RNS Number : 1815R
Utilico Investments Limited
23 October 2013
 



                                                                                                                                                       

Utilico Investments Limited

Interim Management Statement

30 September 2013

 

 

Quarterly Management Review

Utilico Investments Limited ("Utilico") published its annual report and accounts for the year to 30 June 2013 on 18 September 2013 and has published its monthly fact sheets on its website: www.utilico.bm.

 

Set out below is the interim management statement ("IMS") for the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013 containing information that covers this period, and up to the date of publication of this IMS.

 

 

Performance

Over the three months to 30 September 2013, the FTSE All Share Index was up 5.6%, the S&P Index (GBP adjusted) was up 4.7% and the MSCI EM Index (GBP adjusted) was down 1.5%. Utilico out-performed the markets, showing a gain of 10.6% over the same period.

 

Dividends

A final dividend in respect of the year ended 30 June 2013 of 3.75p was announced in September 2013 and paid in October 2013.

 

As indicated in the annual report, the Board has moved to the payment of dividends on a quarterly basis.

It has declared a dividend of 1.875p per share in respect the first quarter of the year to 30 June 2014, which will be paid on 22 November 2013 to shareholders on the register on 8 November 2013.

 

Portfolio

Utilico's gross assets less current liabilities (excluding debt) increased by £26.0m from £389.5m to £415.5m at the end of September 2013.

 

The ten largest holdings are presented both as directly held by the Company and on a look through basis, with the underlying investment holdings of Infratil Limited ("Infratil"), Utilico Emerging Markets Limited ("UEM"), Bermuda First Investment Company Limited ("BFIC") and Zeta Resources Limited ("Zeta") consolidated with those of Utilico on a proportionate basis.

 

On a look through basis, eight of the ten largest holdings are the same as at 30 June 2013, although there have been changes in the weightings. NZ Bus (a holding of Infratil Limited) and Seacrest Limited have replaced Jersey Electricity and New Zealand Oil & Gas in the top ten.

 

The Net asset value ("NAV") of UEM (including its quarterly dividend) fell 1.3% during the quarter, but the share price appreciated by 0.6%. As a result the discount on UEM's shares narrowed from 11.2% to 9.6%.

 

Resolute Mining's ("Resolute") results for the quarter ended  30 September 2013 saw gold production of 84,274oz (down 27.1% on the same period in the prior year) at an average cash cost of A$970/oz. The decrease in production reflects scheduled major maintenance shutdown at its Syama mine in Mali which is back to full operational capacity for the remaining quarters. It also reflects the winding down of operations at Golden Pride in Tanzania as the mine is now at end of life. The average cash price of gold sold in the quarter was A$1,449/oz, down 9.4% on the comparable period in 2012. Guidance in FY 2014 is for production of 345,000oz at A$890/oz. Resolute's shares were volatile in the period, rising from AS$0.60 at the end of June, to a high of A$1.07 in late August, and down to end September at AS$0.64, a gain of 6.7% on the quarter.

 

Infratil Limited's ("Infratil") shares rose 12.5% during the quarter to NZ$2.475. In August, the company successfully floated its Z Energy business on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Infratil reduced its stake in Z Energy from 50% to 20%. Infratil has announced a tender offer for its shares and intends to increase dividends.


Bermuda National Limited's ("BNL") share price was unchanged on the quarter at US$12.00. During the quarter, BNL completed its purchase of 62.5% of JO Hambro Investment Management Limited from Credit Suisse. Utilico exercised the majority of its BNL warrants, which resulted in a further investment into BNL of USD 15.7m (£10.2m) in the quarter.

 

Renewable Energy Generation Limited's ("REG") shares posted a strong performance with the shares up 18.2% to 78p at the end of September. The company announced the sale of its 12MW Goonhilly Downs wind farm for £25.1m during the period.

 

Market Conditions

The global economic recovery appeared to be moving broadly forwards during the quarter, with generally positive economic data, especially in the US, UK and Germany. Concerns over military action by Western nations in Syria dominated world news and market sentiment in August, increasing volatility and driving up commodity prices, including oil and gold. A deal brokered by Russia resulting in a programme for the inspection and eventual destruction of Syria's chemical weapons diffused tensions.

 

Many emerging markets saw sharp sell offs, particularly in their currencies during the quarter.  It appeared that this was generally a response to the strengthening US economy and concerns over the ending of the Fed's QE program. However, the Indian Rupee's 19.7% fall in value against Sterling in the quarter reflected more fundamental economic challenges in the country.

 

At the end of the quarter concerns shifted to Washington D.C. and the political deadlock over the US Federal budget and debt ceiling which were 'resolved' for the short term on 17 October 2013. The Federal Government shut down non-essential services from 1 October to 17 October 2013.

 

Oil prices rose by 6.1% to $108.37 per barrel during the quarter, although this was off August's peak. The gold price rose 7.7% during the quarter to end September at $1,329.03, but posted prices over $100/oz higher than this at times in August.

 

Sterling was strong against most major currencies, rising 6.8% against the USD to 1.619, 2.5% against the Euro and 4.5% against the Australian Dollar. It lost 0.7% against the New Zealand Dollar.

 

 

Bank debt

Bank debt was increased from £42.5m at the end of June to £49.3m at 30 September 2013. This was drawn as USD 16m and the balance in Sterling.

 

Currency Hedging

At the end of September 2013 Utilico held currency hedges in New Zealand Dollars, Australian Dollars and Euro's. In total £94.1m of assets are covered by these currency hedges.

 

ZDP Shares

Over the 3 months, the traded price of Utilico's 2014 ZDP shares rose 1.5% to 160.88p, the 2016 ZDP shares rose 1.7% to 168.25p and the 2018 ZDP shares rose by 0.7% to 114.13p. During the 3 months, Utilico sold in the market 1,575,000 2018 ZDP shares at prices above the accrued capital value and at 30 September 2013 held 4,237,376 2018 ZDP shares; these 2018 ZDP shares were sold on 18 October 2013 at 112.75p.

 

Share price and NAV

Utilico's NAV increased from 148.50p at 30 June 2013 to 164.24p at 30 September 2013, and its share price rose from 130.00p to 130.75p at 30 September 2013. Utilico's discount to NAV widened to 20.4% at 30 September 2013.

 

  

                                                                                                      

 

Capital Structure



30 September

2013


30 June

2013

Gross assets less current liabilities



£415.5m


£389.5m







Bank debt and other debt



£49.3m


£42.5m

ZDP shares



£203.3m


£199.8m

Shareholders' funds (ordinary shares)



£162.9m


£147.2m




£415.5m


£389.5m













 

Ordinary Shares

 



30 September

2013


30 June

2013

NAV (cum income)



164.24p


148.50p

Share price



130.75p


130.00p

Discount to undiluted NAV



20.4%


12.5%

Annual average compound return (including dividends)



 

7.8%


 

7.0%

Shares in issue



99,157,214


99,157,214

 

 






ZDP Shares at 30 September 2013



2014


2016


2018

Accrued capital entitlement



155.35p


155.35p


112.46p

Share price



160.88p


168.25p


114.13p

(Discount)/premium to NAV



3.6%


8.3%


1.5%

ZDP cover*



3.22x


1.88x


1.38x

Yield to redemption*



3.8%


4.5%


6.9%

ZDP redemption value



167.60p


192.78p


160.52p

Shares in issue



47,500,000


47,500,000


49,842,413









*based on final redemption values



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Performance

 


30 September 2013

30 June 2013


% change

Utilico NAV (cum income)


164.24p

148.50p


10.6%

FTSE All-Share Total Return Index


5,107

4,837


5.6%

        

 

 

                                                    

Sectoral Split of

Investments

 



30 September 2013


30 June 2013

Renewables

Financial Services

Gold mining

Electricity

Other

Oil & Gas

Water and Waste

Infrastructure IT

Ports

Airports

Toll Roads

Telecoms



20%

12%

12%

9%

9%

8%

6%

6%

5%

5%

4%

4%

100%


19%

9%

13%

10%

10%

8%

7%

5%

6%

5%

4%

4%

100%

 

 

 






Geographical Split of

Investments

 



30 September 2013


30 June 2013

New Zealand

Asia & Far East

UK and Channel Islands

Bermuda

Other -  Gold

Australia

Latin America

Europe (excluding UK)

North America

 



20%

17%

16%

15%

12%

7%

6%

5%

2%

100%


20%

18%

16%

15%

13%

6%

7%

3%

2%

100%

 

 

Top 10 Holdings held directly by the Company

as % of Gross Assets

 


30 September 2013


30 June 2013

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

Utilico Emerging Markets Limited

Infratil Limited

Resolute Mining Limited

Bermuda National Limited

Renewable Energy Generation Limited

Vix Group

Zeta Resources Limited

Bermuda First Investment Company Limited

RHJ International SA

Augean PLC

 

Total Top 10


24.2%

22.5%

10.4%

9.4%

5.2%

4.3%

4.1%

3.6%

1.9%

1.9%

 

87.5%


26.3%

21.5%

11.1%

8.2%

4.8%

3.7%

3.1%

4.2%

-

-

 

82.9%

 

 

 

Top 10 Holdings on a look through basis

as % of Gross Assets

 


30 September 2013


30 June 2013

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

Resolute Mining Limited

TrustPower Limited

Bermuda National Limited

Renewable Energy Generation Limited

Vix Group

Infratil Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Wellington International Airport Limited

Z Energy Limited

NZ Bus

Seacrest Limited

Jersey Electricity

New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd

 

Total Top 10


11.2%

10.3%

9.4%

5.2%

4.3%

3.7%

2.9%

2.7%

2.3%

2.2%

-

-

 

54.2%


11.9%

9.8%

8.2%

4.8%

4.4%

3.5%

2.7%

2.6%

-

-

2.7%

2.5%

 

53.1%

 

Enquiries

Charles Jillings

+44 1372 271 486

23 October 2013


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