Henderson Far East Income Limited
Portfolio Managers of Henderson Far East Income Limited, Mike Kerley and Sat Duhra, deliver the 2022 Annual General Meeting presentation to shareholders. They cover the Company's performance over the last financial year, highlight factors impacting Asian markets, and outline portfolio activity over the period.
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Asian equities finished the month flat despite a sharp rally in global markets, with the weakness in China offsetting gains in other Asian markets. China witnessed a pick-up in COVID-19 cases along with weak property sentiment as transaction volumes remained weak. However, in general markets were supported by the fall in commodity prices such as oil and copper during the month, which dampened expectations of higher inflation, along with a more dovish US Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate hike outlook. This supported the strong move in India, a key importer of oil, which was one of the best performing market over the month.
By sector, consumer discretionary and information technology (IT) were the strongest performers, although this did not extend to China where technology companies came under further pressure from renewed concerns around US ADR delisting and China’s deteriorating diplomatic relationship with the US. Real estate was the weakest sector having been impacted by a number of interest rate rises, which tend to be negative for asset values, but was primarily impacted by the weakness in China where property companies were very weak over the month following concerns that purchasers would stop making their mortgage payments.
Trust performance and activity
The portfolio returned 0.0% while the MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan High Yield Index fell 0.1% and the FTSE All World Asi a Pacific ex Japan Index returned 0.0% (in sterling terms).¹
The Fund was a beneficiary of not owning Chinese property companies given the sector’s general weakness during the month. Positions in Macquarie Group and TSMC were the key positive contributors to relative performance following a rebound after a period of weakness, and both remain high conviction positions with a strong yield. The most significant detractors were all of the Trust’s Chinese holdings following the weakness in that market as Li Ning, Industrial Bank and Citic Securities were negatively impacted.
In terms of activity, we reduced the Trust’s exposure to Mediatek in Taiwan given the expectation of weaker demand for consumer electronics, and we added Bank Mandiri to the portfolio following good results and an improved outlook for Indonesia.
The weaker outlook for the consumer given stubbornly high inflation might create some risk for corporate earnings and the possibility of more earnings downgrades in an already volatile environment, with investors already dealing with the prospect of significantly higher interest rates and tighter liquidity from central banks. However, Asian equity valuations continue to look attractive relative to global equities in our view. Inflationary pressures also remain less pronounced in the region. We are more confident about the outlook for dividends considering the excess cash being generated and the low level of dividends paid out compared to earnings. We remain focused on domestic-orientated companies with strong cash flows and sustainable and growing dividends.
¹Source: Bloomberg as at 31st July 2022.Glossary Expand
Inflation -The rate at which the prices of goods and services are rising in an economy. The CPI and RPI are two common measures.
Liquidity – The ability to buy or sell a particular security or asset in the market. Assets that can be easily traded in the market (without causing a major price move) are referred to as ‘liquid’.
Valuation metrics – Metrics used to gauge a company’s performance, financial health, and expectations for future earnings e.g, price to earnings (P/E) ratio and return on equity (ROE).
Yield – The level of income on a security, typically expressed as a percentage rate. For equities, a common measure is the dividend yield, which divides recent dividend payments for each share by the share price. For a bond, this is calculated as the coupon payment divided by the current bond price.
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