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The Merchants Trust (MRCH)

Business description

MRCH’s investment objective is to provide an above-average level of income and income growth, together with long-term growth of capital through investing mainly in higher-yielding UK FTSE 100 companies. The benchmark index is the FTSE 100 index.

Stock data

Market cap.£569.7m
Last close524.00p
High / Low (52 weeks)539.0p / 455.0p
Stock market listingLN
Forecast net debt (m)N/A
Forecast gearing ratio (%)N/A
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Company news

Investment summary

The Merchants Trust (MRCH) is managed by Simon Gergel at AllianzGI. He aims to generate a high and growing level of income, with the potential for long-term capital growth, from a portfolio of UK equities. The manager considers there are great opportunities in the UK stock market for high-yield investors, and that in aggregate UK stocks are looking attractively valued compared to global equities. MRCH has a distinguished dividend history; payouts have grown in each of the last 36 consecutive years. In FY18, the annual distribution was 2.5% higher than in FY17 – a larger growth rate than in recent years, reflecting higher dividend growth from portfolio companies, but also due to MRCH’s lower interest costs following the refinancing of a tranche of its high-cost debt in late 2017.

Last updated on 22/05/2018

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Executive Interview - The Merchants Trust

Key management

Simon Fraser, Chairman
Simon Gergel, Fund manager

Company address

155 Bishopsgate
London
EC2M 3AD
United Kingdom
020 7065 1431
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