IIR LMI Monthly Update


February 5, 2024
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Welcome to the first LMI Monthly Update for 2024. This edition will take a look at the market news for both December 2023 and January 2024. The key news items included:

WLE Seeks to Pick QVE Up at a Discount to NTA – On 31 January 2024, WAM Leaders Limited (ASX: WLE) announced its intent to make an off-market takeover bid for QV Equities Limited (ASX: QVE)
Under the offer QVE shareholders will receive 1 WLE share for every 1.4675 QVE shares held. Based on the WLE share price as at 30 January 2024, adjusted for the December quarterly dividend of 1.3 cents per share, the implied value of the offer is $0.95. While this represented a premium to the share price, the implied value represents a discount to both the pre-tax and post-tax NTA.

VGI and RG8 Increase Buy-Back Program – In December, both VGI Partners Global Investments Limited (ASX: VG1) and Regal Asian Investments Limited (ASX: RG8) increased the capacity of the buy-back programs. The Company’s can now buy-back up to 25% of shares on issue under the programs.

QRI Raises $41 Million – In December 2023, Qualitas Real Estate Income Fund (ASX: QRI) raised $41 million through the issue of 26 million units to wholesale and institutional investors. New units were issued at $1.60 per unit.

MXT Raises $304 Million – Metrics Master Income Trust (ASX: MXT) has raised $304 million in recent months through a number of placements. In December 2023, the Trust raised $196.4 million through a placement to institutional investors. In January 2024, the Trust completed the Unit Purchase Plan (UPP) announced in December 2023. The Trust raised a total of $76.2 million via the UPP. In February 2024, the Trust announced it had raised a further $31.5 million through a placement to wholesale investors. New units issued under the placements were issued at $2.00 per unit.

GCI Seeking to Raise up to $97.3 Million through Entitlement Offer – On 29 January 2023, Gryphon Capital Income Trust (ASX: GCI) announced it is seeking to raise up to $97.3 million through a 1-for-5 non-renounceable Entitlement Offer to eligible unitholders. The Offer includes an oversubscription facility, in which eligible unitholders that apply for units under the Offer in full may also apply for additional units in excess of their entitlement. Any units not taken up by eligible unitholders may be offered to new investors.

MGF Buying Back Options and Make Decision to Proceed with Conversion to Open Class Units – On 7 December 2023, Magellan Global Fund (ASX: MGF) announced that the Manager will acquire up to 500 million options (MGFO) on market at 10 cents per option ahead of the option expiry on 1 March 2024.

The number of options to be acquired increased throughout the month of December, with the Manager now seeking to acquire up to 750 million options. From the announcement on 7 December 2023 and the
market close on 27 December 2023, the Manager had acquired 647.2 million options. The options have been a significant point of contention throughout 2023. MGF stated that its decision to acquire the options on market was to manage its potential exposure to the options given the commitment to fund 7.5% of the exercise price.

MGF has also announced that it has decided to proceed with the conversion from closed-end units to open-ended units. The conversion is expected to be completed in Q2’2024, subject to the Manager’s
assessment that it remains in the best interests of unitholders. The restructure is aimed at addressing the discount at which the vehicle has traded. Moving to an ETMF structure will provide unitholders the ability to exit and enter the fund at NAV.

AFI’s 1H’FY24 NPAT Down 8.3% but Interim Dividend Up 4.5% – Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited (ASX: AFI) released its 1H’FY24 results on 24 January 2024. NPAT was down 8.3% on the pcp to $150.1 million. The decline was primarily due to a decline in dividends/distributions received from companies in the portfolio with declines in dividends received from BHP, RIO and WDS.

Despite the decline in NPAT, the portfolio performed quite strongly over the period, with the portfolio (represented by the pre-tax NTA including dividends) up 8.0% for the 1H’FY24 and up 14.3% for the 12-months to 31 December 2023. The portfolio finished the year strongly buoyed by the market’s strong finish to the year.

The Company declared an interim dividend of 11.5 cents per share, fully franked, a 4.5% increase on the interim dividend paid for the FY23 period and the largest interim dividend paid in the Company’s history.

AMH Declares 1 Cent Per Share Interim Dividend – AMCIL Limited (ASX: AMH) released its 1H’FY24 results on 30 January 2024. Income from operating activities was down 5.3% to $5.2 million, with the
decline largely a result of a decline in dividends/distributions received from the investee companies. This flowed through to NPAT which was down marginally on the pcp (-0.6%) to $4.1 million.

The Company declared an interim dividend of 1 cent per share, fully franked, in line with the interim ordinary dividend for the FY23 period. The change in the dividend policy in 2021 has allowed the Company to provide a more regular fully franked dividend.

MIR Increases Interim Dividend 14.3% – Mirrabooka Investments Limited (ASX: MIR) released its 1H’FY24 results on 18 January 2024. Total revenue for the period increased 9.7% on the pcp to $6.6 million, however lower nets gains on the trading portfolio and a loss from options saw income from operating activities down 18.9% and NPAT down 18.3% on the pcp to $6.78 million and $4.6 million, respectively.
Despite the decline in NPAT, the portfolio significantly outperformed the market over the 12-months to 31 December 2023, with the portfolio (represented by the pre-tax NTA including dividends) up 20.0%, with the portfolio being the best performer in its peer group over the 12-month period on an absolute return basis.

The Company declared an interim dividend of 4 cents per share, fully franked, a 14.3% increase on the ordinary interim dividend for the FY23 period.

Option Income Improves for DJW in 1H’FY24 – Djerriwarrh Investments Limited (ASX: DJW) released its 1H’FY24 results on 22 January 2024. The Net Operating Result, which excludes the impact of open option positions was up 2.6% on the pcp to $21.3 million. NPAT, which takes into consideration the open option positions, was down 40.7% on the pcp to $21.7 million. The decline in NPAT was driven by a large net unrealised loss on open option positions. We note that the positions are yet to be realised and therefore the loss may not be realised, however if these losses are realised this could impact the Net Operating Result for FY24.

The Company declared an interim dividend of 7.25 cents per share, fully franked, in line with the interim dividend in the FY23 period. The interim dividend largely reflects the Net Operating Result per share for the period.

BKI NPAT Down in 1H’FY24 but Interim Dividend Up – BKI Investment Company Limited (ASX: BKI) released its 1H’FY24 results to the market on 16 January 2024. Ordinary revenue was down 3.7% to
$34.95 million, slightly above the $33 million forecast provided at the AGM. A smaller contribution from special investment revenue saw total revenue decline 9.0% to $36.11 million. The Company reported NPAT of $34.43 million for the period, down 9.0% on the pcp.

The Company declared an interim dividend of 3.85 cents per share, fully franked, the highest ordinary interim dividend paid in the Company’s history. At the AGM the Company stated that it intended to at least maintain the ordinary dividend of 7.7 cents per share, fully franked, for FY24, barring any significant unforeseen market disruptions.

Full details of the news as well as key data for the period ending 31 December 2023 can be found in the attached report.