Mel Jenner
16 October 2017 · 2 min read

Qatar Investment Fund proposes broader investment remit and change of name

Proposed greater flexibility to invest across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries rather than largely in Qatar

Qatar Investment Fund (QIF) has announced a proposed change in its investment policy to remove the current 15% limit on investment in GCC countries outside of Qatar. It has also put forward other proposals including: a tender offer for up to 10% of issued share capital; cancellation of the 2018 continuation vote, to be replaced by a 2021 vote and every three years thereafter; a tender offer in 2020 for up to 100% of issued share capital, subject to shareholder approval; and changing the company name to Gulf Investment Fund. All these proposals, with the exception of the 2020 tender offer, will be put forward at an upcoming extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

Mel Jenner
13 September 2017 · 2 min read

Finsbury Growth & Income Trust announces new holding in Manchester United

First new purchase since 2015

Finsbury Growth & Income Trust (FGT) has announced that manager Nick Train has initiated a holding in Manchester United. He is well renowned for his low-turnover investment approach and this is the first new position in FGT’s portfolio since the purchase of Rémy Cointreau in 2015. Manchester United listed on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2012 at a price of $14 per share. Its share price subsequently rose above $19 and is currently trading at c $17. The football club has a market cap of $2.7bn and currently offers a dividend yield of 1.07%. Train believes that the value of Manchester United’s global franchise is not reflected in its current share price. He cites the recent announcement of the sale of NBA basketball team Houston Rockets for $2.2bn, suggesting that Manchester United could be worth in excess of $5bn.

Mel Jenner
29 August 2017 · 3 min read

Witan Pacific Investment Trust announces changes to its multi-manager line-up and allocations

Number of managers increased from three to four

Witan Pacific Investment Trust (WPC) has announced it intends to change the line-up of its external multi-managers. It will retain Aberdeen Standard Investments and Matthews International Capital Management, but Gavekal will be replaced by Dalton Investments and Robeco Institutional Asset Management. The new allocations are as follows:
Aberdeen Standard Investments 25% (previously 42%)
Dalton Investments 10%
Matthews International 40% (previously 47%)
Robecco Institutional 25%

Sarah Godfrey
5 July 2017 · 2 min read

JPMorgan Global Growth & Income raises annual dividend by 24%

Payout goes up under 4% distribution policy after year of strong performance

JPMorgan Global Growth & Income (JPGI) has announced it intends to pay dividends totalling 12.16p per share for the financial year beginning 1 July 2017. This will be the first full year of operation for the trust’s new distribution policy, under which it aims to pay out a sum equal to at least 4.0% of the year-end NAV. The proposed dividend – 4.01% of the 30 June 2017 NAV – will be paid in four equal instalments, in October, January, April and July.

Gavin Wood
22 June 2017 · 2 min read

Altamir – Part-sale of Altran shares

Altamir has sold 50% of its largest holding, Altran, realising an estimated c 13% uplift to its portfolio valuation

Apax Partners and Altamir (LTA) have sold 14.8m shares in Altran Technologies, representing 50% of their combined 16.8% holding prior to the sale. In addition to the 8.4% of Altran’s share capital sold by Apax Partners and Altamir, the founding shareholders of Altran sold part of their shareholding, with a total 19.8m shares being sold, equating to 11.2% of Altran’s share capital. The shares were sold in a private placement to institutional investors at €15.0 per share, a 6.7% discount to the closing price of Altran’s shares on 21 June 2017, generating proceeds of €297m.

Gavin Wood
20 June 2017

Deutsche Beteiligungs – First MBO investment in Switzerland

Third investment by DBAG Fund VII within six months of the start of its investment period

Deutsche Beteiligungs (DBAG) has announced that it will invest up to €14m for a 22% interest in duagon, a Switzerland-based provider of network components for data communication in railway vehicles. The deal represents DBAG’s first management buyout (MBO) in Switzerland and the third MBO investment by DBAG Fund VII within six months of the start of its investment period. The €1bn DBAG Fund VII will be 20% invested following the transaction, which is expected to complete in July 2017.