The City of London Investment Trust plc – Half-Year Results
The City of London Investment Trust Portfolio Manager, Job Curtis, discusses portfolio performance over the last 6 months, where the portfolio management team has been finding opportunities in the UK market, and how the portfolio is positioned to face the looming recession.
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Despite continuing turbulence in global markets and a brief period of unprecedented political volatility in the UK, the Company’s Net Asset Value (NAV) total return increased 4.5%. While this was slightly behind the FTSE All-Share Index (+5.1%) and AIC UK Equity Income average (+5.1%), it was ahead of the IA UK Equity Income OEIC sector average (+3.8%). In addition, two interim dividends of 5.00p each have been declared so far during this financial year.
The Company’s diverse portfolio, strong cash flow and revenue reserve gives the Board confidence that it will be able, inline with its objective to provide shareholders with long-term income and capital growth, to increase the total annual dividend for the fifty seventh consecutive year. The dividend yield premium of UK equities over bank deposits and 10-year Gilts has narrowed, but equities offer the prospect of dividend growth and can therefore provide some element of hedge against inflation.
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