Important Announcement - Henderson Diversified Income Trust



7 September 2017
Payment of first interim dividend,
dividend rebasing and amendments to fee arrangements
Payment of first interim dividend
Henderson Diversified Income Trust plc (the "Company") declares a first interim dividend of 1.25p per ordinary share, in respect of the period ending 30 April 2018, payable on 29 September 2017 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 15 September 2017.  The Company's shares will go ex-dividend on 14 September 2017. This dividend is to be paid as an interest distribution for UK tax purposes from the Company’s revenue account (1.00p) and its capital account (0.25p).
Dividend rebasing
Whilst the 1.25p per ordinary share quarterly dividend is well covered by the combination of income and capital earned in the period, it is the considered view of the Board and Henderson Investment Funds Limited (the “Manager”) that the ongoing downward pressure on bond and loan yields is unlikely to reverse, making the prevailing level of dividend difficult to sustain without investing in imprudently risky positions. This is exacerbated by both the revenue impact of purchasing a greater proportion of assets at a premium to par value and the change in accounting policy where half of any performance fee payable is charged to the revenue account.
Consequently, the Board announces changes to the Company’s management fee arrangements and its intention to rebase the dividend to no less than 1.1p per ordinary share on a quarterly basis, effective from the dividend payable in December 2017; this represents a reduction of 12% and assumes that there is not a further significant fall in market yields. The shares will therefore provide a yield of 4.7% (based on the share price as at 6 September 2017).  This dividend target takes into account the revenue benefits to the Company of the revised fee arrangements described below and the cost reductions arising from the re-domicile of the Company into the UK.
Amendment to fee arrangements
The Board and the Manager have undertaken a formal review of the management fee arrangements and have mutually concluded that a performance fee is no longer appropriate in such a low yielding environment. Accordingly, the following package of amendments have been agreed to take effect from 1 November 2017:
1.    The performance fee will be removed. The current 18 month performance period to 30 April 2018 will be truncated at 31 October 2017, the performance fee for this period will be calculated and any performance fee payable will be paid.
2.    The base management fee will rise from 0.60 per cent. to 0.65 per cent. per annum of the Company’s net assets. Net assets amounted to £174m million as at 31 August 2017.
The cap on total fees payable, previously 1.2 per cent. per annum of net assets, will therefore effectively reduce to 0.65 per cent. per annum, the level of the revised management fee.
The Company’s longer term performance remains compelling and above its benchmark, as illustrated in the chart on the Company’s factsheet which is available at
For further information please contact:
Angus Macpherson
Henderson Diversified Income Trust plc
Telephone: 07788 722973
James de Sausmarez
Director and Head of Investment Trusts
Janus Henderson Investors
Telephone: 020 7818 3349

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Issued in the UK by Janus Henderson Investors. Janus Henderson Investors is the name under which investment products and services are provided by Janus Capital International Limited (reg no. 3594615), Henderson Global Investors Limited (reg. no. 906355), Henderson Investment Funds Limited (reg. no. 2678531), AlphaGen Capital Limited (reg. no. 962757), Henderson Equity Partners Limited (reg. no.2606646), (each registered in England and Wales at 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AE and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) and Henderson Management S.A. (reg no. B22848 at 2 Rue de Bitbourg, L-1273, Luxembourg and regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier). We may record telephone calls for our mutual protection, to improve customer service and for regulatory record keeping purposes.

Specific risks

  • Active management techniques that have worked well in normal market conditions could prove ineffective or detrimental at other times.
  • This trust is suitable to be used as one component in several in a diversified investment portfolio. Investors should consider carefully the proportion of their portfolio invested into this trust.
  • The trust could lose money if a counterparty with which it trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations to the trust.
  • If a trust's portfolio is concentrated towards a particular country or geographical region, the investment carries greater risk than a portfolio diversified across more countries.
  • The return on your investment is directly related to the prevailing market price of the trust’s shares, which will trade at a varying discount (or premium) relative to the value of the underlying assets of the trust. As a result losses (or gains) may be higher or lower than those of the trust’s assets.
  • The trust may use gearing as part of its investment strategy. If the trust utilises its ability to gear, the profits and losses incured by the trust can be greater than those of a trust that does not use gearing.
  • Higher yieldings bonds are issued by companies that may have greater difficulty in repaying their financial obligations. High yield bonds are not traded as frequently as government bonds and therefore may be more difficult to trade in distressed markets.
  • All or part of the trust's management fee is taken from its capital. While this allows more income to be paid, it may also restrict capital growth or even result in capital erosion over time.

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