Pacific Assets Trust plc

Pacific Assets Trust plc

Launched in 1985, the aim of Pacific Assets Trust plc is to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in selected companies in the Asia Pacific region and the Indian Subcontinent, excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Launched in 1985, the aim of Pacific Assets Trust plc is to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in selected companies that are well positioned to contribute to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region and the Indian Subcontinent, excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand.


 

The Board of Directors

The Trust is overseen by a Board of Directors that is independent of the portfolio manager, Stewart Investors. The six members of the Board are accountable for the governance and wellbeing of the company, and meet on a regular basis to ensure the objectives of the Trust continue to be met.

The Directors have extensive and varied experience and you can learn more about them here.

Portfolio Management Team

Stewart Investors have been the Trust’s portfolio manager since July 2010 and adopt a sustainable investment strategy when selecting the investments that make up the Trust’s portfolio. They are pioneers of sustainable investing and have been active in the Asia Pacific region for more than three decades.

Stewart Investors believe that sustainability is a driver of investment returns and that fully incorporating sustainability into the investment process is the best way to protect and grow shareholders’ capital over the long-term.

With the support of the wider investment team David Gait and Douglas Ledingham are the portfolio managers for the Trust. You can find out more about the team here.

The Trust is designated Article 9 under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, to learn more about this click here. To view reporting on the Trust's social and environmental outcomes under SFDR, click here.

To learn more about the Stewart Investors investment philosophy and approach to sustainability, click here.

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How companies are contributing to sustainable development

Sustainable development is the achievement of high levels of human development within global ecological limits. Stewart Investors’ focus is on understanding the contributions individual companies make to sustainable development from the bottom-up. To do this well, they believe that qualitative assessments are as important as quantitative measures.

It is for this reason that they have developed their Portfolio Explorer to tell the stories of the companies they invest in on behalf of the Trust. These stories have been written by the investment team so that shareholders and other stakeholders can see why they believe that the companies they invest in are making the world a better place.

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For illustrative purposes only. Reference to the names of example company names mentioned in this communication is merely for explaining the investment strategy and should not be construed as investment advice or investment recommendation of those companies. Companies mentioned herein may or may not form part of the holdings of Stewart Investors. Holdings are subject to change.

Certain statements, estimates, and projections in this document may be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Stewart Investors’ current assumptions and beliefs, in light of currently available information, but involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual actions or results may differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. There is no certainty that current conditions will last, and Stewart Investors undertakes no obligation to correct, revise or update information herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. Securities mentioned are all investee companies* for the Pacific Assets Trust plc as at 31 March 2024. *Assets that the Trust may hold which an active decision has not been made, and sustainability assessment does not apply, include cash, cash equivalents, short-term holdings for the purpose of efficient portfolio management and holdings received as a result of mandatory corporate actions. Holdings of such assets will not appear on Portfolio Explorer.

Stewart Investors supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The full list of SDGs can be found on the United Nations website.

Source for Climate Solutions and impact figures: © 2014–2024 Project Drawdown (drawdown.org). Source for Human Development Pillars: Stewart Investors investment team.

Source for climate solutions and human development analysis and mapping: Stewart Investors investment team. Contributions are defined by the team as demonstrable contributions to any solution, either direct (directly attributable to products, services or practices provided by that company) or enabling (supported or made possible by products or technologies provided by that company).

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This document is a financial promotion for Pacific Assets Trust plc (the “Trust”) only for those people resident in the UK and Ireland for tax and investment purposes.

Investing involves certain risks including:

  • The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
  • Emerging market risk: Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities.
  • Specific region risk: investing in a specific region may be riskier than investing in a number of different countries or regions. Investing in a larger number of countries or regions helps spread risk.
  • Currency risk: the Trust invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Trust and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Trust’s investments.
  • The Trust’s share price may not fully reflect net asset value.

Where featured, specific securities or companies are intended as an illustration of investment strategy only, and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any security.

For an overview of the terms of investment, risks, returns, costs and charges please refer to the Key Information Document which can be found on the Trust’s website.

If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the Trust for your investment needs, please seek investment advice.

Q1 2024

Significant Trust changes

Over most three-month periods, there should be relatively little change in the Trust portfolio. We aim to build resilient portfolios of high-quality companies with diversified streams of cash flows that have the ability to grow in value over the long term.

During the quarter we initiated three new positions in Samsung C&T (South Korea: Industrials), Techtronic Industries (Hong Kong: Industrials) and MediaTek (Taiwan: Information Technology).

Samsung C&T is the holding company for Samsung Biologics with sizeable positions in group companies such as Samsung Electronics (c.5%).

Samsung Biologics is a world leader in affordable healthcare. Samsung Electronics is a global leader in consumer electronics and chip manufacturing.

In its core business, the company is aiming to invest into areas with strong demand opportunities such as renewable energy and battery recycling. The group aims to improve governance practices by returning excess cash to shareholders, cancelling treasury shares (ordinary shares which the company acquired from shareholders), improving profitability in core assets and articulating a clear strategy for future capital allocation.

Techtronic Industries is dominant internationally in an array of cordless, hand, measuring and trade power tools for both home and commercial use. They have ownership of strong brands in consolidated areas which results in pricing power. The company is positioned well to grow organically and by acquisition.

MediaTek is a fabless (outsourced production) semiconductor company. They are leaders in integrated chip system solutions which are estimated to power over two billion devices a year from smartphones to home entertainment, connectivity and the internet of things (IoT) products.

We exited Vinda International (China: Consumer Staples) after it was approached by RGE Ltd for acquisition at an 18% premium to the prevailing share price. We reduced Pigeon (Japan: Consumer Staples) as we have lost conviction in the speed and extent of the evolution of the franchise.

We took advantage of lower valuations in China and continue to build positions in Centre Testing International (China: Industrials), Midea (China: Consumer Discretionary), Shenzhen Inovance Tech (China: Industrials), Glodon (China: Information Technology) and WuXi Biologics (China: Health Care).

To finance new investments and our latest additions and to control position size we trimmed holdings in Tata Consumer Products (India: Consumer Staples), Tata Consultancy Services (India: Information Technology), Mahindra & Mahindra (India: Consumer Discretionary), Godrej Consumer Products (India: Consumer Staples), Tech Mahindra (India: Information Technology), Marico (India: Consumer Staples), Tokyo Electron (Japan: Information Technology), Tube Investments (India: Consumer Discretionary) and Unicharm (Japan: Consumer Staples)

Views on investment opportunities in Asia have not changed; we continue to look to invest in high-quality companies that are aligned with sustainable development. We look for stewards who are low profile, competent, long-term decision makers, franchises free from political agendas and financials that are resilient, not frail. Our focus is on quality, and we remain indifferent to many of the large, well-known companies, regardless of lower valuations.

Investment objective

The investment objective of the Trust is to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in selected companies in the Asia Pacific region and the Indian Subcontinent, but excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand (the ‘Asia Pacific Region’). Up to a maximum of 20% of the Trust’s total assets (at the time of investment) may be invested in companies incorporated and/or listed outside the Asia Pacific Region (as defined); at least 25% of their economic activities (at the time of investment) are within the Asia Pacific Region and this proportion is expected to grow significantly over the longer term.

Proxy voting: 1 January - 31 March 2024

Proxy voting by country of origin

Proxy voting by proposal categories

During the quarter there were 89 resolutions from 20 companies to vote on. On behalf of the Trust, we voted against 2 resolutions.

We voted against one resolution at Midea in relation to them acting as guarantor for a subsidiary business as we found the guarantee amount to be excessive and not in shareholders' best interests. (one resolution)

We voted against a Board appointment at Samsung Electronics as we would prefer to see more independent, non-family associated Directors. (one resolution)

Source for company information: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. This stock information does not constitute any offer or inducement to enter into any investment activity. Portfolio data shown is from representative strategy accounts of the strategy shown above. Proxy voting chart numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding. SHP means: Shareholder Proposal.

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Risk factors

This material is a financial promotion for Pacific Assets Trust plc (the “Trust”) intended only for those people resident in the UK for tax and investment purposes or are professional investors in Ireland.

Investing involves certain risks including:

  • The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
  • Emerging market risk: Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities.
  • Specific region risk: investing in a specific region may be riskier than investing in a number of different countries or regions. Investing in a larger number of countries or regions helps spread risk.
  • Currency risk: the Trust invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Trust and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Trust's investments.
  • The Trust’s share price may not fully reflect net asset value.

Where featured, specific securities or companies are intended as an illustration of investment strategy only, and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any security.

For an overview of the terms of investment, risks, returns and costs and charges please refer to the Key Information Document which can be found on the Trust’s website: www.pacific-assets.co.uk.

If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the Trust for your investment needs, please seek investment advice.

Important information

This material is for general information purposes only. It does not constitute investment or financial advice and does not take into account any specific investment objectives, financial situation or needs. This is not an offer to provide asset management services, is not a recommendation or an offer or solicitation to buy, hold or sell any security or to execute any agreement for portfolio management or investment advisory services and this material has not been prepared in connection with any such offer. Before making any investment decision you should conduct your own due diligence and consider your individual investment needs, objectives and financial situation and read the relevant offering documents for details including the risk factors disclosure. Any person who acts upon, or changes their investment position in reliance on, the information contained in these materials does so entirely at their own risk.

We have taken reasonable care to ensure that this material is accurate, current, and complete and fit for its intended purpose and audience as at the date of publication but the information contained in the material may be subject to change thereafter without notice. No assurance is given or liability accepted regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of this material.

Pacific Assets Trust plc (“the Trust”) is an investment trust, incorporated in Scotland; Company no. SC091052, whose shares have been admitted to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange plc. The Trust has appointed Frostrow Capital LLP as its Alternative Investment Fund Manager under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Frostrow and the Trust have delegated certain portfolio management responsibilities to First Sentier Investors (UK) IM Limited. Further information is available from Client Services, Stewart Investors, 23 St Andrew Square Edinburgh, EH2 1BB or by telephoning 0800 587 4141 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or by visiting www.pacific-assets.co.uk. Telephone calls may be recorded.

The distribution or purchase of shares in the Trust, or entering into an investment agreement with Stewart Investors may be restricted in certain jurisdictions.

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References to ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ are references to First Sentier Investors, a global asset management business which is ultimately owned by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc (MUFG). Our investment team operates under the trading name of Stewart Investors which is part of the First Sentier Investors Group.

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Q4: 1 October - 31 December 2023

Significant Trust changes

Over most three-month periods, there should be relatively little change in the Trust portfolio. We aim to invest in high-quality companies with diverse income sources that have the ability to grow in value over the long term. High-quality companies at reasonable valuations tend not to come along too often. In the absence of such opportunities, we are very comfortable long-term owners of companies in the portfolio.

During the quarter we initiated three new positions in Samsung Biologics (South Korea: Health Care), Wuxi Biologics (China: Health Care) and RBL Bank (India: Financials). We have admired the Samsung Biologics franchise for many years. They have expanded production capacity quickly and efficiently which has helped them increase spending from existing clients and to win important new clients. Our more constructive stance on governance at the Samsung Group was another important consideration. We have also been studying Wuxi Biologics for a number of years. It is a leading contract research provider and manufacturer for pharmaceutical companies. The businesses stewards have spent the last decade nurturing strong relationships with customers across geographies, and are building on their research relationships to scale up manufacturing services. The nature of the business, where the timeline from drug discovery to manufacturing can be decades, means that long-term customer relationships are crucial, and the trust built is difficult to disrupt. RBL Bank is a full-service bank that provides services to over 13 million customers across India.  Under a new and reinvigorated management team, RBL is in early stages of building a high-quality lending institution. In terms of additions we added to holdings in Midea (China: Consumer Discretionary), the largest home appliances business in China and Triveni Turbines (India: Industrials), a market leader in the manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of steam turbines.  

There were no divestments during the period. We trimmed Tata Consumer Products (India: Consumer Staples), Tech Mahindra (India: Information Technology) and CG Power (India: Industrials) to control position size.

Proxy voting: 1 October - 31 December 2023

Proxy voting by country of origin

Proxy voting by proposal categories

During the quarter there were 62 resolutions from 14 companies to vote on. On behalf of the Trust, we did not vote against any resolutions. 

We abstained from voting on the approval of a renewed liability insurance for Directors, Supervisors, and Senior Management at Midea Group as we did not have sufficient information on the details of the insurance policy at the time of voting. (one resolution)  

Source for company information: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. This stock information does not constitute any offer or inducement to enter into any investment activity. Portfolio data shown is from representative strategy accounts of the strategy shown above. Proxy voting chart numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding. SHP means: Shareholder Proposal.

Q3: 1 July - 30 September 2023

Significant Trust changes

Over most three-month periods, there should be relatively little change in the portfolio. We aim to build resilient portfolios of high-quality companies with diversified streams of cash flows that have the ability to grow in value over the long term. High-quality companies at reasonable valuations tend not to come along too often. In the absence of such opportunities, we are very comfortable long-term owners of companies in the portfolio.

During the quarter, we initiated positions in three companies. Hangzhou Robam (China: Consumer Discretionary) manufactures kitchen appliances. The company is founder owned and managed with politically uncontentious stewards and products. It has a dominant position in the manufacture of oven hoods, which generate impressive cash flows.  It is investing those cash flows in new products such as dishwashers, in order to develop under penetrated markets. Midea (China: Consumer Discretionary) is a manufacturer of home appliances. Midea is a high-quality franchise where the stewards are investing cash flows from their dominant market position in exciting new technologies and automation, in order to enhance growth prospects. We also initiated a position in Samsung Electronics (South Korea: Information Technology). We have long admired the strength of the Samsung Electronics franchise which should benefit from strengthening geopolitical headwinds and a desire to reduce dependence on Taiwanese manufacturers. Samsung Electronics demonstrates an impressive ability to generate cash and boasts a solid balance sheet. A recent visit to South Korea prompted a reappraisal of the quality of governance which has improved significantly.

We also added to positions in Zhejiang Supor (China: Consumer Discretionary), Glodon (China), HDFC Bank (India: Financials), Voltronic Power (Taiwan: Industrials) and Telkom Indonesia (Indonesia: Communication Services). There is no commonality or theme to these additions other than them all being high quality companies available at reasonable valuations.

We sold Foshan Haitian Flavouring (China: Consumer Staples) where we have increasing concerns about franchise development, and BRAC Bank (Bangladesh: Financials) due to rising regulatory headwinds for the banking sector in Bangladesh.

To control position sizes we trimmed CG Power (India: Industrials), Tube Investments (India: Consumer Discretionary), Mahindra & Mahindra (India: Consumer Discretionary), Elgi Equipments (India: Industrials) and Shenzhen Inovance Tech (China). We also reduced Kingmed Diagnostics Group (China: Health Care) on increasing concerns about governance.

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Source for company information: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. This stock information does not constitute any offer or inducement to enter into any investment activity. Portfolio data shown is from representative strategy accounts of the strategy shown above. Named new investments disclosed relate to holdings with a portfolio weight over 0.5%. It is not a recommendation or solicitation to purchase or invest in any fund. Differences between the representative account-specific constraints, currency or fees and those of a similarly managed fund or mandate would affect results.

Proxy voting: 1 July - 30 September 2023

Proxy voting by country of origin

Proxy voting by proposal categories

During the quarter there were 204 resolutions from 28 companies to vote on. On behalf of the Trust, we voted against four resolutions.

We voted against the election of the Chair of the Nomination Committee at Hangzhou Robam to encourage better gender diversity. At present the company has no female directors, and we believe the Chair of the Nomination Committee has an important role in developing a more gender diverse Board of Directors. (one resolution) 

We voted against a related party transaction at Kingmed Diagnostics Group which would transfer 73% ownership of a subsidiary pharmaceutical company to the Deputy General Manager of the listco. We could not find any reasons behind the sale nor the valuation at which the transaction would happen. (one resolution)

We voted against Philippine Seven’s request for management to approve all other business matters before the annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders. We consider ourselves active shareholders and prefer to vote on such matters at the AGM. (one resolution)

We voted against the appointment of the auditor and the company’s ability to set auditor fees at Vitasoy as they have been in place for over 10 years and the company has given no information on intended rotation. We believe rotating an auditor on a relatively frequent basis (e.g. every 5-10 years) helps to ensure a fresh pair of eyes are examining the accounts, and follows best practice. (one resolution)

Source for company information: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. This stock information does not constitute any offer or inducement to enter into any investment activity. Portfolio data shown is from representative strategy accounts of the strategy shown above. Proxy voting chart numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding. SHP means: Shareholder Proposal.

Q2: 1 April - 30 June 2023

Significant Trust changes

Over most three-month periods, there should be relatively little change in the portfolio. We aim to build resilient portfolios of high-quality companies with diversified streams of cash flows that have the ability to grow in value over the long term. High-quality companies at reasonable valuations tend not to come along too often. In the absence of such opportunities, we are very comfortable long-term owners of companies in the Trust.

We initiated a new position over the quarter with the purchase of Telkom Indonesia (Indonesia: Communication Services). Telkom Indonesia has a strong track record of growth and profitability sitting as the backbone of Indonesia’s digital growth. Telecoms is notoriously a tough industry as there is little in the way of differentiation between what tend to be equally matched players. In Indonesia, Telkom has significant market leadership in a consolidated market providing them valuable cash flows to reinvest in growth ahead of peers. Telkom is also a unique example of a telecom company that has a robust, near-net cash balance sheet.

We also started a position in Cyient (India: Information Technology), as we believe, under a new management team, the company has set itself on a clear path of improvement as they refocus their efforts on becoming a leading provider of outsourced engineering services. Finally, we initiated a stake in Triveni Turbines (India: Industrials), India’s leading steam turbine maker with an eye on global expansion. Stewarded by the Sawhney family, Triveni has ambitions to build a simple, focused business in steam turbines that can compete on a global scale. Triveni’s niche of small turbines is an area that requires long-term, trust-based relationships with customisation of end products and a robust aftermarket presence. The results are resilient financials in the form of steady cash generation and a net cash balance sheet.

The Chinese holdings in the Trust have been whipped around in recent months as short-term views shift on a daily basis on whether there is evidence of a post-covid economic recovery and what stimulative polices the government will resort to. The Chinese stock market is dominated by state-owned enterprises. These companies trade on very low valuation multiples – rightly in our view – which when viewing the Chinese market purely from a top-down perspective, muddies the picture on what valuations are being asked of privately owned, high-quality franchises. We are starting to see such companies approach valuations that we are comfortable paying. But on the whole, we do not yet see the bargain valuations that tend to come up when there is genuine fear in a market. We added to positions in Shenzhen Inovance (China: Industrials) and Amoy Diagnostics (China: Health Care) as top-down macro-driven concerns helped depress valuations.

We also added to the holding in Aavas Financiers (India: Financials). We believe Aavas has a fantastic opportunity to generate very attractive levels of long-term growth thanks to their leadership in providing low-cost mortgages to low-income households in India: a market where mortgage penetration is around 11% compared to over 60% in the UK1. We have a lot of respect for the conservative manner in which Aavas has built its balance sheet, which helps provide resilience in times of stress while also reducing the cost of providing mortgages which Aavas then passes on to customers.

To fund these transactions we trimmed Tube Investments (India: Consumer Discretionary) to maintain a responsible position size on the back of strong performance. We also sold the Trust’s small holding in Infosys (India: Information Technology) as we prefer the opportunity at Cyient, and Info Edge (India: Communication Services) as we have some concerns over the company’s ability to maintain their business model long term.

During the quarter, the Trust released its 2023 Annual Report and Douglas Ledingham, Portfolio Manager, provided a recorded update on the Trust’s performance. Click here to listen to the update. 

1 Source: Aavas annual report 2022-2023 

Proxy voting: 1 April - 30 June 2023

Proxy voting by country of origin

Proxy voting by proposal categories

During the quarter there were 360 resolutions from 42 companies to vote on. On behalf of the Trust, we voted against 18 and abstained on one resolution.

We voted against Aavas Financiers' request to reprice options granted under various equity stock option plans for employees due to a share price fall. We do not believe this request is in shareholders’ interest. (three resolutions) 

We voted against BRAC Bank’s request to increase authorised share capital by more than 100%, as the company had not given any justification for why they are doing this at the time of voting. (one resolution)

We voted against Foshan Haitian Flavouring’s request to approve connected transactions entered into between the Company and related entities and their respective annual caps. We do not believe these requests are in shareholders’ interests. (two resolutions)

We voted against the appointment of the auditor at Foshan Haitian Flavouring, Glodon, Selamat Sempurna, Telkom Indonesia, Unicharm Indonesia, ViTrox and Yifeng Pharmacy Chain as they have been in place for over 10 years and the companies have given no information on intended rotation. We believe rotating an auditor on a relatively frequent basis (e.g. every 5-10 years) helps to ensure a fresh pair of eyes are examining the accounts, and follows best practice. (seven resolutions)

We voted against Humanica Public’s request for management to approve all other business matters before the annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders. We consider ourselves active shareholders and prefer to vote on such matters at the AGM. (one resolution)

We voted against Pentamaster’s request to issue shares without pre-emptive rights, as the share discount rate had not been disclosed. (one resolution)

We voted against Vinda International’s request to issue shares without pre-emptive rights and issue repurchased shares, as the share discount rate had not been disclosed. (two resolutions) 

We voted against ViTrox’s request to issue shares without pre-emptive rights as the share discount rate had not been disclosed. (one resolution) 

We abstained from voting on the appointment of Kalbe Farma’s auditor and their request to set auditor fees as at the time of voting the company had not disclosed the name of the auditing firm. (one resolution)

Source for company information: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. This stock information does not constitute any offer or inducement to enter into any investment activity. Portfolio data shown is from representative strategy accounts of the strategy shown above. Proxy voting chart numbers may not add to 100 due to rounding. SHP means: Shareholder Proposal.

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Previous monthly factsheets and Quarterly shareholder updates can be found on the Literature section.

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AGM 2023 - Shareholder update from Doug Ledingham
 

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Important dates

  • 31 January 2024 – Financial Year End
  • 30 April 2024 - Final Results Announced
  • 9 July 2024 - Annual General Meeting
  • 14 June 2024* - Dividend Payable
  • 31 July 2024 - Half Year End
  • September 2024 - Half Year Results Announced

* Subject to approval at the AGM dividend paid on 12 July to shareholders on the register on 14 June (ex-div date 13 June).  

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  • First Sentier Investors (UK) IM Limited, trading as Stewart Investors - Portfolio Manager
  • Frostrow Capital LLP - Alternative Investment Fund Manager, Company Secretary and Administrator
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank - Custodian
  • Equiniti Limited - Registrar
  • BDO LLP - Auditor
  • Investec Bank plc – Broker

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The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and you or your client may not get back the amount originally invested.

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Discrete Performance (% in GBP) to 31 May 2024

Period 12 months to 31/05/24 12 months to 31/05/23 12 months to 31/05/22 12 months to 31/05/21 12 months to 31/05/20
Nav% 3.0 9.4 2.4 35.9 -9.8
Share Price 0.3 14.4 -3.6 38.9 -16.0
CPI + 6%*** 8.6 15.3 15.7 7.8 7.0
Peer Group Return 8.6 -6.1 -12.2 49.1 1.8
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Net Index** 8.3 -6.5 -11.6 31.8 2.0

Cumulative Performance (% in GBP) to 31 May 2024

Period Since Inception 10 yrs 5 yrs 3 yrs 1 yr 6 mths 3 mths
NAV% 283.4 157.6 41.3 15.3 3.0 5.1 0.3
Share Price 283.2 149.6 29.2 10.7 0.3 0.0 1.7
CPI + 6%*** 240.6 142.3 67.1 44.9 8.6 4.2 3.0
Peer Group Return 225.5 151.5 37.2 -10.1 8.6 8.8 6.1
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Net Index** 133.9 94.6 20.2 -10.5 8.3 8.3 4.8

Dividends

Ex Div Record Date Pay Date Typeǂ Pence/Share
13 June 2024 14 June 2024 12 July 2024 Final 4.0^
8 June 2023 9 June 2023 6 July 2023 Final 2.3
9 June 2022 10 June 2022 1 July 2022 Final 1.9
13 May 2022 14 May 2022 5 July 2022 Final 2.4
28 May 2020 29 May 2020 2 July 2020 Interimǂǂ 3.0
30 May 2019 31 May 2019 4 July 2019 Final 3.0
31 May 2018 1 June 2018 4 July 2018 Final 2.6
1 June 2017 2 June 2017 4 July 2017 Final 2.6
2 June 2016 3 June 2016 4 July 2016 Final 2.2
28 May 2015 29 May 2015 29 June 2015 Final 2.6
28 May 2014 30 May 2014 27 June 2014 Final 2.6
29 May 2013 31 May 2013 28 June 2013 Final 2.6
30 May 2012 1 June 2012 29 June 2012 Final 2.6
1 June 2011 3 June 2011 30 June 2011 Final 1.29
2 June 2010 4 June 2010 30 June 2010 Final 1.29
20 May 2009 22 May 2009 19 June 2009 Final 1.29

Important information

This document is a financial promotion for Pacific Assets Trust plc (the “Trust”) only for those people resident in the UK for tax and investment purposes. Investing involves certain risks including:

  • The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
  • Emerging market risk: emerging markets may not provide the same level of investor protection as a developed market; they may involve a higher risk than investing in developed markets.
  • Currency risk: the Trust invests in assets which are denominated in currencies other than pound sterling; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Trust.
  • The Trust’s share price may not fully reflect net asset value.

Reference to specific securities (if any) is included for the purpose of illustration only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell. Reference to the names of any company is merely to explain the investment strategy and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to invest in any of those companies.

For an overview of the terms of investment, risks, returns and costs and charges please refer to the Key Information Document which can be found on this website. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the Trust for your investment needs, please seek investment advice.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Although the Company will use the MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index and CPI +6% as comparator indices, these indices will not be used for portfolio construction or risk management purposes.

These figures refer to the past. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. For investors based in countries with currencies other than GBP, the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. The NAV performance data is on a net basis after deducting all fees (e.g. investment management fee) and costs (e.g. transaction and custody costs) incurred by the Trust. The NAV includes dividends reinvested on a net of tax basis. CPI data is quoted on a one month lag. The peer group is a subset of the Association of Investment Companies peer group, considered by the board as those whose investment policies are substantially similar to those of the Trust. Peer group performance is determined on a simple average share price basis by measuring percentage growth over the period using bid prices, on the basis that net income is reinvested in Sterling. The comparator shown is the MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index, on an income reinvested net of tax basis. Sources: i) Lipper for Trust and peer group share prices returns; ii) Trust Administrator and Bloomberg for NAV performance data; iii) CPI data is sourced from Factset.

* Performance since Stewart Investors was appointed as Investment Manager with effect from the 1st July 2010.

** The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index is shown here as a comparator to provide additional context for investors seeking exposure to the region.

*** The Performance Objective is considered to be appropriate given the Investment Manager’s index agnostic investment philosophy and will not change its style or strategy, or the make-up of the portfolio.

ǂ A Final Dividend is a dividend declared by the Board of Directors after the company has issued its annual financial statements.

ǂǂ In light of the response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 the board decided to declare an interim dividend rather than a final dividend. Declaring an interim dividend means that shareholders would be paid a dividend irrespective of whether the AGM was able to proceed as planned. Please see annual report for further details.

^ Subject to shareholder approval

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SFDR disclosures for Article 9

This information relates to Pacific Assets Trust plc (the “Trust”)

What is SFDR?

SFDR stands for the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. It is a regulation that provides more transparency for investors in relation to sustainability risks. Investment trusts, such as the Trust, need to provide information around sustainability, allowing investors to make more informed decisions.

What is Article 9?

Article 9 funds are those with a clearly defined sustainable investment objective. This means they must make only sustainable investments and explain how these investments are sustainable. You can learn more about SDFR and Article 9 here.

Sustainable investment objective

Companies can contribute in many different ways to a better future for people and planet. The Portfolio Manager provides descriptions on how they believe each company is contributing towards sustainable development via the interactive Portfolio Explorer tool. 

Users can explore the stories of individual companies organised by the diverse contributions they make including towards human development pillars and climate solutions. This information is updated on a quarterly basis.

The Trust only invests in companies that the Portfolio Manager believes are sustainable, which contribute to a social and/or environmental objective. The contribution of the Trust investments to the social and environmental objectives are assessed by reference to two framework indicators – the Portfolio Manager’s human development pillars and Project Drawdown climate change solutions.

Stewart Investors considers whether:

  • there is either a direct1 or enabling2 link between the activities of the company and the achievement of a positive social or environmental outcome;
  • the company can benefit from any contribution to positive social or environmental outcomes through sales or expected growth, or from the company’s strong culture e.g. diversity; and
  • the company recognises potential negative outcomes associated with its product or services and works towards minimising them (e.g. a company that sells affordable nutritious food products in plastic packaging, but is investigating alternative packaging).

Positive social outcomes

The Trust will only invest in a company if Stewart Investors believe its activities lead to a positive social outcome.

Stewart Investors commits to investing in companies that it feels contribute to at least one of the following positive social outcomes which Stewart Investors call the human development pillars:

  • Health and well-being – improved access to and affordability of nutrition, healthcare and hygiene, water and sanitation.
  • Physical infrastructure – improved access to and affordability of energy and housing.
  • Economic welfare – safe employment offering a living wage and opportunities for advancement, access to finance and improved standards of living.
  • Opportunity and empowerment – improved access to and affordability of education and information technology.

Positive environmental outcomes

Stewart Investors assesses positive environmental outcomes by reference to the climate solutions developed by Project Drawdown3.  Project Drawdown is a non-profit organisation that has mapped, measured and modelled over 90 different climate solutions that it believes will contribute to reaching ‘drawdown’, i.e. the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.

Below is a list of climate solutions, together with corresponding examples Stewart Investors believes lead to positive environmental outcomes:

  • Food system – sustainable farming, food production and distribution of food-related products and services.
  • Energy – adoption of renewable energy and other clean energy and related technologies.
  • Circular economy and industries – improved efficiency, reduced waste e.g. recycling existing materials.
  • Human development – advancement of human rights and education that drive environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources.
  • Transport – efficient transport technologies and growth in fossil fuel-free transportation options.
  • Buildings – products and services which reduce the environmental footprint of the built environment, including energy efficiency, electrification, improved design, and use of alternative materials.
  • Water – less energy-intensive methods for treating, transporting and heating water.
  • Conservation and restoration – supporting deforestation-free and environmentally friendly supply chains.

Pacific Assets Trust reporting to 31 Dec 2023

  • As at 31 December 2023, the Trust held 67 companies.
  • All companies (100%) were contributing to at least one human development pillar and, in total, were making 190 contributions to the pillars.
  • 42 companies (63%) were contributing to climate change solutions. These companies were contributing to 40 different solutions and, in total, were making 134 contributions to the solutions.

The social and environmental outcomes for the Trust are provided in the charts.

Source for analysis and mapping: Stewart Investors investment team, company data and © 2014–2024 Project Drawdown (drawdown.org) as at 31 December 2023.

Contributions are defined by the team as demonstrable contributions to any solution, either direct (directly attributable to products, services or practices provided by that company) or enabling (supported or made possible by products or technologies provided by that company). More information is available on the Portfolio Explorer.

Glossary

Sustainable investment means an investment in an economic activity that contributes to an environmental or social objective, provided that the investment does not significantly harm any environmental or social objective and that the investee companies follow good governance practices.

Sustainability indicators measure how the environmental or social characteristics promoted by the financial product are attained.

Footnotes

  1. A direct link is when a company’s goods or services are the main way that a positive social or environmental outcome can be achieved (e.g. solar panel manufacturers or installers).

  2. An enabling link is when a company’s goods or services enable other companies to contribute to a positive social or environmental outcome (e.g. manufacturers of critical components that are used as inputs in the manufacture of solar panels).

  3. Any reference to Project Drawdown climate solutions is to the solutions here - https://drawdown.org/solutions/table-of-solutions. It is not to be read as implying that Project Drawdown has reviewed or otherwise endorsed the Stewart Investors’ Sustainability Assessment framework. 

How to invest

Shares in Pacific Assets Trust plc can be bought directly through a stockbroker or financial adviser.

There are online brokers that allow investors to trade for a small fee.

Investors can buy shares on a regular basis through saving scheme providers, who allow investors to buy any plc or investment company on their platforms.

Pacific Assets Trust plc does not recommend any of these organisations in particular and terms and costs vary. Pacific Assets Trust plc does not provide financial or investment advice, Pacific Assets Trust plc is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006 and with registered number SC091052. Its registered address is at 16 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DF.

A list, which is not comprehensive nor does it constitute any form of recommendation, can be found via the links below: 

Sharedealing – EQ Shareview

Equiniti Limited offers a share dealing service. Equiniti act as a registrar for Pacific Assets.

This provides a simple way for UK shareholders of Pacific Assets Trust plc to buy or sell the Company’s shares.

For full details and terms and conditions log onto www.shareview.co.uk/dealing or call 08456 037037 between 8.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

This service is only available to shareholders of Pacific Assets Trust plc who hold shares in their own name, with a UK registered address and who are aged 18 and over.

Shareview Dealing is provided by Equiniti Financial Services Ltd which has issued and approved the preceding paragraph. 

Equiniti Financial Services Ltd, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN99 6DA is registered in England and Wales with number 6208699. 

Equiniti Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. The value of your investment and any income from it may go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount invested. This is because the share price is determined by the changing conditions in the relevant stock markets in which the Company invests and by the supply and demand for the Company's shares. As the shares in an investment trust are traded on a stock market, the share price will fluctuate in accordance with the supply and demand and may not reflect the underlying net asset value of the shares; where the share price is less than the underlying value of the assets, the difference is known as the 'discount'. For these reasons investors may not get back the original amount invested. Although the Company's shares are denominated in sterling, it may invest in stocks and shares which are denominated in currencies other than sterling and to the extent they do so, they may be affected by movements in exchange rates. As a result the value of your investment may rise or fall with movements in exchange rates. Investors should note that tax rates and reliefs may change at any time in the future. The value of ISA tax advantages will depend on personal circumstances. The favourable tax treatments of ISAs may not be maintained.

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Portfolio Manager: Stewart Investors
Tel: +44 131 473 2900
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Company Secretary:
Frostrow LLP
Tel:  +44 (0) 203 0084910
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Registrar: Equiniti Limited
Tel: 0371 383 2030
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Pacific Assets Trust plc is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006 and incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC091052. Its registered address is at 16 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DF.

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