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Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Gabelli Value Plus+

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 8770X
Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust PLC
24 December 2019
 

Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust Plc

Half-Yearly Results Announcement

 

Financial highlights

Performance (unadjusted for distributors)

(Unaudited)

As at

 30September 2019

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September

2018

(Audited)

As at

31 March

2019

Net asset value per share (cum income)

146.4p

144.6p

137.9p

Net asset value per share (ex income)

145.7p

144.3p

137.2p

Share price

133.5p

134.0p

122.5p

Discount relative to the NAV (cum income)

8.8%

7.4%

11.2%

Exchange Rate (US$/£)

1.23

1.30

1.30

 

Total returns

(Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2019

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September

2018

(Audited)

Year ended

31 March

2019

Net asset value per share#

6.1%

12.1%

6.9%

Russell 3000 Value Index (£)

11.0%

15.2%

13.6%

Standard & Poor's 500 Index (£)

12.1%

19.7%

18.2%

Share price†

9.0%

16.0%

6.1%

Income

 

 

Revenue return per share

0.68p

0.38p

0.76p

Ongoing charges*

 

 

Annualised ongoing charges**

1.12%

1.28%

1.36%

           

 

Source: Investment Manager (Gabelli Funds, LLC), verified by the Administrator, State Street Bank and Trust Company.

 

# The net asset value ("NAV") total return for the respective periods reflects the movement in the NAV, after taking account of dividends paid during the periods.

† The total share price return for the respective periods reflects the movement in the share price during these periods, after taking account of dividends paid during the periods.

* Ongoing charges are calculated as a percentage of shareholders' funds using the average net assets over the respective periods and calculated in line with the Association of Investment Companies (AIC's) recommended methodology.

** The annualised ongoing charges figures are the recurring operating and investment management costs of the Company, expressed as a percentage of the average net assets.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Introduction

 

This is my first message to shareholders as Chairman of the Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust Plc, ("GVP" or the "Company"), having been appointed with effect from 12 November 2019. I would like to begin by thanking my predecessor, Jonathan Davie, for his stewardship of the Company.

 

Performance

 

The U.S. equity market continued to advance in the period under review, as indicated by the S&P500's gain of 12.1% (in sterling) or 6.1% (in U.S Dollars). The much commented-on performance of the large capitalisation "Growth" stocks continued to be the main drivers of US stock market performance.  The Russell 3000 Value returned 11.0% (in sterling) or 5.0% (in US Dollars). The Company's performance, by contrast, delivered a gain of 6.1% in NAV over the period, while its share price rose by 9.0%. This disappointing performance, compared with the two indices referred to above is due, in part, to the Investment Manager's value style investment bias.

 

The non-market correlated component part of the portfolio in merger arbitrage, that affects the volatility of the portfolio, which, in the past has accounted for up to 30% of the portfolio, has averaged just over 10% of net asset value over the last six months.

 

Dividend

 

A dividend of 0.75 pence per share (2018: 0.6 pence per share) was paid to shareholders in August 2019, in respect of the 2019 financial year. Dividends are expected to be paid annually, so no dividend will be declared for this interim period. Revenue earnings for the six month period were 0.68 pence per share (2018: 0.38 pence per share).

 

Share price rating and buybacks

 

The share price started the period at a discount of 11.2% to NAV and finished the half year at a discount of 8.8%. A total of 1,424,500 shares were purchased and placed in treasury during the period, at an average price of 126.5 pence per share and discount of 13.5%.

 

As shareholders are aware, the management fee paid to Investment Manager is calculated on market capitalisation, since this is thought to better align its interest with that of shareholders.

 

Shareholder Communication

 

As announced on 11 September 2019, the Company received a letter from Investec Wealth & Investment Limited, a shareholder in the Company, in which it stated that it intended to requisition a General Meeting of the Company in order to propose a Continuation Vote. Investec sent this letter as an open letter to the Company and certain other shareholders. To date, no requisition notice has been received. The Board has, however, been actively discussing the matters raised in their letter with Investec and the Investment Manager and expects to be in a position to update shareholders early in 2020 with the outcome of these discussions.

 

Outlook

 

As we enter the year 2020, your Board is conscious of the challenges and concerns which the Company faces, along with the policy of investing in the US equity market through the Investment Manager's bottom up, value style investment philosophy. The US equity market has continued to move higher, although, at some point, it seems likely that a change in market momentum will result in renewed interest in value equities.

 

Peter Dicks

Chairman

23 December 2019

 

INVESTMENT MANAGER'S REVIEW

Gabelli Methodology

Gabelli Funds would like to thank the shareholders of Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust Plc (the "Company", "GVP" or the "Fund") for entrusting a portion of their assets to the Company. We appreciate the confidence and trust you have offered our organisation through an investment in GVP.

We at Gabelli are active, bottom up, value investors, and we seek to achieve real capital appreciation (relative to inflation) over the long term, regardless of market cycles. We achieve returns through investing in businesses utilising our proprietary Private Market Value ("PMV") with a CatalystTM methodology. PMV is the value that we believe an informed buyer would be willing to pay to acquire an entire company in a private transaction. Our team arrives at a PMV valuation by a rigorous assessment of fundamentals from publicly available information and judgement gained from our comprehensive, accumulated knowledge of a range of sectors.

Our portfolios are not index benchmarked, and we construct them agnostic of market capitalisation and index weightings. We have invested this way since 1977. Our research process identifies differentiated franchise businesses, typically with strong organic cash flow characteristics, balance sheet opportunities, and operational flexibility. We focus on earnings, free cash flow, and the management of prospective companies. We seek to identify businesses whose securities trade in the public markets at a significant discount to our estimates of their PMV estimate, or "Margin of Safety". Having identified such securities, we look to identify one or more "catalysts" that will narrow or eliminate the discount associated with that "Margin of Safety".

Catalysts can come in many forms, including, but not limited to: corporate restructurings (such as demergers and asset sales), operational improvements, regulatory or managerial changes, special situations such as liquidations, and mergers and acquisitions. It is through this process of bottom-up stock selection and the implementation of disciplined portfolio construction that we expect to create value for shareholders.

In Review

In a notable display of resiliency, U.S. stocks closed September near all-time highs against a very uncertain investment backdrop, finishing the month and the third quarter with a gain and with a double digit return for the first nine months of the year.

Stock prices whirled as they interfaced with diverse news headlines and world events. A partial list of topics includes the China/U.S. trade war, Brexit, the Saudi oil field drone attack, central bank easing, yield curve inversion, negative interest rates, U.S. recession concerns, and relatively slow growth in China and Europe.

The U.S. economy, though starting to show some trade war related stress in the industrial sector, is still expected to grow about two percent in the third quarter. Employment, housing, and a record $113.5 trillion household net worth are key drivers.

During the post Federal Open Market Committee ("FOMC") statement press conference Q&A on 18 September 2019, Chairman Powell asked a timely rhetorical question: "But why are long term rates low? There can be a signal about expectations about growth there for sure, but there can also just be low term premiums. For example, it can just be that there's this large quantity of negative yielding and very low yielding sovereign debt around the world, and inevitably that's exerting downward pressure on U.S. sovereign rates without really necessarily having an independent signal."

Corporate earnings, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, are currently projected to rise by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 11.2% in 2020 based on data from the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System ("IBES").

The Investment Manager continues to research new investment opportunities in the North American equipment rental market for infrastructure replacement and new structures for highways, bridges, buildings, energy, and water. Public drinking water systems alone are projected to need significant upgrades and new systems over the next 25 years. Companies such as HERC Holdings (HRI) are positioned to benefit significantly.

Select Portfolio Holdings as at 30 September 2019

Newell Brands Inc. (NWL - $18.72 - NYSE), headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a leading player in the consumer durable and discretionary space with a highly diversified portfolio of iconic brands, including Sharpie, Rubbermaid, Graco, Yankee Candle, and Mr. Coffee. It is the rebranded Newell Rubbermaid after its merger with Jarden on April 15, 2016. Over the past year, management has outlined a plan to achieve approximately $9 billion in after-tax asset sales, which the firm would use to delever and repurchase shares. Opportunities to expand margins include stock keeping unit ("SKU") rationalisation, plant consolidation, better price/ mix, forecast accuracy, gross productivity, IT system improvements, global business services improvements, and real estate opportunities.

Griffon Corp. (GFF - $20.97 - NYSE), headquartered in New York, New York, conducts its operations through two reportable segments: Home & Building Products and Defense Electronics. The Home and Building Products segment consists of Ames, a leading manufacturer of branded consumer and professional tools, landscaping products, and outdoor lifestyle solutions, and Clopay, the largest manufacturer and marketer of garage doors and rolling steel doors in North America. The Defense Electronics segment consists of Telephonics Corporation, a provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and communications solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers.

Diebold Nixdorf Inc. (DBD - $11.20 - NYSE), headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, manufactures Automated Teller Machines ("ATMs"), cash dispensers, electronic and physical security systems, software and other self-service products used to equip banks and other financial institutions. In addition, the company provides installation, project management and monitoring services to financial, government, retail and commercial customers. Fiscal second quarter 2019 results demonstrated significant profitability and cash flow improvements, with positive contributions from all business segments driving 8.0% revenue growth in constant currency. Over the quarter, DBD benefited from solid growth in self-checkout demand from a number of European customers, including a $7 million contract with U.K.-based retailer Co-op for more than 400 self checkout terminals and related services.

Navistar International Corp. (NAV - $28.11 - NYSE), based in Lisle, Illinois, manufactures Class 4-8 trucks, buses, and defense vehicles, as well as mid-range diesel engines and parts for the North American trucking industry and truck markets in South America and Asia. A wholly owned subsidiary provides financing for products sold by the company's truck segment. NAV has successfully turned the page from legacy warranty and used inventory issues that plagued it for the past several years. Operations continue to improve while investors wait for a public announcement of VW's plan regarding its Truck & Bus division.

Discovery, Inc. (DISCA - $26.63 - NASDAQ), located in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a global nonfiction media and entertainment company that provides programming to pay-tv distributors through network brands such as the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, and ID. We expect the acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive ("SNI") to provide meaningful cost synergies as well as improved scale. Given DISCA closed on SNI in March of 2018, the second quarter represented the first clean comparison. EBITDA growth reflected strong fundamental revenue trends and realised synergies. We also believe Discovery could be an attractive acquisition target for a number of larger media companies, given the acceleration in industry consolidation.

Gabelli Funds, LLC

23 December 2019

 

PORTFOLIO SUMMARY

Portfolio distribution as at 30 September 2019 (%)*

 

As at 30 September 2019

Portfolio of GVP

S&P 500

Russell

3000

Russell

3000

Value

 

Communication Services

0.3

10.4

9.3

7.8

 

Consumer Discretionary

26.4

10.1

10.4

6.4

 

Consumer Staples

4.9

7.6

6.7

8.7

 

Energy

-

4.5

4.2

8.2

 

Financials

17.1

12.9

13.5

23.8

 

Health Care

5.2

13.7

13.5

11.9

 

Industrials

31.5

9.3

10.1

9.5

 

Information Technology

5.2

22.0

21.4

6.2

 

Materials

5.8

2.7

3.0

4.3

 

Real Estate

1.0

3.2

4.4

6.2

 

Telecommunication Services

0.7

-

-

-

 

Utilities

1.9

3.6

3.5

7.0

 

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

* Excludes cash and short term investments.

 

 

(Unaudited) As at 30 September

(Audited) As at 31 March

By asset class (%)

2019

2019

Equities

92.1

99.4

Cash and short term investments

7.9

0.6

Total

100.0

100.0

 

PORTFOLIO DISTRIBUTION

Largest holdings

 

(Unaudited)

As at 30 September 2019

Market value

£000

% of total portfolio

Republic Services Inc

7,936

6.0

PNC Financial Services Group

5,231

4.0

Herc Holdings Inc

4,530

3.4

Bank of New York Mellon Corp

4,402

3.3

Navistar International Corp

4,155

3.1

Liberty Media Corp-Liberty Braves

4,093

3.1

Textron Inc

3,973

3.0

Bunge Ltd

3,955

3.0

GCP Applied Technologies

3,749

2.8

Newell Brands Inc

3,570

2.7

Mueller Industries Inc

3,534

2.7

Flowserve Corp

3,222

2.4

EnPro Industries Inc

3,063

2.3

Myers Industries Inc

2,927

2.2

CNH Industrial N.V.

2,883

2.2

Griffon Corp

2,724

2.1

Discovery Inc

2,723

2.1

MGM Resorts International

2,700

2.0

Johnson Controls International

2,671

2.0

DISH Network Corp

2,599

2.0

Sub-total - top 20 holdings

74,640

56.4

Sub-total - top 21 - 40 holdings

35,218

26.8

Sub-total - top 41 - 60 holdings

16,632

12.6

Sub-total - remaining holdings

5,639

4.2

Total holdings: 80 positions

132,129

100.0

 

A full list of investments is available on the Company's website.

* Excludes cash and short term investments.

 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT AND RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

The Chairman's Statement on pages • and • and the Investment Manager's Review provide details of the important events that have occurred during the period and their impact on the financial statements.

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company were explained in detail within the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019. The Directors are not aware of any new risks or uncertainties, or any changes to those risks and uncertainties stated within the Annual Report, which are applicable to the remaining six months of the financial year, as they were to the period under review.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

Details of related party transactions can be found in Note 8 of the financial statements. Other than this, there have been no changes to related party transactions detailed in the Company's Annual Report for the period ended 31 March 2019, nor have there been any related party transactions during the period under review, which have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company.

 

Going Concern

 

The Directors are satisfied, having considered the Company's investment objectives, risk management policies, capital management policies and procedures, nature of the portfolio and expenditure projections, that the Company has adequate resources, an appropriate financial structure, and suitable management arrangements in place to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and, more specifically, that there are no material uncertainties pertaining to the Company that would prevent its ability to continue in such operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of the approval of this half-yearly financial report. For these reasons, the Directors consider there is reasonable evidence to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the accounts.

 

Directors' Responsibility Statement

 

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

 

·  the condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 104) applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland, which forms part of the revised Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP) issued by the Financial Reporting Council ("FRC") in 2015; and

 

·    the Interim Management Report, together with the Chairman's Statement and the Investment Manager's Report, includes a fair review of the information required by section 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R of the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

 

The half-yearly financial report was approved by the Board on 23 December 2019 and the responsibility statement was signed on the Board's behalf by Peter Dicks, Chairman of the Board.

 

Peter Dicks

Chairman

23 December 2019

 

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

Note

(Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2019

 

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Dividend income
Interest on deposits

 

1,125

12

-

-

1,125

12

Total dividends and interest

 

1,137

-

1,137

Net realised and unrealised gains on investments

Net realised and unrealised
currency gains

3

-

1

8,546

151

8,546

152

Investment management fee
Other expenses

 

(155)

(170)(1)

(467)

(2)

(622)

(172)

Net return on ordinary activities before finance costs and taxation

 

813

8,228

9,041

Interest expense and similar charges

 

-

-

-

Net return on ordinary activities before taxation

 

813

8,228

9,041

Taxation on ordinary activities

4

(138)

-

(138)

Net returns attributable to shareholders

 

675

8,228

8,903

Net returns per ordinary share - basic and diluted

6

0.68p

8.31p

8.99p

 

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME CONTINUED

 

(Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2018

 

(Audited)

Year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Dividend income

Interest on deposits

908

11

-

-

908

11

1,941

17

-

-

1,941

17

Total dividends and interest

919

-

919

1,958

-

1,958

Net realised and unrealised gains on investments

-

14,832

14,832

-

8,236

8,236

Net realised and unrealised currency gains

2

971

973

-

949

949

Investment management fee

(159)

(477)

(636)

(312)

(935)

(1,247)

Other expenses

(252)

(7)

(259)

(621)

(15)

(636)

Net return on ordinary activities before finance costs and taxation

510

15,319

15,829

1,025

8,235

9,260

Interest expense and similar charges

(4)

-

(4)

(4)

-

(4)

Net return on ordinary activities before taxation

506

15,319

15,825

1,021

8,235

9,256

Taxation on ordinary activities

(124)

-

(124)

(263)

-

(263)

Net returns attributable to shareholders

382

15,319

15,701

758

8,235

8,993

Net returns per ordinary share - basic and diluted

0.38p

15.35p

15.73p

0.76p

8.25p

9.01p

                     

 

(1) Other expenses include Directors' remuneration (£16,000), fees accrued to State Street for Accounting (£28,000), Company Secretary services (£46,000), Broker services (£38,000) and Audit services (£21,000).

 

The total columns of these statements are the profit and loss accounts of the Company for the respective periods.

The revenue and capital items are presented in accordance with the AIC's Statement of Recommended Practice ('SORP') 2014, and updated 2018.

 

All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the half year ended 30 September 2019.

 

The notes form part of these financial statements.

 

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Half year ended 30 September 2019 (Unaudited)

 

Note

Called up

Share Capital

 

£000

Special Distributable Reserve

 

£000

Capital
Reserve

 

£000

 

Revenue
Reserve*

 

£000

Total

 

£000

Net assets as at 1 April 2019

 

1,001

97,699

37,880

 

944

137,524

Realised gains on investments at fair value

 

-

-

2,300

 

-

2,300

Unrealised gains on investments at fair value

 

-

-

6,246

 

-

6,246

Net realised and unrealised currency gains

 

-

-

151

 

-

151

Capital expenses

 

-

-

(469)

 

-

(469)

Ordinary shares bought back into treasury

7

-

(1,813)

-

 

-

(1,813)

Transfer to revenue reserve for the period

 

-

-

-

 

675

675

Dividends paid

5

-

-

-

 

(744)

(744)

Net assets as at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 September 2019

6

1,001

95,886

46,108

 

875

143,870

 

Half year ended 30 September 2018 (Unaudited)

 

Note

Called up Share Capital

£000

Special Distributable Reserve*

£000

Capital
Reserve

£000

Revenue
Reserve*

£000

Total

£000

Net assets as at 1 April 2018

 

1,001

98,006

29,645

785

129,437

Realised gains on investments at fair value

 

-

-

5,513

-

5,513

Unrealised gains on investments at fair value

 

-

-

9,319

-

9,319

Net realised and unrealised currency gains

 

-

-

971

-

971

Capital expenses

 

-

-

(484)

-

(484)

Ordinary shares bought back into treasury

7

-

(207)

-

-

(207)

Transfer to revenue reserve for the period

 

-

-

-

382

382

Dividends paid

5

-

-

-

(599)

(599)

Net assets as at

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 September 2018

6

1,001

97,799

44,964

568

144,332

 

Year to 31 March 2019 (Audited)

 

Note

Called up Share Capital

£000

Special Distributable Reserve*

£000

Capital
Reserve

£000

Revenue
Reserve*

£000

Total

£000

Net assets as at 1 April 2018

 

1,001

98,006

29,645

785

129,437

Realised gains on investments at fair value

 

-

-

10,573

-

10,573

Capital distributions received

 

-

-

50

-

50

Unrealised losses on investments at fair value

 

-

-

(2,387)

-

(2,387)

Net realised and unrealised currency gains

 

-

-

949

-

949

Capital expenses

 

-

-

(950)

-

(950)

Ordinary shares bought back into treasury

7

-

(307)

-

-

(307)

Transfer to revenue reserve for year

 

-

-

-

758

758

Dividends paid

5

-

-

-

(599)

(599)

Net assets as at

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

6

1,001

97,699

37,880

944

137,524

 

* These reserves are distributable.

The notes form part of these financial statements.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

Note

(Unaudited)

As at 30 September 2019

(Unaudited)

As at 30 September 2018

(Audited)

As at 31 March 2019

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Fixed assets Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

Current assets Cash and cash equivalents

3

11,274

132,129

3,505

141,097

789

137,144

Receivables

 

734

 

651

 

470

 

Current liabilities Payables

 

12,008

(267)

 

4,156

(921)

 

1,259

(879)

 

Net current assets

 

 

11,741

 

3,235

 

380

Net assets

 

 

143,870

 

144,332

 

137,524

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called-up share

capital

7

1,001

 

1,001

 

1,001

 

Special distributable reserve*

 

95,886

 

97,799

 

97,699

 

Capital reserve

 

46,108

 

44,964

 

37,880

 

Revenue reserve*

 

875

 

568

 

944

 

Total shareholders' funds

 

 

 

143,870

 

144,332

 

137,524

Net asset value per ordinary share

6

 

146.4p

 

144.6p

 

137.9p

 

* These reserves are distributable.

Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust Plc is registered in England and Wales under Company number 9361576.

 

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 23 December 2019 and signed on its behalf by

 

Peter Dicks
Chairman

The notes form part of these financial statements.

Notes to the condensed financial statements

1   Condensed financial statements

The half yearly report has not been audited by the Company's auditors.

2   Accounting policies

For the half years ended 30 September 2019 and 2018, the Company applied FRS 104 - Interim Financial Reporting and for the year ended 31 March 2019, the Company applied FRS 102. The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland, which forms part of the revised Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (New UK GAAP) issued by the Financial Reporting Council ('FRC') in 2015.

These condensed financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (FRS 102 and FRS 104), the revised Statement of Recommended Practice "Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts" (SORP) issued by the AIC in November 2014 and updated in January 2017 and Companies Act 2006.

The accounting policies applied for the condensed set of financial statements are set out in the Company's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019.

Statement of estimation uncertainty - In the application of the Company's accounting policies, the Investment Manager is required to make judgements, estimates, and assumptions about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not always readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be relevant. Actual results may vary from these estimates. There have been no significant judgements, estimates, or assumptions for the period.

Cash flow statement - The statement of cash flows has not been included in the financial statements as the Company meets the conditions set out in paragraph 7.1A of FRS 102, which state that a statement of cashflows is not required to be provided by investment funds that meet all of the following conditions:

(i)   substantially all of the entity's investments are highly liquid;

(ii)  substantially all of the entity's investments are carried at market value; and

(iii) the entity provides a statement of changes in net assets.

 

3   Investments at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September

2019

£000

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September

2018

£000

(Audited)

As at

31 March

2019

£000

Opening valuation

137,144

 

124,757

124,757

Opening unrealised gains on investments

(8,612)

 

(10,999)

(10,999)

Opening cost

128,532

 

113,758

113,758

Add: additions at cost

26,807

 

69,026

110,191

Less: disposals at cost

(38,069)

 

(62,005)

(95,417)

Closing cost

117,270

 

120,779

128,532

Closing unrealised gains on investments

14,859

 

20,318

Closing valuation

132,129

 

141,097

137,144

 

Fair value hierarchy

The Company has adopted the 'Amendments to FRS 102 - Fair value hierarchy disclosure', where an entity is required to classify fair value measurements using a fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of the inputs used in making the measurements. The fair value hierarchy shall have the following levels:

·   Level 1 - The unadjusted quoted price in an active market for identical assets or liabilities that the entity can access at the measurement date.

·   Level 2 - Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable, i.e., developed using market data, for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

·   Level 3 - Inputs are unobservable, i.e., for which market data is unavailable, for the asset or liability.

 

The financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss in the financial statements are grouped into the fair value hierarchy as follows:

 

 

As at 30 September 2019 (Unaudited)

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Quoted equities

132,129

-

-

132,129

Net fair value

132,129

-

-

132,129

 

 

As at 30 September 2018 (Unaudited)

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Quoted equities

141,097

-

-

141,097

Net fair value

141,097

-

-

141,097

 

 

As at 31 March 2019 (Audited)

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Quoted equities

137,144

-

-

137,144

Net fair value

137,144

-

-

137,144

 

Net realised and unrealised gains/(losses) on investments

 

 

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September 2019

£000

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September 2018

£000

(Audited)

Year ended

31 March 2019

£000

Realised gains on investments

2,300

5,513

10,573

Capital distributions received from investments

-

-

50

Movement in unrealised gains/(losses) on investments

6,246

9,319

(2,387)

Net realised and unrealised gains on investments

8,546

14,832

8,236

 

Transaction costs

During the year commissions (paid mostly to G.research, LLC, an affiliate of the Investment Manager) and other expenses were incurred in acquiring or disposing of investments classified at fair value through profit or loss. These have been expensed through capital and are within gains/(losses) in the Statement of Comprehensive Income. The total costs were as follows:

 

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2019

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2018

 

(Audited)

As at

31 March 2019

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Purchases

22

49

83

Sales

17

30

51

Total

39

79

134

 

4    Taxation on ordinary activities

 

(Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2019

Analysis of the charge in the year

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Foreign withholding taxes on dividends

134

-

134

Foreign withholding taxes on REIT

4

-

4

Total

138

-

138

 

 

Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2018

Analysis of the charge in the year

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Foreign withholding taxes on dividends

124

-

124

Total

124

-

124

 

 

 

(Audited)

Year ended 31 March 2019

Analysis of the charge in the year

Revenue

£000

Capital

£000

Total

£000

Foreign withholding taxes on dividends

253

-

253

Foreign withholding taxes on REIT

10

-

10

Total

263

-

263

 

5    Equity dividends

 

 

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September 2019 £000

(Unaudited)

Half year ended 30 September 2018 £000

(Audited) Year ended 31 March 2019

£000

Final dividend of 0.6p paid for the year ended 31 March 2018

-

599

-

Final dividend of 0.75p paid for the year ended 31 March 2019

744

599

-

Total

744

599

-

 

6   Return per ordinary share and net asset value

 

The return and net asset value per ordinary share are calculated with reference to the following amounts:

 

 

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September 2019

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September 2018

(Audited) Year ended 31 March 2019

 

Revenue return

 

 

 

Revenue return attributable to ordinary shareholders

£675,000

£382,000

£758,000

Weighted average number of shares in issue during period

99,019,642

99,870,010

99,805,730

Total revenue return per ordinary share

0.68p

0.38p

0.76p

Capital return

 

 

 

Capital return attributable to ordinary shareholders

£8,228,000

£15,319,000

£8,235,000

Weighted average number of shares in issue during period

99,019,642

99,870,010

99,805,730,

Total capital return per ordinary share

8.31p

15.34p

8.25p

Total return

 

 

 

Total return per ordinary share

8.99p

15.72p

9.01p

 

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2019

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2018

(Audited)

As at

31 March 2019

 

Net asset value per share

 

 

 

Net assets attributable to shareholders

£143,870,000

£144,332,000

£137,524,000

Number of shares in issue at period end

98,282,193

99,788,001

99,706,693

Net asset value per share

146.4p

144.6p

137.9p

 

7   Called up share capital

 

 

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2019

£000

(Unaudited)

As at

30 September 2018

£000

(Audited)

As at

31 March 2019

£000

 

Authorised:

250,000,000

Ordinary shares of 1p each - equity

2,500

2,500

2,500

Allotted, called up and fully paid:

98,282,193 (31.03.2019: 99,706,693;

30.09.2018: 99,788,001)

Ordinary shares of 1p each - equity

983

998

997

Treasury shares:

1,818,808 (31.03.2019: 394,308; 30.09.2018: 313,000) Ordinary shares of 1p each - equity

18

3

4

Total shares

1,001

1,001

1,001

 

During the half year ended 30 September 2019 the Company bought back 1,424,500 shares (30 September 2018: 163,000) into treasury at a cost of £1,804,483 (30 September 2018: £207,653). During the year ended 31 March 2019 the Company bought back 244,308 shares into treasury at a cost of £307,432.

 

8   Related party transactions

 

During the half year ended 30 September 2019, with the exception of Investment Management fees, Directors' remuneration, Directors' shareholdings, secretarial fees, and other administrative fees, the Company paid brokerage commissions on security trades of £36,552 (30 September 2018: £73,079; 31 March 2019: £128,191) to G.research, LLC, an affiliate of the Investment Manager.

 

9   Contingent Liabilities and Commitments

 

As at 30 September 2019, the Company had no contingent liabilities or commitments (30 September 2018: Nil, 31 March 2019: Nil).

 

10 Half-Yearly report

 

The financial information contained in this half year financial report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2019 and 30 September 2018 has not been audited.

 

The information for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been extracted from the latest published audited financial statements, which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The report of the Auditors on those accounts contained no qualification or statement under sections 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 


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