Athelney Dividends - ATY

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Stock Name Stock Symbol Market Stock Type Stock ISIN Stock Description
Athelney Trust Plc ATY London Ordinary Share GB0000609296 ORD 25P
  Price Change Price Change % Stock Price Last Trade
0.00 0.0% 235.00 08:00:10
Open Price Low Price High Price Close Price Previous Close
235.00 235.00 235.00 235.00 235.00
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Athelney ATY Dividends History

Announcement Date Type Currency Dividend Amount Period Start Period End Ex Date Record Date Payment Date Total Dividend Amount

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spectoacc: "...Attracting more assets.." may be optimistic, with that market cap! £4m, no wonder ongoing charge so high. Discount vs stock-picking (see nothing particularly special) vs bleeding away 2.8% p.a. in costs. Think I'd want -40%, perhaps even -50% discount. Paying divi out of capital isn't going to help with size either.
topvest: A sensible move in Feb: During the month we top sliced our position in Games Workshop and sold our holding in Churchill China and Belvoir while adding to our position in LXI Reit and Target Healthcare to take advantage of their dividend yields and business outlook. As a result, our cash increased and comprises 7.8% of the portfolio at month end.
topvest: Just been looking at the annual report. New slick presentation. Costs under control. Dividend increased for the 18th successive year, albeit uncovered. They have obviously decided to get this on to the 20 year dividend hero list if at all possible. I do think that is sensible as attracting more assets will reduce the ongoing costs which are still too high. To be fair, I think Manny Pohl has done a reasonably good job so far, albeit the performance metrics table on page 6 is difficult to follow and Q1 2021 hasn't been a good quarter so far with NAV flatlining. Table on page 6: how does this work? 1 year ATY portfolio +3.5% but NAV -4.3%? 2 year ATY portfolio +15.5% but NAV +6.3%? Ongoing costs were 2.5% in the current year and the dividend was 4%. I can't quite work the numbers. Performance of the portfolio appears a little overstated, but maybe I am missing something. Anyway, I am positive for the future as Manny Pohl seems to have a good stock picking style, doesn't over trade and avoids technological obsolescence value traps (which Robin Boyle was prone to investing in). The portfolio looks solid, albeit quite exposed to Liontrust Asset Management and Games Workshop. Both are quality companies but not cheap. Anyway, I am happy to hold and may be tempted to add a few more at an opportune time.
mw8156: Robin Boyle and John Girdlestone have apparently bowed out; seems that the NAV advanced from 50p to 245p in their period of tenure from July 1994 and in addition 80p of dividends have been paid with a rising dividend each year, so a more than satisfactory performance for those who've held from the start for which shareholders should be indebted.
rooky4: It was a few days ago. I assumed that the price would drop by the dividend when xd, although I realise the market doesn't have to be rational. Happy to be out of it at a reasonable price anyway.
mw8156: Rooky 4 are they not xd today so you get the divi as well if you sold today?
rooky4: The last issued NAV was 235.9p (effectively includes the next dividend). Recently, 235p has been on offer. Presumably this reflects the Pohl camp buying in, and won't be repeated, so probably the discount will widen in the medium term. I couldn't see a good reason to stay, so sold out.
paulfred1: Pohl is clearly damaging this company and can't run the fund from Australia. Gresham House has a great reputation. The current board gets my vote.
topvest: Yes, what a mess. To be honest Boyle has made a pigs ear of all of this. Reminds me to retire with dignity in a few years, rather than having to be kicked out of the door kicking and screaming! Pohl is not going to back down and will win eventually in my view. He's not a loser, and will get what he wanted in the first place which is a UK investment vehicle. No doubt he will buy some more shares or something to get himself over the line! So the new strategy of getting Gresham House involved seems another dead-end to me. I'm inclined to change sides and switch to Pohl this time as Boyle's time has run-out as far as I'm concerned. Boyle's strategy just seems pointless. You either continue or get cash back at NAV. A half-in half-out Boyle / Gresham strategy doesn't seem right. At least the dividend is still good, for now! Need to read the documents more clearly, and that's another thing...the documents they have been putting out are less than clear. Received a garbage letter from the Company Secretary today that is not needed for a UK listed investment trust & could have been posted with the annual report to save money. No stamp addressed envelope either. I'm losing my patience! On a positive note, Pohl seems to be making relatively good adjustments to the portfolio and is compensating for Boyle's weak spot of investing in companies exposed on the wrong side of structural change and technological obsolescence. I will post again when I have more than 5 minutes to read the annual report.
mw8156: messy - agreed indeed! What I wonder is this all costing in a small company like aty? David Lawman might be the man in the photo on the Daniel Stewart website but can't find any fit for Paul Coffin so without much further information would be inclined to vote against their election to the Board. Trouble is they may be large holders and in addition to the holdings of Robin Boyle might be able to force their way on to the Board and depose the existing Directors despite the views of small shareholders.
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