Henderson Far East Income: Half-year results 2023
Portfolio Manager, Mike Kerley discusses the half-year results for Henderson Far East Income, including the key drivers of performance, the implications of China’s reopening, US-China tensions, and the outlook for Asian dividends.
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- The Company’s NAV total return was down 4.0%, outperforming its regional index (FTSE All-World Asia Pacific ex Japan Index) but lagging behind the MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan High Yield Dividend Index. The first and second interim dividends have been declared at 6.00p per ordinary share – a 1.7% increase compared to last year.
- Financials stocks in Korea, Hong Kong/China, and Australian resource stocks (BHP and Rio Tinto) added to performance. However, Australian energy stocks (Santos and Woodside), Chinese consumer names, and telecommunication stocks in Indonesia and Korea detracted.
- The outlook for dividends in the Asia Pacific region remains robust. Though the windfall from higher oil, gas and materials prices will not be as abundant this year as it was last year, it will be supplemented by a greater contribution from sectors that were under pressure in 2022.
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