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Henderson Diversified Income TstPLC

10 December 2019

HERSON INVESTMENT FUNDS LIMITED

HERSON DIVERSIFIED INCOME TRUST PLC

LEGAL ENTITY IDENTIFIER: 213800RV2228EO1JEN02

10 December 2019

HERSON DIVERSIFIED INCOME TRUST PLC

Unaudited Results for the Half-Year Ended 31 October 2019

This announcement contains regulated information

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE AND POLICY

The Company's investment objective is to seek income and capital growth such that the total return on the net asset value of the Company exceeds the average return on a rolling annual basis of three month sterling Libor + 2%.

The Company aims to deliver this outcome by investing in a diversified portfolio of global fixed and floating rate income asset classes including secured loans, government bonds, high yield (sub-investment grade) corporate bonds, unrated corporate bonds, investment grade corporate bonds and asset backed securities. The Company may also invest in high yielding equities and derivatives.

The Company uses a dynamic approach to portfolio allocation across asset classes and is permitted to invest in a single asset class if required. The Company seeks a sensible spread of risk at all times. It can invest in assets of any size, sector, currency or issued from any country.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31 OCTOBER 2019

 
                                      Half-Year     Half-Year       Year-Ended 
                                          Ended         Ended    30 April 2019 
                                     31 October    31 October 
                                           2019          2018 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  --------------- 
 Net Asset Value ('NAV') per 
  ordinary share                         89.95p        84.15p           86.82p 
 Share Price(1)                          86.90p        82.20p           90.80p 
 Dividend Per Share(2)                    4.40p         4.40p            4.40p 
 Dividend Yield(2)                        5.06%         5.35%            4.85% 
 Ongoing Charge(3)                        0.90%         0.90%            0.89% 
 Gearing                                  16.9%         11.6%             9.8% 
 Number of portfolio investments 
  held                                       86            86               82 
 (Discount)/premium                      (3.4%)        (2.3%)             4.6% 
 

(1) Share price total return using mid-market closing price

(2) Based on dividends paid in respect of the previous 12 months

(3) Based on the estimated year end ongoing charge

TOTAL RETURN PERFORMANCE OVER THE TEN YEARS TO 31 OCTOBER 2019(4)

 
                        6 months     1 year    3 years    5 years    10 years 
                               %          %          %          %           % 
-------------------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 NAV(1)                      6.3       12.6       17.5       33.2       113.8 
 Benchmark(2)                1.4        2.8        8.0       13.6        25.1 
 Share price(3)            (3.0)       10.1        9.1       23.0       117.6 
 
   (1) Net asset value total return including dividends reinvested 
   and excluding transaction costs 
   (2) Benchmark is Libor + 2% 
   (3) Share price total return using mid-market closing price 
   (4) Performance prior to 27 April 2017 reflects the performance 
   of the predecessor company, Henderson 
   Diversified Income Limited that was launched on 18 July 2007 
 
   Sources: Janus Henderson, Refinitiv Datastream and Morningstar 
 

Interim Management Report

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I am pleased to report that the positive returns experienced in the second half of the last financial year have continued into the first half of this financial year. The long and deeply held conviction of the Managers that interest rates were unlikely to rise significantly meant the portfolio was well positioned to benefit from this market environment.

Performance

The net asset value total return to shareholders during the six months to 31 October 2019 was 6.3%. The shareholder total return was (3.0%), reflecting a decline in the share price relative to net asset value. The discount that the Company's shares traded to net asset value at the period end was (3.4%)an unusually wide discount for this trust.

As a consequence of the Manager's views on the macro economic environment, a proportion of the portfolio had been invested in investment grade bonds with longer maturities. As the market began to converge around a view of lower interest rates, these higher duration bonds delivered particularly good capital gains.

The bulk of the portfolio is invested in American companies, predominantly denominated in US Dollars but hedged back into Sterling. This reflects the Managers' view that when seeking high quality liquid investments, there are better value opportunities in the US market than in Europe or the UK. The breakdown of performance was capital appreciation of 3.7% and attributable income of 2.6%, after expenses.

Dividends and dividend policy

A first interim dividend of 1.10p per ordinary share was paid to shareholders on 30 September 2019. The Board has declared a second interim dividend of 1.10p per ordinary share to be paid on 31 December 2019. The aggregate of these distributions is slightly in excess of earnings during the first half but is comfortably covered by revenue reserves previously generated.

While it is generally the policy of the Board to distribute dividends from revenue only, the Board is willing to use revenue reserves to cover temporary shortfalls caused by seasonal factors or where the Managers choose to reduce exposure in particularly volatile markets to preserve capital.

These dividends have been paid as interest distributions for UK tax purposes. More information about interest distributions can be found on the company's website: www.hendersondiversifiedincome.com

Outlook

In last year's interim report, I advised you that the Board had agreed with the Manager that for the second half of the last financial year dividends could, if necessary, be funded from reserves to allow the repositioning of the portfolio into safer assets to avoid risk to capital in volatile markets. As it transpired, the full year dividend for the last financial year was covered by revenue so this was unnecessary.

As risk assets appreciate in value, yields fall. Consequently, maturing assets are being reinvested increasingly in assets with lower income levels. The Board are conscious that the dividend is important to shareholders and we are resolved, other than in exceptional circumstances, to at least maintain the dividend. In line with the policy described above, we are generally happy to distribute accumulated revenue reserves to cover revenue shortfalls, provided we see this as a temporary measure.

The maintenance of the dividend is our central assumption. However, we would caution that should yields in the medium term fall further, the manager may be faced with the stark choice of increasing risk or reducing income. In such circumstances the Board would not rule out a cut to the dividend in order to avoid excessive risk to capital.

Angus Macpherson

Chairman

10 December 2019

FUND MANAGERS' REPORT

Macro backdrop

Over the period under review, the Company produced an encouraging net asset total return of 6.3% which is ahead of the benchmark. This was achieved by an appreciation of capital value of 3.7% with 2.6% attributable to income. The share price total return was (3.0%) reflecting the move from the shares trading at a significant premium at the start of the period to a very small discount at the end of the period.

The "slowdilocks" economy, meaning slow growth, low inflation, muted volatility, and low default rates, that we have described for years broadly played out. The significant pivot in rhetoric around interest rates by the Fed (Federal Reserve) in the late Spring set the scene for favourable returns to be achieved from bond investing. We documented this "point of realisation" on our twitter account in late March - that US rates had peaked at 2.4% this cycle versus 5.25% the prior cycle; that QE (Quantitative Easing) cannot be reversed; and, if the "stellar" US economy even with a late cycle fiscal boost, cannot normalise interest rate policy, then no other Central Bank can! There was some growing acceptance that the Fed may have over tightened interest rates on the false pretence that growth and inflation were going to break out from their malaise. A somewhat classic case of confusing a cyclical impulse against the long-term secular forces and a misreading of economic signals within a very orthodox economic framework, which is arguably no longer fit for purpose. The Fed has grudgingly conceded that the absence of inflation was more than a transitory phenomenon and was more structural in nature. Fed acceptance of this gave many Central Banks in both the developed and emerging markets "cloud" cover to follow suit, most notably Europe, Canada and Australia. Somewhat ironically, the Bank of England was last to fold!

The debate then shifted to whether the Fed could engineer the elusive soft landing. These are of course hard to achieve, given the well documented lags in monetary policy, amongst many other factors. The Fed did manage to cut interest rates 3 times over the period, which is an extraordinary turn of events, as many leading investment banks had pencilled in many hikes for this year. Many learned commentators rapidly cut their forecasts, conveniently blaming the trade wars. We would suggest the slowdown was due to the unnecessary last rate hike. Economic data certainly deteriorated due to the trade war. The bond market took fright given the lack of global activity and we experienced another deflation scare culminating with the US treasury yield plummeting close to record lows of 1.43% in early September. The "Japanification" of the western world, a theme we have discussed since 2013 now became the consensus view. Slowdilocks was heading to stall speed.

In the Summer European Central Bank (ECB) conference in Sintra (Portugal), President Draghi came to the rescue, hinting that there was more life in monetary policy and "QE had considerable headroom". He subsequently followed through later in the summer, with a new QE programme and an interest rate cut. Philip Lane, the new ECB Chief Economist also discussed a very dovish approach going forward. Towards the end of the period under review, President Draghi retired from his eight-year term of office. He highlighted the need for fiscal policy to work with monetary policy, along, of course, with structural reforms. We agree fiscal policy should have a much greater role in economic management but believe it is unlikely to achieve the levels of growth and inflation of prior decades. The Bank of England also accepted not all was well with the UK economy with Mark Carney's "sea change" speech in early July.

Bond yields rose from the September lows as it appeared the bond community may have become overly bearish. Economic data started to become "less worse", Brexit was postponed, and some progress was made on the trade wars. There was a partial "reflation" rotation in the equity markets away from expensive growth stocks towards deeply unloved, cheap and cyclical stocks. Cyclical reflation trades come and go - the duration and strength of this one is open to debate as is the endless debate on whether we are mid or late cycle and whether to expect a hard or soft landing, and where?

Asset allocation

We continue to run a barbell of reasonable quality long duration investment grade bonds with a shorter dated high yield bucket. We have nothing particularly against high yield bonds apart from the fact that they have quite short maturities. The problem with just being invested in high yield bonds is that these companies are constantly re-financing existing bonds with lower coupons. In contrast, we can achieve reasonable yields by investing further along the investment grade maturity spectrum, thereby locking in yields for much longer although these bonds are more volatile to changing interest rates. Given the significant shift downwards in bond yields, very good capital gains were made from these investment grade bonds, whereas reasonable capital was made in high yield. The bulk of the assets remain in American companies, predominantly denominated in dollars but hedged back into sterling on purchase. We find there are more, better quality, liquid opportunities available in the American bond markets, than the UK or Europe. Their yields are also higher than the European markets.

We increased our allocation to investment grade bonds and to a lesser extent to high yields bonds during the period. We continue to be wary of secured loans for a number of reasons. Firstly, given the modest peak in the interest rate cycle loans are less appealing. Secondly, we feel much of the late cycle, marginal leveraged finance supply has been taken down by the loan community, outcompeting the high yield investors. Finally, some cracks are appearing in the junior tranches of the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) market, which are structured and levered plays on secured loans. Dispersion in credit risk is increasingly in loans and high yield in both Europe and America - we remain very choosey about which new credits enter the portfolio.

Gearing

Gearing generally rose during the period as we became more confident in some recovery as the Fed continued to lower rates from an overly restrictive starting point. Further, we added extra interest rate sensitivity by using interest rate futures - this is fairly unusual but worked very well in unusual times. We successfully used these instruments in the prior period as well.

Activity

We continue to invest very selectively. Notable additions include Ardagh Packaging, Trivium Packaging, Co - Op Group, Sinclair Broadcast, Sirius Radio, Live Nation and Merlin Entertainment. Notable sells include Lionsgate Entertainment, on tough renewal re-negotiations and Iron Mountain on fading growth prospects. On the more positive side, Entertainment One, owner of Peppa Pig rights, was bid for by Hasbro Toys. Tesco also tendered yet again for some of its bonds at a healthy premium. We have successfully avoided all the fairly obvious issues in energy, retail, restaurants and most recently travel operators.

Outlook

We often look across capital markets to get corroborative or contradictory data to our bond views. It appears the optimistic equity market is looking for a mid-cycle, soft landing, whereas the pessimistic bond market is expecting a late cycle, harder landing. We could easily construct arguments to back either view. We remain open minded for now. We shall continue our fairly conservative strategy of sensible income - investing in predominately large cap, non-cyclical quality investment grade and high yield companies to generate a reliable and dependable quarterly income stream without capital destruction throughout the economic cycle.

John Pattullo & Jenna Barnard

Fund Managers

10 December 2019

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The principal risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business can be divided into the following main areas:

-- General market risks associated with the Company's investments, including interest rate, credit and currency risks

   --      Operational risks, including: 

o Continued interest of the Fund Managers and Investment Manager.

o Effective operation of systems of internal control and management reporting.

o Credit standing and quality of service of the Depositary.

o Reliance on service providers.

Information on these risks and how they are managed is given in the Company's Annual Report for the year-ended 30 April 2019.

In the view of the Board these principal risks and uncertainties were unchanged over the last six months and are as applicable to the remaining six months of the financial year as they were to the six months under review.

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

Each of the directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:

(a) the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with FRS 104 "Interim Financial Reporting" issued by the Financial Reporting Council;

(b) this report includes a fair review of the information required by Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

(c) this report includes a fair review of the information required by Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein).

For and on behalf of the Board

Angus Macpherson

Chairman

10 December 2019

SUMMARY OF PORTFOLIO AS AT 31 OCTOBER 2019(1)

 
                              2019    2018 
                                 %       % 
--------------------------  ------  ------ 
 High yield bonds             59.5    62.3 
 Investment grade 
  bonds                       33.2    24.9 
 Secured loans                 4.3     9.8 
 Equities                      2.1     2.1 
 Asset backed securities       0.9     0.9 
--------------------------  ------  ------ 
 Total                       100.0   100.0 
 

CURRENCY DENOMINATION OF PORTFOLIO AS AT 31 OCTOBER 2019(1, 2)

 
                              2019    2018 
                                 %       % 
--------------------------  ------  ------ 
 Sterling                     22.9    23.8 
 Euro                          1.5     4.0 
 US dollar                    74.6    70.7 
 Australian dollar             1.0     1.5 
 Total                       100.0   100.0 
 
 

(1) Excluding credit default swaps

(2) The Company hedges its foreign currency exposure back to sterling. There was therefore no material currency exposure at 31 October 2019 (2018: same)

TWENTY LARGEST INVESTMENTS AS AT 31 OCTOBER 2019

 
 Company                   Industry                  Currency    Geographical      Market         % of 
                                                                  area              value    portfolio 
                                                                                  GBP'000 
------------------------  ------------------------  ----------  --------------  ---------  ----------- 
 Constellation 
  Brands                   Consumer, non-cyclical    $           US                 4,770         2.39 
 Tesco                     Consumer, non-cyclical    GBP         UK                 4,755         2.38 
 Service Corp              Consumer, non-cyclical    $           US                 4,676         2.35 
 Aramark                   Consumer cyclical         $           US                 4,646         2.33 
 Verizon Communications    Communications            $/AUD       US                 4,536         2.27 
 American Tower            Financials                $           US                 4,381         2.20 
 Crown Castle              Industrials               $           US                 4,351         2.18 
 IMS                       Technology                $           US                 4,321         2.17 
 Sirius Radio              Communications            $           US                 4,304         2.16 
 Virgin Media              Communications            GBP         UK                 4,248         2.13 
 Lamb Weston               Consumer, non-cyclical    $           US                 4,151         2.08 
 Nationwide Building 
  Society VAR 
  Perpetual                Financials                GBP         UK                 4,151         2.08 
 Co-Operative 
  Group                    Consumer, non-cyclical    GBP         UK                 4,089         2.05 
 Center Parcs              Consumer cyclical         GBP         UK                 4,084         2.05 
 Phoenix                   Financials                GBP         UK                 4,077         2.05 
 Comcast                   Communications            $           US                 4,035         2.02 
 Barclays                  Financials                GBP/$       UK                 4,017         2.01 
 Ardagh Packaging          Industrials               Euro/$      Ireland            3,810         1.91 
 Cintas                    Consumer cyclical         $           US                 3,380         1.70 
 Boyd                      Consumer cyclical         $           US                 3,233         1.62 
 

These investments total GBP84,015,000 or 42.13% of the portfolio.

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 
                           (Unaudited)                     (Unaudited)                         (Audited) 
                          Half-year ended                 Half-year ended                      Year-ended 
                          31 October 2019               31 October 2018(1)                  30 April 2019(1) 
 
                    Revenue    Capital     Total    Revenue    Capital     Total    Revenue    Capital    Total return 
                     return     return    return     return     return    return     return     return 
                    GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000         GBP'000 
----------------  ---------  ---------  --------  ---------  ---------  --------  ---------  ---------  -------------- 
 
Gains/(losses) 
 on investments 
 held at fair 
 value through 
 profit or loss           -      8,552     8,552          -    (5,044)   (5,044)          -      2,790           2,790 
Losses on 
 foreign 
 exchange                 -    (2,147)   (2,147)          -    (1,178)   (1,178)          -    (3,388)         (3,388) 
Investment 
 income               4,684          -     4,684      5,136          -     5,136      9,558          -           9,558 
Other operating 
 income                   5          -         5         21          -        21         27          -              27 
                     ------    -------   -------     ------    -------   -------   --------    -------         ------- 
Total 
 income/(loss)        4,689      6,405    11,094      5,157    (6,222)   (1,065)      9,585      (598)           8,987 
 
  Expenses 
Management fee        (275)      (275)     (550)      (260)      (260)     (520)      (520)      (519)         (1,039) 
Other expenses        (207)          -     (207)      (222)          -     (222)      (426)          -           (426) 
                    -------   --------  --------    -------   --------  --------   --------   --------        -------- 
Profit/(loss) 
 before finance 
 costs and 
 taxation             4,207      6,130    10,337      4,675    (6,482)   (1,807)      8,639    (1,117)           7,522 
 
Finance costs         (110)      (110)     (220)      (112)      (112)     (224)      (184)      (185)           (369) 
                   --------  ---------  --------   --------  ---------  --------   --------   --------        -------- 
Profit/(loss) 
 before taxation      4,097      6,020    10,117      4,563    (6,594)   (2,031)      8,455    (1,302)           7,153 
 
Taxation                (3)          -       (3)       (28)          -      (28)         15          -              15 
                   --------   --------  --------   --------   --------  --------    -------    -------        -------- 
Profit/(loss) 
 for the period       4,094      6,020    10,114      4,535    (6,594)   (2,059)      8,470    (1,302)           7,168 
                      =====      =====     =====      =====       ====     =====      =====      =====           ===== 
 
Return per 
 ordinary share 
 (note 2)             2.16p      3.17p     5.33p      2.39p    (3.48p)   (1.09p)      4.47p    (0.69p)           3.78p 
                      =====      =====     =====      =====      =====     =====      =====      =====           ===== 
 

(1) Please see note 1 'Accounting policies - basis of accounting'

The total columns of this statement represent the Statement of Comprehensive Income of the Company, prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. The revenue return and capital columns are supplementary to this and are published under guidance from the Association of Investment Companies. The Company had no other comprehensive income. The profit/(loss) for the period is also the total comprehensive income for the year.

All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued during the period.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed financial statements.

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 
 
 
                                         Called 
                                       up share  Distributable    Capital    Revenue 
  Half-year ended 31 October 2019       capital        reserve   reserves    reserve        Total 
  (unaudited)                           GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ----------  -------------  ---------  ---------  ----------- 
Total equity at 1 May 2019                1,896        165,533    (5,145)      2,334      164,618 
Total comprehensive income: 
Profit after taxation                         -              -      6,020      4,094       10,114 
Dividends paid                                -              -          -    (4,172)      (4,172) 
                                       --------    -----------  ---------   --------   ---------- 
Total equity at 31 October 2019           1,896        165,533        875      2,256      170,560 
                                          =====         ======      =====      =====       ====== 
 
 
                                         Called 
                                       up share  Distributable    Capital    Revenue 
Half-year ended 31 October 2018         capital        reserve   reserves    reserve        Total 
 (unaudited)                            GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ----------  -------------  ---------  ---------  ----------- 
Total equity at 1 May 2018                1,896        165,538    (3,843)      2,208      165,799 
Total comprehensive income: 
(Loss)/profit after taxation                  -              -    (6,594)      4,535      (2,059) 
Transactions with owners, recorded 
 directly to equity: 
Expenses incurred in cancelling 
 share premium                                -            (7)          -          -          (7) 
Dividends paid                                -              -          -    (4,172)      (4,172) 
 
                                       --------    -----------  ---------   --------   ---------- 
Total equity at 31 October 2018           1,896        165,531   (10,437)      2,571      159,561 
                                          =====         ======      =====      =====       ====== 
 
 
 
                                         Called 
                                       up share  Distributable    Capital    Revenue 
                                        capital        reserve   reserves    reserve        Total 
Year-ended 30 April 2019 (audited)      GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ----------  -------------  ---------  ---------  ----------- 
Total equity at 1 May 2018                1,896        165,538    (3,843)      2,208      165,799 
Total comprehensive income: 
 Profit after taxation                        -              -    (1,302)      8,470        7,168 
Transactions with owners, recorded 
 directly to equity: 
Expenses incurred in cancelling 
 share premium                                -            (5)          -          -          (5) 
Dividends paid                                -              -          -    (8,344)      (8,344) 
                                      ---------     ----------  ---------  ---------  ----------- 
Total equity at 30 April 2019             1,896        165,533    (5,145)      2,334      164,618 
                                          =====         ======      =====      =====       ====== 
 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed financial statements.

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 
                                                 (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)     (Audited) 
                                                  31 October    31 October      30 April 
                                                        2019          2018          2019 
                                                     GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000 
     ----------------------------------------  -------------  ------------  ------------ 
      Non-current assets 
  Investments held at fair value 
   through 
   profit or loss                                    199,420       178,106       180,797 
 
      Current assets 
  Other receivables                                    2,997         5,536         2,949 
  Cash and cash equivalents                            7,212         3,062           525 
                                                 -----------   -----------   ----------- 
  Total assets                                       209,629       186,704       184,271 
 
        Current liabilities 
  Other payables                                     (5,991)       (5,518)       (1,126) 
  Bank loan                                         (33,078)      (21,625)      (18,527) 
                                                  ----------    ----------   ----------- 
  Total assets less current liabilities              170,560       159,561       164,618 
                                                 -----------   -----------   ----------- 
 
 
  Net assets                                         170,560       159,561       164,618 
                                                      ======        ======        ====== 
 
      Equity attributable to equity 
       shareholders 
  Called-up share capital                              1,896         1,896         1,896 
  Distributable reserve                              165,533       165,531       165,533 
  Capital reserve                                        875      (10,437)       (5,145) 
  Revenue reserve                                      2,256         2,571         2,334 
                                                 -----------   -----------   ----------- 
  Total equity                                       170,560       159,561       164,618 
                                                      ======        ======        ====== 
 
  Net asset value per ordinary 
   share (note 3)                                     89.95p        84.15p        86.82p 
                                                      ======        ======        ====== 
 
 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed financial statements.

CONDENSED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 
                                                                  (Unaudited) 
                                                    (Unaudited)     Half-year     (Audited) 
                                                      Half-year         ended    Year-ended 
                                               ended 31 October    31 October      30 April 
                                                           2019       2018(1)       2019(1) 
                                                        GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------  ------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Operating activities 
 Profit/(loss) before taxation                           10,117       (2,031)         7,153 
 Interest payable                                           220           224           369 
 (Gains)/losses on investments held 
  at fair value through profit or loss                  (8,552)         5,044       (2,790) 
 Losses on foreign exchange                               2,147         1,178         3,388 
 Receipt on settlement of forward 
  exchange contracts                                    (2,409)      (12,407)      (13,887) 
 (Increase)/decrease in prepayments 
  and accrued income                                      (217)         (388)           229 
 Increase/(decrease) in other creditors                      86           (8)          (34) 
 Purchase of investments                               (39,101)      (43,696)      (92,729) 
 Sale of investments                                     34,197        64,563       115,907 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating 
  activities                                            (3,512)        12,479        17,606 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Interest paid                                            (210)         (248)         (398) 
 Tax recovered                                                -             -            58 
 Taxation on investment income                              (3)          (28)          (43) 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating 
  activities                                            (3,725)        12,203        17,223 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Financing activities 
 Equity dividends paid                                  (4,172)       (4,172)       (8,344) 
 Expenses incurred in cancelling share 
  premium                                                     -           (7)           (5) 
 Net loans drawn down/(repaid)                           14,551       (5,185)       (8,283) 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing 
  activities                                             10,379       (9,364)      (16,632) 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents                6,654         2,839           591 
 Cash and cash equivalents at start 
  of period                                                 525           370           370 
 Exchange movements                                          33         (147)         (436) 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at the 
  end of the period                                       7,212         3,062           525 
                                                         ======        ======        ====== 
 
 Comprising: 
  Cash at bank                                            7,212         3,062           525 
                                                     ----------    ----------    ---------- 
                                                          7,212         3,062           525 
                                                         ======        ======        ====== 
 

(1) Please see note 1 'Accounting policies - basis of accounting'

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed financial statements.

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

   1.   Accounting policies - basis of accounting 

The Company is a registered investment company as defined by Section 833 of the Companies Act 2006 and operates as an investment company in accordance with Section 1158 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010.

These condensed financial statements comprise the unaudited results of the Company for the half-year ended 31 October 2019. They have been prepared on a going concern basis and in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union and with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Investment Trusts ("SORP") issued by the Association of Investment Companies dated November 2014, and updated in October 2019, where the SORP is consistent with the requirements of IFRS.

For the period under review the Company's accounting policies have not varied from those described in the Annual Report for the year-ended 30 April 2019. However, the foreign currency components in the 'Gains/(losses) on investments held at fair value through profit or loss' and the 'Losses on foreign exchange' have been reclassified together in the year-ended 30 April 2019 and half-year ended 31 October 2018 in the Statement of Comprehensive Income to better reflect the movements in foreign currency value associated with investments. The condensed set of financial statements has been neither audited nor reviewed by the Company's auditors.

   2.   Return per ordinary share 
 
                                (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
                                  Half-year     Half-year 
                                      ended         ended        (Audited) 
                                 31 October    31 October       Year-ended 
                                       2019          2018    30 April 2019 
                                    GBP'000       GBP'000          GBP'000 
-----------------------------  ------------  ------------  --------------- 
 
 Net revenue return                   4,094         4,535            8,470 
 Net capital return                   6,020       (6,594)          (1,302) 
                                  ---------     ---------        --------- 
 Net total return                    10,114       (2,059)            7,168 
                                      =====         =====            ===== 
 Weighted average number 
  of ordinary shares            189,618,240   189,618,240      189,618,240 
 
 Revenue return per ordinary 
  share                               2.16p         2.39p            4.47p 
 Capital return per ordinary 
  share                               3.17p       (3.48p)          (0.69p) 
                                  ---------     ---------        --------- 
 Total return per ordinary 
  share                               5.33p       (1.09p)            3.78p 
                                      =====         =====            ===== 
 

The Company has no securities in issue that could dilute the return per ordinary share. Therefore the basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share are the same.

   3.   Net asset value per ordinary share 

The net asset value per ordinary share is based on the net asset value attributable to ordinary shareholders at 31 October 2019 of GBP170,560,000 (31 October 2018: GBP159,561,000; 30 April 2019: GBP164,618,000) and on 189,618,240 ordinary shares, being the number of ordinary shares in issue at 31 October 2019 (31 October 2018 and 30 April 2019: 189,618,240).

   4.   Called up share capital 

During the half-year ended 31 October 2019, no ordinary shares were issued or bought back. At 31 October 2019 there were 189,618,240 ordinary shares of 1p nominal value in issue. Since 31 October 2019, no shares have been issued or bought back. The Company has no shares held in Treasury.

   5.   Dividends 

The following dividends have been paid, or will be paid, as interest distributions for UK tax purposes from the Company's revenue account.

A fourth interim dividend for the year-ended 30 April 2019 of 1.10p (2018: 1.10p) per ordinary share was paid on 28 June 2019 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 7 June 2019.

A first interim dividend payment for the year-ending 30 April 2020 of 1.10p (2019: 1.10p) per ordinary share was paid on 30 September 2019 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 6 September 2019.

On 26 November 2019 the Board declared a second interim dividend payment for the year-ending 30 April 2020 of 1.10p (2019: 1.10p) per ordinary share that will be paid on 31 December 2019 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 6 December 2019. The shares went ex-dividend on 5 December 2019.

   6.   Financial instruments 

The table below sets out the fair value measurements using the IFRS 13 fair value hierarchy. Categorisation within the hierarchy has been determined on the basis of the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement of the relevant asset as follows:

Level 1: quoted (unadjusted) market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

Level 2: valuation techniques for which the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement is directly or indirectly observable; and

Level 3: valuation techniques for which the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement is unobservable.

The financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value in the Condensed Statement of Financial Position are grouped into the fair value hierarchy at the reporting date as follows:

 
 
                                                Level        Level       Level 
                                                    1            2           3        Total 
      As at 31 October 2019 (unaudited)       GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000      GBP'000 
----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ----------  ----------- 
 Financial assets at fair value through 
  profit or loss: 
 Investments                                  190,848        8,572           -      199,420 
                                                    -          400           -          400 
 Credit default swaps                       ---------     --------     -------     -------- 
                                              190,848        8,972           -      199,820 
  Total                                       =======        =====       =====        ===== 
 
   Financial liabilities at fair value 
   through profit or loss: 
 Currency forward exchange contracts                -          214           -          214 
                                             --------     --------     -------     -------- 
                                                    -          214           -          214 
 Total                                          =====        =====       =====        ===== 
 
 
                                                      Level         Level            Level 
                                                          1             2                3       Total 
 As at 31 October 2018 (unaudited)                  GBP'000       GBP'000          GBP'000      GBP'000 
----------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ---------------  -------------- 
 Financial assets at fair value through 
  profit or loss: 
 Investments                                        160,638        17,468                -         178,106 
 Credit default swaps                                     -           975                -             975 
 Total                                          -----------   -----------        ---------     ----------- 
                                                160,638          18,443                  -      179,081 
                                                 ======          ======              =====       ====== 
 
 Financial liabilities at fair value 
  through profit or loss: 
 Currency forward exchange contracts                      -      3,542                   -           3,542 
                                                   --------    --------           --------       --------- 
                                                          -      3,542                   -           3,542 
 Total                                                =====      =====               =====           ===== 
                                                      Level         Level            Level 
                                                          1             2                3           Total 
   As at 30 April 2019 (audited)                    GBP'000       GBP'000          GBP'000         GBP'000 
----------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ---------------  -------------- 
 Financial assets at fair value through 
  profit or loss: 
 Investments                                        171,773         9,024                -         180,797 
 Credit default swaps                                     -           485                -             485 
                                                -----------      --------       ----------      ---------- 
                                                    171,773         9,509                -         181,282 
 Total                                               ======         =====           ======          ====== 
 
 Financial liabilities at fair value 
  through profit or loss: 
 Currency forward exchange contracts                      -           627                -           627 
                                                   --------      --------         --------     --------- 
                                                          -           627                -           627 
 Total                                                =====         =====            =====         ===== 
 
 

There have been no transfers between levels of fair value hierarchy during the period. Transfers between levels of fair value hierarchy are deemed to have occurred at the date of the event or change in circumstances that caused the transfer.

Valuation techniques used by the Company are explained in the accounting policies note in the Company's Annual Report for the year-ended 30 April 2019.

There were no transfers to or from Level 3 during the period.

   7.   Related party transactions 

The Company's transactions with related parties in the half-year were with its directors and Janus Henderson Investors (Manager). There have been no material transactions between the Company and its directors during the period. In relation to the provision of services by the Manager, other than fees payable by the Company in the ordinary course of business and the provision of sales and marketing services, there have been no material transactions with the Manager affecting the financial position of the Company during the period under review.

   8.   Going concern 

The assets of the Company consist mainly of securities that are listed and readily realisable and, accordingly, the directors believe that the Company has adequate financial resources to continue in existence for at least twelve months from the date of approval of the financial statements. Having assessed these factors, the principal risks, and other matters discussed in connection with the viability statement set out in the Annual Report for the year-ended 30 April 2019, the directors have decided that it is appropriate for the financial statements to be prepared on a going concern basis.

   9.   Comparative information 

The financial information contained in this half-year report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The figures and financial information for the year-ended 30 April 2019 are extracted from the latest published accounts, and do not constitute the statutory accounts for that year. Those accounts have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included the Report of the Independent Auditors, which was unqualified and did not include a statement under either section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

10. Half-year report

The half-year report will shortly be available on the Company's website (www.hendersondiversifiedincome.com) or in hard copy from the Company's registered office. An abbreviated version of this half-year report, the 'update', will be circulated to shareholders in December 2019.

11. General information

Company status

The Company is a UK domiciled investment trust company which was incorporated on 23 February 2017. The Company number is 10635799. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The ISIN code is GB00BF03YC36. The SEDOL number is BF03YC3.

The London Stock Exchange code is HDIV.

The Company's Global Intermediary Identification Number (GIIN) is QR3G93.99999.SL.826.

The Company's LEI number is 213800RV2228EO1JEN02

Directors, secretary and registered office

The directors of the Company are Angus Macpherson (Chairman), Ian Wright (Audit Committee Chairman), Denise Hadgill, Win Robbins and Stewart Wood. The Corporate Secretary is Henderson Secretarial Services Limited. The registered office is 201 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3AE.

Website

Details of the Company's share price and net asset value, together with general information about the Company, monthly factsheets and data, copies of announcements, reports and details of general meetings can be found at www.hendersondiversifiedincome.com.

For further information please contact:

 
 James de Sausmarez               Laura Thomas 
  Director & Head of Investment    Investment Trust PR Manager 
  Trusts                           Janus Henderson Investors 
  Janus Henderson Investors        Telephone: 020 7818 2636 
  Telephone: 020 7818 3349 
 
 

Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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