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European Assets Trust (EAT) aims to generate long-term capital growth through investing in listed European small and mid-sized companies. It has a distribution policy to pay 6% of its prior year-end euro-denominated NAV, which supports an attractive yield, currently 5.4%, significantly higher compared with peers. This has helped support a share price premium to EAT’s cum income NAV. The EMIX Smaller Europe ex-UK index had another strong year in 2017, and equity valuations are now more challenging. Notwithstanding, the manager Sam Cosh observes that earnings recoveries are far from mature for many sectors and believes that EAT is well positioned to benefit as Europe’s recovery broadens out.

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