Asia and the USA. Within the banking sector we have sold the holding in Lloyds Banking Group as the stock price had recovered somewhat from the very depressed levels seen after the credit crisis, but trading conditions remain difficult with it having to provide further against loans made in the UK and Ireland. Being underweight in Lloyds Banking Group was a positive contributor to performance over the period, as it underperformed the market significantly. Proceeds from the sale were re-invested in HSBC which continues to be prudently financed, with a modest valuation given its exposure to emerging market growth.

The UK property sector, especially those companies focused on the prime markets of London and the south-east, continues to benefit from rising tenant demand for high quality space in the City and West End. New build was severely curtailed during the recession, with the result that rents are now rising and property valuations increasing due to a shortage of supply. Purchases have been made of Hammerson, Capital and Counties and also of the house builder Berkeley which is focused on the residential markets of the south-east.

Within the mining sector we sold the remainder of our holding in the copper producer Kazakhmys as the decade-long boom in commodity prices came to a halt - if only temporarily. The first half of 2011 was also significant for the listing of the commodity trader and mining company Glencore. The initial public offering was the largest ever for the UK, with a total market capitalisation of £35 billion. After extensive meetings with analysts and company management, we did not participate in the initial offering of shares at 530p. By the end of the period the shares had fallen to 491p.

Market outlook

Ongoing unrest in the Middle East and the lack of a definitive solution to the eurozone debt crisis may continue to cause volatility in the near term. However, UK equity valuations remain attractive compared both to history and to bonds, and earnings growth expectations, while moderating slightly, remain positive.

The lacklustre nature of the UK economic recovery is of concern for investors, with high food and fuel prices compounding the pressure on the consumer that is resulting from increased unemployment and housing market weakness. However, given that the Government's fiscal austerity measures are beginning to take effect, the BoE may be expected to keep interest rates on hold for an extended period - indeed, the minutes of the most recent meeting suggested some MPC members now favour a return to quantitative easing. This accommodative policy stance should continue to provide support.

 

James Illsley

Sarah Emly

Investment Managers

1st August 2011


Interim Management Report

The Company is required to make the following disclosures in its half year report.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company fall into the following broad categories: investment and strategy; market; accounting, legal and regulatory; corporate governance and shareholder relations; operational and financial. Information on each of these areas is given in the Business Review within the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2010.

Related Parties Transactions

During the first six months of the current financial year, no transactions with related parties have taken place which have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Company.

Directors' Responsibilities

The Board of Directors confirms that, to the best of its knowledge:

(i)      the condensed set of financial statements contained within the half year financial report has been prepared in accordance with the Accounting Standards Board's Statement 'Half Year Financial Reports'; and

(ii)     the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R of the UK Listing Authority Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

Sir Michael Bunbury

Chairman

1st August 2011

 

For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Latter

For and on behalf of

JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited, Secretary

020 7742 6000

 

Please note that up to date information on the Company, including daily NAV and share prices, factsheets and portfolio information can be found at www.jpmclaverhouse.co.uk



Income Statement

for the six months ended 30th June 2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Gains/(losses) on investments held at fair value through profit or loss

-

3,886

3,886

-

(19,680)

(19,680)

-

35,257

35,257

Income from investments

5,617

-

5,617

5,130

-

5,130

9,374

-

9,374

Other interest receivable and similar income

8

-

8

41

-

41

63

-

63

Gross return/(loss)

5,625

3,886

9,511

5,171

(19,680)

(14,509)

9,437

35,257

44,694

Management fee

(237)

(440)

(677)

(215)

(399)

(614)

(431)

(802)

(1,233)

Other administrative expenses

(290)

-

(290)

(341)

-

(341)

(610)

-

(610)

Net return/(loss) on ordinary activities before finance costs and taxation

5,098

3,446

8,544

4,615

(20,079)

(15,464)

8,396

34,455

42,851

Finance costs

(399)

(741)

(1,140)

(390)

(725)

(1,115)

(770)

(1,430)

(2,200)

Net return/(loss) on ordinary activities before taxation

4,699

2,705

7,404

4,225

(20,804)

(16,579)

7,626

33,025

40,651

Taxation

(8)

-

(8)

(4)

-

(4)

(15)

-

(15)

Net return/(loss) on ordinary activities after taxation

4,691

2,705

7,396

4,221

(20,804)

(16,583)

7,611

33,025

40,636

Return/(loss) per share (note 4)

8.48p

4.89p

13.37p

7.52p

(37.08)p

(29.56)p

13.63p

59.12p

72.75p

 

All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period.

The 'Total' column of this statement is the profit and loss account of the Company and the 'Revenue' and 'Capital' columns represent supplementary information prepared under guidance issued by the Association of Investment Companies. The Total column represents all the information that is required to be disclosed in a Statement of Total Recognised Gains and Losses ('STRGL'). For this reason a STRGL has not been presented.


Reconciliation of Movements in Shareholders' Funds


Called up


Capital




Six months ended

share

Share

redemption

Capital

Revenue


30th June 2011

capital

premium

reserve

reserves

reserve

Total

(Unaudited)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 31st December 2010

14,192

149,641

6,680

97,195

13,464

281,172

Repurchase of shares into Treasury

-

-

-

(902)

-

(902)

Net return on ordinary activities

-

-

-

2,705

4,691

7,396

Dividends paid in the period

-

-

-

-

(5,812)

(5,812)

At 30th June 2011

14,192

149,641

6,680

98,998

12,343

281,854









Called up


Capital




Six months ended

share

Share

redemption

Capital

Revenue


30th June 2010

capital

premium

reserve

reserves

reserve

Total

(Unaudited)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 31st December 2009

14,192

149,641

6,680

68,504

15,313

254,330

Repurchase of shares into Treasury

-

-

-

(2,576)

-

(2,576)

Net (loss)/return on ordinary activities

-

-

-

(20,804)

4,221

(16,583)

Dividends paid in the period

-

-

-

-

(5,565)

(5,565)

At 30th June 2010

14,192

149,641

6,680

45,124

13,969

229,606









Called up


Capital




Year ended

share

Share

redemption

Capital

Revenue


31st December 2010

capital

premium

reserve

reserves

reserve

Total

(Audited)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 31st December 2009

14,192

149,641

6,680

68,504

15,313

254,330

Repurchase of shares into Treasury

-

-

-

(4,334)

-

(4,334)

Net return on ordinary activities

-

-

-

33,025

7,611

40,636

Dividends paid in the year

-

-

-

-

(9,460)

(9,460)

At 31st December 2010

14,192

149,641

6,680

97,195

13,464

281,172

 


Balance Sheet

at 30th June 2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


£'000

£'000

£'000

Fixed assets




Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

310,870

255,598

305,450

Investments in liquidity funds held at fair value
  through profit or loss

9,636

7,661

5,046

                        

320,506

263,259

310,496

Current assets




Debtors

3,406

1,428

1,334

Cash and short term deposits

132

278

207


3,538

1,706

1,541

Creditors: amounts falling due within one year1

(12,446)

(5,642)

(1,134)

Net current (liabilities)/assets

(8,908)

(3,936)

407

Total assets less current liabilities

311,598

259,323

310,903

Creditors: amounts falling due after more
  than one year

(29,744)

(29,717)

(29,731)

Net assets

281,854

229,606

281,172

Capital and reserves




Called up share capital

14,192

14,192

14,192

Share premium

149,641

149,641

149,641

Capital redemption reserve

6,680

6,680

6,680

Capital reserves

98,998

45,124

97,195

Revenue reserve

12,343

13,969

13,464

Shareholders' funds

281,854

229,606

281,172

Net asset value per share (note 5)

510.8p

411.8p

507.8p

               

1At 30th June 2011, the Company had drawn down £9 million on its loan facility of £15 million with ING Bank NV.



Cash Flow Statement

for the six months ended 30th June 2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


£'000

£'000

£'000

Net cash inflow from operating activities (note 6)

4,628

3,675

7,143

Net cash outflow from returns on investments

  and servicing of finance

(1,058)

(1,102)

(2,180)

Tax recovered

-

5

7

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from capital

  expenditure and financial investment

(5,983)

1,092

8,915

Dividends paid

(5,812)

(5,565)

(9,460)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing

8,150

1,999

(4,392)

(Decrease)/increase in cash for the period

(75)

104

33

Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement
  in net debt




Net cash movement

(75)

104

33

Net loans drawn down in the period

(9,000)

(5,000)

-

Other movements

(13)

(13)

(27)

Movement in net debt in the period

(9,088)

(4,909)

6

Net debt at the beginning of the period

(29,524)

(29,530)

(29,530)

Net debt at the end of the period

(38,612)

(34,439)

(29,524)

Represented by:




Cash and short term deposits

132

278

207

Bank loans falling due within one year

(9,000)

(5,000)

-

Debenture falling due after more than five years

(29,744)

(29,717)

(29,731)


(38,612)

(34,439)

(29,524)

               

 

Notes to the Accounts

for the six months ended 30th June 2011

1.          Financial statements

             The information contained within the Financial Statements in this half year report has not been audited or reviewed by the Company's auditors.

             The figures and financial information for the year ended 31st December 2010 are extracted from the latest published accounts of the Company and do not constitute statutory accounts for that year. Those accounts have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included the report of the auditors which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under either Section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

2.          Accounting policies

             The accounts have been prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice ('UK GAAP') and with the Statement of Recommended Practice 'Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts' issued in January 2009.

             All of the Company's operations are of a continuing nature.

             The accounting policies applied to these half year accounts are consistent with those applied in the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2010.

3.          Dividends


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


£'000

£'000

£'000

Unclaimed dividends refunded to the
  Company

(2)

(1)

(1)

2010 Fourth quarterly dividend of 7.0p
   (2009: 6.4p) paid in March

3,876

3,607

3,607

First quarterly dividend of 3.5p (2010: 3.5p)
  paid in June

1,938

1,959

1,959

Second quarterly dividend of 3.5p paid in
  September

n/a

n/a

1,951

Third quarterly dividend of 3.5p paid in
  December

n/a

n/a

1,944


5,812

5,565

9,460

               

             A second quarterly dividend of 3.5p (2010: 3.5p) per share, amounting to £1,931,000 (2010: £1,951,000), has been declared payable in respect of the year ending 31st December 2011. It will be paid on 1st September 2011 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 12th August 2011.

4.          Return/(loss) per share

               


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


£'000

£'000

£'000

Return/(loss) per share is based on the
  following:




Revenue return

4,691

4,221

7,611

Capital return/(loss)

2,705

(20,804)

33,025

Total return/(loss)

7,396

(16,583)

40,636

Weighted average number of shares in issue

55,329,829

56,111,039

55,860,096

Revenue return per share

8.48p

7.52p

13.63p

Capital return/(loss) per share

4.89p

(37.08)p

59.12p

Total return/(loss) per share

13.37p

(29.56)p

72.75p

5.          Net asset value per share

             Net asset value per share is calculated by dividing shareholders' funds by the number of shares in issue at 30th June 2011 of 55,176,483 (30th June 2010: 55,761,783 and 31st December 2010: 55,369,483), excluding shares held in Treasury.

6.          Reconciliation of total return/(loss) on ordinary activities before finance costs and taxation to net cash inflow from operating activities


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended


30th June 2011

30th June 2010

31st December 2010


£'000

£'000

£'000

Total return/(loss) on ordinary activities
  before finance costs and taxation

8,544

(15,464)

42,851

Less capital (return)/loss before finance
  costs and taxation

(3,446)

20,079

(34,455)

Increase in net debtors and accrued income

(9)

(505)

(389)

Overseas withholding tax and UK income
  tax

(21)

(11)

(17)

Scrip dividends received as income

-

(25)

(45)

Management fee charged to capital

(440)

(399)

(802)

Net cash inflow from operating activities

4,628

3,675

7,143

 

 

Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

 

JPMORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT (UK) LIMITED

 

ENDS

 

A copy of the half year has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.hemscott.com/nsm.do

 

The half year will also shortly be available on the Company's website at www.jpmclaverhouse.co.uk where up to date information on the Company, including daily NAV and share prices, factsheets and portfolio information can also be found.

               

 


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