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Monday 15 June, 2020

Gabelli Value Plus+

Notice of Continuation Vote

RNS Number : 9547P
Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust PLC
15 June 2020
 

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EC NO. 596/2014) ("MAR")

 

15 June 2020

 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION

 

GABELLI VALUE PLUS+ TRUST PLC (the "Company")

Legal Entity Identifier: 213800FZFN1SD1GNNZ11

 

Notice of Annual Results, AGM and Continuation Vote

 

 

Annual Results

The Company expects to announce its annual results for the year ended 31 March 2020 by 29 June 2020.

 

Annual General Meeting

The Company's next Annual General Meeting ("AGM") will be held at 4p.m. on 30 July 2020. Further details, including likely restrictions on attendees given the COVID-19 crisis, will be provided in due course.

 

Continuation Vote

As previously announced, a resolution will be put to shareholders at the above AGM in connection with the continuation of the Company. This advisory resolution will require over 50% of all votes cast to be in favour of continuation for it to be approved. If the relevant continuation resolution is not passed, the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") will be required to put forward to shareholders plans to wind-up, reorganise or reconstruct the Company.

 

The resolution will be contained in the Company's Notice of AGM that will be sent to shareholders, along with its annual report, on or before 29 June 2020 and will be accompanied by the Board's recommendation to shareholders in respect of voting on the continuation resolution.

 

It is the Board's intention to recommend that shareholders vote against continuation of the Company, with the exception of one director who has abstained.

 

The Board has consulted widely with shareholders and has taken into account feedback received during those discussions when coming to its decision, whilst recognising that some shareholders have indicated they will likely vote in favour of continuation. Among the concerns raised in these discussions were the poor performance of the Company's NAV since its Initial Public Offering in early 2015, particularly when compared to that of the Russell 3000 Value Index, the persistent discount at which the Company's shares have traded to their underlying net asset value and the relative lack of liquidity of the Company's shares, in part due to its size. The Board will include more detail on the background to its decision in the Company's annual report that is expected to be published at the end of this month. However, the Board is concerned by the Company's continuing poor investment performance, which has been over an extended period. Whilst noting that the Company has no formal benchmark, since its portfolio is constructed by the Investment Manager without reference to any index benchmark, it has also suffered due to a value style bias.

The Company's Investment Manager adopts a consistent, long-term approach to investing and is an active, bottom up, value investor, that seeks to achieve real capital appreciation (relative to inflation) over the long term, regardless of market cycles. However, since the Company's IPO in February 2015 this approach has not worked well in delivering investment returns, generating NAV total returns over periods from the IPO in 2015, 3 years and 1 year to 11 June 2020 of +25.0%, -9.2% and -11.5% respectively (compared with total returns over the same periods of +48.0%, +3.7% and -8.0%, respectively, for the Russell 3000 Value Index (in sterling), and, +94.9%, +32.1% and +6.8%, respectively, for the S&P 500 Index (in sterling)).

 

It is the Board's understanding, following discussions with them, that Investec Wealth & Investment Limited, a shareholder in the Company, intend to vote against continuation of the Company at the AGM.

 

The Board notes that Associated Capital Group Inc. ("ACG"), as per the announcement published by the Company on 7 May 2020, holds a position in the Company of approximately 27.8% of the Company's total issued share capital. ACG is a US publicly traded company whose Class A common stock is admitted to trading on the New York Stock Exchange. ACG was admitted to trading on 30 November 2015 following the spin-out of the business from GAMCO Investors, Inc. GAMCO Investors, Inc. is the ultimate parent company of the Gabelli Funds, LLC, the Company's discretionary investment manager. Mario J. Gabelli has served as Executive Chairman of ACG since the spin-out above was completed in 2015 and is also one of the senior portfolio managers responsible for the discretionary management of the Company.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Maitland Administration Services Limited

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0) 1245 398984

 

Peel Hunt LLP

Luke Simpson / Liz Yong, Corporate Broking

Telephone: +44 20 7418 8900

 


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