Acorn Income Fund (AIF)

Business description

AIF's objective is to provide a high level of income with the opportunity for income growth and capital growth over the life of the company. AIF is geared through a ZDP stock. The portfolio is split into two pools, one (70-80% of assets) is invested in UK small-cap equities, the other is an income portfolio containing sterling fixed-interest instruments, reverse convertibles and high-yielding shares in other investment companies.

Stock data

Market cap.£74.3m
Last close466.88p
High / Low (52 weeks)474.5p / 357.5p
Stock market listingLN
Forecast net debt (m)N/A
Forecast gearing ratio (%)N/A
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Investment summary

Acorn Income Fund (AIF) targets a high income and the opportunity for capital growth by investing the majority of its assets in smaller quoted UK companies, with up to 30% in a portfolio of higher-yielding securities such as bonds, preference shares, investment companies and structured notes. Its long-term performance record is compelling, with 10-year share price and NAV total returns of c 270-280%, and it also ranks second or first in its peer group (AIC UK Equity & Bond Income) for NAV total returns over one, three and five years. The fund is structurally geared using zero-dividend preference shares (ZDPs), which were refinanced in early 2017, extending their life until 2022 at a much lower gross redemption yield of 3.85% (previously 6.5%), meaning ordinary shareholders feel the benefit of gearing more quickly in a rising market. Hedging may be used to reduce risk in either portfolio, and AIF’s ordinary shares currently yield c 4%.

Last updated on 03/10/2017

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Company address

Anson Fund Managers Limited
PO Box 255, Trafalgar Court, Les Banques
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 3QL
United Kingdom
01481 745001
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