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JPMorgan Indian Invest Trust PLC

29 May 2020

LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

JPMORGAN INDIAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC

Half Year Report & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the six months ended 31st MARCH 2020

Legal Entity Identifier: 549300OHW8R1C2WBYK02

Information disclosed in accordance with DTR 4.2.2

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I pr esen t m y first half y ear statement as the Chairman of the C ompan y in what ar e exc eptional times. The

COVID- 1 9 pandemic has had a very significant impact on global ec onomies and equity markets as indeed it has on all of our personal liv es. This half y ear report c o v er s the six months to 31st Mar ch 2020 . The market fall as a result of the COVID- 1 9 crisis w as most pronounc ed towar ds the end of that period, indeed the Compan y' s net asset v alue fell b y 2 8 .2% in the month of Mar ch alone . Since the period end, markets have rallied and stabilised a little but clearly ther e is a very lon g w ay to go until w e will feel that a degr ee of normality has returned.

Performance

In the first six months of the Company's financial year to 31st March 2020, the Company produced a total return on net assets of -33.6%. This was well behind our benchmark index, the MSCI India Index (in sterling terms), which returned -27.9% over the same period. In their report which follows, the Investment Managers provide some commentary on the Indian market and details of the factors which affected the Company's performance.

The return to shareholders was worse at -40.5%, reflecting a significant widening of the discount over the six months, from 9.3% at the previous financial year end to 18.7% at the period end.

The Board judges performance over the long term. The Company's underperformance in recent periods is disappointing and has impacted its longer term performance record: the Company has now under-performed the benchmark over three and five years but remains ahead over the ten years to 31st March 2020. The Board continues to monitor investment strategy and performance very closely.

Gearing

The Company has a floating rate loan facility to provide the Investment Managers with the flexibility to gear the portfolio when they think it is appropriate to do so. As at 31st March 2020, the Company's portfolio was not geared, it was 1.3% net cash (please note that gearing continues to be calculated on a pro forma group basis in order to give shareholders clarity on the overall levels of borrowing). Towards the end of the period, as markets fell and given the low utilisation of the loan, we reduced the capacity of the facility from GBP100 million to GBP50 million.

Discount

The Board has guidelines in place with regard to the management of the discount of the share price to net asset value at which the Company's shares trade. During the six months under review, the Company did not buy back any shares into Treasury. Given the extreme market volatility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has considered that during this period share buybacks would be likely to have minimal impact, but it continues to monitor the situation closely.

The Company currently holds 21,042,646 shares in Treasury which may only be reissued at a premium to the prevailing net asset value at the time of reissue. The Company has not repurchased any shares into Treasury subsequent to the half year end.

Tender Offer

At a General Meeting of the Company held on 5th February 2020, shareholders gave authority for the Company to make market purchases of its shares in connection with a tender offer of up to 25% of the issued share capital. Shareholders validly tendered 38.8% of the Company's shares in issue and, after scaling back, a total of 26,143,735 shares were repurchased and cancelled.

Taxation

As has been explained previously, the India-Mauritius tax treaty has been amended and the advantages of investing in India via Mauritius have, to a large degree, been removed. However, it remains advantageous for the Company to continue to hold its investments made prior to February 2018 through the Mauritius subsidiary company until such time as the Investment Managers decide to reduce or sell those holdings.

Therefore the Company's assets are in the process of moving to the UK parent company through natural trading. This is likely to take a number of years and at the time of writing approximately GBP175 million of the Group's investments are held directly by the parent company.

The Board

Richard Burns stepped down from the Board at the conclusion of the General Meetings held on 5th February 2020, having served as a Director since 2006. On behalf of the Board and shareholders I would like to thank him for his service to the Company. We will miss his experience and wisdom. On 1st February this year, Vanessa Donegan and Jeremy Whitley were appointed Directors. We welcome them to the Board and look forward to working with them.

Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities, economies and equity markets globally and at the time of writing, it is thought that the rate of infection has not yet peaked in India. Whilst there was something of a market rally in April, we are still a long way off pre-COVID market levels. When we do finally emerge from this crisis, the world will look very different and therefore the opportunities for companies will have changed: some will thrive and some will not. For our Investment Managers this means reassessing companies' balance sheet strength and the business case for investing. Whilst their fundamental bottom-up process to identify the highest quality companies with prospects for long term growth will not change, as they mention in their report that follows, some opportunities have already been identified and changes made to the positioning of the Company's portfolio.

Rosemary Morgan, Chairman

29th May 2020

INVESTMENT MANAGERS' REPORT

Market Review

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in one of the most extraordinary periods in stock markets in a generation. Emerging markets equities and debt were hit hard due to record outflows from foreign investors in the first quarter of this year, which also led to steep falls in emerging markets currencies. The Company's benchmark index, the MSCI India Index (expressed in sterling terms) fell 27.9% in the first half of our financial year to 31st March 2020, underperforming Asian and emerging markets indices.

In an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Indian government announced an unprecedented national lockdown in March. While the number of confirmed cases remains modest relative to the size and density of India's population, the numbers will inevitably continue to rise as testing is expanded across the country. To ease the pain of the economic shock, the government announced a series of measures, including direct income transfers and provision of food to the vulnerable sections of society. While the aggregate amount of the stimulus seems large at almost US$265bn (approximately 10% of GDP), this also includes monetary stimulus measures announced by the Reserve Bank of India to the extent of almost 40% of the total. Furthermore, credit guarantees and financing facilities for small and medium enterprises and the agriculture sectors account for another 40%. While these measures are undoubtedly important and in the right direction, the quantum of actual fiscal stimulus is significantly smaller. In fact, most economists estimate that the impact of these measures on the current year's fiscal deficit is likely to be less than 1%. This somewhat cautious and calibrated approach might also be due to the fact that the government seems to be mindful of the fiscal constraints and the risk of a downgrade of the sovereign credit rating, which remains just one notch above "junk". It is worth noting that even before the shock of the pandemic, economic momentum in India was weak, with GDP growth decelerating steadily to a six year low.

The pandemic overshadowed another key development in the six month period: the long overdue implosion of the troubled private bank Yes Bank. To protect depositors, the Reserve Bank of India, not surprisingly, announced a bail out led by State Bank of India and a group of other private sector banks.

The other highlight of the period was that the telecom sector was rocked by a shock verdict from the Supreme Court in October 2019, which levied punitive fines on the incumbents in an old dispute with the government. Counter-intuitively, this boosted the share price of telecom stocks such as Bharti Airtel due to price hikes and expectations of further consolidation in the sector, since the verdict raised existential concerns for the third largest operator, Vodafone Idea Cellular.

Performance

The six month period was challenging for the Company, which underperformed the benchmark index by 5.7%. The key overweight position in financials was among the largest detractors as the sector struggled in a period of extreme macro turbulence. IndusInd Bank was the biggest detractor as, following the collapse of Yes Bank, there were fears that IndusInd was also vulnerable, due to its exposure to certain stressed borrowers. The underweight position in index heavyweight Hindustan Unilever was the other key detractor as the stock was remarkably resilient during the macro turmoil, despite its exceptionally rich valuation. The overweight positions in other cyclical stocks such as Tata Motors, Larsen & Toubro and Maruti Suzuki, amongst others, also contributed negatively. This was only partially offset by the underweight positions in index heavyweights such as Infosys Technologies and Bajaj Finance, while select overweight holdings in Tata Consultancy Services and a few small caps, such as Jubilant Foodworks and Multi Commodity Exchange, outperformed and contributed positively to relative performance.

In order to facilitate the Company's 25% tender offer to shareholders that was undertaken earlier this year, we reduced our investments proportionately across the portfolio and as a result the tender itself had no impact on the shape of the portfolio.

Outlook and Strategy

The sharp rebound in risk assets in April seems to be pricing in a quick rebound in economic activity, which is by no means assured. In the short term, the economic impact of the pandemic is likely to be severe as the lockdown has led to a complete freeze in economic activity in India. Beyond the immediate term, the outlook is dependent on the intensity and duration of the pandemic, which remains uncertain at this stage. It is worth noting that India remains particularly vulnerable due to the high population density and fragile healthcare infrastructure. In this context, while the fiscal and monetary stimulus is undoubtedly positive, it will provide a backstop at best rather than any substantial support to the economy. That said, equities are undoubtedly factoring in a fair amount of this pain, with the price-to-book multiples near the trough seen during previous crises.

Shareholders no doubt are aware that we "seek quality growth, to compound over long periods of time, within an appropriate valuation framework". Unfortunately, our focus on Quality per se did not shield us in March. Unlike any other period in the past, this is a full shut down, by government mandate. The quality of the product, service or overall management does not help in the short term. Our core holdings in high quality financials have hurt performance recently due to the macro turmoil.

However, we remain convinced that, when the economy eventually recovers from the pandemic, our long-held positions in well managed banks and financials such as HDFC Bank, Kotak Bank and HDFC have the potential to gain significant market share from the severely handicapped public sector banks and impaired private banks (for example YES Bank) and the weaker non-bank financial companies. Such similar attributes of return on quality and execution could be found in a host of sectors and stocks (Maruti, Larsen & Toubro, TCS & Infosys, Jubilant Foodworks, Titan, Crisil).

The correction in the market has preceded the inevitable cut to earnings in 2021, which in many cases will be very severe. When evaluating opportunities, we are balancing the likely cut in near term earnings versus the longer-term earnings power of companies. In this context, we have classified stocks into three very broad, subjective buckets:

-- Cases where the market may be incorrectly extrapolating current uncertainties and pain into the future and where share prices have fallen to attractive levels. We have selectively added a few names in this category.

-- Fundamentally attractive businesses with long duration, where valuations remain pricey, despite the recent correction. We continue to monitor this group closely, and are adding selectively where valuations are beginning to look interesting.

-- Stocks that appear very cheap, but that may not yet reflect the extent of the likely impact on their business; this group includes companies that are highly dependent on either a cyclical recovery or government policy. We are less likely to purchase companies in this group, though may occasionally take advantage of trading opportunities.

While the current challenges, in India and globally, are unprecedented, we remain confident that a disciplined, bottom-up, quality-oriented, research-driven investment process, with a long-term focus will serve our investors best.

Rukhshad Shroff

Raj Nair

Investment Managers

29th May 2020

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT

The Company is required to make the following disclosures in its Half Year Report.

Principal and Emerging Risks and Uncertainties

The principal and emerging risks and uncertainties faced by the Company fall into the following broad categories: investment and strategy; environmental; market; legal and regulatory; taxation; corporate governance and shareholder relations; operational, including cyber crime; financial; and political and economic. Information on each of these areas is given in the Business Review within the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30th September 2019. However, these risks have been updated to reflect the potential impact of COVID-19 on the operations and controls of the Manager and the Company's other third party suppliers.

Related Parties Transactions

During the first six months of the current financial year, no transactions with related parties have taken place which have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Company during the period.

Going Concern

The Directors believe, having considered the Company's investment objective, risk management policies, capital management policies and procedures, nature of the portfolio and expenditure projections, that the Company has adequate resources, an appropriate financial structure and suitable management arrangements in place to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and more specifically, that there are no material uncertainties pertaining to the Company that would prevent its ability to continue in such operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of the approval of this half yearly financial report. In reaching that view, the Directors have considered the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's financial and operational position. For these reasons, they consider there is reasonable evidence to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the accounts.

Directors' Responsibilities

The Board of Directors confirms that, to the best of its knowledge:

(i) the condensed set of financial statements contained within the half yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with the Accounting Standards Board's Statement 'Half Yearly Financial Reports' and gives a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and of the assets, liabilities, financial position and net return of the Company, as at 31st March 2020, as required by the UK Listing Authority Disclosure and Transparency Rules 4.2.4R; and

(ii) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R of the UK Listing Authority Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

In order to provide these confirmations, and in preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:

   --        select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently; 
   --        make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent; 

-- state whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and

-- prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business;

and the Directors confirm that they have done so.

For and on behalf of the Board

Rosemary Morgan

Chairman

29th May 2020

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31ST MARCH 2020

 
                                                       (Unaudited)                       (Unaudited)               (Audited) Year ended 
                                                     Six months ended                  Six months ended             30th September 2019 
                                                     31st March 2020                    31st March 2019 
                        Revenue       Capital         Total               Revenue     Capital     Total       Revenue      Capital     Total 
                        GBP'000        GBP'000         GBP'000            GBP'000     GBP'000      GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
(Losses)/gains on 
 investments held 
 at fair value 
 through 
 profit or loss               -       (219,636)              (219,636)          -      79,901       79,901          -       88,483       88,483 
Net foreign 
 currency 
 losses                       -           (286)                  (286)          -       (204)        (204)          -        (378)        (378) 
Income from 
 investments              1,091               -                  1,091        355           -          355      1,437            -        1,437 
Interest 
 receivable 
 and similar 
 income                      31               -                     31         26           -           26         75            -           75 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
Total 
 income/(loss)            1,122       (219,922)              (218,800)        381      79,697       80,078      1,512       88,105       89,617 
Management fee            (869)               -                  (869)      (144)           -        (144)      (640)            -        (640) 
Other 
 administrative 
 expenses                 (547)               -                  (547)      (377)           -        (377)      (842)            -        (842) 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
(Loss)/profit 
 before 
 finance costs and 
 taxation                 (294)       (219,922)              (220,216)      (140)      79,697       79,557         30       88,105       88,135 
Finance costs             (321)               -                  (321)      (132)           -        (132)      (533)            -        (533) 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
(Loss)/profit 
 before 
 taxation                 (615)       (219,922)              (220,537)      (272)      79,697       79,425      (503)       88,105       87,602 
Taxation                      -             118                    118          -       (416)        (416)          -        (118)        (118) 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
Net (loss)/profit         (615)       (219,804)              (220,419)      (272)      79,281       79,009      (503)       87,987       87,484 
==================  ===========  ==============  =====================  =========  ==========  ===========  =========  ===========  =========== 
(Loss)/earnings 
 per share (note 
 4)                     (0.64)p       (227.26)p              (227.90)p    (0.26)p      75.81p       75.55p    (0.48)p       84.14p       83.66p 
 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31ST MARCH 2020

 
                                               Called up                                      Exercised          Capital 
                                                   share        Share          Other           warrant        redemption        Capital      Revenue        Total 
                                                 capital        premium        reserve         reserve           reserve        reserves     reserve        GBP'000 
                                                 GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000         GBP'000           GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
========================================================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
Six months ended 31st March 2020 (Unaudited) 
At 30th September 
 2019                                             31,404         97,316         41,929            5,886            6,362         698,869    (24,137)        857,629 
Shares bought back 
 and cancelled                                   (6,536)              -       (41,929)                -            6,536       (168,073)           -      (210,002) 
Loss for the period                                    -              -              -                -                -       (219,804)       (615)      (220,419) 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
At 31st March 2020                                24,868         97,316              -            5,886           12,898         310,992    (24,752)        427,208 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
Six months ended 31st March 2019 (Unaudited) 
At 30th September 
 2018                                             31,404         97,316         41,929            5,886            6,362         610,882    (23,634)        770,145 
Profit/(loss) for 
 the period                                            -              -              -                -                -          79,281       (272)         79,009 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
At 31st March 2019                                31,404         97,316         41,929            5,886            6,362         690,163    (23,906)        849,154 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
Year ended 30th September 2019 (Audited) 
At 30th September 
 2018                                             31,404         97,316         41,929            5,886            6,362         610,882    (23,634)        770,145 
Profit/(loss) for 
 the year                                              -              -              -                -                -          87,987       (503)         87,484 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
At 30th September 
 2019                                             31,404         97,316         41,929            5,886            6,362         698,869    (24,137)        857,629 
==========================  ============================  =============  =============  ===============  ===============  ==============  ==========  ============= 
 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AT 31ST MARCH 2020

 
                                                   (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)                 (Audited) 30th 
                                                                          31st March                 September 2019 
                                                                                2019 
                                               31st March 2020               GBP'000                        GBP'000 
                                                       GBP'000 
 =============================================================  ====================  ============================= 
Non current assets 
Investments held at fair value through 
 profit or loss                                        138,056                86,755                        151,029 
 Investments in subsidiaries held at 
  fair value through profit or loss                    308,607               775,302                        681,559 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Total non current assets                               446,663               862,057                        832,588 
Current assets 
Financial assets: Derivative financial 
 instruments                                                 1                     -                              - 
Other receivables                                           75                   243                          6,257 
Cash and cash equivalents                               10,687                 3,873                         19,127 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
                                                        10,763                 4,116                         25,384 
Current liabilities 
Other payables 1                                      (30,218)                 (519)                          (225) 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Net current (liabilities)/ assets                     (19,455)                 3,597                         25,159 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Net assets                                             427,208               865,654                        857,747 
Creditors: amounts falling due after 
 more than one year                                          -              (16,500)                          (118) 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Net assets                                             427,208               849,154                        857,629 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Amounts attributable to shareholders 
Called up share capital                                 24,868                31,404                         31,404 
Share premium                                           97,316                97,316                         97,316 
Other reserve                                                -                41,929                         41,929 
Exercised warrant reserve                                5,886                 5,886                          5,886 
Capital redemption reserve                              12,898                 6,362                          6,362 
Capital reserves                                       310,992               690,163                        698,869 
Revenue reserve                                       (24,752)              (23,906)                       (24,137) 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
Total shareholders' funds                              427,208               849,154                        857,629 
==============================================  ==============  ====================  ============================= 
 
 

1 As at 31st March 2020, GBPNil relates to the provision for Indian Capital Gains Tax (31st March 2019: GBP416,000; 30th September 2019: 118,000).

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31ST MARCH 2020

 
                                                                                             (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)                       (Audited) 
                                                                                              Six months            Six months                      Year ended 
                                                                                              ended 31st            ended 31st                  30th September 
                                                                                              March 2020            March 2019                            2019 
                                                                                                 GBP'000               GBP'000                         GBP'000 
========================================================================================================  ====================  ============================== 
Operating activities 
(Loss)/profit before taxation                                                                  (220,537)                79,425                          87,602 
Deduct dividends received                                                                        (1,091)                 (355)                         (1,437) 
Deduct bank interest received                                                                       (31)                  (26)                            (75) 
Add interest paid                                                                                    321                   132                             533 
 Add losses/(deduct gains) on investments 
  held at fair value through profit or 
  loss                                                                                           219,636              (79,901)                        (88,483) 
Unrealised foreign exchange losses                                                                   (1)                     -                               - 
(Increase)/decrease in prepayments, 
 VAT and other receivables                                                                          (25)                    33                              39 
Decrease in other payables                                                                           (2)                  (37)                              45 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
 Net cash outflow from operating activities 
  before Interest and taxation                                                                   (1,730)                 (729)                         (1,776) 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Interest paid                                                                                      (325)                 (150)                           (511) 
Dividends received                                                                                 1,133                   151                           1,377 
Interest received                                                                                     31                    16                              76 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Net cash outflow from operating activities                                                         (891)                 (712)                           (834) 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Investing activities 
 Purchases of investments held at fair 
  value through profit or loss                                                                 (162,838)              (72,320)                       (148,882) 
Sales of investments held at fair vale 
 through profit or loss                                                                          335,291                58,000                         166,438 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investing 
 activities                                                                                      172,453              (14,320)                          17,556 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Financing activities 
Repurchase of shares for cancellation                                                          (210,002)                     -                               - 
Drawdown of loan                                                                                  30,000                51,500                               - 
Repayment of loan                                                                                      -              (35,000)                               - 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Net cash (outflow)/inflow from financing 
 activities                                                                                    (180,002)                16,500                               - 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash 
 equivalents                                                                                     (8,440)                 1,468                          16,722 
Cash and cash equivalents at the start 
 of the period                                                                                    19,127                 2,405                           2,405 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
Cash and cash equivalents at the end 
 of the period                                                                                    10,687                 3,873                          19,127 
==============================================================  ========================================  ====================  ============================== 
 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 31ST MARCH 2020

   1.       Principal activity 

The principal activity of the Company is that of an investment trust company within the meaning of Section 1158 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010.

   2.       Financial Statements 

The financial information for the six months ended 31st March 2020 and 2019 has not been audited or reviewed by the Company's auditors.

The financial information contained in these half year financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

The information for the Company for the year ended 30th September 2019 has been extracted from the latest published audited financial statements. Those financial statements have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included the report of the auditors which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under either Section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

   3.       Accounting policies 

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS'), which comprise standards and interpretations approved by the International Accounting Standards Board to the extent that they have been adopted by the European Union.

Where presentational guidance set out in the Statement of Recommended Practice (the 'SORP') for investment trusts issued by the Association of Investment Companies in October 2019 is consistent with the requirements of IFRS, the financial statements have been prepared on a basis compliant with the recommendations of the SORP.

The accounting policies applied to this condensed set of financial statements are consistent with those applied in the financial statements for the year ended 30th September 2019.

JPMorgan Indian Investment Trust plc has a 100% holding in JPMorgan Indian Investment Company (Mauritius) Limited, which qualifies as an investment entity under IFRS 10. The subsidiary is valued at fair value, and the total value at 31st March 2020 is disclosed on a separate line of the Statement of Financial Position. In addition the List of Investments has been prepared on a look through basis, meaning the stocks held by the subsidiary are disclosed.

   4.       (Loss)/earnings per share 
 
                                       (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)        (Audited) 
                                  Six months ended    Six months       Year ended 
                                                           ended 
                                   31st March 2020    31st March   30th September 
                                                            2019             2019 
                                           GBP'000       GBP'000          GBP'000 
-------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  --------------- 
 Loss per share is based on 
  the following: 
 Revenue loss                                (615)         (272)            (503) 
 Capital (loss)/return                   (219,804)        79,281           87,987 
-------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  --------------- 
 Total (loss)/return                     (220,419)        79,009           87,484 
-------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  --------------- 
 Weighted average number of 
  shares in issue                       96,717,533   104,574,940      104,574,940 
 Revenue loss per share                    (0.64)p       (0.26)p          (0.48)p 
 Capital (loss)/return per 
  share                                  (227.26)p        75.81p           84.14p 
-------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  --------------- 
 Total (loss)/return per share           (227.90)p        75.55p           83.66p 
-------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  --------------- 
 
   5.       Net asset value per share 
 
                                   (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)        (Audited) 
                              Six months ended   Six months ended       Year ended 
                               31st March 2020    31st March 2019   30th September 
                                                                              2019 
---------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------------- 
 Net assets (GBP'000)                  427,208            849,154          857,629 
 Number of shares in issue 
  excluding shares held in 
  Treasury                          78,431,205        104,574,940      104,574,940 
 Net asset value per share              544.7p             812.0p           820.1p 
---------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------------- 
 

The Company will only re-issue shares held in Treasury at a premium and therefore these shares have no dilutive potential.

For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Latter

For and on behalf of JPMorgan Funds Limited, Company Secretary 020 7742 4000

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.

JPMORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT (UK) LIMITED

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