Fund manager commentary
The Company’s net asset value total return was -1.4% for the month of June, approximately in line with the FTSE All Share 5% Capped Total Return Index over the same period.
During the month the Board of Investors Capital Trust plc announced a first quarter dividend of 1.11 pence per share on the A shares of the Company. This dividend will be paid on 8 August 2014 to A shareholders on the register on 11 July 2014. A first quarter capital repayment of 1.11 pence per share will be paid on the B shares of the Company on 8 August 2014 to B shareholders on the register on 11 July 2014. Capital repayments on B shares are paid at the same time and in an amount equal to each dividend paid on an A share. This represents an increase of 2.5 per cent over the first quarter dividend capital repayment paid in the prior year. In the absence of unforeseen circumstances, the Company intends to increase each of the remaining three quarterly dividends for the year ended 31 March 2015 by a similar amount.
Following the completion of the sale of its Pharmaceutical Devices and Prescription Retail Packaging divisions, Rexam announced that it would return £450 million in cash to shareholders. This was completed during the month through the payment of a special dividend of 57 pence per share. Rexam is a leading global consumer packaging business and is now focused solely on the manufacture of beverage cans.
Following the rally and re-rating of equity markets, valuation levels now appear less compelling despite strong corporate sector fundamentals. However, against a background of stronger global growth, increasing business confidence and low borrowing costs, we expect the recent upturn in merger and acquisition activity to gather pace and remain supportive for equity markets.As at 30 June 2014
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