The Company has announced its Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2019.
- The Company recorded a net asset value (“NAV”) total return of +36.6% for the year ended 31 December 2019, more than double its Reference Index which returned +14.6%%, and the share price total return was +39.4%.
- During the reporting year, the Board undertook more active management of the discount contributing to a narrowing of the discount to NAV from a high of 13.8% to 6.6%. Against this backdrop, the Board has amended its discount policy to maintain the discount in single figures in normal market conditions.
- The Board has approved an increase in gearing to 25% to assist the Portfolio Manager in maximising the opportunity to purchase high quality companies at depressed prices as a result of current market conditions caused by the pandemic.
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