Australia | Mar 03 2023
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LMI Market News
IIR Initiates Coverage on Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund (Managed Fund) with a Recommended Rating
During February, IIR initiated coverage on the Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund (Managed Fund) ((GIVE)), with a Recommended rating. GIVE has a dual objective: (1) provide long-term capital growth and regular income through investment predominantly in quality Australian shares that meet Perpetual’s ESG and values-based criteria; and (2) outperform the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index (before fees and taxes) over rolling three-year periods. The Fund is moderately diversified with the portfolio typically comprising 30 to 80 stocks.
The Fund provides investors the opportunity to gain exposure to the Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund, which has a track record of more than 20 years, through a listed vehicle. The Fund has a very competitive fee structure when compared to its actively managed listed peers, however is competing with a number of passively managed ETFs that have a very low fee structure. Consistent outperformance of the passively managed ETFs on a net basis is expected to be a driver of fund flows. While the strategy has a long track record, GIVE is a relatively new structure with small levels of assets under management. Growth in AUM will be important for not only the longevity of the vehicle but to reduce the risks associated with unitholder concentration.
IIR Reaffirms QV Equities Limited ((QVE)) Recommended Plus Rating
IIR reaffirmed its Recommended Plus rating for QVE. QVE seeks to provide investors exposure to a diversified portfolio of ASX-listed entities outside the S&P/ASX 20 Index with the goal of providing long-term capital growth and income. The portfolio is managed by Investors Mutual Limited, a value investor with the philosophy that an entity’s share price will reflect its underlying value in the long-term. The Manager seeks to invest in quality companies led by capable management, which are operating with competitive advantages, have recurring and predictable earnings with the ability to grow over time where securities can be purchased at an attractive price. The focus on ex-20 stocks seeks to provide investors exposure to a broader and more diversified range of investment opportunities than the S&P/ASX 300 Index where the top 20 stocks are heavily weighted to the Financial and Resource sectors.
QVE has been true to name as a value manager which has seen the portfolio underperform the benchmark index since listing with value stocks underperforming growth stocks in recent years. Despite the underperformance, the Company has continued to pay an increasing fully franked dividend and is one of the few LICs that pays a quarterly dividend. Given the expected interest rate rises in 2023, we would expect the portfolio to outperform a number of its peers with value stocks expected to outperform growth stocks in the current environment. The retirement of Anton Tagliaferro is a significant change to the investment team, however Simon Conn remains as a Co-Portfolio Manager of the QVE portfolio. Simon has been with the Manager since its establishment in 1998, therefore we are expecting there to be no changes to the investment process and philosophy, however we will continue to monitor the investments and performance of the Company to ensure continuity of the strategy and process.
TGF Declares Maiden Dividend and Announces Capital Raising
Tribeca Global Natural Resources Limited ((TGF)) declared a maiden dividend in its first half results. The Company will pay a total fully franked interim dividend of 12.5 cents per share, comprising an ordinary dividend of 5 cents per share and a special dividend of 7.5 cents per share. The dividend comes after the Company reported a net profit of $17.18m for the 1H’FY23 period.
TGF also announced they were undertaking a capital raising comprising:
-An institutional placement seeking to raise $19.37m; and
-A 1-for-4 Entitlement Offer to raise up to $32.3m.
The capital raising will be dilutive, with shares under the Placement and Entitlement Offer to be issued at $2.10, which represented a -6.7% discount to the closing share price prior to the announcement, a -21.6% discount to the estimated post-tax net tangible asset valuation as at 17 February 2023 and a -22.8% discount to the estimated pre-tax NTA as at 17 February 2023.
The institutional placement was completed on 23 February 2023 with the Company raising $19.37m through the issue of approximately 9.23m shares.
The Entitlement Offer is scheduled to close on 24 March 2023. There is a Top-Up facility and Shortfall facility allowing for eligible shareholders to apply for additional shares and the ability for the Company to offer any shortfall of shares to wholesale investors.
If the Entitlement Offer is fully subscribed, combined with the Placement, the Company will increase the number of shares on issue by ~40%. One of the reasons for the Placement was to expand the shareholder base and provide more liquidity for shareholders. The institutional placement was successful in attracting new shareholders to the register.
The shares issued under the Placement and the Entitlement Offer will be eligible for the dividend. If fully subscribed the dividend payment amount will equate to ~$10.8m. With the Company reporting Retained Earnings of $9.3m as at 31 December 2022, the dividend payment is expected to exhaust the Retained Earnings of the Company. We note that the Company has announced it will introduce a dividend reinvestment plan for shareholders, which means the actual cash payment for the dividend may be less. With the net profit of the Company primarily driven by the net changes in the value of the portfolio, the ability of the Company to sustain the ordinary dividend moving forward will be dependent on the performance of the portfolio.
PE1 Made a Play for the CD Series of Funds
Courtesy of a news article in the AFR, the cat was let out of the bag that Pengana Private Equity Trust ((PE1)) submitted two conditional non-binding indicative proposals to merge the four funds in the CD Series (CD1, CD2, CD3 and CD4) with PE1. The proposal was made after the failed attempt to merge the CD Series of funds by the Responsible Entity (E&P Investments Limited) in 2022. The PE1 proposal was rejected and PE1 is currently not in active discussions with E&P Investments Limited.
WQG Moves to a Quarterly Dividend
On 22 February 2023, WCM Global Growth Limited ((WQG)) announced it is increasing the dividend payment frequency from semi-annual to quarterly following the payment of the FY23 interim dividend. The LIC intends to pay the following quarterly fully franked dividends:
-1.64cps for the quarter ending 31 March 2023;
-1.66cps for the quarter ending 30 June 2023;
-1.68cps for the quarter ending 30 September 2023; and
-1.72cps for the quarter ending 31 December 2023.
WQG had a substantial Dividend Reserve as at 31 December 2022 of $110.8m, providing dividend coverage of over 8 years based on the intended quarterly dividends to be paid in 2023.
LSX Completes Pani Sale
On 20 February 2023, Lion Selection Group Limited ((LSX)) announced the completion of the sale of its Merdeka shares received as part of the consideration for the sale of its JV interest in Pani. The shares were progressively sold since late January 2023 on the Indonesian Stock Exchange for a total of AUD$32.5m. LSX also received the deferred consideration of US$10m due under the sale of its Pani interests. LSX announced the payment of a special dividend of 2cps to shareholders, scheduled to be paid on 3 April 2023.The dividend will be unfranked. The Company announced it intends to pay an annual dividend for the FY23 period.
With the completion of the sale, the portfolio includes $80m net cash, equivalent to 57cps cash backing. The Company will seek to deploy the cash in new investment opportunities.
PGF Seeks to Raise Capital through SPP
On 9 February 2022, PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund Limited ((PGF)) announced a Share Purchase Plan (SPP) offer to eligible shareholders. Shareholders have the opportunity to subscribe for up to $30,000 worth of shares with shares to be issued at the lower of:
-$1.7489 – a 2% discount to the volume-weighted average price of shares over the five trading days prior to the announcement; or
-A 5% discount to the NTA per share before tax as at the date on which the SPP is scheduled to close (7 March 2023).
New shares issued under the SPP will be eligible for the interim dividend declared for FY23 of 5cps, fully franked.
The proceeds raised will be used to expand the PGF portfolio.
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