Edinburgh Dragon

Last updated 12 August 2019

This Asia focused trust remains on a far wider discount than its peers despite a marked improvement in performance...

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Edinburgh Dragon

Edinburgh Dragon (EFM) aims to generate long-term capital returns by investing in Asia Pacific ex-Japan equities, with a focus on quality growth characteristics and a secondary focus on starting valuations. The management team, headed by Adrian Lim, aims to select world-class Asian companies with strong balance sheets that are transforming their sector and setting governance standards.

The trust’s net asset value of £583m is the second largest in the AIC Asia Pacific peer group and makes it one of only two trusts over £500m. Aberdeen Standard’s 50 fund managers based in the region give it a broad research base and good access to companies.

The trust has performed very strongly over the past year following a series of refinements to the process and portfolio. NAV total returns of 12.9% compare to just 7.1% from the average trust in the Morningstar IT Asia Pacific ex-Japan sector and 3.8% from the MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index. This is the second-best return in the 13-trust sector over the period, narrowly behind its stablemate Aberdeen New Dawn.

The refinements to the process have centred on making the team quicker to spot problems in portfolio companies, but the intention is to continue to be long-term in outlook and Morningstar data show a turnover consistent with a five-year holding period. The trust has increased its weighting to technology, however, and narrowed its underweight to China. It maintains strong overweights to India and Indonesia, and a focus on quality characteristics that served it well in the 2018 global sell-off.

Despite the improved recent performance, the portfolio continues to trade on a wider discount than the sector average: 10.8% compared to the 6.1% peer group average. A tender offer in January was oversubscribed and the board continues to be active in employing buybacks.

Dividends have grown steadily over the past five years, with compound growth of 16%. The dividends are fully covered and reserves are over three times the payout, although the focus is on total returns and so the yield is only 1%.

Thomas McMahon
Thomas is a senior investment trust analyst and joined Kepler in April 2018. Previously he was senior analyst at FE Invest, where he was responsible for fund selection for a range of model portfolios. He covered all asset classes over time, but has particular experience with emerging markets and fixed income as well as UK smaller companies funds. He has a degree in Philosophy from Warwick University and is a CFA charterholder.

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Investment objective

The objective is long-term capital growth through investment in Asia, with the exception of Japan and Australasia. Investments are made primarily in stock markets in the region, principally in large companies. When appropriate, the Company will utilise gearing to maximise long term returns.

As at:

07/08/2019

Group/Investment

Edinburgh Dragon Ord

Ticker

EFM

Management Company

Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

Manager Name

Adrian Lim; Flavia Cheong; Hugh Young; Pruksa Iamthongthong;

Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Sector

Asia Pacific

12 Mo Yield

0.8%

Dividend Distribution Frequency

Annually

Latest Market Capitalisation

£522,033,381

Latest Net Gearing (Cum Fair)

4%

Latest Ongoing Charge Ex Perf Fee

0.81%

Turnover Ratio 

22.0%

Shares Outstanding

128,886,131

(Discount)/ Premium (Cum Fair)

-10.8%

Daily Closing Price

405p

Source: Morningstar

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