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Athelney Trust plc - Net Asset Value(s)

Fri 3rd January, 2020 9:49am
RNS Number : 6838Y
Athelney Trust PLC
03 January 2020

Athelney Trust PLC


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The unaudited net asset value of Athelney Trust was 266.9p at 31 December 2019.

Fund Manager's comment for December 2019

While President Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House, this has now brought the long drawn out process to a head with his eventual removal by the Senate highly unlikely. This together with the recent approval by the house of the USMCA as well as the agreement on the phase one trade deal between the United States and China lifts some of the uncertainty that has bedevilled the US market in recent weeks. Similarly, here in the UK, the recent election win by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party with a comfortable margin will ensure a swift resolution of the Brexit issue, providing much needed certainty to the markets. While the share market and the pound surged after Johnson's win, the pound has since eased on fears of a hard Brexit.

The major world markets as represented by the MSCI World Index and the S&P 500 continued their upward trend in December with these indices up by 2.89% and 2.86% respectively.  The UK, European and Asian markets were also stronger.  In the UK, the FTSE increased by 2.67% in local currency terms with the Small Cap Index the best performing of the UK indices, up by 5.88%. The AIM All Share Index increased by 4.34% while the Fledgling Index increased by only 2.55%.

Our portfolio of investments performed much better than the overall market, increasing by 5.40% during the month which, after allowing for expenses resulted in a 5.07% improvement in the NAV.  We sold our holding in Chesnara, utilised the proceeds and some of our surplus cash to add to our position in Homeserve and Paypoint.  The cash takeover of Murgitroyd was completed at month end with cash now comprising 4.9% of the portfolio.


Fact Sheet

An accompanying fact sheet which includes the information above as well as wider details on the portfolio can be found on the Fund's website under "Portfolio Details".

Background Information

Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Pohl

Manny is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of E C Pohl & Co ("ECP"), an investment management company and has been a major shareholder in Athelney trust for many years.

E C Pohl & co is licensed by the Australian Financial services (licence no.421704).

Manny Pohl and the ECP group has over AU$1000m under its management including four listed investment companies, three listed in Australia and one in the UK:

·     Flagship Investments (ASX code:FSI)


·     Barrack St Investments (ASX code: BST)


·     Global Masters Fund Limited (ASX code: GFL)


·     Athelney Trust plc (LSE code: ATY)


Athelney Trust plc Investment Policy

 The investment objective of the Trust is to provide shareholders with prospects of long-term capital growth with the risks inherent in small cap investment minimised through a spread of holdings in quality small cap companies that operate in various industries and sectors. The Fund Manager also considers that it is important to maintain a progressive dividend record.

The assets of the Trust are allocated predominantly to companies with either a full listing on the London Stock Exchange or a trading facility on AIM or ISDX. The assets of the Trust have been allocated in two main ways: first, to the shares of those companies which have grown steadily over the years in terms of profits and dividends but, despite this progress, the market rating is favourable when compared to future earnings and dividends; second, to those companies whose shares are standing at a favourable level compared with the value of land, buildings or cash in the balance sheet.

Athelney Trust was founded in 1994. In 1996 it was one of the ten pioneer members of the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM"). In 2008 the shares became fully listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Athelney Trust has a successful progressive dividend growth record and the dividend has grown every year since 2004. According to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Athelney Trust is one of only "22 investment companies that have increased their dividend every year between 10 and 20 years - the next generation of dividend heroes" (as at 20/03/2018). See link


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